Open Access Week 2017 at SOAS Library

By David Pearson|November 7, 2017|Uncategorized|

[A report by Harmanjit Sidhu, SOAS’ Ambitious Futures Graduate Trainee 2017/18] From the 23rd to the 27th of October, the Library celebrated Open Access Week, this is a global event dedicated promoting the aims and benefits of Open Access. What is Open Access? Open Access is a movement working to make the products of research freely available to all. Its aims are to allow research to be disseminated widely, allowing

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Osama Bin Laden files released

By Victoria Bird|November 2, 2017|Archival collections, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Middle East, Central Asia and Islamica, Politics, Politics and International Relations, Religions|

The CIA has releases nearly 470,000 additional files recovered in the May 2011 Raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. The material contains audio, document, image, video, and software operating system files. The material is posted in the original Arabic and in as close to the original form as possible, modified only so the files cannot be edited. Among other things, this release includes: Usama Bin Ladin’s personal journal and more

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BBC Monitoring- one to watch?

By Victoria Bird|October 16, 2017|Unknown|

We’ve been in touch with BBC Monitoring, with view to organizing a trial. In the meantime, the BBC run fortnightly webinars about this product, so if you are interested, please note the date of the next one: BBC Monitoring School of Search 19 October The demonstration covers: • Live ‘Search’ Demos • Highlights and Key Features • Troubleshooting • Interactive Q&As You can look at the home page of the BBC

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Libraries and the Middle East : a swift glance around the world

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|October 13, 2017|Libraries, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|

Libraries have been around for thousands of years in the Middle East and the Islamic World, as  the Library of Ashurbanipal in ancient Mesopotamia, the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Library of Celsus in Anatolia, the Bayt al-Hikmah (the House of Wisdom) in Baghdad, the Zahiriyah Library in Damascus, the Timbuktu Library or the Qarawiyyin Library in Fez can all attest. Here at SOAS Library, you can get a flavour

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Introduction to the UK Data Service Webinar TODAY!

By Victoria Bird|October 11, 2017|Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Financial and Management Studies|

The UK Data Service holds the UK’s largest collection of research data. This introductory webinar is for anyone with an interest in social research who wants to hear about the vast array of resources we offer. Participants will learn about the different types of quantitative and qualitative data we hold, how to find those data collections using our online resource discovery tools, and how to register to access datasets in

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Eikon Training

By Victoria Bird|October 10, 2017|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Financial and Management Studies|

A basic introduction to how to utilise Eikon, a database which provides access to key financial data for both developed and emerging markets; statistics on equities and equity indices, company fundamentals, bonds, international macro data, interest and exchange rates, commodities and derivatives; a comprehensive time-series of up to 50 years for 175 countries and 60 markets; in total more than 255 mil time series data. Date: 29 November 2017 Time: 12:00 PM

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Online Privacy Guide for Journalists 2017

By Victoria Bird|August 29, 2017|Politics, Politics and International Relations, Research methods|

One of my summer jobs is the update of my various training materials. This includes working on the Digital Privacy and Security section of the Library’s online course Develop Your Information Skills. One resource that I’ve just added to the collection, and that might be of interest is the Online Privacy Guide for Journalists 2017. Covering topics such as communicating with sources, safeguarding your data, password management tools, securing your email

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If you use international data… from the UKDS

By Victoria Bird|August 23, 2017|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|

The international data at the UK Data Service via UKDS.Stat (http://stats.ukdataservice.ac.uk/) currently only has funds to continue for another year to July 2018. This means that we might be unable to access this resource after this time. This includes data from the IEA, IMF, UNIDO, OECD and the World Bank. Some is in the public arena, but not all of it. UKDS are currently considering other options and trying to

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Religions and Philosophy: new acquisitions in SOAS Library for June & July 2017

By Mary Fisk|July 31, 2017|Africa, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Philosophy, Religions, South Asia|

RELIGIONS This is a selection of titles received by SOAS Library for the Study of Religions collections during June and July 2017. Click on the hyperlink to go through to the item entry on the SOAS Library catalogue Please note that E-book content is accessible to SOAS staff and students only, with institutional log-in     Comparative and thematic L’Archeologia del sacro e l’archeologia del culto: Sabratha, Ebla, Ardea, Lanuvio

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History: new acquisitions in SOAS Library for June & July 2017

By Mary Fisk|July 31, 2017|Africa, China and Inner Asia, History, Japan, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Politics, Religion, South Asia, South East Asia|

This is a selection of titles received by SOAS Library for the History collections during June and July 2017. Click on the hyperlink to go through to the item entry on the SOAS Library catalogue Please note that E-book content is accessible to SOAS staff and students only, with institutional log-in     Comparative and thematic Aby Warburg and the image in motion / by Philippe-Alain Michaud; translated by Sophie

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