Our Resource of the Month choice for July

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

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July’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Sarah Rhodes,

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Sarah’s choice is AllAfrica. It was chosen because, despite being freely available online, the Bodleian Libraries has a subscription to the archive from 1996 to date, providing access to over two million articles and documents from allAfrica.com.

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Resource Overview

AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa – aggregating, producing and distributing news and information from over 140 African news organizations, as well as documents and releases from several hundred governmental, nongovernmental and international institutions, and their own reporters.  AllAfrica’s multi-channel platform is the only independent, comprehensive pan-African news source, with unrivalled reach and reputation to both an African and global public.

Where can you access the resource

The AllAfrica archive is available to access via SOLO. A Single-Sign-On (SSO) is required to access this database, so is restricted to Oxford University students and staff members.

 

Our Resource of the Month choice for June

Each month we choose an electronic resource which we feel will be of interest to you.

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The choice for this month is the Urban Media Archive, provided by the Centre for Urban History in Lviv, Ukraine. This free online resource presents images, videos and oral interviews on Ukrainian and Central European urban history.

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It was chosen because it provides a unique opportunity to follow connections between significant documents and analysis reflecting a specific 20th-century world view.

Resource Overview

The Urban Media Archive documents and makes available materials that often can’t be found in traditional libraries and archives, through an innovative archiving process that emphasises collaboration. Individual archiving projects include the documentation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and collecting personal accounts of the Euromaidan protests in 2014.

Where can you access the resource

This free online resource is available to access at Urban Media Archive.

 

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Our Resource of the Month choice for May

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

May’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations.

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Jo’s choice is Chatham House Online Archive Module 1: Publications and Archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1920-1979

It was chosen because it provides a unique opportunity to follow connections between significant documents and analysis reflecting a specific 20th-century world view.

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Resource Overview

Since its founding in 1920 as the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London-based Chatham House has been a leading centre for policy research on international affairs. The Online Archive is a searchable database integrating a large extent of Chatham House’s analysis and research, as well as debates and speeches it has hosted.

Where can you access the resource

Chatham House Online Archive Module 1: Publications and Archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1920-1979 can be accessed via SOLO.

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Our Resource of the Month choice for April

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

April’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Helen Worrell, Subject Consultant for Anthropology.

Helen’s choice is Duke University Press e-Duke Scholarly Collection.

It was chosen because it provides access to over 2,800 ebooks published by Duke University Press in the humanities and social sciences.

Resource Overview

Duke University Press publish cutting edge, innovative scholarship examining key subject areas such as anthropology, cultural studies, ethnic studies, film and television, gender and sexuality studies, and museum studies.

Where can you access the resource

Duke University Press e-Duke Scholarly Collection can be accessed via SOLO.

Note that there is access until 31 December 2023 to the archives pre 2018 – 2000.

 

Our Resource of the Month choice for March

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

March’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Andy Kernot, Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy & Intervention, Public Policy, and Internet Studies.

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Andy’s choice is Ethnologue. It was chosen because it’s the most comprehensive database of the world’s lesser used languages, including language maps, family trees, an overview of endangered languages and a bibliography. It is used across a broad range of academic disciplines.

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Resource Overview

Ethnologue gives you insight into each of the world’s nearly 7,500 known languages — whether used daily by over a billion people or existing only as a memory of cultural heritage. The documented number is in constant flux because languages are living and dynamic. They constantly evolve as the communities that use them are shaped and influenced by our rapidly changing world.

Over 40% of languages are endangered, but for those who speak or sign them, they are just as important as the world’s most widely used languages. The languages we speak or sign are at the very core of our human identity and are integral to our ability to flourish in life. In a constantly shifting global language landscape, Ethnologue provides the information you need for advocacy, development and research.

Where can you access the resource

Ethnologue can be accessed via SOLO.

Our Resource of the Month choice for February

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

February’s Resource of the Month has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.

