Trial until 20 Dec: Numérique Premium – French history books online

I’m pleased to invite Oxford users to trial Numérique Premium. Access is via OxLIP+. There is no remote access.

Numérique Premium is the first French Humanities e-book collection. It contains about 1500 French-language Humanities e-books with the main focus on medieval and modern history but also including politics, history of French-speaking literature, history of cinema all accessible in a user-friendly format (currently in a beta version).

Numérique Premium

This beta version allows you to a sample of the 2014 Collections. Each collection is made of approximately 80-100 titles and is updated annually.

Please send feedback to isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or nick.hearn@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or leave comments on the History databases desiderata & trials site.

84000+ ebooks now available – Ebrary Academic Complete comes to Oxford

Following a successful trial in Trinity Term 2013, Oxford readers now have access to over 84,000 extra e-books in the Ebrary Academic Complete collection. The books come from 500 prestigious academic publishers and range across all disciplines. The books are all displayed and searchable on SOLO or in OxLIP+ as Ebrary Academic Complete. The ebooks are mounted on the ProQuest platform with multiuser access and and University members also can download ebooks for a 14-day onto mobile devices. The package will be updated regularly. Our subscription runs until August 2015.

History titles include books on all historical periods, covering British and European history with much content on global history. All topics are more or less covered. Publishers include OUP, various US academic presses (e.g. Yale, Princeton, Harvard), Brill, Boydell, etc. There are some de Gruyter titles providing access to German history titles.

Reader comments during the trial described the resource as ‘incredibly awesome’.

Here is what your virtual book shelf could look like:

Selections of ebooks covering middle ages to modern, British to Global history, etc.

Selections of ebooks covering middle ages to modern, British to Global history, etc.

Want to learn more about ebooks?

WISER: E-books  (Thurs 7 Nov 2.00 – 3.00) (wk 4)
An overview of academic e-books looking at what is currently available in e-format, how to find and access e-books and how to make the most of e-book functionality. Who is this session for?  All members of Oxford University and other Bodleian Libraries readers
Presenter: Hilla Wait  > Book your place

WISER: E-book readers (Thurs 7 November 3.15 – 4.15)  (wk 4)
How useful are e-book readers in academic work? Can they be used for accessing library materials? What are the features to look out for when considering purchase? These and similar questions will be considered with reference to the i-Pad, the Amazon Kindle and Sony Touch e-readers and smart phones. Who is this session for? All members of Oxford University and other Bodleian Libraries readers
Presenter: Hilla Wait  > Book your place

Major ebook collection trial until 28 June: Ebrary’s Academic Complete

The EBSCO’s Academic Collection trial for ebooks has finished.  We are now trialling another collection and Oxford users are invited to test it:

ebrary trialEbrary’s Academic Complete is a collection of 84,000 e-books from over 500 academic publishers. It claims to be the largest and most affordable e-book subscription database. University members may also access the books remotely via SSO, and may also download books for 14 day loans (loan limit of 10). Recently named to the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list, e-books in Academic Complete will also be discoverable on the ProQuest platform. For downloading, users will need to download the free Adobe Digital Editions software from Adobe Digital Editions, and should also create an Ebrary personal account here .

This trial has taken over from the trial of the similar EBSCO product, EBSCO Academic Collection, and runs until 28 June.

Please send feedback to hilla.wait@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

15 new ebooks now available

For the busy bees who can’t make it into the library, Oxford historians now have accss to 15 new ebooks which can be accessed remotely with SSO.

Sr. Bee meets Sr. Sunflower - photo by robstephaustralia on Flickr

Sr. Bee meets Sr. Sunflower – photo by robstephaustralia on Flickr

Munslow, Alun: The Routledge Companion To Historical Studies (2005)

Piotrowski, Michael: Natural language processing for historical texts (2012)

Mackay, Angus: Atlas of Medieval Europe (1996)

Aughterson, Kate: English Renaissance: an Anthology of Sources and Documents (2001)

Todd, Margo: Reformation to revolution: politics and religion in early modern England (1995)

Brewer, John: The sinews of power war, money and the English state, 1688-1783  (1989)

