New to the Library: IndiaStat

I’m pleased to let you know that following requests from students in SPS and a successful trial last year the Library has now subscribed to IndiaStat.


Access is available through the Databases A-Z list or the South Asian Studies databases list. Access is available both on and off-campus with your EASE username and password. Continue reading

New books for Social and Political Science

Thanks to recommendations from members of staff and requests via RAB from students the Library is continually adding new books to its collections both online and in print. Here are just a small number of the books that have been added to the Library’s collections this semester for the School of Social and Political Science and these demonstrate the wide range of subjects being taught, studied and researched within School.

sexting_panic_book_coverSexting panic : rethinking criminalization, privacy, and consent by Amy Adele Hasinoff (e-book).

Russia and the new world disorder by Bobo Lo (shelfmark: JZ1616.A5 Lo. Also available as e-book.)

Why India votes? by Mukulika Banerjee and Jonathan Spencer (shelfmark: JQ292 Ban.)

Challenging child protection : new directions in safeguarding children by Lorraine Waterhouse and Janice McGhee (shelfmark: HV713 Cha.)

Becoming salmon : aquaculture and the domestication of a fish by Marianne E. Lien (shelfmark: SH167.S17 Lie. Also available as e-book.) Continue reading

Get fresh with Taylor & Francis journals

TandFreshcollectionThe Library currently has trial access to over 140 “young” journal titles (between 3 and 7 years old) via the Taylor & Francis Fresh Collection. You can access this collection via the E-resources trials page at and the individual journal titles will be added to the E-journals A-Z list.

Taylor & Francis are showcasing their newest titles in the Fresh Collection including  Africa Review, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Celebrity Studies, Contemporary Italian Politics, Critical African Studies, Global Discourse, International Critical Thought, Journal of Development Effectiveness, Migration and Development, Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses and South Asian Diaspora.

You can access a full list of the titles from all subject areas at Fresh Collection Title List (pdf).

Trial access is available until 31st December 2015. We would welcome feedback on these resources as this helps with making the decision on whether individual journal titles should be considered for subscription or not.

 Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

How the Library can help you in Semester Two?

Need help using or discovering Library resources? Need advice on referencing and citing? Not sure where to start with your systematic literature review? Or just want to know how to best use Google in an academic context? 

Main Library Study Area 01The 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 whether you are a returning to the University after the winter vacation or are a brand new student at the University why not book on and become an expert yourself?

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Trial access to World Newspapers Archive now available

*The Library has now purchased access to African Newspapers, Series 1. See New! African Newspapers, Series 1 1800-1922*

The Library has set up trial access to World Newspapers Archive (Readex) which gives us access to the African Newspapers, South Asian Newspapers and Latin American Newspapers collections. You can access World Newspapers Archive via the Databases trials page at Continue reading

New books for Social and Political Science: October 2014

Thanks to recommendations from members of staff and requests via RAB from students the Library is continually adding new books to its collections both online and in print. Here are just a small number of the books that have been added to the Library’s collections in October 2014 for Social and Political Science.

041114_sexuality_ruralitySexuality, rurality, and geography edited by Andrew Gorman-Murray, Barbara Pini, and Lia Bryant (e-book).

India’s Foreign Policy edited by Kanti P. Bajpai and Harsh V. Pant (shelfmark: DS480.853 Ind.)

Statistical Modeling and Inference for Social Science by Sean Gailmard (shelfmark: HA29 Gai.)

Effective writing for social work making a difference by Lucy Rai (shelfmark: PN146 Rai.)

The Buganda factor in Uganda politics by Phares Mukasa Mutibwa (shelfmark: DT433.29.B8 Mut.)

Limits of Gendered Citizenship: contexts and complexities edited by Elżbieta H. Oleksy, Jeff Hearn, and Dorota Golańska (e-book). Continue reading

Get the Best from the Library Week for SPS

27th-31st October

Drop-in sessions on the 1st floor at Pop-up LibraryIF

Get the Best from the Library Week is all about helping you find out more about how the Library can work for you at the University of Edinburgh.

During the Get the Best from the Library Week you can:

  • Discover the full range of information resources available to you
  • Find out about new resources purchased recently
  • Get one-to-one support from a library specialist in your subject area

All next week the Library Academic Support team are taking over the Pop-up Library desk in the afternoons (1st floor, Main Library, Mon-Fri 2-4pm) so why not pop-up for a chat and find out how you can Get the Best from the Library?

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South Asia Archive online trial extended

South Asia ArchiveHave you heard about the trial of the South Asia Archive for University of Edinburgh users? Scroll down the page to find the link at: This trial access has now been extended to 31 March.

The South Asia Archive is an extensive resource for students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences. The historical documents within the Archive are truly interdisciplinary, reflecting the varied range of knowledge production in colonial and early post-colonial India and the wider sub-continent.

Comprising material sourced from collectors and archivists by the South Asia Research Foundation, this Archive brings together a wealth of important and unique primary and secondary content.

Document download is not possible on the free trial product, meaning you will need to use the Image Viewer to view the documents. However, documents can be downloaded into pdf format on the full version of the site. Online tutorials are available at: