Spotlight on OECD iLibrary

OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) it contains a vast collection of books, papers and statistics, some of which date back to the 1960s, it is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. OECD content covers over 100 countries.

Every year around 300 new titles are published, associated with the following themes:

  • Agriculture & Food,
  • Development,
  • Economics,
  • Education,
  • Employment,
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Finance and Investment
  • Governance
  • Industry and Services
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Issues / Migration / Health
  • Taxation
  • Trade
  • Transport
  • Urban, Rural and Regional Development

You can browse by theme, country, or choose the type of content you require (for example, books, papers, statistics). You can also carry out simple or advanced searches.

If you’re looking for Statistics and Indicators?

OECD iLibrary contains all of the publications and datasets released by International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998 – present.

It presents all content so users can find and cite tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters in any available format: PDF, WEB, XLS, DATA, ePUB,READ.

For a quick introduction to OECD i Library, including how to search the database and how to use advanced features and find statistical information and indicators, take a look at the user guide.

You can  find details on other sources of statistics on our Statistics Guide.

 

 

We Are Here All Summer!

 

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The University libraries will be open throughout the Summer vacation, you a can find the opening hours for each library here.   Please note that during self-service times, access to the building will be by Newcastle University Smartcard only.

However, there will be building work in progress during library opening times and there may be some noisy periods in some areas.  Free disposable earplugs will be available at the Service Desk.

You will still find the Liaison team on levels 3 and 4 of the Philip Robinson Library – we will be the ones wearing hard hats!

You can come to us for Endnote support and 1-1 sessions. Please book an appointment via Library help.

If you have an urgent question, and we are not physically around you will find 24/7 support via our out-of-hours Live Chat Service provided by a co-operative of academic librarians from around the world.

We hope you have a lovely summer!

 

Spotlight on OnePetro

Looking for authoritative and comprehensive information on the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry?  Then have a browse of OnePetro! A unique library of technical documents and peer reviewed articles, it includes full text documents of many key conference proceedings in the field and provides access to a number of subject relevant journals.

For a quick introduction to OnePetro, including how to search the database and how to use advanced features, take a look at our helpful video guide (4:49 min):

This video includes sections on:

0:29 – Accessing OnePetro
0:37 – Basic Search
2:57 – Exporting Citations
3:17 – Advanced Search
4:00 – Saving Searches and Setting up Alerts

Identify resources for your research project

A strong research project such as an essay, dissertation or thesis will always be supported by good quality information from a wide range of sources.  There are a huge variety of resources available to you and being able to make appropriate choices when selecting materials to include in your project and explain why you have chosen them, is an important academic skill that demonstrates a good awareness of your subject and an ability to think critically about ideas and research.

Of course, not all information resources will be relevant to your particular research.  You will have to think about the type of information you need then identify the type of resource that will provide that kind information.

For example:

Books will offer an in-depth overview of popular ideas, theories, and opinions in your subject area and are likely to be broader in scope than a journal article or conference paper.

While a conference paper will often discuss ‘work-in-progress’, and therefore can be an ideal way of finding out about up to date research and ideas.

For more information on different resource types, including standards, patents, maps, newspapers and more, take a look at our range of Resource guides.

Your Subject Guide can also help you identify useful sources of information for your research as it contains a carefully curated list of resources that are tailored to your subject area.  Here you’ll  find useful lists of online reference books, eBook collections and recommended databases for finding relevant journal articles and conference papers.  Also, under the Subject Specific Resources tab, you’ll discover a further host of specialised materials relevant to your subject such as audiovisual media, data-sets or professional organisation’s websites.

Screen capture of a Library Subject Guide, showing various tabs and resource links.

Depending on your research topic, you might also want to explore the Special Collections tab to see materials held in our Library archives that are relevant to your subject area specifically.

For more advice on finding and evaluating resources for your research take a look at our Finding Information and Evaluating Information Guides.

Beyond the Library

Will you be working on a dissertation or project this summer or next year? Worried that the Library might not have access to the specialist books and other resources which you need? Wondering how you can find out about resources relating to your research topic which are held in other libraries?

