Friday, 29 February 2008

Review your favourite films in our DVD list

Did you know that we have nearly 1000 DVDs in stock at the LRC to borrow?

Instead of browsing the shelves in the Academic Reserve Room, go to the DVD list on the Library Services toolbar (on the website) where you can browse the collection alphabetically or search by title.

Once you've found your film title, click on 'details' and you''ll find the shelfmark, availability and the options of rating the film and/or submitting your own review.

This week's top 5 rated films are: 'Mulholland Drive', 'Lost Highway', 'It's a Wonderful Life', 'The Idiots' and 'Baise-Moi'. Is your favourite in the top 5? If it's not - get voting!

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Social Policy and Practice trial database

We have arranged a trial to the bibliographic database Social Policy and Practice, available until 8th March 2008 which is accessible via our Trial Database page: (http://www.qmu.ac.uk/lb/TrialDatabases.htm).

Social Policy and Practice is a bibliographic database with abstracts covering evidence-based social policy, public health, social services, and mental and community health. The database is particularly strong on social care of the young and elderly. The majority of the material originates from the UK but there is also European and US material.

Some 50% of the references are to grey literature - including semi-published reports, working papers, local and central government reports and material from the voluntary sector and charities. The database is oriented towards applied research and practice which compliments the more theoretically-based databases.

Social Policy and Practice brings together data from four databases (listed below) that are integrated under one search interface allowing access to around 200,000 records.

  • Planet from IDOX
  • Acompline from the Greater London Authority
  • CareData from the Social Care Institute for Excellence
  • AgeInfo from the Centre for Policy on Ageing

Please log into iLink (with your Library ID and PIN) and search for Social Policy and Practice. Click on the Catalogue Record tab where you will find the username and password required for access.

We're interested in any feedback on this database either via the Feedback Form on our Trial Database page or by emailing Mary Alice Monaghan, Alison Kilgour or Barbara Houston directly.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Coming up

Now that we've got a prominent home on the Library Services toolbar on the LRC website, I hope that we'll get more readers.

In the coming weeks, we hope to announce more details of the DVD list (also found on the toolbar) where you can submit your own film reviews and rate your favourite films and the first meeting of QM's very own book group. We'll also be asking you to submit your own photos of the LRC to the Library 365 project on Flickr (http://flickr.com/photos/queenmargaretuniversitylibrary/) and to check out our page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Musselburgh-United-Kingdom/Queen-Margaret-University-Learning-Resource-Centre/9758582241).

Monday, 18 February 2008

Using business databases...

This thursday, discover which databases are more suited to business subjects and how to make best use of them in our 'Using business databases' workshop. Learn how to find full-text articles in Business Source Premier and Emerald and much more.

The workshop runs from 12.15-13.15 at one of the IT labs in the LRC. Places can be reserved by emailing: libraryworkshopbookings@qmu.ac.uk.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Trials to new online resources for Business and Enterprise

Library Services have organised trials to various online resources for use by staff and students in the School of Business and Enterprise.

There are 4 databases covering business journals, trade news and news services and 2 e-book collections in Business and Management.

All trials are on campus only and last until the end of February. All are accessible via our Trial Database page at (http://www.qmuc.ac.uk/lb/TrialDatabases.htm) please have a look at the various resources and send any feedback to Alison Kilgour or Barbara Houston.

ABI/INFORM Global™ is one of the most comprehensive business databases on the market. It includes in-depth coverage for over 2,860 publications, with more than 1,885 available in full-text. ABI/INFORM Global offers the latest business and financial information for researchers at all levels.

Lexis/Nexis Global News and Business provides global information from thousands of sources allowing you to access the most comprehensive and authoritative business information and news from around the world.

European Business ASAP - use this database to find articles on: Finance, Acquisitions and Mergers, International Trade, Money Management, New Technologies and Products, Local and Regional Business Trends, Investments and Banking - all with a European slant.

General Business File ASAP™ delivers every type of business information including: full-text journals, investment reports, directory listings and newswire releases, as well as indexing of three national newspapers.

Oxford Scholarship Online - Business and Management - this collection brings together the best academic work on business and management and includes work by economists, sociologists, psychologists, political scientists and historians, as well as business academics.

Biz/ed Premier is a new, unique subscription-based resource offering access to core business textbooks, research articles and other related materials aimed at developing critical appraisal skills.

Friday, 8 February 2008

Friday afternoon

Finally set up after a busy day! After selecting layout style, setting permissions and all the relevent necessaries - coming up with a name was a stretch for my imagination. Any suggestions will be gratefully received...

It's been a busy week with building up our Facebook page and adding new photos to the 'Library 365 Project' on Flickr.

Today is Caroline Donaldson's last day. Caroline worked at Leith Campus as a Weekend Librarian before undertaking a Research Support role here at NewCraighall. We wish her well in her future endeavours - and she has promised to keep in touch and read our blog!