Reill, Dominique: Nationalists Who Feared the Nation: Adriatic Multi-Nationalism in Habsburg Dalmatia, Trieste, and Venice (2012)

Hammerton, A. James: Cruelty and companionship: conflict in nineteenth-century married life (1992)

Crawford, Elizabeth: Women’s Suffrage Movement: a Reference Guide 1866-1928 (1999)

Hall, Richard C.: The Balkan Wars, 1912-1913: prelude to the First World War (2000)

Housden, Martyn:  Resistance and conformity in the Third Reich (1997)

Lepore, Jill: The whites of their eyes the Tea Party’s revolution and the battle over American history (2010)

Beinart, William: Environment and history the taming of nature in the USA and South Africa (1995)

Olby, Robert C.: Companion to the History of Modern Science (1990)

Gonzalez-Velasco, Enrique A.: Journey through mathematics creative episodes in its history (2011)

More on ebooks:

eBooks at Oxford University

History ebooks: an introduction

eBooks in History at the Bodleian LibraryThing

Courses coming up this week and next week

original image Simon Bentley

original image Simon Bentley

There are lots of courses coming up this term to help historians get the best out of the resources available at Oxford.

Week 1 (this week)

Social Media for Historians: effective online communication & career development (Wed 24 April 14.00-15.30) (wk 1)
This 1.5 hr course will demonstrate the range of social media tools which are increasingly used by individual historians, learned societies, libraries, to communicate and share information and research. The key tools which will be shown are: blogs, Twitter, academia.edu, Flickr, Delicious. They are also increasingly used to maintain an online profile and for networking. The session will show examples of other historians, allow for group discussion and practical play time. > Book now
Course leader: Isabel Holowaty
Venue: IT Room, History Faculty

Week 2 (next week)

During week 2 Bodleian Libraries will be running workshops on RefWorks and on finding a range of scholarly materials including journal articles, conference papers, theses and dissertations and library materials on SOLO.

WISER: Finding stuff – Journal Articles (Monday 29 Apr 9.45-11.15) – an introduction to finding journal articles to support your research and learning. We will focus on searching for articles by subject and keyword and will cover sophisticated bibliographic databases and journal indexes as well as more basic search engines such as the SOLO ‘Journal Articles’ services.    The session will include  time for you to practice using a scholarly database in your subject area.   This session is designed for Oxford postgraduates and researchers but is open to all members of Bodleian Libraries.    Please book your place at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TZW3

WISER: Finding Stuff – Conferences (Monday 29 Apr 11.15-12.15) – ever had difficulty tracking down a conference paper?  This session introduces the  secret art of tracking down conference  proceedings and papers.    In addition we will introduce tools for keeping up to date with up and coming conferences in your research area.  This session is designed for Oxford postgraduates and researchers but is open to all members of Bodleian Libraries. Please book your place at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TZW5

RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Wednesday 1 May 2.00-5.30) introduces the main features of RefWorks including:adding references to RefWorks from a range of databases and online resources, inserting references into Word documents, formatting (and reformatting) references using citation styles and creating bibliographies.  The sessions include plenty of opportunities for participants to use RefWorks.  This session is designed for all members of Oxford University with an interest in reference management. Please book your place at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TDBL

WISER: Finding stuff – books etc on SOLO (Friday 3 May 9.30-10.30) – introduces SOLO for searching Oxford Libraries and effective ways of using SOLO to find books, journal titles and other library materials in print and online.  The workshop will also cover placing “hold requests” for materials in the  bookstacks, how to use your SOLO “MyAccount” for book renewals and other administration and using  the SOLO e-shelf and alerts.  We will also talk about the new Electronic Legal Deposit service.  This session is designed for all Oxford Libraries readers.  Please book your place online at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TZWA

WISER: Finding Stuff – Theses and Dissertations (Friday 3 May 10.45 – 12.15) – An introduction to finding theses in Oxford and from Universities around the World. The session will cover SOLO for theses, EThOS and Proquest’s Dissertations and Theses.  This session is designed for Oxford postgraduates and researchers but is open to all members of Bodleian Libraries. Please book your place at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TZW4

New Online Guides

LibGuides – Bodleian Libraries have published new guides on “South Asian Studies” (http://ox.libguides.com/southasia) and “Creative Writing for Continuing Education (http://ox.libguides.com/conted-creative-writing)

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities
Why not follow join our mailing list by sending an empty email to wiser-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oxwiser or visit the BodWiser blog at http://bodwiser.wordpress.com.

