Archive for January, 2009

January 30, 2009

EndNote Web and ISI Web of Knowledge maintenance

by Debbie

Please note that EndNote Web and ISI Web of Knowledge will be down for maintenance this weekend.

The maintenance for EndNote Web will commence on Saturday, January 31 at 02.00 GMT.

The maintenance for the ISI Web of Knowledge will commence on Sunday, February 1 2009 at 14.00 GMT.

For further details, please see this item on the library website.

January 28, 2009

Library Forum Q&A

by Debbie

The questions submitted to the Library Forum, and the Library’s answers to them, have now been posted on the Library website. You can read them here.

If there’s anything that you would like to raise with us, good or bad, then you don’t need to wait! You can submit comments through our feedback form.

January 27, 2009

New e-journals A-Z list

by Debbie

We’re testing a new format for our e-journals list. The new format should make it easier to find journals by subject or publisher, as well as allowing you to check SFX for details of what our subscription covers. For more details of the changes, please see the announcement on the library webpage.

You can access the new version here.

As ever, we’re looking for your feedback – please send any comments you have to Owen Stephens.

January 26, 2009

Reference Management training

by Debbie

Baffled by Reference Manager? Confused by EndNote? If so, then you might like to know that the library runs training sessions on these two reference management packages.

You can find more information on what the training covers, along with details of session times and how to book, on the library website.

January 22, 2009

Colloborative workspaces for projects

by Katharine Thompson

Need some tools and software to help you organise and coordinate your project?

Think about using the following:


  • wikis are a great collaborative workspace
  • they allow lots of people to create and edit documents together using a simple interface
  • a log, or history of each amendment is made so you can see who has added or changed content
  • need security? you can keep your wiki private – only invited members can see it, and you can limit the editing rights of some members if you like
  • documents (PDFs, Word, Excel etc) can be attached to the wiki
  • media such as photos, RSS feeds, YouTube and Google videos and music can be added to the wiki
  • need to talk? most wikis have a discussion forum where you can share ideas or add comments

Want a wiki?

The College has wiki software. To set up a wiki for your group you will need to contact ICT. Not sure how long it takes to get these set up.

If you want a wiki right now this minute then there are lots of free ones available on the Internet. I’d recommend Wetpaint as I’ve used it before. I’ve also heard good things about PBwiki and Mediwiki (although I think this requires you to download some software to use it).

Google Docs:

  • like a wiki Google docs allows people to collaborate on documents in a range of formats including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • create or load an existing document to Google docs and invite others in your group to edit and add to it
  • need security? you can specify who can see and edit your documents
  • store your documents online for easy access
  • folders allow you to organise your documents

Want to use Google Docs?

It’s free to join and signing up is easy. If you already have a Google account set up you’re ready to start.

Google Groups:

  • in Google groups you can create a group of your project members
  • need to talk? you can have discussions either online, or via email with others in your group
  • add content by creating webpages
  • upload documents for discussion

Want to set up a Google group?

It’s free to join and signing up is easy. If you already have a Google account set up you’re ready to start.


  • delicious is like IE or Firefox bookmarks or favorites but with loads more features
  • create one account for your group which you can all use and start saving links to all kinds of online material; websites, PDFs, journal articles, videos etc. If it has a URL you can add it to delicious
  • you can organise, search for, and retrieve your links by using tags to describe the content
  • there is a note field for each link where you can add a longer description if you need to
  • delicious is designed to be public, but you can make your links private if you prefer
  • you can integrate delicious into your browser to make adding new links super easy (if you’re a FireFox user check out the add-ons for delicious)

Want a delicious account?

delicious is free and easy to set up and use. You can set up one account for your group and share the username and password. Or set up individial accounts and share your links by creating a delicious network. To see delicious in action take a look at the ET delicious account we’ve created for this course.


  • RefShare is a feature of RefWorks
  • you can share references from your RefWorks library with your group
  • select the references you want to share and RefShare creates a unique URL to send to group members
  • need security? only those you email the URL to can see the references, and only people with a RefWorks account can use them
  • group members can download all or some of the references you’ve sent directly into their own RefWorks library
  • you can use folders and descriptor tags in RefWorks to organise your references

Want to use RefShare?

