The age of extremes?

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We currently have trial access to Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century. This resource provides online access to a range of documents and audio recordings, such as campaigning materials, propaganda, government records, various ephemera and oral histories, covering the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The archive focuses on political extremism and radical thought in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America, making it one of the first digital archives on far-right and left political groups.

Access is available on-campus and off-campus until 11th April.

If you have any comments about this resource, good or bad, please send them to Charlie Carpenter, Liaison Librarian for History: c.a.carpenter@reading.ac.uk

 

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team

Looking east – the East India Company

Old looking shipWe currently have trial access to East India Company: India Office Records from the British Library, 1599-1947. This online archival collection provides access to a range of documents, such as minutes of council meetings, council resolutions, charters and correspondence, from the Company’s charter in 1600 to Indian independence in 1947. The archive tells the story of trade with the East; politics; and the rise and fall of the British Empire. It will be of interest to those studying or researching British imperial history; maritime trade; global commerce, and the history of the first great multinational corporation.

Access is available on-campus and off-campus until 4th April 2019.

Help us to decide

If you have an comments about this resource, good or bad, please send them to Charlie Carpenter, Liaison Librarian for History: c.a.carpenter@reading.ac.uk

 

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Check out artists videos on Electronic Arts Intermix

Try out Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) now! We have trial access until the 10th May.

Electronipaint brushesc Arts Intermix (EAI) is a streaming service that provides access to video works by artists. The collection spans the mid 60s to the present. It includes works by established artists and new works by emerging artists.

This is also available on-campus and off-campus.

Help us to decide

Please send any comments on this resource to Karen Drury and Ruth Ng, Liaison Librarians for Art- karenandruth@reading.ac.uk

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team

Cuban Culture – trial access to archive

Try out the archive of Cuban Culture and Cultural Relations now! We have trial access until 22 March.

This primary source collection from 1959 onward is split into two parts, covering the culture and cultural relations of Revolutionary Cuba and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Part 1, “Casa y cultura”, provides unique access to 45,000 documents, covering almost 60 years of cultural relations between Revolutionary Cuba and abroad.

This is available on-campus and off-campus.

Part 2, Writers, provides access to more than 63,800 digital files and records on 1,046 writers and artists .

This is also available on-campus and off-campus.

Help us to decide

Please send any comments on this resource to Katie Winter, Liaison Librarian for Modern Languages and European Studies – k.l.winter@reading.ac.uk.

Katie Winter, Trainee Liaison Librarian

Try out a new census and socio-economic data service

Digimap, the online map and data delivery service, has a new trial service available. In addition to Ordnance Survey, Historic, Geology, Aerial, Environment, Marine and Global, we now have access to Society Digimap.

Society Digimap

Society Digimap example

Digimap Society logoSociety Digimap provides a wealth of census and socio-economic data for Great Britain. Although census data is available through the UK Data Service, the processing required to show census and other demographic datasets on a map can be a barrier to use for many interested in the value of the datasets. By providing these datasets as layers to visualise along with high quality Ordnance Survey data, users can access this rich information source to gain valuable insights for their areas of interest without the need to learn how to use a GIS.

Over 40 layers of data from a range of Census 2011 data, broadband availability and Output Area Classification (OAC) are available. Initially this can be mapped using a Roam mapper, but a download facility is also planned.

Is this service useful?

If you are using or planning to use this service in your teaching or research, please let us know! The trial is available until 31 July 2019.  Please send any feedback about it to Judith Fox, Digimap Site Representative.

Judith Fox, Map Librarian

Try out LION – a new literature resource

LionWe have trial access to Literature Online (LION) until the 30th April. This trial is available on- and off-campus.

Literature Online (LION) contains the full text of more than 350,000 works of poetry, drama and prose stretching back to the eighth century and through to the present day, including:

  • 340,000 poems by poets such as Angelou, Auden, Byron, Chaucer, Dickinson, Heaney, Hughes, Pound, Sidney and Whitman.
  • 25,000 new rare and hard to find works from the romantic period.
  • 6,000 works of English and American drama from the late 13th century to the early 20th century, including works by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson, Dunbar, Sheridan, Wilde and Synge.
  • 3,250 works of prose from 1500 to the early 20th century by authors such as Austen, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Hawthorne, Melville, Woolf and Zola.
  • 900 videos featuring poets reading their own and others’ works and dramatic audio recordings of all of Shakespeare’s plays in the renowned Arkangel Shakespeare series.

