Wednesday, 29 September 2010

General Library and IC Inductions

Now the initial round of inductions are over I've embedded a couple of presentations below.

Some of you will have seen the general library induction presentation during the sessions last week (best viewed in full screen mode - click on the 'play' symbol and select 'full screen' from the 'more' menu). For those that haven't please get in touch if you've any questions.

Remember, all staff are here to help - see the contact us webpage for further information.

Last week we also ran a number of sessions in the Information Commons. If you missed these you can see the full presentation below (use the menu option to view full screen).

Monday, 20 September 2010

World Plant Duplicates

The real number of flowering plants is down to about 400,000 after scientists remove more than 600,000 species from the dictionary of life. Although the existence of duplicates has been long known it has taken until now for a comprehensive review to establish where these are.
The project - which has taken nearly three years - was the number one request made by the 193 government members of the Convention on Biological Diversity at their meeting in 2002. There were concerns that without this work, it would be impossible to work out how many plants were under threat and how successful conservationists were in saving them.

In having multiple names it also makes it much more difficult for researchers to find information - sometimes missing up to 80% if only searching with the most common name of a species. Remember that when conducting literature searches it's always useful to structure a search that will encompass both its common and scientific name. To learn more about successful database searching why not have a look at our Information Skills Resource.

Read more: Scientists prune list of world's plants and More than half of all flowering plant names invalid.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Welcome to all our new and returning students!

Information Commons

Find out about Library and IT services.  Come to one of the brief presentations on Level 1 in the Information Commons week beginning 20 September, at 11am, 1pm, 2pm or 3pm.  These are followed by optional tours by student ambassadors and demonstrations of equipment.

Just turn up - there's no need to book.  Student ambassadors and staff are also on hand at our other Library sites to help you find your way around.  You can find more information for new students on our webpages: getting started and information for new customers.