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Stormont Papers web survey

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The JISC funded SPHERE project is collecting information on the use of the Stormont Parliamentary Papers digital resource – an archive of the House of Commons debates from the Stormont Government, 1921-72. A short web survey on use of the resource is available at the following web link Stormont Papers web survey.

The information collected by the project will be used to understand the needs of the research and teaching community and establish priorities for the digitisation of new content and redevelopment of the user interface. Your contribution to the survey will establish current use of the Stormont Parliamentary Papers resource and help to shape its future development.

Please visit the Stormont Papers web site for further information on the project.

The SPHERE project is funded by JISC, based at King’s College, London and Queen’s University, Belfast, working in Partnership with the Northern Ireland Assembly Library, and the NIA Official Report. It started on Nov 1st, 2010, and concludes in April 2011.

UK Web Archive

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Have you ever seen a website you wanted to refer to in your work only to find it had disappeared, or had changed dropping the very information you needed? Then have a look at the UK Web Archive which is provided by British Library in partnership with the National Library of Wales, JISC and the Wellcome Library.  The Archive is attempting to preserve as many UK websites as possible. Here you will find websites of interest for all academic disciplines. It includes grey literature sites preserving briefings, reports, policy statements, and much ephemeral yet important information. Look at the 3D Wall of this exciting site.

Project Gutenberg

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Do you need to consult Plato’s Republic or his Apology? Or maybe you need More’s, Utopia or Machiavelli’s, The Prince? Perhaps you need to check a verse in the Bible or the Koran? Or do you want to have a quick look at the Dore Gallery of  Bible Illustrations, or Roget’s Thesaurus, or a Latin grammar? But you can’t get into the Library! Then try Project Gutenberg. You will find all of these titles and 33,000 other ebooks – all free.

Maps of Scotland

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Maps of Scotland is a National Library of Scotland resource. You can access and view over 20,000 maps as high resolution, colour, zoomable images. The maps range from 1560 -1935. One of the early maps is Speed’s, “The Kingdome of Scotland” (1610). There are town plans, marine charts, military maps, estate maps of Scotland and maps with acompanying text from the “Bathymetrical survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland 1897-1909″. There is also a new historical map application enabling you to embed historic maps in your website, or to display them on your mobile device or phone (including iPhone, iPad and Android mobile). The application is free.

DRAPIer: Digital Research And Projects in Ireland

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

DRAPIer is an interactive database of Irish digital humanities projects. You can find projects of interest by searching for keywords or browsing by the facets listed on the right hand side of each page.

DRAPIer is a project of the Royal Irish Academy.

European Holocaust Research Infrastructure

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Launched on November 16th 2010, the EHRI is a major four-year project to “support the European Holocaust research community by giving them integrated online access to dispersed (archival) resources relating to the Holocaust all over Europe and Israel, and by encouraging collaborative research in multi‐national research teams”. The project has received 7 million Euros of EU funding and has 20 project partners in 13 countries, including the Wiener Library Institute of Contemporary History in London, and King’s College London. Researchers will be cataloguing resources from diverse regional centres, discovering sources dispersed through migration following World War II, and translating from a range of source languages.

Researcher ID

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

This is “a global, scholarly research community”. If you sign up you will be given a unique identifier; you will be able to manage your publication list and professional profile online; you will be able to access other researchers’ work – and they yours. Metrics such as times cited counts quantify members’ performances. You may find researchers in your area of work and get the opportunity to collaborate with them. Areas of interest include genomes, artificial intelligence, data mining, nanotechnology.  Where is it?  You will find it if you click on the Additional Resources tab at the Library’s Web of Knowledge database.

New Business Portal from the British Library

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

The British Library has launched a new Management and Business Studies portal.  The portal aims to help researchers find high quality management and business research publications by providing access to the vast British Library digital and print collections.  Free registration is required to access the full service.  The portal contains:

  • Full text research reports, summaries, briefings, case studies, working papers and conference papers from selected Universities, research institutes, thinktanks, professional bodies, trade unions, consultancies and government bodies
  • Videos and exclusive articles by leading researchers and consultants
  • Guides and bibliographies to help you find and use material on particular topics
  • Details of books, journal articles, reports, datasets, sound recordings and other resources from the British Library’s collections that are relevant to your search – all in one easy-to use results list

Visit the Management and Business Study portal on the British Library website for more information.

Parliamentary publications online

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

 

The UK Parliament website provides a wealth of useful information online including access to Hansard, the Official Report of proceedings of the House of Commons (available from November 1998) and the House of Lords (from 1995-96). For older Hansard, from 1803-2005, go to the Historical Hansard website.  Recent Parliamentary Papers, including Committee Reports, are available in the  Publications & Records section of the UK Parliament site, along with Research reports from the libraries of both Houses.  These are particularly useful sources of information on key issues facing the UK parliament at Westminster.

In Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Assembly website provides access to the Official Report (Hansard) of the Northern Ireland Assembly from 1997-98, as well as Committee minutes and reports.  It is also useful to be aware of the Research publications produced by the Assembly’s Research and Library Service. They cover a range of topics of interest to Members and the wider public, and are an invaluable source of up to date information.

And finally, if you are interested in older parliamentary material, don’t forget the following library databases:  House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 1801-2003/04,  Northern Ireland: a divided community (record of Stormont from PRONI archives),  Stormont Papers (Parliamentary debates of the devolved government of Northern Ireland 1921-1972) and EPPI (Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1801-1922).

Early Irish Glossaries Database

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Early Irish glossaries (Cormac, O’Mulconry, Druim Cett, Loman and Irsan) are important for those researching medieval Ireland. This electronic resource (beta version) provides transcriptions, tools for generating concordances, a bibliography, a list of abbreviations and a search option.