LION also contains a library of criticism and reference works, covering contemporary scholarship in a wide variety of fields from literature studies to cultural studies and theatre studies as well as critical theory, philosophy, feminist studies, folklore and rhetoric.

Help us to decide

Please send your comments on this resource to Kim Coles, Liaison Librarian for English Literature and Film, Theatre and Television – k.coles@reading.ac.uk.

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team

New e-resource – Stream films with Kanopy

Two film reels side by side.We now have access to Kanopy!

Kanopy is an online streaming platform, providing access to thousands of films from over 800 film makers. Whether you’re a Film student or an Historian, you will find a range of films related to the arts & humanities – including documentaries, Hollywood cinema, early film, a range of genres, and The Criterion Collection.

Access is provided by the Library, so it is free for you to access, and you can stream films on-campus and off-campus. Use the Browse feature to search by subject or genre, or the search bar at the top of the page to look for a film by title.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Resolved – problems with e-resources

Open laptopThe intermittent problem with access to many of our e-resource platforms has now been resolved, and you should be able to access all e-resources as normal.

If you are still having any problems with access, please contact us at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or submit an e-resources problem report form.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Sophie Dorman – E-resources Team

Request items we don’t stock with Inter-Library Loans!

Do we not stock that one book you really want for your dissertation? Then why not see if you can borrow it from another Library through our Inter-Library Loans service!

What are Inter-Library Loans?

The Inter-Library Loans service delivers material you need which is not held in our Library. We can obtain a wide range of academic books, journals, and conference proceedings from other libraries.

All members of the University can request inter-library loans – Staff, Students, and Associates. Please note that the Inter-Library loan service is not available to External borrowers.

Do I have to pay to make a request?

We do not charge for the majority of requests, however we do charge for certain items and repeated renewals.

We would also charge users for any overdue or lost requested items.

Please see our webpage for more information. 

How can I request a loan?

You will need to fill in a request form via Unicorn with a much detail as possible about the item you want to request.

The length of time it will take for your item to be processed varies so as a guide please allow a minimum of two weeks for your request to be ready.

Although in some cases items will be ready for collection within a couple of days of the request!

More information

Please see our Inter-Library Loans webpage for further information.

 

Matthew Pearson, Library User Services

 

Resolved – Problems accessing e-resources

Open laptop with notepadThe problem with access to many of our e-resource platforms has now been resolved, and you should be able to access all e-resources as normal.

If you are still having any problems with access, please contact us at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or submit an e-resources problem report form.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Sophie Dorman – E-resources Team

Book EndNote Online training for easy referencing!

Open book on a laptopThere are spaces still available on next week’s EndNote Online workshop for undergraduates and masters students.

Come along to learn how to use EndNote Online to…

  • store details of the books and articles you read
  • download references from databases such as the Web of Science
  • insert citations in your Word documents
  • build a bibliography in a style of your choosing at the click of a button

Workshop time

Wednesday 21 November, 14:00 – 15:30

Book your place

Book your place via the ‘Library course bookings’ link on the RISISweb portal. The bookings link is located in the ‘Actions’ tab if you’re a student. If you’re a member of staff click on ‘Specialist Actions’ in the ‘Specialist Actions’ tab.

This workshop is part of the Student Training and Experience Programme (STEP) and counts towards the RED Award.

Unable to make this date?

Check the EndNote training webpage for other dates when this workshop is running this term.

Sally Smith, Learning Support Co-ordinator

Book Desktop EndNote training for easy referencing

There are spaces still available on the next beginner’s Desktop EndNote workshop for postgraduate students, researchers and staff.Student studying

Come along to learn how to use EndNote to…

  • store details of the books and articles you read
  • download references from databases such as the Web of Science
  • insert citations in your Word documents
  • build a bibliography in a style of your choosing at the click of a button

Workshop time

Wednesday 14 November, 14:00 – 16:00

Book your place

Book your place via the ‘Library course bookings’ link on the RISISweb portal. The bookings link is located in the ‘Actions’ tab if you’re a student.   If you’re a member of staff click on ‘Specialist Actions’ in the ‘Specialist Actions’ tab.

This workshop is part of the Student Training and Experience Programme (STEP) and counts towards the RED Award.

Unable to make this date?

Check the EndNote training webpage for other dates for this workshop and sources of help with using EndNote.

Sally Smith, Learning Support Co-ordinator