Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Foreign language dictionaries free online

Do you sometimes need to look up a word in a foreign language? Maybe you know some French or German and want to read an important article?  Or perhaps you are not a native speaker of English and need to have a dictionary to hand?

PONS Online Dictionary is a great resource that provides 2-way dictionaries in around 20 languages. Oh, and Elvish as well...... best not to ask!

You can connect up any of the languages with each other.  In addition, there is a text translator, and an online vocabulary trainer.

Best of all, it is also available as an app, so you can make sure you have it with you wherever you are.


Friday, 14 October 2016

Literature Online

We recently subscribed to this excellent resource for English and Acting.

Literature Online contains complete texts of all the Cambridge Companions to literature.  You will find links to these from the library catalogue, but you can also browse through them within the resource itself by clicking the Criticism tab and selecting them there.

You will also find full text of New Essays on the American novel, Penguin Classics introductions, and KnowledgeNotes Student Guides.

Literature Online also contains full text articles from recent issues of hundreds of journals, providing a wide spectrum of literary criticism.  You will almost certainly find something for your essay here!

Click here for access:  Literature Online  :  you will need your university login details off-campus.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Art & Architecture Complete

If you're searching for journal articles, whatever the subject we'd normally recommend you start in the "Everything" search in LibrarySearch.

However, LibrarySearch can never find absolutely everything we can access, so for art, design, architecture, photography and film topics I would recommend trying Art & Architecture Complete as well.

It's a mixture of full text articles from journals and books, and references to other titles that you might want to follow up in other libraries or via interlibrary loan.  There are also over 60,000 images included in the service.

Try it today!  Go to the Databases tab at the top of LibrarySearch and use that to find it or click
Art & Architecture Complete

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Sage Research Methods

Need to do qualitative research?  Quantitative research?  Don't know the difference?

If you need to carry out research, whether it is just creating a questionnaire, conducting a literature review, or carrying out complex analysis of data, Sage Research Methods would be a good place to start.

Amongst other things, the database contains books, datasets, encyclopedia articles, videos and journal articles, which can all be cross-searched.

The case studies are especially suited to point you in the best direction, for example Ethnography, Music and Performance, Scotland and the study of British politics, Teaching children to develop their creative potential, are just a few of the many topics available.   The case studies describe the methodologies used in detail, but in a very accessible style.


Friday, 2 October 2015

Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts (aka BoB National)

We are delighted to be subscribing to BoB this year, along with around 80 other academic institutions across the UK.

BoB enables staff and students to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions. You can catch-up on missed programmes on and off-campus, schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips, create playlists, embed clips into VLEs, share what you are watching with others, and search a growing archive of material.

  • all BBC TV and radio content dating from 2007 (800,000+ programmes)
  • over 10 foreign language channels, including French, German and Italian
  • Apple iOS compatibility – watch BoB on handheld devices
  • searchable transcripts
  • links to social media – share what you’re watching online
  • a one-click citation reference, allowing you to cite programmes in your work

See our webpage on TV for Learning for more information about BoB and other sources of video material.

What's new?

A new academic year begins, and a new-look blog for Arts & Creative Industries
Check out our A-Z list of databases available to Edinburgh Napier staff and students.  We've added some new ones this session: see the information on them in the list of new titles, and more information to follow:
Box of Broadcasts  -  BoB National
Sage Research Methods
Early European books   - bit of a specialist interest this one, but we have free access to it.