Thursday, 19 December 2013

Routledge Free Access

Fourteen Days' Free Access to all Routledge Sociology titles

Get up to date with the latest research in Sociology with fourteen days' free* access to all our titles.

Simply click here and sign-up for free for access.

Christmas Recipes from QMU!

No need to  invest in a cookery book this year, this recipe from a student of The Edinburgh School of Cookery and Domestic Economy in  1926 covers the basics (minus the sprouts!). This and other recipes were taught to students of the Diploma Course I which included classes in elementary, plain and high class cookery.


For more recipes like these and dinner party tips from the 1920s see the QMU Archives Pinterest boards

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Sustainable Organisation Library

Our trial to the Sustainable Organisation Library has been extended to 31st December.
Any feedback welcome.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Ovid's Resource of the Month

CAB Abstracts are free via Ovid for the month of December.
Described as the most "comprehensive database of its kind, researchers have instant access to over 5 million records covering the applied life sciences. The database contains over 6.3 million records (with 300,000 abstracts added each year) from over 7,500 journals, books, and conference proceedings"

Click on the link to register:

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Gastronomy Subject Resources Page

To support the forthcoming MSc in Gastronomy a dedicated subject resources page has been set up. (Click on the link below). Any feedback welcome. Please contact Christine Humphries, Liaison Librarian,

Alexander Street Press

QMU has access to a trial of two large video collections from Alexander Street Press. The Premium collection contains 11,000 hours of content in 23,000 videos, while the VAST collection has around 20,000 videos from 500 producers. Have a look and let us know what you think! The trial finishes on 31st December 2013.

Routledge Journal Access

Free access to some of the most highly cited media and cultural studies content from Routledge – until 31st December 2013

Sustainable Organisation Library

A reminder that our trial to the Sustainable Organisation Library finishes on 8th December. Any feedback would be welcome!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Going on Placement in Semester 2?

Are you going on placement during semester 2? Would it be helpful to access other UK university libraries while you are away from QMU?  If the answer is yes, you might want to sign up to SCONUL Access.

SCONUL Access is the largest scheme of its kind in the UK and Ireland. Staff, research students, part-time, distance learners, students on placements and taught postgraduates can apply for borrowing privileges under the scheme. (Reference-only access is also possible)Click on the following link for more information:

In addition you may want to consider using eduroam and remote access while you are away. Click on the links below for more information:

If you have any questions about the above please ask at the LRC Service Desk before you go away.
And please do remember to return or keep up to date your QMU loans!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

ABI/Inform Complete Data and Reports

Looking for company, industry and market information? Try searching in the Data and  Reports section of the database ABI/Inform.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

School Cookery Book

Queen Margaret University traces its origins back to 1875 with the opening of the Edinburgh School of Cookery.  This little book, which is part of QMU's archive,  was first published in 1879 and reflects one of the core aspirations of the founders of the School, to improve the diet and health of the urban poor.  ‘The School Cookery Book’ sets out ‘All that is necessary to give clear knowledge of the theory and practice of good economical cooking"  Written by Christian Guthrie Wright in collaboration with the scientist Sir Thomas Dyke Acland and two "distinguished medical doctors" (probably Dr Henry Littlejohn - Edinburgh's first Medical Officer of Health - and Dr Alexander Wood) it reflected the most advanced level of scientific knowledge of diet and nutrition at the time, presented in simple, accessible language.  Published by Macmillan it formed part of the Science Primers series which came under the general editorship of the celebrated naturalist Professor T.H. Huxley.


The 158-page volume gives an introduction to the theory of cookery, selection of food and materials and sets out a range of recipes and cooking techniques in straightforward practical terms. Although to a modern day reader, some of the recipe titles can be deceptive; chapter XVI entitled entries for Goose Pudding a‘Cheap Dishes Without Meat’ contains Welsh Rabbit.

Recipe for 'Welsh Rabbit'

The book was an immense success, selling 3738 copies in its first year. It ran into many editions and was the basis of subsequent cookery texts produced by the School.

If you would like to see more information on the founding of The Edinburgh School of Cookery, please visit the exhibition case on the ground floor of the  campus. 

