21/11/2017

RefWorks Login Working

The problem logging in to New RefWorks using "use login from my Institution" and Legacy RefWorks using "Login using my institution's credentials" has now been fixed.

20/11/2017

RefWorks problem (Resolved)

Unfortunately there is currently a problem logging in to New RefWorks using "use login from my Institution" and Legacy RefWorks using "Login using my institution's credentials". We are investigating the issue and will update you as soon as possible.

03/11/2017

Resource of the Month: November 2017: Tric a Chlic

Tric a Chlic is a popular resource published by Canolfan Peniarth that has been specially developed to help foundation phase children with their Welsh reading, writing and spelling.  The reading scheme, which is used extensively throughout primary schools in Wales, is a progressive and systematic synthetic phonic scheme which incorporates three steps. The pack includes a CD-rom for every step of the scheme, which is full of fun activities and games to print out.  The package has been carefully developed to help children learn the sound of each letter, and to read and spell.

Bangor University’s School of Education recommend that all primary trainees familiarise themselves with the series owing to its popularity in schools.

The Tric a Chlic reading scheme is available to view in the Primary Resources Room at the Normal Site Library with individual items available for borrowing.

01/11/2017

Royal Society journals Open Access until 29th November 2017

To honour Open Access Week the Royal Society is offering Open Access to all their journal content until 29 November 2017.

The Royal Society publishes a range of journals covering the life science, biological sciences and physical sciences. https://royalsociety.org/journals/ 

25/09/2017

Resource of the Month: September 2017: Global Health

Global Health is the only specialist database dedicated to public health and tropical medicine. It includes key literature on international medical and health research that is not covered by other databases. Its coverage of international and grey literature means that 40% of material contained in Global Health is unique to the database. Everything from conference proceedings, theses, electronic-only publications and other hard-to-find sources are included.
It references over 7,300 journals, reports, books and conferences, Global Health contains over 2.8* million scientific records from 1973 to the present. All relevant non-English-language papers are translated to give access to research not available through any other database.
To access this database, type Global Health into Library Search, having selected Bangor Search first. Then go to Resource Type on the left, select “Databases” and click on the entry labelled “Global Health” and follow the link to the full text.

20/09/2017

Good news about RefWorks

Following negotiations with the publisher, we have managed to secure the subscription to RefWorks for another academic year.  We hope to support a continued subscription to RefWorks for the foreseeable future, but this will be dependent on negotiations with the publisher.  Please continue to use RefWorks if it is your preferred reference management tool.  We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that has been caused by our earlier message about the cancellation of this subscription.  New RefWorks is also available.  If you want more information about the functionality of New RefWorks, please contact the academic support team at libsupport@bangor.ac.uk

19/09/2017

Reaxys

Please be aware that the old version of Reaxys will not be available after 30th November. The new version is already in our online catalogue. See here for more details

Coming soon: New “Roam” for Digimap

A new version of Digimap Roam will be available soon. This update will improve user experience on mobile devices, along with other updated features. See here for more details.

18/09/2017

Exporting multiple citations from ScienceDirect

Exporting multiple citations from ScienceDirect at one time is no longer possible from the Quick Search results. Instead, perform your search using Advanced Search, and the Export button will appear above your results list.

05/09/2017

A new platform for Nature Journals

Over the next few months, you might notice some changes to Nature Journals. Your access will not be affected, and you do not need to update your bookmarks.
The new design has a number of advantages:

•    Updated, modern design across the site with a clean journal homepage for ease of navigation

•    New functionality on article pages, including a way to quickly navigate between article sections, or view figures alongside text, in the right-hand column

•    Improved ability to highlight articles of interest or topical announcements on the journal homepage

•    Integration of article level metrics ('Altmetrics') to surface 'trending' articles on the journal homepage, which will display articles from the journal which have been most read or had a recent increase in Altmetric score

This update will also allow the Nature Publishing Group to:

•    Publish articles faster

•    Improve content discovery

•    Provide a foundation for future development

29/08/2017

Resource of the Month: August 2017: Bibliography of British and Irish History



BBIH – Bibliography of British and Irish History
           
The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic information about historical literature on the British Isles, the British Empire and Commonwealth, covering from 55BC to the present.  The resource is intended as a guide to the work of historians containing around 580,000 records.

In addition to listing documents, this resource provides links to help you locate which research libraries have the document and it provides links to online text where available.  Apart from a few key sources published pre-1901, this resource doesn’t include many full-text documents.

It’s a very comprehensive resource, with material being included irrespective of merit, place or language.  Having said that, works published in Britain and in Ireland are particularly well covered, thanks in part to a partnership with Irish History Online. Other partnerships have helped to extend the content, including the  London's Past Online project, and the Scottish Historical Review Trust.

Pennant Tours Internship

Week 2.
To quote Pennant: “I now return to the subjects that occasioned this digression; and to give some account…” --- of what has been happening on the project.

I’ve been digitizing the pictures from the first volume of Pennant’s Tours in Wales, after finishing cataloguing the existing images.

Reading the book in detail to establish context for the images is a fascinating journey through the early industrial age, with stories of diverted rivers and lead works, and “recent” rebuilding of churches and Roman discoveries. It also offers historic tales of local interest.

One of the images that challenged and interested me was the copies in the book of images from an earlier illuminated manuscript of Richard II disguised as a monk during the troubles with the Earl of Lancaster.




The original is in the British Library, (Harley 1319, f. 37v, Richard II and the Duke of Northumberland)

The image depicts Richard II and the Duke of Northumberland, bearing a message from Lancaster.

Pennant tells this story over several pages in his book, because of its association with Flint Castle. In 1399 Richard II of England was held by Henry Bolingbroke at Flint. Pennant quotes Sir John Bouchier’s account of a meeting between King Richard and the Earl of Lancaster, at the castle, when the king’s faithful greyhound, Mathe, betrays his master by licking the hand of his bitter rival the Earl of Lancaster. (Later Henry IV)  This gesture of betrayal demonstrated that the dog was faithful to the crown, and not the man.

The challenge in identifying the source of the image was the lack of any reference by Pennant as to where it was from. Reading the previous entry before he launched into the story, I initially believed that the images had come from tapestries at the castle. However, after a fruitless search for any tapestries of Flint castle that matched; I looked further, searching by using the terms Richard II and Flint Castle, and came across the picture from the British library. Going to the source, I then found that all of the pictures Pennant had used to illustrate this story were from the same manuscript. Victory!

I’m looking forward to finishing the digitisation of the first volume and seeing what new wonders await.

Daisy W.