UK Data Service Webinars: all sorts of data from all over…

By Victoria Bird|January 5, 2015|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

From January, the UK Data Service will be rolling out a programme of 26 regular webinars throughout the year. These will cover a collection of 14 core topics. A flyer listing the topics and dates is available at Webinars are online seminars which are free and easy to join without the expense and trouble of travel any further than to your own computer. To book or to find out

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Trial access to Human Rights Studies Online

By Bob Burns|November 21, 2014|Africa, Anthropology and Sociology, Development Studies, Films and Sound Recordings, History, Law, Politics and International Relations, South East Asia|0 comments

SOAS Library currently has trial access (until 21 December 2014) to Human Rights Studies Online from Alexander Street Press. Access (on-campus only) at: The collection brings together comprehensive, comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes in the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection includes 75,000 pages of text and 150 hours of video. The collection takes a case study approach, providing primary and

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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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Development Studies – July and August 2014

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|October 13, 2014|Development Studies|0 comments

Romancing the wild: cultural dimensions of ecotourism / by Robert Fletcher. Crisis and migration: critical perspectives / Anna Lindley [E-book]. Aid on the edge of chaos: rethinking international cooperation in a complex world / Ben Ramalingam. Humanitarian crises and migration: causes, consequences and responses / edited by Susan F. Martin, Sanjula Weerasinghe and Abbie Taylor. Methodological challenges and new approaches to research in international development / edited by Laura Camfield. New

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Try out Palgrave Connect: trial extended to 16th November

By Victoria Bird|October 9, 2014|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

The Library is currently holding a free trial of Palgrave Connect until 16th November. We can now access 602 of Palgrave’s most recently published titles in Economics, Finance, Business and Management, including the Palgrave Pivot imprint. The  acclaimed Economics & Finance Collections feature titles written by some of history’s foremost economists and modern day Nobel Prize winners, spanning some of the earliest ideas of economics and finance to how we tackle

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Opening up your research: a guide to self-archiving

By David Pearson|September 1, 2014|Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, China and Inner Asia, Development Studies, Financial and Management Studies, Gender, History, Information Literacy, Japan, Korea, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations, Religions, South Asia, South East Asia, Unknown|0 comments

Making your research available on open access services increases citation and helps ensure greater impact, argues Deborah Lupton. In this post she has advice for sociologists in particular on different ways to self-archive, formatting and how to overcome barriers such as complex copyright legislation. Read the full article here. Deborah Lupton is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney. She blogs at This Sociological Life and tweets @DALupton and is currently writing

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Trial: The Sustainable Organisation Library

By Victoria Bird|July 29, 2014|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Unknown|0 comments

The Sustainable Organisation Library is an online library of around 8000 book chapters, case studies and research papers drawn from nearly 600 books and journal issues, focused on sustainability and social responsibility, featuring leading thinkers in sustainability and social responsibility. The SOL collection covers sustainability in its broadest sense, addressing the social, environmental and economic aspects. Topics include: CSR Environment Social Enterprise Management Education Investment Accountability Poverty Reporting Strategy Stakeholders Diversity

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Democracy Index 2013

By Victoria Bird|June 13, 2014|Africa, China and Inner Asia, Development Studies, Japan, Korea, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Politics and International Relations, South Asia, South East Asia|0 comments

Today, the BBC have highlighted the newly published 6th edition of the Democracy Index, from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), focusing on France. The report reflects the situation, as perceived by the EIU at the end of 2013. You can download this report for free from the Economist Intelligence Unit, although you do have to register for access. The report highlights a broader stagnation in the progress of the spread

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Lifelines: a short video documentary from the Indian Himalayas

By David Pearson|June 2, 2014|Anthropology and Sociology, Development Studies, South Asia, Unknown|0 comments

Dr Jane Dyson has just announced the release of her short (15 minute) video documentary, titled Lifelines. Based on long-term ethnographic research in the Indian Himalayas, it is one man’s story of juggling responsibilities and fighting for dreams, both for himself and his community. She plans to add teaching resources to the website soon. Available online at: Jane Dyson’s new book [Dyson, J. (2014) Working Childhoods: Youth agency and

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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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