New resource : Migration to New Worlds


The University of Edinburgh now has access to the online primary source collection, Migration to New Worlds, due to negotiations with JISC to provide free access to all UK higher and further education institutions.

Migration to New Worlds provides an in-depth look at the emigration of peoples from Great Britain, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It includes Colonial Office files on emigration, diaries and travel journals, ship logs and plans, printed literature, objects, watercolours, and oral histories. A migration mapping feature allows you to explore immigration and emigration of the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand over time.

Access via Discovered.

Christine Love-Rodgers – Academic Support Librarian, SPS

New to the Library: IndiaStat

I’m pleased to let you know that following requests from students in SPS and a successful trial last year the Library has now subscribed to IndiaStat.


Access is available through the Databases A-Z list or the South Asian Studies databases list. Access is available both on and off-campus with your EASE username and password. Continue reading

On trial: Daily Mail Historical Archive

*The Library has now purchased access to the Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004). See New to the Library: Daily Mail Historical Archive.*

The Library currently has trial access to the Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004). This fascinating online digital collection presents more than 100 years of the Daily Mail newspaper.


You can access the Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004) via the E-resources trials page.

Trial ends 13th April 2016. Continue reading

Trial access to Voxgov

Studying American politics? Finding it hard to search for and locate the swathes of information being published by the US Federal Government? Voxgov may be for you.

The Library has set up trial access to Voxgov, a distinctive resource that pulls together the vast amount of US Federal Government information, communications and publications and allows you to easily search, discover, compare and get full text access to this material.

You can access Voxgov from the E-resources trials page on the Library website (or direct at On-campus access is direct. For off-campus access you will need to use the VPN.

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Top five library questions from SPS PG students

Academic Support Librarians

Welcome from Caroline & Christine

It 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. “How do I find out more about using Endnote?”

To learn more about Endnote Online (Web) you canbook on the iSkills course, Using EndNote Online to Manage your References via MyEd. Further details can be found at Alternatively, the course materials are also available online.Training for the desktop version of Endnote that I mentioned is also available (Managing Bibliographies with EndNote X7).

2. “How do I log in/sign in via the University to JSTOR journals?”

If you access JSTOR via the University link at, you will be taken through the University’s authentication which is the EASE username and password log in. This will enable you to be recognised as a University of Edinburgh student and access JSTOR. If you have done this and you get an “authorisation failed” error message, contact the IS Helpline ( , by phone (0131 651 5151) or via the self-service portal (

3. “Are IT services and helpdesk the same? If not where can I find the IT desk?”

The IS Helpline are the main contact for  IT and e-learning enquiries. They don’t have a desk that you can visit them in-person, but they do offer a pretty much 24/7 service. You can contact them via email ( , by phone (0131 651 5151) or via the self-service portal ( – if you contact them via this route then you can keep a track of your enquiry).

There are also Mobile Device Clinics that you can book onto via MyEd for one-to-one help with your laptop or tablet :

If you’re  having problems connecting to your email account or using the University’s wireless or VPN services then the Helpline are running drop-in Get Connected sessions in the Main Library, 10am-4pm (until Fri 25 Sept). More information at

4. “Can you tell me more about study spaces beyond the Library (as I’ve heard it gets crowded)?

During peak periods such as undergraduate revision and exam time, extra study space is opened up around the central area and this is advertised through the Library website, library social media accounts e.g. and, and a large map gets put up in the Main Library itself.

Apart from this though, remember that you can use any of the other site libraries around the University, which have study space and often open access computing facilities as well.  Also in George Square the Hugh Robson Building, which is next door to the Chrystal Macmillan Building (CMB), has a 24 hour open access computing lab in it which all students have access to. There are also other open access computing labs available, not based in libraries, around the central area. See for more information.

5. “I want to know more about the possibility of using other academic libraries in the UK”

Have you heard of the SCONUL Access scheme? Most of the Universities in the UK and Ireland are members of this reciprocal scheme which gives students and staff of member universities access to other member university libraries. You have to register with the scheme first of all and you register online with your home library i.e. University of Edinburgh Library. Once registered you will be sent a registration email and it is this email AND your student card that you will need to gain access to other University Libraries in the UK. For more information see :

More information can also be found on the SCONUL Access website

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

New books for Social and Political Science: July 2015

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 small number of the books that have been added to the Library’s collections in July 2015 for Social and Political Science and these demonstrate the wide range of subjects being studied and researched within School.

envisioning_utopias_book_coverEnvisioning real utopias by Erik Olin Wright (shelfmark: HX73 Wri.)

Inmates’ Narratives and Discursive Discipline in Prison : Rewriting personal histories through cognitive behavioral programs by Jennifer A. Schlosser (e-book)

Illegality, inc.: clandestine migration and the business of bordering Europe by Ruben Andersson (shelfmark: JV8259.Z6 And.)

Social policy in the European Union by Karen M. Anderson (shelfmark: HN373.5 And.) Continue reading

New online resource for SPS: Political Science Complete

Following a successful trial in semester two, 2014-15, the Library has subscribed to Political Science Complete a major database in the areas of politics and international relations.


Political Science Complete provides full text for more than 520 journals, and indexing and abstracts for over 2,900 titles. The database also features over 340 full-text reference books and monographs, and over 36,000 full-text conference papers, including those of the International Political Science Association. Continue reading

Trial access to SIPRI Yearbook Online

The Library has set up trial access to SIPRI Yearbook Online. You can access this via the E-resources trials page at

IFThe SIPRI Yearbook, written by authors who are experts in their field, is known worldwide as an essential and independent source for issues on armaments and arms control, conflicts and resolutions, security arrangements and disarmament, as well as longer-term trends in international security. SIPRI Yearbook Online offers access to the SIPRI Yearbooks published from 2010 and onwards, all available on one, easy-to-use and fully cross-searchable resource.

SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.Find out more at

Trial access is available until 30th April 2015. We would welcome feedback on this database as this helps with making the decision on whether the resource should be considered for subscription or not.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

New books for Social and Political Science: March 2015

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 small number of the books that have been added to the Library’s collections in March 2015 for Social and Political Science.

unexpected_alliances_book_coverPolarization and Transformation in Zimbabwe : social movements, strategy dilemmas and change by Erin McCandless (e-book)

Unexpected Alliances : independent filmmakers, the state, and the film industry in postauthoritarian South Korea by Young-a Park (shelfmark: PN1993.5.K6 Par.)

The neoliberal regime in the agri-food sector : crisis, resilience, and restructuring edited by Steven A. Wolf and Alessandro Bonanno (shelfmark: HD9000.6 Neo. Also available as e-book.)

The great humanists : an introduction by Jonathan Arnold (e-book) Continue reading

New books for Social and Political Science: February 2015

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 small number of the books that have been added to the Library’s collections in February 2015 for Social and Political Science.

industrializing_organisms_book_coverIndustrializing organisms : introducing evolutionary history edited by Susan R. Schrepfer and Philip Scranton (shelfmark: S494.5.B563 Ind.)

Alcohol and moral regulation : public attitudes, spirited measures and Victorian hangovers by Henry Yeomans (e-book)

Mind Change : how digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains by Susan Greenfield (shelfmark: BF311 Gre.) Continue reading