February 17, 2014

New regional database on Web of Science


You can now search and view critically important regional content with international impact. The SciELO Citation Index has been added to Web of Science.

The SciELO Citation Index allows researchers to discover new insights from innovations in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and South Africa. Through a simplified discovery process with a local language interface.

Learn more about how this new initiative will bring greater visibility and improved access to research from emerging economies. 

February 13, 2014

Two new ebooks titles in the Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture online series

Access to these resources is made possible by a generous donation from the Trinity Western University Graduate Student Association.

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1. The Cambridge companion to utilitarianism / edited by Ben Eggleston and Dale E. Miller.


Utilitarianism, the approach to ethics based on the maximization of overall well-being, continues to have great traction in moral philosophy and political thought. This Companion offers a systematic exploration of its history, themes, and applications. First, it traces the origins and development of utilitarianism via the work of Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Henry Sidgwick, and others. The volume then explores issues in the formulation of utilitarianism, including act versus rule utilitarianism, actual versus expected consequences, and objective versus subjective theories of well-being. Next, utilitarianism is positioned in relation to Kantianism and virtue ethics, and the possibility of conflict between utilitarianism and fairness is considered. Finally, the volume explores the modern relevance of utilitarianism by considering its practical implications for contemporary controversies such as military conflict and global warming. The volume will be an important resource for all those studying moral philosophy, political philosophy, political theory, and history of ideas.

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2. The Cambridge companion to Descartes' Meditations / edited by David Cunning.


Descartes' enormously influential Meditations seeks to prove a number of theses: that God is a necessary existent; that our minds are equipped to track truth and avoid error; that the external world exists and provides us with information to preserve our embodiment; and that minds are immaterial substances. The work is a treasure-trove of views and arguments, but there are controversies about the details of the arguments and about how we are supposed to unpack the views themselves. This Companion offers a rich collection of new perspectives on the Meditations, showing how the work is structured literally as a meditation and how it fits into Descartes' larger philosophical system. Topics include Descartes' views on philosophical method, knowledge, skepticism, God, the nature of mind, free will, and the differences between reflective and embodied life. The volume will be valuable to those studying Descartes and early modern philosophy more generally.

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New updated ScienceDirect interface now available


Thoroughly user-tested, ScienceDirect has been upgraded to make it easier to find
relevant articles and books, read an article online, discover open access content
 and export to Mendeley.
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  • A simplified user experience, with less visual clutter and improved design
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February 06, 2014

Anthropology journal moves to open-access model


The scholarly journal Cultural Anthropology is going open-access in an attempt to return “publishing to the commons, where academic life begins.” The publication has just published its first free, open-access article online. “The economic impact of open access is very difficult to gauge at this point,” says Brad Weiss, a former president of SCA, the society that publishes the journal. “The SCA is fortunately well positioned to handle even major expenses in the years between now and the end of 2017. Beyond that, the SCA hopes to show that a major journal can remain viable through a combination of grants, institutional sponsorships, and, crucially, membership support.” | Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

February 05, 2014

Re-organization of the census geography web sub module (from Statistics Canada)

Announcement from Statistics Canada

FEBRUARY 5, 2014 RELEASE: Re-organization of the census geography web sub module

The geography component of the census web module has undergone a considerable amount of change over the past two years. Users now have the ability to view a geography product across censuses without having to navigate through different census cycle-based modules, as had been the case in the past. For example, users who would like to download GeoSuite have the option of downloading the 2011, 2006 or 2001 Census versions, all from one page.

The transformation of the census geography web sub-module concludes with the release of web pages for the following three products:

1. Dissemination Area Reference Maps, by Census Tracts, for Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations (both 2006 & 2011) - Click here

2. Dissemination Area Reference Maps, by Census Subdivisions, for areas outside Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations (both 2006 & 2011) - Click here

3. Thematic maps (2011) | Thematic maps (2006)

The Statistics Canada Census Geography home page can be found at: http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/geo/index-eng.cfm



February 04, 2014

New Artstor content: Feb 2014

Top Right: Caspar David Friedrich | Lone Tree (Solitary Tree; Village Landscape with Morning Lighting) | 1822 | Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.  Left: Albrecht Dürer | 1526 | Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Bottom Right: Unbekannter Künstler, Maler | Abendmahl Christi, darunter die Gefangennahme | Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Images and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz; bpkgate.picturemaxx.com
Top Right: Caspar David Friedrich | Lone Tree (Solitary Tree; Village Landscape with Morning Lighting) | 1822 | Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Left: Albrecht Dürer | 1526 | Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Bottom Right: Unbekannter Künstler, Maler | Abendmahl Christi, darunter die Gefangennahme | Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Images and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz; bpkgate.picturemaxx.com
In collaboration with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Image Archive (Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz), Artstor now makes available more than 21,000 images of key works from the Berlin State Museums (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) in the Digital Library. This collection includes vases and sculptures from the 6th to 4th century BC, Etruscan art, Byzantine art, the friezes and reconstruction of the west front of the Pergamon Altar, as well as masterpieces from such canonical artists as Albrecht Dürer, Caspar David Friedrich, Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Hieronymus Bosch, Käthe Kollwitz, Lovis Corinth, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Matthias Grünewald, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Peter Paul Rubens, and Rembrandt, among many others.
At the time of the agreement, Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, then President of the Prussian Cultural Properties Foundation, commented, “The Berlin State Museums have always been exceptionally significant places for scientific research and collection building. The modern possibilities of digital technology expand greatly on this potential and allow us not only to present these treasures, but also to link this effort with other important organizations, such as Artstor, to a degree previously unimaginable.”Continue Reading »

ProQuest Service Alert for Sat Feb 15, 2014

ProQuest Service Alert

On Saturday February 15, 2014 ProQuest will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime.
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February 03, 2014

Endnote for iPad

EndNote® for iPad is your portable reference library when you’re on the go. Take it with you and access it from anywhere, anytime. 

With flexible tools for searching and organizing your research, the updated EndNote for iPad app extends your ability to find, store, create and share beyond your desktop.
With EndNote for iPad 1.1 you can:
  • Seamlessly sync your EndNote library across your desktop, iPad and online to access your research anytime, anywhere.
  • Make PDF annotations directly within the app. Then view and edit them from your desktop or online.
  • Take advantage of an expanded set of PDF annotation tools.
  • View, edit and search annotations made in other EndNote platforms and in non-EndNote applications.
  • Access the latest standard reference types.
Find out more about EndNote 1.1 here >