QMU Archive

In order to give you an insight into the QMU archive here is one of the most prolific objects in the collection…

The Iron

The QMU archive holds a wonderful collection of irons, from Gas to Flat, to SAD to Egg, you name it, if it was used in the application of heat in order to smooth fabric we’ve got it! This one is called a Goffering or Tally iron.


Goffering Iron c.1890

The Victorians took ironing a lot more seriously than we do and had various instruments to even out every inch of fabric. The Goffering Iron first appeared in the early19th century and was used to iron waves of ruffles while keeping the flounces without flattening them. The metal test tube was heated by inserting a metal poker fresh from stove or hearth. Rolls of delicate frills and lace, which were used as decoration on caps, aprons, night-gowns and underskirts were wound around the cylinder, while smaller trimmings such as ribbons were moved across it. This was a time consuming process and  Victorians took great pride in a display of expertly-ironed ruffles,

as demonstrated in this picture of Mrs Robinow  Director of The Edinburgh School of Cookery 1875 – 1906.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Sustainable Organisation Library

The LRC is currently trialling access to the Sustainable Organisation Library. Please check out soon! The trial lasts until 8th December 2013. Any feedback would be welcome.


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Free Journal Access

Free access to highly cited sociology articles now available from Routledge.

New Hollywood Cinema

New Hollywood Cinema – I1146

Full online access to  New Hollywood Cinema is now available.


Thursday, 24 October 2013

Discover - a new search service from the Library

The Library has recently implemented a new search service – Discover. It’s available from the library homepage ( and also our mobile app, LibraryAnywhere.

Our Liaison Librarians will be demonstrating this tomorrow in 1875, 12 noon-2pm. Please come along and have a look!

Web of Knowledge Upgrade

Good news! QMU now has access to all the constituent databases of Web of Knowledge plus complete back file coverage. Click on the following link for more information:


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

MSc in Gastronomy

Congratulations to Bernie Quinn and the team for successfully setting up the new Gastronomy MSc!
To support this new course a dedicated subject page has been created:

Any questions please contact Christine Humphries, Liaison Librarian.

Learning Resource Centre

In response to comments from students in both the National Student Survey and the QMU Internal Survey, we have made available two further quiet study rooms, 1123a and 1123b.  We have also provided two completely silent study rooms, 1121 and 1122.  In addition, our existing four quiet study rooms (1093 to 1096) are now available 24/7. 

 As we have extended our quiet study provision, so too our group study spaces, by changing the use of the Academic Reserve (1162) into a large space for group study.  This room is also open 24/7.



1028 plays now available via DramaOnline.  Go to

Drama Online

Monologue Search in DramaOnline
Search across DramaOnline’s  entire play content for monologues to perform or study. Go to Advanced Search and select Type: Monologue, then use the filters to refine your search. Clicking on the search results will take you the exact position of the monologue in the play.

Media Psychology

Free access to 15 articles from the journal Media Psychology -

Routledge Free Access

Free access to some of the most highly cited media and cultural studies content from Routledge – until 31st December 2013


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Online Spending

New on WARC (World Advertising Research Center):

The emotional secret of online spending describes how BrainJuicer and MasterCard used research to understand the role of consumer emotion in digital payments.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Reading Lists

QMU students do you know that you can access your reading lists via the Library Catalogue? This can save you a lot of time! Here is the link:

Abi/Inform Swot Analysis

Find a SWOT Analysis via the database Abi/Inform Complete! Click on the link for more information:

Company information can also be found on the LRC's subject resources pages:

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The Economist

Did you know that the Library has access to the Economist via the business database ABI/Inform Complete? Click on the link below to find out more!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Alexander Street Press Videos

QMU has access to a trial of two large video collections from Alexander Street Press. The Premium collection contains 11,000 hours of content in 23,000 videos, while the VAST collection has around 20,000 videos from 500 producers. Have a look and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

JoVE - Journal of Visualised Experiments

The LRC now has access to the General section of JoVE - Journal of Visualised Experiments. Access also includes a Science Education collection which includes videos. Please have a look and feedback any comments to your Liaison Librarian!

