Tuesday, November 16, 2010

TRIAL: British History Online

We have a trial of British History Online until 12th December 2010.

To access this trial go to
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/Default.aspx. Off-campus users should use Apps Anywhere, but if we did subscribe we would of course set up off-campus access via EZproxy as normal.

British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, it aims to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.

A full list of the content only available to premium subscribers is here:
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/statepapers.aspx.

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TRIAL: Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law Online

We have a trial of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law Online until December 14th 2010.

To access this trial go to
http://www.mpepil.com/. Off-campus users should use Apps Anywhere, but if we did subscribe we would of course set up off-campus access via EZproxy as normal.

Edited by RĂ¼diger Wolfrum, this is a fully updated online edition of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law published in print between 1991 and 2001 under the general editorship of Rudolf Bernhardt. The online edition includes search functionality and click-through cross references to other Encyclopedia entries as well as related content in the online service Oxford Reports in International Law. The 1,700 articles include more than 700 new topics not covered in the previous edition.

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TRIAL: Oxford Reports on International Law

We have a trial of Oxford Reports on International Law until December 14th 2010.

To access this trial go to
http://www.oxfordlawreports.com/. Off-campus users should use Apps Anywhere, but if we did subscribe we would of course set up off-campus access via EZproxy as normal.

Oxford Reports on International Law is intended to be a single point of reference for all international law jurisprudence, providing serious researchers access to the widest possible range of international law jurisprudence. All reported decisions have a headnote, the full text of the decision, and are linked to the Oxford Law Citator.

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Economics titles added to Annual Reviews

We have decided to add the 3 Economics titles from Annual Reviews to our collection for 2011, and to buy the first two volumes for each of these titles.

Access to the 2009 and 2010 volumes is available now:

Annual Review of Economics
Annual Review of Financial Economics
Annual Review of Resource Economics

Friday, November 12, 2010

DISCOVER tip: not enough results?

If a DISCOVER search produces few (or no) results, click on the Refine Search option under the search box:

and select the option to also search within the full-text of articles and search again.

You should now find far more hits, but some of them will probably not be that relevant.

We turn off 'also search within the full-text of articles' in the default settings because we found that it often leads to too many irrelevant hits, but it is a useful trick to use when necessary. Note also that full-text searching is only available for a proportion of the records in DISCOVER, so choosing this option will tend to promote those records over ones for which full-text is not available (which is another reason why we leave it turned off by default).

If you find you usually get better results with this option turned on then you can Sign In to DISCOVER to register for a personal EBSCO account that will allow you set this option as one of your preferences.

GeoRef, RILM, Philosopher's Index on EBSCOhost

We have transferred our subscriptions to the GeoRef, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and Philosopher's Index databases from CSA Illumina and OvidSP to EBSCOhost. This will mean that these databases will continue to be included in DISCOVER searches (as they have been for a trial period).

You can search these databases singly at:

GeoRef
http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login.aspx?authtype=ip&profile=EHOST&defaultdb=geh,guh

RILM
http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login.aspx?authtype=ip&profile=EHOST&defaultdb=rih

Philosopher's Index
http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login.aspx?authtype=ip&profile=EHOST&defaultdb=phl

You can also search your choice of EBSCOhost databases (other than by using DISCOVER of course) by clicking Choose Databases.

For example, you can search RILM and Music Index together:
http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login.aspx?authtype=ip&profile=EHOST&defaultdb=rih,mah

Monday, November 01, 2010

TRIAL: Oxford Bibliographies Online

We have a trial of Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) until 30th November.

To access this trial go to
http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/. Off-campus users should use Apps Anywhere, but if we did subscribe to OBO we would of course set up off-campus access via EZproxy as normal.

Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) is a tool designed to help busy researchers find reliable sources of information quickly by directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, or data set they need for their research. It is a springboard for new research that allows for fluid movement between texts and databases within a given institution’s collection and beyond. It is a starting point for organizing a research plan, or for preparing a writing assignment or syllabus. The style and approach is accessible to students, but the depth of coverage makes it of great use to faculty as well.

OBO is a library of disciplined-based subject modules. In each subject module, leading scholars have produced a literary guide to the most important and significant sources in an area of study they know best. The guides feature a selective list of bibliographic citations supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult. Each topic has a unique editorial commentary to show how the cited sources are interrelated. The citations promote discoverability as they link out to the sources via your library collection or through Google books and more.

OBO brings quality assurance and authority to online research. All articles receive multiple peer reviews and editorial board vetting to provide reliable and balanced coverage. Articles are regularly updated by their authors so that information in this resource is always current and accurate. In addition to updating existing articles, new topic guides are added on a regular schedule to expand the scope and extent of each subject module in the library.

Our trial includes all of the currently available modules:

Atlantic History
Biblical Studies
Buddhism
Classics
Criminology
Islamic Studies
Philosophy
Renaissance and Reformation
Social Work

Several more modules will be released in the next year:

Winter 2010:

Medieval Studies
Hinduism

January 2011:

Communication
International Relations
Public Health
Victorian Literature

Coming in 2011:

Anthropology
Cinema and Media Studies
Education
Latin American Studies
Linguistics
Music
Political Science
Sociology

After trying Oxford Bibliographies Online, please leave feedback through the comments section below, specifying which module(s) you are refrring to if possible. 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.