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New! Sage Research Methods Videos and E-Books

Just in time for the new academic year, we now have access to new Sage e-resources…

Sage Research Methods Video

Sage Research Methods Video: Practical Research and Academic Skills – This newest collection of streaming video on the SAGE Research Methods platform offers support on the practical skills that researchers need to successfully complete their research.  Key areas such as writing a research proposal, planning and designing a research project and securing ethical approval are explicitly covered.  Practical skills such as project management, writing for publication, presenting work, and building networks are also presented through helpful explanatory videos. This video collection will give researchers the confidence to successfully navigate their research work, take responsibility for their professional development and identify the transferable skills they need to progress their careers.

Further info

A title list can be found here and there is a user-guide at http://sagepub.libguides.com/c.php?g=453083&p=5996497



We have expanded our coverage of Sage Knowledge content and now have access to over 4000 e-books in Business & Management, Counselling, Criminology, Education, Geography, Health & Social Care, Media & Communication, Politics & International Relations, Psychology and Sociology.  Additional titles will be added to DiscoverEd as records become available.

JOVE – additional modules available

We have upgraded our subscription to JoVE (Journal of Visualised Experiments) to include JoVE Environment, the Advanced Biology Modules and the 3 newly available Psychology modules.

JoVE Environment is dedicated to research methodologies that address environmental concerns and seek to better understand Earth’s ecosystem. Special consideration is given to experimental methodologies that assess society’s impact on the environment, suggest solutions for protecting Earth’s resources, and develop sustainable fuel sources.

Essentials of Neuroscience provides an introduction to the field of neuroscience. These videos offer a glimpse of neuroscience at the practical and professional level, through an exploration of five major branches of study: neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, cell and molecular neuroscience, behavioural neuroscience, and developmental neuroscience.

Essentials of Developmental Biology introduces the field of developmental biology. Researchers in this discipline endeavour to understand the developmental processes that occur in organisms at every stage – starting from the single-celled embryo to the ageing adult. Based on current science, this collection is divided into five sub-categories: developmental genetics, molecular developmental biology, stem cell biology, organogenesis, and ageing and regeneration.

Essentials of Genetics focuses on genetics, the study of how genes build traits and how they are passed down from generation to generation. The collection is divided into five modules covering broad sub-disciplines: the genetics of individuals and populations, genetics and disease, gene expression, epigenetics, and genetic engineering. These videos briefly overview important discoveries and basic concepts of each field, introduce key questions being asked by geneticists today, and discuss common tools and experimental approaches used to study and manipulate genes.

Essentials of Cell Biology collection provides a glimpse into the field of cell biology. Despite the first observation of cells in the 1600s, scientists are still trying to decipher the questions related to the structure, growth, division, function, and dysfunction of cells. This collection profiles five important cellular phenomena: cell division, motility, endo- and exocytosis, metabolism and cell death. The videos review some of the landmark discoveries associated with these phenomena, highlight a few unanswered questions, and introduce the prominent methods used in cell biology labs today.

Essentials of Neuropsychology collection presents multidisciplinary techniques in behaviour, neurophysiology, anatomy, and functional imaging. Well-known behavioural paradigms, such as the Iowa Gambling Task, are demonstrated to diagnose brain damage and mental disorders. Neurophysiological methods, ranging from non-invasive brain stimulation to understanding how cardiac regulation relates to emotional recognition, are also discussed. Moreover, a number of functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques explores how the brain responds in particular behavioural states and to various objects.

Essentials of Sensation and Perception collection delves into a variety of procedures to study how the brain processes our complex sensory world and solves problems confronting conscious awareness and visual, tactile, and auditory perception. The videos explore just how well the brain creates assumptions during illusions, such as motion-induced blindness, and even chooses to ignore blatant objects in direct view, like when attention is focused on a demanding task.

