Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Meet the Team

There have been a few changes in the Library recently, so we thought we would introduce the new Science and Engineering Team:

Emily Stock
Emily is the Liaison Librarian for Engineering.  
She provides library support for Aerospace Engineering, Automatic Control & Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Civil & Structural Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, and Mechanical Engineering.
Find out more about the Engineering team or contact us

Oliver Allchin
Oliver is the Liaison Librarian for Science.
He provides library support for Animal & Plant Science, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics & Statistics, and Psychology.
Find out more about the Science team or contact us

Helen Moore
Helen is the Faculty Librarian for Science and Engineering
We also welcome new Liaison Assistants Caterina Sciamanna, who will be working with Emily, and Alison Barnett, who will be working with Oliver.  

If you're not a science or engineering student, you can find the Librarian for your subject here!

Monday, 18 February 2013

New Library Resource - ASTM Standards & Engineering Digital Library

The Library has recently subscribed to the ASTM Standards & Engineering Digital Library. You can access the digital Library through StarPlus.

Search for "ASTM International Standards" in the University Collections tab and follow the link to "View Online". Follow the quick link on the right side of the screen to "Connect to ASTM SEDL" and you will be taken to ASTM International web page. To access the digital library click the link in the middle of the screen - "Standards and Engineering Digital Library".

Through the ASTM (formally American Society for Testing and Materials) digital library it is possible to access over 12,000 active standards developed by technical experts. You can also access a number of selected technical papers (STPs), recently published Symposia Papers and manuals. Subjects covered include metals, petroleum, construction and the environment.

If you are logged into MUSE you can access the ASTM Standards & Engineering Digital Library both on and off campus. More information about accessing this resource can be found on the Library web pages.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Reference Management

Need help with referencing?

Citing your sources correctly is an essential academic skill, but it can often be quite daunting.  The library has lots of help and advice on how to avoid plagiarism, and how to reference correctly.  Check out the Information Skills Resource for tutorials of the referencing style for your department.

There are a number of referencing management programmes that can help you to organise and format your references.

The Library supports the use of Endnote Web.  Endnote Web allows you to import references from online databases such as Web of Knowledge and Scopus, access them from any computer, and add them to your word documents as you write.   Endnote Web is free for all University of Sheffield students - find out more on the Information Skills Resource.

An alternative Reference managent software is Mendeley.  This is a free web-based programme that offers similar features to Endnote Web.  Have a look at the video tutorials available on their website

Monday, 11 February 2013

New Look Resource Lists

In semester 2 we are changing the look of myResource Lists, the service that allows you to select your course readings online. 

You can still access the service via the Library tab in MUSE, from your MOLE2 courses or from the Library website, but it will look different.

The Library is updating the service, making it even easier for you to find the resources you need. The transition is underway and we welcome your feedback during this period, so please tell us what you think.

We will be launching the new look service fully in September 2013, but in the meantime if you have any queries or problems, please contact

Watch a video on using the new service

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Bite-Size Sessions at the Information Commons

Introducing Bite-Size: a series of short, informal sessions on a range of topics, aiming to teach you the skills you need to succeed in your studies.

The sessions held at 12pm every Wednesday, in Collabatory 2 on level 1 of the Information Commons.

See the IC Blog for a full list of upcoming sessions

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Spotlight on ChemSpider

ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database, provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry.  

The database brings together a huge range of freely available chemical data from over 400 sourcesproviding fast, intuitive  access to over 28 million structures, properties and associated information. 

ChemSpider offers a variety of search options including structure searching (using a range of Java-based software) and the ability to search for predicted properties.

Explore further resources for Chemistry available through the library 

ChemSpider logo

Monday, 4 February 2013

Calling all final year undergraduates

Welcome back!

This week sees the launch of the National Student Survey 2013.  
The NSS is a national survey run each year to gather opinions from final year students on the quality of their courses.

Aimed at current students, the survey asks undergraduates to provide honest feedback on what it has been like to study their course at their institution.

So if you have any suggestion or feedback on your experience here at the University of Sheffield, 
including the Library service, this is a great opportunity to speak up!