Not a member of Oxford University?
If you are not a current member of Oxford University but would like to attend a workshop please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Please quote your Bodleian readers card barcode number.

Questions?
Please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Related Links WISER Workshops LibGuide | Bodleian History Faculty Library Training webpage | Reference Management LibGuide | Contact Us

Two major ebook collection trials until 28 June: EBSCO’s Academic Collection and Ebrary’s Academic Complete

Over 100,000 extra ebooks for Easter and Trinity Term will available from SOLO and OxLIP+ as Bodleian Libraries trials two major ebook collections.

18 March – 18 May: trial of Academic Collection (EBSCO)

The Academic Collection (EBSCO) is a collection of 110,000 e-books from a wide range of academic publishers, including Ashgate, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Edinburgh University Press, Harvard University Press, MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Peter Lang, Princeton University Press etc.

Subject coverage includes: Art, Business & Economics, Education, History, Language, Literary Criticism, Mathematics, Medical and Life Sciences, Philosophy,  Physical Sciences,  Poetry,  Political Science,  Religion, Social Science,  Technology & Engineering. The books range in date from 1963-2012, with 30% from 2009 or later.

All titles may be located individually or browsed on SOLO, and the full collection may also be browsed from OxLIP+ or by clicking here.

All trial titles are available with multiple concurrent user access within the Bodleian Libraries. University members may also download books to mobile devices and access remotely via their SSO.

Please note that at the end of the trial the records and links will be removed from SOLO.

18 May – 28 June: trial of Academic Complete (Ebrary)

This ebook collection has over 70,000 ebooks from publishers as Ashgate Publishing Group, Brill Academic Publishers, Harvard University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Oxford University Press, University of Chicago Press, and University of Michigan Press.

Feedback

Feedback on both trials will be much appreciated. Comments on esp. the History collections should be sent to Isabel Holowaty. General comments can also be sent to Hilla Wait.

Your feedback will assist in deciding whether Bodleian Libraries should subscribe to either package for 2013-14.

Meanwhile, as the two trials will run consecutively, library users will have the benefit of over 100,000 extra e-books for the Easter vacation and the whole of Trinity Term 2013!

Snow warning – plan ahead, keep up-to-date and use online resources

Radcliffe Camera in Snow

Snowy camera, original image by Simon Bentley

There’s some bad weather expected this week in Oxford and the surrounding areas, so here are our top 3 tips for minimising the impact of any disruption.

1) Plan ahead
If there is any severe weather there may be disruption to our deliveries of material requested from closed stacks.  If you urgently require material from the Book Storage Facility at Swindon then please place your order as soon as possible.

2) Keep up-to-date with disruption
Any information about disruption to services, such as delays in deliveries of closed stack material or alterations to library opening times will be posted online. We’ll put the news here on our blog and you can sign up to receive email alerts about new blog posts using the sign up box on the right of this page.  We’ll also spread the news on Twitter and Facebook.

You can also contact us by email at library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or phone us on 01865 277262 if you have any questions.

3) Look for online alternatives
You can access our services and many resources online. Bodleian History Faculty Library book can be renewed twice online via SOLO (see the SOLO guide for instructions on this).  Oxford University students and staff can also access a wealth of subscription journals and ebooks online even when they are off campus.  SOLO lists ebooks along side print editions.  Electronic journals and databases can be accessed via OxLIP+.  To access online resources when off campus, remember to sign in to SOLO or OxLIP+ with your single sign on.

History undergraduate and taught postgraduate students will also find links to online material and digitised set texts available on the HFL WebLearn sites under Resources for UGs and Resources for PGs (single sign on required).

