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Bankscope

Access information:Access on and off-campus.
Description:Bankscope combines widely-sourced data allowing searching and analysis of banks - comprehensive information on banks - across the globe. It can be used to research and analyse individual banks, and find banks with specific profiles.
Coverage:Bankscope has up to 16 years of detailed accounts for each bank.

Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)

Access information: On campus and off campus via VPN
Description:This on-line version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains 787,165 records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.
Through the 1991 printed volume, the BAS included citations to Western-language periodical articles, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc. Monographs published since 1992, however, have not been added to the database, and users seeking such monographs are urged to consult other general resources and databases such as WorldCat.

Bibliography of British and Irish History

Access information:Access on and off campus. Select "enter databases".
Description:The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present. It is the successor to the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History, available online from 2002 to 2009.
Coverage:55BC-present.

BioMed Central

Access information:Free access on and off-campus from wFree access on and off-campus from www.biomedcentral.com
Description:An independent publishing house committed to providing open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. The University of Edinburgh is a member.
Coverage:Portfolio of 205 journals.

Biosis Citation Index

Access information:On and off campus access via Web of Knowledge. Choose "Select a database" tab.
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Description:The electronic version of Biological Abstracts for information about contents of journals, meetings, patents, and books in the life sciences and biomedical research. Covers pre-clinical and experimental research, methods and instrumentation, animal studies.
Coverage:1926 to present.

Blackwell Reference Online

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:The collections in Philosophy and Religion are available.

BLDS (British Library for Development Studies)

Access information:Free access on and off-campus from BLDS.
Description:Depository library at The Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, for publications from international organisations (including the UN system and World Bank) with a strong collection from developing countries.
Coverage:Contains over 116,000 records of documents on economic and social development including serial titles held and monographs acquired since 1987 Journal articles selectively indexed since 1990.

BMJ Best Practice

Access information:On campus and mobile access.
Description:BMJ Best Practice is a point of care tool from BMJ Evidence Centre designed to support clinical decision making from diagnosis to treatment. The latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion are combined in a single source and presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis
Notes:You need to create an account and type the insitutional number - see link above.

BMJ Case Reports

Access information:Access on campus.
Description:BMJ Case Reports delivers a peer-reviewed collection of cases in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions.
Notes:An access code is required to upload any new Case Reports.

BMJ Learning

Access informationOn campus and off campus.
Remote accessEnd users should register for the first time within the IP range of the institution - after this they can access the information remotely with their newly created user name and password. If a user has previously used a BMJ Product they will need to log in with their existing user name and password, within the IP range, to refresh the account. If you cannot remember your password please click the forgotten password link on the website.
DescriptionBMJ Learning offers online, accredited and peer reviewed learning sessions in text, video, and audio formats for students, doctors and other healthcare professionals. All modules are based on the latest available evidence and are sorted by profession and specialty and can be stored in a personal BMJ portfolio.

Bodleian Library Pre-1920 Catalogue of Printed Works

Access information:Single user CD-ROM workstation, Main Library.
Description:a CD-ROM catalogue of all printed works in European languages and scripts published before 1920 and acquired by the Bodleian Library in Oxford before 1989.

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Bridgeman Education

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:Over 380,000 images from museums, galleries, private collections and contemporary artists all copyright cleared for educational use. Bridgeman Education gives you access to the visual culture of every civilization and every period from Prehistory to the present day across continents and civilisations.

Brill's Companions in Classical Studies Online I

Access information:Available on and off campus.
Description:This first online collection of Brill's acclaimed series of Companions in Classical Studies presents the best in current scholarship in a variety of subjects.
These 25 volumes, ranging from Homer to Ovid and from Aegean Greece in the Fourth Century BC to Flavian Rome, will be of use to scholars and students alike as excellent starting points for teaching as well as research.

Brill's Medieval Reference Library

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Description:Brill's Medieval Reference Library includes three major encyclopedias on medieval dress and textiles; medieval pilgrimage; the medieval chronicle.

Brill's New Jacoby

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Description:Brings together online Felix Jacoby's monumental Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker and Brill's New Jacoby, in a completely new edition of the great work for classical scholars with abundant new commentaries in English. Includes facing English translations of the Greek texts, in a fully searchable and indexed online format.

Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online

Access information.Access on and off campus.

