Electronic Information Services Bulletin Feb. 2008

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The information given in the recent Bulletin about IBSS moving imminently to a new platform was incorrect. It will move, along with other Silver Platter databases, to the new Ovid platform in due course - probably over the summer.

Also, the item in the same section about Cinahl and Sport Discus also moving was missing the URL needed for those wishing to take a look at the new platform. Go to http://web.ebscohost.com

E-Book Survey

As part of their ongoing E-books Observatory project, JISC have issued a questionnaire for staff and students. This is a general survey asking about your use of library resources and e-books in particular. Those submitting responses can participate in a £200 prize draw. To complete the questionnaire, which takes 5-10 minutes, go to


New Resources

Education Image Gallery

Thousands of images from the world-famous Getty archive covering diverse subject areas such as Sport, Fashion, Major Events, Buildings, Politics, Social History, Key Personalities, Transport, Industry, Work, Leisure, Music?


Land of Lost Content

The world's largest archive of 20th century popular culture. This online resource is the result of a lifetime of collecting by Stella and Dave Mitchell, who house their collection in the wonderful LOLC museum in Shropshire?. To access the resource, proceed as follows:

  1. Find the resource either from the Library Catalogue or the Subject Directory
  2. Register (for the first time)
    Email address - preferably UoP address
    Username - email address
    Password - min. 6 case sensitive characters
    Passphrase - please contact the Information Desk or your Subject Team for this passphrase.
  3. Login (subsequent times)
    Username - email address
    Password - as decided by user at the registration stage.

19th Century British Library Newspapers.

Contains full runs of 48 influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of the 19th century British society.



Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Until the end of February we are trialling the Oxford Dictionary of national Biography. On trial until the end of February, this ? tells the stories of over 50,000 people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to those who died in the year 2001 - from the 4th-century BC Greek Explorer Pytheas to Princess Diana? It also includes over 10,000 portraits.

To access the trial go to http://www.oxforddnb.com/subscribed/

Marine Digimap

A free 30-day trial of the Marine Digimap collection has been set up. Any staff who would like to try Marine Digimap should contact the Map Librarian, david.sherren@port.ac.uk , who will forward the username, password and instructions on how to access the trial. David would welcome your views on the usefulness of this resource for teaching, learning or research.

Marine Digimap is a new online resource that makes available, through EDINA's Digimap platform, marine and coastal zone digital data from SeaZone Solutions Ltd.

More information from David on request.


IBSS moves to a new platform

Users of the International Bibliography of Social Sciences will from next week have to get used to a new platform. The new software from Ovid offers increased functionality but will naturally require a period of familiarisation. For assistance with the new platform contact your subject team in the Library.

Databases currently available via Silver Platter will also move to the new Ovid platform later in the year.

CINAHL and Sport Discus also due to move.

In March and May respectively, the above databases will be available exclusively via the Ebsco platform. To enable users to familiarise themselves with the new software before the existing service ceases, EBSCO have already loaded the databases, which may be visited by going to

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