SAGE Research Methods – new e-resource

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We now subscribe to SAGE Research Methods.  This provides access to 700+ e-books, encyclopaedias, videos and journal articles.  SAGE Research Methods supports beginning and advanced researchers in every step of a research project, from writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to writing up and publishing the findings. With information on the full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for the social and behavioral sciences, as well as many methods commonly used in the hard sciences, the book, reference, and journal content in SAGE Research Methods help researchers of all levels conduct their research.

A list of the individual e-books, reference works and videos can be accessed here and are in the process of being added to our catalogue.

SAGE Research Methods has been added to both our database A-Z list and e-books A-Z list.

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Emerald Insight – platform upgrade


Emerald Insight have completed their platform upgrade work this week. Prompted by customer feedback, this has resulted in:

  • Increased discoverability – thanks to enriched metadata and search engine optimization
  • Improved usability – due to simplification of the administration area and alignment with other academic publisher platforms
  • Enhanced search – as a result of advanced filter capabilities
  • Industry standard categorization – because of redefined subject taxonomies
  • Heightened security – owing to the implementation of latest access and security protocols
  • Plus an extended range of author and editor services, including downloads of published research and access to historic publication events such as citations in other publications

We have access to over 190 e-journals on the Emerald Insight platform, the titles are listed in our e-journal A-Z list and in the library catalogue.

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Resource Lists cut-off date for Semester One

Univeristy of Ediburgh LogoFollowing our recent email asking you to send us your resource lists, we have had a fantastic response from course organisers.

As we have a two week turnaround on creating resource lists using Talis Aspire and our interns are only with us until 5th September, we are imposing a cut of date of 25thAugust.

*If you are considering asking the Library to create your resource lists, please send them to   by 5pm on Monday 25th August*

Any lists received after 25th August will be added to our queue and best efforts will be made to ensure they are ready for 15th September, however, no guarantees can be given.

Please remember that creating resource lists yourself is quick and easy to do.

Email  to register as a List Creator on Talis Aspire.

A series of short user guides, including a guide on Getting Started, is provided on the Information Services website.

More information on how to make the most of Resource Lists can be found on the Resource Lists using Talis Aspire webpage and the ResourceLists@Edinburgh Blog.


Stephanie Farley

Library Learning Services Assistant

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Scottish Government Yearbooks now available online

IFThe Scottish Government Yearbooks, which were published by the University of Edinburgh’s ‘Unit for the Study of Government in Scotland’ between 1976 and 1992, are now freely available online for the first time in a digital archive. With the Scottish Referendum fast approaching this archive offers a fascinating insight into a key period in Scotland’s social and political development.

You can access the Scottish Government Yearbooks at The archive was constructed by the Institute of Governance, successor to the Unit for the Study of Government in Scotland, and was developed by the University of Edinburgh’s Library Digital Development Team. The Archive was supported by funds from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social & Political Science, and by the assistance of the University’s Library and University Collections.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science.

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Peace Research Abstracts – new database

Peace Research Abstracts has recently been added to our database A-Z list and catalogue.  See the SPS Librarian blog for full details of this new database.

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Travel back 500 years with rare Hebrew book from New College Library

 Perush ha-Torah / leha-Rav rabenu Mosheh bar Nahman ... [1514]

Perush ha-Torah / leha-Rav rabenu Mosheh bar Nahman … [1514] פירוש התורה / להרב רבינו משה ב״ר נחמן.

This early commentary on the Pentateuch, published in 1514 has travelled all the way to Latvia to be part of the exhibition “1514. The Book. 2014“. On display until April 2015 at the National Library of Latvia, the exhibition includes 80 books published in 1514. Why 1514? The exhibition creators identified 1514 as a year of great change, 60 years after Gutenberg and on the cusp of the Reformation in Europe. The exhibition is “an opportunity to view the European cultural space in terms of a single year”.

