The SUNCAT team will be attending the 36th Annual UKSG Conference to be held in Bournemouth next week, from Monday 8th April until Wednesday 10th April.

“exists to connect the knowledge community and encourage the exchange of ideas
on scholarly communication. It is the only organisation spanning the wide range
of interests and activities across the scholarly information community of
librarians, publishers, intermediaries and technology vendors”.

We shall be attending a variety of sessions, including
‘Discoverability in the digital age’, ‘How libraries are changing to meet
student needs’, ‘Making metrics meaningful’ and ‘Simplifying the search
Two members of the SUNCAT team, Paula Cuccurullo and Celia
Jenkins, will be contributing to the UKSG blog at
You can also follow SUNCAT at the conference on Twitter @suncatteam, as well as
follow the event in general @uksg, with the conference hashtag being #uksglive.
In addition, Fred Guy, SUNCAT Service Manager, along with
Adam Rusbridge of EDINA will be giving a breakout session on ‘E-journals and
long term availability: an overview and panel discussion on the archiving
infrastructure to meet the needs of users.’ It looks to be an exciting conference, as always!
SUNCAT will be on the EDINA stand (number 26) at the conference exhibition, covering all breaks. Please come along and see us if you’re attending. We will be previewing the new-look SUNCAT, answering any questions you may have about SUNCAT, as well as telling you about other EDINA services.

Weird and wonderful poetry titles – first instalment

April is National Poetry Month. To mark this occasion we have searched SUNCAT for weird and wonderful poetry titles. There are so many that we thought that we would have two instalments!

  • The Amaranth. A Semi – Monthly Publication, Devoted to
    Polite Literature, Science, Poetry and Amusement.
  • Amethyst arsenic : poetry and art.
  • Bad poetry quarterly.
  • The comic almanack : an ephemeris in jest and ernest
    containing merry tales, humourous poetry, quips, and
    oddities / by Thackeray, Albert Smith, Gilbert à Beckett, the Brothers
    Mayhew … ; illustrations by George Cruikshank and other artists.
  • Full of Crow poetry.
  • Half drunk muse.
  • The illustrated ape : fiction, pictures, poetry, pop!.
  • The long grass waving : poetry
    and prose from members of the after school clubs at Ironville & Codnor Park
    Primary school.
  • Meat plough : the journal of trangressive poetry and art.
  • Miscellanies over claret, or, the friends to the tavern, the
    best friends to poetry being a collection of
    poems, translations, etc. to be continued monthly from the Rose-Tavern without
  • A narrow fellow : journal of poetry.
  • Oddrot : the journal of funny bizarre and subversive poetry.
  • Parody: poetry for the world as it really is.
  • Poetry of my shoulders.
  • Wheels : a vehicle for modern poetry.
  • xStream.
  • Averse to poetry.
  • Beyond bones.
  • Dark lady poetry.
  • Literal latté.
  • Hearse : a vehicle used to convey the dead.
  • Mastodon dentist : a poetry magazine.
  • Message from nowhere = Message de nulle part : collection of
    poetry, drawings & criticism / edited by E.L.T. Mesens.
  • Risk behaviour : poems from the Poetry business competition.
  • Affection’s keepsake.
  • The bitter oleander.
  • Bo heem e um.
  • Bright pink mosquito.
  • Penny dreadful : tales and poems of fantastic terror.
  • Random acts of writing.

Look out for our next instalment of weird and wonderful poetry titles later this month.

SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were
loaded into the catalogue in the last week. The dates displayed
indicate when the files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Glasgow University (06 Mar 13)
  • Liverpool University (21 Mar 13)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (13 Mar 13)
  • Nottingham University (01 Mar 13)
  • St Andrews University (04 Mar 13)
  • School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London (07 Mar 13)
  • Southampton University (24 Mar 13)
  • University College London (11 Mar 13)

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

Happy Easter from SUNCAT!

The SUNCAT team wishes you all a very happy Easter. Also, don’t forget to put your clocks forward this weekend
as British Summer Time starts.  Here are
some Easter and Spring weird and wonderful titles for you to enjoy. Hopefully
the Spring weather will arrive sooner rather than later!
  • The Cold spring journal.
  • British Easter SF Convention programme book.
  • Yogi Bear Easter special.

  • The duty of doing good recommended and press’d In a sermon
    preach’d March 30th 1711. Being Good-Friday, in the parish-church of St.
    Michael lè Belfreys, in the city of York; upon occasion of the
    charity-schools. By William Stainforth, …
  • The ’Pink ’un’ Spring annual, 1914, ed. by W.F. De Wend
    Fenton. Real jam; or, The Pink ’un pill for pale people.
  • Spring fling.
  • The Spring-Garden journal. By Miss Priscilla Termagant,
    (a near relation of the late Mrs. Roxana.)
  • Spring into summer.
  • The Spring warbler : a choice collection of favourite songs.
  • Walt Disney’s spring fever.

For more weird and wonderful titles take a look in SUNCAT.

Preview the New Look SUNCAT in Early April

We’ve been blogging about the new look SUNCAT for a few months now, giving you a look at the new homepage, some background on the technical architecture and also some idea of the new features which will be available. However, we now hope to let you have a preview of the new service itself!

The current service will continue as the primary service until further notice, but you can check out the redeveloped service from 8th April when we preview it at the UKSG Conference (Bournemouth 8-10 April). We will let you know the url on the day and from then on we would encourage you to take a look, experiment and let us have your feedback, good and bad! The service is still in development so the more feedback we can gather at this point the better.

