Tuesday, 30 August 2016

SOLAR - changes to current interface

We’ve made a few changes in the current SOLAR interface in response to user feedback.

Firstly, we have introduced a new resource type so that it’s possible to filter and search by Print Books or E-books.  So you’ll now see options for Books (Print) and Books (Electronic) in the facets and in advanced search:- 




We've also reviewed the facets available for filtering, based on user testing and also usage statistics. So the list has been rearranged to put them in order of use.

Furthermore, the links (e.g. Get It, Details, Multiple versions) on each record have been restyled to highlight them:-



Finally the 'Back to results' button on the full record screen has been increased in size:- 

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new version - 




and the date slider in the date facet has been removed as it was difficult and inaccurate to use.

All these changes should come into effect before the end of today, 30/8/16.

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








 

New eBook platform today

At some time today, Tuesday 30th August the e-books on the EBL platform will be moving to the new ProQuest Ebook Central platform.

The new platform will offer a more seamless experience for you in terms of searching, reading online and downloading eBooks.  And there'll be a wider selection of books on the platform, so the Library should be able to provide you more of the eBooks you need.

Have a sneak preview of the new platform here

Friday, 26 August 2016

New Gale Databases

The Library has added three new databases from Gale Cengage Learning. 

The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive 1902-2011 is a complete online fully-searchable edition of the TLS from the first edition in 1902 onwards and is an essential companion for studying and researching literary activity and critical opinion makers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991 is a complete archive of this landmark publication and is an essential witness to the intellectual and cultural history of the twentieth century, and also to the golden years of radio and television.

The Independent Digital Archive 1986-2012 is a digital collection that covers the full run of the newspaper from its very first issue until the end of 2012. 


Business e-Books from Springer

We've recently added over 1,000 business, economics and management e-Books to SOLAR, published by Palgrave and Springer between 2013 and 2016.

Access all of these e-Books on the Springer platform - alongside thousands of e-Books on other subjects, and also over 5 million articles from over 2,000 full text journals - or find them all in SOLAR.

Photo by tokyoform


Nick Hern Books

There are now over 400 play texts available from Nick Hern Books available on the Drama Online platform.

For access to these titles on and off campus, click here : https://salford.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/series/nhb-modern-plays-iid-135039

Or find individual titles in SOLAR.


These new plays are in addition to over 1,300 play texts available from Bloomsbury and Faber on the same platform.

Search and browse all of Drama Online here https://salford.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/

Image by Ricardo

Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech

August 28th marks the anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech.  
This was a public speech delivered by the American civil rights activist during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he called for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights.

To mark this momentous event, the library would like to draw your attention to some of the many excellent e-resources we provide, including ProQuest's Political Science, EBSCO's Academic Search Premier and, from Cambridge University Press, Social Policy Digest.

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

Image by Mike Licht





Monday, 22 August 2016

Off-campus access to e-resources

There has been a change to our set-up which controls off campus access to the majority of our e-resources.   

This should not affect your access to these resources in any way.

However, if you do experience any problems with off campus access then please contact us, along with the details of the resource you are trying to access, at library-eresources@salford.ac.uk



Friday, 19 August 2016

Visible Body - Anatomy and Physiology

The Library has now purchased the Anatomy and Physiology section of the Visible Body resource.

This section includes:-

  • 50 chapters/modules that use 3D models, illustrations, and animations to present the core content in an anatomy and physiology course
  • more than 80 short animations that cover core physiology
  • more than 85 3D illustrations and 500 3D models that can be studied from any angle and varying zoom levels
  • on-screen controls for zooming, panning, rotating, and dissecting 3D models of twelve body systems (Cells and Tissue, Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, Endocrine, Circulatory, Lymphatic, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, and Reproductive)
  • 3D bony landmarks of the axial and appendicular skeleton
  • audio pronunciations and definitions of structures
  • 65 multiple choice and dissection quizzes
You can also access several other parts of Visible Body.
Don't forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

American Journal of Sports Medicine - Backfile

Staff and students now have access to the American Journal of Sports Medicine Backfiles (1972 to date), via the Sage platform.

The American Journal of Sports Medicine is an invaluable resource for the orthopaedic sports medicine community.  It acts as an important forum for independent orthopaedic sports medicine research and education, allowing clinical practitioners the ability to make decisions based on sound scientific information.




Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Elsevier Journals Backfile - Engineering

The Library has recently purchased backfiles of numerous engineering journals from Elsevier. Many of these titles are now available from their very first issue.

These purchases were made as a response to high levels of usage of these particular titles and will provide valuable access for both teaching and research.

All of these are available in ScienceDirect so either browse that site or search in SOLAR.

Titles include:-

  • Applied Acoustics
  • Computers & Structures
  • Journal of Constructional Steel Research
  • International Journal of Mechanical Sciences
  • International Journal of Rock Mechanics
  • Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering and Design
  • Applied Ergonomics
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Thin-Walled Structures
Image by Les Chatfield



Elsevier Journals Backfile - Agriculture


The Library has recently purchased backfiles of numerous agricultural journals from Elsevier. Many of these titles are now available from their very first issue.

These purchases were made as a response to high levels of usage of these particular titles and will provide valuable access for both teaching and research.

All of these are available in ScienceDirect so either browse that site or search in SOLAR.
Titles include:-

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Journal of Human Evolution
  • Applied Animal Behaviour Science
  • Aquaculture
  • Journal of Hydrology
  • Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
  • Journal of Theoretical Biology
  • Journal of Insect Physiology
  • Mathematical Biosciences
Photo by Pic Basement 

Elsevier Journals Backfile - Medicine


The Library has recently purchased backfiles of numerous medical journals from Elsevier. Many of these titles are now available from their very first issue.