Thursday, 23 May 2013

General Resources Page

Check out the Library's General Resources Page which has recently been updated.
Click on the link to see for yourself!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Mobile Event Guide

The following might be of use to events organisers and events students!
Check out TWOPPY a new web app:


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Key Thinkers in Sociology

Taylor and Francis Online are offering free articles discussing big names in sociology. This month the key thinker is Michael Foucault. Click on the link to access:

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Write and Cite is Changing

Following recommendation by Learning Services, discussion in a focus group with academic staff and research students, and approval from the Student Experience Committee.... from September 2013 a new edition of the QMU guide to Harvard (Write and Cite) will be available in print and electronically. The version of Harvard in the new guide will be British Standard Harvard 2010. There will be workshops to support this change for staff and students. Watch this space!

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Springer Protocols Database

The Library has recently added Springer Protocols to its list of databases. SpringerProtocols is the world’s largest database of life sciences protocols. These ‘recipes’ allow scientists to recreate experiments in their own laboratories. SpringerProtocols contains more than 28,000 protocols, most of which come from the classic book series “Methods in Molecular Biology.” Click on the following link to find out more!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Wikipedian for Scotland!

The National Library of Scotland is planning to appoint a full-time "Wikipedian" who will use the library's collections to update Wikipedia. For more information click on the link below:

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Oxford Handbooks

The Library has recently purchased some new titles from Oxford University Press's Handbooks series. Click on the link below:

Year of Shakespeare

In celebration of the ‘Year of Shakespeare’ in 2012 Routledge have put together a free collection of journal articles covering seven key topics including performance, intertextuality and gender. Please click link below to access:


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Free Content from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Staff and Students in the Health Sciences may be interested in a new international outreach website just introduced by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Each month there will be free articles, author introductions and other news relating to a particular subject area. All you need to do is complete a short registration form. This month's subject focus is Radiology

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Family Business book

Students and researchers interested in family business may want to take a look at the following book which is now available in the Library:

Observing the 80s

The Library has added this resource  to its collection. The database gives an insight into the lives and events of Britain in the 1980s. Please have a look and tell us what you think.
Just click on the link below:

Thursday, 11 April 2013

APA referencing style guides

The American Psychological Association produces it's own referencing guides. Notably:

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington: American Psychological Association.

American Psychological Association. (2010). Concise rules of APA style. 6th ed. Washington: American Psychological Association.

Both of which are available to borrow here in the LRC.

Online support is also available via the APA Style Blog.  It's another valuable source where you can browse the blog to find the answer to a specific query.  The following blog posts are helpful when remembering the four Ws of referencing:
Other useful posts include:

Sample papers are available here.

APA_Style can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Library Anywhere

There have been some developments relating to our Library Anywhere service. One example is a mobile voucher scheme which the publisher Sage has introduced recently. For more details click on the link below. And if you haven't done so already please have a look at Library Anywhere!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

McCance and Widdowson Electronic Books

Staff and Students in Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences will be interested to know that the Library now has access to the Royal Society of Chemistry's McCance and Widdowson ebook collection.  There are seven books in the collection which can be accessed either by author/title in the normal way or by typing "ebook collection" as a keyword. Click on the link below to see the titles:

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

JSTOR Register and Read Service

Check out the new  Register & Read service from JSTOR!  It is a new, experimental program which offers  free, read-online access to individual scholars and researchers who register for a MyJSTOR account.

Click on the following link for more information:

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

LRC Drop-In Session

Any DNBS level one  students needing help finding resources for their Health and Welfare Essay should come along to Room 1125 in the LRC tomorrow (14th March) at 12:15.

Hope to see you there!
Christine Humphries
Liaison Librarian

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Drama Online

Check out the database Drama Online which the LRC has on trial until 2nd June 2013.
Here is the link:

New Items Link

Interested to know about the LRC's new resources? Then check out our New Items link on the Library Catalogue which is updated weekly. Just click on the following and take a look:

LRC Drop-In Session

Need any help finding resources for your Cultural Management and Event Tourism essay?
Please come along to the final LRC Drop-In Session for Level One Events Management students tomorrow at 11:15 in Room 1124.

Christine Humphries
Liaison Librarian


Do omega 3 fatty acids help to improve your child’s intelligence?

The Nutrition Society presents ‘Snake Oil or Fish Oil?’, a public event that’s great fun for all the family. Researchers, dieticians and biochemists from Queen Margaret University will be taking part in this event which will be held on Sunday 17 March 2013 at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.

