Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Sources for Courses: Welsh Newspapers Online

This versatile online resource allows you to discover millions of articles from the National Library of Wales' rich collection of historical newspapers, letting you search and access over 250,000 pages from 24 different newspaper publications up to 1910.

Newspapers represent a very important source for the study of recent history, and this project allows for easy access to over 600,000 pages completely free of charge.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Primo Journal Article Recommender

When you are searching for journal articles using Primo Central, the fast article finding service, you may come across a tab that shows related articles.This function recommends articles that it thinks might be of use to you, as based on scholarly usage statistics.

To use the service, sign in to Primo, select Primo Central from the drop-down list next to the search box and click on the Recommendations tab in the search results.

The Article Recommender operates like those on commercial sites such as Amazon, which is able to provide personal book recommendations based on your search and purchase history.

In this example, opening the Primo listing of the journal article titled Economics in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Scienceyields a list of recommended similar articles.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Sources for Courses: BBC Your Paintings

An enormous new online collection of around 212,000 oil paintings is now available. This initiative is a joint project between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation, and participating collections and museums from across the UK.

The collection consists mainly of paintings in the public sphere, including a few pieces of art not normally viewable by the general public.

The project aims to make searchable this collection of oil paintings by enlisting the help of the public in tagging the paintings with details of their content.This helps make the database useful as an academic resource by allowing students to look for specific features in the art they are studying.

The website also includes 'virtual tours' that consist of podcasts exploring the favourite paintings of well known figures and art historians.