New online resources for SPS: China Law Info and PAIS International

The Library has recently subscribed to the online databases China Law Info and PAIS International.


China Law Info
China Law Info is a bilingual database for China legal documents and information. The database provides both the original Chinese version and the English translation of China laws and regulations, judicial cases, tax treaties, white papers, law journals and gazettes, as well as other China legal information such as legal news and legislative/regulatory updates. The database is updated daily.


PAIS International
PAIS (originally, the Public Affairs Information Service) International covers issues in the public debate through selective coverage of a wide variety of international sources including journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more. PAIS International is the current file covering 1972 to present. Fields of study covered include:

  • Civil rights movement
  • Economic conditions
  • Energy resources and policy
  • Government
  • Health conditions
  • Human rights
  • International relations
  • Labour conditions and policy
  • Politics
  • Social conditions

You can access China Law Info and PAIS International via the Databases A-Z list on the Library website.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

Very Short Introductions – Social Sciences

VeryshortintroductionsThe Library has recently subscribed to the online version of Oxford University Press’ Very Short Introduction series for the Social Sciences.

The Social Sciences collection includes titles within the following fields of study:

  • Anthropology
  • Human Geography
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Warfare & Defence

And also includes titles on business, management, economics, education, research and information.

You can access Very Short Introductions via the Databases A-Z list on the Library website. Once into the site you can click on Browse by Subject and click on the relevant subject under the Social Sciences heading. Or you can use the search facility on the site, though full text access is only available to titles within the Social Sciences collections.

Launched in 1995 by OUP, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas. Since the series was launched it has continued to offer new books each year for students and scholars, and the avidly curious, offering a bridge between reference content and higher academic work. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

The Library also holds the print copies of many of the Very Short Introduction titles; you can find these in the Library Catalogue.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Library Support for Social and Political Science.

New books for SPS – June

This month we’re featuring a small selection of new titles purchased to support the area of Social Work in the School of Social and Political Science.

Language practices in social work : categorisation and accountability in child welfare
by Christopher Hall, Stef Slembrouck and Srikant Sarangi. (shelfmark: HV29.7 Hal.)

Applying complexity theory : whole systems approaches to criminal justice and social work edited by Aaron Pycroft and Clemens Bartollas (e-book).


introductiontothepsychologyIntroduction to the psychology of ageing for non-specialists by Ian Stuart-Hamilton (shelfmark: BF724.8 Stu.)

Re-imagining child protection : towards humane social work with families by Brid Featherstone, Sue White and Kate Morris (shelfmark: HV751.A6 Fea.)

Check the Library Catalogue for full details of the books including number of copies, location and availability. Access to e-books is only available to students and staff of University of Edinburgh.

You may find some of these books in the New Books display on the 1st floor of the Main Library, where a selection of new books from all subjects across the University are held. Books on these display shelves can be borrowed as normal.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science.

New OUP ebook library collections for Social & Political Science

OHOcomparative politicsOSOpoliticalinstitutionsWe’ve recently expanded our e-book collections with the Oxford Handbooks Online collection for Political Science (43 titles). This includes high demand titles such as the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics and the Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions.


OSOidentitiesOSOSparentappThe successful negotiation of consortial  purchasing agreements across Scottish Higher Education institutions has now given us access to all the collections in Oxford Scholarship Online. We already had access to the Political Science collection, but we now also have access to titles in Sociology and Social Work.

These collections allow unlimited user access and (within copyright) printing and saving of articles, making them good choices for inclusion on student reading lists.

Christine Love-Rodgers, Academic Support Librarian – SPS

New e-resources trials available

The Library has set up trial access to a number of online resources that may be useful for those studying politics and international relations. These include:

Declassified Documents Reference System
Allows researchers to easily and quickly access and review selected previously classified government documents. This digital collection fills an important gap in post-World War II domestic and foreign policy studies and provides unique opportunities for undergraduate and graduate comprehensive research in a rich primary source. In addition, it provides basic research for journalism, public policy studies, international law and security, and other disciplines. Available until 9th June 2014

Peace Research Abstracts
Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to peace research, including conflict resolution, international affairs, peace psychology, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains more than 267,000 records which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline, such as: Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Journal of Refugee Law, etc. Available until 12th June 2014

Yearbook of International Organizations Online
Compiled by the UIA (Union of International Associations) the Yearbook of International Organizations Online is the most comprehensive reference work and information resource on international non-profit organizations and associations worldwide. The Yearbook includes detailed descriptions of international organizations, and also includes relationships and cross-links with other listed international organizations. In addition, biographical information is provided on principal officers, as well as bibliographical information on the organization’s main publications and information services. Available until 9th June 2014.

Congressional Record 1789-1997 
ProQuest Congressional is a comprehensive resource for all congressional activities, providing users access to the most comprehensive collection of historic and current congressional information available anywhere online. Available until 5th June 2014

Armed Conflict Database (ACD) 
ACD monitors armed conflicts worldwide, focusing on political, military and humanitarian trends in current conflicts, whether they are local rebellions, long-term insurgencies, civil wars or inter-state conflicts. Available until 11th June 2014

PAIS International
This resource covers issues in the public debate through selective coverage of a wide variety of international sources including journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more. PAIS International is the current file covering 1972 to present. Available until 13th June 2014.

