Thursday, November 30, 2006

National Gallery Podcast


In this month's episode, available from 1 December, costume-maker Eileen Sheikh discusses ideals of beauty in Velázquez's portraits; curator Anne Robbins and author Michael Diamond explore dark themes in the early works in the 'Cézanne in Britain' exhibition; plus there's a festive review of 'Dutch Winter Scenes'.
Link: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/podcast/
Access: Free

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

ESDS Guide on Youth Culture Studies


ESDS Qualidata has added a new thematic guide focusing on youth culture studies. The guide introduces youth culture and details some of the relevant qualitative data studies on this subject. It also explains how to find other studies on this theme through the Economic and Social Data Catalogue.
Link: http://www.esds.ac.uk/qualidata/news/newsdetail.asp?id=1651
Access: Free

Monday, November 27, 2006

Glasgow City Libraries e-Resources








Anyone with a Glasgow City Libraries card can now get access to its subscribed e-resources over the Internet from home or work.
If you are working, living or studying in Glasgow you can join Glasgow Libraries to take advantage of this service. Information on how to join is available at http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/Residents/Libraries/
Resources available include NewsUK (for full-text British newspapers), KnowUK (for UK reference information), XreferPlus (for dictionaries and encyclopaedias), COBRA (for business start-up information), Encyclopedia Britannica, KOMPASS (for product and company information), and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Just click on the link below, follow the Link From Home links, and enter your Glasgow Libraries barcode.
Link: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/Residents/Libraries/OnlineResources/
Access: via Glasgow Libraries membership

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Virtual Training Suite: Internet Philosopher and Historian


The Virtual Training Suite from Intute has just released new Internet tutorials for philosophy and history. The tutorials help users to identify and search for web resources, and to evaluate them.
Link: http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/he/tutorial/history
Link: http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/he/tutorial/philosophy
Athens: Free

Archival Sound Recordings


Archival Sound Recordings makes audio files from the British Library's Sound Archive available via Athens.
The Art and Design interviews strand includes interviews with artists, designers and architects, including Corinne Day, Andy Goldsworthy and Pavel Buchler. Oral histories, radio dramas, ethnographic material, classical and popular music and environmental soundscapes are also available.
Link: http://sounds.bl.uk
Access: Athens

19th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers


House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 1800-1901 are now available online via Athens.
Comprising nearly 6,000 volumes and over 4 million pages, the papers cover subjects as diverse as the abolition of the slave trade, growth of the railways, war and conquest, and industrial development.
Bills, House of Commons Papers, Command Papers, treaties, census data, and committee reports are all included.
Link: http://parlipapers.chadwyck.com
Access: Athens

Friday, November 10, 2006

Directory of Open Access Repositories

OpenDOAR, the Directory of Open Access Repositories, has just released a trial search service for academics and researchers, with full-text searching.
Users of this service can search through the world's repositories of freely available research information, with the assurance that each of these repositories has been assessed by OpenDOAR staff.
Link: http://www.opendoar.org/search.php
Access: Free

Thursday, November 09, 2006

OpenLearn


The Open University has just launched the OpenLearn website, which provides educational resources for learners and educators around the world. Open University learning materials are freely available for you to view and use for study, with Arts and History resources browsable from the Topic Tree.
Educators can visit the LabSpace section to download learning materials, adapt them to their needs, translate, shorten, extend, and then share them alike with other educators.
Link: http://openlearn.open.ac.uk
Access: Free

intute: Performing Arts Internet Tutorial


A new edition of the Internet for Performing Arts online tutorial has been released in the Intute: Virtual Training Suite.
Internet for Performing Arts is an interactive step-by-step guide created to help students make the best use of Internet resources in their university and college work. Users are taken on a 'site-seeing' tour - a survey of online resources useful for study and research. The tutorial then provides advice on finding further resources, and gives tips on planning effective search strategies. The third section teaches techniques for evaluating websites. Finally, the tutorial presents specific examples of how the Internet can meet the needs of individual users. Quizzes and exercises help consolidate what is learnt.
Link: http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/he/tutorial/perform
Access: Free

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

English Short Title Catalogue


The essential resource for historians, English language and literature scholars, and all those interested in early printed books, periodicals and ephemera, the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) provides bibliographic records for all known British printed material before 1801 held by the British Library and over 2000 other institutions worldwide.
The resource will be made freely available to researchers for the first time from October 2006.
The ESTC is unparalleled in its depth and range containing all types of printed material including letterpress books, pamphlets, newspapers, serials, advertisements, slip-songs, election handbills and a variety of other ephemera. The coverage extends to items printed in all languages in the British Isles and beyond.
Link: http://estc.bl.uk
Access: Free

IBSS: New Titles


Since January 2006 the International Bibliography for the Social Sciences has accepted 40 new titles for indexing, almost 60% of which come from outside the UK or US. A full listing of the newly included journals can be accessed from the link below.
Link: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/IBSS/about/alphabeticalJournals.htm
Access: Athens

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Grove Art Online


This month Grove Art Online launches the women artists update which has been guest edited by Whitney Chadwick (San Francisco State University) and Aaris Sherin (St John’s University). The update expands the broad coverage of women in Grove Art Online (now over 850 biographies) by adding nearly 120 new articles and essays on women artists and designers, and over 120 new images of works by women.
New biographies include Kara Walker, Shahzia Sikander, Hildegard of Bingen, Valie Export, Guerrilla Girls, Destiny Deacon, Sheila de Bretteville, Paula Scher and more. New essays cover key subjects such as Women and Collaborative Practice, Women and Performance, and Women and Transnationalism.
In addition three seminal artists—Faith Ringgold, Kiki Smith and Jacqueline Winsor—reflect on their artistic development and the art world today in illuminating interviews.
Link: http://www.groveart.com
Access: Athens

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Universal Leonardo


A new web resource on Leonardo da Vinci, Universal Leonardo has been launched by Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
The web site is part of the Universal Leonardo programme of international exhibitions on Leonardo. It explores the key concepts behind Leonardo's work and highlights the connections he made between art and science through a highly interactive timeline. Other features include a gallery of more than 100 zoomable images of his paintings, drawings, manuscripts and inventions, images of scientific analysis carried out on The Madonna of the Yarnwinder, games, and further resources.
Link: www.universalleonardo.org
Access: Free