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John’s choice is the Global Financial Database. It was chosen because it is a source for historical stock market, financial, and economic data unavailable from few other online sources.

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Resource Overview

The Global Financial Database (GFD) provides long-range historical financial data on stocks, bonds, bills and other instruments, covering approximately 200 countries from the early modern period to the present. Data is provided in ASCII and Excel formats.

Financial and economic data series are assigned nine metadata descriptors: Series ID; Description; Start date; End date/most recent; Periodicity; Country/territory; Currency; Series type (e.g. government bond yields) and GFD sector designation (e.g. equity). Series include:

  • Asset Allocation from the 1800s to present
  • Equities from 1694 to present
  • Economic, commodity and exchange rate data from 1200 to present
  • Fixed income and inflation from the late 13th century to present
  • National accounts and GDP from 1790 to present

The GFD uses a search platform called ‘Finaeon’. User guides and tutorials on the use of the database are provided by GFD on Youtube.

Where can you access the resource

The Global Financial Database (GFD) can be accessed via SOLO.

Our Resource of the Month Choice for January

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

January’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development, Forced Migration, and African & Commonwealth Studies.

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Sarah’s choice is Kanopy. It was chosen because it provides access to a diverse collection of enriching films, available to stream anytime and anywhere — from desktop to tablet.

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Resource Overview

Kanopy provides access to over 30,000 audio visual resources. From films, to documentaries, to educational videos. Users can stream films on their laptop, tablets or mobile phones.

Additional features:

  • It can provide subtitles and transcripts
  • Users can create clips and playlists.

Where can you access the resource

Kanopy can be accessed via SOLO. Note that resource requires you to log on with your Oxford SSO again, at its homepage.

Our Resource of the Month choice for December

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

December’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Andy Kernot, Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy & Intervention, Public Policy, and Internet Studies.

Andy’s choice is Cite Them Right. It was chosen because it contains a wide range of examples of how to reference correctly in different referencing styles. Not only does it have examples of how to reference standard academic resources but also has examples for more unusual sources that are difficult to find elsewhere. These include art works, radio and television interviews as well as other media sources, and also online reports and publications.

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Resource Overview

Cite Them Right is an online platform designed to advise students on how to reference correctly across eight referencing styles. Based on the best-selling book in its 12th edition, by Richard Pears and Graham Shields, this programme is trusted by institutions globally, and accessed by thousands of students daily.

What makes Cite Them Right unique is the range of referencing styles which can be accessed, including Chicago, Harvard, APA, IEEE, MLA; as well as teaching the user how to reference just about any source. This platform contains useful articles and videos which help to guide students into common queries around referencing, including how to avoid plagiarism and understanding the differences between secondary and primary sources.

Where can you access the resource

Cite Them Right can be accessed via SOLO.

Our Resource of the Month choice for November

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

November’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations

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Jo’s choice is Project Syndicate. It was chosen because we are running a trial for this resource during November.

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Resource Overview

Project Syndicate produces and delivers original, high-quality commentaries from prominent political leaders, policymakers, scholars, business leaders, and civic activists from around the world. This online magazine also provides cutting-edge analysis and insight.

Where can you access the resource

Project Syndicate can be accessed via SOLO.

Our Resource of the Month choice for October

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

October’s Resource of the Month has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.

John’s choice is Abstracts in Social Gerontology. It was chosen because it’s a database that brings together a wide range of abstracts and bibliographies from books, journals, magazines and trade publications.

Resource Overview

An essential tool for anyone interested in the field of Social Gerontology; the study of aging processes and individuals across the life course. This may include the study of physical, mental, and social changes in individuals and groups as they age; the investigation of changes in society resulting from an aging population; and the application of this knowledge to policies and programs.

Abstracts in Social Gerontology will be of interest to researchers considering the interplay of aging with demography, economics, family relations, government policy, health, institutional care, work and societal attitudes.

The coverage of this database goes back to 1990.

Where can you access the resource

Abstracts of Social Gerontology can be accessed via SOLO.