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.

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.

New dataset – Digimap Pilot

A new dataset is now available within Digimap called the Pilot Collection. This provides temporary access to data that EDINA are trying out and want feedback from users. This means the data will be replaced with other data sets over time as new sets become available.

Digimap Pilot is free for staff and students at current subscribing higher and further education institutions and research councils. All you will need to do is to accept the end user licence agreement which is available when you log into Digimap with your Campus ID and password. As these datasets will change regularly then you’ll need to re-accept each new licence agreement as sets are replaced.

Digimap Pilot comprises two applications, one for creating maps online, the other for downloading data which enables further analysis and investigation in other packages:

  • Use Roam to view, annotate and print maps online.
  • Use Data Download to download data and load it into a GIS or CAD package for further manipulation

As of April 2020, Pilot currently offers access to the following data.

Geomni data which consists of:

  • UKMap a modern, highly detailed, feature-rich mapping database of Greater London. Its unique, innovative design offers users a flexible choice of integrated map features within a single geographic information source.  It comprises addresses, retail names, detailed shopping centre data, building heights, a wide range of points of interest, aerial photography, together with Digital Terrain and Surface Models.
  • This one dataset has different components for Greater London. This includes UKMapLondon which provides aerial imagery with a resolution of 10cm, UKMap Upper Floors which shows more granular information e.g. which shops are on different floors of shopping centres, UKMap Tree Canopy which indicates tree canopies.
  • UKBuildings a unique database created and regularly updated to help you understand the age, structure, characteristics and use, of commercial, public and residential buildings across the UK.
  • UKLand a maintained, national land information database providing a detailed consistent breakdown of the use of land across the UK. There are 30 different land classes available e.g. woodland, water features, transport and commerical.

An EDINA Satellite data collection initially consisting of:

  • Sentinel 2 derived cloud free optical mosaic for Great Britain, 2019.
  • Sentinel 2 derived Near Infrared mosaic for Great Britain, 2019.

These 2 sections are currently available until the 31/07/2020.

Within the Pilot Data Download section you’ll also find some useful product information such as where the data comes from, it’s availability and sizing and Copyright information.

If you’re using mapping data already you might want to use this in conjunction with GIS if you’re manipulating or working with the data. Or doing a comparison to other maps you might have found freely available e.g. Google Maps.

Temporary free access: University of Michigan ebooks

The Library has free access to the University of Michigan’s ebook collection until April 30th 2020. This content is being made available due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We have access to just under 1,200 books, across a wide range of humanities and social sciences fields. All the books are individually catalogued on Library Search, or you can browse the titles on the publisher’s site.

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

Project MUSE offers selected free resources until end May 2020

Multiple publishers in the humanities and social sciences, including a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, are making a selection of their journal and ebook content available for free in a response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Among the publishers currently opting to make content free on Project MUSE are Johns Hopkins University Press (all books and journals), Ohio State University Press (all books and journals), University of Nebraska Press (all books and journals), University of North Carolina Press (all books), Temple University Press (all books), and Vanderbilt University Press (selected books). Project MUSE expect to announce additional participants and will continually update the list of publishers offering free access to content.

Content that is freely available on the Project MUSE platform during the COVID-19 crisis will display a distinctive “Free” icon, different from the “OA” icon used for fully open access content on MUSE, or the familiar green checkmark that users associate with content held by Newcastle University Library.

Explore the Project MUSE platform and discover the latest free material.

Free research relating to COVID-19 and infectious diseases

Many publishers have started to make their research publications relating to COVID-19, infectious diseases and immunology free-to-read to support the scientific community.

You can find a selection to start your research here:

BioOne
In collaboration with the Association of Research Libraries, BioOne is offering peer-reviewed content from its publishing partners throughout 2020.