Essentials of Social Psychology presents classical methods used to investigate how social contexts influence people’s actions, thoughts, and attitudes. Bringing the scientific method into our everyday lives, these videos showcase the wide range of human reactions to different social situations. Moreover, this collection provides a transparent look into social experiments, in order to understand how researchers manipulate situations to elicit behaviours.

Further new content

We will also have access to Essentials of Bioengineering and Essentials of Lab Safety once these modules have been published – expected later on this year.

Further info

These are the JoVE sections available to University of Edinburgh:

They have been added to DiscoverEd.

JoVE update


We have now added some more titles to our JoVE collection of video journals.  These can be accessed via DiscoverEd or our E-Journal AZ list.

JoVE Biochemistry publishes experiments that investigate the structure, function, and interactions of biological molecules. The video articles in this section demonstrate methods to study nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids as well as enzyme function, protein folding, molecular interactions and biochemical reactions.

JoVE Cancer Research illustrates experimental approaches in biomedical research and clinical practice aimed at understanding, detecting, treating and preventing cancer. The video articles in this section demonstrate methods to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer, animal models of cancer research, development of new therapies and diagnostics, tumor imaging, chemical and radiation treatments, surgical procedures and improvements in therapy. These video articles offer researchers and clinical practitioners an efficient way to learn the technologies and experimental methods in cancer research.

JoVE Genetics publishes video articles demonstrating experimental approaches to investigate gene function and regulation. This includes methods to study gene expression, mutagenesis, epigenetics, genetic determinants of development, genetic disorders, population genetics and evolution.

Further Info

We have access to these JoVE sections:


Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) videos now available

ASP logo

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) content is now live in Academic Video Online: Premium (111 titles), ASCD is exclusive to Alexander Street.

ASCD is a global leader in developing and producing innovative content and services to support educational leadership and training for success in the classroom. ASCD represents a global community of 125,000 members, including superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries. Its award-winning video catalogue illustrates classroom scenes of effective, research-based teaching practices and offers advice from top education experts to help bring school improvement ideas and strategies to life.

The ASCD catalogue of video includes a substantive list of demonstration videos, instruction, strategy, and analysis.  ASCD logo

Titles include:

  •          Unpacking the Common Core Standards Using the UbD Framework
  •          ASCD Master Class Leadership Series
  •          How to Prepare Students for Standardized Tests
  •          Instructional Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom
  •          Giving Effective Feedback to Your Students
  •          Integrating Literacy into Curriculum
  •          Best Practices in Action: Using Analogies to Enhance Background Knowledge
  •          A Visit to a Data-Driven School District
  •          Leadership Strategies for Principals
  •          Getting Results with Curriculum Mapping

A bibliography of the titles is available here.  These will be added to DiscoverEd in due course.


Academic Video Online – more content added


AVON Screenshot

During the summer we took out a subscription to Academic Video Online following a successful trial earlier this year.  A further 1,462 videos have been added across multiple subject areas.  Content is regularly added to this database.  See the full list of Academic Video Online content here.  Columns can be filtered by collection, subject or to highlight the new content only.  We will continue to add alerts about new content throughout the academic year.

Subject links

Art & DesignArt & Architecture, Fashion Studies

Diversity – Asian Studies, Black Studies, LGBT, Women’s Studies

Health Sciences – Counselling and Therapy, Health Policy, Medical Imaging, Nursing, Rehabilitation, Sports Science, Veterinary Science

History – World History, Women’s History, American History

Literature & Language – Drama, Film, Language, Literature

Music & Performing Arts – Classical Music, Dance, Film, Jazz, American Song, Popular Music, Theatre, World Music

Personal Interest – Cooking, How-to, Travel

Psychology and Counselling

Science & Engineering

Social Sciences – Anthropology, Business & Economics, Criminal Justice, Education, Environment, Food, Human Rights, Media Studies, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Social Theory

Further info

Access this database via the main AZ list list as well as several subject specific AZ lists.  Content is in the process of being added to DiscoverEd.

Further info about this resource also appears on the SPS Librarian blog and the New College Librarian blog.