These purchases were made as a response to high levels of usage of these particular titles and will provide valuable access for both teaching and research.

All of these are available in ScienceDirect so either browse that site or search in SOLAR.


Titles include:-

  • International journal of radiation, oncology, biology, physics
  • Journal of Hand Surgery
  • Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Journal of Pediatrics
  • Metabolism
  • American Journal of Medicine
  • Annals of Emergency Medicine
  • American Journal of Cardiology
  • American Journal of Surgery
  • Parasitology Today

Photo by Min


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

ProQuest downtime - 21st August

ProQuest advise that they will be undertaking maintenance on their products at the following time, and they apologise for any inconvenience caused by the resulting downtime :
  • United Kingdom (BST): Sunday, 21 Aug., 3:00 a.m. through Sunday, 21 Aug., 11:00 p.m.
  • United States (EDT): Saturday, 20 Aug., 10:00 p.m. through Sunday, 21 Aug., 6:00 a.m.
  • Australia (AEST): Sunday, 21 Aug., 12:00 p.m. through Sunday, 21 Aug., 8:00 p.m.
  • Tokyo (JST): Sunday, 21 Aug., 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, 21 Aug., 7:00 p.m.
  • China (CST): Sunday, 21 Aug., 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, 21 Aug., 6:00 p.m.
 

Monday, 8 August 2016

Taylr & Francis Online : new platform

On 9th August Taylor & Francis are launching a new platform for their journal content.

For more information on the new platform, including some video walk-thoughs, see here: http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/gen/introducing-the-new-taylor-francis-online

During the updgrade, which is scheduled between midnight and 1pm, some features of the site will not be available.

The new platform promises
  • For researchers: intuitive and readable article layout puts the content at the centre, organises figures & data, references, citations and article statistics into easily accessible tabs, and highlights access options and the article PDF. 
  • For authors: Easy manuscript submission, clear information and instructions designed to meet the needs of anyone looking to publish their research.
  • Enhanced discoverability with multi-faceted search makes finding articles and journals simpler and faster, with options to filter by subject, publication date and access options.
  • Menus that stay in place as you scroll make it easy for readers to move around and access the key sections and tools wherever they are on the page.
  • Prominent journal branding makes it easy for readers to identify and access key journals  and find related and key content in our easy to read new “card” design.
  • Improved video display provides more impact for video abstracts and video content.
  • Clear access indicators allow Librarians and library users to easily see what they can access with coloured icons clearly displayed as corner tabs at all levels.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Box of Broadcasts- upgrade

We are aware that the current upgrade to Box of Broadcasts has resulted in some content being made unavailable.  The supplier has assured us that they are trying to reload all of their previously accessible content as soon as possible.  If there are any specific titles you are trying to access, please contact the E-resources team on library-eresources@salford.ac.uk.  We can then investigate if any alternative provision exists.
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On 1 August the new Box of Broadcasts will go live, with a fresh look, enhanced video quality and more powerful searching capabilities. Then from September, BoB will deliver a whole host of improvements, including a platform working across desktop, iOS and Android devices, media records based on TRILT metadata, supporting more powerful searching capabilities and better programme coverage with a permanent archive of content from nine channels: BBC1 London / BBC2 / BBC4 / ITV London / Channel 4 / More4 / Channel 5 / BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra, as well as a host of other features.

Throughout August they will be working on fully upgrading the system but unfortunately, some of their archive content and some functionality, including saved clips and playlists, won’t be available during this upgrade period. 
Saved clips and playlists,archive content and enhanced functionality will be restored in September, along with all the exciting new features.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the upgrade period.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Wiley Online Library - maintenance

This issue has now been resolved.  The Library would like to thank you for your patience.  If you experience any problems, please contact us at library-eresources@salford.ac.uk.

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We are currently experiencing some problems with off-campus access to resources on the Wiley Online Library platform.  The problem has been reported and it is hoped to have a resolution as soon as possible.  In the meantime, the Library would like to apologise for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Orlando - Trial

On a trial basis, the Library has set up access to the Orlando electronic resource.  Orlando looks at women's writing in the British Isles from the beginnings to the present. It provides entries on authors' lives and writing careers, contextual material, timelines, sets of internal links, and bibliographies. Interacting with these materials creates a dynamic inquiry from any number of perspectives into centuries of women's writing. 

This resource is on trial until August 15th 2016. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Sage Research Methods Video - Trial

On a trial basis, the Library has set up access to the Sage Research Methods Video collection.  This collection brings together SAGE's best-selling authors and leading figures in the field to produce a video collection which is unparalleled in the market.  SAGE Research Methods Video can help students learn research skills by watching and listening and by providing interactive, engaging, visual content.
This resource is on trial until 15/8/16.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Disability Awareness Day - Sunday July 10th

Did you know that Disability Awareness Day (DAD) is the biggest non-profit disability exhibition led by volunteers in the UK?
It is held by Warrington Disability Partnership and attracts more than 25,000 people every year.   So, what is the day raising awareness to specifically?
The day aims to raise awareness to the voluntary, statutory and private services available to people with disabilities.   Having this knowledge will allow people to be more independent. 
Other ways to promote independence will involve putting forward equipment and showing what disabled people are capable of achieving in fields like sports, arts and entertainment.
With this in mind, the Library would like to draw your attention to some of the many excellent resources it offers, including the Disabled Living Foundation online resource as well as numerous e-journals such as Disability and Rehabilitation and, from Science Direct, the Disability and Health Journal.
We would also like to draw your attention to the great work being done in the area of Inclusive Practice by the Disability and Learner Support team.
Don't forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.


Monday, 4 July 2016

Endnote - maintenance

We are currently experiencing problems with EndNote Web.  The suppliers are working on this problem and hope to have a resolution as soon as possible.