New online resources for SPS: China Law Info and PAIS International

The Library has recently subscribed to the online databases China Law Info and PAIS International.


China Law Info
China Law Info is a bilingual database for China legal documents and information. The database provides both the original Chinese version and the English translation of China laws and regulations, judicial cases, tax treaties, white papers, law journals and gazettes, as well as other China legal information such as legal news and legislative/regulatory updates. The database is updated daily.


PAIS International
PAIS (originally, the Public Affairs Information Service) International 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. Fields of study covered include:

  • Civil rights movement
  • Economic conditions
  • Energy resources and policy
  • Government
  • Health conditions
  • Human rights
  • International relations
  • Labour conditions and policy
  • Politics
  • Social conditions

You can access China Law Info and PAIS International via the Databases A-Z list on the Library website.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

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IVF: 36 years on

Beatty IVF clippings

News clippings from the R.A. Beatty collection (Coll-1364/8)

Since its beginnings, the science of genetics has been concerned with questions of how life is made, how characteristics are passed down through generations, and how variations occur within species. All of these things of course, revolve around one thing: reproduction. 36 years ago this month, the world’s first ‘test-tube baby’ was born in Greater Manchester, causing wonder and controversy in equal measure. Now, decades later, the technique of in vitro fertilisation, or IVF (which involves the fertilisation of a human egg outside the body and the transfer of the resulting embryo to the womb) continues to help many couples around the world who have difficulty conceiving. However, while most people have heard of IVF, perhaps not many are aware of its connection with Edinburgh. Read More

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Linking to the hierarchy and why it is important

Univeristy of Ediburgh LogoOnce a list has been published on Resource Lists @ Edinburgh it is ESSENTIAL that the list is then linked to the hierarchy.

What is the hierarchy?

The hierarchy is a virtual representation of the organisational structure at Edinburgh. The hierarchy is taken from the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS). So course names and codes should accurately reflect current modules on offer.

We have just uploaded the DRPS for the 2014/15 academic year so your course/module should be active and ready to link to your resource list.

Please contact your Academic Support Librarian or the IS Helpline if your course is not listed and we will add it asap.

It is ESSENTIAL to link your list to the Talis Aspire hierarchy: warning

  1. To allow students to browse to find their resource lists.
  2. In order to allow integration with the VLE (i.e. Learn & Moodle).
  3. To make sure lists are available in subsequent years.
  4. To generate stable URLs for resource lists which you can then use to promote lists to students.

To assist with this process we have created a step-by-step guide on Linking to the hierarchy (PDF). If you have any questions or require assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Additional guides and information can be found on the Resource Lists using Talis Aspire webpage and the ResourceLists@Edinburgh Blog.

We are also running a ‘Hands-on’ introductory session to Resource Lists @ Edinburgh this Wednesday 30th July. Sessions are bookable via MyEd or contact us directly.


Stephanie Farley

Library Learning Services Assistant

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Oxford Bibliographies – new modules purchased


Our existing Oxford Bibliographies collection has been expanded so we now have access to modules in Buddhism, Chinese Studies, Cinema & Media Studies, Classics, Islamic Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Victorian Literature.

Further information about our databases is available from

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Interns on board to create your Resource List!

Univeristy of Ediburgh Logo

We are very happy to announce the appointment of Katrin and Gemma who will be interning with us over the next six weeks to create resource lists for the College of Humanities and Social Science.

We  would also like to thank Louise and Christabel who have been interning for the School of History, Classics & Archaeology(HCA) for the past eight weeks. They put in a terrific effort and along with their other tasks created a whopping seventeen resource lists for HCA. Well done!

If you have a reading list that you would like to see transformed into an interactive online reading list at we can do this for you!

This service also includes providing a summary of the items on your list, books, journals and articles, with information on how many are held and at what locations. This means you can see in advance where additional materials might need to be ordered or moved into reserved/short loan sections of the library.

If you would like to send us your reading list there are a few important pieces of information that will help us provide you with the best possible service:

Required information for Resource List creation (PDF)

If you are interested in learning more about resource lists, places are still available for our  ‘Hands-on’ introductory session to Resource Lists @ Edinburgh this Wednesday 30th July. Sessions are bookable via MyEd.

Before you attend

When you register for the session, you will be sent an email inviting you to register to use Talis Aspire. Please follow the link in the email to accept the invitation. This will give you access to the Resource List system.

If you can’t make this session

If you are interested in Resource Lists @ Edinburgh but can’t attend this session, please get in touch. We are happy to arrange alternative training sessions for individuals or small groups.

More information is available on the Resource Lists using Talis Aspire webpage and the ResourceLists@Edinburgh Blog.


