30 June 2014

New e-Resource - 330 History e-books from Books at JSTOR

[Image from Princeton Univ Press]
330 History e-books from the Books at JSTOR History Collections have been purchased as unlimited access, permanent-access titles.

Books at JSTOR offers History e-books from such publishers as Yale University Press, Boydell & Brewer, University of Pennsylvania Press, etc.  This 2013-2014 collection features 330 titles, covering a
broad range of topics and time periods

Title List 

Books are cross-searchable with other JSTOR content - journal articles and primary sources - on the JSTOR platform.
  • Books at JSTOR offer unlimited concurrent use and unlimited chapter downloading and printing 
  •  you can can view chapters online or download chapter PDFs that never expire
  • stable URLs are provided for each book and book chapter; since this will never change, you can use them for bookmarking chapters, etc or adding a title to a course or online reading list
  • e-books links to book reviews; book reviews in journals also link directly to the e-books
  • books are preserved in Portico, a digital preservation service subscribed to by the Library
  • You can set up a free MyJSTOR account in order to:
         save, email, or export citations
         save and run searches

         receive email alerts for saved searches and tracked journals, etc
The 330 individual e-books will be listed in SAULCAT and findable in SEEKER, very soon.

28 June 2014

New e-Resources - over 14,000 additional Springer e-books

We're pleased to announce that the Library now has access to an additional 14,000 Springer e-books, published between 2012-2014.

The Library had already purchased permanent, unlimited, access to the complete Springer eBook Collection of over 31,000 English-language titles, published between 2005-2011.  

Content includes textbooks, reference works, handbooks, book series and monographs. 

Subjects include: Behavioral Science; Biomedical & Life Sciences; Business & Economics; Chemistry & Material Science; Computer Science; Earth &  Environmental Science; Engineering; Humanities, Social Sciences & Law; Mathematics & Statistics; Medicine; and Physics & Astronomy.

All these titles are currently being added to SAULCAT. They can also be cross-searched with our existing Springer e-journal content via SpringerLink.

Off-campus access: login with your University account details.

NB: these e-books don't use DRM (Digital Rights Management) so it's possible for you to print and e-mail chapters without any restriction

27 June 2014

New e-Resources - over 14,800 University Press Scholarship Online e-books

Over 14,800 new University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) e-books have now been added to SAULCAT, the Library's online catalogue.

University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) brings together the best worldwide scholarly publishing, and allows monographs from leading University presses to be accessed through a single, searchable online platform.

UPSO offers titles in over 28 subject areas of the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law, from the following leading University publishers:
As well as being listed in SAULCAT, you can find these e-books in SEEKER, too. 

We have trial access to these e-books until the end of 2016, due to the new SHEDL (Scottish Higher Education Digital Library) agreement.

At the end of the trial, the Library will use the usage statistics to identify and purchase the most heavily-used titles for permanent access. 

St Andrews will also have permanent access to all the other UPSO e-books bought by other SHEDL libraries, after the trial ends

26 June 2014

'The importance of being digital' - Q&A session from the Open University

The Open University is offering a live question and answer session on 'The importance of being digital' on Friday 27 June at 2.00 pm.

This is a pilot session open to everyone, whether you are studying with The Open University or not, and will cover the skills and approaches that can help you use digital and online tools and technologies for work and study.

After a short introduction you will be able to ask Open University staff questions using the live webchat, by tweeting them (@OU_Library) using #LibLive14 or by emailing Library-Services. They will do their best to answer your questions during the live broadcast but will also post the answers on their website,after the broadcast.

Some recent examples of questions received by the Open University Helpdesk are:
  • I’ve found an article on Google that I’d like to read but I can’t access it
  • I’ve used information from a Tweet in my assignment and I’m not sure how to reference it
  • How can I protect my online identity?
To take part in the session simply join the session on Friday 27 June at 2.00pm at:

25 June 2014

New e-Resource - Chatham House Online Archive

Following a successful trial, the Library has taken out a subscription to the Chatham House Online Archive, which is an an exceptional source of international affairs knowledge and expertise. 

The Archive contains almost 100 years of research, publications, speeches and archives of the leading international affairs think tank, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London. 

Content goes back to 1920, and thousands of audio recordings are included from 1966 onwards. 

Chatham House, the world-leading independent international affairs policy institute, conducts high level analysis and research on global trends and key events and issues, by: 
  • engaging governments, the private sector, civil society, etc in open debates and confidential discussions about significant international affairs developments 
  • producing independent and rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities 
  • offering new ideas to decision-makers and -shapers on how these could best be tackled from the near- to the long-term 
The archive contains expert analysis, commentary, briefing papers, debates, special reports, conference papers, monographs, speeches by key figures, etc. 

The Chatham House Online Archive is an invaluable research resource for international affairs, economics, law, business, diplomacy, security and terrorism, environment, development, war and peace studies, and includes 'behind the doors' insight into the real movers and shakers, influencers and deal brokers.

