Thursday, 20 December 2012
The Morgan and Claypool Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science contains over 400 electronic books on a wide range of engineering subjects, such as artificial intelligence, tissue engineering and signal processing to name but a few.
You can browse the titles available, and access them electronically by searching for "morgan & claypool" in the library catalogue, StarPlus.
(A full list of titles included in the collections can be found here and here - you'll need to enter the titles into StarPlus to access the full text )
Thursday, 13 December 2012
We have several copies of K.A.Stroud's series of engineering mathematics books (remember to check StarPlus for other editions):
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
The library also has plenty of books on using programmes such as MATLAB - check the catalogue for more
Essential MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists
Hahn and Valentine
Project Euler is a free online resource aimed at improving users' mathematical and computer programming skills. The site offers maths/programming problems of varying difficulty - by solving one problem you learn a new concept that allows you to undertake a previously inaccessible problem.
Remember, if you need help finding resources to help with your studies,just ask a member or library staff or contact us
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Friday, 23 November 2012
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
If you create a personalised account within the database, you can organise your search results in folders and add notes to documents that you save. You can also save searches, create alerts and RSS feeds.
Apps for iPhone and Android devices are available.This database will be of interest to students and researchers in a range of disciplines across the University. To get access, open StarPlus from the library tab in MUSE and click the Log in link in the top right corner. Type Business Source Premier into the University Collections search box.
Monday, 12 November 2012
In addition, the Editor's Picks collection gives free access to a selection of more recent papers, showcasing current, innovative research activities representative of the broad cross section of topics that APL covers. The articles listed in this collection are freely available online until the end of September 2013.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Monday, 29 October 2012
- Understand in broad terms how search engines work
- Discover what the invisible web is and why it matters
- Try out a selection of handy techniques and tips for quicker, more effective searches
- Learn about other sources of information and when to use them
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Need help with finding information, writing assignments, undertaking research and developing employability skills?
Visit the new Information literacy pages for guidance on the information skills required at different stages of the student journey, from induction to the workplace. You'll find guidance on how to search databases, avoid plagiarism, cite your sources correctly and use Endnote to manage your references.
You can also Meet the Team - visit this page to find the details for your Faculty
Librarians, read their latest blogs and newsletters, and follow them on Twitter.
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
Read more about the RDF and Vitae here
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Friday, 21 September 2012
There's some interesting things going on: listen to a musical instrument played by the sun, take a look at dolphins and dinosaurs in the Alfred Denny Museum, or cheer two teams of experts on as they race each other to scratch-build a 3D printer
See the full programme of events for more details
Thursday, 20 September 2012
The Library is moving towards a cashless environment which is being trialled at the Information Commons and St. George’s Library.
You can add credit to your PCMS account online or using one of the value loaders situated at St. George’s Library ground floor and in the Business Units at the Information Commons. This will allow you to pay your Library fines at the Library desks as well as paying for your photocopying and printing, using your account.
It will not be possible at these two locations, to get change.
Friday, 14 September 2012
Friday, 17 August 2012
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
It's still important to keep an eye on your accounts over the vacation. Log into MUSE and check in the Library tab. If you need to renew items there are a number of ways to do so, to avoid incurring any fines:
- Use a MUSE account, if possible. Click on the Library tab and (under myLibrary Account) select the 'Manage My Account and Renew My Items' link.
- Use the Star catalogue (http://library.shef.ac.uk/), click on myAccount, put in the Ucard/library number and PIN and renew the loans from there.
- Email the Library HelpDesk at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for loans to be renewed.
- Telephone the Library HelpDesk on 0114 222 7200 and ask to renew. The HelpDesk is manned 9am-7pm, Monday to Friday. If there is no-one available to take the call, an option will be given to leave a message.
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
The collection of titles includes practical handbooks, introductory and advanced texts, reference works, and professional books with an emphasis on leading areas of research, such as:
• Communication, Networking & Broadcasting
• Components, Circuits, Devices & Systems
• Computing & Processing (Includes Hardware & Software)
• Engineered Materials, Dielectrics & Plasmas
• Fields, Waves & Electromagnetics
• General Topics for Engineers (Math, Science & Engineering)
• Photonics & Electro-Optics
• Power, Energy & Industry Applications
• Robotics & Control Systems
• Signal Processing & Analysis
To access the database log-in to MUSE and select the Library tab. From the alphabetical table in subject databases click on IEEE/IET Electronic Library and connect using the quick link on the right. From there you can browse titles from the book/ebook search interface.
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Web of Knowledge have recently brought out a new mobile version of their database so now you can search for articles on the go. The mobile interface contains many of the same features; so there's all the advanced search options, you can set alerts, view your search history and send references to endnoteweb.
