Wednesday, December 17, 2008

ticTOCs current awareness service is now live

ticTOCs, the JISC-funded project led by the University of Liverpool to create a one-stop shop for RSS table of contents feeds is now available at http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/.

See the full announcement at:

http://tictocsnews.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/scholarly-journals-new-free-service-makes-keeping-up-to-date-easy/

Note that it currently covers over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers. If you are about to go off on your Xmas break you might like to try setting up some feeds to keep yourself up to date while you are away…

Our own web page about RSS feeds for current awareness:

http://www.liv.ac.uk/library/techserv/ejrnl/rss.html

explains how to use ticTOCs to find the feeds you want and how to export those feeds to a ‘proper’ feed reader. (The idea is for people to include the feeds in some sort of personalised page that they look at every day – that could be Microsoft Outlook!)

For those who want to be alerted to articles-on-a-topic rather than complete tables of contents, our page above advises creating saved search alerts on a database (as an RSS feed rather than an email alert if you prefer).

You are of course welcome to revisit the ticTOCs site to view your chosen feeds but it has no built-in alerting mechanism (yet?) so we would encourage people to take their feeds elsewhere. Other feed readers may also have the facilities to group/merge feeds into folders, search within feeds, etc. Our priority on the project has been to build the most comprehensive database of feeds, not to reproduce feed-reader functionality that is already available in many other places.

Friday, December 05, 2008

TRIAL: British Online Archives from Microform Academic Publishers

We have a trial of the British Online Archives from Microform Academic Publishers until 24th December 2008.

Microform's intention is to provide scholars with remote access to entire primary sources for the purpose of academic study and research across many disciplines in humanities and social sciences, including: minutes of political parties; reports of national institutions; official government publications; commercial archives relating to the Industrial Revolution, the slave trade or colonisation; the papers of individuals prominent in the history of Britain and its Empire during the modern era; missionary, naval and other records relating to Africa, Asia and the Americas.

The following products are included in this trial:

BBC handbooks, annual reports and accounts, 1927-2001/2
BBC Listener Research Department
British Union of Fascists : newspapers and secret files
Correspondence of Arthur C. Murray
Parliamentary Labour Party papers
Records relating to the slave trade at the Liverpool RO

Off-campus users should use the version of Internet Explorer in the Windows Terminal Service to access this trial. In the event of a subscription we would of course arrange access via EZproxy for off-campus users.

Pricing for 5 years' access to these products can be seen at
http://www.britishonlinearchives.co.uk/guides/PricingInstitution.php

After trialling any of these products please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.