24 June 2014

Historical Texts replaces Jisc Historic Books

One platform - over 350,000 late 15th-19th century texts from Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century collection

Historical Texts, the new, upgraded platform, has now replaced the original Jisc Historic Books platform. The name change represents the future plan to add new non-book content to this service.

It contains Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century collection.  A significant number of new records will be added by September 2014.

Historical Texts provides a range of exciting new features:
instant pdf downloads
 full-screen displays
images and full text side by side
smooth zooming
browse feature
illustration search
 image rotation, etc.

New enhancements such as My Texts - the ability to save results in a personalised area - are imminent, and forthcoming enhancements over the summer will include functions such as note-sharing; graphical time-lines e.g. showing all books by Shakespeare; more display options, etc.  A tablet version is also planned later this year.

Please do try the new platform - comments would be much appreciated. The Historical Texts team looks forward to hearing your views on it.

12 June 2014

New e-Resource - Ben Jonson Online

Following a successful trial, we're very pleased to announce that we now have permanent access to The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online.

This new database presents a complete reappraisal of this major Renaissance writer - Shakespeare's greatest contemporary - extending the 2012 print edition of Jonson’s complete works, with a large range of textual and contextual materials, which includes:

Modern Spelling Editionover 158 modernised, searchable texts with introductions and extensive commentary, presented in a way that allows individual viewing and also on-screen comparison

Old Spelling Edition - around 90 searchable old-spelling texts transcribed from the major manuscripts and early printed books from which the modern spelling edition is derived 

Life Records - an archive of nearly 100 documents - including registers of births and deaths - relating to Jonson’s life
Masque Archive - a collection of records - financial accounts, eyewitness testimony, ambassadors’ letters - relating to Jonson’s masques

Music Edition - 100 song settings and dances associated with Jonson’s plays, poems and masques

Textual Essays - over 80 essays, written by the contributing editors, which document the technical work behind the texts
Bibliography - list of more than 7,000 books and essays relating to Jonson

Performance Archive - archive of over 1,300 stage and screen productions of Jonson's plays and their adaptations, from the earliest performances to the present 

Chronology - an interactive timeline of Jonson’s life and time, and a Blog 

11 June 2014

New e-Resource - The Dictionary of Irish Biography

The Library now offers permanent access to The Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB), the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland. 

It contains over 9,000 entries, covering 9,700 lives, ranging from the earliest times to 2002.

Signed articles in the DIB outline the careers, at home and abroad, of prominent men and women born in Ireland, north and south, and the noteworthy Irish careers of those born outside Ireland.

Biographical subjects range from artists, scientists, lawyers, actors, musicians, writers and politicians, to criminals and saints. 

 "Publication of the RIA's Dictionary of Irish Biography is an epoch-making event in the history of Irish scholarship. It changes the state of knowledge in the twenty-first century as decidedly as the Ordnance Survey did in the nineteenth."
--Seamus Heaney

5 June 2014

New e-Resource - BibleWorks

BibleWorks 9 is 'the premier Bible software program for close Biblical exegesis and research', and comes with Greek, Hebrew, and Septuagint Bibles, as well as translations in English, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, etc.

It contains over 200 Bible translations in 40 languages, more than 40 original language texts and morphology databases, dozens of lexical-grammatical references, and many practical reference works.  

You will find BibleWorks indispensable for doing complex morphological analyses, writing research papers, etc.


... from the networked PC clusters in the Main Library and in St Mary’s Library. It will be accessible from other locations, shortly.

  • after logging in, select ‘All Programs’ from the Start menu 
  • choose the Divinity tab, then the link to BibleWorks
NB: the first time you log in, BibleWorks will take a short time to start up; this will happen for the initial login only.

Please note: up to 5 users can access, at one time

4 June 2014

New e-Resource - The Vogue Archive

We now have full access to
The Vogue Archive - the complete archive of American Vogue - thanks to a new national agreement arranged by Jisc for UK Higher Education. 

The content of Vogue is of central importance to research in history and culture - to subjects such as:
Textiles and dress; Fashion history; Popular culture; Gender studies; Photography and graphic design; Marketing and advertising, etc. 

but it also provides a rich source for other areas of modern culture, changing social tastes, mores and aspirations.
  • access is from the first issue in 1892, to the current month
    Vogue Dec 1892
    © Conde Nast
  • every page and advertisement is fully searchable, allowing you to find images by clothing type, designer, brand names, etc - all reproduced in high-resolution colour (from the 1930's/1940's onward)
  • you can view every page in full, including original advertisments, photographs, articles and illustrations, for context and understanding
  • as well as preserving the work of the world's greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers, Vogue forms a unique record of changes in American and international fashion, culture and society, from the dawn of modern times to the present day
  • it includes access to the current month’s issue - a fascinating way to compare past and present

It also includes literary works and articles by important writers, wartime photojournalism, features on popular cultural figures of the day, and on prominent American women.

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