29 October 2014

Trial e-Resource - SciVal (research networking and profiling)

We currently have a trial of SciVal, which runs until 30 November 2014.

SciVal, from Elsevier, offers quick and easy access to the research performance of approximately 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide. It holds over 30 million publication records from 21,000 international journals, and can generate powerful data visualisations, in seconds.

It enables you to view, analyse and compare the performance and quality of a range of research entities - research areas and groups, collaboration networks, self-defined research topics, institutions and countries, etc., - and provides the evidence-based information required to establish, execute and evaluate long-term planning.  

Using SciVal, you can:
  • get a high-level overview of the research performance of your Institution, other Institutions, Countries and Groups of Researchers
  • compare and benchmark your Institution to other institutions, Researchers and Groups of Researchers using a variety of metrics
  • explore the collaboration network of both your Institution and other Institutions
To access the trial:
  • access SciVal on-campus  
  • then use the Register Now link to register with your e-mail address and chosen Password (University of St Andrews staff and students only)
Please note: if you have an existing Scopus or ScienceDirect Username and Password, you can login with those details as an existing user

The Help menu in SciVal includes links to: the online manual; a Quick User Guide, and the SciVal Metrics Guidebook
Elsevier’s new generation of SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide.

Constantly evolving and ever more challenging, today's R&D landscape requires research managers to ensure satisfying outcomes, and devise better ways to measure the quality and impact of research projects.

To meet these challenges, the new generation of SciVal offers an integrated modular platform that allows you to view and compare any desired research entities such as institutions, countries, self-defined research topics and researcher groups - See more at: http://www.elsevier.com/online-tools/research-intelligence/resource-library/resources/scival-new-generation-factsheet#sthash.8vwsLhFy.dpuf

See what the new generation of SciVal can do for you

Constantly evolving and ever more challenging, today's R&D landscape requires research managers to ensure satisfying outcomes, and devise better ways to measure the quality and impact of research projects. Elsevier's new generation of SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide. A ready-to-use solution with unparalleled power and flexibility, SciVal enables you to navigate the world of research and devise an optimal plan to drive and analyze your performance.
SciVal builds on Elsevier's extensive experience over several years working with many leading institutions worldwide via SciVal Spotlight and SciVal Strata.
Learn more by watching:
  • The quick-start demo video to see how easily you can navigate the world of research and benchmark your performance accurately and meaningfully against other institution or group of researchers in the world.
  • The recordings from the launch webinars to learn from your peer institutions about their challenges and how SciVal informs intelligent decisions.
- See more at: http://www.elsevier.com/online-tools/research-intelligence/products-and-services/scival#sthash.rKQo5BOE.dpuf

28 October 2014

Trial e-Resource - Abbreviationes Online (Medieval Abbreviations Made Easy)

“Take a foreign language, write it in an unfamiliar script, abbreviating every third word, and you have the compound puzzle that is the medieval Latin manuscript.”¹

We are very pleased to offer trial access to Abbreviationes Online, until 21 November 2014. 

Abbreviationes is an invaluable tool for deciphering and transcribing medieval Latin manuscripts.  It is a database of medieval Latin abbreviations designed for use in both learning and teaching of medieval Latin paleography.  It is also a very useful reference and research tool. 

It currently consists of over 70,000 entries containing 80,098 references to manuscripts, covering the period between the 8th-15th Centuries.

It is based on a large number of manuscripts held at many European libraries - Catania, Uppsala, Coimbra, St. Petersburg, the Vatican, Oxford, Paris, etc., as well as by smaller libraries such as the Morgan Library, New York, and the Huntington Library, California. 

Abbreviationes allows you to:
  • corroborate your reading while quickly checking for possible alternatives
  • look up all the different abbreviations for a given word 
  • search to see how a specific abbreviation was used during a given period, or by an individual writer, etc.
Abbreviationes also contains entries where the word is shortened by using superscript letters, but no letter of the word has been left out; entries where the medieval spelling makes it difficult to determine the right word, and entries where Greek names and terms are transliterated in an unusual way.

