Archive for January, 2010

January 27, 2010

Library training workshops in February and March

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 (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.

All subjects using Google Scholar. Google Scholar is a service which uses the Google search engine, but searches only scholarly resources. This session will cover search tips, what Google Scholar can do for you, and the advantages and disadvantages of using Google Scholar

Chemical information using Scifinder Scholar. SciFinder Scholar is a key chemistry resource and also covers biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, medicine, and related disciplines.

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


CSA Tuesday 9 February 2010
Ebsco Friday 12 February 2010
Engineering Village Thursday 4 March 2010
Google Scholar Thursday 25 February 2010
IEEE Xplore Monday 1 March 2010
Intelligent Use of the Internet Friday 19 February 2010
MetaLib Monday 22 February 2010
PubMed Monday 15 February 2010
Reading and Note Taking Monday 1 February 2010
RefWorks Friday 5 February 2010
SciFinder Scholar Thursday 18 February 2010
Web of Science Tuesday 9 March 2010

All sessions are in Training room 1 on Level 1 of the Central Library.

To book

Please complete the booking form at to register for any of these sessions.

January 22, 2010

Latest issue of Impact available

by Debbie

The Spring issue of Impact is now available. This issue focuses on the research community, with articles on:

  • Researcher interviews
  • Library projects supporting researchers
  • Open access publishing
  • Working off-campus

You can pick up a copy from your nearest library, or you can click on the cover image on the right to view the pdf version online.

January 21, 2010

ScienceDirect scheduled outage this weekend

by Debbie

ScienceDirect will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for approximately 12 hours from 1:00PM GMT Saturday, 23 January to 1:00AM GMT Sunday, 24 January.

For information on the new upgrades please see the ScienceDirect website.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

January 15, 2010

Library poll: How do you visit the Library website?

by Debbie

We have a new poll up on the Library website, and we’d love to hear your views! This time, we’d like to know how you visit the website. You can see the poll on the right hand side of the library website.

January 11, 2010

Library catalogue maintenance 12th – 13th January

by Debbie

E-Journal records will be temporarily unavailable via the Library Catalogue from Tuesday 12th January 2010 at 2pm and on Wednesday 13th January 2010. This is due to essential maintenance of the Library catalogue. The records will be available again from Thursday 14th January 2010.

During this time you can access e-Journal resources via the A-Z Journal List as usual.

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