Wednesday, May 23, 2007

TRIAL: Morgan & Claypool - Synthesis Digital Library

We have atrial of the Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science until 30th June 2007. (We previously trialled this in 2006 when there was less content).

To access this trial go to http://www.morganclaypool.com/page/synthesis.jsp (on-campus only).

Synthesis is a library of 50- to 100-page electronic books that synthesizes an important research or development topic, authored by a prominent contributor to the field. They are designed to provide more synthesis, analysis, and depth than typical research journal articles. They are also more modular and dynamic than traditional print or digital handbooks, such as collected volumes and monographs. They are ideal entry points to new areas for researchers, advanced developers, and students.

Synthesis titles are sold in collections, not individually, with each collection comprising all of the titles published in that year.

Ater trying out the Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Digital Library, please leave a comment.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

TRIAL: 500 Elsevier e-books on ScienceDirect

Elsevier have added 4,000 e-books to their ScienceDirect platform and we now have a trial of 500 of them until 1st September 2007.

To access this trial, browse the e-books on ScienceDirect.

You can find out more about the titles available from the ScienceDirect Info site.

We would be able to purchase Elsevier e-books for access on either the ScienceDirect platform (cross-searchable with our Elsevier journals and book series) or on ebrary (cross-searchable with most of our other e-books).

Please leave us comments about whether you find these e-books useful (which ones?!) and whether you would prefer to access them on ScienceDirect or ebrary.

TRIAL: Gale Film and Cinema Reference eBooks

We have a trial of 3 Gale Film and Cinema Reference eBooks until 15th June 2007:
  • Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film
  • History of the American Cinema
  • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers
To access this trial go to http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/livuni_tr . Off-campus, login with the trial username and password.

After using any of these e-books, please leave a comment, ensuring that it is clear which title(s) you are commenting on.

Monday, May 14, 2007

TRIAL: Social Theory (Alexander Street Press)

We have a trial of Social Theory from Alexander Street Press until 30th June 2007.

Social Theory offers an extensive selection of documents that explore the complexities and interpret the nature of social behavior and organization. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. The current release features 48,300 pages of content by such major theorists as Jean Baudrillard, Ulrich Beck, Howard Becker, Nancy Chodorow, Norbert Elias, Erving Goffman, Robert Merton, and Talcott Parsons.

To access this trial go to http://soth.alexanderstreet.com/ (on-campus only).

After using Social Theory, please leave a comment.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

TRIAL: Geography Compass

Geography Compass from Blackwell Publishing is available for free until September 2007. It is one of a number of online-only Compass journals that publish original, peer-evaluated, state-of-the-art surveys of current research.

To access Geography Compass go to http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/GECO.

After trying Geography Compass, please leave a comment.

TRIAL: Classicial Scores Library

We have a trial of the Classical Scores Library from Alexander Street Press until 3rd June 2007.

Classical Scores Library will contain 400,000 pages of classical scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions. The major composers output is represented, as well as many lesser known composers and works.

Content in the first release includes 800 scores (approx. 25,000 pages) of in-copyright material from Boosey and Hawkes and selected material from the University Music Editions microfilm series. 49 composers' works are included in this release, including notable 20th-century composers such as Aaron Copland, Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, and Ned Rorem. This first release contains 16 full operas, 7 oratorios, over 50 string quartets, 27 symphonies, 60 concerti, and more.

To access this trial go to http://shmu.alexanderstreet.com/ (on-campus only).

After using the Classical Scores Library, please leave a comment.

TRIAL: WARC - World Advertising Research Center

We have a trial of WARC.com until 8th June 2007.

WARC.com is a source of intelligence for the marketing, advertising, media and research communities, drawn from more than 40 international sources, including WARC’s own publications such as Admap as well those of its partners, which include The Advertising Research Foundation, ESOMAR, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and many more.

WARC.com contains over 45,000 articles, case studies, research papers, news reports and summaries, augmented with best practice papers, practical guides and statistical data.

To access this trial go to WARC and login with the trial username and password.

After trying WARC.com, please leave a comment.