If you’ve set up your RefWorks account you can start using RefShare straight away. Instructions on setting up your account are available in the Library folder on the Core Course Blackboard area.

Need some help?

If you’d like to discuss any of the above in more detail, or would like a quick demo then please get in touch!

January 21, 2009

Training sessions at Central Library

by Debbie

The Library’s training programme is up and running for the Spring term. A list of the sessions is available below, and further details are up on the library website. You can book a session using the online booking form.

Monday 9 February 12-1pm
Wednesday 25 February 1-2pm
CSA covers major areas of research, including materials science, environmental sciences, biological sciences, engineering and computer science. The session will cover techniques and tips for getting the best results out of CSA and will include a practical hands-on session.

Wednesday 18 February 12-1pm
Thursday 12 March 1-2pm
EBSCO Business Source Complete 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. The session will cover techniques and tips for getting the best results out of EBSCO and will include a practical hands-on session.

Engineering Village
Wednesday 4 February 12-1pm
Wednesday 11March 1-2pm
The Engineering Village platform gives access to Compendex, the most comprehensive database for engineering information and Inspec, a key resource in physics, computing, electronic and electrical engineering. The session will cover techniques and tips for getting the best results out of Engineering Village and will include a practical hands-on session.

IEEE Xplore
Monday 26 January 12-1pm
Monday 23 February 1-2pm
IEEE Xplore provides full text access to technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics. The session will cover techniques and tips for getting the best results out of IEEE Xplore and will include a practical hands-on session.

Intelligent use of the Internet
Thursday 12 February 12-1pm
Friday 6 March 1-2pm
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!

Friday 6 February 12-1pm
Monday 2 March 1-2pm
MetaLib is an information portal providing 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. The session will cover techniques and tips for getting the best results out of MetaLib and will include a practical hands-on session.

Monday 16 February 12-1pm
Monday 9 March 1-2pm
PubMed is the most comprehensive source for biomedical articles. This session is for students who need to find information in medicine and related subjects. The session will cover techniques and tips for getting the best results out of PubMed and will include a practical hands-on session.

Reading and Note Taking
Friday 30 January 12-1pm
Thursday 19 March 1-2pm
This course will show you techniques for improving your reading and note taking skills. You will learn how to read efficiently and effectively and how to make clear and useful notes.

Tuesday 10 February 12-1pm
Wednesday 4 March 1-2pm
RefWorks is a web-based package that is particularly useful for undergraduates preparing projects and dissertations, and taught-course postgraduates who don’t use the same PC all the time. This hands-on session will cover techniques and tips on how to import references from databases or text files, build up your own database of relevant references, add correctly formatted citations to word documents and build a bibliography.

SciFinder Scholar
Wednesday 28 January 12-1pm
Friday 20 February 1-2pm
SciFinder Scholar is a key chemistry resource and also covers biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, medicine, and related disciplines. This introductory session is primarily aimed at non Chemistry students. The session will cover techniques and tips for using SciFinder Scholar for text-based searching and will include a practical hands-on session

Web of Science
Monday 2 February 12-1pm
Thursday 26 February 1-2pm
Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of subjects including science, engineering, humanities, medicine, social sciences and statistics. The session will cover techniques and tips for getting the best results out of Web of Science and will include a practical hands-on session.

January 20, 2009

New issue of Impact available!

by Debbie

The latest issue of Impact, the Library’s newsletter, is out now!Impact cover

Get your copy from the Library, or read it online here. This issue, there are articles on What’s hot in the Digital Library?; Your top tens: fiction titles, DVDs and CDs; Citing and referencing; Library lingo: a quick guide to library jargon, and more.

Impact issue 12 – Download it here

January 9, 2009

Library Forum 16 January – Cancelled

by Debbie

We are grateful to everyone who has shown interest in the Library Open Forum but at this busy time, and with some of you facing exams, it has become clear that this is not the best time for the Forum to be held so we have decided to cancel the 16th January meeting. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

We have invited those of you who had planned to attend to meet the Director of Library Services informally, and of course we shall answer all questions you have sent us as well as any further questions you may have.

We shall post your questions and our responses on our website from 19 January.

If you would still like to submit a question please email Alice Ashley-Smith (

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