To get started all you need to do is go to http://m.webofknowledge.com/ from your phone and log in with your personal WoK username and password.
If you haven't created a WoK account before just follow the steps below;
- From a normal PC log into MUSE and go to Web of Knowledge from the library tab.
- Once in Web of Knowledge click on 'sign in'.
- Then click 'register' to create a new account (when registering it's best to use your @sheffield email address).
You can now use your new password for the mobile interface as well as accessing all the database's advanced features. All you need to remember is to log into your new account at least every 6 months from an IP authenticated computer to ensure your account stays active.
For more information or trouble-shooting see the WoK webpages below;
Monday, 2 April 2012
This is the April Cafe Scientifique and will explain his key ideas, why they have shaped the world over the last 60 years and why they might be telling us something about the universe.
More information here.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
1. All current saved searches and search history will be deleted. If you have any saved searches you would like to keep, then copy them into a document so you can recreate them after 1st April.
2. IEEE personal account user name change. If you have a personal account then you will be prompted to change your user name to your email address when you log in after 1st April.
The new features include:
- Browse titles by topic
- Sort results by most cited
- Refine search by content type
- Abstract pages streamlined with tabs for citations and references, and IEEE index terms listed
- New citation diagram and more cited-by information
- New interactive HTML full-text articles
- Simpler personal account registration
- Personal account sign-in link in top right-hand corner
Find out more here
Sign up for live webinar training here
Monday, 26 March 2012
Advanced design problems in aerospace engineering
Aircraft recognition guide
Airframe stress analysis and sizing
Design and analysis of composite structures, with applications to aerospace structures (print copies and ebook)
Design and development of aircraft systems
Introduction to avionics systems (ebook: new edition)
Metal fatigue analysis handbook (ebook)
Spacecraft systems engineering (ebook)
We have also bought some ebooks of popular titles:
Introduction to structural dynamics and aeroelasticity
These four titles are still on order but are coming to a library near you soon:
AIAA aerospace design engineerrs guide
Encyclopedia of aerospace engineering
Variational analysis and aerospace engineering mathematical challenges for aerospace design
Friday, 16 March 2012
I am going to leave you with some factual motion-based snippets to impress your friends with over the weekend!
Firstly, from ''The Noticeably Stouter Qi book of General Ignorance' by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, 2009, Faber and Faber limited, page 129-130:
Which way does the bathwater go down the plughole?
- For the Alan Davies' amongst you: it isn't decided by the Coriolis force...unless a symmetrical pan with a tiny plughole was left for about a week and the plug was then removed without disturbing the water. Then a small Coriolis effect may send the water anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the south. Otherwise...
- The direction is determined by the shape of the basin, the direction it was filled from, and the vortices introduced into it by washing or when the plug is removed.
- So, basically, it depends, there just isn't a simple answer, of course!
Secondly, from 'Does Anything Eat Wasps? and 101 other questions', New Scientist, edited by Mick O'Hare, 2005, Profile Books, page 132-134:
What would be the effect on the Earth if an alien spaceship came along and dragged the moon away? (Steven Nairn)
- According to Andrew Turpin:
- As the moon is the main force over the tides, they would practically disappear.
- Wild swings in the earth's rotational axis would give us drastic changes in climate.
- The nautilus wouldn't know when to move compartments in its shell as the moon wouldn't be there to finish a revolution around earth. Poor stranded nautilus.
- According to Simon Iveson:
- Without nightime light, the behaviour of nocturnal animals would be confused, and their activities much harder to carry out.
Lastly, from 'Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? and 114 other questions', New Scientist, edited by Mick O'Hare, 2006, Profile Books, 2006, page 213-216, a mystery to me since childhood:
Why do boomerangs come back? (Adam Longley)
- According to Alan Chester from Sheffield no less:
- The top wing of a boomerang goes away from you faster than the bottom wing, so the sideways push on the top wing is strongest, which tilts the boomerang over.
- According to Chips MacKinolty:
- Boomerangs don't come back (indeed a distraught 8 year old me on the Bromyard Downs would agree).
- They were designed by the Australian Aboriginal people for hunting and fighting. Not just for fun apparently.
So, I think that's it, it's bye from me for now, Happy National Science and Engineering Week to you all!
Remember there is also the Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield next Wednesday and Thursday.
Thursday, 15 March 2012
As I’m not an expert on the science of rotation, I've found some videos to keep you amused as the weekend approaches...
These fighting spinning tops are pretty impressive to watch (they start about 1 minute in).
As one of the comments says, Unbubblieveable!
Here’s one especially for you structural engineers: The Rotating Tower.
The Guinness World Record for the fastest spin on ice by Natalia Kanounnikova.
