SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Aberystwyth University (01 Jan 17)
  • Bath University (01 Jan 17)
  • Bristol University (09 Jan 17)
  • Brunel University London (01 Jan 17)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (11 Jan 17)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (21 Dec 16)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (01 Jan 17)
  • Imperial College London (01 Jan 17)
  • Kent University (01 Jan 17)
  • Kingston University (01 Jan 17)
  • Leeds University (21 Dec 16)
  • National Library of Scotland (04 Jan 17)
  • Natural History Museum (01 Jan 17)
  • Sheffield University (01 Jan 17)
  • Southampton University (07 Jan 17)
  • Trinity College Dublin (03 Jan 17)
  • University of the West of England (23 Dec 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.


SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • British Library (22 Dec 16)
  • British Museum (14 Dec 16)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (04 Jan 17)
  • Cranfield University (20 Dec 16)
  • De Montfort University (20 Dec 16)
  • Glasgow University (12 Dec 16)
  • London Business School (09 Dec 16)
  • London Metropolitan University (19 Dec 16)
  • Loughborough University (16 Dec 16)
  • National Archives (01 Jan 17)
  • Oxford University (22 Dec 16)
  • Reading University (08 Dec 16)
  • Royal College of Music (16 Dec 16)
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (12 Dec 16)
  • Southampton University (24 Dec 16)
  • St. Andrews University (19 Dec 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.


SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Bath University (01 Dec 16)
  • Bristol University (06 Dec 16)
  • British Library (15 Dec 16)
  • Cambridge University (07 Dec 16)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (14 Dec 16)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (01 Dec 16)
  • Edinburgh University (01 Dec 16)
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (06 Dec 16)
  • National Library of Scotland (14 Dec 16)
  • NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) (02 Dec 16)
  • Queen’s University, Belfast (03 Dec 16)
  • Royal College of Nursing (01 Dec 16)
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) (05 Dec 16)
  • Trinity College Dublin (02 Dec 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.


SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Aberystwyth University (01 Dec 16)
  • British Library (08 Dec 16)
  • Brunel University London (01 Dec 16)
  • Lancaster University (11 Nov 16)
  • Nottingham University (01 Dec 16)
  • Strathclyde University (01 Dec 16)
  • Swansea University (01 Dec 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.


The Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online – My statacc

This is the second in a series of blog posts about some of the functionality you may have come across (or may not have yet discovered!) in the new Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online. Here we concentrate on the new My statacc feature.

We have now introduced functionality to enable more personalisation when using the service. If you are a subscriber you can now save, annotate and tag  individual pages, whole sections, illustrations and maps. You can use the star button to save. The label icon allows you tag items with one or two words of your choice, so that you can find them easily when you next visit  (just type your words into the box), and the post-it note to write longer annotations which are stored alongside the item.  If you are planning to coming back to a particular page, image or section, you can store information about why it is interesting, how it relates to your research or how you might want to use it.

These new features are designed to allow you to easily find and review content of particular interest to you. Tags and annotations are stored against your profile, and will remain there until you delete them. Just sign in and click on the My statacc red button on the top right of the page to find everything you have saved.

A screen-shot of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland showing personalistion features and the transcript functionality.

A page of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland showing personalisation features and the transcript. Screen-shot captured on Thursday 1st December 2016.

You can tag, annotate and save both sections and individual pages. Individual pages can be printed out and whole sections of the Statistical Accounts can now be downloaded as PDFs. You can even share what you have found on social media by clicking on the sharing icon and follow the links. Using these features is so easy – just click on the relevant icon and away you go!

We are particularly pleased to be able to offer such personalisation, which will help you to get the most out of your searching and browsing of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online. Please let us know what you think.

More information on all the features mentioned above, as well as others, can be found in the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Help Pages and the How to get the most out of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland online page. If you have any comments or queries please contact the EDINA Help Desk (edina@ed.ac.uk).

 

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The Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online – Images and Words

This is the second in a series of blog posts about some of the functionality you may have come across (or may not have yet discovered!) in the new Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online. Here we concentrate on the images and maps, as well as the transcripts found on the website.

Images and maps

The new service contains a number of illustrations and maps published with the original accounts. Your search may result in a box containing the thumbnail views of related images or maps. As a subscriber you would be able click on these to view them (in a gallery view) in a much higher resolution than before. You are also able to zoom in and out, which is fantastic to be able to do! All other relevant images are on the left-hand side of the gallery view, making it easy to scroll and browse related illustrations and maps.

There are a number of interactive maps available in the service, which we are able to feature courtesy of the National Library of Scotland. One example is the map of Scotland on the homepage, where you can click on the map to open out a larger version, and as the mouse cursor moves over the map you will see the names of counties highlighted. There are also interactive maps available on the county pages, showing each of the parishes clearly within the county and allowing you to click through to more information on the parish.

A screen-shot of an interactive map for the southern part of Northern Part of Ross and Cromarty Shires, taken from the Statistical Accounts of Scotland.

The interactive map for the southern part of Northern Part of Ross and Cromarty Shires. Screen-shot taken from the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online on Thursday 1st December 2016.

Transcriptions

Another greatly improved feature is that of the transcripts, which are available for most pages in the Statistical Accounts. The reading quality of the transcription has been improved through rendering the text in html, making it an even more useful to aid understanding when reading the Statistical Accounts.

