Looking for a fun and simple guide to statistics? This is the book for you!
Charles Wheelan, Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, New York: Norton, 2013.
This new online tutorial will help you identify and locate books, book chapters, and journal articles. You can test yourself to check your knowledge.
Ben Yagoda says that teaching students to write well may be too ambitious a goal. Instead he aims to improve your writing by eliminating those common errors such as spelling mistakes, poorly chosen words, and train-wreck punctuation. In his book How to Not Write Bad you’ll find lots of helpful advice.
Motivational books are not usually found in university libraries, but one that seems appropriate is How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Academic Writing. Psychologist Paul Silvia discusses specious barriers to writing (can't find the time... need to do more research first... need a better computer... or just waiting for inspiration), and offers motivational tools and practical suggestions for overcoming them.
Do you need to access films and other audiovisual material from the Library collections? Come to the Audiovisual Library and join a 10 minutes tour!
Lost? It does not have to be this way. We are offering tours through the General Library during the first two weeks of Semester 1.
The New Zealand Asia Institute, the Waseda Institute for New Zealand Studies, and the Japan Society for New Zealand Studies are hosting a conference to mark the sixtieth anniversary of New Zealand-Japan diplomatic and economic relations.
The UNESCO Memory of the World National Committee of New Zealand announced two new inscriptions to the New Zealand documentary heritage register.
The merger of Penguin Books and German-owned Random House has received much media attention in October. In a recent Guardian article, Oliver Wainwright muses about the beauty of Penguin Books.>
The Library provides access to a new database, the British Academy Publications Online (BAPO). BAPO is a collection of academic monographs and edited volumes from the distinguished British Academy list, made available by Oxford University Press.
Come and hear from Associate Professor Alex Holcombe, from the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, about Open Access and the academic community. His seminar is entitled “Our Scholarship System is Broken. Can Open Access Fix It?”
Would you like some support with your first essay assignments?
Papers Past contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. Latest additions to Papers Past include the New Zealand Herald (1863-1884).
Hika Lite is a te reo Māori learning application for mobile phones, released in partnership with Vodafone NZ for Māori Language Week. It is available as free download for both iPhone and Android mobile.
Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review is now available in Project Muse. It offers its readers up-to-date research findings, emerging trends, and cutting-edge perspectives concerning East Asian history and culture from scholars in both English-speaking and Asian language-speaking academic communities.
The Library has trial access to new modules for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Anthropology, Linguistics, Political Science, and Sociology. The trial runs until 17 June 2012.
The fiftieth anniversary of Samoan independence is celebrated on 1 June 2012. To mark this occasion the Library is displaying some of our extensive collection of Samoan publications.
Today marks the 138th anniversary of Howard Carter's (9 May 1874 - 2 March 1939) birthday. The name of the English artist, archaeologist and egyptologist is primarily associated with the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen...
The Library now gives access to over 800 short films from the news reel series The March of Time.
The Documentary Edge Festival presents 72 films from New Zealand and around the world from 26 April until 13 May 2012. The special section Arab Spring is in the spotlight of this year's festival.
In less than two weeks New Zealand's largest literary festival will turn Auckland again into a vibrant meeting point for acclaimed writers, readers and thinkers.
The Library database ProQuest Historical Newspapers has recently added the archives of two major Irish newspapers:
- The Irish Times, 1859-2007
- The Weekly Irish Times, 1876-1958
Reading ejournals instead of print journals certainly saves a lot of trees, but what about other environmental effects?
The U.S. National Archives released in November 2011 the Nixon Grand Jury Records to the public. These are now included in the Library database HeinOnline.
From 16th March 2012 the monthly student Internet data allowance will double to 400MBs for undergraduates and to 800MBs for postgrad students.
The Chicago Manual of Style Online is a tremendously useful guide to citations and writing style. An interesting, amusing, and occasionally helpful feature is the monthly Q&A section.
The German Studies Review (GSR) joined Project Muse and is now accessible through this Library database.
The Arts Information Services team is offering 10 sessions of the undergraduate research skills workshop to Arts students. Book on the Library website under Library workshops, or ask a librarian at the Enquiry Desk in the Genral Library for assistance.
In July 2011 Google Scholar introduced with Google Scholar Citations a simple way for authors to compute their citation metrics and track them over time. This service has now been made available to everyone.
The Library has several new collections in the Archives Unbound database. Three of the new collections are especially relevant to Asian Studies and U.S. Foreign Policy.
