Referencing Tutorial

Cite Them Right online, which is in the Databases A-Z list, is a comprehensive guide to referencing almost anything you will come across in the course of your studies or research. It has just launched a Referencing Tutorial.

Direct access to the Tutorial is here. You will have the option to create an account to sign in as an authenticated user so that the Tutorial can remember your progress, or to explore freely without signing in and therefore without remembering your progress.

This tutorial is made-up of 11 short, self-contained topics, which you can explore and revisit at any time.

Content includes:

  • What is referencing and why it matters
  • What sources are appropriate to reference
  • How to avoid plagiarism
  • How to insert citations into your text
  • Incorporating the work of others into your writing
  • Documenting the full reference details

Resource Lists workshop for LLC course organisers

In response to LLC colleagues’ interest and  requests, the Library Learning Services will provide a Resources Lists workshop specially for staff of the LLC School who are using or planning to use the Resource Lists for their course teaching.

  • Time: 2.00 – 3.00pm Wednesday 17th April 2019
  • Venue: Room 1.02 (Computer Lab), 50 George Square

Library staff will be on hand to answer any Resource Lists-related questions and to tell you about the help available to set up a Resource List for your course. To help us manage the session, if you’d like to attend, could you please follow the link below to make a booking:

https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=34349

The event is also visible to LLC staff in MyEd and is bookable there. We hope to see many of you at the workshop!

Background information

LLC has the largest number (208 as of Jan 2019) of published Resource Lists among all the Schools of the University, though it only represents 27% of our LLC courses.

What you will learn

By the end of this session you will be able to create and edit your own Resource Lists and understand how the Library is using Resource Lists to manage the purchase of books, provide access to copyright compliant scans and manage HUB/Reserve requests.

Why use Resource Lists?

  1. to improve the student experience
  2. to make it easier for course organisers to manage the provision of library materials for teaching

About Resource Lists

Resource Lists provide students with easy and consistent access to key course reading materials. The Library currently provides 1900 Resource Lists for courses across every school. Lists can be viewed via the service homepage: http://resourcelists.ed.ac.uk  However, most students access their Resource Lists via a link in the left hand menu in the corresponding Learn course.

Resource Lists is the preferred route for Course Organisers to manage the provision of library materials. Once set up, lists are rolled over each June and can be reviewed and edited for the next academic year.

Any resource with a web address can be added to a list, including, books, e-books, book chapters, journal articles and videos. Course organisers assign priority to list items (Essential, Recommended or Further reading) and add notes for students indicating which chapters or pages should be read. The Library uses the priorities and student numbers to inform number of copies purchased and loan periods.

Resource Lists provide students with a number of features to help them manage their course reading. Students can create their own collection, make suggestions for new items to be added to lists and export their lists in their preferred citation style.

There is more information about Resource Lists on the IS website: http://edin.ac/resource-lists

For more information, please contact Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk

Literature Online – problem update

Back on 31st January I communicated to LLC colleagues about the faulty full-text links to LION’s ABELL records in DiscoverEd and a separate issue of the loss of 1,492 Penguin Classics from the LION platform due to publisher rights. Here is the latest update on the status.

  1. ABELL indexing issue in DiscoverEd

All the ABELL bibliographical records in DiscoverEd have been removed. This has resolved the problem of faulty full-text indexing, but at the same time removed the ABELL records in DiscoverEd altogether. The LION publisher ProQuest will make the correct bibliographical records available again once LION collections are re-organised and reloaded, hopefully by the end of the first quarter according to ProQuest. This indexing problem only affects ABELL. Other collections in LION, such as full-text journals and books, are still indexed and discoverable at the publication title level in DiscoverEd. Examples:

American Poetry Review as journal title, but not at the article level, e.g. Williamson, Alan: “A Marriage Between Writers: Birthday Letters as Memoir and as Poetry”, in American Poetry Review (27:5) Sep/Oct 1998, 11-13.

Dutt, Toru. Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan: By Toru Dutt … With an Introductory Memoir by Edmund Gosse. Kegan Paul, Trench &, 1885

In the meantime, the current LION platform in our Database list, Literature Online (LION), is functioning as normal. Please do use LION for ABELL searching. At the top of the current LION platform, you will see the following announcement: Literature Online is now available on the enhanced ProQuest platform and cross-searchable with ProQuest journals, newspapers, dissertations and other relevant content. The new user experience is now available in parallel with the current version through mid-2019. …” Please try LION on the new ProQuest platform which will replace the current platform very soon anyway.

  1. Penguin Classics

There is no alternative provision of the e-texts of the lost Penguin Classics. Most titles also have the print copies in our Library collections. Please note:  if you have provided links to LION Penguin books in your students’ reading lists including those in the Resource Lists, please do remove them and replace them with the permanent links to the possible alternative copies in DisocverEd. If no alternative copy is in stock, please use the Book Recommendation Form.

