Thursday, November 26, 2009

TRIAL: Compass journals

Compass journals from Wiley-Blackwell publish peer-reviewed survey articles across 8 disciplines. They are intended to provide experienced researchers, teaching staff, and advanced students accessible, informative articles that provide overviews of current research.

We subscribe to
Philosophy Compass and we have a trial of the remaining 7 titles until 31st January 2010:

History Compass
Literature Compass
Religion Compass
Geography Compass
Language & Linguistics Compass
Sociology Compass
Social & Personality Psychology Compass

Discounted prices are available if we subscribe to multiple titles.

After trying the Compass journals please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments. Please be specific about which Compass journal(s) you are commenting on!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

BIOSIS (Biological Abstracts) is back!

We now have access to the BIOSIS Previews database (i.e. Biological Abstracts Online) on the Web of Knowledge platform, with coverage from 1969 to date. You will find links to BIOSIS in the library catalogue and Metalib, or you can go straight to

We cancelled BIOSIS several years ago, but a recent national agreement between JISC and ThomsonReuters has seen the BIOSIS Previews Backfile 1969-2008 purchased nationally by JISC, and the Current Data of the database made available to 'new' subscribers like us for a nominal fee that we have agreed to fund.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

TRIAL: Irish Newspaper Archives (1760-Current)

Our trial of the Irish Newspaper Archive has now been extended until the end of June 2010.

The Irish Newspaper Archive contains over 6 million pages in over 500,000 issues of Irish Newspaper publications. With national daily editions such as the Irish Independent, regional weekly editions including the Connacht Tribune, Kerryman and Anglo-Celt and out of print publications such as the Freeman's Journal and The Nation. Spanning back as far as 1763 with issues been convertedfrom microfilm and running right up to current date where more recent issues are presented in full color. The contents of all issues are fully text searchable and reflect the full context and layout of each page.

To access this trial go to

After using the Irish Newspaper Archive please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

Monday, November 09, 2009

New York Times archive, 1851-2006, purchased

Following our recent trial, and the large amount of positive feedback received, we have now, purchased the New York Times archive, 1851-2006. Access is available at: and you will find links:

Monday, November 02, 2009

New Article Recommender service

We have introduced an additional feature to our SFX / find it @ liverpool link resolver - an article recommender powered by software called bX. To see it in action try this article on problem based learning in medicine.

The usual SFX screen now includes suggestions for 3 more articles that are likely to be of interest, and this list can be expanded to 10 articles (using View More...)
Where we definitely have online access to the recommended article, its title will be a direct link to the article. In either case there will be an SFX link for each recommended article which will help to locate it, and which can itself include further article recommendations.

How does it work? It harvests logs from SFX servers from around the world and connects together articles that were viewed in the same session. In then data mines all this information to build up a 'map' of the relationships between articles. When you request an article, it shows you which other articles are most strongly connected to it. For this reason, not all articles provide recommendations, as there may be insufficient data in the system to provide useful recommendations.

This feature will appear (where possible) whenever you follow an SFX / find it @ liverpool link, whether from a database like Web of Knowledge or Scopus or our own 'Go Straight to an Article' form on our e-journals page.

We welcome your comments on this new feature!