JISC historic books now available

Log in using your Athens details at http://www.jischistoricbooks.ac.uk/ or go to our ebooks page.

One platform, over 350,000 historic books
JISC Historic Books contains the full text or page images of over 350,000 books published in Britain from 1475 to 1900. The service draws together content from two of the best-known and long established early book collections:

EEBO (Early English Books Online)
The scanned images and (increasingly) full-text digital versions of over 125,000 books published in English up to 1700, from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)
A digital collection of all the books published in Great Britain and its colonies during the eighteenth century, comprising some 33 million pages from more than 180,000 titles. The collection includes books in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish and Welsh.

Uniquely and never before available online, JISC Historic Books also includes:
Nineteenth Century books from the British Library collection
A digital collection of more than 65,000 first editions from the long 19th century, covering philosophy, history, poetry and literature. The collection of over 25 million pages of previously rare and inaccessible content is searchable for the first time, and includes the original typeface and illustrations for each book.

JISC MediaHub now available

One platform, over 137,000 multimedia items, providing a single point of access to major multimedia archives, enabling cross searching and exploration of over 3,500 hours of film and 50,000 images from the following archives:

NewsFilm Online

Over 3,000 hours of digitised news stories from the ITN/Reuters archives, comprising some 60,000 stories. The sources include the complete Gaumont and Paramount newsreels, from 1910 and 1934 respectively. Many ITN broadcasts also include scripts and rushes, enabling comparison of the raw material and the edited footage that was broadcast.
Includes 9 minutes of British Gaumont newsreel from the 1948 Olympic games http://jiscmediahub.ac.uk/record/display/030-00026135
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Text to find a free PC

Find it difficult to locate a PC during peaktime? The good news is, there are now two easy ways that you can check. Click on Computer Usage to find a free PC or use the new text service by texting 07527 245 172 with the word COMPUTER as the first word of the message. Add a number to indicate the number of hours that you are looking for a workstation for (if you do not enter a number then the system will look to set you up for one hour). You can also add a building if you prefer to work in a specific area, using any of the words from this list:

>Hamish or Wood
>George or Moore
>Govan or Mbeki or Health
>Charles or Oakley

A text will then be sent back, telling you where you can find a PC. This service is available between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Problem when exporting from Discover to RefWorks

There is a current known problem when exporting references from Discover to Refworks from off-campus. We are aware of this and our suppliers have identified a solution. It has been given the highest priority with our suppliers and we hope that it will be resolved very soon. The problem is only affecting the export function from off-campus; on-campus use of the function is fine.

There is a very simple workaround for this problem while we await the fix from our suppliers.  If you would like to try it, please follow these simple steps:

  • From the page with your exported references (currently showing with the erroneous tagged format), save these references by choosing File_Save As…, naming your file appropriately and choosing Text File (*.txt) and saving it to your chosen location.
  • Open up a Refworks session.
  • Choose the Import option from the menu on the bottom right of the screen.  A new window will open, choose Browse to find your file and then click Import.
  • Your references will now be displayed as normal for you to manage.

We apologise for this temporary problem and for the current inconvenience.

Research gate

ResearchGate is the world’s largest professional network for scientists and researchers with more than 1.3million members. With access to over 45million abstracts (not full text!), Researchers can search through 7 of the largest databases and millions of smaller ones simultaneously, including PubMED, Cornwell University & CiteSeer; by using the
literature search at http://www.researchgate.net/literature

They also have the largest science and research specific job board in the world at http://www.researchgate.net/jobs/research/?nav=jobs

As well as the largest Science and Research Conference Board at http://www.researchgate.net/conferences/related/?nav=conferences

They also featured in the New York Times on Tuesday; the article is really good for explaining what ResearchGate is all about! http://www.nytimes.com/pages/science/index.html

Eduroam now available

Glasgow Caledonian University is an Eduroam site.  Our classification is as a “Home and Visited” site. This means that visitors to GCU can authenticate their laptops through their own institution, as long as it is an Eduroam site. This will give the visitor Internet access. Conversely, any GCU staff member who visits another institution will be able to authenticate their laptop back to GCU from the ‘visited’ institution. Instructions are available on our Information Services web page.

Having trouble linking in to the full text of journal articles and eBooks?

People have been having trouble linking in to the full text of journal articles and eBooks. The quick and easy solution to this problem is to close explorer, and use firefox browser instead. Don’t use the desktop icon to start Firefox, use the start menu. 

  • Move your cursor to the start icon at the bottom left of your screen (in the labs this is a round icon).
  • Click the icon and the start menu will appear.
  • On some computers, firefox will be on the list of programs, double click on it to start.
  • In some labs, you need to start firefox by typing firefox in the run box on the start menu at the foot of the screen. The icon will then appear above the box, double click it to run the program.