Harvard Business Review Collection free until 31st May

Harvard Business Review is one the many academic publishers who are making their online content freely available during the Corona Virus pandemic in order to provide students and researchers with additional information sources.
The collection of more than 600 e-books for business and economics is now available to access for free. The collection covers topics such as leadership, entrepreneurship, emotional intelligence and more.
To access these do a keyword search in Library Search and filter to find ‘full text online’.

New resource: Oxford Handbooks Online

The Library has bought permanent access to several collections in the Oxford Handbooks Online series.

This provides access to 250 handbooks in various subject areas across humanities, social sciences and science, in addition to collections we had previously bought. The new collections are:

You can access the content in various ways: for example, you can browse by the broad subject areas, to view individual books, and/or the articles within those books.

Once in a subject area, you can then refine your search to more specific sub-disciplines.

You can also search in various ways, e.g. by author or keyword.

The handbooks are all being individually catalogued and will be accessible via Library Search shortly.

Temporary free access: entire Drama Online collection

Photo of a theatre
Image by David Mark from Pixabay

We have temporary free access to the entire Drama Online collection until May 31st 2020. The Library has subscribed to this resource for several years, with access to over 2,200 plays and books from the Core Collection and Nick Hern Books, but we now have temporary access to the entire content, including audiovisual materials such as the National Theatre Live and BBC films collections. 

You can search/browse the content in various ways on the Drama Online site.

For example, using the options at the top of the screen, you can browse by title, author, genre and time period, or if you click Find Plays on the home page, you can add in other search filters, such as number of roles or scenes. Select Context and Criticism for access to a wide range of e-books about drama.

As always, your feedback on this trial will be very welcome. Please email it, or post it as a comment on this blog post.

Temporary free access: Global and Society Digimap from EDINA until 7th May

The suppliers of Digimap have arranged free temporary access to  Global and Society data until 7th May 2020.  The product is now available when you log into Digimap.

The service will provide access to global datasets in cartographic styles and downloadable formats that are useful to you.

  • Global provides the following:
    An easy to use interface to allow you to browse, annotate and print global maps. (Coming Soon)
  • A data download facility to providing access to global datasets for use in GIS software.

Society Digimap includes census and socio-economic data which can be layered across the map software to provide a picture and give an insight of society in a given area.

To access these resources, click on the link to the Digimap collection via Library Search or our Maps library guide, log in with your university account and click on the Global or Society tabs to access the data.  You will need to accept the license agreement the first time you use it.

Please explore and email us your feedback, or post it as a comment on this blog.

Temporary free access: Bloomsbury Popular Music

The Library has trial access to Bloomsbury Popular Music until May 31st 2020. This wide-ranging resource comprises:

  • All volumes of the landmark reference work, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World.
  • All 130 short books in the 33 1/3 series, focusing on significant LPs from a wide range of genres and eras.
  • A selection of other scholarly ebooks on popular music published by Bloomsbury, including biographies and historical overviews.
  • Interactive features, including a pop music timeline and map.
  • Biographies of hundreds of artists.

You can search or browse it in various ways, such as by artist, genre or location. Watch the short trailer for an overview. As always, your feedback will be very welcome: you can either email it, or leave a comment on this blogpost.

To access the resource, click on Log In at the top right hand of the screen, then select the Shibboleth Login Page > Newcastle University, and log in as usual.

Complimentary access to mathematics e-resources extended to 23rd June 2020

Duke University Press has extended its complimentary access to a selection of mathematics e-resources and collections in response to the Covid-19 global pandemic.

E-resources included as part of this offer are the Euclid Prime Collection, all issues of the Duke Mathematical Journal dating back to 1935, and MSP on Euclid. These resources will be temporarily available to Newcastle University students and staff until 23rd June 2020.

Euclid Prime is a growing collection of high-impact, peer-reviewed titles in theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics hosted by Project Euclid.

Published since its inception in 1935 by Duke University Press, the Duke Mathematical Journal is one of the world’s leading mathematical journals.

Mathematical Science Publishers (MSP), Project Euclid, and Duke University Press have partnered to offer MSP on Euclid, a collection of the same eleven journals published as a bundle by MSP but now enhanced by the functionality of the Project Euclid platform.

If you are a mathematician, statistician, physicist, engineer, or otherwise, log in to Library Search and explore these valuable e-resources while you have chance.

New ebook collections: Taylor and Francis

The Library has access to several new ebook collections from Taylor and Francis until March 2021.

The collections comprise over 1,200 titles in a wide range of subject areas across humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine.

Search filter box

All the books are individually catalogued on Library Search, or you can browse them on the Taylor and Francis site (click Show content I have access to in the search filter box to display the titles available to you).

After March 2021, we will assess usage of the titles.

Temporary free access: RILM Music Encyclopedias and MGG Online

The Library has temporary access to two music reference resources: RILM Music Encyclopedias and MGG Online, until May 31st 2020. These resources are being made freely available by RILM during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

RILM Music Encyclopedias comprises 57 titles published from 1775 to the present, covering a wide range of music topics.

MGG Online provides in-depth articles on topics, themes and people in music and related areas. You can browse or search both resources in various ways.

To access the resources, click on Log in in the top right hand corner, and select Log in via your institution (Shibboleth), then choose Newcastle University from the list and log in as usual.

As always, your feedback will be very welcome: you can either email it, or leave a comment on this blogpost.

Complimentary access to Pidgeon Digital

As we’ve had a previous trial to Pidgeon Digital, they’ve granted us free access during this difficult time.


So we are delighted to announce we again have complimentary access to this platform which offers an online collection of illustrated audio visual resources, featuring some of the world’s leading architects, designers and engineers, including talks by Will Alsop, Edward Cullinan, Terry Farrell, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Kisho Kurokawa, Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Nouvel, Gaetano Pesce, Richard Rogers, Harry Seidler Bernard Tschumi and Michael Webb.


The archive stretches back to the 1970s and began life as a tape and slide collection created by Monica Pidgeon, the editor of Architectural Design for 30 years.

It’s a resource ideal for students from the School or Architecture and Planning, giving insight into architectural practice, theory and ideas.

You can access Pidgeon Digital via Library Search, remember to log in with your university ID.
You can also access via the website at : https://www.pidgeondigital.com The website uses IP authentication so if you are off-campus, please log in to RAS first of all, and then within RAS, open up an internet browser and then access the Pidgeon website.

Resource on trial: OUP Law Trove

This Oxford University Press resource contains most of the essential, recommended and background reading titles you would normally find listed in your module handbooks and on the Law Library shelves. In this difficult time during the Covid-19 lockdown, we have temporary access to OUP Law Trove to ensure our staff and students can study from home.

An image of the OUP Law Trove sign-in page.

To access OUP Law Trove:

  • Go to: www.oxfordlawtrove.com/.
  • Sign in via your Institution (left-hand menu).
  • Filter to Newcastle University.
  • Enter your Campus ID and password into the Newcastle University Login Gateway.

You can search by author, title, keyword, or narrow your search to those titles available to us alone by selecting Show titles in my subscription (left-hand menu). There are 206 books.

You can further narrow your results by refining by subject using the options available in the left-hand menu.

If you prefer, you can take a tour of the resource before diving in.

If you have any feedback on this resource, please leave a comment or contact libraryhelp@ncl.ac.uk. The temporary access ends on May 31st 2020.