We hope that these new features mean you get even more out of the wonderful wealth of information found in the Statistical Accounts of Scotland. More information on all the features mentioned above, as well as others, can be found in the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Help Pages and the How to get the most out of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland online page. If you have any comments or queries please contact the EDINA Help Desk (edina@ed.ac.uk).

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SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (07 Dec 16)
  • Dundee University (01 Dec 16)
  • Kent University (01 Dec 16)
  • King’s College London (01 Dec 16)
  • Kingston University (01 Dec 16)
  • Imperial College London (01 Dec 16)
  • London Library (02 Dec 16)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (01 Dec 16)
  • Manchester University (01 Dec 16)
  • National Archives (01 Dec 16)
  • Natural History Museum (01 Dec 16)
  • Open University (01 Dec 16)
  • Sheffield University (01 Dec 16)
  • Sussex University (01 Dec 16)
  • York University (01 Dec 16)
  • Zoological Society of London (01 Dec 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.


SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • British Library (01 Dec 16)
  • Cambridge University (18 Nov 16)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (30 Nov 16)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (22 Nov 16)
  • Edinburgh University (22 Nov 16)
  • Glasgow University (08 Nov 16)
  • London Metropolitan University (25 Nov 16)
  • Oxford University (22 Nov 16)
  • St. Andrews University (18 Nov 16)
  • University of East Anglia (23 Nov 16)
  • University of the West of England (23 Nov 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.


Welcome to the new and improved Statistical Accounts of Scotland online!

As you may have already noticed, the Statistical Accounts of Scotland service now has a new look as well as new and improved features. We hope you have been exploring them since the new service was launched at the beginning of November. This is the first in a series of blog posts about some of the functionality you may have come across or may not have yet discovered! Here we concentrate on the search and structure of the new website.

Improved search

We have aimed to allow searching in the same way as you would use an internet search engine. The service will look not only for direct matches but also for possible variations and related terms.

Search features include:

  • The ability to limit your search to the old statistical accounts or new statistical accounts by adding either OSA or NSA to your search terms, e.g. OSA schools. It is also possible to limit your search still further by stating the actual volume and even the specific page, e.g. OSA vol5 pg27.
  • The ability to search by geographical area, by using one of the eight cardinal compass points in your search term, i.e. N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW.
  • A subject search which allows you to search for pages which are discussing a particular topic but which may not mention the exact word. The system looks at the words you type into the search box and tries to deduce any subjects you might be interested in or you can include the subjects directly. The full list of subjects can be found on the How to get the most out of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland online page. This functionality is a little experimental at the moment, so it would be great to get any feedback on this feature.
  • The ability to search the related resources, with access to these available from the main search results page. Please note that related resources, such as digitised versions of Sinclair’s Specimens of Statistical Accounts (1793) and Analysis of the Statistical Account of Scotland (1825-1826) and related surveys such as the Stow Census, are only available to subscribers.
  • Associated words which is another experimental feature that may present words that frequently appear in proximity to your search terms. If your search term returns a box of associated word you can click on these words to explore terms related to those you are interested in.
A screen-shot of a search results page form teh Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online

Search results page showing a number of features of the new service. Screen-shot captured from the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online on Wednesday 30th November 2016.

County and Parish Pages

We also wanted to make it easier to search for material that is related to specific places, and tried to do this by bringing together information on each parish or county on one dedicated page. These can be navigated to using the maps, as well as the search box. These pages present all the content we have that is related to that county or parish, alongside a county or parish map and a brief description, extracted from the text. From here, you can view the map in high resolution, navigate to the county page if you are on a parish page, or navigate to one of the accounts or resources related to the parish if you are on a parish page.

We hope that the improved functionality and re-design of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland will both allow you to find the relevant information quickly and to explore other related information easily. Try the new features and discover more about Scotland’s counties and parishes.

More information on all the features mentioned above, as well as others, can be found in the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Help Pages and the How to get the most out of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland online page. If you have any comments or queries please contact the EDINA Help Desk (edina@ed.ac.uk).

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SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the last three weeks. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • British Library (17 Nov 16)
  • British Museum (09 Nov 16)
  • Brunel University London (01 Nov 16)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (23 Nov 16)
  • Cranfield University (20 Nov 16)
  • De Montfort University (21 Nov 16)
  • Dundee University (01 Nov 16)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (01 Nov 16)
  • Exeter University (07 Nov 16)
  • Hull University (27 Oct 16)
  • Imperial College London (01 Nov 16)
  • King’s College London (01 Nov 16)
  • Kingston University (01 Nov 16)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (01 Nov 16)
  • Manchester University (01 Nov 16)
  • National Library of Scotland (08 Nov 16)
  • Natural History Museum (01 Nov 16)
  • Nottingham University (02 Nov 16)
  • Open University (01 Nov 16)
  • Queen Margaret University (17 Oct 16)
  • Queen’s University, Belfast (03 Nov 16)
  • Royal College of Music (16 Nov 16)
  • Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) (17 Nov 16)
  • Royal Society (16 Nov 16)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (01 Nov 16)
  • Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) (09 Nov 16)
  • Sheffield University (01 Nov 16)
  • Southampton University (21 Nov 16)
  • Strathclyde University (21 Oct 16)
  • Trinity College Dublin (11 Nov 16)
  • Wellcome Library (01 Nov 16)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.