Free Webinars from UK Data Service

By Victoria Bird|August 24, 2015|Development Studies, Gender, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The following free webinars are being provided by the UK Data Service in September and October: Webinar: Key data: Business data – 10 September 2015, 3pm Webinar: Key data: Longitudinal data – 16 September 2015, 3pm Webinar: Introduction to the UK Data Service – 6 October 2015, 3pm Webinar: Key data: International macrodata – 8 October 2015, 2pm Webinar: Finding and accessing data in the UK Data Service – 14 October 2015, 3pm Webinar: Getting

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New resource for Syriac studies on the web (

By Mary Fisk|August 13, 2015|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, History, Religions|0 comments

A section of British Library Add. MS. 14,425, a copy of the Peshitta, which is the Syriac translation of the Bible. The scribe of this manuscript added that it was written at Amida in AD 464. This excerpt contains the text of Exodus 13:14-16. (via Wikimedia Commons at : an annotated bibliography of Syriac resources online (hosted by the University of Oklahoma) has been developed from Resources for Syriac studies

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Anti-witchcraft rituals in ancient Mespotamia

By Mary Fisk|July 10, 2015|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica|0 comments

Hosted by the University of Würzburg as part of the DFG-funded project Corpus babylonischer Rituale und Beschwörungen gegen Schadenzauber: Edition, lexikalische Erschließung, historische und literarische Analyse, directed by former SOAS staff member, Daniel Schwemer, the Critical Catalogue of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals (CCMAwR) allows users to search for particular cuneiform tablets indexed in the collection or to browse by language or place or origin. The site also links to related websites (please note that

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Try the Commonwealth iLibrary today!

By Victoria Bird|October 27, 2014|Africa, Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, China and Inner Asia, Development Studies, Economics, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Politics and International Relations, South Asia, South East Asia|0 comments

For the first time books and working papers published by The Commonwealth are now available online in a single research repository. We have a trial from 27 October to 27 November inclusive. Access is available on-campus here and off-campus here. What’s in it? There are documents on a broad range of topics with special focus on small states, globalization, multilateral trade, export and enterprise development, education, gender, public service management,

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Politically Themed Oxford Handbooks Now Online

By Victoria Bird|October 9, 2014|Politics and International Relations|0 comments

SOAS Library now owns online eBook versions of selected Oxford Handbooks on Politics. The following titles- and some extras- will soon be available via the catalogue, but can be accessed on-campus by clicking on the below links: Comparative Politics Contextual Political Analysis International Relations Law and Politics Political Behavior Political Economy Political Institutions Political Methodology Political Theory Public Policy The United Nations National Security Intelligence The Welfare State Climate Change

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China, Russia and US: whose corporations are most transparent?

By Victoria Bird|July 28, 2014|Economics, Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

In an interesting report, Arachnys claim that China and Russia both have greater transparency and accountability than the United States. In a potential upset, Greenland (an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark- usually seen as a very democratic, open and fair society), also scores poorly. In a news article examining the Arachnys data on the website of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Margot Williams highlights the complexities of tracking

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Free journal articles on management (for a limited time)

By Victoria Bird|July 25, 2014|Financial and Management Studies, Unknown|0 comments

The below articles, some featuring well known global brands as case studies, are free to access from Emerald for one month: Motivation and job satisfaction Management Decision Mark A. Tietjen, Robert M. Myers Google Scholar: the pros and cons Online Information Review Péter Jacsó Customer loyalty and customer loyalty programs Journal of Consumer Marketing Mark D. Uncles, Grahame R. Dowling, Kathy Hammond The naked truth of celebrity endorsement British Food

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Research Ethics Guidebook Online Resource

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|May 23, 2014|Anthropology and Sociology, Development Studies, Economics, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Students who are new to social science research should take a look at the Research Ethics Guidebook website which has recently been developed at the Institute of Education with funding from the ESRC. It can serve as guide through the regulatory processes and procedures that can apply to social science research and it also links to more detailed information as well as the six ethics principles set out in the

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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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UN report on Human Rights in North Korea

By Victoria Bird|February 18, 2014|Korea, Law, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The UN Report containing the findings of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was published yesterday. The report documents in great detail the wide-ranging array of crimes against humanity allegedly being committed in the country. “The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world,” it states. The Commission will formally

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