Thank you very much for your attention. We will update colleagues when the re-organising and reloading of the LION content by the publisher is completed.

Complete contents of LION can be viewed from here: https://literature-proquest-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/createCompleteContents.do

 

Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies

On 22 November 2018, Director of L&UC Jeremy Upton and Director-general Tseng Shu-hsien of the National Central Library of Taiwan (NCL) signed an agreement on establishing the Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) in our Library. Over 25 academic colleagues from several Schools of CAHSS and several PhD students attended the ceremony.

Photo courtesy of Susan Pettigrew

Both Jeremy and Director-general Tseng delivered warm speeches in a very friendly, collaborative atmosphere. In his remarks, Jeremy highlighted the University’s long term connection with China, our Library commitment to supporting teaching, learning and research in Chinese Studies and China related topics across the University. The University’s Assistant Principal (China) Professor Natascha Gentz spoke in warm support of the project on behalf of the University. Director General Mr Jason Chien-Chen Lien of Taipei Representative Office in the U.K., Edinburgh Office, also attended the launch ceremony and made a speech. After the official signing of the agreement, the guests were shown by Dr Joseph Marshall a display of Special Collections items on China.

The worldwide TRCCS project was first launched in 2012 by the NCL of Taiwan to promote international exchange and library collaboration in Chinese studies. We are the 31st TRCCS partner institution in the world, the 3rd in the UK after SOAS and Oxford, and the 1st in Scotland.

Our TRCCS is located within the East Asian Studies Collection on the 3rd floor of the Main Library. Thanks to the hard work of colleagues in the Metadata Services and the Collections Management teams, the initial NCL donation of 748 titles of Chinese books and DVDs (948 items) on a wide range of subjects in arts, humanities and social science, recently published in Taiwan, have already been catalogued and made available for staff and students. There will be further donations of several hundred books each year from the second year onwards. In addition, the NCL will offer us access to about 8 digital resources from Taiwan. Under the project, the NCL and the University Library (together with the department of Asian Studies) will also co-host annual “Taiwan Lecturers on Chinese Studies”, delivered by internationally well-known scholars in the field.

TRCCS in East Asian Studies Collection, 3rd floor, Main Library. The entire TRCCS collection can be retrieved in DiscoverEd by shelfmark search for “TRCCS”.

We believe that the TRCCS project will enable us to fill in a gap in our Chinese print and e-resource collections by systematically acquiring scholarly publications produced in Taiwan.  It will play an active role in our efforts to build our Chinese Collection into a national resource centre for Chinese Studies in Scotland.

 

 

Gale Primary Sources drop-in session Monday 30th Jan in Main Library

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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 emea.marketing@cengage.com

Mango Languages – online language courses for trial

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!

Mango Languages

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:

https://www.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/login?url=https://connect.mangolanguages.com/university-of-edinburgh/try/10c39bacf

Happy learning!

Learning Scottish Gaelic online?

Colloquial Scottish Gaelic.inddThe Library has purchased an e-book version, with an audio file, of Colloquial Scottish Gaelic published in August 2015. The e-book can be accessed via the Library’s DiscoverEd, or click here. Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials.

Colloquial Scottish Gaelic provides a step-by-step course in Scottish Gaelic as it is written and spoken today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Scottish Gaelic in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Continue reading

Literary Encyclopedia

Literary Encyclopedia

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.

London Theatre Reviews – West End and Off West End

The following information might be useful for anyone researching theatre in London, or for anyone interested in theatre and theatre studies :

https://www.londontheatre1.com/reviews offers reviews of London West End and Off West End productions from 2011 onwards. There are probably 500 reviews between 2011 and 2014. Last year, however, was a growth year in terms of the productions being reviewed. They have now 50 reviewers and there were over 850 productions reviewed in 2015 alone, in and around London – in the West End and Off West End.

The year 2015 reviews are now also available for free in PDF at https://www.londontheatre1.com/2015-Reviews-londontheatre1.pdf

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Nashriyah: digital Iranian history

iranian-history-mastheadThe University of Manchester Library has just launched today, 1 Feb 2016, their digital project Nashriyah: digital Iranian history. It provides free access to 12,000 pages of digital versions of Iranian newspapers and periodicals capturing key historical events as they happened.

These newspapers and periodicals, many of which have been only partially accessible inside Iran, cover the defining moments from the following three eras:

  • The premiership of Mohammad Mossadegh and the August 1953 coup d’état against his government (1950-53).
  • The 1979 Revolution.
  • The late 1990s/early 2000s ‘reform era’ of former President Mohammad Khatami.

For more details and access, please follow click here.