Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Getting Published in the Social Sciences: SAGE Researchers Seminar

Are you a social scientist looking for advice on how to get published?

Researchers seminar: Wednesday 10th April, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library.

The Library is delighted to welcome Katie Metzler, Commissioning Editor for Research Methods at SAGE, to talk to Liverpool researchers and provide an insight into SAGE's commissioning strategy:

*What kind of books are SAGE looking to publish?
*How do you find the right publisher for your work?
*How is the process of publishing in journals different to that of publishing a book?

In addition to giving advice on writing a book proposal and submitting articles, Katie will be on hand to give feedback on your specific projects and proposals. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the world of social science academic publishing and pick up tips on how to make your work attractive to publishers.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Please REGISTER to book your place.

TRIAL: British and Irish Literature module of Oxford Bibliographies Online

We have a trial of the British and Irish Literature module of Oxford Bibliographies Online until 30th April 2013.

To access this trial go to:

http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/browse?module_0=obo-9780199846719

This is a literary guide to the most important and significant sources in British and Irish Literature. 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.

After trying the British and Irish Literature module of Oxford Bibliographies Online, please leave feedback through the comments section 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.

TRIAL: International Relations module of Oxford Bibliographies Online

We have a trial of the International Relations module of Oxford Bibliographies Online until 30th April 2013.

To access this trial go to:

http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/browse?module_0=obo-9780199743292

This is a literary guide to the most important and significant sources in International Relations literature. 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.

After trying the International Relations module of Oxford Bibliographies Online, please leave feedback through the comments section 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.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Depositing your Thesis in the University Research Archive: Training Workshop

Did you register as a research postgraduate after 1st August 2008? If so, you need to know about submitting your thesis electronically.

Training event: Thursday 11th April, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Wolfson Suite, Harold Cohen Library.

All research postgraduates who registered for an MPhil, PhD or MD since 1st August 2008 are required to deposit an electronic version of their thesis in the University repository, the University of Liverpool Research Archive (UoLRA). Research postgraduates who registered before this date may also choose to deposit their thesis in the UoLRA.

This hands-on workshop examines the process for depositing an electronic copy of your thesis in the UoLRA and provides guidance about issues that students should consider during the preparation and deposit of their thesis, including information on copyright.

This workshop is aimed at students entering the final phase of their studies. Ideally, students should aim to attend this workshop around 6 months before the intention to submit.

Places on this workshop are limited and must be booked in advance. Please REGISTER to book a place.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Resource of the week: SPIE Digital Library

It’s National Science and Engineering Week which this year “shines the spotlight on how the sciences, technology, engineering and maths relate to our everyday lives”. So here is a closer look at one of our Science and Engineering resources.

What is it? 
SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive resource available of optics and photonics applied research, providing access to an outstanding array of material covering light-based research and innovation. Optics and photonics technologies enhance our world and every day we encounter the results of this research. According to SPIE “from LCD computer screens and smartphone cameras, to alternative energy sources and new methods for detecting and treating cancer, optics and photonics fuel some of the most exciting advances of our time”.

As well as continually adding new material SPIE Digital Library also provides access back to 1962 when SPIE’s first technical paper was published. The SPIE Digital Library is both a rich technical archive and a quick reference resource for current state-of-the-art research.

Why use it? 
SPIE Digital Library provides user friendly search and browse tools ideal for busy researchers. The collection includes conference proceedings, journal articles and a complete collection of ebooks from SPIE Press. Use SPIE Digital Library to keep up-to-date with some of the most exciting innovations in optics and photonics technologies.

The new SPIE Digital Library website has a simple search interface which quickly gives access to the full text content. To use some of the more advanced features of the SPIE Digital Library, including creating and managing e-mail alerts and saving figures and tables, you will need to create a personal account. This is really easy to do.




Trial Access to The Grand Tour - digitised primary source materials

From 18th March to 15th April the library is providing trial access to The Grand Tour. This collection of digitised primary and secondary sources from c1550 to 1850.



The Grand Tour was a rite-of-passage for many aristocratic and wealthy young men of the eighteenth century: a phenomenon which shaped the creative and intellectual sensibilities of some of the eighteenth century’s greatest artists, writers and thinkers. These accounts of the English abroad, c1550-1850, highlight the influence of continental travel on British art, architecture, urban planning, literature and philosophy.

This collection of manuscript, visual and printed works allows scholars to compare a range of sources on the history of travel for the first time, including many from private or neglected collections. We include letters; diaries and journals; account books; printed guidebooks; published travel writing; paintings and sketches; architectural drawings and maps.

The Grand Tour is a wonderful source of information about daily life in the eighteenth century, highlighting such everyday issues as transportation, money, communications, food and drink, health and sex.

The material also covers European political and religious life, British diplomacy; life at court, and social customs on the Continent, and is an invaluable resource for the study of Europe’s urban spaces.

There is a wealth of detail about cities such as Paris, Rome, Florence and Geneva, including written accounts and visual representations of street life, architecture and urban planning. Please leave us your feedback using the options below.





Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lexis Library maintenance Saturday 16th March

Due to essential maintenance work on Saturday 16th March, there may be intermittent or no access to Lexis Library between the hours of 5am and 5pm.

Lexis Nexis apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Resource of the week: Empire Online

What is it?
Empire Online is an historical resource that provides access to many thousands of primary source materials related to the creation and organisation of the world’s empires, including diaries, correspondence, missionary papers, pamphlets and more. There are also introductory essays and a chronology feature through which you can filter historical timelines by topic, empire, country and commodity.

Why use it?
Empire Online allows researchers of history to read primary historical documents that give a tremendous insight into the realities of how empires were organised and managed, making history come to life. The useful introductory essays help researchers gain a general overview of a topic, while the interactive timelines allow the primary documents to be placed in their historical context. An excellent resource for historical research in a wide range of subjects, including colonialism, business and trade, science, exploration, culture, and more.

TRIAL: Cambridge Histories Online

We have a trial of Cambridge Histories Online until 31st March 2013.

To access this trial go to:

http://universitypublishingonline.org.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/cambridge/histories/

Cambridge Histories Online includes over 300 volumes in the Cambridge Histories series published since 1975, in 15 subjects areas:

American History
British History
Economic History
General History
History of Science
History of the Book
Language and Linguistics
Literary Studies
Music
Philosophy
Political and Social Theory
Regional History
Religious Studies
Theatre Studies and Performing Arts
Warfare

After trying Cambridge Histories Online 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.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Resource of the week: Environment Complete

As this week is Climate Week, a national initiative aimed at “inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future”, it’s a good time to advertise a resource which specialises in environmental coverage.

What is it?
Environment Complete covers the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and affiliated areas of study.  The contents are more than 2.5 million records from thousands of domestic and international titles dating back over 100 years with over a thousand active core titles.

Why use it?
Environment Complete offers features and tools that are specifically designed to enhance the academic experience for undergraduates to researchers. It is available via EBSCO so if you are familiar with searching DISCOVER, you’ll already be aware of the search tools and refinements on offer.

More support specifically for Environment Complete can be found here, with tips to improve searches, advice about setting up a personal account so you can set up alerts to journal titles for example and how to make the best of the results displayed.