Friday, October 26, 2007

Core E-Textbooks now available for 4 subjects

Some core e-textbooks are now available in Business & Management (5 titles), Engineering (14 titles), Media Studies (7 titles) and Medicine (10 titles).

These titles have been licensed by the Library free of charge for 2 years as part of the JISC E-Books Observatory Project which aims to look at how core texts are used online, and how their availability affects purchasing levels and borrowing of library copies of the print versions. Up until now, most e-books available to libraries have been 'research monographs' or the sort of books that are useful for background reading or projects. Publishers have not been willing to licence core e-textbooks to libraries, though some of them do sell them direct to students.

The books are available on either the Myilibrary or Books@Ovid platforms. All books are in the library catalogue and there are links to each subject collection from our
main E-Books page.

Featured titles include:

Marketing Strategy and Competitive Positioning - Hooley, Saunders & Piercy
Aerodynamics for Engineering Students - Houghton & Carpenter
Engineering Materials 1 & 2 - Ashby
Power Without Responsibility - Curran
Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine - Topol

Thursday, October 25, 2007

TRIAL: The Economist 1843-2003

We have a trial of The Economist 1843-2003 until 24th November 2007.

To access this trial go to
The Economist 1843-2003 and login with the trial username and password.

The current site includes 70% of the overall content. Full upload of the 1843-2000 section will be completed by 10th December 2007 with the remaining three years (2001-2003) being uploaded at the beginning of 2008. There are limits on bandwidth until Tuesday 30th October so there is a 10 concurrent user limit until that point.

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TRIAL: Biz/ed Premier

We have a trial of Biz/ed Premier until 24th November 2007.

To access this trial go to Biz/ed Premier. Off-campus users should access this resource via the Windows Terminal Service.

Biz/ed premier is a new subscription based resource offering access to 25 core business textbooks and related materials aimed at developing critical appraisal skills.

A subscription to Biz/ed Premier would give us 15 simultaneous users per title.

After trying Biz/ed Premier please leave a comment.

TRIAL: Small Business Resource Centre

We have another trial of Small Business Resource Centre, until 24th November 2007.

To access this trial go to Thomson Gale's trials site and login with the trial username and password.

This new resource is a comprehensive database offering content that covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax and more.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

New Westlaw and LexisNexis Butterworths sites

Both Westlaw and LexisNexis have new look sites this year which are much more intuitive to use – good news for those of us who aren’t in the Law dept and don’t use these resources every day.

LexisNexis Professional no longer exists. The service is now called LexisNexis Butterworths. It integrates the newspapers, law reports, legislation and legal journals into one product. LexisNexis Professional no longer appears on our list of available Athens resources.

Westlaw is also much easier to use these days. In particular, News now appears on the navigation bar straight away, rather than having to add News as an extra tab. Most of the journals, law reports, legislation and commentary texts in Westlaw now appear in the SFX A-Z list and will appear in the OPAC soon. This will improve the online visibility of such titles (especially to non-lawyers). We hope to be able to add (at least some of) the Westlaw newspapers to SFX and the OPAC soon.

Similarly, we hope to add title-level links to the journals, law reports, legislation and newspapers in LexisNexis Butterworths to SFX and the OPAC before too long. In the meantime we have updated our
help page about how to locate and search resources within LexisNexis Butterworths.

In both cases, you still need to login to Athens first (both on and off campus) and then follow the link to Westlaw or LexisNexis Butterworths.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Finding Library books and e-books with Google Book Search

You can now search Google Book Search from within Metalib - it is one of our Core E-Book sources in the Quick Search area of the Library's main Databases page.

Google Book Search contains the full page images of thousands of out-of-copyright books, digitised from university libraries across the world, including Oxford.

For more recent books that are still in copyright, you can search the full-text of the book but you will only be able to view a sample, or nothing at all! Look at the Full Record in Metalib and the Description will say either Full view, Limited preview, Snippet view or No preview available.

Where Google Book Search can't give you the Full view, we've tried to make it easy for you to find out if the library has the book on its shelves or online:

In Metalib, just click on the find it@liverpool icon in Full View, or the little red SFX icon in Brief View or Table View.

The SFX window will report: No Full text available. Check for availability via the Library Catalogue below. Do that - click on the GO button and SFX will search our library catalogue for that ISBN number (or title, if the book is too old to have an ISBN).

You might well find that you can access it online through the library's e-book subscriptions and purchases, or that the book has been sitting undiscovered on the shelves of the library all along...

If the library doesn't have the book in print or online then you can:

Request that the library buys it
Order it though Inter-Library Loans
Buy it yourself!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

TRIAL: Digital Research Collections for 20th Century History

Three online collections of original documents for 20th Century History research are available for trial until 18th November 2007:

Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940-1945 offers fully-text searchable images of the British Foreign Office information files gathered from across German-occupied territories following the collapse of peacetime diplomacy.

Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement 1945-1950 is a new online collection of primary source materials which covers the international politics leading to the administration, care, repatriation and emigration of the Displaced Persons (DPs) as well as the plight of the survivors of the Holocaust and World War Two, and their reintroduction to life and community.

Testaments to the Holocaust is an online searchable database of rare material from The Weiner Library, London, which provides documentary evidence for the study of Nazi Germany and its crimes against Jews from many perspectives.

To access any of these trials, go to and follow the prompts. (You will be asked to enter your name, institution and email address).

