Tuesday, 24 March 2009

IEEE Xplore

This week the IEEE announced the addition of its two millionth article to IEEE Xplore. Known as "the world’s largest source of valuable, cutting-edge, research, standards and educational courses" it provides almost one-third of the world's highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, aerospace systems, telecommunications and biomedical science.

The University of Sheffield provides access to the IEEE Xplore platform via MUSE where you're able to search and retrieve full text documents from the IEEE's range of journals, conference proceedings, standards and a limited number of IET articles. If you need help searching the database there are a number of useful tutorials available in the support section of the website or alternatively you can contact myself or Carmen.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Searching Find It @ Sheffield

To help you search ejournals with the new Find It platform we've compiled a list of ten search tips and included illustrations to demonstrate. If you have any feedback about this short search guide please comment or email me directly for further help.

You'll need to click 'Read the rest of this entry' to access the full post.

1) If you know exactly what you're looking for you can use the starts with button to be prompted with predictive text:

Title Search

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Be Amazing with Mental Floss

Mental Floss magazine wants you to Be Amazing and to be amazing all you have to do is stand on the shoulders of geniuses and then bask in the glow of admiring fans:
What good are the world's greatest geniuses if you can't muddy their shoulder pads and use their accomplishments as a step stool? mental_floss has combed through every success story in history to deliver this ultimate how-to guide for climbing your way to greatness. Whether you want to glow in the dark, swallow a sword, quit smoking, find Atlantis, live forever, get out of jury duty, buy the Moon, sink a battleship, stop global warming, become a ninja, or simply be the center of the universe, Be Amazing covers all the essential life skills. Just absorb a few pages, then let the hero worship begin! (Amazon)

One of the chapters even includes a step-by-step guide on How to Destroy Civilization with Nanotechnology. So I thought I'd link you to the promotional video made with cutting-edge motion capture technology for a bit more inspiration during National Science and Engineering Week:

Friday, 6 March 2009

Elsevier User Tests

This is a short plea for participants to get involved with some testing of Elsevier's research tools - Scopus and ScienceDirect. As the University of Sheffield is an Elsevier Development Partner we have the opportunity to provide insight, direction and expertise on all aspects of the operational and strategic developments by ensuring research products meet the changing information needs of its users.

So if you're interested in helping each other and the future of Elsevier services sign up as a participant and you'll even be rewarded with Amazon vouchers (you must select your gift preference on the sign up form). The test can be completed either online, over the phone or face-to-face.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Science and Engineering Week

Next week marks the start of the 2009 National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW). It is a 'ten day celebration of science, engineering and technology' running from March 6th to March 15th as part of the Science: So what? - so everything campaign.

The NSEW website has an extensive list of events linking to a Google Map of activity locations and you can register your participation online. Sheffield has a number of events listed ranging from PopMaths Quizzes to a Rock around the General Cemetery, which are mostly open for the general public to attend. Sheffield University are taking part in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam, local schools, museums, industry and commerce and playing host to the MBB departmental society's celebration of Darwin's 200th birthday. The next lecture is scheduled for March 13th entitled It's not Darwin's or Wallace's Theory by Dr Wainwright and is being held at Firth Hall.

There really is something for everyone and so it's worth checking your diaries and getting to as many of these events as possible. You can keep up-to-date with what's happening with the NSEW or ScienceSoWhat Twitter feeds:

And finally... just for fun and a little inspiration, here's a short video from the IET: