Celtic Digital Initiative

“The aim of the Celtic Digital Initiative (CDI) is to make scarce resources available in an electronic format to students and scholars…There are five major sections: Images (digitised pictures of interest to Celticists), Text Archive (PDF files of rare material), Articles (PDF files of selected publications by staff members), Celtic Noticeboard (an area devoted to announcements of forthcoming conferences, events, vacancies, publications etc.) and Celtic journals (tables of contents of journals of Celtic studies interest).” (From Celtic Digital Initiative Homepage)

The Word on the Street

The Word on the Street is a National Library of Scotland archive of 1,800 Scottish broadsides from 1650-1910. The broadside was the tabloid of its time: single sheets of news, speeches and songs pinned up on walls of houses and ale-houses to inform and entertain the public of the day. There is, for example, an 1870 ballad encouraging political agitation over Home Rule for Ireland; an 1841 broadside about anti-catholic riots in Edinburgh; and a 1660 proclamation in Edinburgh on the restoration of Charles II.

For those interested in popular culture such as ballads, broadsides, songs and folklore there is further reading and links under Resources.


In April 2012, BBC Northern Ireland, JISC and BUFVC launched Chronicle, “a project to make BBC Northern Ireland’s television news from the 1960s and 1970s available to the academic community online…Chronicle will provide Authenticated Users with access to digitised copies of news and current affairs material covering Northern Ireland and ‘The Troubles’, along with web-based tools allowing it to be searched, viewed and annotated” ( BBC Media Centre).

To access Chronicle, logon via the Portal, choose Learning Resources and select it from the Library’s A-Z list of databases.

Landmap Workshop for GIS Researchers

The Landmap Service provides UK academia with high quality spatial data, enhanced and supported by a range of learning materials. Landmap’s optical, radar, elevation and feature collections give a combination of remotely sensed imagery and spatial data. Landmap have recently added new Northern Ireland information to their datasets, and they have arranged a Landmap Roadshow in Jordanstown for 29 June.

If you are interested in attending, you can see the programme and register for the free workshop here.

The workshop will focus particularly on datasets available for Northern Ireland such as Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC); RapidEye Red-Edge and Digital Terrain Models (DTM). It is open to any academics/researchers/associated staff and students working with GIS and spatial data. Please register for this event if you are interested, or pass this information on to anyone you know who would be interested in attending. The workshop includes a free lunch.

Olympic records available online (UK)

Hundreds of historic documents and images relating to the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been made available online by The National Archives for the first time. The new site, The Olympic Record, includes a timeline feature which enables visitors to track back through time and browse material from every summer Olympics, from Athens in 1896 to Beijing in 2008.

Circle: a calendar of Irish Chancery Records c. 1244-1509

“The records of the Irish Chancery were destroyed on 30 June 1922 in an explosion and fire in the Public Record Office of Ireland, located at the Four Courts, Dublin. Among the most important classes of record destroyed were the medieval Irish Chancery Rolls… CIRCLE is the culmination of nearly four decades of work reconstructing these lost records…The site contains over 20,000 Irish chancery letters translated from Latin into English, together with an unparalleled collection of digital images of surviving medieval chancery letters and rare printed volumes.” [From CIRCLE Home page]

Scopus Enhancements

Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, is now available off-campus. Once you log in to the Portal, you should get seamless access to Scopus. If you haven’t used Scopus or the affiliated database ScienceDirect before, you may need to fill out a one-time registration form to set up a user profile. You can get help about that here. Please get in touch with your subject librarian if you need any further help.

In addition to Scopus being available off-campus, we have enabled the FindIt button which allows you to connect through to our electronic journal holdings so you can see if we subscribe to the full text of the article that you are interested in. Remember, if you want the full text of an article and we don’t appear to have a subscription, you can use our Document Delivery service to try to obtain it.


Scopus updated with almost 300 new titles

The Scopus title list has been updated with almost 300 new titles since the end of 2011.
This brings the total number of active titles in Scopus to over 19,500. Scopus has a broad coverage in all subject areas with 33% of its titles in Health Sciences, 30% in Physical Sciences, 21% in Social Sciences and 16% in Life Sciences.

New in the title list are the additional tabs of post-1995 and pre-1996 conferences covered in Scopus. These are mostly non-serial conference events that are covered in Scopus and do not have a profile as serial publication in the main title list. In total, there are close to 16,500 conference events covered in Scopus, in addition to the 250 active serial conference titles. This overview makes the coverage of conference material in Scopus even more transparent for the user.

Also new in the title list is the option to filter titles per publisher, with the various imprints of major publishers grouped to the main publisher name. This makes it easier to find all publications from one publisher that are covered in Scopus.

The updated Scopus title list can be found here.

Music webcasts from Library of Congress

The following are twelve music webcasts delivered at Library of Congress: Franz Liszt Niccolo Paganini & Lady Gaga;  Dvorak in the New world;   Tchaikovsky & Taneyev: Mentor and ProtégéMessiaen’s QuartetWordless Music OrchestraSchumann Trio (playing works of Mozart and Brahms)Concert: Gautier Capuçon & Gabriela MonterioThe English concertMahan Esfahani: harpsichord concertWhat did harpsichords sound like in 1910?Coptic Orthodox liturgical chant and hymnody; and Jazz conversation with Jim Hall.  More are available from Library of Congress Webcasts Home Page

RefWorks Customisation Restored

When we moved over from RefWorks Classic to our present RefWorks a number of months ago, we lost some functionality. This has now been restored, so you can now go into the Customize link at the top of the screen and create up to three different output styles to view your references in folders in alternative formats. If you want to see your references in RefWorks in a particular output style, for example, Harvard – Ulster Business School, you can select your style from the drop-down menu and click on the Save Customized Settings button. Once you have done this you can select your style from the Change View menu at the top of your folder in the main RefWorks window.