Explore the British Library

The British Library Integrated Catalogue has been replaced by Explore the British Library. You can now search almost 57 million records in a single search as opposed to 14 million in the Integrated Catalogue.  If you had any information stored in the, My Folder of the Integrated Catalogue, this will have been transferred to, My Workspace in Explore the British Library. Please note that you can search for an ISBN (also ISSNs, ISMNs and BNB numbers) by entering the number directly into the simple search box. This will also work in the Advanced search option.

New RefWorks Features Now Available

The latest release of new features in RefWorks 2.0 is now available. This release includes enhancements such as:

  • The ability to drag and drop references into folders
  • The option to share references using Twitter and Facebook
  • Duplicate record checking from the import results page
  • Updated Quick Access Bar
  • Add New Reference Page has been streamlined

You can read the complete list of enhancements in the January 2012 release here.

Irish names added to new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

A number of high-profile names from the North of Ireland are among the latest to be added to the newest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The lives of 217 men and women who died in 2008 are now part of the dictionary series, which includes 53,084 articles telling the life stories of 58,094 people. The new additions include a selection of people who shaped or commented on the recent history of the North. They are Sir John Hermon, Brian Keenan, Conor Cruise O’Brien, and Basil Kelly. The four Irishmen take their place alongside other new additions to the Oxford DNB including the dramatist Harold Pinter, science fiction and science writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the broadcast journalist Sir Charles Wheeler, jazz trumpeter and radio performer Humphrey Lyttelton and television performer Jeremy Beadle – all of whom died in 2008. The Oxford DNB is updated three times annually and published every January, May, and September

Early Journal content available on JSTOR.

Journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere, is now freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.  This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.  It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR.

You can browse a list of available content by discipline or by title.
Additionally the Library subscribes to JSTOR Ireland and JSTOR Arts and Sciences Collection III.

ScienceDirect – improved navigation and readability

Elsevier, the publisher behind ScienceDirect, are working towards a complete redesign of the article page which will be rolled out in several phases.

The new article page will consist of three panes, and the left and middle panes are  now available. The left pane focuses on navigation options within the article while the middle pane features the actual article in a format much like the PDF version (a result of user feedback). The right pane, due to be released from mid-2012, will aim to add more context to the content being viewed, offering users options for possible next steps within their workflow. Further improvements are coming in subsequent releases.

ScienceDirect example article

 

If you need any help logging in to ScienceDirect, please contact your Subject Librarian.

Trials of three new full text databases for Life and Health Sciences staff and students

The database provider EBSCO has given us access to three full text databases, on a trial basis until 30th June 2012.  They are:

CINAHL Plus with Full Text – providing full text access to more than 770 nursing and allied health journals.

Medline with Full Text – providing full text access to more than 1470 medical and biomedical journals.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic edition – providing access to 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

You can access these trial databases from the Library’s listing of databases on the Learning Resources tab on the Portal, from the databases link on the Library Service Point within BlackBoard Learn and from the Library’s databases web page.

We would welcome your feedback on these trials.  A link to the feedback form is provided in the database’s “Special Instructions” column on our listing of databases.

CINAHL Plus – Nursing and Allied Health database

We have now moved from the CINAHL nursing and allied health database to CINAHL Plus. 

CINAHL Plus gives you access to a much wider selection of journals, around 4,500 titles, with coverage extending back to 1937.  Access to this upgraded version of CINAHL remains the same – from the Library’s listing of databases on the Learning Resources tab on the Portal, from the databases link on the Library Service Point within BlackBoard Learn and from the Library’s databases web page.

Contact a member of the Library’s Life and Health Sciences team for more information, if required.