After using any of these resources, please leave a comment ensuring that you mention which product(s) you are referring to.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

TRIAL: Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

We have a trial of Oxford Language Dictionaries Online until 14th November 2007.

To access this trial go to Off campus users should use the Windows Terminal Service for this trial.

We propose replacing the Oxford 3-in-1 Bilingual Dictionary CD-ROM with Oxford Language Dictionaries Online. OLDO includes the fully searchable unabridged bilingual dictionaries and masses of unique supplementary material never before available online.

Some of the features include:
- Quick search and advanced search
- Limit your search to levels of formality and headwords or full text
- Links to notes on grammar, usage, and cultural background
- Downloadable correspondence and CV templates
- Verb and pronunciation tables

Further details are available at JISC are consulting about a possible agreememnt for OLDO. Proposed pricing is at

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Monday, October 15, 2007

TRIAL: Northern Ireland: A Divided Community, 1921-1972: Cabinet Papers of the Stormont Administration

A trial of Northern Ireland: A Divided Community, 1921-1972: Cabinet Papers of the Stormont Administration is available until 15th November 2007.

To access this trial go to and enter your name, institution and email address.

The publication presents a full record of every cabinet meeting for the duration of the Stormont administration, the devolved government of Northern Ireland, 1921-72. Separate files exist for each Cabinet meeting and include minutes and memoranda. The discussions and decisions reflect the wide range of problems and activities involved in making the new administration work.

After trying Northern Ireland: A Divided Community please leave a comment.

Friday, October 12, 2007

TRIAL: 20th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

We have a trial of the 20th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers until 11th November 2007. These papers cover from 1901 to the 2003/04 session.

To access this trial go to (where we already have access to the 19th Century papers).

JISC Collections are considering a licensing agreement with ProQuest for the 20th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers. If this were to go ahead, the JISC Collections would, on behalf of the JISC community, pay for the digitised Twentieth Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (20C HCPP), as they have already done for the 19th Century Papers. For details of the consultation see

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

TRIAL: American History and Culture Online: Sabin Americana, 1500-1926

We have another trial of American History and Culture Online: Sabin Americana, 1500-1926, until 12th November 2007. (We previously trialled this in March 2007).

To access this trial go to Thomson Gale's trials site and login with the trial username and password.

American History and Culture Online: Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 consists of works about the Americas published not only in the United States but from across the globe. This collection of important and many hard-to-find primary sources opens a window onto the society, politics, culture, religious beliefs, and contemporary opinions both at home and abroad that covers a period of more than 400 years.

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Friday, October 05, 2007

TRIAL: China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980

We have trial access to China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980 until 3rd November 2007.

To access this trial go to (off-campus users should access it via the Windows Terminal Service).

This digital collection contains English-language sources relating to China and the West, 1793-1980. It includes:
  • Manuscripts encompassing events from the earliest English embassy to the birth and early years of the People’s Republic.
  • Key documents relating to the Chinese Maritime Customs service, from Robert Hart to Frederick Maze, alongside original reports of the Amherst and Macartney embassies.
  • Letters relating to the first Opium War, survivors descriptions of the Boxer War, and tantalising glimpses of life in China from the collected diaries and personal photographs of the Bowra family.
  • Significant sources describing the lives and work of missionaries in China from 1869-1970, including extensive and fully searchable runs of missionary periodicals
  • Over 400 colour paintings, maps and drawings by English and Chinese artists, as well as countless photographs, sketches and ephemeral items, depicting Chinese people, places, customs and events, and provides a striking visual accompaniment to the documentary images.
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Thursday, October 04, 2007

TRIAL: VetMed Resource

The Library has a trial of VetMed Resource until 3rd November 2007.

VetMed Resource is designed to provide veterinarians and others working in animal health with access to the world's largest bibliographic database on veterinary medicine, the Veterinary Science Database (to which we currently subscribe), and a range of resources including review articles, databases, and news. Warning: in order to view the site/database fully, please switch off all pop-up blockers.

To access this trial go to and login with the trial username and password.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

RLG databases now on OCLC

Following the merger of RLG into OCLC, the RLG Eureka databases platform has now ceased. Instead we now have access to:

Index to 19th Century American Art
Anthropology Plus (includes Anthropological Index and Anthropological Literature)
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Bibliography of the History of Art
Chicano Database
History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies

on the OCLC FirstSearch platform.

These databases aren’t yet cross-searchable on Metalib (we are waiting for Ex Libris to reconfigure the z39.50 parameters for them) but they are linked from Metalib.

The quickest way to find the one you want is to use the Search Database Titles box on the Locate and Search a Specific Database panel of our main Databases page:

Search for the title of the database that you want, or just search for oclc or rlg. Click on the database name to go through to the OCLC interface.

We share 12 simultaneous users for each database across most of the CURL members, so there is the chance that sessions will be rejected because all licences are in use. Just try again later.

TRIAL: Science of Synthesis

We have a trial of Science of Synthesis until 30th November 2007.

Science of Synthesis is one of the most in-depth authoritative information sources available on synthetic methodology. It will contain information on 18,000 generally applicable experimental procedures, which include 180,000 reactions and 800,000 structures. It provides a direct path through the mass of primary literature to the pertinent data on a comprehensive range of organic reactions.

To access this trial go to Off-campus users should use the Windows Terminal Service for this trial.

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