If you are attending UKSG, please come along to the EDINA stand 26 and we will be happy to demo the service for you and answer your questions in person. However, we would also encourage you to let us know what you think or if you have any questions or suggestions via the EDINA helpdesk at

SUNCAT Redevelopment: Focus on Limiting your Search by Institution or Location

This is the first in a series of blog posts which will highlight some of the new or improved features which will be available in the redeveloped SUNCAT. In this post we are going to focus on how the institutional and geographic limits will improve with the new service in comparison to the current service.

Old SUNCAT: You can only select one institution and/or one location per search.

New SUNCAT: Select as many institutions/locations as you like per search. Also, in the future, we hope to allow you to select and save your preferred group of institutions as your default search preference. We would also hope to set up some pre-selected groupings based on institutional consortia or geographic area. For example these might include UK Research Reserve (UKRR), Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL) or Wales, North West England etc.

Old SUNCAT: Only one location (normally the main library) is recorded for each institution on the service, so the geographical location limit is, therefore, not always exact.

New SUNCAT: The new service records all of our contributing institutions’ physical libraries so limiting by location is now much more granular and precise.

Old SUNCAT: You can’t select an institution if it’s outside a location limit you have also selected. For example if you choose to limit your search to the location of “Edinburgh” you cannot then, in addition, select and search on an institution outside Edinburgh, e.g. the University of Glasgow

New SUNCAT: You can combine your limits to create very specific searches tailored for your individual requirements. For example, you can create a search limited to the location of “London” but then also include individual institutions outside London, e.g. University of Oxford.

Old SUNCAT: Although a search with limits applied does only return titles held by that institution or within that location, holdings from other institutions/locations outside of the selected limits will also be displayed.

New SUNCAT: Only holdings within the institutions or locations selected will be returned and displayed, creating a clearer more focussed result and record display.

Naturally, the improved recording of institutions’ individual library locations and the improved functionality of the limits are both vital for the new SUNCAT mobile app which will also be released later this year.

If you have any questions or suggestions about how the limits will work on the new SUNCAT or on the development in general, please contact us at

SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were
loaded into the catalogue in the last week. The dates displayed
indicate when the files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Bradford University (07 Feb 13)
  • CONSER (27 Feb 13)
  • Durham University (25 Feb 13)
  • Edinburgh University (21 Feb 13)
  • King’s College London (01 Mar 13)
  • Liverpool University (28 Feb 13)
  • Natural History Museum (25 Feb 13)
  • Open University (01 Feb 13)
  • Strathclyde University (21 Jan 13)
  • York University (08 Feb 13)
  • Zoological Society of London (28 Feb 13)

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

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today (8th March) is International Women’s Day. To celebrate we have selected some weird and wonderful titles with the theme of women. Many of these titles can be found at the Women’s Library, which is now part of the London School of Economics and Political Science. The Women’s Library “is Europe’s largest collection of material relating to the lives of women, as well as being a key part of British heritage.”

  • Ain’t I a woman? : a Midwest newspaper of women’s liberation
  • Battleaxe : the new labour movement paper for women
  • Double shift: working women’s newsletter
  • Girl frenzy : by women for people
  • Listen real loud : news of women’s liberation worldwide
  • Myra’s journal of dress and fashion.
  • Msprint : a Scottish feminist publication
  • New mango season : Caribbean women’s writing
  • Power of women : magazine of the International Wages for
    Housework Campaign
  • Red letter : for women who love good stories
  • Scope : magazine of the Women’s Gas Federation and Young
  • The scarlet women : or, revolt : newletter of the socialist
    current in the women’s liberation movement
  • Skirting through history : the her-story newsletter for all
  • WHAM! : women, heritage and museums           
  • Wilpower : Women in Libraries newsletter.
  • Women : listen to your mothers, don’t succumb to the wishes
    of your brothers, take a step back.
  • Among women : the awesome power of woman.
  • Driven to Madness, or the Vengeance of a Jealous Woman, etc. [A tale.]
  • I.M. cowgirl : the life of the western woman.
  • Sloane ideas for the urbane woman .
  • Whomanwarp.
  • You go girl an e-zine for the mid-life woman.
  • The Woman’s Dreadnought
    : Published by the East London Federation of the Suffragettes .(by the
    Workers’ Suffrage Federation) – Edited by Sylvia Pankhurst.
  • Aunt Edna’s reading list.

For more titles related to women and other weird and wonderful serials take at look in SUNCAT.

SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were
loaded into the catalogue in the last week. The dates displayed
indicate when the files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Aberystwyth University (21 Feb 13)
  • Birmingham University (22 Feb 13)
  • Cambridge University (05 Feb 13)
  • CONSER (20 Feb 13)
  • Cranfield University (20 Feb 13)
  • Essex University (29 Jan 13)
  • ISSN (13 Feb 13)
  • Liverpool University (22 Feb 13)
  • Southampton University (24 Feb 13)
  • Warwick University (07 Feb 13)

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

SUNCAT welcomes newest Contributing Library – City University London

We are pleased to announce that serial records from City University London have now been loaded into SUNCAT. It has contributed just over 60,500 records, with titles including: ‘International journal of vehicle design: the journal of the International Association of Vehicle Design’; ‘Medical decision making: an international journal’; and ‘Journal of cybernetics’.

City University London is an institution which strives for excellence in education, research and enterprise and is focused on business and the professions.  Its library service reflects this, with library sites serving all five campuses located in central London.

There are now 90 libraries, plus CONSER, the ISSN Register and the Directory of Open Access Journals in SUNCAT. There is a full list of libraries contributing to SUNCAT available. To keep up-to-date with SUNCAT developments or for more information on the service take a look at the SUNCAT blog and SUNCAT’s Facebook page; follow SUNCAT on Twitter (@suncatteam) or contact the EDINA helpdesk at