Ladies in the Lords: Chrystal Macmillan Lecture Oct 2014

On Thursday 30th October the Lord Speaker Baroness D’Souza will deliver the Chrystal Macmillan Lecture on the topic of Ladies in the Lords: Women’s Representation in Political Life.

house_of_lordsToday there are 189 women in the House but it is only since the 1958 Life Peerages Act that women (as well as those without an inherited title) were allowed to sit in the House of Lords.

We’ve put together just a short reading list of journal articles available online through the University Library that allow you to read about and around this particular topic. So if you are unable to attend the Lecture or just wish to find out a bit more then read on. Access only available to University of Edinburgh students and staff unless otherwise noted. Continue reading

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Having problems finding material from your reading list? Not sure how to reference or cite properly in your work? Need to work on a systematic review but not sure where to start? Or just want to know how to use Google and Google Scholar in an academic context?

The Academic Support Librarian team are running several courses this semester through IS Skills which you can book onto via MyEd. These (mostly) 1 hour sessions allow you to get expert advice and hands-on experience. So why not book on and become an expert yourself? Continue reading

Top five library resources for Politics

It’s one month to go until the Scottish Referendum and as Scotland is gearing up to decide its future and politics dominates the news we thought we’d give you a taster of political science resources available to students and staff here at University of Edinburgh Library.

1. Why not have a look at the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers for documents relating to the previous Scottish devolution referendums? The 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers contains bibliographic records and searchable full text for papers printed between 1688-2004. It also includes Hansard 1803-2005. The collection does not include the House of Commons Journal, or daily business papers, such as Order papers and Votes and Proceedings, nor does it include Acts. You can access this and other relevant databases at databases for Politics.IF Continue reading

Top 5 women’s studies library resources

Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement and one of the most important feminist public figures of all time, was born today (15th July) in 1858. To celebrate her birthday and work we thought we would give you a taster of women’s studies resources here at University of Edinburgh Library.

1. Take a look at the database Women, War & Society (part of Archives Unbound). The First World War had a revolutionary and permanent impact on the personal, social and professional lives of all women. This database is a collection of primary source materials sourced from the Imperial War Museum, London that documents the essential contribution women made to the war in Europe. You can access this and other relevant databases at databases for women’s studies.


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Chrystal Macmillan Lecture: Professor Veena Das reading list

On Wednesday 18th June 2014 Professor Veena Das will deliver this year’s Chrystal Macmillan lecture.

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor at John Hopkins University and a founding member of the Institute of Socio-Economic Research in Development and Democracy, Professor Das is an established figure in Indian anthropology and her research interests also include feminist movements and gender studies, anthropology of violence, social suffering and subjectivity.

For the Chrystal Macmillan Lecture she will be speaking on the topic:

War and Intimate Violence: Reading the Ethnographic Record in the Light of the Mahabharata.

Professor Das has been published extensively and has worked as an editor on a number of publications. Using Resource Lists @ Edinburgh we’ve put together a Professor Veena Das reading list with just a small selection of books and articles authored or edited by Professor Das that University of Edinburgh staff and students can access through the University Library.

Professor Veena Das reading list

For more information on the 2014 Chrystal Macmillan lecture and how to book see:

Professor Veena Das to deliver 2014 Chrystal Macmillan lecture

For previous lectures see: Chrystal Macmillan lectures

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

Searching Searcher – discovering the Library’s resources

IFDo you want to be able to find books, articles and other material using one search? Do you want to find material the University of Edinburgh Library owns in its collections or subscribes to online? Are you looking to use a variety of different information sources?

Searcher may be exactly what you are looking for.

Searcher is the Library’s resource discovery tool and allows you to search the Library’s Catalogue, e-journals and licensed collections i.e. what the Library owns and subscribes to, all in one search. It also lets you search beyond what the Library has in its collections and discover other resources and material that may be relevant to your research.

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There are search boxes for Searcher on the Library homepage and in the Library tab on MyEd but you can also access Searcher at

As of 1st April 2014, when you first do your search, Searcher will limit your results to All Library Resources, which includes print books, ebooks, ejournals and database content. You can narrow this to searching just the Library Catalogue (only results which appear in the Library Catalogue will display, this includes books, ebooks and ejournal titles but NOT ejournal content) or expand this to search out with the Library’s collections.

There are Basic and Advanced search options, various limiters are available to refine your search results, you can create your own account to save searches and results, and there are options for downloading/saving references.

Where full-text is available to you online then there will be a link to go straight through to this, the link may be slightly different depending on the source of the search result. Look out for the following links Click here for full text, PDF Full Text, HTML Full Text or findit@edinburgh.

More information about using Searcher can be found at learn more about Searcher. See also Searcher: BIG change.

If you find a book in the Library that is already out on loan (Not Available) then you can click on the Retrieve Catalogue Item link to place a request on the book – Requesting an item which is on loan.

If you find material that is not available within the Library’s collections then you may want to consider requesting the material via the Inter-Library Loans service, or visiting another library to access the material or in the case of a book you may wish to recommend this is purchased for the Library – Book recommendations.

If you want to do a more focused search in your subject area or are looking looking for material most relevant to your topic then you should use some of the online databases the Library subscribes to. Find these by subject area or through the Subject Guides.

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

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