Trials – New E-Resources on Trial

These new trials are now available…

access latinAccess Latin America from Newsbank is on trial until 27th March.  Access Latin America provides indepth coverage of local and regional issues and events via news sources from South America, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and U.S. territories. These daily and weekly newspapers, wire services and broadcast transcripts chronicle local issues and events at their source and provide revealing local perspectives on national and international issues.


logoAnnual Review of Linguistics – this new e-journal is on trial for the whole of 2015.  It will cover significant developments in the field of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and their interfaces. Reviews will synthesize advances in linguistic theory, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, language change, biology and evolution of language, typology, as well as applications of linguistics in many domains.


NCCO A Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange from Gale Cengage is on trial until 25th March.  It features primary source collections related to international relations between Asian countries and the West during the 19th century. These invaluable documents—many never before available—include government reports, diplomatic correspondences, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more. Documents are sourced from The National Archives, Kew; The National Archives, United States; and other collections.


NCCO BTBritish Theatre, Music and the Arts from Gale Cengage is on trial until 25th March.  It features a wide range of primary sources related to the arts in the nineteenth century, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores. These rare documents, many of them never before available, are sourced from the British Library and other institutions. Curation is by experts in British arts history. Covering more than a century, and encompassing both the Georgian and Victorian theatre.


caribbeanCaribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876 from the American Antiquarian Society and Readex is on trial until 27th March.  Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876—the largest online collection of 18th- and 19th-century newspapers published in this region—will provide a comprehensive primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within this important group of islands.  This unique resource will prove essential for researching colonial history, the Atlantic slave trade, international commerce, New World slavery and U.S. relations with the region as far back as the early 18th century


IFThe Encyclopedia of Political Thought is on trial until 25th March- see full information about this e-resource over at the SPS Blog.


FBISForeign Broadcast Information Services (FBIS) Daily Reports: Latin America, 1974-1996 from Readex is on trial until 27th March.  As the United States’ principal historical record of political open source intelligence for more than half a century, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Report is an indispensable source for insights into decades of turbulent world history. The original mission of the FBIS was to monitor, record, transcribe and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. Accordingly, it provides a wealth of information from all countries outside of the U.S.—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – only the Latin American module is available for this trial but we already have access to other modules.


latinLatin American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1805-1922 from Readex is on trial until 27th March.  This newspaper package offers unprecedented coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped this vital region during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and a dozen other countries, these resources provide a wide range of viewpoints from diverse Latin American cultures. Together, both series of Latin American Newspapers chronicles the evolution of Latin America over two centuries through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries and other items.


NCCO PPhotography: The World Through the Lens from Gale Cengage is on trial until 25th March.  Including images from Britain, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, Photography: The World through the Lens assembles collections of photographs, photograph albums, photographically illustrated books and texts on the early history of photography from libraries and archives from across the globe.


Feedback and further info

We are interested to know what you think of these e-resources as your comments influence purchase decisions so please fill out our feedback form.

A list of all trials currently available to University of Edinburgh staff and students can be found on our trials webpage.

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Clean up your sax

I am a Preventive Conservation Masters student at Northumbria University, and as part of my course, I am fortunate to be able to put theory into practice for six weeks at The University of Edinburgh. Being a musician, and wanting to work with interesting composite objects, I was hankering after a chance to work with musical instruments. Having studied at Edinburgh Uni for the last 5 years, I knew it housed an amazing musical instrument collection and I relished an opportunity to go back! I have spent most of my first two weeks working with Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet, the musical instruments conservator, and have had the task of cleaning a beautiful silver plated saxophone by Selmer for the upcoming Out of the Blue exhibition in the Main Library.

Having been taught repeatedly the reasons why metals and water should not mix, I was surprised when I was shown that the preliminary cleaning phase was water-based. However, I soon learnt that as long as each small area is dried carefully after the wet treatment, the water poses little threat. The abrasive agent used is calcium carbonate (precipitated chalk), which is mixed into water, and applied as a fine dispersion in theHarriet 1 water – not as a paste – using cotton wool swabs and cotton rags. The idea is that the calcium carbonate is harder than the tarnish yet softer than the metal. It is still possible to scratch the silver so it is important to be gentle, and to use plenty of water, which seems counter-intuitive but really works.

