PCAS accounts are changing

PCAS-logoFrom 6th September PCAS (print, copy & scan) account authorisation will switch to the Bodleian Libraries username and password (which is also used to log in to reading room PCs and Bodleian Libraries wifi). Existing PCAS accounts will need to be updated and an online portal and library staff will be available to facilitate this.

New improved PCAS machines will be installed as part of the changes.

See http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/copy/pcas/development for more information and details about how PCAS is being improved.

Please note, during the process, from 30th August-5th September no PCAS service will be available. We will offer limited staff-mediated printing and copying where we are able to do so during this time.

#ElectionCollection challenge

tumblr_oapzk2koOA1skpxvro1_1280From now until November, we will be participating in the US National Archives Presidential Libraries’ #ElectionCollection challenge. Every Tuesday until Election Day, the Presidential Libraries will be encouraging libraries, archives and members of the public to post pictures of their collections of electoral ephemera on Instagram. Since we have one of the most extensive collections of this kind of material outside of the US, we’re jumping at the chance to join in and show off some of what we have. Follow us on our new Instagram and see what we have – and look out for other pictures shared using the #ElectionCollection hashtag.


New: European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

[Reposted from the HFL blog]

European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 is a freely accessible comprehensive guide to printed works about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It is provided by EBSCO.

European-Views-of-the-Americas-logoThe database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples. There is good content from continental Europe.

The European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 database addresses the following subjects and themes:

  • America in literature
  • Botany
  • British in America
  • Catholic Church
  • Commerce
  • Discoveries
  • Dutch in America
  • Economics
  • Fisheries
  • French in America
  • Geography
  • Great Britain–Colonies
  • Indians
  • Jesuits (and other religious orders) in America
  • Law
  • Mines & mineral resources
  • Natural history
  • Navigation
  • Pirates
  • Shipping
  • Slave-trade
  • Spain–Colonies
  • Tobacco
  • Voyages around the world

You can locate material by searching in a variety of ways or browsing for publication (A-Z) or name and geographic lists of publishers, printers and booksellers.

“The database is derived from the seminal reference work, European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750. Commonly known as the Alden-Landis bibliography (after the co-editors John Alden and Dennis Landis), this reference work features documents produced in Europe that make some mention of the discovery and emerging awareness of the Americas. The work is arranged in chronological order across six volumes. The database is searchable by every category of information found within the printed volumes and will be an invaluable resource for researchers interested in the subject.” (http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=4994, accessed 21 July 2016)

You have a good choice of saving and exporting your citations with permalinks and citation assistance also provided.