Date: Sunday 17th March 2013

Time: 13:30 - 16:00

Location: Our Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AS

Thursday, 7 March 2013

LRC Drop-In Session

Hi Level One DNBS students,

Please come along to a drop-in session to help you find resources for your Health and Welfare module essay on Thursday, 14th March, 12:15-13:15 in Room 1125.

Hope to see you there!
Christine Humphries
Liaison Librarian

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Check out the following new book recently acquired by the Library!

The Making of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  Click on the link for more details:

World Book Day Survey

Web Part Menu
World Book Day logo Book Aid International log
QMU readers’ Good Reads for World Book Day Survey

By nominating your favourite book or books in the QMU World Book Survey (maximum of 3 books) for QMU’s Top 20 Good Reads for World Book Day, AND making a donation of at least £2.50 on our QMU World Book Day Page , you can help children in one of the poorest parts of the world get reading.
You will also be making a contribution to the LRC’s Book Support Fund to support additional material, such as new fiction for all our QMU readers.
The first £2 of each donation will go to Book Aid International to help support literacy development in sub-Saharan Africa, with the remainder going to the LRC’s Book Support Fund.
QMU World Book Day Survey
QMU World Book Day Donation Page
For more information about Book Aid International please visit the website at

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Room Bookings

It is now possible to book rooms in the LRC via our Library Anywhere service.
Just click on the link for Mobile Version (beside the link for Catalogue) on the Library Services web page, then select Room Bookings from the list. Easy!

Friday, 8 February 2013

Student portal downtime - essential maintenance to student records system

Please note that the following will be unavailable on Tuesday 12 February 2013 for a maximum of 1 day. We will issue further messages regarding  system availability as the work is completed.

·         ISIS Student Records System

·         QM:u Student Portal (inc online password reset facility)

·         Online course application process (IPP)
This downtime is essential in order that  important upgrades to the core software may be applied.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Note that there is no downtime in respect of the Hub, Timetabling ,Library and desktop.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Travelling Treasures Project

Tourism students/staff  at QMU might be interested to know that a professor at Edinburgh College of Art  has designed a new App to help guide tourists around the city, using the registration numbers on taxis. The Travelling Treasures project will use taxi number plates to send information about museums and monuments in Edinburgh to passing tourists via smartphones.The pioneering project will initially cover eight council run venues around the city including the Museum of Edinburgh, the City Art Centre and the Scott Monument. When a taxi passes one of the venues, images, maps and information will be electronically ‘’tagged’’ to the taxi number plate. The project has been labelled the first step in what could become the ‘’internet on wheels’’.Visitors will be able to download the Travelling Treasures app on their smartphone.

For more details please see Scotsman article:

Friday, 1 February 2013

APA ebook trial

We've just started a 30-day trial of a collection of 18 ebooks from the American Psychological Association.
Access is either via the LRC Trial database page or directly to the APA at  To access the ebooks off campus users should login to the Remote Desktop service and then navigate to the resource.

As always we welcome feedback on this trial, either to your Liaison Librarian or by emailing Barbara Houston.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

LRC Drop-in Sessions

Hi  Level One DNBS students!

Some LRC Drop-in Sessions to help you find resources for your Health and Welfare assignment have been arranged  by your Liaison Librarian, Christine Humphries. These are not formal workshops so feel free to come along anytime on any of the following dates/times:

Tuesday, 26th February, 11:15-12:15, Room 1125

Wednesday, 27th February, 11:15-12:15, Room 1124

Thursday, 28th February, 12:15-13:15, Room 1127

LRC Drop-In Sessions

Calling All Level One Events Management students!


Sessions have been arranged to assist students in finding resources for their Cultural Management and Event Tourism assignment (due 29th March) on the following dates/times:

Wednesday, 6th February 2013, 12:15-12:15 (Room 1124)

Wednesday, 20th February, 2013, 12:15-13:15 (Room 1124)

Wednesday, 13th March, 2013, 11:15-12:15 (Room 1124)

Please feel free to "drop-in" anytime during the hour on any of these days. I am happy to help with other queries, for example, referencing, as well. If you are unable to come to the session but need some assistance please email me:

Christine Humphries
Liaison Librarian

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Speechwoman Site of the Month Award

The PPSA (Phonetic and Phonological Systems Analysis) website (see link below) created by Speech and Hearing Sciences staff here at QMU has received  the "Speechwoman Site of the Month" award.  Congratulations to all involved!