¹ The elements of abbreviation in medieval Latin paleography by Adriano Cappelli. Translated by David Heimann and Richard Kay, Univ of Kansas Libraries, 1982

27 October 2014

Trial e-Resource - Archaeopress (300+ full-text titles)

We are delighted to have a trial of the Archaeopress subscription service, until Friday 21 Nov 2014. Archaeopress are publishers of scholarly archaeology titles. 

Archaeopress provides access to all new Archaeopress Archaeology (AA) publications, the existing backlist and a wide range of selected digital-only British Archaeological Reports (BAR) titles.

There are currently over 300 full-text e-titles in the archive, and 10-15 new titles are added every month. At least 450 e-titles will be available by the end of 2014.  New Open Access content will also be included.

Titles include:
  • Early Burial Customs in Northern Egypt Evidence from the Pre-, Proto-, and Early Dynastic Periods
  • Embodying Value? The Transformation of Objects in and from the Ancient World
  • The Prehistoric Burial Sites of Northern Ireland
  • Ships, Saints and Sealore: Cultural Heritage and Ethnography of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea
  • Social Dimensions of Medieval Disease and Disability
 On- and off-campus access:
  • contact us for a Trial Username and Password (University of St Andrews staff and students only)
Feedback - your comments about this resource would be much appreciated - please leave feedback below

26 October 2014

Oxford Reference Online - Training Session on 31 October

Why not join an online demonstration/training session on Friday 31 October at 10.00, to get the most out of Oxford Reference Online, one of the many databases subscribed to by the Library.

Oxford Reference Online offers access to over 200 specialised reference works from Oxford University Press's range of award-winning Encyclopedias, Companions and Dictionaries. 

The 40-45 minute training session will be held by Jonathan Wakeford, an OUP trainer.   It will look at different search options, features and practical uses of the database, and there will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.  It is is open to anyone and is free of charge.

You can access the session from anywhere - all you need is a computer with an Internet connection,  WebEx conferencing software and sound. 

Please register here if you would like to attend. You will receive an invitation which contains details of how to log in to the session

24 October 2014

Oxford Scholarship Online - Training Session on 29 October

Why not join an online demonstration/training session on Wednesday 29 October at 11.30, to get the most out of Oxford Scholarship Online, one of the many databases subscribed to by the Library.

Oxford Scholarship Online offers access to thousands of academic e-books, in many subject areas covering the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law.
The 40-45 minute training session will be held by Jonathan Wakeford, an OUP trainer.  It is is open to anyone and is free of charge.
You can access the session from anywhere - all you need is a computer with an Internet connection,  WebEx conferencing software and sound.  

Please register here if you would like to attend. You will receive an invitation which contains details of how to log in to the session.

23 October 2014

Trial e-Resource - English Historical Documents Online

'Perhaps the most important historical undertaking of our age... one of the most valuable historical works ever produced.'
Times Literary Supplement
Welcome to a trial of English Historical Documents Online, which runs until 21 November 2014. 

EHD Online is the result of a partnership between Routledge, the publisher, and the Institute of Historical Research, at the University of London.   
It offers the most comprehensive, annotated collection of primary source documents on British history ever compiled, covering the years 500 -1914, plus American history to 1776. 

A wide variety of sources include  government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters and diaries, etc., accompanied by editorial commentary to provide context.

Topics range from political and constitutional issues to social, economic, religious and cultural history. 

Key features include:
  • access to over 5,500 full-text historical documents, selected by leading historians.
  • the ability to search at the document level, by Subject, Date, People, Place, etc    
  • scrolling timelines to show events from a clear chronological perspective
  • personalised logins for bookmarking, annotating, saving and managing searches
Feedback - your comments about this resource would be much appreciated - please leave feedback below

22 October 2014

Trial e-Resource - Art and Architecture Archive

We are delighted to publicise a trial of the Art and Architecture Archive database, until 21 November 2014.

