ALISS wishes you an appy christmas! See our recommended research apps

To celebrate 2013 Christmas season. Here is our advent list of recommended apps for students and researchers in the social sciences.

  1. First on our list the British Library apps – includes the 19th century app which has thousands of books covering arrange of topics. for French readers get free access to French historic books from Gallica via the BNF the national Library of France. Try the New York Public Library collections – they have apps for their World’s Fair archives and their Frankenstein and Shelley’s circle collection.
  2. More on books try the Google books app to search for contents pages and free editions. Project Gutenberg provides free access to classic out of copyright texts via its mobile version. Worldcat Mobile allows you to search the library catalogue of the major libraries of the world to locate printed copies
  3. Dictionaries – try for free the American Merriam Webster – which also has words of the day
  4. News services – a good selection are: Bloomberg: business and finance news.BBC news Economist has free access to some editor picks.Politico politics news (mainly usa) Reuters news services.
  5. Maps – try Google Mapsopenstreetmap has mobile versions. Highways agency – traffic app
  6. For Geographers. FieldTrip GB is being developed by EDINA. this will enable mobile data capture
  7. Keep in contact on your field trips using SKYPE for mobile use.
  8. US census data .UK Government data has some mobile apps
  9. more examples of data and publications  from these great international organisation website  World Bank , EU news , IMF data, OECD fact book
  10. try these museum and art galeries online Museum of London the street museum lets you view london streets in the past. V&A.Art galleries Tate includes a dictionary of modern art terms and gallery guides.
    Louvre top 100 paintings and exhibition guide. Metropolitan Museum of Art explorer
  11. Search for articles. Google scholar, medical articles on pubmed . many subscription databasesalso have mobile versions. Try ebsco,
    ISI web of science.
  12. Information literacy – citing and referencing. University of Lincoln Harvard system .University of St Mark & St John, MARGen –  Marjon Academic Reference Generator

ALISS 12 days of christmas recommendations

Here are recommendations for the 12 days of christmas (for social scientists!)

On the first day of Christmas, My true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree. Here are some resources for orchards and pear trees.

2.  Turtle Doves – here are some data and mapping resources relating to birds!

3. French hens – hens and eggs data

4. Calling birds – resources on bird songs!

  •  BBC Radio 4 has a collection of bird songs from common Uk birds which you can download.
  • The British Library sound archive has an entry on the language of birds which discusses the purpose of their songs and gives examples.
  • Xeno-Canto is a free website dedicated to sharing bird songs and sounds from around the world.
  • Macaulay Library Sound & Video catalog The Macaulay Library is the world’s largest archive of animal sounds. It contains more than 160,000 recordings of 67 percent of the world’s birds, and it is rapidly increasing its holdings of insects, fish, frogs, and mammals.Search the database for animal sounds and behavior. Visualize sounds using a spectrogram. Speed up or slow down sounds. Create spectrograms from your own sounds. Spectrograms can be customized with a clickable world map or by using an advance or simple Boolean search. Windows 2000 or newer is needed to use the spectrograms.

5. Gold rings

  • The world Bank blog regularly updates on commodity prices.
  • Trade body the World Gold Council provides some free access to issues of its Gold Market trends from 1996 onwards.
  •  Kitco has some free price and commodity news.

6. Geese a laying

7.   Swans a swimming

  • Swans as culinary fare! – From the Institute of Historical research. See the recipe for swan offal:
    • Chawdoun for swannes. Take ðe lyuer and ðe offal of the swannes, & do it to see ð in gode broth; take it vp. Pyke out ðe bonys; take & hewe the flessh smale. Make a lyour of crustes of brede & of ðe blode of ðe swan ysoden, & do ðerto powdour of gynger, of clowes, & of piper, & a litul wyne & salt, & see ð it, & cast ðe flessh ðerto iheweed; & messe it forth with ðe swan irostede. – Hieatt, Constance B. & Butler, Sharon (eds.)  (1985), p. 131. tasty recipe for swan offal and liver. swan pie from the food history blog.
  • Google books also has some interestingpies.
  • Finally a cheesy Christmas swan song from youtube – Gooseneck hill waterfowl sanctuary.

8. Eight maids a-milking,

9. Ladies Dancing

10. Lords a leaping

11. Pipers Piping.

12. Drums drumming.