Friday, 29 November 2013

Using Doctoral theses in your research - a guide to EThOS

EThOS is the national database for PhD theses, managed by the British Library. It’s a fantastic resource for researchers, with over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your own research, and another 200,000 available to search and scan on demand. 

EThOS are running a free webinar on Tuesday Dec 10, 2013 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM GMT for anyone interested in learning more about the service.

Find out how to search for and download theses, and what to do if a thesis isn’t available. If you’re a PhD student, find out what will happen to your thesis once it’s completed. The webinar will also explain how EThOS works with UK universities to support the whole research cycle, making the theses more visible and available for new researchers to use and build on. 

Register for the free webinar

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The University Library Survey 2013 – tell us what you think

We would like your feedback about the Library. Your views will help us to understand which services are important to you and show us where we can make improvements. 

The survey is open to students and academic staff until 9th December and will take about 10 minutes to complete.  We have three prizes to win, an iPad Air 16GB and two £50 Amazon vouchers, which will be awarded to randomly selected participants. If you have any questions when completing the survey, send them by email to

To complete the quiz and enter the prize draw go the Library web pages:

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Nexis UK – news and business information database

The University Library is now subscribing to Nexis, a news and business information database that includes full-text UK national and regional newspapers. It also provides business information such as company profiles and industry reports from a variety of sources. Therefore, Nexis will be relevant to all students requiring news and business information.  The database may also be useful for language students as it includes a range of international newspapers, newswires and foreign language news sources. 

Nexis has a range of search screens for the different types of information sources it indexes e.g. NewsCompany ProfilesIndustry News etc. Navigate between these search screens by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page. The Power Searchscreen can be used to create a customised list of information sources, which can then be searched.  On the Power Search screen click on More sources under theSources drop-down box to browse or search for information sources (There is aBrowse Sources tab and a Find Sources tab). Alternatively, you can click on theSources tab at the top of the page. From here you can choose to browse information sources from a particular country or by language. Once you have selected a country, topic and language from the drop-down menus, you can browse a list of sources relevant to the criteria that you selected. You can find out more information about a source by clicking on the i icon. 

Click on the Help link at the top of the page to access a range of video tutorials that will teach you how to use the key features of Nexis including the News search page and Power Search. There are 10 minute in-depth tutorials and shorter 90 second tutorials.  

Nexis can be accessed now via StarPlus (search under the University Collections tab) or from the following link: . You will be prompted to sign into MUSE if you have not already done so.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Designing Science Presentations

If you're a scientist and need to produce posters, slideshows or websites, have a look at this new eBook, which offers practical advice and guidance on communicating scientific ideas or findings across a range of media:
Author: By Matt Carter.  Publisher: Academic Press
Published: Feb 12, 2013
eISBN-13: 9780123859709 Show more

The eBook is available to read online via StarPlus now

Friday, 22 November 2013

Help with academic writing

The Writing Advisory Service (from the English Language Teaching Centre) offers support and advice for home and international students on writing essays, reports and theses.

You can discuss any of the following areas of difficulty which you might be having with your writing:
  • logical organisation and linking of ideas
  • paragraph structure
  • sentence length and structure
  • grammar
  • punctuation and spelling
  • referencing both within the text and in a bibliography
  • vocabulary (but not too subject-specific)
  • register: formal vs. informal language
  • overall structure of an essay, report or thesis (in general rather than specific terms)

Study skills
Services for students

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

301 Library sessions - Searching For Researching

Become an information literate graduate

301 Student Skills and Development Centre, 301 Glossop Road
Friday, 22 November 2013 from 12:00 to 13:00
This 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 open to all current, registered postgraduate taught and undergraduate University of Sheffield students. Please bring your Ucard with you to the workshop.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The University Library Survey 2013 - tell us what you think and win an iPad Air

Your feedback about the Library is invaluable to us. Hearing your views helps us to understand what aspects of the service are most important to you and to identify areas for improvement. 

We’re currently inviting all students and academic staff to tell us what they think by completing the Library Survey 2013. 

The survey is open until 9 December, it will take about 10 minutes to complete and we have three prizes, an iPad Air 16GB and two £50 Amazon vouchers. 

The prize draw will take place on Thursday 12 December and winners notified by email.
Click here to take the survey

Thursday, 14 November 2013


bioRxiv (pronounced "bio-archive") is a free online archive of unpublished preprints in the life sciences. 

It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors are able to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals.  This makes it a great free resource for life-science students, and an opportunity for researchers to raise their profile.  

Find out more, browse papers and submit research articles at

Monday, 11 November 2013

Public Engagement with Research Masterclass 9: Working with the Media and Social Media

If you are a member of staff or a post graduate student at the University of Sheffield and want to learn more about working with the media and using social media for public engagement, please come along to this Public Engagement masterclass, hosted by Professor Vanessa Toulmin and colleagues from the Media and Digital Engagement Teams.

The masterclass will cover:

1. What to think about when working with the media in public engagement
2. What to think about when using social media in your public engagement activity
3. Case studies of media engagement

The event will take place in the John Carr Design Suite (located in building 177 on the University map) on Wednesday between 2 and 4pm. Lunch and networking will be available between 1.15 and 2pm.

Please complete the online form if you would like to attend.