Monday, 14 December 2009

British Geology Maps Online

The British Geological Survey's (BGS) new OpenGeoscience portal is offering users free access to explore British geology maps online. The service means users can view rock formations (to a scale of 1:50,000), recent earthquakes and geology layers, alongside tens of thousands of images amassed by the national geological archives, completely free of charge. Images indicate different rock forms around Britain, fossil types, and the impact on the landscape of natural events such as flooding and can be used to illustrate our changing climate and environmental conditions. The service also offers free downloads of BGS datasets.

For more information take a look at the BGS website or have a read of the BBC news feature.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Christmas Vacation Loans

This year's vacation loans begin on December 14th. Any books issued from 9am on this day will be due for return on either January 18th or 19th (depending on your student status). See the table below for further information:

Borrower StatusIssuedDue for Return
Vacation loans begin at 9am
Full-time UG & PGTBetween 14 December and 12 JanuaryTuesday 19 January
Part-time UG & PGTBetween 14 December and 5 JanuaryTuesday 19 January
Reserved items
Full-time UG & PGT
Between 17 December and 11 JanuaryMonday 18 January
Reserved items
Part-time UG & PGT
Bewteen 15 December and 11 JanuaryMonday 18 January

In order to avoid fines please keep your borrower records up-to-date via your MUSE accounts or ring the Renewals Hotline on 0114 222 7201. Note that items can be reserved as normal throughout the holiday and the only way to ensure that you can keep them for the whole vacation loan period is to renew them during the last week of semester.

Also note that 'requesting' an item does not guarantee it. Library staff pick these requests up twice a day and there is nothing to stop other students issuing these items to themselves in the interim. If you require a book urgently it is much quicker to first check the shelves yourself.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Tech Xtra TechTocs

Want to "find articles, key websites, books, the latest industry news, job announcements, ejournals, eprints, technical reports, the latest research, thesis & dissertations and more"? Well if you do, there is a brand new, free service called TechTocs, which lets you search across current issues of more than 4,500 scholarly technology journals. Many of these are open access (meaning you get them free on the Internet) whereas others require subscriptions to download full texts. Remember that to access journals via the University of Sheffield's subscriptions you must be logged into your MUSE accounts.

Keeping up-to-date with information couldn't be easier as results include RSS feeds for you to import into your feed readers. We recommend using Google Reader to manage your feeds and have developed an interactive tutorial to show you exactly how to do this. For more information take a look at the Information Skills Resource: Google Reader Interactive Tutorial.