Archive for January, 2007

January 30, 2007

New ET e-journals available from the library

by Katharine Thompson

The library has recently subscribed to the following journal titles relating to environmental technology. Both are accessible via the library catalogue.

EM – the magazine for environmental managers
Available from: 1997 onwards
Access: South Kensington Campus only, via IP authentication
Published by: The Air and Waste Management Association
Blurb from the A&WMA website about this journal title:

EM, A&WMA’s monthly magazine for environmental managers, explores a range of issues affecting the industry with timely, provocative articles and regular columns written by leaders in the field. EM also keeps readers abreast of important developments throughout the year with coverage of regulatory changes; EPA research; new technologies; market analyses; environment, health, and safety issues; new products; professional development opportunities; and more.

Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Available from: online from 1996 onwards, print 1990 to 2006 with some missing issues
Access: South Kensington Campus only, via IP authentication
Published by: The Air and Waste Management Association

Blurb from the A&WMA website about this journal title:

The Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association is one of the oldest continuously published, peer-reviewed, technical environmental journals in the world. First published in 1951 under the name Air Repair, the Journal is intended to serve those occupationally involved in air pollution control and waste management through the publication of timely and reliable information.

January 22, 2007

EndNote, Reference Manager & RefWorks training

by Katharine Thompson

The library runs regular training sessions on EndNote and Reference Manager, and occasional training on Refworks.

Sessions for EndNote and Reference Manager take place Thursday, 25 January and spaces are still available.

To sign up contact Siamand Salehian (

If you can’t make these sessions, don’t worry, they run every month or so. Details of future dates can be found on the Reference Management section of the library website.

And if you’d like help using RefWorks why not sign up for a one hour training session in February. Dates available are Friday 2 February 12:00 to 13:00, or Monday 19 February 13:00 to 14:00. To secure your place please complete the booking form.

January 16, 2007

Get help using library resources with the Central Library Programme

by Katharine Thompson

Come and learn how to find information for your projects at the library’s introductory database sessions on the following subjects:

Business and related subjects using EBSCO Business Source Complete
Ebsco provides access to a wealth of business information including company and country reports and full-text journal articles. This session is for business and non-business students who need to find business information for their projects.

All subjects using CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts)
CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) covers major areas of research, including environmental sciences, materials science, biological sciences, engineering and computer science.

All subjects using Web of Science
This multidisciplinary database covers a wide range of subjects including science, engineering, humanities, medicine and social sciences. It also includes cited references for all articles.

Medicine and related subjects using PubMed
This is the most comprehensive source for biomedical articles. This session is for students who need to find information in medicine and related subjects.

Engineering using Compendex
This is the most comprehensive database for engineering information and is a key resource for all engineering students.

Intelligent use of the Internet – learn which sources on the Internet to trust
We all use the internet but we don’t always know how reliable it is. This session will show you how to decide whether the information you find on the internet is valuable research or just plain rubbish!

Cross-search multiple databases using Metalib, the library’s portal
This information portal provides access to databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the Library. Many of the resources can be cross-searched, where a single search is carried out on more than one database.

RefWorks – learn how to store your references and create a reference list

EBSCO Business Source Complete
Monday 22 January – 12:00 – 13:00
Tuesday 13 February – 13:00 – 14:00

Tuesday 23 January – 12:00 – 13:00
Thursday 8 February – 13:00 – 14:00

Web of Science
Thursday 25 January – 12:00 – 13:00
Monday 5 February – 13:00 – 14:00

Monday 29 January – 12:00 – 13:00
Tuesday 6 February – 13:00 – 14:00

Tuesday 30 January – 12:00 – 13:00
Thursday 15 February – 13:00 – 14:00

Intelligent use of the Internet
Thursday 1 February – 12:00 – 13:00
Monday 12 February – 13:00 – 14:00

Friday 2 February – 12:00 – 13:00
Monday 19 February – 13:00 – 14:00

Friday 16 February – 12:00 – 13:00

All sessions are in PC training room 2, Haldane Collection, Level 1.
Please complete the booking form at to register for these sessions.

Everyone who signs up and attends will be entered into a prize draw for a memory stick!

January 9, 2007

Using RSS feeds on

by Katharine Thompson

I’ve just discovered that every account has it’s own RSS feed. So if you want to know when we add a new link, subscribe to us via your feed reader.

To subscribe just click on the orange RSS button at the bottom of the page, or type the name of the feed ( directly into your feed reader.

If you don’t have a feed reader set up, try Bloglines or GoogleReader. Alternatively, if you use IE7 or Firefox you can manage your feeds directly through your browser.

If you’re wondering what RSS is you’ll find a quick explanation on the library website, or look at Olivia – Unit 9: Current awareness. Remember, you have to log into WebCT 4.1 to access Olivia.

January 8, 2007

It’s delightful, it’s de-lovely- it’s!

by Katharine Thompson

You may have noticed some links on the right hand side of the page to something called ‘’. is a social bookmarking site – one of several now freely available on the internet.

I’ve created a account specifically for the MSc environmental technology which includes about 70 links to URLs contained in the core course lecture notes and presentations on WebCT. Others I’ve added as I’ve come across resources which seem useful and of a decent standard.

As is a social bookmarking site you can create your own account and link it to mine, and recommend websites to one another. It also has the advantage of being web based so unlike conventional bookmarks or favorites it moves with you.

You can also create your own ‘tags’ and add notes to describe the content which help you retrieve websites from your collection.

For example, I’ve added lecturer’s initials as tags so you can easily find all the websites or online reports they’ve recommended without having to search back through all your notes or WebCT pages.

For more information please read the brief user guide I’ve written.
User guide to

There is also a link to on the WebCT ET gateway so you can access it from there.

If you do decide to create your own account please add me to your network so we can share resources with other students.

This is a bit of an experiment – so let me know what you think by leaving a comment, or send me an email.

(And apologies to Cole Porter for the title of this post!)

January 8, 2007

ICL Library catalogue – new and improved for 2007

by Katharine Thompson

iLink, the library catalogue has just got a lot more colourful and informative. As well as your usual list of search results you’ll also be able to see the book jacket, table of contents and/or summary.

(Please note, as the data is obtained externally these enhancements are not available for every title.)

January 5, 2007

Encyclopedia of Earth

by Katharine Thompson

The Encyclopedia of Earth is a free, searchable online encyclopaedia containing articles on a wide range of environment related topics. New articles are being added constantly and most of the authors are academics or experts in a particular field.

As their website says:

The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other’s work….Our goal is to make the Encyclopedia of Earth the largest reliable information resource on the environment in history.

A good alternative to Wikipedia!

January 3, 2007

Changes to searching ScienceDirect

by Katharine Thompson

ScienceDirect have announced that they will be implementing a new search engine to improve information retrieval in the database. During the implementation period e-mail alerts will not be sent, although you will receive any missed alerts the following week.

ScienceDirect released the following details:

On January 21, 2007, ScienceDirect will implement the highly acclaimed FAST Enterprise Search PlatformTM. All Search, Citation and Topic Alerts as well as Saved Searches will be suspended during the period 14 January until 21 January. All alerts during that one-week period will be delivered in the following week, so users will not miss any search results. The 30 day Archive will not be reloaded and will start from January 21, so if you want to save your archived records do so before January 14.

If you’re a regular SD user please read the Search Reference Guide for details of changes to functionality.

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