CABI Global Health
Free access for 3 months using the voucher code in the pop-up message which appears when you open the site. Content includes research on epidemiology, prevention and control of SARS and MERS. Content about animal coronaviruses from its CAB Abstracts database is available through the same route, for research into the origins of the virus in animals.

Digital Science – Dimensions
Updated every 24 hours, access this Google doc for a hyperlinked listing of the latest research publications, datasets and clinical trials. An Excel file version is also available on Figshare.

EDP Sciences
Journal content from 2018-2020 is free-to-read until the end of June 2020 – covering physics & astronomy, engineering & technology, health sciences & dentistry, life sciences, chemistry, mathematics and computer sciences. Exceptions include journals EDP do not own, only host, and any content published with a partner who has not yet given permission. Browse and search EDP Sciences.

Elsevier
Free health and medical research from Elsevier’s Novel Coronavirus Information Center.

OVID
Tools and resources for clinicians including the latest from the OVID platform, expert search strategies and guidance on searching GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network) effectively.

Oxford University Press
Journal articles from OUP and book chapters from Oxford Medicine Online collections.

Royal Society Publishing
Open access special collection of research articles, review articles and reports.

SAGE publishing
Free medical, social and behavioural science articles.

Springer Nature
Research, evidence and data from the BMC, Nature and Springer platforms.

Taylor and Francis
Microsite consolidating journal and book content on COVID 19 with further links to NLM’s LitCOVID portal and the F1000 Research dedicated gateway containing pre-prints for faster research dissemination and sharing.

Thieme
Specialist journal articles, including content from Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Wiley
Open access research articles, book chapters and entries from major reference works on the Wiley platform.

For help and advice on finding information relating to your research, please contact your Liaison Librarian as we remain available to support you remotely.

Now available: Cambridge University Press announces free electronic textbooks collection until end May 2020

Cambridge University Press has made over 700 textbooks freely available to those in Higher Education until the end of May 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

These titles are in addition to our current CUP holdings and we are adding them to Library Search to aid discovery.

To browse and access the free collections visit the Cambridge Textbooks homepage (including subject headings): https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-publish/textbooks

For more information see the Cambridge COVID-19 resource notification page: https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/covid-19-resources-and-information

We are here to help (even when you’re working off campus)

As the University monitors the situation around the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the Library is working to ensure that you have access to the resources and academic skills support you need to continue your studies while off campus. 

The information and links on this page provide guidance on how to engage with our wide range of online materials and how to make the most of our helpful online guides and tools from wherever you choose to study. 

Library Search: your first point of call

Use Library Search to quickly and simply access a wide range of eBooks, eJournals, and databases off campus. Check out our Library Search video on how to get the best out of this resource. 

Subject and Resource Guides

If you are not sure which resources are best to use for your subject or what you can access off-campus, visit your Subject Guide . The guides bring together links and help for the specialist information sources in your discipline. Access our Resource Guides for different types of information you may need in your research. These include guides to business casescompany and market informationgovernment publicationsgrey literaturemapsnewspaperspatentsstandards
statistics,  theses and dissertations, plus much more.  

Develop your skills, at a time that suits you

Use our FindingEvaluating and Managing Information guides to boost your search skills and help you achieve the best results in your assignments whilst working remotely. If you are needing help with academic writing and reading or even numeracy, maths and statistics, then don’t forget their are lots of downloadable resources available at the ASK website.

Dissertation support

If you are in the midst of writing or planning a dissertation then our our Dissertation Guide is a great place to guide you with your literature search.  Not only do we have videos, quizzes and advice, but we also have an interactive Proposal Planner and Search Planner to help you get organised and create a focus for your research.  We can even give you feedback once you’ve filled the planners in. Just send them through when prompted or email them to your supervisor for advice and help.

Have a question? Check the FAQs

We have an extensive database of frequently asked questions available on the Library website. You can search by keyword or browse by topic area and find answers to the most common questions. So whether you want to know how to access newspapers or get help with EndNote, check the FAQs to see if we have already answered your question.

