Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Web of Knowledge Data Citation Index

We now have access to the Data Citation Index via Web of Knowledge.
The Data Citation Index allows users to discover and explore the data related to research articles, books and conference proceedings.  The index includes data studies, and data sets from a wide range of international data repositories and connects them with the scientific literature. 
  • Discover international repositories and their deposited data studies and data sets
  • Navigate between related records within a repository
  • Link to the repository record to access the deposited data
  • See how data connects to scientific literature published in journals, books and conference proceedings
     Use the 'select a database' tab in Web of Knowledge to access and search the Data Citation Index

British Library Open Days for PhD students

The British Library are running open days for new PhD students to discover the unique research materials available. Open days are an opportunity for research students to explore the material available and how to access it. It is also a chance to speak to expert staff and other researchers.

More details and booking information can be found on the British Library website -

Topics include environmental science (13th January) and digital research (17th January).

Monday, 28 October 2013

Revised standards for Information Security Management available on BSOL

Two revised standards for information security management, security technologies, have recently been published. You can view the full text standards using British Standards Online (BSOL).

Information technology - security techniques:
BS ISO/IEC - 27001:2013 - Information security management systems
BS ISO/IEC - 27002:2013 - Code of practice for information security controls

How to access BSOL:
Log into MUSE and click My services
Click StarPlus, Library catalogue
Click Sign In as "University Member"
Search for British Standards Online using the University Collections Search
Locate BSOL in your results and click "View Online" and "Open source in a new window"
Use the quick link on the right side of the screen to access BSOL

Once you are in BSOL you can search for standards using the standard number or key words. Click on the standard number to view more information about it.

More information about BSOL can be found on the Library web pages:

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Searching for Researching

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301, the University skills and development centre, is offering a series of workshops aimed at helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in their studies.
The Searching for Researching workshop is delivered by The University Library and explores how to find resources for your undergraduate research such as an essay or report. 
You will look at the different ways to search for information and how to evaluate your results to get the highest quality information into your work. You will also learn about plagiarism - making sure you use your own ideas and referencing the works of others properly.
This workshop is being run on the following dates - click to book a place: 

Friday, 11 October 2013

An Afternoon of Open Access

In celebration of International Open Access Week, the Open Access Team in the Library will be holding an event on the 23rd October from 1-5pm. Our invited speakers will discuss a range of topics including open data, open access at a local and international level, the role of repositories, and new publishing technologies. Have a chat with us over coffee as well!

It takes place in Lecture Theatre 6 in the Arts Tower. Places are limited due to capacity so please register for your free ticket through the EventBrite link below.

More information and registration information

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Sage Research Methods

Sage Research Methods is an online search tool for finding information about research methodologies, and is relevant to a range of disciplines including psychology and the health sciences.  It may be particularly helpful if you are in the process of designing, conducting or writing up a research project.  For example, use it to answer questions about your chosen research method. 
Use the Quick Search box (located in the top left of the page) to locate relevant information or use the Advanced Search option to construct precise search queries.  Search results will include: books, book chapters, dictionary and Encyclopaedia entries, videos and journal articles.   You can link to the full-text from the search results.  
There are also options for browsing the database as well as a Methods Map (located under the Methodologies drop-down menu), which is a visual search tool.  The Methods Map may be useful if you are not sure which research method to use.
Sage Research Methods is available now via StarPlus. Alternatively, follow this link  and click Connect to Sage Research Methods - you will be prompted to log into MUSE.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Virtual Tours for Science and Engineering Students

If you're new to the University, have a look at these short videos introducing Library resources for your subject:

Virtual Tour for Science

Virtual Tour for Engineering

You can find more information on resources available for your subject on the Library subject guides for  Science and  Engineering.

More general information on using the Library can be found on
our webpages

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Welcome back! Library changes for returning students

There have been a few changes to Library services over the summer. Below are some of the changes but please ask for help if you are not sure. You can ask for more information at any library information desk, take a look at the library guide to lending services or contact the library helpdesk -

Library PIN – the University & Library PIN are now combined into a single PIN. You will need your PIN to borrow books. If you forget it, go to, login with your University username & password and choose option 6 to have your PIN e-mailed to you.

As long as no-one has requested your books we will automatically renew them for you. We will send you an e-mail to let you know if any of your books cannot be renewed due to requests on them, and we will also send you a weekly borrowing statement to remind you which books you have out on loan and highlight any that have been requested.

Fines are now only charged for the late return of requested items but accumulate at the rate of £2 per day. Remember to check your library account and borrowing statements regularly!

Each week you will receive a borrowing statement by e-mail. This will list what you have out on loan. If one of your books needs to be returned as someone else has requested it, we'll let you know, so check this e-mail carefully.

Don't forget to sign in to StarPlus by clicking University Members. Signing in ensures that you can access all the content that you are entitled, including subscribed journals and databases, and ensures that you can use features such as myLibrary Account and the e-shelf. Take a look at the revised StarPlus tutorial for more information.