Wednesday, August 06, 2008

a-n The Artist Information Company renewal

a-n Resources provides online access to a variety of publications, an image bank, a platform for creative writing, research papers, and artist blogs. It also contains a knowledge bank providing advice on career development and includes 40 practical guides, and professional development tools with customisable interactive guides to contracts and artists' fees.

The publications included are a-n Magazine, a-n Collections, Future Forecast, Good Practice, Artists' Toolkits, Compass (HE publication), Signpost (HE publication) and NAN publications. Subscribers also receive two copies of a-n Magazine when published, and two copies of printed a-n supplements.

The breadth and depth of the content makes it suitable for a wide range of subject and curriculum areas at all study and career levels including: art and design; fine art; applied art and craft; art history, cultural policy, curatorial practice and social policy.

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New JISC Collections agreement for Who's Who and Who Was Who

Who’s Who provides a fascinating insight into the private lives of public figures by providing information on over 32,000 influential people in British public life today. Detailed information on each person is provided, which includes birthdays, families, education, titles, career, publications and creative works, personal interests, clubs and contact details. Key international figures are also included in this resource, eg Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Venus Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton and Woody Allen. It will be updated throughout the year, eg if subjects die, their death dates will be added. The information is gathered from the individuals themselves, from the Prime Minister down, and is carefully checked and standardised. It is, therefore, an essential reference which provides entries on people in government, business, professional and cultural institutions, education and charities.

You can extend your subscription to include Who Was Who, which collects together the entries of more than 100,000 people who were included in the register but have died since 1897.

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New JISC Collections agreement for the Encyclopedia of Popular Music

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music is a comprehensive reference work devoted exclusively to popular music, and is now available online. It covers popular music of all genres from 1990 to the present, which include jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals and world music along with thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals.

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New Chinese and Russian modules added along with pronunciation software to Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online is an online bilingual resource offering translations from and into English for over 4 million words, phrases and translations in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and now Chinese and Russian. New pronunciation software, which enables users to hear how words sound has also been added for all six language modules.

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Collexis Expert Profiling - personalised biomedical research management system

This online resource enables users to quickly identify experts within their institution as well as identify, locate and collaborate with other experts from around the world. Using the Collexis system, subscribing institutions can create expert profiles of investigators, researchers and departments to disseminate ground-breaking research and biomedical advances.

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JSTOR launches Ireland Collection

Participation fees waived for universities, colleges and research councils in the UK and Ireland

JSTOR has launched the Ireland Collection, a new multidisciplinary collection devoted entirely to material from and about Ireland.

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