Contact Library Help

If you need help or have a question, use Library Help to get in touch with us. We are still here for you 24/7 and you can chat with us online or email us as normal. You can also keep in touch with us via social media.

So remember, you can access all of our online resources, journals and ebooks from the Library website.

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Getting the most out of eBooks

Woman reading on an eReader device.

We have over 6 million eBooks accessible through Library Search, including titles that feature on your reading lists, or those that have been recommended by staff and students. Sometimes we buy them through large bundle deals with specific publishers so we gain access to lots of research titles all at once.

Why Use eBooks?

eBooks are incredibly useful resources as they are available 24/7 from any location, work with most devices and some come with snazzy features such as keyword searching, annotation options, links to other relevant information, and reading aloud facilities to name but a few.

How do eBooks Work?

As we get eBooks from different platforms and providers you might see a different layout each time you access one of our titles but the logic is the same. You can navigate using a toolbar, you can normally turn pages using little arrows at the top or side of the page, you can jump to specific chapters and in some cases, print or download all or some sections of the eBook to read offline.

Unfortunately, one thing you can’t do with eBooks is download and save offline a copy of the book to keep forever, there are usually some download restrictions. This is because we have subscriptions or licence access to titles but we don’t own the title. There is something called Digital Rights Management where publishers can control the copying, pasting and downloading of their content, this is linked to issues with privacy and copyright.

How do I access eBooks?

Simply navigate to Library Search and enter your keywords to look for a book title as usual. Library Search is the best way to access resources whether you’re on or off campus as it makes sure you’re logged in correctly and can access resources simply and quickly.

From your search results, choose an eBook which looks relevant e.g. Essentials of Business Research Methods by Hair, which we know is popular book for Business students doing dissertations. If you are off campus, you will need to sign in with your University ID and Password.

Once the eBook has loaded on the screen, hover over the functionality buttons to see what they do. For example; the search option will be useful if you’re looking for specific topics; use the Table of Contents to navigate straight to a chapter you’ve been told to read, or select the paint pallet to change the colour of the background to help with your reading.

Not all titles are available in eBook format for an institutional library to purchase, but if you’d prefer a title in electronic format we can certainly investigate. Just let us know by recommending a title via Books on Time.

Books added to the Library by students in GPS (Semester One 2019/20)

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 2019/2020 we bought the following items after requests from students in GPS.

There were 91 requests from 44 students totalling £4249.13 (43% from Undergraduate, 14% from Postgraduate taught and 43% from Postgraduate Research)

