Archive for April, 2009

April 28, 2009

Library training workshops

by Debbie

The dates of the Library’s training sessions for the summer term are now available. You can find information on what the courses cover here, and you can book using the online booking form.

Thursday 21 May 12.00 – 13.00

Wednesday 3 June 12.00 – 13.00

Engineering Village
Tuesday 26 May 12.00 – 13.00

IEEE Xplore
Wednesday 5 May 12.00 – 13.00

Intelligent use of the internet
Friday 29 May 12.00 – 13.00

Thursday 28 May 12.00 – 13.00

Friday 22 May 12.00 – 13.00

Reading and note taking
Friday 8 May 12.00 – 13.00

Monday 18 May 12.00 – 13.00

SciFinder Scholar
Monday 11 May 12.00 – 13.00

Web of Science
Monday 1 June 12.00 – 13.00

April 21, 2009

New Library poll – vote now!

by Debbie

The Library is looking for your opinion about how you would like to find out about our services. You can vote by visiting the Library home page – the poll is on the right hand side.

If you would like to see the results of our last poll, then you can see them here.

April 17, 2009

Resource of the Month: CrossRef

by Debbie

CrossRef is the official DOI┬« link registration agency for scholarly and professional publications. DOIs, or Digital Object Identifiers, are a way of linking permanently to articles online – CrossRef has a short Flash animation explaining them here, or for more information visit

Also useful on the CrossRef site is the Simple Text Query, which allows you to enter a bibliographic reference and then gives you the DOI associated with that article. If you do not have a complete reference, you can try the other tools on the free DOI lookup page.

April 7, 2009

Spiral Top 20 Downloads – March 2009

by Debbie

March’s list of the top twenty downloads from Spiral, the College’s Digital Repository, is now available. You can view it here.

For more information about Spiral, please visit the Library’s Spiral page.

April 3, 2009

Easter vacation opening hours

by Debbie

easter chickThe Library will be closed from 17.30 on Thursday 9 April and reopen at 08.30 on Monday 13 April. At other times the Library will be open as usual.

April 1, 2009

Change to RefWorks access

by Debbie

From 31 July 2009 there will be changes in access to RefWorks. The Imperial College London Library subscription to Athens will come to an end and a new authentication system called UK Federation (or Shibboleth) will replace it.

When this happens, you will no longer be able to access your current RefWorks account. You will need to transfer your data from your old account to your new one. You can find detailed instructions on how to set up your new account and transfer the information here.

You will not be able to access your current (Athens) RefWorks account after 31 July 2009, so please make sure that you have transferred your account by then. If you have any questions, please ask us!

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