The following tips may be useful to all researchers interested in Open Access publishing.
OAIster is a union catalogue of millions of digital resources. The freely available and easy to search database can be accessed from this WorldCat web page.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is the port of call for all researchers, authors, publishers, librarians, and readers interested in free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
Open Access stands for toll-free online access to scientific and scholarly literature with the aim of ensuring maximum dissemination and rapid availability of research.
Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fifth year, is taking place from 24 to 30 October 2011. The Library is hosting three events for University of Auckland staff and postgraduates.
Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fifth year, is taking place from 24 to 30 October 2011. The Library is hosting three events for University of Auckland staff and postgraduates.
Oxford Bibliographies Online added new subjects to their collection:
- International Relations
- Medieval Studies
- Victorian Studies
The Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) was a department of the CIA which monitored international news media for current events reporting. Using the FBIS Daily Reports database, we can search, retrieve, and download English language translations of media reports, speeches, and broadcasts.
Users of Index New Zealand are asked to provide feedback on additional search limit options.
Participate in the survey - and go in the draw to win a $50 voucher by submitting your feedback!
Digital Scholarship, a provider of information and commentary on various digital information issues, has released version 7 of the Google Books Bibliography. Links to works that are freely available on the Internet are provided where possible.
The library has trial access to new modules for OBO: International Relations, Medieval Studies, and Victorian Literature.
The trial will run until 15 June, 2011.
The Library currently has trial access to Bridgeman Education, a searchable database of over 300,000 images from the Bridgeman Art Library.
All of Tariq Ali's recent Robb lectures, on 'Empire and its futures', have been uploaded to the University website.
A selection of books by the prominent political commentator and activist Tariq Ali is on display in the General Library until Friday April 15, 2011.
The display coincides with Ali’s lecture series “Empire and its futures” to be delivered at the University of Auckland on 17th, 21st and 23rd March.
Arts Information Services has a NEW Facebook Page!
The current issues of 174 journals will be available on the JSTOR platform from January 2011.
Other new features include new content formats, multimedia files, journal-related news and information and new personalization features.
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (REP Online) coverage has been recently improved with the addition of 48 full article revisions and 4 biographical updates to reflect current research.
Thirteen new Philosophy books have been added to the Religion and Philosophy collection in Palgrave Connect.
The October release of new e-books in Palgrave Connect includes many books published in 2010. Forty-five of these are in the Politics and International Studies Collection.
Two of the Library’s online collections have been combined in the database ‘British Newspapers 1600-1900’. The 17th-18th Century collection can now be searched together with the 19th Century collection.
Social Theory offers an extensive selection of documents that explore the complexities and interpret the nature of social behaviour and organization.
The database brings together a range of influential writings representing important trends of sociological thought from the eighteenth century to the present day.
The latest additions to the DNSA are:
Peru: Human Rights and Democracy 1970-2000
The Kissinger Telephone Conversations 1969-1977
The National Security Agency: Organization and Operations, 1945-2009
The U.S. Intelligence Community after 9/11
The United States and the Two Koreas: 1969-2000
The Library has trial access to the online version of the London Review of Books (LRB) until October 22, 2010.
Pacific Progress 2010 is a series of reports which examine the place of New Zealand’s Pacific peoples in a number of sectors. The first two reports in the 2010 series were released on 16 June, and include:
- Education and Pacific peoples in New Zealand
- Demographics of New Zealand's Pacific population
The Journal of War and Cultural Studies has a broad but clearly-defined research field: the relationship between war and culture in the twentieth century, and into the twenty-first, primarily in Europe but not excluding other areas involved in conflict, although these will retain a focus on their relationship to Europe.
The United States Department of State has recently released volume 19, Part 1 in the Foreign Relations of the United States series.
Volume 19 is part of a subseries that documents the most important issues in foreign policy under the Nixon and Ford presidencies. Volume 19, Part 1, Korea:1969-1972, edited by Daniel J. Lawlor and Erin R. Mahan, covers US foreign policy concerning Korea. The majority of the documents cover security issues
You can keep up with events that interest you by reading your favourite newspaper online in Press Display.
Press Display contains newspapers and magazines from eighty-two countries.
The Library is trialling the database Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports, 1941-1966, a searchable collection of daily reports from the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS). The reports are the United States' principal record of political and historical open source intelligence and include firsthand reports of events recorded as they occurred.
The Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003 is a searchable facsimile edition of the London Illustrated News, providing a significant visual archive of 160 years of British and world history.
