Archive for April, 2010

April 29, 2010

Library poll: Core Text Collection

by Debbie


The Library is looking for your opinion about whether you feel the Core Text Collection is useful. 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.

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April 27, 2010

PC timeouts in the Central Library

by Debbie

Many students complained about access to computers via our recent library survey. As we move into the busy revision/examination period we want to make sure everyone gets a fair opportunity to use the PCs available.

To help achieve this we’ve introduced an automatic logout time of 15 minutes for all PCs in the Central Library on the South Kensington campus.

This will operate as follows:

  • After 10 minutes of inactivity your PC will lock (but can be unlocked by the current user)
  • After a further 5 minutes the PC will automatically logout (NOTE: unsaved work is lost)

Any machine that has logged out will automatically be available for others to use.

April 26, 2010

Summer issue of Impact now available

by Debbie

The latest issue of Impact, the Library’s newsletter, is now available. You can pick up a copy from your local library, or you can read it online on the library website.

This issue has articles on:

  • the Library Student Survey 2009 – what you said and how we are developing services in response to your feedback
  • top tips for writing up
  • collection changes at Central
  • Document Delivery to your desktop
April 21, 2010

Lunchtime training workshops: Summer timetable

by Debbie

The timetable for the Library’s free one-hour lunchtime training sessions is now available. The sessions are aimed at undergraduates, but anyone is welcome. You can see the whole list, and book sessions, on the Library training workshops page on the website, but sessions which might interest Environmental Technology students are:

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.

CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts)
CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) covers major areas of research, including environmental sciences, materials science, biological sciences, engineering and computer science.

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.

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.

Academic Writing
This course will show you techniques for improving your academic writing skills. You will learn how to understand essay questions, look at different academic writing formats and gain some tips to help in those all important exams.

Intelligent use of the Internet
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
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.

If you’d like to attend, please use the booking form to reserve a place.

April 20, 2010

New books in the Library

by Debbie

The latest crop of new books is now available in the library. Please click the pdf icon below to view the list.

As always, if something shows up as being in Processing, you can place a hold to be notified when it’s available. If you have a suggestion for purchase, then please email Katharine.

April 12, 2010

Spiral top twenty downloads for March 2010

by Debbie

The top twenty most viewed papers for March 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.

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