Art and Architecture Archive is a key primary source research archive, consisting of full-text art and architecture magazines from the late-19th to 21st Centuries.  The content covers: 

Art, Architecture, Architectural History, Art History, Art Trade, Construction, Cultural History, Decorative Arts, Economic History, Fine and Applied Art, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Gardening, Photography, Product Design, Social History, Studio Art and Visual Art

It also offers advertisements, architectural plans, awards, exhibition listings, interviews, high-quality images, photographs and illustrations from titles such as Apollo, Art Monthly, Print, Architectural Review, and Graphis, news items, statistics, and reviews.

Feedback - your comments about this resource would be much appreciated - please leave feedback below

21 October 2014

New e-Resource - PhilPapers: Philosophical Research Online

PhilPapers: Philosophical Research Online is a comprehensive index of philosophy books and articles, maintained by the community of philosophers, and with over 80,000 registered users.

It has recently moved from being a free resource to one supported by institutional subscription, to enable it to continue to grow and develop. The PhilPapers Open Access Archive, PhilJobs, and PhilEvents will remain open access. 

Unique features such as real-time indexing of pre-prints, classification by topic, e-mail alerts, reading lists, advanced search functionality, and discussion forums, are included.

PhilPapers monitors all sources of philosophy research content - journals, books, open access archives, and academics' personal pagesIt also hosts the largest open access archive in philosophy.

Monitor current research
  • Browse new issues of over 1,000 philosophy journals
  • View the latest papers from online archives and authors' home pages
  • Register for automatic digests of new papers in your areas or to create specialised e-mail alerts for any search
Explore the literature
Contribute your research
  • Submit your work to the directory
  • Discuss philosophy in the PhilPaper forum
For more information, see the about page and this introduction to PhilPapers.

17 October 2014

Trial e-Resource - Birds of North America Online

Red-breasted Sapsucker
Listen to 5 Sapsuckers drumming
We're delighted to offer a trial of Birds of North America Online, until 17 January 2015.

BNA Online is the online version of the 18-volume print encyclopedia, the result of a 10 year project by the American Ornithologists' Union, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. 

BNA Online provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 716+ species of birds breeding in the USA (including Hawaii) and Canada.

Detailed articles for each species provide information on distribution, systematics, migration, habitat, food habits, sound, behaviours, breeding, demography, populations, conservation, etc.. Many image and video galleries show plumages, behaviours, habitat, nests and eggs, etc..  

Most entries also feature recordings of the songs and calls of their species, selected from Cornell's Macaulay Library, the world’s leading scientific collection of biodiversity media.

BNA Online is updated frequently,and future enhancements will include more audio, video and images. 

Feedback - your comments about this resource would be much appreciated - please leave feedback below

16 October 2014

New e-Resource - Frankfurt and Leipzig Book-Fair Catalogues (OLMS Online)

We now have perpetual access to the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book-fair Catalogues, through the OLMS Online platform. 

Book-trade catalogues, generally referred to as book fair catalogues, offer a unique overview of German and European book production over a period of nearly 300 years (1594-1860).   

This digital version of the microfilmed catalogues of the Frankfurt and Leipzig book fairs, represents an almost complete run.  The book fair catalogues for the Spring/Easter and Autumn/Michaelmas Fairs provide a comprehensive overview of the books on offer during this period. There were only a few years during the Thirty Years’ War when no catalogues are known to have appeared.  

As well as being an important historical bibliography relevant to research in early modern and 19th century history, the history of science and medicine, etc., this resource is also a unique primary source for the intellectual development of continental Europe, and its history of scholarship, literature and publishing.

