Monthly Archives: July 2014

July E-Book News

We have increased our e-book holdings with the following providers.


We added a further 259 books to 123Library.  Lists of the new titles are here.  These are in the process of being added to our catalogue but they can be accessed online via the E-book A-Z list.


Cambridge University Press

We added a further 185 e-books to Cambridge Books Online.  A list of the new titles is available here and these have all been added to our catalogue.


We have added a further 107 title to the Dawsonera platform.  A list of the new titles is available here and these have all been added to our catalogue.


We have added to our existing collections on the Eastview platform with the purchase of Kotobarabia: Arab Leaders, Historians and Philosophers collection.  This contains approximately 5,000 titles from nearly 1,000 important Arab thinkers, philosophers, historians, politicians, and eastviewtheologians in the Arab world. Topics cover feminism, modern medicine, political reforms, including the Orabi Revolution, education, arts, religion, and more. The collection includes works by the Four Imams of the Sunni Sect, the Al Azhar Modern Sheikhs; various authors of the Modern Arab Enlightenment, and rare works by the former Egyptian royal family.

EBL – Ebook Library

We have added a further 41 titles to the EBL platform.  A list of the new titles is available here and these have all been added to our catalogue.

IET Digital Library

iet-logoA further 24 e-books have been added to our existing holdings on the IET platform.  The new titles are listed here.


Oxford University PressVSI_Logo

We now have access to Very Short Introductions – Social Science collection.  See the SPS blog for full information.


 Wiley Online Library

We have signed a new deal with Wiley which gives us access to 2013 and 2014 published e-books in all subject areas.  Our catalogue will be regularly updated as new titles are 2013_WOL_logopublished.  The titles that we have access to can be browsed here.  Older titles that the library has already purchased are available too.

New databases in July

We have added the following new databases to our general and subject A-Z lists this month, these will appear on the catalogue soon.

ACO Music Data Analysis

customLogo.gifThe ACO Music Data Analysis tool is a way of gathering information about music trends and the impact of music across countries and cultures. ACO Music Data Analysis is a growing repository of historical and current data from Billboard, Official Chart Company, Media Control and many more reporting agencies around the world. This data is presented in Relative Pitch Graphs™ with sophisticated functionality. Based on sales data, Relative Pitch Graphs™ are a way of normalising data over time, and tell the story of the impact of music on society and cultures.  ACO links all the data that exists on music, industry trends and commercial facts so that researchers can make original and rigorous academic enquiries. Previously we could only make qualitative assumptions about the impact of music socially, politically and economically. With ACO, researchers can use quantitative techniques to verify what really happened and the true context in which music was produced

Index to Printed Music

Use IPM to find individual pieces of music printed in standard scholarly editions. With over IndextoPrintedMusic_Masthead_Web(2)425,000 records available for searching, IPM provides detailed indexing across a range of categories, including collection, composer, editor, format, genre, language, librettist, publication year etc. It is also possible to search for titles of music collections, as well as individual compositions.”

Law Info China

IFWe now have access to the Chinese version and the English version of Law Info China.  A full description of this database can be found over on the SPS Librarian blog.

PAIS International

IFPAIS International database has also been advertised by our SPS Librarians – see their blog post.


PhilPapers is a comprehensive index of philosophy books and articles. PhilPapers offers unique logofeatures such as real-time indexing of pre-prints, fine-grained classification by topic, email alerts, reading lists, advanced search functionality, and discussion forums.

Routledge Performance Archive

logo 2The Routledge Performance Archive is a resource produced in partnership with Digital Theatre, providing unique access to a wide range of audio-visual material from past and present practitioners of performance.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

stanford logo 100 x 100The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public.

TAIR Database (The Arabidopsis Information Resource)

The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) maintains a database of genetic and molecular logo2biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana . Data available from TAIR includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, gene expression, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community. Gene product function data is updated every week from the latest published research literature and community data submissions.

Thermophysical Properties of Matter Database (TPMD)

Thermophysical Properties of Matter Database – Thermophysical and thermoradiative cindas2properties for metallic alloys and elements, nonmetallic liquids and solids, composites, ceramics, gases and coatings. Contains about 50,400 data curves with 87 properties for over 4,900 materials categorized into 85 material groups. Includes theories and measurements PDF documents.


Oxford Bibliographies – new modules purchased


Our existing Oxford Bibliographies collection has been expanded so we now have access to modules in Buddhism, Chinese Studies, Cinema & Media Studies, Classics, Islamic Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Victorian Literature.

Further information about our databases is available from

Service interruption for ScienceDirect – July 26


The ScienceDirect platform will be unavailable for 30 minutes of scheduled maintenance on Saturday, July 26 from 12:00 BST until 12:30 BST.  It is also possible that you may experience service disruptions such as slower response times and unexpected outages throughout the day. Elsevier apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Music Online – new content added


Music Online has been significantly updated this week with the addition of:

  • 4.5 million independent popular music tracks
  • 1.4 million world music tracks
  • 510,000 American song tracks
  • 440,000 classical music tracks
  • 740,000 jazz tracks

Music Online Premium Service from Alexander Street Press, provides access to 13 music collections: African American Music Reference; American Song; Classical Music in Video; Classical Music Library; Classical Music Reference Library; Classical Scores Library: Volume I; Classical Scores Library: Volume II; Contemporary World Music; Dance in Video; The Garland Encyclopaedia of World Music Online; Jazz Music Library; Opera in Video; Smithsonian Global Sound(r) for Libraries.  It can be accessed via our general A-Z list or our A-Z list for Music e-resources.

Trial ending Thursday 17th July

There are a couple of days left to try out 37 e-books from Dō Sustainability.  Do logo

DōShorts are short, practical ebooks that give you the latest thinking on a broad range of business sustainability issues. Written by experts with hands-on experience in the field, DōShorts consolidate the facts, providing clear guidelines for making sustainability within your organization a reality.


Feedback and further info

We are interested to know what you think of these e-books as your comments influence purchase decisions so please do fill out our feedback form.

Previous trials are listed on our trials webpage.


Trials ending Tuesday 15th July

Last chance to try out the following databases!  These all expire tomorrow and are available on campus or via the VPN at the links below.

From Adam Matthew we have two databases on trial.

Foreign Office Files China 1957 – 1966 and Foreign Office Files China 1967 – 1980

These 2 databases make available British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Adam Matthew logoTaiwan between 1957 and 1980.  We already subscribe to content between 1949 and 1956.

From North Waterloo Academic Press we have 1 database on trial.

Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals 1800-1900 Series 3

Waterloo DirectoryThis is a subject-inclusive, language-inclusive bibliography of
73,000 publications, 68,000 personal names, 6,300 issuing bodies, 2,400 publishing towns, 23,000 title pages, 2,000 subjects.

Feedback and further info

We are interested to know what you think of these databases as your comments influence purchase decisions so please do fill out our feedback form.

A list of all trials currently available to University of Edinburgh staff and students can be found on our trials webpage.