There are several database trials running at the moment for the next few weeks which are relevant for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, in particular for English Literature, Asian Studies, and Film Studies. All these trials can be accessed via the Library’s E-Resources Trials website. These resources are: Continue reading
We have been offered a free trial of the Regional Sections (Showa Era, 昭和の地域版) of the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun which we subscribe to:
The trial is valid until 8th February 2018.
Yomiuri Shimbun is indexed in the Databases A-Z list as Yomidas Rekishikan which provides access to this newspaper.
The section contains digital images of 2.76 million pages from 46 prefectures nationwide dating from 1933 to 2001. Click here to see the content coverage by regions and periods. The English user guide for Yomidas Rekishikan can be downloaded from here.
Article examples from the Regional Sections:
Some colleagues and students have asked about online access to Nikkei Asian Review, a weekly magazine in English published by Japan’s leading business and information company which provides timely corporate, economic news from Japan and the Asian region.
The good news is that the full text of Nikkei Asian Review is fully covered in two news source databases that the Library is subscribing to. Factiva provides full text content of this publication from 21 Nov. 2013 onwards, and in Nexis UK from 3 June 1980 onwards. Update schedule is same day as publication. Both databases are indexed in the Library’s Databases A-Z list (www.ed.ac.uk/is/databases-a-z).
The National Institute of Japanese Literature (Kokubunken) has made their new新日本古典籍総合データベース/Database of Pre-Modern Japanese Works (tentative edition) freely available at: https://kotenseki.nijl.ac.jp/ (Japanese interface) and https://kotenseki.nijl.ac.jp/?ln=en (English interface).
The database, built out of Kokusho Sōmokuroku, a Japanese reference book published by Iwanami Shoten, and the largest of its kind, contains about 300,000 of 500,000 entries listed in the original book, along with digitized versions of materials referred to by the entries. It also allows one action search across repositories of multiple institutions.
For more information, please see the “Project to Build an International Collaborative Research Network for Pre-modern Japanese Texts (NIJL-NW project)” websites at:
The following contents will temporarily be accessible on the JapanKnowledge platform between 1 June and 30 June 2017:
1. Encyclopedia of Japanese Historical Place Names http://japanknowledge.com/en/contents/rekishi/index.html
2. Fuzoku Gaho http://japanknowledge.com/en/contents/fuzokugaho/index.html
3. Oriental Economist http://japanknowledge.com/en/contents/orientaleconomist/index.html
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The National Diet Library of Japan has released an online training course on how to make good use of their NDL Digital Collections for Japanese Studies outside Japan. The course is delivered as a video in Japanese with English subtitles.
This course provides an introduction to the features of the NDL Digital Collections and how to search its contents from outside Japan. The content of this course is based on a presentation made at the EAJRS Conference in Bucharest held on September 16, 2016.
Anybody can take the courses without registration. Go to http://training.ndl.go.jp/course/under.html?id=58&lang=en. Please ignore the button labelled “This course is fully booked”. Move down to the bottom of the page and click the button labelled “take a course without registering“.
Get the most from our digital archives through Gale Primary Sources
Gale Primary Sources is an extensive digital archives programme spanning multiple disciplines and cultures. The platform uses specialist technology and tools to cross-search the Gale digital archives that our institution has access to.
See for yourself!
We have access to Gale Primary Sources through the Library. Join us to see how you can use this platform to enrich your research and improve your grades:
Monday 30th January
10am – 4pm (drop in)
Main Library – George Square
Want to know more about Gale Primary Sources?
When you explore Gale Primary Sources, you’ll discover original, first-hand content – meticulously cross-referenced to bring the facts into focus and the information to life in remarkable new ways. This digital platform provides an enhanced research experience with reliable search results. You can conduct one search and easily see related resources from extensive digital archives in one place. Find out more here » For more information about this drop-in workshop or on Gale Primary Sources, please email email@example.com
The Library has arranged a free trial for the following three e-resources from Japan:
- Fuzoku Gaho （風俗画報,1889 – 1916）
- Toyo Keizai Digital Archive（東洋經濟, 1895 – 1945）
- Mainichi Newspaper Maisaku（每日新聞, 1872 – 1999）
To access the trial, go to the Library’s E-Resources Trials website. The trial ends on 30 November 2016.
Fuzoku Gaho and Toyo Keizai Digital Archive are to be accessed on the JapanKnowledge platform which is in our Databases A-Z list. See the screenshot below:
The University Library has arranged a free trial of an online language learning resource called “Mango Languages”. The service offers online interactive courses for learning over 70 languages, including almost all those that are taught at our University:
Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Danish, Finnish, French, Gaelic (Scottish), German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Swahili, Turkish, as well as Shakespeare English!
It consists of two types of resources: Mango Conversations teaches through native-speaker dialogue, cultural insights, and critical thinking exercises, while Mango Premiere teaches foreign languages through the dialogue and culture found in full-length international films. Proprietary technology includes interactive subtitles and colour coding which allow learners t easily understand meaning, word order, and grammatical structures. Applications for mobile devices are also available through Google Play and App Store.
The trial is from now until 31 October 2016.
For access, please go to the Library’s e-resources trial website at http://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/library-museum-gallery/finding-resources/library-databases/e-resources-trials , or go to trial link directly, EASE login is required:
The Literary Encyclopedia publishes biographies of major and minor writers; scholarly descriptions of all interesting texts written by these authors, including those often neglected; and a variety of descriptive and critical essays on literary, cultural and historical matters, which provide a finer understanding of the social contexts in which this writing was produced. Includes coverage of English, American, German, Russian, Italian, French and Classical literatures, as well as substantial and increasing coverage of Hispanic, Japanese, Canadian, East European and various postcolonial literatures. (Other major literatures to be added as resources permit.) Currently has about 7557 completed articles, with a total of about 15.77 million words with around 20-40 articles added to the Encyclopedia every month.
The Library has arranged a free trial of the LE, until 31/05/2016. The trial can be accessed via the E-Resources Trials website which also links to other database trials that can be of interest. There is maintenance work going on with the trial Feedback Form on the E-Resources Trials website at the moment. Please leave a comment in this blog or email your Academic Support Librarian for giving your feedback.