Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christmas Quiz

When it's cold outside and you're fed up of mulled wine, mince pies and James Bond films, test yourself with this Science and Engineering Quiz!

1. The smallest planet ever detected was found this year. What has it been named?

2. Which of life's most frustrating situations could be solved by the creation of SLIPS?

3. Opened in June, where is the longest bridge over water?

And for a bonus gold is longer than what?

4. True or false: Experiments have suggested that something may travel faster than the speed of light?

5. Which 2012 Olympic venue won the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence at the Structural Awards 2011?

6. If you've bought perfume for someone as a Christmas present, how likely are they to like it?

7. What could car tyres and dessert have in common in the future?

8. Apart from the obvious, which prehistoric animal came in Leopard print?

9. Researchers at MIT have produced a camera which captures images at how many exposures per second?

10. What does the Higgs field do to particles?

I will post the answers in the New Year. Have a great holiday.

Merry Christmas :)

Ooh, and don't forget to renew your books for the holiday!

Friday, 2 December 2011

NEW Library catalogue!

Have a look at our new Library Catalogue, StarPlus.

You can search for books and other items in our libraries, as well as electronic and digital material, all from one place.

Log in using your University login and password for direct access to full text where it is available and other features such as saved searches.

Use the ‘University Collections’ tab for electronic and print books, journals, maps, theses, databases and more.

Use the ‘Articles and more’ tab for journal articles from multiple databases  using the Quick Set for your department.

For full database functionality such as personalisation, use the native search interface.

So check it out and tell us what you think. We’d love your feedback to help us develop the service so please email with your comments. And don’t worry, Star won’t be going anywhere just yet.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Do you need legal information for your course?

Of course you do if you’re a student in the Law School, but other subject disciplines use legal information as well. Areas of law such as employment, health, media, planning and safety are potentially of interest to students and staff in a variety of faculties and departments, including Management, Town & Regional Planning, Journalism, Engineering and Medicine.

There are two legal databases, Lexis and Westlaw that are widely used by law students and by law firms. Both employ friendly, helpful student associates on campus, and you can contact them for help in using the databases. The associate for Lexis is Emmi Wilson and the associate for Westlaw is Trish Hughes

Check out the subject guide for law on the library web if you’d like to find out more about legal databases and websites. If you need more information about resources for legal research, contact the Library subject specialist for law, Maria Mawson .