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World Poetry Day: Marion Angus (1865-1946)

To mark World Poetry Day we're highlighting a PhD thesis in the University's Research Repository.   The thesis, by Aimée Y Chalmers, delves into the life and works of the Scottish novelist and poet Marion Angus (1865-1946).

Aimée introduces the first part of the thesis as a "fuller biographical account of the life of Marion Angus than is available elsewhere. In addition, in ‘The Work of Marion Angus’, I anthologise examples of her prose and poetry, and gather together a range of contemporary opinions. My research in this regard resulted in the tracing, for the first time, how her use of the Scots language developed, and how her attitude to it changed over time." Aimée Y Chalmers. http://hdl.handle.net/10023/1846. CCBY.

Aimée further remarks that:
“[t]here is something ephemeral about her poetry. A passionate lover of nature, she paints strong images of natural phenomena: hills, tumbling burns, twisted trees, flowers.
Yet these images fade quickly, leaving only a…

16,000 items now in St Andrews Research Repository

Today the St Andrews Research Repository reached another Milestone - 16,000 items!

The 16,000th item was: 'Of decolonial imaginings in Black Panther', by Muneerah Razak.

'Of decolonial imaginings in Black Panther' was recently published in the student led journal The St Andrews Africa Summit Review (Otherwise called The SAASUM Review), which is published on the Library's Open Journals System platform. The journal publishes all articles with a CC BY Licence so all content is free to read, download, and share, so long as the author is given proper attribution. The Library also agrees to archive the journal in the Institutional Repository as a backup service, but also to further promote the journal via aggregators such as the CORE database and other indexing services.

The SAASUM Review began publishing on OJS in 2017 as an extension to the annual St Andrews Africa Summit, which had it's inaugural meeting in 2013. Since 2017 the journal has published 5 volumes, wit…

Fed up with publisher paywalls? Here are some tools that can help!

Publisher paywalls are an enduring phenomenon in scholarly publishing, and one that frustrates the research of the those without subscriptions and who cannot afford to pay the often unpalatable fees for access.

Luckily there are tools out there that can help. Rather than actually bypassing the paywall, the below services offer users an alternative product, often an earlier version held in a repository (like our own). These earlier versions are usually author accepted manuscripts that are near identical in their academic content to the final published version, but just lack branding, formatting, and final pagination.
The OA Button (available for most browsers) The Button's current incarnation allows users to find alternative open access versions at the touch of a button, and if there are no alternative versions available the Button will contact the author and request that they deposit the article in a repository. There are extensions for all the main Web browsers, and the Button is …

Library satisfaction survey - have your say

The University Library is currently running a survey to find our what you think about our services.

The survey should only take around 5 minutes to complete, and you could win a £200 Amazon gift card.

Questions are grouped under: enquiries, support and outreach; access to resources; spaces, and if you are a research postgraduate or academic staff you will get additional questions about research support.

Researchers - please tell us how satisfied you are with:
The support provided to help you achieve Open Access and comply with funders' policies for publicationsThe advice and guidance offered on copyright and licensing in relation to your publicationsThe support provided to help you manage your research dataThe support provided to develop research software and/or websites for research projectsThe support offered to help you create and edit your profile in PureThe training courses provided through CAPOD (Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development) on any of the…