English Historical Documents available via SOLO as ebooks

English Historical Documents available via SOLO as ebooks

For older material that is out of copyright, try searching sites such as the Internet Archive and Google Books for free online digitised copies.  We have also bookmarked hundred of free to access quality websites on our Delicious page.

For more information about about online resources for historians, visit the eResources section of our website or check out our resources for historians guides which includes a handy PDF guide on Primary Sources Online.

Related Links Contact us | SOLO | OxLIP+ | eResources for Historians

Bodleian History Faculty Library closed from 5pm tomorrow to 2 Jan

The Bodleian Library, including the Bodleian History Faculty Library will be closed from 5pm tomorrow (Friday 21 December 2012) and re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2013.

For information about requesting books from the stacks during the Christmas period and early January, please see our information posted earlier this week.

Accessing online resources when off campus
Current members of the University can continue to access our ejournals and ebooks  24/7 by signing on with their single sign on in SOLO or OxLIP+ when searching for online resources.

Digitised set texts for undergraduate historians
Undergraduate historians studying special, optional and further subjects can access digitised set texts (where it has been possible to scan material under copyright restrictions) online using their single sign on.

Recommended websites
We have over 800 recommended websites for historians listed at delicious.com/HFLOxford. Google Books, Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive also offer free access to some older out of copyright works.

If you fancy some online festive cheer, then why not have a look behind the doors on the Bodleian Advent Calendar:

Bodleian Advent Calendar

Bodleian Advent Calendar

Related Links Contact Us | Opening Hours | Stack requests over Christmas | Bodleian Advent Calendar | Off Campus access to e-resources | History e-resources | Undergraduate digitised set texts

WISER courses in Week 6

Next week Bodleian Libraries will be running workshops on searching online news sources, finding and manipulating academic e-books and using e-book readers.

WISER: E-Books (Tuesday 13 November 2.00 – 3.00) (wk 6) 
This session will introduce Oxford’s collection of e-books, helping you not only to successfully locate e-books but also to manipulate them and make the most of their functionality.
Who is this session for? All members of Oxford University.   Presenters:  Hilla Wait and Jo Gardner.  > Book Now

WISER: E-Book Readers (Tuesday 13 November 3.15 – 4.15) (wk 6)
How useful are e-book readers in academic work? Can they be used for accessing library materials? What are the features to look out for when considering purchase? These and similar questions will be considered with reference to the i-Pad, the Amazon Kindle and Sony Touch e-readers and smart phones.
Who is this session for? All members of Oxford University and other Bodleian Libraries readers  Presenters:  Hilla Wait and Jo Gardner > Book now

WISER: Searching online news sources (Fri 16 Nov 10.15 – 12.15) (wk 6)
News sources are primary resources for researching contemporary political and social issues. This session will provide an overview of the key resources and hands-on exercises with databases such as Nexis UK, Factiva, and Proquest.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.    Presenter: Mark Janes > Book Now

Research Skills Toolkit
An introduction to 10 key IT and information tools and skills for research students in a hands on workshop run jointly by IT Services and Bodleian Libraries. Sample topics include: reference management, keeping up to date, finding articles and papers, Excel pivot tables, finding and managing images,  podcasting, Word for your thesis and measuring research impact.    Who is this session for? Postgraduates.  Historians’ session is Tues 27 Nov 10am-12  >  Check dates for your subject and book your place

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities
Why not follow join our mailing list by sending an empty email to wiser-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oxwiser or visit the BodWiser blog at http://bodwiser.wordpress.com.

Not a member of Oxford University?
If you are not a current member of Oxford University but would like to attend a workshop please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Please quote your Bodleian readers card barcode number.

Questions? – Please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Related Links WISER webpage | HFL training webpage

Problems accessing Oxford Reference Online? here are some tips

Oxford users may find that there are intermittent problems accessing Oxford Reference Online, even if they are on-campus. This is being investigated, but in the meantime here are some instructions how still gain access:

1. From SOLO or OxLIP+, follow the link to the ORO title you are interested in.

2. If you are prompted to subscribe or enter your login details, then login with your Single-Sign On (SSO) using the ‘Log In via your home institution‘ on the left hand side of the webpage.

3. Select University of Oxford and login.

 

 

 

 

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