The JISC, our funding body, have commissioned a survey of the service (along with all the other Mimas and Edina services.) They would like you to “tell us more about you and why you are using this service”.
Records from the University of Exeter’s Middle East, Arab World Document Unit and Special Collections are now available on Copac.
The Middle East Collection is strong in most areas of Islamic studies, especially religion, philosophy, history, Arabic literature and all the social sciences. The AWDU covers all aspects of life (except literature and religion) in the Arabian countries plus Iran. The major strengths of the Special Collections include medieval and early modern history, nineteenth century studies and history of popular culture, and twentieth century literary and historical studies.
Exeter is the first library to be loaded as part of the Challenge fund – 11 others will be added as part of the project by Spring 2008. To see more information about the libraries to be loaded visit the forthcoming libraries page.
Simply visit Searching Copac from your Web Browser on the Copac FAQ page and click one of the links to add Copac to your web browser. A pop up box will appear, select ‘Add’ in Firefox or ‘Add Provider’ in IE, and you’ll be able to start searching straight away.
Let us know if there are other plugins you’d find useful – maybe subject searching – and we can try and create more.
There are still many people in the academic community (never mind the general public) who do not know about Copac and the other MIMAS and Edina services. Attending exhibitions such as Umbrella enables us to meet users, get some feedback and, hopefully, gain a few more users.
Several librarians attending the exhibition enquired about promotional materials that they could hand out to their users. We have created a range of flyers and userguides for Copac including A3 and A4 posters, A5 flyers, 3-fold A4 userguides and small quick-guides. If you would like a selection of these for your library or department (free of charge to Higher and Further Education) then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.