Get the Best from the Library for … Mathematics and Physics

dataWant to get the best from the Library for Mathematics and Physics? A key starting point is the Subject Guides at www.ed.ac.uk/is/subject-guides-maths and www.ed.ac.uk/is/subject-guides-physics. Start here to explore print and electronic collections, library facilities and library news. Any questions? Your Academic Support Librarian is Rowena Stewart.

*New* purchases in 2014

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  • Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences Online
  • High Energy Nuclear Physics and Astronomy journal backfiles from Elsevier. Includes Nuclear Physics back to 1956 and Physics Letters back to 1962

Featured Library Resources for Mathematics and Physics in 2014-15 include:

MathSciNet

American Mathematical Society’s database. Bibliographic records with abstracts (or reviews) of mathematics, statistics, computer science articles published in more than 2,700 journals, book series and conference proceedings. Updated daily.

SIAM E-books

Full-text of approximately 400 monograph publications from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

INSPEC (Engineering Village)

INSPEC, part of Engineering Village, is a major database covering literature in computer science, electrical engineering, electronics and physics from 1896.

Access from www.ed.ac.uk/is/databases-subjects.

Rowena Stewart, Academic Support Librarian – Chemistry

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Get the Best from the Library for … Chemistry

chemistryWant to get the best from the Library for Chemistry? A key starting point is the Chemistry Subject Guide at http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/subject-guides-chemistry. Start here to explore print and electronic collections, library facilities and library news. Any questions? Your Academic Support Librarian is Rowena Stewart.

Featured Library Resources for Chemistry in 2014-15 include:

Knovel E-books

Full-text online of over 400 books in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering. Use Data Search. Includes DOSE (2005), Yaws’ Critical Property Data for Chemical Engineers and Chemists, International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology, Yaws’ Handbook of Physical Properties for Hydrocarbons and Chemicals (2008).

Maerck Index Online

Searchable full text database for information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals. Over 11,500 monographs – including historic records not available in the print edition. Updated regularly. Access from RSC via the Library catalogue: search for Merck Index, sort by publication date descending.

REAXYS

Chemical reaction, structure and property data for organic and inorganic compounds. Also bibliographic data. Search by chemical structures and reactions as well as text.Contains the information from Gmelin and Beilstein.

SciFinder

Academic literature information from more than 10,000 chemistry-related journals. Covers chemistry (all aspects), chemical structures and patents, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetics.

Rowena Stewart, Academic Support Librarian – Chemistry

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Get the Best from the Library for … GeoSciences

webad_updatedWant to get the best from the Library for GeoSciences? A key starting point is the GeoSciences Subject Guide at http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/subject-guides Start here to explore print and electronic collections, library facilities and library news. Any questions? Your Academic Support Librarian is Angela Nicholson.

Featured Recent Purchases for GeoSciences in 2014-15 include:

GeoScience World
Provides a comprehensive resource for research across the geosciences, built on a database of peer-reviewed journals and integrated with GeoRef.
International Encyclopedia of Human Geography
An authoritative and comprehensive online source of information on human geography and related areas. It contains over 1,000 detailed entries on philosophy and theory, key concepts, methods and practices.

 New journal titles include:

  • Geography Compass
  • Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management
  • Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry
  • International Journal of Logistics Management
  • Wiley interdisciplinary reviews: Climate Change

 Angela Nicholson – Academic Support Librarian – GeoSciences

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Successful information literacy embedded into the curriculum

infoskillswordleDuring September and October the Library Academic Support team have been delivering bespoke information literacy training to Schools across the University. Teaching in a variety of settings including library tours, lectures and hands on workshops, the Library Academic Support Team works to help students develop the skills that will enable them to be successful learners and researchers.

From November 2014 we’ll be meeting every month to share and reflect on good practice in our information literacy work, and we’d like to invite colleagues from across IS to join us to hear about what we are doing and contribute ideas for what we could do.

