Archive for October, 2010

October 28, 2010

New books in the library

by Debbie

We’ve added more books to the library’s Environmental Technology collection. The list is available below.

If you have any requests for books you would like the library to purchase, please let Katharine know.






October 15, 2010

Library training workshops

by Debbie

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 Resources for engineering students

This workshop will introduce students to the Library’s resources suitable for finding Engineering information more efficiently and effectively. Key databases, e-books and other sources of information will be covered and will include a practical hands-on session

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.

Presentation Skills – get general advice and tips on preparing a presentation, including how to plan a presentation, and what to do when you are a presenter.

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

Academic Writing – learn 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.


Academic Writing: Thursday 25 November 2010 12.00 – 13.00

CSA: Thursday 11 November 2010 12.00 -13.00
Tuesday 7 December 2010 12.00 – 13.00

Ebsco: Wednesday 27 October 2010 12.00 -13.00
Wednesday 24 November 2010 12.00 – 13.00

Google Scholar: Monday 8 November 2010 12.00 -13.00
Monday 22 November 2010 12.00 – 13.00

Intelligent Use of the Internet: Monday 1 November 2010 12.00 -13.00
Wednesday 1 December 2010 12.00 – 13.00

MetaLib: Thursday 4 November 2010 12.00 -13.00
Tuesday 30 November 2010 12.00 – 13.00

Presentation Skills: Friday 3 December 2010 12.00 – 13.00

PubMed: Tuesday 9 November 2010 12.00 -13.00
Thursday 2 December 2010 12.00 – 13.00

Reading and Note Taking: Tuesday 23 November 2010 12.00 – 13.00

RefWorks: Monday 6 December 2010 12.00 – 13.00

Resources for Engineering: Tuesday 2 November 2010 12.00 -13.00
Monday 29 November 2010 12.00 – 13.00

SciFinder Scholar: Monday 25 October 2010 12.00 -13.00
Wednesday 17 November 2010 12.00 – 13.00

Web of Science : Tuesday 16 November 2010 12.00 -13.00
Thursday 9 December 2010 12.00 – 13.00

All sessions are in Training room 1 on Level 1 of the Central Library unless otherwise stated

Note  – any courses not listed are currently fully booked.

To book

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

October 1, 2010


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’re a returning student or member of staff, you will notice some changes here in the Central Library. Over the summer, we’ve re-organised the books into a single sequence. You can read more about the project on the library website. This means that most books are now in a new location, as follows:

  • Level 2: 000 – 532
  • Level 4: 533 – 599
  • Level 5: 600 – 999

Some useful classmarks are:

    303.8 – Research Methods
    330.13 – Environmental Impact Assessment
    333.7 – Environmental economics
    333.707 – Environmental reports
    333.79 – Energy Policy
    339.5 – Environmental policy
    347.24 – Environmental Law
    363.738 – Climate change
    574.3 – Ecology
    614.71 – Air pollution
    620.9 – Renewable energy
    628.5 – Environmental pollution

There are also new additions to the catalogue, in the form of QR codes and the ability to share entries on Facebook, twitter and delicious. Read more about these changes here.

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!

October 1, 2010

Spiral top twenty downloads for September 2010

by Debbie

The top twenty most viewed papers for September 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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