Archive for October, 2007

October 26, 2007

UN publish GEO4

by Katharine Thompson

The United Nations has just published the fourth Global Environment Outlook: environment for development (GEO-4) assessment.

The full report (which is a whopping 572 pages and 22.5Mb) is available from the United Nations Environment Programme website.

A copy has also been ordered for the library, and we’ve tagged it on as well.

October 25, 2007

Need help using library resources? Come to our free training courses

by Katharine Thompson

The library’s Learning & Research Support Programme is running a series of training courses starting next week on the following topics:

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

Reading & Note Taking – learn techniques for improving your reading and note taking skills

Drop-in sessions: Hammersmith Campus Library – More information coming soon.

Web of Science
Monday 29 October – 12:00 – 13:00
Friday 16 November – 13:00 – 14:00

Thursday 1 November – 12:00 – 13:00
Tuesday 20 November – 13:00 – 14:00

Reading & Note Taking
Friday 2 November – 12:00 – 13:00
Friday 7 December – 13:00 – 14:00

Intelligent use of the Internet
Monday 5 November – 12:00 – 13:00
Friday 23 November – 13:00 – 14:00

Tuesday 6 November – 12:00 – 13:00
Thursday 29 November – 13:00 – 14:00

Friday 9 November – 12:00 – 13:00
Monday 26 November – 13:00 – 14:00

Monday 12 November – 12:00 – 13:00
Tuesday 4 December – 13:00 – 14:00

EBSCO Business Source Complete
Tuesday 13 November – 12:00 – 13:00
Friday 30 November – 13:00 – 14:00

Thursday 15 November – 12:00 – 13:00
Monday 3 December – 13:00 – 14:00

All sessions are in the training room on Level 5 of the Central Library.

To book please complete the booking form to register for any of these sessions.

October 23, 2007

100% car free Olympics?

by Katharine Thompson

Start walking now! The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) have just announced their plans to make the London 2012 games car free by getting all spectators to the venues by public transport, by bicycle, or on foot.

The draft consultation plan is available at the London2012 website.

As it’s rare that a week passes without me claiming my Tube fare back from Transport for London due to delays, I wish them the very best of luck!

October 23, 2007

New Scientist – Special Report on Climate Change/Energy & Fuels

by Katharine Thompson

The New Scientist have put together a special report on climate change and energy and fuels featuring many of the articles they’ve published recently on these topics.

Online access to the New Scientist is available via the Digital Library.

And they are also on

October 23, 2007

How green was my valley? WWF measure ecological footprints

by Katharine Thompson

In the news this week is the WWF’s report on the ecological footprints of 60 UK cities.

Read the full report online.

The report has also been tagged on our account.

October 22, 2007

Using Write-N-Cite in Mech Eng 305

by Katharine Thompson

The Write-N-Cite plugin has now been loaded onto the PCs in Mech Eng 305.

You must install Write-N-Cite on your network profile, otherwise you’ll get an error message when you try to access it.

Installation only takes a few seconds and full instructions are attached.

If you have any problems using Write-N-Cite, or with any aspect of RefWorks, please get in touch.

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