17 & 18th Century Burney Collection

March 20, 2008

The newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757 – 1817) represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media. The 700 or so bound volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were published mostly in London, however there are also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.

To access the trial please go to http://www.galeuk.com/trialsite/ and login with the following

Username: xlboroburney
Password: information

access is available until 17th April 2008.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn mailto:S.C.Corn@lboro.ac.uk with your comments or post them below in the Comments section.


The Library’s Google Gadget is launched

March 11, 2008

Do you have an iGoogle account? Yes? Then why not add the Library’s gadget to your iGoogle page so that you can search our resources quickly and easily. You can view  and add the Google Gadget Directory entry from the Loughborough University Library Google Gadget page.

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The Library is supporting the National Year of Reading

March 11, 2008

National Year of Reading logo National Year of Reading

The Library is supporting the National Year of Reading. Discover your librarian’s favourite read by visiting our website at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/library/new/spotlight-whatweread.htm Why not let us know your favourite book by leaving us a comment to this post.

IBSS – Easier to use

March 6, 2008

The International Bibliography for Social Sciences (IBSS) has a new, enhanced search screen to make searching for journal articles, books and book chapters easier and more intuitive.  In the previous version, you had to include linking words, such as AND, to connect ideas but now it is more like Google and the Library catalogue and will link them automatically.  New features also include a thesaurus, which can help you to locate different keywords for similar topics, plus alerting tools, such as emailed table of contents alerts and RSS feeds.

If you haven’t ever used IBSS before and are doing a Social Science, Politics or Economics topic, it would be well worth trying it out.  It contains details of journal articles held by the top university libraries for Social Sciences in Europe, as well as books and book chapter records.  It includes details of journals, books and book chapters from 1951 onwards. Since the autumn of last year, it has also started to include book summaries to give even more detail about the contents of potentially useful material.  To link across from IBSS to Loughborough University Library’s print and electronic holdings, don’t forget to click on the SFX link in every record. 

If you want to have a look at IBSS, find it within Metalib.  You will need your Athens username and password to connect to IBSS from off-campus.

Women Writers Online – Free access in March

March 6, 2008

Women’s Writers’ Project will be celebrating Women’s History Month by offering free access to ‘Women Writers Online’  and ‘Renaissance Women Online’ during the month of March, 2008. The collection, providing access to hundreds of lesser known texts by early women writers will be freely open to the public for the entire month. 

Women Writers Online is available at :


If you find it useful, please let us know in the comments.