Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
We now have access to Environment Digimap from EDINA, available until 31 July 2014.
Environment Digimap is part of the Digimap Collection of on-line mapping and data delivery facilities. Users can view maps through their web browser, save maps for printing and download environmental map data for use in geographical information systems. The data in Environment Digimap comes from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
It includes satellite data providing classification of UK land cover types at a 25m resolution for the years of 1990, 2000 & 2007. The Land Cover Maps for (LCM) 2000 and 2007, which is part of the Environment Digimap dataset, includes data for Northern Ireland. See more information on this latest release at the JISC Collections website.
Individual registration is required before accessing the resource via Athens authentication. There is lots of help available, or you can contact us for more information.
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
National Archives, is marking the centenary of the First World war on a dedicated website. Find out more about the First World War, through the National Archives website, archive collections, podcasts and blogs.
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Annually since 1976, official records held by PRONI which were 30 years old have been reviewed with a view to making them publicly available (“the 30 year rule). In September 2011, the Assembly accepted a Legislative Consent Motion to reduce the time limit for release from 30 years to 20 years (“the 20 year Rule”). This is underpinned by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the amendments made to it by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
The 20 year rule is being phased in over 10 years, with two years worth of records being reviewed and released each year. This is the first year of the phasing-in period; records of the NI Departments and the NIO with terminal dates of 1983 and 1984 have been brought forward for review and release in December 2013. Full details are avaiable on the PRONI website
The records selected by CAIN are ones which relate to the politics and conflict in the region. The records mainly cover the period 1968 to 1982. There are over 830 PRONI public records on the CAIN site comprising approximately 3400 pages.
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
We are aware that there are problems reading Dawsonera e-books on iPads. Dawson are looking into the problem and they have passed it to their developers. There appears to be a software compatibility problem which causes the connection to crash after a few minutes.
The solution is to download, rather than read online, as follows:
- Install Adobe Reader or Bluefire Reader from the Apple App Store
- Find the book on Dawsonera and opt to download rather than read online
- If the ebook you are downloading is an EPUB format a URLLink.acsm link will appear within your browser, click on “Open in Bluefire Reader” to complete the download.
- The title will download and the Bluefire Reader app will open.
- The ebook will show in the My Library section of the Bluefire reader app with the option to “Read Now” or to “Read Later”
- If the ebook you are downloading is a PDF format the download will not start automatically and you must click “For iPhone and iPad users click here to download”
- Once the download is complete the pdf will load in another tab (this may take a few minutes) but in a form that will not be readable. Select “Open in Adobe Reader” to open the eBook
- The DRM statement will appear in the Adobe Reader app, click open to read the ebook
Hope this helps, but please let us know if these instructions don’t work. In addition, there are some good guides for using Dawson Books on their Help page.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
There are many special collections in libraries across the UK and Ireland. The Foreign and Commonwealth Library is one example which is housed at King’s College London with over 800,00 books from the 16th century to the present day. The collection has great historical value and amongst other topics, includes a large amount of material on the slave trade. Details of the collection can be found on the website.
Friday, February 21st, 2014
The American Institute of Physics publish a number of prestigious journal titles and conference proceedings, and make them available via their Scitation platform. We are pleased to say that AIP have made a number of improvements to Scitation, which means that AIP publications are now available to all staff and students from everywhere. Previous to this, they were available on Jordanstown campus only. Use the Sign-in via Shibboleth/Athens link to access material.
In addition to this, AIP have made some other improvements, including:
- New AIP Thesaurus with over 7,500+ terms to improve discoverability
- Improved article layout to help determine article relevance
- Article level metrics to measure the impact of research
- Enhanced personalization features including article level citation alerts, topic and TOC alerts
AIP have produced a User Guide to the their new interface. Alternatively, please contact us if you need any assistance.
Monday, February 17th, 2014
Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities is now available as a trial until the end of April 2014. Cabell Publishing, Inc. was founded to help professors, graduate students, and researchers publish their manuscripts in academic journals. The Directory helps you to determine which journals typically publish manuscripts similar to yours or could be the best fit for your manuscript. It is particularly useful to early career researchers, as it lists information on the style and format of most journals, describes the type of review process used by the editor(s) of a journal, the type of review, number of reviewers, acceptance rate, time required for review, availability of reviewers’ comments, number of copies required and manuscript topics.
Feedback on this resource is welcomed.
Friday, February 14th, 2014
The SciELO* Citation Index has been added into the Web of Science. SciELO provides new insights into Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and South Africa. It includes:
- Approximately 650 titles (over 350 adding content to journals already covered in the Web of Knowledge)
- Over 4 million cited references
- Open access with links to full text through the SciELO site
- Weekly updates from the SciELO Brazil data feed
- Simplified discovery process for local information in a regional database
- An easy search experience with local language interface
See here for more information.
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Web of Science, Proquest and Refworks: planned maintenance
Due to scheduled maintenance planned by the suppliers on Sunday 16th Feb, access to the following Library databases will be affected:
Proquest services & Refworks:
- Sunday 16th February 3am-11am – Services will be unavailable.
Web of Science:
- Sunday 16th February 11.30am-5.30pm – During this time there may be intermittent unavailability.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
A couple of short articles published recently in Research Professional give an indicator on the different ways that research impact is being measured.
Beyond the CV: letting academics tell their own stories by Mike Thelwall describes a project that goes beyond a list of research publications to better evaluate research work and its impact. The Acumen Portfolio is an EU funded project that allows researchers to compile details about their expertise, outputs and impacts above and beyond the h-index.
The second article, Old metrics or altmetrics? by Jonathan Adams, looks at the rise of alternatives to the traditional citation tools.
Free registration is required to access the articles above.
If you are interested in finding out more about ‘altmetrics’, please see our Library guide on research and impact for more information.