“Cool Science Demo” of the ice skating spin.
Why didn’t I have one of these?
Talking of rotation, don’t forget you’ve only got a few more days left to check out the National Fairground Archive (NFA) exhibition at St Georges Library this week. You can also visit the NFA, or check out their image database.
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
If you’d like to feel inspired from your sofa then check out these films...
The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2010)
Touching the Void (2004)
'Into thin air: a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster' by Jon Krakauer. In stock at St Georges Library, 796.522092 (K) in The Lifelong Learning Collection.
'Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest' by Wade Davis. Available in Sheffield Central Library.
'Touching the Void' by Joe Simpson. Available to reserve from Sheffield Central Library.
Don’t forget the NSEW Special Pub Quiz TONIGHT at The Showroom Cinema, 7:30, arrive early as places are limited!
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
I've found out a little bit about cue ball movement from snookertips.info...
- The cue ball's movement is determined by its forward rotation (spin) on impact.
- With no spin on impact (a stun shot), it will deflect 90 degrees in the opposite direction to the object ball.
- Forward spin (follow) and backward spin (draw) on the cue ball affects the amount of deviation from 90 degrees. So, more follow means a sharper curve upwards, and more draw, a sharper curve downwards.
- It is also affected by the angle at which the cue ball hits the object ball; thicker contact means that the follow and draw have a bigger effect, both on position and speed.
This video shows an impressive curve of the cue ball when shooting with follow.
An impressive 28 second spin can be seen 1 minute and 3 seconds into this video.
And you just HAVE to check this out!
Feeling snooker loopy? Don't forget the Snooker World Championship here in Sheffield at The Crucible Theatre, 21 April- 7 May.
Monday, 12 March 2012
The Channel 4 documentary which enlightened more of us is unfortunately not available on 4oD but more information is here which shows why Stephen Hawking has rated Turing’s work as some of the most important in Human History. Hopefully the film will be available soon.
There are various books on Alan Turing in the Library including ‘The man who knew too much: Alan Turing and the invention of the computer’ by David Leavitt at the IC.
Friday, 9 March 2012
The week runs every year to show the impact of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on our everyday lives. The theme for 2012 is “Our world in motion”.
The week in South Yorkshire celebrates the impact of STEM on the region. Find out what is going on, starting today, here.
If you head to St. Georges Library you can grab yourself a freebie, and see the great exhibition on the history of going upside-down on fairgound rides and roller coasters put together by our National Fairground Archive.
I will be blogging throughout the “week” so watch this space!
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
The library buys access to ebooks from different suppliers and they all work slightly differently (just to make it extra confusing!). The provider is clear once you access an ebook .
The most common question we get asked is 'Can I download library ebooks to my Kindle/ebook reader?'. In short the answer is no I'm afraid. I could bore you with the licensing details but I won't!
Here is a handy guide to the main suppliers for Science and Engineering:
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
The Zooniverse encourages anyone to take part in classifying features from photographs to help scientists and researchers process the large amount of data they have to deal with. Nine projects are currently running, including: 'Explore the surface of the moon', 'How do galaxies merge?', 'Search for exploding stars', and 'Hear whales communicate'.
Find out what has already been discovered in the original Zooniverse project, Galaxy Zoo, here.
Find out more and join the Zooniverse here.
Find out more about the Citizen Science Alliance here.
Monday, 30 January 2012
A selection of Sir Isaac Newton’s Papers have been made available online by Cambridge University Library. The initial selection which is now available concentrates on his mathematical work in the 1660’s and includes his Waste Book where he developed much of his work on calculus. There is also Newton’s annotated copy of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, laying out his laws of motion and gravity.
You can access this fantastic resource here. More manuscripts will be added over the next few months.
Newton’s Trinity College Notebook is featured in BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’ discussing how the invention of writing made the scientific revolution of the Enlightenment possible, which you can listen to here.
Friday, 6 January 2012
Here's what you've all been waiting for...the answers to the Christmas quiz and links for more information :)
1. The smallest planet ever detected was found this year. What has it been named?
A: Kepler-22b. More info from the New Scientist
2. Which of life’s most frustrating situations could be solved by the creation of SLIPS?
A: Getting the last bit of ketchup out of the bottom of the bottle. SLIPS= Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surface. More info from the British Science Association
3. Opened in June, where is the longest bridge over water?
A: NE China, The Qingdao Haiwan Bridge.
And for a bonus gold star…it is longer than what?
A marathon...the bridge is 26.4 miles long More info from Discover magazine
4. True or false: Experiments have suggested that something may travel faster than the speed of light?
A: True; although it is still under debate/further investigation. More info from the British Science Association