The Library in the time of Covid-19

Not sure what Library resources, services and support are available to you at this unusual time? You can always keep up to date with all of this via our Library Covid-19 site but we’d like to highlight some key areas in this blog post.

Temporary access to e-books and other e-resources
E-books and books in general
Requesting a chapter from a book or journal article for personal use
Digital primary source and archive collections
Returning library books

Temporary access to e-books and other e-resources

The Library is already in a strong position when it comes to online resources and digital collections. We have around 1.4 million e-books, 185,000 e-journals, 700 licensed databases, 84,000 streaming videos and 6,000 scanned book chapters and journal articles. The majority of this content can be accessed via DiscoverEd and your subject guides. Continue reading

Universal Database of Ukrainian Periodicals – on trial

Thanks to a request from a student in SPS the Library currently has trial access to the Universal Database of Ukrainian Periodicals (UDB-UKR) from EastView. The world’s first database of newspapers and magazines of Ukraine, it includes publications in Russian, Ukrainian and English.

You can access the Universal Database for Ukrainian Periodicals from the E-resources trials page.
Access is available on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 15th May 2020. Continue reading

5 recommended library resources for LGBT+ History Month

February has seen the celebration of LGBT+ History Month in the UK and you may have enjoyed one of the many fantastic events put on by the University’s Staff Pride Network or the University’s Students’ Association. LGBT+ History Month may be near the end but I wanted to highlight just some of the library resources available to staff and students of the University that will allow you to study and research LGBT+ history further.

1. Books, journals, articles, etc.

The Main Library is co-hosting a ‘micro-exhibition’ with student groups Project Myopia and LiberatEd with a pop-up book display on the ground floor this week. A LGBT+ History Month Resource List has also been put together to highlight the wide range of LGBT+ books available at the University Library. This is just a selection of titles available at the Library and you can use DiscoverEd to find more.

You can also use DiscoverEd to search for and find a large range of journal articles and journals on LGBT+ related research. Or you can go further in your research by using some of the bibliographic databases the Library has access to that will allow you to search for journal articles, abstracts, book reviews, book chapters, reports and proceedings, etc.

2. What to watch?

You can use some of the Library’s moving image and video streaming databases to search for and view films, documentaries, news programmes, interviews, plays, TV programmes, etc. Continue reading

British Politics

The Library has recently purchased back issue access to the e-journal British Politics. This now ensures that the Library has full access to this e-journal from 2006 (vol. 1) onwards.

British_Politics_journal_coverPublished by Palgrave Macmillan, British Politics is a peer-reviewed academic journal designed to promote research in British political studies. It incorporates a range of research papers and review articles from all theoretical perspectives, and on all aspects of British politics.

The Library already had access to several years of this journal via other e-journal collections, however, this purchase ensures the Library has full and permanent access to this e-journal from it’s first volume and issue onwards.

You can access British Politics via DiscoverEd.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

Get fresh with Taylor & Francis journals

TandFreshcollectionThe Library currently has trial access to over 140 “young” journal titles (between 3 and 7 years old) via the Taylor & Francis Fresh Collection. You can access this collection via the E-resources trials page at and the individual journal titles will be added to the E-journals A-Z list.

Taylor & Francis are showcasing their newest titles in the Fresh Collection including  Africa Review, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Celebrity Studies, Contemporary Italian Politics, Critical African Studies, Global Discourse, International Critical Thought, Journal of Development Effectiveness, Migration and Development, Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses and South Asian Diaspora.

You can access a full list of the titles from all subject areas at Fresh Collection Title List (pdf).

Trial access is available until 31st December 2015. We would welcome feedback on these resources as this helps with making the decision on whether individual journal titles should be considered for subscription or not.

 Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

Top 5 library resources for Social Work

Today is #WorldSocialWorkDay! We thought we’d give you a taster of social work resources available to students and staff here at the University of Edinburgh Library.

1. Have you seen Social Services Abstracts? This database provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services and related areas, including social welfare, social policy and community development. The database abstracts and indexes thousands of serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations and citations to book reviews.

Coverage includes community and mental health services; crisis intervention; the family and social welfare; gerontology; poverty and homelessness; professional issues in social work; social services in addiction; social work education; social work practice; violence, abuse, neglect.

You can access this and other relevant databases at databases for social work.

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SPS Librarian Top 5 blog posts 2014 – no. 2

As exams are almost over and semester one nears its end we are reposting our Top 5 blog posts from this year, every day in the final week of semester.

At number 2, just missing out on the top spot, a very recent post related to the Erving Goffman Memorial Lecture that was delivered by Professor Howard S. Becker on 27th November 2014. The post highlighted a number of resources held by the University Library by and about Goffman, Becker and the Chicago School. Chicago, 1950, Another Look: The Erving Goffman Memorial Lecture 2014.



Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

SPS Librarian Top 5 blog posts 2014 – no. 5

As exams are almost over and semester one nears its end we are reposting our Top 5 blog posts from this year, every day in the final week of semester.

At number 5, oddly enough is another Top 5, this time Top 5 women’s studies library resources.



Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

Ladies in the Lords: Chrystal Macmillan Lecture Oct 2014

On Thursday 30th October the Lord Speaker Baroness D’Souza will deliver the Chrystal Macmillan Lecture on the topic of Ladies in the Lords: Women’s Representation in Political Life.

house_of_lordsToday there are 189 women in the House but it is only since the 1958 Life Peerages Act that women (as well as those without an inherited title) were allowed to sit in the House of Lords.

We’ve put together just a short reading list of journal articles available online through the University Library that allow you to read about and around this particular topic. So if you are unable to attend the Lecture or just wish to find out a bit more then read on. Access only available to University of Edinburgh students and staff unless otherwise noted. Continue reading

Need help with using the Library? Help is available.

Having problems finding material from your reading list? Not sure how to reference or cite properly in your work? Need to work on a systematic review but not sure where to start? Or just want to know how to use Google and Google Scholar in an academic context?

The Academic Support Librarian team are running several courses this semester through IS Skills which you can book onto via MyEd. These (mostly) 1 hour sessions allow you to get expert advice and hands-on experience. So why not book on and become an expert yourself? Continue reading