The author, of this work, Perush-ha Torah,  was Rabbi Moses Ben Nahman or Nahmanides (1195-1270). He was a Spanish rabbi and leading scholar of Talmudic literature in the mediaeval period. This book is just one of the early works of Jewish scholarship in the Dalman-Christie collection of Hebrew books, which was recently catalogued as part of the Funk Cataloguing Projects at New College Library.  The Dalman-Christie Collection was transferred to New College Library in 1946 from the Church of Scotland Hospice in Jerusalem.

Christine Love-Rodgers, Academic Support Librarian – Divinity

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Ecoinvent – new database

Ecoinvent has been added to our A-Z list of databases and catalogue.  Ecoinvent database version 3.1 offers science-based, industrial, international life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle management (LCM) data and services. ecoinvent logo

Access to this database is via specific user name and password.

Further information about our databases can be found at

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Pop up Library

We’re taking over and making over a currently empty area in the Main Library to create a space which gives teams from across Information Services the chance to engage with Library users to promote their services in a fun and informal way and to gather some feedback.

The Pop up Library will run 8th September- 7th November using the currently vacant Main Library 1st floor reception desk.
This is what it looks like at the moment:
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We are planning to use the space to hold two Pop Up sessions per day: one morning (10-12pm) and one afternoon (2-4pm).

Sessions will focus on a wide range of topics from across the Library and Information services.

Keep an eye on the Pop Up Library blog to find out what’s happening. You don’t need to make an appointment – just pop over and see what’s happening and have a chat or ask a question.

To give you an idea, there will be sessions on existing services such as, Searcher, Learn and Pebblepad.

Other sessions will focus on Special Collections with the chance for library users to see rare objects up close. Others will give you the opportunity to ask about new services such as Resources Plus, which describes the various options available to users when they can’t find what they want in the Library.

Academic Support Librarians will offer specialised consultancy sessions and Library users will also get a chance to address questions and queries to senior management who will be making themselves available at various points throughout the trial period.

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We’re using the Pop up Library blog and #librarypop to promote sessions and are encouraging Library users to tweet about sessions and to leave feedback on the feedback wall- which we’ll be putting up next to the desk- soon.

Angela Laurins, Library Learning Services Manager

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Top five library resources for Politics

It’s one month to go until the Scottish Referendum and as Scotland is gearing up to decide its future and politics dominates the news we thought we’d give you a taster of political science resources available to students and staff here at University of Edinburgh Library.

1. Why not have a look at the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers for documents relating to the previous Scottish devolution referendums? The 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers contains bibliographic records and searchable full text for papers printed between 1688-2004. It also includes Hansard 1803-2005. The collection does not include the House of Commons Journal, or daily business papers, such as Order papers and Votes and Proceedings, nor does it include Acts. You can access this and other relevant databases at databases for Politics.IF Read More

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New E-Book Collections – August

We have recently purchased 3 new e-book collections.  The individual titles are in the process of being added to our catalogue but links to the collections are available from the e-book A-Z list.


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Access Engineering provides access to over 200 engineering reference sources; 5,000 interactive graphs and downloadable tables and charts; personalization tools; instructional videos. Includes Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook, Marks Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, Roark’s Formulas for Stress and Strain, Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers.


Casalini e-books package

The Casalini full text platform (Torrossa) provides access to a selection of 1,867 scholarly e-books from Italian and Spanish academic publishers since 2000 for Edinburgh University Casalini logousers. The collection consists of 1,188 titles on Italian studies and Italian literature and 679 titles on Spanish studies. The books are in Italian or Spanish and can be either downloaded or viewed online in PDF format (it is necessary to disable pop-up blockers on your web browser and also in your Google tool bar if applicable). The e-book collection is fully searchable, including by words in the full text. Click here to get a full list of the e-book titles.


 Wageningen Academic Publisherswag logo

We now have access to the e-books published between 2002 and 2014 on the Wageningen Academic Publishers platform.  Main subject areas include Animal & Veterinary Science, Environmental  & Plant Science, Food Science and Social Science.

Further info

Further information about our e-books is available from



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