postheadericon Library Essay Competition - date extended!

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The closing date for the Library Essay Competition has now been extended until the end of the Summer term (13th June).   So, if you’d like a chance of winning £100 in Amazon vouchers, all you need to do is:

  • Tell us how you feel the  Library and its resources are an important partner when researching and writing an assignment. 
  • You can include a variety of resources e.g. print, electronic, staff or building resources. 
  • The essay will need to be 700-1000 words or you can make a submission via other media, such as a video or podcast. 

There will be one award each for an undergraduate student and a post-graduate student. To be eligible for the award, a student must be a currently enrolled undergraduate or postgraduate student of Swansea University at the time of submission.  For more information, see:http://www.swan.ac.uk/iss/libraries/inperfectpartnership/  

postheadericon Easter Vacation - Library resources

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Opening Hours - If you are staying in Swansea over the vacation, you will find our Opening Hours on our web site at:

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/iss/libraries/openinghours/

We are open over the Easter weekend Friday-Monday, 8am-8pm, self-service only.

Vacation Loans – items borrowed for the vacation will be due for return on Wednesday 7th May.

iFind Research - If you are away from Swansea, don’t forget that you can access many resources on the web via iFind Research.  You will need your Swansea University login details (same as your university email details).

eBooks – You can also access ebooks online via the web.  In iFind Discover enter a search and click on “On-line” and “Book” in the Refine Search column on the left of the screen.  The results you are left with will be ebooks.  See our ebooks guide for more information about ebooks.

Help – If you need help, don’t forget that you can always email us at artslib@swansea.ac.uk

 

postheadericon Alexander Street Press videos

We currently have access (until 30th June 2014) to Alexander Street Press videos at:

http://search.alexanderstreet.com

When prompted, log in with your usual Swansea University login details.

Browse videos by subject by mousing over the tabs at the top of the screen:

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You can also search by keyword in the search box at the top of the screen, or you can use the Advanced Search option.  Click on the links below to view video collections for these subjects:       

postheadericon Mass Observation Online

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We now have access to Mass Observation Online.  This resource offers revolutionary access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era.Mass Observation was a pioneering social research organisation founded in 1937 by a group of people, who aimed to create an ‘anthropology of ourselves’.  They recruited a team of observers and a panel of volunteer writers to study the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain. This original work continued until the early 1950s. 
 
The material at the Mass Observation Archive, and now on Mass Observation Online, offer an unparalled insight into everyday life in the 1930s and 1940s. A great resource for historians, literary scholars, sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists.

Access this resource via iFind Research or iFind Discover (Swansea University login required off campus).

If you would like help using this resource, contact us at artslib@swansea.ac.uk

postheadericon Daily Mirror Digital Archive

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We now have access to The Daily Mirror Digital Archive via the UK Press Online web site.   This resource provides access to the full text (full page facsimiles) of the Mirror archive from 1903 to the present.  You can search by keyword or date and you view each issue as it would have originally appeared (complete with photos, pictures, adverts etc.).  A great resource for History, Media Studies and Politics, and useful across many disciplines.

To access, click on Log In near the top right of the page.  Click on UK Federation Log In and select Swansea University in the list of institutions.  You will then see the usual Swansea University Login page - enter your usual university login details.

 http://www.ukpressonline.co.uk/ukpressonline/  

postheadericon Library Essay Competition - date extended!

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The closing date for the Library Essay Competition has now been extended until the end of the Summer term (13th June).   So, if you’d like a chance of winning £100 in Amazon vouchers, all you need to do is:

  • Tell us how you feel the  Library and its resources are an important partner when researching and writing an assignment. 
  • You can include a variety of resources e.g. print, electronic, staff or building resources. 
  • The essay will need to be 700-1000 words or you can make a submission via other media, such as a video or podcast. 

There will be one award each for an undergraduate student and a post-graduate student. To be eligible for the award, a student must be a currently enrolled undergraduate or postgraduate student of Swansea University at the time of submission.  For more information, see:http://www.swan.ac.uk/iss/libraries/inperfectpartnership/  

 

postheadericon Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive trial

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We currently have a one year free trial of the 
Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive (PYMCA for Education).  PYMCA contains over 100,000 images - photographs, moving images, texts etc - of Social History, Youth Tribes and Youth Culture, covering more than 150 years.  It is relevant to many subjects especially History and Media & Communication Studies.To access:

  • click on the Education image on the PYMCA homepage
  • on the next page, click on the “Login via Home Institution” button
  • login with your Swansea University account details (same as your email login). 

Use Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer 9 (or a later version) to access the resource.  You can search by keyword, browse by subject or use the interactive Youth Culture timeline. 


If you need any help using the resource email us at artslib@swansea.ac.uk

postheadericon Trial access to Drama Online

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We have trial access to Drama Online, published by Bloomsbury, at computers on campus until 3 May. The url is http://dramaonlinelibrary.com/ 


We had a trial of Drama Online last May, but it is well worth examining it again as there are more than double the number of titles in the database now.   If you click on “About” at the top of the home page  
http://dramaonlinelibrary.com/ you’ll find a great deal of information about the content.  Within the next week or two further titles will be added.   


There is no username and password required to  get access to the text of plays.   However, the publisher points out that users can sign up for free personal accounts which will then allow us to take advantage of the personalisation tools on the site.   (To do so first click on “Sign in” on the top right of the home page.)

postheadericon Trial access to Artemis Literary Sources

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We have free trial access to Artemis Literary Sources  until 31st May 2014
It is available at computers on campus at:
 http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/uows?db=GLS 

The site, which is in some respects a rival to LION, integrates a great variety of formerly separate sources.   It includes 340,000 literary works, together with a large number of critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies.


There is further information about Artemis Literary Sources at:
 http://gale.cengage.co.uk/gale-artemis/gale-artemis-literary-sources.aspx

An unusual feature is the Term Frequency tool which allows users to investigate how often a search term has occurred over time.    A graph is displayed illustrating the number of documents within Artemis Literary Sources containing that term year by year.
The Help pages give a great deal of information about ways in which the website can be used.

Whereas most database trials last for only a month or less, we have been given a much longer trial since it is such a large website and the publisher was keen that it be evaluated and made use of as much as possible.   The publisher would like both students and staff to use it.


If you have any questions or comments you are welcome to contact me at i.glen@swansea.ac.uk.  

Ian 

postheadericon Wellcome Images

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The Wellcome Library has announced that that it has made freely available over 100,000 high resolution images drawn from its vast historical holdings, including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements.   
 

Fuller details are in the blogpost at http://blog.wellcomelibrary.org/2014/01/thousands-of-years-of-visual-culture-made-free-through-wellcome-images/
 

The images are on the Wellcome Images site http://wellcomeimages.org/