Wednesday, 26 June 2013

New Resource - Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an off-air recording and media archive service. It allows you to record TV and radio programmes scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of recorded channels. In addition, you can watch programmes from the archive, create clips, and compile your favourite shows into playlists.


Access is available through the above link or from A-Z database list, by connecting to the BoB website. You will be prompted to log in to MUSE as necessary.


If you experience any difficulties in using this eResource please call the Library HelpDesk on extension 27200 or email

Monday, 24 June 2013

Public Engagement Masterclass

The Public Engagement with Research team are running a series of ten free sessions aimed at University of Sheffield staff and postgraduates.
The fifth session is on Wednesday 26 June, 2–4pm in the John Carr Design Suite.  This session will cover:
  • how to cost a public engagement event
  • keeping within your budget
  • costs incurred from external venues
  • using the University Research Management System (URMS)
  • the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).
Speakers for this masterclass are Professor Vanessa Toulmin and colleagues from Research and Innovation Services.
The events are quite informal and there is time set aside for networking.
Find out more and book a place

University festivals and events

Friday, 21 June 2013

Changes to Library PIN

From Thursday 20 June, the Library will be upgrading its systems. As a consequence of this, registered staff and students will need to use a new PIN at the self-service machines when issuing and renewing items.

An e-mail was sent from the Library HelpDesk with your new PIN on Thursday 20 June, but if you forget you PIN, please:
Your Ucard number and PIN will then be sent to you by email.
Please note;  this Ucard PIN is not changeable.
If you have any questions, please contact the Library HelpDesk by email at or telephone on 0114 222 7200.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Changes to Library Systems

We've nearly finished updating our library systems, but there are a few more changes coming up this week.
Library Systems Transition Period

From Friday 21 June...
Some changes relating to the Library PIN (for University members) and to the password required to log into StarPlus (for NHS staff and external members) will be made. You will be informed of any changes to your details by email before they are implemented.
The number of items that you may borrow at any time may change. The new limits are:
  • 35 for University staff and research students and NHS staff
  • 25 for all taught course students
  • 5 for external customers
The Find it @Sheffield A-Z list of electronic journals will be integrated within StarPlus and the Library web pages will direct to StarPlus as a result of this change. External databases may still direct you to the Find it A-Z list for a short period but a message will be available on that page to redirect you.

Within StarPlus, the 'View Online' tab providing access to journal articles and other electronic information will be called 'View It'. The 'Locations' and ‘Request’ tabs providing information about print material will be combined and renamed ‘Get It'.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Self Issue, Return and Renewal Services

We are mid way through upgrading our library systems.  As a result of this, the self service issue and return machines will be temporarily unavailable this week.  

If you wish to borrow or return an item; please take it to any of the Library desks and ask a member of staff.  There will be no issue service outside of staffed hours but we will extend the staffed hours at the Information commons to 08:00-21:00 and at the Health Sciences Library at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital 09:00-21:00.  During self service hours at the Information Commons please take any items for return to the concierges.

If you want to renew items please take them to a Library desk or email us at and we will renew your items as soon as the new system is available.

Please see our webpages for more details concerning library services during the transition period.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Business Source Premier

Want to view recent trade publications? Need company profiles? Try Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier allows you to search for full text articles across a number of business publications including journals, trade publications and magazines. Results also include market research reports, industry reports and company profiles. All disciplines of business are covered including marketing, finance and economics. 

How to connect:

Go to StarPlus, the Library catalogue and sign in using the link in the top right corner
Search for "Business Source Premier" using the University Collections tab 
Locate the database "Business Source Premier" within your results
Click "View Online"

Getting started:

Use the basic search box to enter key words e.g. civil engineering services
Use the options on the left side of the page to refine your search e.g. select Trade Publications beneath Source Types
Click on an article title to view a detailed abstract
Use the PDF links to view the full text document

If you are interested in particular company profiles use the "Company Profiles" quick link at the top of each page. You can use the search box or A-Z menu.

More information about Business Source Premier can be found on the Library web pages -

Monday, 10 June 2013

Upgrades to Library Systems in June

The Library will be upgrading many of its back-office systems between 14th and 21st June.  Whilst we aim to keep disruption to a minimum during this transition period, certain Library services will be affected.  We aim to have services in operation by Friday 21 June.
We'll be posting regular updates on the library system transition webpages, on this blog, and via our Twitter feed
From Friday 14th June, certain features of StarPlus will be temporarily unavailable:
  • Online Renewals:  If you wish to renew books during the transition period, please email us at, call the Library Helpdesk 0114 222-7200, or visit an information desk at any library site.  
  • Requests: It will not be possible to place requests via StarPlus but if you wish to request a book please go to any of the Library desks and fill in a reservation card. We will make your request as soon as the new systems are in place.
  • myResource lists service will continue to be available, however links to StarPlus may be affected. 

The processing of interlibrary requests will be delayed during the transition period, but we will process all requests as soon as possible. If you have any interlibrary loan items on loan to you and you are likely to be away from The University please return these before you leave.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Changes to SciFinder

CAS are introducing some changes to SciFinder.  The new release, which will be introduced at the end of June, will include an updated interface design and some improvements to search functionality, which should make it easier to find the information you need.

Watch a tutorial on the new interface

See our webpages for more information on accessing SciFinder

Further training materials

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