Archive for November, 2008

November 26, 2008

New library podcast available

by Debbie

The newest library podcast has just been released. It’s called ‘Library services for students with disabilities’, and can be found on the library’s podcast page. You can listen to it through the webpage, or download it to an mp3 player if you prefer.

There is also an RSS feed, so you can subscribe in iTunes or other podcast software – that way you won’t miss a new podcast!

If you have any feedback on the library’s podcasts, please use the feedback form at the bottom of the podcast page.

November 25, 2008

Resource of the Month: Intute

by Debbie

Intute is an online database which makes it easy to find appropriate and relevant resources for your subject. All resources listed on Intute have been evaluated by subject specialists, so you know that they are high-quality, useful and reliable sources. Intute is aimed at the UK Higher and Further Education sectors, and is run by a consortium of British universities.

Intute is split into four broad subject areas: Science and Technology, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Health and Life Sciences. Within these, you can select more specialised sections. For example, in the Science and Technology section, there is an Environment gateway, which gathers together resources concerned with environmental science. You can search the whole database, or a subsection of it, so you should be able to find some resources which are relevant to your research. Intute also publish support materials to help you get the most out of the internet.

There are several other useful sections. You can personalise the site using MyIntute, which allows you to save and tag records. This requires registration, but is free to use. (MyIntute is currently in development.) You can also keep up with the site by following the blog, or if you prefer you can follow one of the subject blogs. You can also view the latest resources which have been added to the site (again available as an RSS feed). Each of the four main subject areas have many other useful features – look under ‘Additional Services’ in the left hand menu.

We hope you enjoy using Intute! If you have any questions, or would like to suggest a resource that you find useful for future inclusion on the blog, please email me, or leave a comment here on the blog.

November 24, 2008

Scholarly communication event

by Debbie

The Research Information Network is holding a free event on scholarly communication/open access on the 11th December, entitled “What does it cost and who pays? Scholarly communications globally and in the UK”. Please see the flyer below for more information.

‘What does it cost?’ Flyer

November 21, 2008

Central Library access this weekend

by Debbie

This weekend, a new air curtain will be installed by the main doors to the Central Library. To do this, the main doors will need to be closed all weekend. Access will be by doors further along the front of the library. The library will be open as usual during these works. We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause.

November 18, 2008

New books in the Library

by Debbie

Here’s this month’s (very short!) list of new books for Environmental Technology. If you’d like to suggest a book for the Library to purchase, please use the book suggestion form, or email Katharine directly. We’d love to have your suggestions.

New Environmental Technology books November 2008

November 13, 2008

ScienceDirect unavailable this Saturday

by Debbie

ScienceDirect will be unavailable due to upgrade work for 9 hours this Saturday (15th November) in the afternoon and evening from 1:00 p.m. UTC/GMT until 10:00 p.m. UTC/GMT.

November 12, 2008

Library Workshops: November-December 2008

by Debbie

The library’s lunchtime training sessions for November and December are listed below. To book a session, please use the booking form on the library website. More details on each session can be found here.


Wednesday 19 November



Thursday 20 November


Intelligent Use of the Internet

Monday 24 November



Tuesday 25 November



Wednesday 26 November



Thursday 27 November


Engineering Village

Monday 1 December


Scifinder Scholar

Tuesday 2 December


Web of Science

Thursday 4 December


Reading and Note Taking

Friday 5 December


IEEE Xplore

Monday 8 December


November 7, 2008

Spiral top twenty downloads – October 2008

by Debbie

The top twenty most viewed papers for October are now available from the Spiral site.

For more information on Spiral, Imperial College’s digital repository, please visit the Spiral Repository page on the library website, or see the Spiral FAQ.

November 4, 2008

New environmental technology e-journal available from the library – November 2008

by Debbie

The library has recently subscribed to the following journal title relating to environmental technology. It is accessible via the library catalogue.

Title: Photon international: the photovoltaic magazine
Available from: Vol. 1 (2008) onwards
Access: Only available at the South Kensington campus. Requires a specific username and password available from the Library Help Desk. This should not be disclosed to anyone.
Published by: Solar Verlag GmbH

The username and password also allow access to the picture archive at

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