To find easy to read introductions to philosophers or their works, or an overview of a philosophical idea try some of the books published in the series A Guide for the Perplexed; Reader's Guides; or Very Short Introductions.
Visit the website Philosophy Bites and listen to Nigel Warburton interviewing Jonathan Wolff about John Rawls' A Theory of Justice.
The Electronic Enlightenment database has recently won an award recognising its wide coverage of early modern correspondence.
Sometimes it is difficult to know where to begin when starting out on research. A reference book could provide the information you need to inform your idea and develop your research topic.
Which reference book holds the information you need? The database Reference Universe identifies relevant reference books for you.
A new database aims to shed light on British diplomacy during the twentieth century.
Library users will continue to have access to the Paley Center Seminars which the Library trialled earlier this year.
Library users will now have further access to British House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP).
A new online database addresses a crucial period in Chinese history, from the foundation of the People's Republic, in 1949, to the death of Mao, and the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976.
The Library is trialling the China Doctors Masters Dissertations Database (CDMD) until the 4th of December.
The National Library Of Australia has made Australian social and political news from the last millenium accessible online to the public .
New Zealand government datasets that are publicly available are now accessible from a new online directory.
Five useful sites for tracking information on social networks.
Find relevant, detailed, online information in Sage handbooks and encyclopedias.
Library users interested in Tudor England will find interesting historical documents on the State Papers Online database.
Test the ease of online searching, the serendipity of social networking and the experience of reading a print newspaper or magazine with Fast Flip.
A new encyclopedia on revolutions and protests is available online in Blackwell Reference Online.
The Library has updated access to the British House of Commons Parliamentary Papers. Users will now have access to papers from 1801 to the present day.
For a short period the Library will have trial access to the Paley Media Seminars Online. This is an exclusive video archive that documents the insights of various media and entertainment insiders as they discuss their respective industries.
Find out which news sites and blogs journalists and politicians are following by visiting Google Reader's Powerreaders site.
People are posting videos on YouTube to draw attention to their cause, to inspire others to participate in campaigns, and to allow people and organisations sharing a cause to make connections.
The University is trialing a commercial digital television service, e-cast, as an alternative to its own satellite television service UniSat. Both services allow students and staff access to a range of national and international television programmes.
Complete the Library's Customer Satisfaction Survey before the 28th of August and go in the draw to win a 120GB Apple iPod Classic.
Library Week 2009 - Escape, Explore, Discover - starts today.
Twitter designers have incorporated user feedback to enhance the search and discovery aspect of the website.
The United States National Archives has added many of their photographs to Flickr.
The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers is available online in the Library database Credo Reference
The IBSS blog shows how to discover academic research on popular protest and political turmoil.
Two new features on Project MUSE will now make it easier for users to locate information within a particular journal and to determine its relevance to their research.
One million pages from American historical newspapers have been digitized for the Chronicling America programme.
More New Zealand historical content has been ditigized by the National Library, and made available to the public on the Papers Past website.
Electronic Enlightenment is a collection of letters from eighteenth century writers, thinkers, scientists and politicians and their families, friends, bankers, booksellers, patrons and publishers.
Niustext is a new database featuring several South Pacific newspapers and other news sources.
We have Niustext available on a trial basis until 11 July.
United States Government news is available on various social networking sites.
Historic photographs of the Cuban Revolutionary Government have been digitised by Duke University's Special Collections Library and are accessible online.
Are you having difficulty finishing your dissertation? Are you feeling stuck after trying various approaches, or panicky about the entire enterprise? It is unlikely that your cognitive abilities are to blame. More likely, the culprits are anxiety, self-doubt, procrastination, perfectionism, and the thoughts, feelings, and behaviour that accompany these difficulties. This book was written for you.
Miller, A. Finish Your Dissertation Once and for All! Washington: APA, 2009
Do people from OECD countries have the same amount of time for leisure? Not according to the latest OECD report.
The Romantic Era Redefined is a collection of British and North American primary texts from the period 1800-1830, supported by over fifty critical essays. Genres include poetry, drama, novels, letters and diaries, as well as political and philosophical works.
The Blackwell Companions series provide useful introductions to a topic. Many of these are available online in the e-book collection Blackwell Reference Online.
The full text of working papers and policy briefs from some Research Institutes are avilable in the database CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online.
New Development e-books in NetLibrary.
The British Library recently launched EThOS, the Electronic Theses Online Service.
