Researchers working in the field of Islamic Studies now have access to almost 1000 PhD theses in digital format. These theses were previously held in 97Â libraries across the UK and Ireland but are now available to all researchers via the British Library’s eTHOS service. The theses have beenÂ made available electronicallyÂ as part of the ‘Digital Islam’ project from the British Library, JISC and the Higher Education Academy. TopicsÂ covered in the collection include Islamic law, history, politics, gender studies and finance. They include four theses completed by students at the University of Stirling:
Self-recruiting species (SRS) in aquaculture: their role in rural livelihoods in two areas of Bangladesh, Â A. T. M. Faruk-UL-Islam, 2007 (Also available online from STORRE)
Gender and management: factors affecting career and advancement of women in the Federal Civil Service of Pakistan, Nasira Jabeen, 1999
Motivation of multinational work force in QGPC in Qatar, Hany Mahmoud El-Hifnawi, 1998
Culture and risk: perception and acceptability of risk of Riba in banking among teachers in Bahrain, NabeelÂ Mohammed Shams, 1996
A full list of the theses available from the Digital Islam project can be viewed here
More information about the project can be viewed on the JISC website.
Last year, subject librarians and academic colleagues undertook aÂ weeding exercise to ensure that all the key strengths in Libraryâ€™s stock could be housed in the new building.
Since then the collection has continued to grow and further weeding will be needed as the stock is moved from the interim Library andÂ from off-campus to the new Library.Â Again we will concentrate on disposing of journals that are now available electronically, multiple copies of older editions and holdings in subjects we no longer teach.Â
We anticipate that in the new Library we shall have a steady state hard copy collection, making use of the increasing availability of electronic resources, rather than increased holdings, to extend access to materials.Â Â
The Library Programme Board (chaired by the Senior Deputy Principal) endorses this exercise and is confident that it will provide a sustainable collection which, with the Libraryâ€™s greatly improved facilities, will enhance our support for teaching and research at Stirling University.
Senior Subject Librarian
The Library now has access to the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports. FBIS was created by the United States Government during the Second World War and its original mission was to “monitor, record, transcribe and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories”. (From the product description, see below) FBIS is available on and off campus from the A-Z list of online resources. Further information about this resource can be viewed here.
The exam period at the Stirling Campus starts on 18th May. To help with revision, Information Services has created an exam tips guide which can be found at: http://www.is.stir.ac.uk/research/guides/exam.php
The election results for the Stirling, Ochil and South Perthshire, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey and Na H-Eileanan An Iar (Western Isles) constituencies have now been declared. To see full information about the breakdown of the votes and links to the results for other areas visit our 2010 election results website.
The library has recently purchased the Bibliography of British and Irish History Online. This is useful resource for anyone searching forÂ information about the history of Britain, Ireland or the Commonwealth. It contains references to books, book chapters and journal articles. To access British and Irish History Online use the A-Z list of online resources. For more sources of historical information see our Subject Research Guide for History.