Brill's New Pauly

Access information:Access on and off-campus. Choose Brill Online Reference Works to access this database
Description:Recognized standard reference work for students and scholars of the ancient world. Brill's New Pauly is the English edition of the authoritative Der Neue Pauly, published by Verlag J.B. Metzler since 1996, and both versions of the text are available online, fully searchable and cross referenced.
Coverage:Fifteen volumes (Antiquity, 1-15) are devoted to Greco-Roman antiquity and cover more than two thousand years of history, from the second millennium BC to early medieval Europe.
Five volumes (Classical Tradition, I-V) are uniquely concerned with the long and influential aftermath of antiquity and the process of continuous reinterpretation and revaluation of the ancient heritage, including the history of classical scholarship.

British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography

Access information:On and off campus access from www.biab.ac.uk
Description:Covers with data derived from Index of Archaeological Papers, Archaeological Bibliography of Great Britain and Ireland and British Archaeological Abstracts. Abstracts are available for most publications from 1967.
Coverage:Publications from 1695 to 1992.

British Cartoon Archive

Access information.Free access on and off campus. You will be prompted to select University of Edinburgh and then your EASE login when downloading images.
Description.The British Cartoon Archive, from the University of Kent at Canterbury, exists to encourage and facilitate the study of cartoons and caricatures published in the United Kingdom. This is achieved by collecting, preserving, cataloguing, exhibiting, and distributing the work of cartoonists and caricaturists, and by encouraging and publishing studies of their art. The BCA database contains details of the main cartoon collections held in the archive which can be searched online. Cartoons can be found under any of the cataloguing terms used (eg cartoonist, publication, date, name or subject). The database gives access to cartoon images and catalogue information. For publication purposes, digital images with supporting copyright details can be ordered through the feedback section of the website.
Coverage.The database is a unique archive of over 140,000 pieces of cartoon artwork published in the UK.

British Education Index

Access information:Access on campus. Available off campus using the VPN.
Description:Compiled and edited at the University of Leeds, BEI provides details about the contents of various literature sources: over 300 education and training journals published in the British Isles, similar report and conference literature, and texts.

British Film Institute: Inview

Access information:Access on and off campus. Select Login, and then key in University of Edinburgh. You will then be prompted for your EASE login.
Description:InView comprises over 2,000 non-fiction film and television titles from the 20th century to the early 21st. It is easily searchable, comprehensively catalogued and clearly organised under six main themes, each with an introductory essay by an academic historian.

British Library Archival Sound Recordings

Access information:Access on and off campus. Choose Log in via your home organisation and follow instructions.
Description:This service provides access to digitised recordings of some of the Sound Archives' collections. Archival Sound Recordings is the result of a development project to increase access to the British Library Sound Archive's extensive collections.

British Library General Catalogue of Printed Books to 1975

Access information:Single user CD-ROM workstation, Main Library.
Description:A catalogue of 5.7 million records including the largest collection of pre-1914 imprints in the world. Contains all entries for pre-1975 imprints acquired and catalogued by the British Library prior to 1976 and all pre-1971 imprints acquired and catalogued before the end of 1982.

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British Periodicals

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:Provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images.
Coverage:from 1680s to 1930s

British Standards Online

Access information:Access on-campus. Use VPN for off-campus.
Description:Full-text of over 39,000 current, draft and historic British Standards, more than 16,000 of which are BSI adopted European and International Standards (ISO) including the full-text of all Eurocodes. An email alert service is available to track any changes in selected current Standards.
Coverage:Updated daily.

Burney Newspaper Collection

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:Search the newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles.
Coverage:Newspapers, pamphlets, books: 1757-1817.

Business Source Complete

Access information:Access on and off-campus.
Description:The world’s largest full text business database, Business Source Complete provides full text for nearly 3,300 scholarly business journals, including full text for more than 1000 peer-reviewed business publications. This database provides full text for more than 300 of the top scholarly journals. Updated daily.
Coverage:1922-present.

Butterworths Scots Law Direct

Access information:Laws of Scotland Online is available via LexisLibrary (was LexisNexis Butterworths). On and off campus access. Off campus login via UK federation and select University of Edinburgh from drop down menu.
Description:Contains essential services for anyone interested in Scots law, including Scottish Case Reports Direct and Scottish Legislation Direct.

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