New books in the Library for Social and Political Science

Thanks to recommendations from members of staff and requests via RAB from students the Library is continually adding new books to its collections both online and in print. Here are just a (very) small number of the books that have been added to the Library’s collections in semester one, 2016/17 for the School of Social and Political Science and these demonstrate the wide range of subjects being taught, studied and researched within School.

–> Find these and more via DiscoverEd.

digital_sociologies_bookcoverThe new Northern Irish politics? by Jonathan Tonge (shelfmark: DA990.U46 Ton.)

International humanitarian law and the changing technology of war edited by Dan Saxon (shelfmark: KZ6471 Int.)

Routledge international handbook of social work education edited by Imogen Taylor, Marion Bogo, Michelle Lefevre and Barbra Teater (e-book).

Digital sociologies edited by Jessie Daniels, Karen Gregory, Tressie McMillan Cottom (shelfmark: HM851 Dig.) Continue reading

Feedback questions from library welcome sessions

New Academic Support LibrariansIt was great to meet so many SPS postgraduate students in our Welcome Week workshops on Library Resources. We’ve now put the slides from these sessions up on our subject guide web pages.  We asked you to write any questions you still had about the library on your feedback sheets so we could get back to you. Here’s some of the things you asked :

1. “Are there any free software resources in the library? For example SPSS?”

Yes, the University provides access to SPSS  – see for more information. A range of other software resources are also available on University desktop machines, such as NVivo.

2. “You mentioned VPN – how and when do we use it for the library?”

VPN, or Virtual Private Network,  is necessary for off campus access to a small number of library databases. In particular some newspaper databases, such as Factiva and Nexis UK, require VPN access for off-campus access. You can find information about the VPN service at <

3.“Is there any reference management system I can download to my computer for free?”

You can download Endnote Online for free. See You may also be interested in Mendeley and Zotero.

 4.  “I would like to find out more about referencing systems such as Mendeley. Does the University support the desktop version?”

The desktop version of Mendeley is installed on lab PCs throughout the University, although the University doesn’t provide as full a support service for this package as it does for Endnote. If you’d like to find out more about using different bibliographic managers, you may find this comparison table useful.

5. “Is there a floor plan of the Main Library?”

Yes, there are plans for each floor – see the bottom of the page at

Christine Love-Rodgers & Caroline Stirling, Academic Support Librarians – Social & Political Science

Here comes the summer!

The weather may not be able to quite make up its mind whether (!) we are heading into summer or skipping it entirely and going straight to autumn but this Friday, 22 May, is the end of semester 2 and the beginning of the summer vacation period at the University.

Whether you will be staying in Edinburgh and continuing your studies over the summer period or if you will be away from Edinburgh for the summer here are a few things to bear in mind:

1) This summer both the Library Catalogue and Searcher will be replaced by DiscoverEd.


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