Vitae – website for researchers and research staff

Vitae aims to support the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.

As well as the blog we mentioned in an earlier post it has a really useful publications section, as well as a Scotland and Northern Ireland hub webpage to keep up to date with regional developments.

Oxford Art Online

The March 2011 update of Oxford Art Online includes several batches of articles from the newly available Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. There are articles on the native American artists Adee Dodge, Frank La Pena, Joseph Lonewolf, Grace Medicine Flower, Mabel McKay, Fred Peshlakai, Camilio Sunflower Tafoya ; there are 14 new entries on American architects and architectural firms.  The update also brings you 81 updated and revised entries from the Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

Oxford Internet Institute

At the Oxford Internet Institute you will find webcasts of the Internet pioneers, scholars and regulators who have spoken at the Institute.  For example, Image and imagination: an exploration of online nano-image galleries by Professor Michael Lynch; Visualisation in the age of computerisation by Prof. Steve Woolgar; Facebook resistance? Understanding the role of the Internet in the Arab revolutions by Dr. Miriyam Aouragh; When the audience clicks: buying attention in the digital age by Prof. Joseph Turow; Net neutrality on the Internet by Prof. Nicolas Economides;  and Scholarship in the digital age: blurring the boundaries between research and learning by Prof. Christine Borgman. The Oxford Institute is a department of the University of Oxford.

Science Watch

Science Watch is free Web resource which tracks hot or emerging papers and research fronts. It includes interviews, first-person essays, podcasts, and profiles from scientists, journals, institutions, and nations, selected using the research evaluation tool Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters.

For example in the June 2011 issue there is an interview with George Perry on the role of oxidative stress in Alzheimer’s disease. His work appears among the top 1% of scientists in the fields of Neuroscience & Behaviour, Biology & Biochemistry, Clinical Medicine, and Pharmacology & Toxicology as tracked in Essential Science Indicators. In its Papers section of the June issue there is an interview with Ming Li & Wei Zhao on their fast breaking paper, “Representation of a Stochastic Traffic Bound”. An abstract can be viewed in the Library’s Web of Science database or you can find full text in the IEEExplore Digital Library.

Inspec Reaches 12 Million Record Milestone

Inspec, the leading bibliographic database in the fields of electronics, physics, computer science and engineering, reaches 12 million records in June 2011. This achievement marks a significant milestone- making the Inspec database one of the richest sources for information in its fields.

“For researchers and engineers, the ability to search Inspec and find such timely articles is important to ensure accuracy and speed of their own projects,” says Daniel Smith, Head of Academic Publishing, the IET. “At 12 million records, vetted and abstracted by subject specialists, users can also rest-assured they are getting both the quality and breadth of coverage they need.”

Inspec, produced by the IET, is available to University of Ulster staff and students via Engineering Village, where you can search Compendex, Referex (eBooks) and other sources of information across a wide variety of engineering-related subject areas.

BBC Ulster-Scots

BBC Northern Ireland launched its Ulster-Scots website in May 2011. This excellent resource will be useful for those researching culture in Northern Ireland. Every aspect of Ulster Scots culture is covered. You can add your own patch to the site’s growing Community Quilt where people speak about what Ulster-Scots means to them.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography & American National Biography Online

The Oxford DNB is more than an online biographical dictionary. It has a list of themes. Some of these are, Anglo-Norman invaders of Ireland; the Metaphysical poets; Proponents and critics of appeasement; British Union of Fascists; England, Scotland and the Acts of Union; High-kings of Ireland; Lord Lieutenants of Ireland; Music in Britain: 1905 and after; Papal legates to medieval Britain and Ireland; The road to Suez and War poets. Articles link to biographies of the people involved.

The ODNB links to American National Biography Online. As well as biographies the ANB has research ideas which link to relevant articles and biographies of the people involved.  The ideas are: American literature; Arts in America; Black history; Civil Rights movement; Civil war; Depression and the New Deal; Frontier and Western expansion; Gilded age; Hispanic American heritage; Native American heritage; Women’s history; and World War II.


ISSUU claims to be the fastest growing digital publishing platform in the world, delivering “exceptional reading experiences of magazines catalogues and newspapers”.  Most researchers will want to consult peer-reviewed academic journals held by UU Library. However, Issuu gives access to other journals which may be of interest to researchers in art, design, fashion, film and photography. There are, for example, sample issues and short archives of Artguide, Chaos, Design Matrix, Le Négatif, Fan the fire magazine(formerly Load), Fotoblur, H magazine, Hole magazine, Humanize, I-fashion magazine, Illustration, LARmagazine, Musetouch visual arts magazine, Perspectives on design, Reflex, Revista foto DNG, PH magazine, Scruplz and Wusik sound magazine.

Visuwords, WordNet and ImageNet

Visuwords is an online graphical dictionary and thesaurus. It’s useful for students and researchers. It’s also fun!  Visuwords uses Princeton University’s WordNet,  an open source database built by Princeton university students and language researchers. Within WordNet there is also ImagetNet which is organised according to the WordNet hierarchy (and currently based on nouns). Researchers and educators may use the images if they meet certain conditions. Go to the ImageNet overview for more information.