Trial access to ClinicalKey


We are trialling access to Elsevier’s ClinicalKey database until 22nd December 2016.

ClinicalKey is a clinical search engine that helps health professionals make decisions anywhere, anytime, in any patient scenario.  ClinicalKey’s Smart Search saves time by preventing unnecessary extra searches. Look up “myocardial infarction,” for example, and Smart Search recognizes its acronyms, synonyms, related surgical procedures and drugs, as well as the fact that it’s a cardiovascular disease associated with high cholesterol.

Homepage screenshot

ClinicalKey allows you to access the latest (indexed daily), most evidence-based answers in every medical and surgical speciality.  It contains:

  • 1400+ Topic Pages
  • 1000+ full-text reference books
  • 600+ full-text journals
  • 17,000+ medical and surgical videos
  • 300+ Procedures Consult videos and articles
  • 2,200,000 images
  • 50+ Clinics
  • 850+ First Consult monographs
  • 2,900+ drug monographs
  • 4,500 practice guidelines
  • 15,000 customisable patient education handouts
  • Fully indexed Medline
  • Clinical trials from the ClinicalTrials.gov database
  • See the full list of content at http://elsevierresources.com/clinicalkey/files/2016/04/Master_Content_List.xls.

See the ClinicalKey overview video below…


Browse homepage

Browse the e-resources on ClinicalKey

Further information

More information about ClinicalKey can be found at https://www.clinicalkey.com/info/uk/how-clinicalkey-works/ and a complete userguide is available at https://www.clinicalkey.com/info/uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2014/09/CK_UserGuide_Version2.0.pdf

Further video guides on the Topic Pages, Filters and Presentation Maker available at https://elsevierresources.com/clinicalkey/clinicalkey/trial-resources/

Log in for more personalised content – Interested in trying out the CME area, presentation maker area or saving search histories?  Select Login, then “Other Institution Login”, then “UK Access Management Federation” from the drop down menu and then click on University of Edinburgh and then select ClinicalKey from the menu and then the Library link.  You’ll now enter your EASE login and CME credits will be logged.

Access  ClinicalKey on or off campus via the E-Resources Trials webpage or DiscoverED.  Please fill out the trial feedback form with your comments on this trial and whether you would like the library to subscribe.



Trial access to Academic Video Online

Types of video

We have trial access to Academic Video Online (via Alexander Street Press) until 30th April.  Please complete a trial feedback form if you would like the library to subscribe to any of the subject collections.

Academic Video Online is a multidisciplinary collection of videos that touches on the curriculum needs of virtually every department. It delivers more than 48,000 video titles spanning essential subject areas including anthropology, business, counselling, history, music, film, and more. More than half of the titles can be found only at Alexander Street.  With 400 new titles added per month, this collection is unmatched in its breadth.  Academic Video Online allows students and researchers alike to analyse unique and valuable content from over 500 producers and distributors around the world.

In addition to the breadth and depth of content, Academic Video Online offers a wide range of platform tools for learning, research, and teaching, including:

  • Learning segments. More than 14,000 learning segments make it easy for instructors to find and integrate specific video content into the classroom and help users get to the right content faster. Each segment is fully searchable and includes an abstract, making user selection even easier.
  • Transcripts. Users view searchable, scrolling transcripts alongside more than 95% of titles.
  • Clipping functionality. Users can easily create, annotate, and share video clips and playlists, and can embed them in third-party sites.
  • Permanent URLs. All videos, clips, and playlists can be cited at permanent URLs, making integration with any learning management system easy.
  • HD-quality player. A video player with a 16:9 aspect ratio that streams up to 2.5 mbps allows for optimized high-definition viewing.
  • Comprehensive permissions. Our platform enables in-class, on-campus, and remote viewing.


