Archive for May, 2011

May 18, 2011

Blogs, Twitter, Wikis and other Web-based Tools: Collaborating and Building your Online Presence

by Debbie

Course leaders: Jenny Evans and Ruth Harrison, College Library

Suitable for: PhD Students / MSc Students

Course Description:
This course gives participants the opportunity to consider the implications of using web 2.0 tools and technologies (also known as social media, social software, new or emerging technologies) on their online (and consequently research) identity as well potential legal and ethical impacts. Students will set up their own blog to use for the duration of the programme and be expected to post a minimum of 6 blog posts to critically evaluate the three compulsory elements and the three chosen optional elements.
Participants will register for the entire programme which runs over 6 weeks and will include:

  • Compulsory practical workshop: Friday 27 May 10.00-12.00 (Central Library, SK) (2 hours)
  • Optional content: Three out of seven optional modules to be completed online between Friday 27 May and Friday 1 July 2011. Each of these modules are expected to take between 30 – 60 minutes to complete. There will be an optional social reference management tools workshop (date to be confirmed) that participants can choose to attend.

In addition to the workshops, it is expected that a minimum of 1.5 hours independent work will be needed to complete the programme.

If you cannot attend the compulsory workshop but still wish to participate in this course, please contact as a repeat session may be run if there is enough interest.

May 18, 2011

New books in the library

by Debbie

Here’s the latest list of new books which have been added to the library’s Environmental Technology collection.

As ever, if you have any suggestions for books that you’d like the library to purchase, please email Katharine.

May 12, 2011

Wiley Online Library Site Maintenance 14th May

by Debbie

Due to essential site maintenance, Wiley have informed us that access to Wiley Online Library may be interrupted on Saturday 14th May from 10am BST. The interruption will last up to 2 hours.

May 10, 2011

Spiral top twenty downloads for April 2011

by Debbie

The list of the top 20 downloads from Spiral for April 2011 is now available to view on the Library website.

Spiral, the Digital Repository for research output of Imperial College London, aims to:

  • increase the visibility of the College’s research publications
  • allow free and open access to all material added to it, and
  • provide links to academics’ professional web pages

To find out more about Spiral, click here.

May 4, 2011

Library training sessions for the Summer term

by Debbie

Booking is now open for this term’s database sessions. Come and learn how to find information for your projects at the library’s introductory database sessions on the following subjects:


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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Study 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.

Current awareness in your subject: This hands-on workshop will show you a number of methods (such as using a Google Reader account) to enable you to keep up to date with new developments in your subject field, including research findings and news items.

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!

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.

Reading & Note Taking: Learn techniques for improving your reading and note taking skills

Reference Management

RefWorks: Learn how to store your references and create a reference list


Academic Writing: Thursday 26 May 2011 12.00 – 13.00

CSA: Tuesday 10 May 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Current awareness in your subject: Monday 16 May 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Ebsco: Monday 13 June 2011 12.00 -13.00

Google Scholar: Thursday 23 June 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Intelligent Use of the Internet: Thursday 9 June 2011 12.00 -13.00

MetaLib: Tuesday 31 May 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Presentation Skills: Thursday 16 June 2011 12.00 -13.00

PubMed: Tuesday 7 June 2011 12.00 -13.00

Reading and Note Taking: Thursday 19 May 2011 12.00 -13.00

RefWorks: Thursday 12 May 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Resources for Engineering: Tuesday 24 May 2011 12.000 -13.00

SciFinder Scholar: Monday 6 June 2011 12.00 -13.00

Web of Science : Tuesday 17 May 2011 12.00 -13.00

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

To book

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

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