Wonder no more! There are three main ways you can find and access books and other resources held elsewhere:

1. Search

You can search the catalogues of over 100 UK and Irish academic libraries, national libraries and other major research libraries via COPAC. For a more in-depth and up to date search, you can also search individual academic library catalogues online. Need to look further afield? Search library catalogues internationally via WorldCat.

2. Visit

We have more information about how you can visit other libraries, locally and nationally, here. The SCONUL Access Scheme enables students to use other academic libraries around the country, but you need to register online first (and be sure to check the access arrangements for any library you are planning to visit, as they may alter during the year).

3. Obtain

If we haven’t got the book you want, you can ask us to consider buying or borrowing it, via our Books on Time service. If you need a copy of a journal article to which we don’t have access, please apply via our inter library loan service.

Image by andreas160578 from Pixabay. 

New resource now available: Kanopy film streaming

We’re pleased to announce that following a successful trial, we now have access to the Kanopy on-demand film-streaming platform.

Kanopy provides access to over 30,000 films, including contemporary and classic feature films from around the world, and documentaries across a range of topics in arts, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. New films are added each month, and you can watch them on your preferred device.

Kanopy is very easy to use: simply search for a film by title, or browse by category. All the films are also individually catalogued on Library Search too, so you can find and access them that way as well.

You’ll find lots of useful features, including creating clips and playlists, viewing the transcript, and rating or adding comments.

Please note, as Kanopy is a ‘pay as you go’ service, we will assess demand during an initial pilot phase. If you’ve got any feedback about Kanopy, we’d be interested to receive it: just drop us an email or post it as a comment on this blog.

Shades of Grey [Literature]

Grey literature. Black Literature.

Did you even know they existed? Possibly not.

Depending upon your source, “black literature” can be defined as books and peer-reviewed published journals. This is the familiar material you will source and use through your University Library and its catalogue.

Grey literature is something else entirely. Grey literature is research or material that is not produced by commercial publishers. It may be wholly unpublished or published in a non-commercial form. Think along the lines of industry-related materials, academic publications, government publications and think tank papers.

GreyNet, the Grey Literature Network Service has more detailed information on this vital research resource.

Grey Literature can be unique and an important source of information. There is a range of grey literature you may need to consult to ensure your research is complete. Examples of these materials include:

  • Working papers
  • Conference proceedings
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Government and official publications, including Green and White Papers, Select Committee papers, legislation
  • Policy statements
  • Research reports
  • Newsletters
  • Fact sheets
  • Blogs
  • Transcripts
  • Pre-prints and post-prints of articles
  • Technical reports
  • Professional guidelines
  • Patents
  • Standards
  • Market research
  • Data, e.g. Census, economic data, statistics

Most databases, available via your Subject Guide, will allow you to limit your search by document type, including grey literature, which does improve accessibility to this type of material.

Other resources include:

  • Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
    Operated by Bielefeld University Library this search engine indexes open access academic literature. The Advanced Search option allows you to search for specific types of grey literature.
  • Box of Broadcasts
    Box of Broadcasts provides access to over two million programmes from over 65 TV and radio channels, including most of the UK’s freeview network, all BBC TV and radio content from 2007, and several foreign language channels. You can view archived programmes, record new ones, create clips and playlists and see transcripts. (This resource is not available outside the UK.)
  • Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA)
    The Institute of Education Digital Education (University of London) Resource Archive (DERA) is a digital archive of all documents published electronically by government and related bodies in the area of education.
  • Open Grey
    The System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe provides open access to over 700,000 bibliographical references.
  • Teachers TV from Education in Video
    Provides access to all 3,530 globally-acclaimed instructional videos produced in 2008 by the United Kingdom’s Department of Education to train and develop teachers’ skills through demonstrations and commentary by teachers, administrators, and other educational experts.
  • Newcastle University Theses and Dissertations Guide
    Newcastle University theses are available in the eTheses Repository. Other UK theses may be available via EThOS. There is not one single source for locating non-UK theses. The Guide will give you some starting points.
  • UK Legislation
    UK Legislation is freely available online but be aware there may be delays of up to 2 weeks before any updates appear. Use your subscribed databases available via the Law Subject Guide.

