Archive for October, 2009

October 27, 2009

Library poll: tell us what you think of ebooks!

by Debbie

opinion poll 01There’s a new poll on the library website. This time, we’d like to know what you think of ebooks. The poll is located on the right hand side of the page. It only takes a second to vote, so please tell us what you think!

You can see results of previous library polls here.

October 23, 2009

New search tools for Web of Knowledge

by Debbie

WoK screencap
ISI Web of Knowledge has some new tools that may be of interest. The tools allow you to conduct a search across the ISI Web of Knowledge and easily perform an ‘All Databases search’.

1. Web Browser search extension

The search extension allows you to easily perform an ‘All Databases search’ directly from your browser’s search bar.

(Please note that only Firefox 2 and above and IE 7 and above are supported.)

Internet Explorer at:

Firefox at:

2. The ISI Web of Knowledge Widget for your Desktop

The widget is an icon that you can download directly your desktop to perform a search of ISI Web of Knowledge. Search terms can be entered directly into the box. You can download the widget here:

If you have any problems using these tools or widgets, please contact the Mimas ISI Web of Knowledge helpdesk at:

October 19, 2009

Resource of the Month: RSS feeds

by Debbie

RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. What this means is that it’s a handy way to keep track of what’s new with your favourite websites – without having to visit them every day. Essentially, you need an aggregator to read feeds, and then you need feeds to read!

To get an idea of what RSS feeds are, watch this short video from CommonCraft:

We’ve also produced a guide in the library with the information; you can download it from the Library guides section on Blackboard, or from below.

Quick guide to RSS

Two of the most popular aggregators, or feed readers, are Google Reader and Bloglines. You can sign up for an account with one of these for free.

Once you’ve got an account, you need to add some feed to it. Some useful environmental technology ones are:

The Environmental News Network has a variety of feeds, listed here.

The Guardian’s Environment section has a useful news feed, and also has some for specific areas, such as climate change.

The BBC offers several different news feeds. You can also set up a search feed through them, so for example you can be alerted to all news stories which mention ‘biofuels’. Instructions on how to do this are here.

If you like to keep track of Tables of Contents (ToCs) of journals, you can set up RSS feeds to alert you using a service like ticTOCs or Zetoc.

Similarly, you can often set up RSS feeds of searches in many databases, which can free up yet more space in your email inbox!


October 13, 2009

Library training workshops starting soon!

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 Illumina
CSA 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 Engineering Village
This is the most comprehensive database for engineering information and is a key resource for all engineering students.

Engineering using IEEE Xplore
IEEE Xplore provides full text access to technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics

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

For a complete timetable, and to book your training session please visit the library website

October 7, 2009

New issue of Impact out now

by Debbie

Impact 14 cover

The latest issue of Impact, the library newsletter, is available now. This time, there are features on:

  • Introducing your library service
  • key resources for your subject
  • the library website
  • staying in touch
  • tips on effective reading and notetaking
  • printing and copying

You can get your copy by visiting the library, or you can view it online by clicking the cover image.

October 5, 2009

Welcome to the Library!

by Debbie

Hello, and welcome to the Imperial College Library blog for Environmental Technology. This blog should help you keep informed about library news, new resources, and other interesting information. You can either subscribe to the RSS feed, or if you prefer to get information by email, you can subscribe here.

If you’re a new student, then you might like to visit the 6 steps for new students section of the library website, where you can find all the information you need to start using the library.

If you have a question, please contact us (see the Get in touch! page), or leave us a comment here on the blog.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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