You may find the following links to apps helpful:
- The British Library apps - includes the 19th century app which has thousands of books covering arrange of topics.
- French historic books from Gallica via the BNF the national Library of France.
- The New York Public Library collections - apps for their World’s Fair archives and their Frankenstein and Shelley’s circle collection.
The Welsh Experience of the First World War website has been formally launched.
The website is the result of a project led by the National Library of Wales in partnership with other institutions, including Swansea University. 220,000 documents from the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales have been digitised. The National Library has a news item about the website’s launch and the BBC has a web page about it.
This is what one student government leader said when asked why he takes the time to advocate for Open Access:
“The purpose of research is wide dissemination and cultivation of knowledge. With increasing journal subscription costs and decreasing library budgets, we as users and producers of scientific knowledge are taking a stand to support open access to scholarly research. As a student government concerned both locally and globally, we feel this is not only a responsibility to our own constituency, but also to researchers and human advancement worldwide.”
- Kevin McComber of MIT’s Graduate Student Council
Install the Button - show the global effects of research paywalls and get help accessing the research you need.
We have free trial access to English Historical Documents Online until 4 December. Any member of staff or student at Swansea University can use it on campus at:
It is possible to search and browse in a considerable variety of different ways. English Historical Documents Online has over 5,500 indexed primary documents from 500 to 1914.
On our book case in the Library’s Central Hall we currently have a display of short story collections authored by Rhys Davies and other writers. This is to coincide with the Rhys Davies Short Story Conference which is being held at the University from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September 2013.
Books about creative writing are kept at:
- PN145 – PN150, Level 1 West
Rhys Davies’ novels, short story collections and biographies are usually kept at:
- W/PR6007.A78, Level 1 West
(ask at the Information Desk if you need help finding these sections).
If you are not a member of the University Library, and live in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire or mid Wales area you can ask at your local public library about becoming a member.
The recently launched “Directory of Open Access Books” at http://www.doabooks.org/ contains freely available academic books in many subject areas. Using the Browse option we can see the number of books it already contains in various Art and Humanities subject areas, including these:
History 294 books
Languages and Literature 172
Media and Communication 52
Political Science 142
More than 800 oral essays from Edward R. Murrow’s iconic 1950s radio series, This I Believe, have been digitized and placed online for public use by Tufts University.
The digitization project, carried out by Iron Mountain, included nearly 800 reel-to-reel tape recordings with historical giants such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Harry S. Truman and Adlai Stevenson.
The Cambrian has now been added to Welsh Newspapers Online at: http://papuraunewyddcymru.llgc.org.uk/en/home To search, click in the ‘Select all newspapers titles or click to select titles’ box and choose Cambrian (or you can search across all the titles in Welsh Newspapers Online and filter your results by title etc). Welsh Newspapers Online doesn’t include the paper from 1860-1870 though so still a need for the microfilm….A link will be appearing in iFind Discover tomorrow (and there’s also a link in iFind Research to Welsh Newspapers Online).
The National Library’s web page at http://www.llgc.org.uk/index.php?id=4723 shows which newspapers are already in Welsh Newspapers Online and those which are due to be added.
We now have temporary trial access also to the Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004. The trial will be active until 04/08/2013.http://www.galeuk.com/trialsite/ Please contact email@example.com for a username and password. Any member of Swansea University is permitted to use this trial access.