UK Universities are coming to the end of 5-year agreement with Elsevier which provides Edge Hill staff and students with access to more than 1,800 journals on the Elsevier ScienceDirect platform. Edge Hill are part of a UK-wide consortium that is working in partnership with Jisc to negotiate a new deal for 2022 and beyond after the current agreement expires on 31 December 2021. The negotiations are aiming to secure a transformative journal agreement, otherwise known as a ‘Read and publish’ (R&P) deal that seeks to constrain costs and ensure full and immediate open access to UK research published by Elsevier.
Have you ever wondered where to start looking for information resources for your assignments, dissertation or personal research? We are piloting two new discovery tools which will make this so much easier. They both offer a single box to search our databases, e-books, full-text journals and the library catalogue.
The “tools” are called Ebsco Discovery Service and Summon. We would like you to use and evaluate both these products. We would like your feedback so that we can make an informed decision as to whether we will go ahead and purchase one of them in the future. We do think a discovery tool will increase the find-ability and use of our resources but we need you (the users) to tell us.
At the end of last year we had a trial of the complete collection of Journals from Pier Professional. Pier Professional publishes journals in healthcare, social care and allied fields. There are 23 journals in the collection. Feedback was positive and a decision was made to take out a subscription for the whole collection. New titles include Journal of Children’s Services, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Journal of Integrated Care and Journal of Assistive Technologies. Online access back to the first issue is available. The entire collection can be searched as a full text database or each journal can be browsed separately. All titles have been added to the library catalogue and the collection can be accessed here. At the end of 2011 we will review our usage statistics and make a decision whether to renew in 2012.
We have got a new Media resource called WARC. This online database includes thousands of case studies that reveal the campaign strategies of leading brands. There are articles and best practice guides. There is information on market intelligence – ad forecasts, brand profiles, conference reports and other material on top advertisers, brands and agencies. WARC can be accessed via the library catalogue.
We have taken out a new subscription to Fame. FAME contains comprehensive information on companies in the UK and Ireland. You can use it to research individual companies, search for companies with specific profiles and for analysis. Information provided includes Company financials with up to 10 years of history. financial strength indicators, directors and contacts, market research and much more. It can be accessed at Fame
We have taken out a subscription to Education Research Complete. The database provides the full text for over 1,300 journals, as well as indexing and abstracts for more than 2,200 journals. This database also includes full text for more than 550 books and monographs, and full text for numerous education-related conference papers. ERC covers all aspects of the curriculum as well as administration, policy, funding, and related social issues. Links to all 1300 journals have been addd to the library catalogue. You can access it at Education Research Complete.
Until July 2010 IBSS was provided by Ebsco. However Ebsco can supply no longer IBSS and our subscription has been taken over by CSA. It is a new platform for Edge Hill users but seems very intuitive. IBSS focuses mainly on the four core social science disciplines – anthropology, economics, politics and sociology – but it also covers a range of interdisciplinary subjects, such as development studies, human geography and environment and gender studies. It can be accessed at IBSS
The Illustrated London News Historical Archive has become available. ILN archive covers 1842-2003. Each page has been digitally reproduced in full colour and every article and caption is full-text searchable with hit-term highlighting and links to corresponding illustrations. Facsimilies of articles and illustrations can be viewed, printed and saved. This resource will be very useful for several courses/modules at Edge Hill University. The trial will expire on 5th May so do please feedback your views to Maureen Richardson. The trial for the Illustrated London News requires a username and password which can be found at here