Academic Video Online – streamed video, all disciplines – http://search.alexanderstreet.com/avon

Playlists – all disciplines – http://search.alexanderstreet.com/playlists – register to make your own


Art & Design – Art & Architecture, Fashion Studies – http://search.alexanderstreet.com/art-design

Diversity – Asian Studies, Black Studies, LGBT, Women’s Studies – http://search.alexanderstreet.com/diversity

Health Sciences – Counselling and Therapy, Health Policy, Medical Imaging, Nursing, Rehabilitation, Sports Science, Veterinary Science – http://search.alexanderstreet.com/health-sciences

History – World History, Women’s History, American History – http://search.alexanderstreet.com/history

Literature & Language – Drama, Film, Language, Literature – http://search.alexanderstreet.com/literature-language

Music & Performing Arts – Classical Music, Dance, Film, Jazz, American Song, Popular Music, Theatre, World Music – http://search.alexanderstreet.com/music-performing-arts

Personal Interest – Cooking, How-to, Travel – http://search.alexanderstreet.com/personal-interest

Psychology and Counsellinghttp://search.alexanderstreet.com/psychology-counseling

Science & Engineeringhttp://search.alexanderstreet.com/science-engineering

Social Sciences – Anthropology, Business & Economics, Criminal Justice, Education, Environment, Food, Human Rights, Media Studies, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Social Theory – http://search.alexanderstreet.com/social-sciences


Academic Video Online can also be accessed via DiscoverEd and the E-Resources Trial Webpage

E-Resources currently on trial

ANB_webAmerican National Biography on trial until 11th February.  This database offers portraits of more than 19,000 men and women — from all eras and walks of life — whose lives have shaped American history and culture. From astronauts to missionaries, chemists to musicians, and cowboys to Vikings, the portraits combine to reflect the rich diversity of American life, from pre-colonial times onward.  More than a decade in preparation, the American National Biography is the first biographical resource of this scope to be published in more than sixty years.



Oxford Reports on International Law new modules • International Law in European Courts and • International Trade Law are on trial until 18th February.  This resource brings together decisions on public international law from international law courts, domestic courts, and ad hoc tribunals. In this resource, the full scope of international case law is available in one place, accompanied by expert analysis and cross-case navigation via the Oxford Law Citator. New cases are added daily, making Oxford Reports on International Law the most up-to-date source of international case law available.




SAGE Video on trial until 12th March.  This resource supports the teaching and learning needs of undergraduate students, through to the needs of the academic researcher within Counseling and Psychotherapy, Communication and Media Studies, and Education. With new and original video productions, including contributions from our book and journal editors and authors across the world, SAGE Video offers quick definitions, short tutorials and in-depth interviews for a range of academic viewpoints. It also features extensive footage of practitioners in real-life professional settings designed to illustrate best practice and provide a unique insight for students to master the theory, skills and techniques needed to succeed.



Feedback and further info

A list of e-resources on trial can be found on our trials webpage along with links to trial feedback forms – please do fill one out if you found the resource useful as your comments help decide future purchases.  Resources on trial are also added to DiscoverEd – please note an entry for Sage Videos will be added to DiscoverEd later on this evening.

Jisc MediaHub – ETV collection reinstated

jisc-mediahubWe have received notification from JISC that the ETV (Educational and Television Films) Collection which had been removed from Jisc MediaHub following the end of the licence period has now been reinstated for a further 12 months.

The collection contains 100 hours of films from the political Left from around the world and can be accessed via the JISC MediaHub link on our database A-Z list.

BFI InView – new e-resource


We now have access to BFI InView.

BFI InView is an online resource which offers a unique window on Britain’s changing political, economic and social landscape in the age of film and television, containing some 1000 hours of non-fiction moving image titles from 1900 to 2005 and 8000 pages of related documents.  Everything can be downloaded for internal use within universities except the Parliamentary material where access is only via streaming.  Access a list of the content here

This e-resource has been added to our Databases A-Z list, several subject A-Z lists and our catalogue.  Further information about our databases can be found at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/information-services/library-museum-gallery/finding-resources/library-databases