The list can go on…

Once you have located your grey literature, do question it using the CRAAP testcurrency, relevance, authority, accuracy, purpose. Consider what is publicly available versus a subscribed (or paid for) resource. It may be biased and you should include that assessment in your work.

And finally, don’t forget, not everything is available online!

Love reading? Browse through BrowZine…

Not sure which journal article you’re looking for? Do it the ‘old school’ way and browse through your favourite journals using BrowZine without having to trek to the library or newsagents to flick through the magazines.

BrowZine is a publisher-neutral reading and discovery platform for eJournals. You can browse complete issues, set up a personal bookshelf of your favourite titles and receive notifications when new issues are released.

Library Search and browsing eJournals via BrowZine

You can do this on your PC via Library Search or perhaps you prefer using your smartphone? Access BrowZine via the University App or download the BrowZine App from the Apple Store or Play Store.

Access BrowZine via the Newcastle University App

Set up your personal account using your University email address and BrowZine will always recognise you as a member of Newcastle University and give you access to the full-text articles it contains.

BrowZine Subject Areas

BrowZine Arts and HumanitiesGet browsing!

Finding Architecture and Planning journals

How do you access your journals and magazines?  There are a number of options.

  1. If you know the title you can do a keyword search in Library Search.
  2. Your subject guide is a ‘one stop shop’ for all resources and includes a tab to link to core journals,  journal collections and magazines such as those in Art and Architecture Archive and the Avery Index.  You can also view the list of print journals and magazines that we have in the Library.
  3. If you like to browse individual Architecture or Planning journals, then take a look at Browzine.

Books added to the Library by students in GPS (Semester One 2018/19)

We have a service called “Books on Time” for students. This allows you to tell us about the books you need for your studies. If we don’t have the books you need, simply complete the web form and we’ll see if we can buy them. For books we already have in stock, if they are out on loan please make a reservation/hold request using Library Search.

Further information about Books on Time

In Semester one, academic year 2018/2019 we bought the following items after requests from students in GPS.

There were 105 requests from 57 students totaling £4381.55 (52% of requests from undergraduates, 20% from Postgraduate taught and 28% from Postgraduate Research)

 