Stephanie Farley

Library Learning Services Assistant

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Making the Most of the Intern(et)

Our wonderful Intern Gemma is leaving us today, but she has managed to squeeze in one more post before she goes. Gemma has done some really amazing work for us, after completing her cataloguing project of Oriental Manuscripts (her work can be seen here ) in record time, she has helped out with Flickr, Walter Scott and a new project about not yet officially started too. I’d like to say a very big thank you to Gemma for all her hard work- we’re going to miss her! Over to Gemma…


Since I finished my project with the Oriental Manuscripts Collection a few weeks ago (see my blog below for more info ), I’ve been working on a few other projects to make the most of my remaining time here at the CRC. Of these, one of my main tasks has been to update the department’s Flickr account (

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Service interruption for ScienceDirect – July 26


The ScienceDirect platform will be unavailable for 30 minutes of scheduled maintenance on Saturday, July 26 from 12:00 BST until 12:30 BST.  It is also possible that you may experience service disruptions such as slower response times and unexpected outages throughout the day. Elsevier apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

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Festival Concerts

We are looking forward to the last Festival before we close for redevelopment, and the fantastic series of concerts being organised by the Friends of St Cecilia’s Hall. We have five 3 o’clock concerts lined up:
John Kitchen plays the 1678 Garracino virginal (shown above) on 13 August
‘De La Guitarra’: Stephen Morrison and Gordon Ferries play guitar music by Carulli, Beethoven and others on 16 August
The woodwind and keyboard ensemble ‘Arborea Musica’ celebrate Italians in London using the 1764 Hass harpsichord in its 250th year on 20 August
Ksenia Semenova, winner of the 2013 Volkonsky International Harpsichord Competition, plays Bach, Handel and D Scarlatti on 23 August
The Gilbert Elliott Duo explore repertoire for flute and harpsichord from 18th-century Scotland on 27 August

You can also enjoy the Edinburgh Renaissance Band’s Viol Rackett Show.

For more information about the collection and the instruments featured, see

For tickets, visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website

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Fairytales & Chivalry at the Centre for Research Collections

When I think of our rare book collections, I tend to think or row upon row of brown, leather bound volumes. This is true for a large part of the collections, but there are also many whose bindings are as bright and vibrant as their contents. This is particularly the case for some turn of the century fiction, c.1899-1900.

This week one of our readers ordered these two beauties to consult in the reading room, which led me to investigate their illustrations further:

hans christian anderson cover arabian nights cover

Both books were published in 1899 by George Newnes Ld. The Fairytales of Hans Christian Anderson (shelfmark SC9811) contains over 400 illustrations by Helen Stratton. The Arabian Nights (shelfmark SC9810) is illustrated by a group of artists: Helen Stratton, W. H. Robinson, A.D. McCormick, A.L. Davis and A.E. Norbury.

Very little information can be found about Helen Stratton (1867-1961). The internet yields wildly conflicting information, including one inconclusive suggestion that she studied in Glasgow. However, she was certainly a prolific artist who illustrated books typical of the Arts & Crafts Period, full of mystery and acts of heroism. Searching on the main library catalogue I came across another work featuring her illustrations:

princess story book

The Princess’s Story Book (shelfmark Corson A.17.GOM.1900) was published in 1900 by Archibald Constable & Co. The book is one of over 7,000 printed items in the Corson Collection of works by and about Sir Walter Scott, purchased by the University in 1975.

The Princess’s Story Book is a collection of short stories, with suitably melodramatic titles: ‘William I: Princesses in the Fighting Line’, ‘Richard I: In Camp and Tent’ and ‘Henry VIII: A Dishonoured Queen’. Even better are the list of illustrations, including: ‘Seating herself on the damp step while the rain descended in torrents upon her’ and ‘Gryme upheaved the silver cross and struck the Norman a blow’.

All of these items can be ordered to consult at the Centre for Research Collections – why not visit and transport yourself to another world of Knights and Bandits, Fairytales and Princesses.


Fran Baseby, Service Delivery Curator, CRC

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Music Online – new content added


Music Online has been significantly updated this week with the addition of:

  • 4.5 million independent popular music tracks
  • 1.4 million world music tracks
  • 510,000 American song tracks
  • 440,000 classical music tracks
  • 740,000 jazz tracks

Music Online Premium Service from Alexander Street Press, provides access to 13 music collections: African American Music Reference; American Song; Classical Music in Video; Classical Music Library; Classical Music Reference Library; Classical Scores Library: Volume I; Classical Scores Library: Volume II; Contemporary World Music; Dance in Video; The Garland Encyclopaedia of World Music Online; Jazz Music Library; Opera in Video; Smithsonian Global Sound(r) for Libraries.  It can be accessed via our general A-Z list or our A-Z list for Music e-resources.

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