Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Leisure Reading Collection

 Tired of the stress of revising and exams?  Fancy an entertaining summer read?  Don't forget to check out our fabulous Leisure Reading collection, boasting some wonderful fiction from a wealth of authors including Stephen King, Ian Rankin, George R R Martin and J K Rowling.  As well as fiction, there are also many fascinating biographies, non-fiction works and books on popular science.

This collection has recently moved from the ground floor and is currently situated on the second floor of the Clifford Whitworth library, near to the windows and the deck chairs.  An ideal location to peruse the many brilliant items.

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Image by Margie O'Hara

Friday, 23 June 2017

Web of Science - maintenance

The upgrade to Web of Science to version 5.25 is complete.

For information on the new features of the WoS upgrade (including screenshots) please see the WoS Release notes at: 

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The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology is available to browse online.

Each entry is written and updated by specialists in the field, providing clear, concise, expert definitions and explanations of the key concepts in the broad field of sociology - an essential resource for students!

There are over 2,100 topics covered, and of these over 800 have been recently added or updated.

Access the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology from anywhere here:

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Dictionary of Old English

The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (C.E. 600-1150) of the English language.

The compilers of this resource are working their way through texts to add and update this all the time.

Recently the publisher Dictionary has added H:

The new release includes 2,956 H entries, from h (the letter) to hȳwet (hewing), with many humdingers between, spanning heofon and hell and joining heorte to hēafod.
Read more about the project here https://www.doe.utoronto.ca/pages/index.html

Access the Dictionary of Old English here:

And access the Dictionary of Old English web corpus here:

Monday, 19 June 2017

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance

At the end of this week Box of Broadcasts will be implementing a fix to a bug that has caused playback problems for some BoB users due to compatibility issues with some browsers. This should greatly improve load times across affected browsers, including Internet Explorer, Edge and Chrome. The fix will require some downtime for the BoB service on Friday 23rd but is scheduled to take place between 7 am and 9 am so as to keep any inconvenience to an absolute minimum.

In doing this however please note that they will have to restrict support for Internet Explorer to the most current version, IE 11,  as Microsoft ended its support for all previous versions of the browser after 12 January 2016. For anyone still using older versions of the browser, it will be necessary to upgrade to IE 11 or Edge.

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Digital Theatre +

The Library is now providing access to the database Digital Theatre Plus.

Founded in 2009, Digital Theatre+ is the world’s leading educational platform for English and the Performing Arts, providing over 3 million students, within over 1000 schools, colleges and universities, across 65 countries, with access to 600+ theatre productions and educational resources.

DT+ is constantly evolving, with more productions, interviews, and written content being added every month.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Library Search upgrade - 18th June 2am

Library Search will be upgraded to the latest version on Sunday 18th June. It will be unavailable for a short time around 2am whilst the work takes place.

The upgrade adds features to Library Search such as:

Viewing your search history - use the icon in the top right hand corner to access 

Save your searches and set up alerts to find out about new results. When you're signed into Library Search you'll see an option to 'Save query' at the top of the results list

The eJournal search has been updated so is now available from within the Library Search interface.

Friday, 9 June 2017

HeinOnline - new databases

In addition to our previously subscribed contentHeinOnline now includes the following databases:

  • Legal Dictionariescontaining nearly 300 legal dictionaries 
  • Foreign Relations of the United States - presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.
  • History of International Law - Includes hundreds of titles and more than a million pages dating back to 1690 on International Law subjects such as War & Peace, the Nuremberg Trials, Law of the Sea, International Arbitration, Hague Conferences and Conventions and much more!

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Digimap Lidar - Trial

Digimap have launched their new Lidar Digimap Collection. The new Collection is available to preview for all Digmap users until the 31st of July 2017. Lidar data can be downloaded through the Lidar Download for use in GIS and CAD applications; there is no Lidar Roam application for viewing the data.

The service allows you to download current and past Lidar data from the Environment Agency (EA), Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

Lidar data is very useful when creating 3D terrains and models. For creating 3D scenes, it is very useful to use a Digital Surface Model (DSM) to create a surface and hillshading from which you can drape other data over, such as the imagery from Aerial Digimap.

They are also very keen to know what you have been doing with Lidar data in the past or what you plan to do with the Lidar data you are going to get from the new service. To find out this information from you they have put a survey in the interface and you have the chance to win a £20 Amazon just for filling it in!

Please let your Academic Support Librarian know what you think of this resource.
  • why you would use this resource?
  • what teaching or research would this support?
  • who else would use this resource?

This resource is on trial until July 31st 2017.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

JSTOR access interrupted

We've currently lost access to all of our subscribed content on the JSTOR platform.

We are in touch with them, and hope to have this issue resolved shortly.

Apologies for the inconvenience this causes.