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.