Friday, 30 May 2014

Check for available computers on campus

It's a busy time of year, so if you're having trouble finding a free computer, have a look at this page from CiCS.  

There are student computer rooms across campus which are open to all University of Sheffield students - you can check here to see how busy they are and find a computer to work on.

Researching from your desktop - Summer Workshop

Are you a member of staff in the Faculty of Engineering and would like to find out more about library resources? Do you have questions about accessing material for your research or teaching? 

There have been lots of changes to StarPlus, the Library catalogue over the past couple of years and a number of new resources have been added to our collection such as BrowZine and Box of Broadcasts (BoB). 

Aimed at all staff in the Faculty of Engineering, our short summer workshop will demonstrate some of the new resources available, provide a refresher on locating resources for your research and highlight key messages for students.

Date: Thursday 10th July
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Place: F110 Mappin Building 

You can book a place using the online booking form.
You may be prompted to log into MUSE if you are not already logged in.

More information contact: Emily Stock, Liaison Librarian for Engineering (

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Extra study space

We know that it can be hard to find somewhere to study during exam time, so the Library has arranged some additional study space.  

Between Tuesday 27 May – Friday 13 June (weekdays only), students can use the following rooms in the Hicks and Dainton buildings:

Hicks Building (09:00 – 21:00)
Room F28
Room F41
LT 4 (D Floor)
LT11 (H Floor)

Dainton Building (09:00 – 18:00)
Room 12c (Ground floor)
Room 12h (Ground floor)

Good luck with your exams!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014


The Library now subscribes to BrowZine - an app designed for browsing and reading academic journals on your iPad or Android tablet.

BrowZine also lets you create personalised bookshelves of your favourite journals, and set up alerts when new issues are published.

To get started please follow these few short steps: 

  • Search for BrowZine in the app store on your tablet. It's a free download 
  • Find University of Sheffield in the list
  • You will be prompted to put in your University username and password 
  • Next, BrowZine will take a few moments to set up your library
  • Enjoy browsing our subscribed journals on your tablet
For more help, see our webpages

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

New Journal Subscriptions

A number of new journal subscriptions have been added to the Library collection over the past few months.

Each of these titles can be accessed through the University Collections search in StarPlus. Remember to sign in as a University Member so that you get full text access:

Geotechnique Letters 

Journal of the Electrochemical Society 

Foundations and Trends in Machine Learning

Japanese Journal of Applied Physics and Applied Physics Express

IOP Quantum Electronics

Nature Photonics

Intelligent Buildings International

Environmental Technology and Reviews

SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis

Journal of Building Performance Simulation 

Want to browse which journals are available in your subject area? You could try the following:

Enter some key words in the University Collections search in StarPlus and limit your results to journals using the options on the left of the screen.

You can also view a list of electronic journals by clicking Find it @ Sheffield eJournals A-Z near the top of the StarPlus home page.

Alternatively you could try BrowZine. BrowZine enables you to browse, read and monitor current scholarly journal content on your tablet. Take a look at the Library web pages for more information.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators

We currently have trial access to the InCites platform via Web of Science.

This has given us access to a new interface for Journal Citation Reports (JCR).  We also have access to Essential Science Indicators (ESI), a service which allows you to identify the influential individuals, institutions, papers, publications, and countries in your field of study — as well as emerging research areas that could impact your work.

To access the new interface for JCR, click 'Journal Citation Reports' at the top of any WoS page (use either your personal WoS sign in details or click 'Continue without signing in'). 

You can still access the original JCR interface via this link.

Training is available for JCR on InCites and ESI on InCites

The trial runs until 30 September 2014. 

Monday, 12 May 2014

Tell us what you think about ebooks

Ebooks are digital copies of books, designed to be read online.  The library has a growing collection of ebooks, which can be accessed via StarPlus.  

We're looking for feedback on our ebook collection.  Do you like about reading books online?  Do you prefer paper copies?  If so, why?