Title Now in stock
A Brutal Friendship – The West and the Arab Elite 2xlong
A Research Agenda for Housing 1xlong
Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle 1xlong
Animal to Edible 1xlong
Animals, Property and the Law 1xlong
Beautyscapes mapping cosmetic surgery tourism 1xlong, 1xebook
Beyond Gridlock 1xebook
Bloodborne Official Artworks 1xlong
Blur: How to know what’s true in the age of information overload 1xlong
Britannia unchained: global lessons for growth 1xlong
Cameronism: the politics of modernisation and manipulation 1xlong
Cameronism: The Politics of Modernisation and Manipulation 1xlong
China’s Eurasian Pivot: The Silk Road Economic Belt 1xlong
Class Notes Posing as Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene 1xlong
Communication, Public Opinion and Globalization in Urban China 1xlong
Crashing the Party: From the Bernie Sanders Campaign to a Progressive movement 1xlong
Dance of the Dialectic 1xlong
Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism 1xlong
Diverging Mobilities? Devolution, Transport and Policy Innovation. 1xlong
Educational Choices, Transitions and Aspirations in Europe 1xlong
Emotions, Technology, and Health 1xlong
Essays on Economics and Economists 1xlong
Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight 1xlong
Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist workplace 1xlong
Financialising City Statecraft and Infrastructure 3xlong, 1xebook
For Whose Benefit? The Everyday Realities of Welfare Reform 1xlong
Gendered Spaces 1xlong
Geopolitics and the Western Pacific: China, Japan and the US 1xlong
Glacier Science and Environmental Change 1xlong
Global Media Ecologies: Networked Production in Film and Television 1xlong
Governing with the News 1xlong
Happy Abortions 1xlong
Hog Wild: The Battle for Workers\’ Rights at the World\’s Largest Slaughterhouse 1xlong
Holidays in the Danger Zone: Entanglements of War and Tourism 1xlong
Home: international perspectives on culture 1xlong
How the market in changing China’s news 1xlong
Humanitarianism: A Dictionary of Concepts 1xlong
Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? 1xlong
Justifying New Labour Policy 1xlong
Kant’s International Relations: The Political Theology of Perpetual Peace 1xlong
Land Matters: Power Struggles in Rural Ireland 1xlong
Literary memory, consciousness, and the group oulipo 1xlong
Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t eat Meat 1xlong
Making a World after Empire: The Bandung Moment and Its Political Afterlives 1xlong
Meatpackers: An Oral History of Black Packinghouse Workers and Their Struggle for Racial and Economic Equality 1xlong
Media Clusters: Spatial Agglomeration and Content Capabilities 1xlong
Mobile Urbanism: Cities and Policymaking in the Global Age 1xlong
Negotiating water governance 1xlong
Neoliberal Housing Policy 1xlong
Networking China: the digital transformation of the Chinese economy 1xlong
On the line: slaughterhouse lives and the making of the new South 1xlong
Opera: dead or alive 1xlong
Organisational anthropology: doing ethnography 1xebook
Parenting Collection 1xlong
Participatory Research in More Than Human Worlds 1xlong
Perpetration-induced Traumatic Stress: The Psychological Consequences of Killing 1xlong
Philosophical Genealogy I: An epistemological reconstruction of Nietzsche and Foucault’s Genealogical Method 1xlong
Political Street Art: Communication, Culture and Resistance in Latin America 1xebook
Proteinaholic 1xlong
Putting Meat on the American Table: Taste, Technology, Transformations 1xlong
Queer Representations: Reading Lives, Reading Cultures 2xlong
Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics 1xlong
Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road 1xlong
Samsung, Media Empire and Family: A power web 1xlong
Scale-sensitive governance of the environment 1xlong
Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawaii and the Philippines 1xlong
Serious Leisure: A perspective for our time 1xlong
Slaughterhouse Blues: The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America (Case Studies on Contemporary Social Issues) 1xlong
Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S Meat Industry 1xlong
Social work, cats and rocket science: stories of making a difference in social work with adults 1xlong
Sociology of Home: Belonging, Community and Place in the Canadian Context 1xlong
Statelessness and Citizenship: A Comparative Study on the Benefits on Nationality 1xlong
Steppenwolf 1xlong
Still the promised city? African Americans and the new immigrants 1xlong
Submarine Landslides: Subaqueous Mass Transport Deposits from Outcrops to Seismic Profiles 1xebook
Television news and the limits of globalisation 1xlong
The Ashgate Research Companion to Media Geography 1xlong
The ironic spectator: solidarity in the age of post-humanitarianism 1xlong
The mandate of heaven and the great Ming code 1xlong
The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business 1xlong
The Oxford handbook of the American Congress 1xlong
Think tanks in America 1xebook
Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and Geo-Politics Pathways to Influence, 1st Edition 1xlong
Thinking Straight: The Power, Promise and Paradox of Heterosexuality 1xebook
Till: A glacial process sedimentology 1xebook
To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World 1xlong
Understanding the Business of Global Media in the Digital Age 1xebook
Walking Methods: Research on the Move 1xlong
Welsh Writing, Political Action and Incarceration 1xlong
Who Owns Britain? 1xlong
Women with Intellectual Disabilities: Finding a Place in the World 1xlong