Using the Library remotely – accessing material you need

With many of you currently not in Edinburgh and access to our Library’s print collections severely restricted, knowing the options for accessing material that isn’t available online or that the Library doesn’t have in its collections has become increasingly important.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has reduced the number of options available to you, there are still possibilities existing that you can take advantage of.

Check DiscoverEd
Request a Book (RaB)
Scan & Deliver
Click & Collect
Inter-Library Loans (ILLs)
National Library of Scotland and other libraries
Open Access (free stuff)

Check DiscoverEd

It’s really important that you check if the Library has the item or material you are looking for in its collections, whether online or in print. Searching Google or Google Scholar will not give you this information (even if you have set up Google Scholar for full text access). DiscoverEd will show you what we (the Library) have. Continue reading

Universal Database of Ukrainian Periodicals – on trial

Thanks to a request from a student in SPS the Library currently has trial access to the Universal Database of Ukrainian Periodicals (UDB-UKR) from EastView. The world’s first database of newspapers and magazines of Ukraine, it includes publications in Russian, Ukrainian and English.

You can access the Universal Database for Ukrainian Periodicals from the E-resources trials page.
Access is available on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 15th May 2020. Continue reading

British Politics

The Library has recently purchased back issue access to the e-journal British Politics. This now ensures that the Library has full access to this e-journal from 2006 (vol. 1) onwards.

British_Politics_journal_coverPublished by Palgrave Macmillan, British Politics is a peer-reviewed academic journal designed to promote research in British political studies. It incorporates a range of research papers and review articles from all theoretical perspectives, and on all aspects of British politics.

The Library already had access to several years of this journal via other e-journal collections, however, this purchase ensures the Library has full and permanent access to this e-journal from it’s first volume and issue onwards.

You can access British Politics via DiscoverEd.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

SPS Librarian Top 5 blog posts 2014 – no. 5

As exams are almost over and semester one nears its end we are reposting our Top 5 blog posts from this year, every day in the final week of semester.

At number 5, oddly enough is another Top 5, this time Top 5 women’s studies library resources.



Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

#16days lecture at University of Edinburgh: further reading and research

IFToday, Monday 8th December, the School of Social and Political Science, in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid and PeaceWomen is holding a 16 Days Lecture. The lecture is being delivered by feminist researcher and writer Cynthia Cockburn and is titled Male violence against women: links between peace and war.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that started on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign hopes to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level.

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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.