Developed by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Gallica is a platform providing access to public domain and copyrighted digital material. You have access to thousands of books images, journals and sound recordings. The project is part of a European programme in which the BnF is the French aggregator for the implementation of Europeana, the European Digital Library. Back runs of French journals could be of particular interest.
Crowdsourcing opening up new opportunities, by Andy Hudson-Smith: the full text of this article is available online in the ESRC’s, National Centre for Research Methods newsletter, MethodsNews , summer 2011. Other articles in this issue include, Methodical challenges in researching ethnicity, by Angela Dale et al and, Assessing UK academics’ research methods training needs, by Ross Wiles. For the full report of the Wiles article click here.
Elsevier have published the second edition of Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career, which is a crash course of practical advice on how to plan a research career. Written by 30-year research veteran Professor Alan Johnson, this mentoring booklet, used as a resource in many workshops around the world, provides a detailed map of the important milestones that young researchers should reach along the path to a successful research career. The 132 page booklet provides wide-ranging topics, from planning a career to preparing a grant funding application, to selecting a research discipline, supervisor and mentor. It also discusses the importance of getting recognized, how to publish and where to publish. It is freely available from the link above.
Online archive of books, moving images (films), audio and live music.
The September update of Oxford Reference Online Premium has added 3 more reference books to the Collection: The Oxford reader’s companion to George Eliot; The Oxford reader’s companion to Hardy and A dictionary of abbreviations. There is also a new edition of the, Oxford companion to classical literature
Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats. A wide range of subjects is covered including literature and history.
The Thesis Whisperer is a newspaper style blog dedicated to helping research students everywhere. It is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and has contributors from around the world.
Check out the latest post “How I use technology in my PhD” to find out more about ways of simplifying your research using online tools.
Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-net) maintains discussion lists which are useful for researchers in history, culture, and social sciences. “H-Net’s e-mail lists function as electronic networks, linking professors, teachers and students in an egalitarian exchange of ideas and materials.” Either subscribe to a discussion list or view recent discussions in the discussion logs.
Law researchers will be interested to know that Westlaw now allows you to save searches and set up search alerts using the new My Westlaw feature. You will be prompted to set up your My Westlaw profile when you first log in to the database.
Click on Settings & Tools to access your research Trail, which records your various searches or retrieved documents. The default time limit is set to 14 days but you can reset this period.
Perform a search and click on the “Save as Alert” link and decide how often you want to be notified about new material matching your search words.
Alternatively, click on the Alerts option at the top of the page, choose from a list of options and be notified about all new material on that subject.
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