Our first meeting on Wed 5 Nov 12-1pm, ML 1:09 will focus on successful information literacy embedded into the curriculum.

Academic Support Librarians planning to share their experiences are:

Nahad Gilbert – School of Education

Fiona Brown  – Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Caroline Stirling & Christine Love-Rodgers – School of Social & Political Science.

All welcome. Any questions? Contact Christine Love-Rodgers Christine.Love-Rodgers@ed.ac.uk

Get Library Smart – follow the information skills blog at http://libraryblogs.is.ed.ac.uk/infoskills/

Brought to you by the Library Academic Support Team, University of Edinburgh

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A few words on witchcraft from New College Library

Lee, F.G. More glimpses of the world unseen. London 1878. New College Library BF 1251 Lee.

There’s a new display in the New College Library entrance of some of our historic publications that explore the world of witchcraft. These include:

Scot, Reginald. The discovery of witchcraft : proving that the compacts and contracts of witches with devils and all infernal spirits or familiars are but erroneous novelties and imaginary conceptions. London, 1665. New College Library tOD73 SCO

An account of the trial, confession & condemnation of six witches at Maidstone, in the county of Kent. London, 1837. New College Library Y.e.8/11

 

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Halloween Zombie Apocalypse (or how to access Library resources off campus)

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jack-o%27-Lantern_2003-10-31.jpgHalloween! Zombies! Candy!

The Zombie Apocalypse is here and the real question is how do you survive both the zombies and your studies at the same time? 

Stay calm … arm yourself with this list: Zombie Apocalypse Guide – How to access resources during a zombie outbreak (or any other event that may affect access to University services).

 

This guide created by the Library Learning Services team using Resource Lists @ Edinburgh provides handy tips on how library services can be accessed remotely and off campus. It also provides information on h
ow to get the most use from Resource Lists and provides direction towards self-study in the areas of zombie outbreak and survival.Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/petehogan/5416999952

Library Learning Services will be up on the first floor of the Main Libraryfrom 10am-12noon this Halloween (31st October) to answer all your off-campus and Zombie Apocalypse questions.

Attractions may include: pumpkins, zombies, games, chocolates, lollipops, assorted candy.

Note: if you are not already, you will be prompted to log in to EASE to access subscription content.

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Stephanie Farley

Library Learning Services Assistant

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Science From The Tomb…

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Coll-1364/1/6: Papers of R.A. Beatty

It’s nearly Hallowe’en, when spooky subjects are foremost in our minds. An ideal time, then, to look at some rather unusual correspondence from the Richard Alan Beatty archive about Egyptian mummies! At first glance, this might seem an unlikely research subject for a reproductive physiologist, but Beatty had his reasons. Writing from the Institute of Animal Genetics to the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum in July 1977, Beatty asks whether he may have a sample of ‘a testis of an Egyptian mummy’ to enable him to assess whether ‘ certain aspects of chromosome structure and spermatozoan morphology are stable’. In his letter, Beatty realises his request may be a ‘long shot’, but if it worked, ‘it could make an entertaining letter to Nature.’

Beatty was to be disappointed at first. He received a reply three days later from the Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum regretting that, as all their mummies were still in their wrapped state, the Museum could not allow any ‘surgical operation’ to take place. In reply, Beatty understands this restriction, but wonders if he could obtain any mummified cats instead, as ‘there would be merit in looking first at a mummy of some mammal other than man.’ He adds: ‘I read that 100,000 mummified cats were sold for fertiliser in the last century, and this made me hope that cats are in plentiful supply!’ However, he learned that those mummified animals in the Department’s collection were wrapped as well, and so also unavailable for study.