The following fair catalogues are included:

  • Catalogus universalis, hoc est designatio omnium librorum, qui hisce nundinis … Francofurtensibus & Lipsiensibus anno [1594-1691]
  • Catalogus universalis, sive designatio omnium librorum, qui hisce nundinis … Francofurtensibus & Lipsiensibus anni [1692-1711]
  • Catalogus universalis sive designatio eorum librorum, qui hisce nundinis vernalibus Francofurtensibus et Lipsiensibus anni [1712-1732]
  • Catalogus universalis, oder Verzeichniß derer Bücher, welche in der Frankfurter und Leipziger Michael-Messe entweder ganz neu gedruckt oder sonsten verbessert wieder aufgeleget worden sind  [1733-1759]
  • Allgemeines Verzeichnis der Bücher, welche von Ostern bis Michaelis von Michaelis bis Ostern neu gedruckt oder aufgelegt worden sind [1760-1850]
  • Messkatalog [1850-1854]
  • Bibliographisches Jahrbuch für den deutschen Buch-, Kunst- und Landkarten-Handel [1854-1860]
NB: Individual pages or sections from the catalogues can be downloaded as pdfs.

13 October 2014

Online LBG (Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität)

The first 6 fascicles of the Online LBG (Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität = Dictionary of the Byzantine Greek Language) have just been made freely available.  They cover the letters A-P and link into the texts contained in the TLG (Thesaurus Linguae Graecae) database, the digital library of Greek literature. 

The LBG is the foremost lexicographical resource in Byzantine studies, covering more than 3,000 texts, mainly between 4th-15th Century A.D.  It records new words and word meanings emerging in this period, and offers almost complete coverage of the literature between c 900 - c 1200 (historiography, rhetoric, poetry, theological literature, selective scientific disciplines).

It can be used in different ways - for historical linguistics, philological, literary-historical (questions of style, attesting authenticity, dating), etc. 

LBG bridges the gap between the dictionaries of Ancient and Patristic Greek on the one hand, and the Dictionary of Vernacular Greek Literature by E. Kriaras, on the other. 

Seven fascicles are available to date, with one more scheduled for 2016.  Further fascicles will be provided online three years after their printed publication.  Once completed, the dictionary will contain approximately 80,000 lemmata.

The project is the result of the collaboration between the Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Die Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften) and the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG), based at the University of California, Irvine.

10 October 2014

Knowledge Unlatched Update - and Meme Competition!

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

Many libraries around the world share a Title Fee payment to publishers (the cost of publishing a book), in return for a book being made available via open access e-book platforms.

Nearly 300 international libraries have now signed up. The Library signed up as an early participant.  

28 new Humanities and Social Sciences books are included in the pilot and are listed in SAULCAT.
  • the 28th title - 'Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece', has just been added
  • titles have been downloaded almost 13,000 times since the project began in March 2014 
  • readers in at least 138 countries have been accessing the titles via OAPEN and HathiTrust
  • view more statistics, including details of the Top 20 countries
Open Access Week Competition 

To celebrate the forthcoming Open Access Week 2014, Knowledge Unlatched has launched its own OA Week Meme Competition

Write your own OA-themed caption, or 'meme', for 1 of 5 pictures on the competition website. The competition runs from 7-26 October and the winners will be announced on 31 October.  

Anyone may enter, so please have a go! 

Keep checking the Library's Open Access pages and Open Access blog for more information about exciting Open Access news, activities and events!

7 October 2014

New e-Resource - Oxford Handbooks Online: Philosophy

We're delighted to now have perpetual access to Oxford Handbooks Online: Philosophy (Foundation; 2012-2013 collections).

The Oxford Handbook reference e-book series is regarded as 'the world's most trusted source for scholarly research reviews'.    

Over 50 volumes contain 1,530 review essays by leading scholars.  These essays combine original scholarship with authoritative introductions to their topic, reveal original arguments and concepts, explore major debates and set the agenda for new research. 

All 50 Oxford Handbook: Philosophy titles are now listed individually in SAULCAT and are also findable in SEEKER, the Library's single-search service. 

Detailed FAQ for Oxford Handbooks Online.

Online tutorial for Oxford Handbooks Online.

Off-campus access: login using your University account 

'The Handbooks series ...will continue to be an excellent resource for those who want opinionated and state-of-the-art characterizations of philosophical debates by the leading philosophers of the day' (Prof A Goldberg)