After working over the entire metal surface using this wet method, drying as I went, I used a microfibre cloth to remove any chalky residue and lastly a silver polishing cloth (which is impregnated with a sulphur scavenger which breaks down the tarnish chemically rather than physically) to get the hard-to-reach and stubborn areas clear of tarnish. The reason for such a thorough clean is that the last stage of the cleaning plan is a coat of microcrystalline wax for protection from re-tarnishing, under which you do not want to trap any dirt or tarnish. These treatments should mean that not only will the saxophone look fabulous on display, but that it will not need cleaning again (if kept in the right conditions) for a long time.

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The Saxophone mid-way through cleaning

Other tasks so far have included wrapping musical instruments for long term storage, and starting out on an Integrated Pest Management system project with Emma Davey, which has involved visiting the National Trust Scotland offices to hear Preventive Conservator Mel Houston’s approaches to the challenges of monitoring insect pests over their numerous collection sites.

All in all a varied and exciting couple of weeks. Exactly what I came here for! More to come later in my placement, when I’ll be dealing with strings…

Post by Harriet Braine, Preventive Conservator Student Placement

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St Cecilia’s Hall in the News!

The St Cecilia’s Hall Project is in the news, thanks to our grant of £100,000 from Edinburgh World Heritage!

See online story here:

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Find out more about fair trade

PrintThis year’s Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 23 February to 8 March 2015 and is celebrating the power of everyday choices by telling the other half of a product’s story – the producer’s – to show the difference Fairtrade makes.

For the past twenty years Fairtrade Fortnight has aimed to educate the public on why to choose Fairtrade and increase sales on Fairtrade terms for marginalised producers. And this year they want people to “choose products that change lives”.

We’ve pulled together a list of resources, primarily available at the University Library, to help you read around or find out more about this subject. Online material, such as e-books and e-journal articles and access to Searcher and other databases, are only available to staff and students at University of Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated. Read More

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Trial access to The Encyclopedia of Political Thought

IFThe Library has set up trial access to the online version of The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. You can access this via the E-resources trials page at

Blank BookThe Encyclopedia of Political Thought examines the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, and political philosophy. The entries range in size from shorter definitions and biographies to extended treatments of major topics and traditions. Tracing the evolution of political thinking from antiquity to the present, the scope of this resource emphasizes the richness and diversity of the field’s traditions.

Trial access is available until 25th March 2015. We would welcome feedback on these resources as this helps with making the decision on whether the resources should be considered for subscription or not.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science


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Archaeopress Digital Subscription Service

ArchaeopresslogoFollowing a successful trial last year we now subscribe to the Archaeopress Digital Subscription Service.

This is a package of e-books in archaeology.   Around 10-15 new books are added each month. Subscribed and open access e-books will be added to the library catalogue/Searcher.  The current list of titles can be found here and future updated lists will be available from our A-Z lists on the library website.

Online access requires the use of our library link listed in the EASE protected password page and then the Archaeopress login listed there.

Further info

Further information about our e-books is available from

If a book you require is not held by the library, please visit our Library Resources Plus webpage.

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Tuesday Tips – Sharing Bookmarks

Univeristy of Ediburgh LogoDid you know that you can share bookmarks that you have created with your colleagues?

When you create a bookmark, either to add directly to a resource list or for later use, all bookmarks are saved to your ‘My Bookmarks’ tab in Resource Lists @ Edinburgh. To share these with your colleagues requires just a few quick steps.

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Downtime Alert – E-Journals

At 10pm tonight, our e-journals will become unavailable for about 1 hour via the e-journal A-Z links, Searcher and the catalogue.  This maintenance work is expected to resolve recent instability issues affecting e-journal access.

During this time, please access the journals directly on campus or off campus via the VPN or by adding  to the front of a url eg for nature journal, the link is and then add to make it which will then work off campus.  There is also the option to log in off campus via UKFederation/Shibboleth if offered by the publisher.

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