EThOS is a free online database with 250,000 records for doctoral theses from UK higher education institutions. This brings together the electronic theses from many institutional repositories, together with records for other theses that are still only available in hard copy.
The 2008/2009 Directory on American Philosophers gives useful information on philosophical activity in Canada and the United States. The sections on publishers and journals will be of interest for anyone wanting to publish a book or journal article.
New OECD report on development aid provides statistical data by region.
Several of the Library databases contain very recent research in the form of working papers, policy briefs, or specially commissioned reports.
The OECD has created a new website featuring commentary, analysis and statistics on the global financial and economic crisis.
Oxford University Press has given the Library a free trial of The Electronic Enlightenment, a searchable collection of letters from eighteenth century writers.
OECD Development Centre Working Paper considers aid fragmentation.
50 Years of United States policy is available online via the database Digital National Security Archive.
The University of Auckland Library has launched LibrarySearch, the pilot version of a new search environment that simplifies and enhances access to the Library's resources, and which more closely matches current user expectations of web searching. University staff and students are invited to try out the new environment and give us feedback.
The English Letters collection contains papers, letters and journals of prominent writers from medieval times through to the mid-twentieth century.
A further collection of journals has been added to the database Eighteenth Century Journals. The new section includes titles published outside of London. It includes British provincial publications and titles from Ireland, Canada, India, and the Caribbean.
Newly released archival documents shed light on President Nixon's approach to his opponents.
British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
Recent additions to the website include the Calendars of State Papers. The Calendars index and summarise the manuscript sources in Tudor and Stuart history.
NetLibrary E-Book Of The Month for December Barack Obama: The New Face of American Politics,
Alexander Turnbull Library historical photographs available in Flickr
CQ Weekly's cover story examines the issues faced by President-elect Barack Obama.
Economic growth of recent decades has benefitted the rich more than the poor.
The Political Studies Audiovisual Database records have been uploaded onto Voyager. The database has been removed from LEARN and all items previously in this database can now been found by searching Voyager.
The United Nations has provided free online access to the Yearbook of the United Nations.
The latest news from OECD
To keep up with current news set up alerts or RSS feeds from your favourite news web sites.
Online guides to United States political campaigns, elections and the presidency have been added to CQ Electronic Library.
The second edition of the International Social Sciences Encyclopedia is available online in Gale Virtual Reference Library.
The Entring Book is the longest and richest diary of public life in England during the era of the Glorious Revolution.
The book together with a fully searchable CD-ROM of the entire Entring Book is available here in the Library.
Library tutorials for Development Studies students are being held in September, covering finding 'news'.
CQ Global Researcher's latest report is on the Arctic.
Major new 18th century resource added to the Library's digital collections.
NetLibrary's book of the month for August is Competition and Development: The Power of Competitive Markets. You have access to this e-book during August.
The National Library of Australia has made available to the public a pilot search service for historic Australian newspaper articles. The Australian Newspapers Beta service allows access to historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program.
The beta site will be developed over the rest of the year. Feedback is welcome, and will contribute to the offical site due to be launched in 2009.
Did you know that if you access Google Scholar through the Library website when off campus you get free access to full-text material to which the University Library subscribes?
And when on campus, students have access to the University's subscription resources found by Google Scholar at full speed and without traffic counting towards data caps. Try the Library website's Google Scholar page.
An online version of the Cambridge Histories series is available on a trial basis until 1 August.
The collected works of Jeremy Bentham are available online through the database Past Masters.
The range of journals indexed in IBSS has increased, with the addition of 15 new titles, such as Human Rights Review, International Journal of Transitional Justice, and Journal of Modern Chinese History.
E-books on Literature, Linguistics, Classics, History and Religion have been added to Oxford Scholarship Online.
The online Encyclopedia of World Poverty provides extensive information.
The Cambridge Companions in Philosophy collection is available online via the database Cambridge Collections Online.
Primary sources on food aid are accessible in CQ Electronic Library's collections.
If you are starting a literature review, try Bibliographic Index Plus which indexes literature reviews, as well as other bibliographies.
CQ Global Researcher
This database offers international perspectives on current world issues. Reports provide in-depth coverage of global affairs, and are written by experienced journalists.
This new microfilm collection includes four newspapers published in London from 1914 to 1919: The Daily Express (and The Sunday Express from 1918-1919); The Daily Mirror; The News of the World; and The People.
From the 1930s to the 1970s the lives and attitudes of ordinary British people were recorded by Mass Observation. Mass Observation Online is now available with digitised file reports and other primary and secondary source material.