Europa World Plus
Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Europa Regional Surveys of the World series. First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world’s leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories. Available until 22nd June 2014.

These can all be accessed via the E-resources trials website:

There are feedback forms available and we would welcome feedback as this a key part of making a case to subscribe to resources like these.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

Media Education Foundation digital films trial

MEFtrial2The Library has just set up trial access to the Media Education Foundation (MEF) digital films service provided via Kanopy streaming service. You can access this on the Databases trials page at

MEF produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. From films about the commercialization of childhood and the subtle, yet widespread, effects of pornography, pop-cultural misogyny and sexism, to titles that deal with the devastating effects of rapacious consumerism and the wars for oil that it drives.

The Library has access to the platform tailored for European rights which includes 138 videos. There are a small number of films currently not available on the European platform.

Access to the MEF during the trial period is available on-campus or if working off-campus you must be using the VPN to connect to the University network. Trial access is available until 24th April 2014 and we would welcome feedback on the service.

*As of September 2014 the Library now has a 1-year subscription to this online resource. See New Online Resource for SPS: Education Media Foundation digital films.*

New books for SPS in Main Library – February

Over 150 books from subject areas within SPS were added to the Library collections last month.  Here is just a small selection:


Cybersecurity and cyberwar : what everyone needs to know, by P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman at QA76.9.A25 Sin.

The inequality reader: contemporary and foundational readings in race, class, and gender, edited by David B. Grusky and Szonja Szelény at HM821 Ine.

Meaning in life : an analytic study, by Thaddeus Metz at BD431 Met.

The outsourced self: what happens when we pay others to live our lives for us, by Arlie Russell Hochschild at HQ536 Hoc.

Party & society : reconstructing a sociology of democratic party politics, by Cedric de Leon at JF2051 Leo.

The quest for socialist Utopia : the Ethiopian student movement, c.1960-1974, by Bahru Zedwe at DT387.95 Bah.

returnRecognizing and helping the neglected child : evidence-based practice for assessment and intervention, by Brigid Daniel [and others] at HV713 Rec.

Return : nationalizing transnational mobility in Asia, edited by  Xiang Biao, Brenda S.A. Yeoh, and Mika Toyota at JV8490 Ret.

Routledge international handbook of social and environmental change, edited by Stewart Lockie, David A. Sonnenfeld and Dana R. Fisher at HM856 Rou.

The rule of law, Islam, and constitutional politics in Egypt and Iran, edited by Saïd Amir Arjomand and Nathan J. Brown at KMC514 Rul.

Seeing like a feminist, by Nivedita Menon at HQ1742 Men.

The social life of achievement, edited by Nicholas J. Long and Henrietta L. Moore at BF503 Soc.

tencrisesState and society in the Gambia since independence : 1965-2012, edited by Abdoulaye Saine, Ebrima Ceesay and Ebrima Sall at DT509.8 Sta.

Ten crises, by Peter Montiel at HB3722 Mon.

Vande mataram : the biography of a song, by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya at ML3748 Bha.


You may find some of these books in the New Books display on the 1st floor of the Main Library, where a selection of new books from all subjects across the University are held. Books on these display shelves can be borrowed as normal.

In the Library Catalogue there is also an option to search for new books added to the Library’s collections from the last four weeks, just click on the “New Books” tab.

If looking for a book that has just been newly added to the Library’s collections and you can’t find it on the shelf please ensure you check the New Books display on the 1st floor and/or the Recent Returns shelves on the appropriate floor (shelfmarks starting A-N on 2nd floor, P-Z on 3rd floor). You may want to also double-check the Catalogue record to see if the item is actually in the HUB Collection (ground floor).

Studying relationships? New SPS e-journals available

Two new SPS e-journals are now available to University of Edinburgh library users via the online library catalogue.

Families, relationships and societiesFamilies, Relationships and Societies – an international Journal of research and debate is a new social science journal exploring family life, relationships and generational issues from interdisciplinary, social science perspectives. It aims to encompass the fluidity, complexity and diversity of contemporary social and personal relationships and their need to be understood in the context of different societies and cultures.

Journal of Sexual MedicineThe Journal of Sexual Medicine aims to serve as an interdisciplinary forum to integrate the exchange among  disciplines concerned with the whole field of human sexuality. It covers the  best and latest research in basic science and clinical research in male, female, and couple’s sexual function and dysfunction.


New resources for Social and Political Sciences

A new webpage has been created to promote a range of new and featured resources acquired by the University Library – New Acquisitions December 2013.

You can scroll down the webpage to find out about resources specifically for SPS:

  • SAGE encyclopaedia and handbook collections
  • American Periodicals
  • New handbooks for 2013/14, published by Child Poverty Action Group (28 titles)

However, many of the resources featured on the page are useful across academic disciplines and illustrate the range, depth and diversity of new resources available for research and teaching use in all the main subject areas covered by the three Colleges.

So, if you are interested in Hamish Henderson, documents on British policy overseas, the entertainment industry, environmental ethics, point of care resources, British Standards, jazz music, or spiritualism, sensation and magic in Victorian culture (and much more) then there is something for you!

Have a look at New Acquisitions December 2013