Free trial access to Hebrew journals collection on JSTOR

By Mary Fisk|September 22, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Anthropology and Sociology, Linguistics, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Religions|0 comments

From today (22nd September) to 20th October, SOAS Library has free trial access to JSTOR’s Hebrew journals collection. These will be cross-searchable with other JSTOR content at http://www.jstor.org/. The scope of the collection covers a wide range of subjects from ancient history and religious studies, through literature to sociology, economics and public administration of contemporary Israel. Although primarily in Hebrew, journals also include abstracts and summaries of content in English.

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Commodity Prices in Ancient Babylon 385 – 61 BC

By Victoria Bird|July 24, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, History, Unknown|0 comments

Yesterday morning I was shown an interesting piece on the International Institute of Social History website about commodity pricing in late Achaemenid and Hellenistic Babylon, by R.J. van der Spek from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The prices were recorded alongside other data by astronomers in the employ of the king. There are six key commodities in the listing: these are barley, dates, mustard, cress, sesame and wool. The earliest commodity price in

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Find out about Chinese firms

By Victoria Bird|July 23, 2014|Economics, Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

SOAS Library now provides access to GTA China’s CSMAR China Stock Market Series and the China Listed Firms Research Series. This database is available in English, and both traditional or simplified Chinese. GTA is a leading global provider of China financial market data, China industries and economic data. The Stock Market Data includes end-of-day prices, volume and computed comparable prices of all A shares and B shares companies listed on

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Trial of CNKI’s Chinese Yearbook Full-text database and the China Statistical Yearbooks (National Level resource).

By Victoria Bird|March 5, 2014|China and Inner Asia, Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

We are currently trialling access to China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI)’s Chinese Yearbook Full-text database and the China Statistical Yearbooks (National Level resource). Access to Chinese Yearbook Full-text database expires end of March, whereas we have China Statistical Yearbooks (National Level resource) until 4 April 2014. Unfortunately, at the moment you need to be on campus to access these resources. If you need off-campus access, then you may wish to check our existing subscription

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10th anniversary of Journal of Institutional Economics

By Victoria Bird|February 20, 2014|Economics, Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

To mark the 10th anniversary of Journal of Institutional Economics (JOIE), Cambridge University Press are making an online anniversary collection of papers freely available. This online only collection of papers features prominent articles from across the 10 volumes of the journal, including: What is an institution? John R. Searle Challenges and growth: the development of the interdisciplinary field of institutional analysis Elinor Ostrom Institutions and economic development: theory, policy and history Ha-Joon Chang

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International data in the UK Data Service: free webinar

By Victoria Bird|January 13, 2014|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

On Wednesday 15 January 2014, 2-3pm, the UK Data Service is holding a webinar on the structure, content and research potential of the international databases accessible through the service. The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.  Here you will find a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including

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Economics – July to December 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|December 17, 2013|Economics|0 comments

Debunking economics – revised and expanded edition : the naked emperor dethroned? / Steve Keen. The development frontier : essays in applied economics / Peter Bauer The economic approach to human behavior / Gary S. Becker. The current state of economic science / ed. by Shri Bhagwan Dahiya. Further mathematics for economic analysis / Knut Sydsaeter … [et al.].  Basic econometrics / Damodar N. Gujarati, Dawn C. Porter. Econometrics :

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World Bank needs your feedback!

By Victoria Bird|December 16, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Just a reminder that the World Bank eLibrary is still available until 31st December 2103. The access is free of charge and the only requirement from the World Bank is that a number of users will give feedback through a questionnaire when the access has concluded. The Bank would greatly appreciate if you might take a few minutes to provide feedback via the World Bank eLibrary Evaluation Feedback Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wbelibrary2013trialsurvey. Access from here: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://elibrary.worldbank.org.

Need a break from reading during Reading Week?

By Victoria Bird|November 4, 2013|Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

When you need a break from catching up on your reading this week, rather than going onto Facebook and then loosing focus (and time), why not try this instead? Analysis is a short documentary series on Radio 4, which looks at “the ideas and forces which shape the world we live in”. Subjects covered in episodes include Economics, Global Politics, Political Islam and Business & Finance. Presenters include journalists, academics and

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World Bank eLibrary Trial: Now Live!

By Victoria Bird|October 23, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

To celebrate the launch of a new platform, the World Bank eLibrary is being made available to us from 30th October 2013 until 31st December 2103. The access is free of charge and the only requirement from the World Bank is that a number of users will give feedback through a questionnaire when the access has concluded. This database provides access to the complete collection of research and information from the

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