Monday, January 18, 2010

De Gruyter E-journals Collection available

From 2010 we have started subscription to the full collection of journals from De Gruyter. This adds access to nearly 80 titles in fields ranging from Classics to Medicine, on top of our existing subscriptions. The collection restores access to two titles that had to be cancelled in recent years despite of good levels of usage:

Biological Chemistry
Botanica Marina

Amongst the other new titles are:

Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie
Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete
Byzantinische Zeitschrift
Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
Journal of Group Theory
Journal of Perinatal Medicine
The Linguistic Review
Multilingua - Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication
Praehistorische Zeitschrift
Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie

All titles are listed in the library catalogue and have been activated in SFX / find it @ liverpool.

De Gruyter is celebrating 260 years of publishing and has recently announced a rebranding and modernisation of its image. It intends to increase the proportion of its output that is published in the English language.

Duke Journals Scholarly Collection Expanded now available

For 2010 we have started a subscription to the Duke Journals Scholarly Collection Expanded. This is a collection of 35 journals, mainly in the humanities, from Duke University Press. We already subscribed to several Duke journals, but this collection adds the following additional titles for little cost:

American Literary Scholarship
American Speech
boundary 2
Camera Obscura
Common Knowledge
Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Eighteenth-Century Life
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Journal of Music Theory
Modern Language Quarterly
Nka: Journal of African Contemporary Art (launching in 2010)
Poetics Today
positions: east asia cultures critique
Public Culture
Small Axe
Social Text
South Atlantic Quarterly

Access is available for all volumes that currently exist online. Duke University Press are currently engaged on a backfiles digitisation programme so several titles are already available back to Volume 1, and the number of such will increase steadily.

All titles are listed in our library catalogue and have been activated in SFX / find it @ liverpool.

Springer MyCopy - for €24.95 its yours!

For the last three years, 2008 to 2010, the Library has bought the full Springer e-books collection. This also entitles us to access their other e-books published since 2005 (and book series volumes from 1997 to 2004). We now have access to over 23,000 e-books and that number will continue to grow as 2010 titles are published.

We have now become one of the first European adopters of the Springer MyCopy programme which is already active in the US and Canada. For €24.95 including postage and packaging you can order your own personal, high-quality, digitally-printed, softcover book of the Springer eBooks that we can access online.

The book will by specially printed for you at Lightning Source's plant in Milton Keynes and dispatched to you in a few working days. The maximum delivery time for MyCopy in Europe is 8-11 working days, but with all copies being dispatched from Milton Keynes we anticipate shorter delivery times within the UK.

The only limitations of MyCopy are:

- MyCopy is available for books published since 2005 only
- MyCopy books are printed in greyscale inside (but with a colour cover) - you will need to use the online version for colour images (or buy a standard print copy). Where colour images are essential for safety (e.g. in Medicine) MyCopy may not be available for that title.
- MyCopy is not available for books of more than 832 pages, simply because that is the largest size possible for the print-on-demand machines.

To order a MyCopy book just click on the 'Buy a print copy' panel on the e-book's page on SpringerLink (which you can get to from our catalogue record). You will be prompted to register for a personal SpringerLink account, or sign in if you already have one. Then you just need to enter your payment and delivery details.

As an example, one of our best-used Springer e-books in 2009 was the Handbook of Nanomedicine. Even second-hand copies of this title are selling for nearly £70 on Amazon. MyCopy will provide it for you for around £22 (depending on the exchange rate at the time).

If you have any questions about MyCopy please contact Springer directly at

Monday, January 04, 2010

TRIAL: Bibliography of British and Irish History

We have a trial of the Bibliography of British and Irish History until 4th February 2010.

To access this trial go to, click on the Enter Databases button and then choose Bibliography of British and Irish History.

The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present. It is the successor to the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History, available online from 2002 to 2009.

The Bibliography provides links to online catalogues such as COPAC and it provides links to online text where available through our SFX link resolver (find it @ liverpool). This will also help you to find if we hold the items in our printed collections.

After using the Bibliography of British and Irish History 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.