Title Now in stock
Alternative Theories of State 1xlong
America’s Global Role: Essays and Reviews on National Security, Geopolitics and War 1xlong
Animal Rights: Moral Theory and Practice 1xlong
Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order 1xlong
Bridging the Transition from Primary to Secondary School 1xlong
Bringing knowledge back in: From social constructivism to social realism in the sociology of education 1xlong
Business as Usual: The Roots of the Global Financial Meltdown 1xlong
Chemostratigraphy: Concepts, Techniques and Applications 1xlong
China’s Eurasian Dilemmas: Roads and Risks for a Sustainable Global Power 1xlong
China’s Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications 1xlong
Citizenship, Identity and Social Movements in the New Hong Kong: Localism After the Umbrella Movement 1xlong
Civil Society and Peacebuilding: A Critical Assessment 1xlong
Classical Theories of International Relations 1xlong
Coming out of Communism 1xlong
Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times 1xlong
Complexity Thinking in Translation Studies 1xlong
Contested Markets Contested Cities 1xlong
Cultural Genocide 1xlong
Development Discourse and Global History 1xebook
Differences in Medicine: Unravelling Practices, Techniques, and Bodies (Body, Commodity, Text) 1xlong
Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age 1xlong
Dis/ability Studies: Theorising disablism and ableism 1xlong
Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction Second Edition 1xlong
Disability, Normalcy and the Everyday 1xlong
Discovering American Regionalism: An Introduction to Regional intergovernmental Organizations 1xlong
Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls 1xlong
Drove Roads of Northumberland 1xlong
Dual Disasters: Humanitarian Aid After the 2004 Tsunami 1xlong
Egypt’s Desert Dreams: Development or Disaster 1xlong
Emotion and the Researcher : Sites, Subjectivities and Relationships 1xlong
Ethics in Participatory Research for Health and Social Well-Being 1xlong
Expert Knowledge in Global Trade 1xlong
Fires on the Border: The Passionate Politics of Labour Organizing on the Mexican Frontera 1xlong
Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life 1xlong
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation 1xlong
From Crime Policy to Victim Policy: Reorienting the Justice System 1xlong
Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China’s Shadow 1xlong
Geographical Education Expanding: Horizons in a Shrinking World 1xlong
Geography, Education and the Future 1xlong
Geopolitics: From the Cold War to the 21st Century 1xebook
Hong Kong in the Shadow of China: Living with the Leviathan 1xlong
Human Rights Discourse in a Global Network 1xlong
Imagined Societies: A Critique of Immigrant Integration in Western Europe 1xlong
International Politics in the Arctic, Borders, Natural Resources and Russian Foreign Policy 1xebook
Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East 1xlong
It Makes You Want to Spit 1xlong
Italy and the European Union 1xlong
Learning Difficulties and Sexual Vulnerability: A Social Approach 1xlong
Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century 1xlong
MasterClass in Geography Education 1xlong
Mastering Brexits Through The Ages: Entrepreneurial Innovators and Small Firms – The Catalysts for Success 1xlong
Medical Talk and Medical Work 1xlong
Metropolitan Governance in America 1xlong
New Labour Policy, Industrial Relations and the Trade Unions 1xlong
On the verge of want: a unique insight into the living conditions along Ireland\’s western seaboard in the late 19th century 1xlong
Our Angry Earth 1xlong
Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness 1xlong
Parenting Under Pressure: Mothers and Fathers with Learning Difficulties 1xlong
Parents with Intellectual Disabilities: Past, Present and Futures 1xlong
Plucked: A history of Hair Removal 1xlong
Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter 1xlong
Popular Geopolitics: Plotting an Evolving Interdiscipline 3xlong, 1xebook
Practising Empowerment in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Wine, Ethics and Development 1xlong
Prices and Production 1xlong
Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City 1xlong
Providing a sure start: How Government Discovered Early Childhood 1xlong
Queer Muslims in Europe: Sexuality, Religion and Migration in Belgium 1xlong
Race, Racism and Development: Interrogating History, Discourse and Practice 1xlong
Recapturing Democracy: Neoliberalization and the Struggle for Alternative Urban Futures 1xlong
Reconstruction and Peace Building in the Balkans 1xebook
Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge 1xlong
Relativism and the foundations of Liberalism 1xlong
Sexual Politics of Disability: Untold Desires 1xlong
Sexuality and Relationships in the Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities Standing in  my Shoes 1xlong
Sexuality and women with learning disabilities 1xlong
Social Media and Everyday Politics 1xlong
Solidarity: Hidden Histories and Geographies of Internationalism 1xong
Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop Culture 1xlong
Subject knowledge and teacher education: The development of beginning teachers’ thinking 1xlong
Talons of the Eagle 1xlong
Teaching Geography 3-11: The Essential Guide 1xlong
The China Dream: Great Power Thinking and Strategic Posture in the Post-American Era 1xlong
The End of Duopoly? The Transformation of the British Party System 1xlong
The European Union and the Commonwealth Caribbean 1xlong
The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics 1xebook
The Imaginary War: understanding the East-West conflict in Europe 1xlong
The IMF, the WTO & the Politics of Economic Surveillance 1xlong
The Killing Zone: The United States Wages 1xlong
The Market 1xlong
The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation 1xlong
The New Social Mobility 2xlong
The Other 1xlong
The Outsiders: Exposing the Secretive World of Ireland’s Travellers 1xlong
The Politics of China-Hong Kong Relations: Living With Distant Masters 1xlong
The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism 1xlong
The Quaternary of the Isle of Man and North West England 1xlong
The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability 1xlong
The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism 1xlong
The Social Production of Indifference: Exploring the Symbolic Roots of Western Bureaucracy 1xlong
The Sociology of Emotions 1xlong
UKIP: inside the campaign to redraw the map of British politics 1xlong
Understanding Trans Health 1xlong
United States and Iraq since 1979 1xlong
US-Israeli Relations in a New Era (Besa Studies in International) 1xlong
What’s Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It 1xlong