28 February 2014

Knowledge Unlatched - scholarly e-books collaborative open access pilot

What is Knowledge Unlatched? - find out in 60 seconds ...

Knowledge Unlatched is a collaborative, crowd-funded, model pilot which aims to enable open access for scholarly books in the arts and humanities. 

It works by many libraries around the world sharing a single Title Fee payment to publishers (which represents the basic cost of publishing a book), in return for a book being made available on a Creative Commons licence via the OAPEN and HathiTrust open access e-book platforms, as a downloadable PDF. (FAQ)

As more libraries participate in Knowledge Unlatched, the per-library cost of ‘unlatching’ each title declines. 

The Library was quick to recognise the potential of this pilot, and signed up as an early participant. Over 200 international libraries have now signed up.

28 new Humanities and Social Sciences books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers are included in the pilot. More information will follow when we have access.

27 February 2014

New e-Resource - Electronic Enlightenment

We're delighted to say that, after an extended trial and excellent user feedback, a subscription to Electronic Enlightenment has now been taken out.

You now have access to a fascinating online collection of correspondence from the early modern world, which offers a unique and revealing glimpse into the lives, letters and minds of the time.

It includes 63,968 historical letters and documents from over 8,008 correspondents, representing 55 nationalities and 770 occupations from across Europe, the Americas, and Asia, during this period.
  • Explore the temporal, geographical and social connections across the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries
  • Reconstruct one of the world's oldest social networks through these great historical 'conversations'
  • Listen to the ideas and concerns not only of major thinkers and scholars, politicians and diplomats, but also butchers and housewives, servants and shopkeepers
  • Find out their thoughts on everything from religious tolerance to animal rights, breadmaking to cures for kidney stones, vulcanology to classical archaeology, economic modelling to celebrity culture
  • Hear about their joys and sorrows, triumphs and despairs, loves and hates
NB:  please continue to give us feedback about our e-resource trials - your comments about this trial were invaluable!

26 February 2014

Trial e-Resource - Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876

We have free trial access to the recently-released Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876 database, until 24 March 2014.

Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876 is a fully-searchable, primary source collection of over 140 newspapers from 22 Caribbean islands, which provides access to more than 150 years of Caribbean and Atlantic history, culture and daily life.

Most newspapers were published in the English language, but a number of Danish, French, and Spanish language titles are included - essential for researching colonial history, the Atlantic slave trade, international commerce and relations, New World slavery, and U.S. relations with the region as far back as the early 18th century.

Eyewitness reports, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries, etc., help to chronicle the development of Western society and international relations in this region. (More information)

Access here  (on-campus access only)

19 February 2014

NEW - Research Starters now appearing in SEEKER

Have you noticed the new Research Starters in SEEKER?  They now show up first in your search results, if one exists for the topic you're searching for (see the Global Warming example below).

Research Starters are authoritative articles - generally around 3,000 words long - which provide summaries of popular subjects.  They are sourced from high-quality encyclopaedias and reference sources, and are designed to give you a broad overview of a topic, and sources for further research.

There are over 60,000 Research Starters, including 24,000 from Encyclopaedia Britannica, 8,000 from American National Biography, etc.  
SEEKER allows you to do a single search across most of the Library's e-resources - our many online databases (which provide you with e-journal articles, newspaper reports, e-books, books, book reviews, conference proceedings, theses, etc), and also SAULCAT, the Library catalogue

18 February 2014

Trial e-Resource - State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century 1714-1782

We have trial access to State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century; 1714-1782 - until 18 March 2014. 

State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, Part I: The Hanovers, 1714-1782: State Papers Domestic, Military and Naval and Registers of the Privy Council is the continuation of State Papers Online 1509-1714, and is vital to any understanding of the political, social and economic history of the period.

Part I concentrates on British domestic politics and society and contains a wealth of once classified detail about the reigns of the three Georges, from the accession of the Hanoverian monarchs to the British throne in 1714, to the end of the State Papers series in 1782.  Unparalleled access is provided to thousands of manuscripts that reveal the behind-the-scenes, day-to-day running of government during this period. Parts II and III are to follow.
It includes contemporary accounts of the turbulent events of George I’s reign (the Jacobite uprisings); the development of Cabinet government; the ascension of George II and the consolidation of Whig supremacy; the inept handling of the colonies that marred the early years of George III’s reign, etc.

SPO 18th Century PowerPoint presentation 

Trial Access

On-campus - access here

Off-campus - access here, then login with your University account details - please note that this link leads to a search of all the State Papers Online databases - to search State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century only:
  • click on the Home button (top left of SPO search screen)
  • then choose the link for State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century 1714-1782, on the previous page
NB: The Library has already purchased permanent access to State Papers Online 1509-1714 (Parts I-IV)

17 February 2014

Trial e-Resource - Anatomy.tv and Anatomy and Physiology Online

Our latest trial gives us access to the full range of Primal Pictures resources - Anatomy TV and Anatomy and Physiology Online - until the middle of March.

This interactive resource offers detailed 3D models of the Human Anatomy. 

This resource provides anatomical structures from raw medical scan data. Each anatomical structure is presented in fine detail, and includes surface anatomy, cutaneous distribution, nerves and arteries. Also included are common pathologies, radiological content, interactive quizzes and Multiple Choice questions.
Brief User Guide

Anatomy and Physiology Online
20 comprehensive modules on the human body, encompassing Primal's award-winning 3D anatomy images and interactive model; narrated animations and illustrations; dissection slides you can label; clinical case studies; the impact of aging on each body systems; quizzes, etc.

Please note: 
  • if not already enabled, you will need to allow pop-ups in your web browser to view all the slides, video clips, etc
  • some content may also require the Unity Web Player to be installed (prompted from within Anatomy TV)
Anatomy & Physiology Online includes 20 comprehensive modules on the human body encompassing Primal's award winning 3D anatomy and new integrated physiology conten - See more at: http://www.primalonlinelearning.com/#sthash.rXnc9NoB.dpuf