To mark yesterday’s International Day of Older Persons, Help Age International has launched their Global AgeWatch Index. The Global AgeWatch Index aims to provide the first-ever overview of the wellbeing of older people around the world, showing what countries are doing to support their ageing populations. Whilst only 91 countries are included this year, it is claimed that this covers 89% of the global population of those over 60 years
The law database LexisLibrary is relaunching with a new look on Saturday October 5th. All the current functionality and content will remain and logging in, both on and off campus, will continue to be with your SOAS username & password. The aim of the relaunch is to make the appearance of LexisLibrary cleaner and less cluttered, enabling use to be more intuitive. To find out more about the
To celebrate the start of the new academic term, Wiley have kindly provided free access to a selection of articles on African Economics from across our social science and humanities journals. All articles are freely available until 31 December 2013. Access the full list of articles are on Wiley’s website. A total of 50 have been made available for use, and can be read online, downloaded, printed and saved. Examples of available
Students and researchers at SOAS have recently gained access to two new databases of archival documents that are of crucial importance in the studies of Middle East modern history and politics: Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969 http://www.archivesdirect.amdigital.co.uk Archives Direct is a suite of collections sourced from The National Archives, Kew – the UK government’s official archive. The Confidential Print series originated out of a need for the Government to preserve
The IMF eLibrary for the UK Data Service is available via Mimas and offers the entire catalogue of IMF publications in several digital formats. It is an indispensable tool for economics research and analysis including over 10,000 periodicals, books and working papers from 1951 onwards containing information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalisation, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, poverty reduction and more. Access from: http://www.soas.ac.uk/library/resources/a-z/data/. It
Image taken from the UrduWallahs: http://urduwallahs.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/intesaab-by-faiz-ahmed-faiz/ Faiz Ahmed Faiz was one of the most prolific Urdu writers to live, he was also an active member of the Progressive Writers Movement in India. To celebrate his life and work, the Faiz Cultural Foundation are organising a one day ‘mela’ (gathering) inviting renouned intellectuals and writers to speak about politics, culture and peace. In addition to this, Pakistani and Indian artists will get the audience moving
Following several high-profile elections in the SOAS regions, the blog Elections in the News contains links to opinion and debate and is curated by an Academic Support Librarian at LSE. Photo from Flickr: “In the news” Some rights reserved by RambergMediaImages.
You might already know that U.S. President @BarackObama is the World’s most followed leader on Twitter. But do you know who is Twitter’s most influential world leader? Or who is most likely to reply to tweets? (Pope Francis and the Ugandan Prime Minister @AmamaMbabazi respectively). Flickr: World map of Flickr and Twitter locations Some rights reserved by Eric Fischer
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has completed the network of Open Data Platforms in all 54 African countries. This resource provides data on a myriad of topics- ranging from food prices and economic data, through to mobile telephone ownership. It will allow open access to the data needed for managing and monitoring development results in African countries, including tracking progress on the Millennium Development Goals. The Open Data Platform is
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) eLibrary Text Collection is now available to SOAS library users via our subscription to the UK Data Service. The IMF eLibrary Text Collection has periodicals, books and working papers – over 10,000 documents from 1951 onwards. This exciting new resource has information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalisation, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice and poverty reduction.