However, Beatty was directed to the Museum’s Department of Zoology, where he had better luck. This Department boasted a collection of mummified ‘monkeys, cats, dogs, and mongooses’, and were happy to let Beatty take a testis sample from an adult male dog from the W.M. Flinders Petrie collection, which was in an unwrapped state. He would also be permitted a sample from a human mummy in the Department of Palaeontology. Beatty visited the Museum on 16 December 1977 to take his samples, having been advised that ‘a strong sharp scalpel’ would be needed, the consistency of the mummified tissue being like ‘very hard leather’. Ever prepared, Beatty tested out his scalpel on ‘an old leather boot’ beforehand!

From a report amidst the correspondence, it appears Beatty was eventually successful in getting his samples from the dog and human mummies:

Testis cores taken 16/12/77, wrapped in polythene, placed in tube, tube later maintained in dessicator.

Dog: Consistency very hard – almost rock-like…

Human: Consistency like medium hard cheese, very oily in texture.

It is not clear from Beatty’s archive exactly what resulted from his research on the Egyptian mummies – so we’d be delighted to hear from anyone who may know more about it! In the meantime, you can read more about the strange story, mentioned by Beatty, of the 180,000 mummified cats brought over to England from Egypt in the nineteenth century to be used as fertiliser here:
http://www.strangehistory.net/2013/12/18/tens-of-thousands-of-egyptian-mummies-in-english-soil/

Happy Hallowe’en everyone!

Clare Button
Project Archivist

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Get the Best from the Library for … Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences

ppls_home_imageWant to get the best from the Library for PPLS subjects? A key starting point is the  library Subject Guide for your subject at http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/subject-guides. Start here to explore print and electronic collections, library facilities and library news. Any questions? Your Academic Support Librarian is Anne Donnelly.

Featured Library Resources for PPLS in 2014-15 include:

Oxford Handbooks Online - Philosophy & Linguistics

Brings together the world’s leading scholars to discuss research and the latest thinking on a range of major topics.

Oxford Bibliographies - Philosophy

Combines an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopaedia, to guide researchers to the best available scholarship.

JOVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) - Neuroscience

Devoted to investigations of the structure, function, physiology, and pathophysiology of the brain and nervous system

Anne Donnelly, Academic Support Librarian – PPLS

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Get the Best from the Library for … Education

EDINBURGH UNIVERSITYWant to get the best from the Library for Education? A key starting point is the Education Subject Guide at http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/subject-guides. Start here to explore print and electronic collections, library facilities and library news. Any questions? Your Academic Support Librarian is Nahad Gilbert.

Featured Library Resources for Education in 2014-15 include:

Education Source

This database covers all levels of education – from early childhood to higher education – as well as all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education and testing.

SAGE Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help and support beginning and advanced researchers in every step of a research project.

Child Development and Adolescent Studies

This database is a source for references to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21.

Nahad Gilbert, Academic Support Librarian – Education

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Get the Best from the Library for … Social Policy

drugsWant to get the best from the Library for Social Policy?  A key starting point is the Social Policy Subject Guide at http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/subject-guides. Start here to explore print and electronic collections, library facilities and library news. Any questions? Your Academic Support Librarians are Caroline Stirling and Christine Love-Rodgers.

Featured Library Resources for Social Policy in 2014-15 include:

PAIS International

This resource covers issues in the public debate through selective coverage of a wide variety of international sources including journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more. PAIS International is the current file covering 1972 to present. Topics covered include: Economic conditions, Education, Energy resources and policy, Government, Health conditions, Human rights, International Relations, Labor conditions and policy, Politics, Social conditions, Civil rights movement.

Race Relations Abstracts

Race Relations Abstracts covers the social, political and economic relations between races and ethnicities, including ethnic studies, discrimination and immigration studies. This indexing database contains more than 49,500 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline, such as : Race & Class, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Journal of Social Issues, with coverage from 1975.

Very Short Introductions – Social Sciences

Online version of Oxford University Press’s Very Short Introductions series. Written by experts in the field they offer a bridge between reference content and higher academic work. Access to Social Sciences collection only.

Caroline Stirling & Christine Love-Rodgers, Academic Support Librarians – Social Policy

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