Monday, 27 October 2014

IEEE Xplore Workshop - Meet the Expert

This workshop will be suitable for final year undergraduates, postgraduate students and staff carrying out research.

Eszter Lukacs, IEEE Client Services Manager Europe, will show you how to carry out efficient and effective searches, use IEEE Xplore as a placement or job hunting tool and lastly, provide an overview of publishing with IEEE.

IEEE Xplore allows you to search over 3.8 million documents published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and its publishing partners. You can use IEEE Xplore to search highly cited publications including over 160 journals, 1,200 conference proceedings, 3,800 technical standards and 1,000 ebooks.

Date: Friday, 21st November 2014
Venue: F110, Computer Room, Mappin Building
Time: 14:00-15:00

If you wish to attend please book your place here - Booking Form 

If you require more information contact Emily Stock (

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Zenodo: open access science repository

Making your research outputs available on the web is a great way to boost citations, raise your profile and increase the reach and impact of your work.  Uploading your work to an open access repository is a simple and reliable way to do this. 

Zenodo is an open science repository, developed at CERN.  Zenodo enables researchers to share and preserve any research outputs in any size, any format and from any science.  This could include research data, software, images, posters, presentations, or research papers. 

Uploads are stored safely in the same cloud infrastructure used for research data from CERN's Large Hadron Collider.  Uploads will get a free DOI (digital object identifier) - ensuring that your research can be reliably and easily identified and cited.

Visit to start searching the repository or sign up to upload your own work.

International Open Access Week 2014

Are you a researcher interested in submitting your publications to REF2020?
Have you heard about the new HEFCE open access policy?
Have you ever wondered what White Rose Research Online can do for you?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then come along to one of our sessions this week.
Open Access Coordinator Carmen O'Dell will give two general sessions on Tuesday (1-2pm, Firth Court FC02) and Wednesday(1.15-2.15pm, Arts Tower LT09). These will consist of a short presentation covering the basic concepts of open access, funder requirements, and the implications for researchers. There will also be lots of time available for discussion and questions, so please come along to find out what you need to do and how the Open Access team can help.
On Thursday (10am-12pm, White Rose Room, ScHARR, Regent Court) and Friday (10am-12pm, David Ryan Room, Medical School Library, Royal Hallamshire Hospital), we will be hosting open drop-in sessions. We would be delighted to answer your questions on compliance with funders' mandates, the University Publication Fund, green open access for non-funded research, the HEFCE open access policy, our institutional repository (White Rose Research Online), and anything else you'd like to know about the open access landscape.
If you're interested in coming to one of the general sessions, please register through Eventbrite (Tuesday 21st or Wednesday 22nd). There's no need to book for the drop-in sessions on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th.
We welcome everyone interested in open access, and specific funders include the seven RCUK research councils (AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC, or BBSRC) and the six institutions in the Charity Open Access Fund (The Wellcome Trust, Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, and the British Heart Foundation).
For more information about Open Access at The University of Sheffield, visit our web pages or contact us at

Monday, 20 October 2014

Pop-up Library - Tuesday, 21st October

Did you miss your library induction and are unsure of using StarPlus to access resources?  Would you like to know which databases are available for your research? Want to find out more about BrowZine, an app that enables you to browse journals in your subject area?

Call in to our Pop-up Library on Tuesday at the Turner Museum Cafe,
Sir Robert Hadfield Building, 10:30-11:30 am.

Emily Stock & Helen Moore
Library Liaison Support for the Faculty of Engineering

No need to book, just turn up!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Smart Grid Technology - IEEE Xplore Live Webinar

On the 4th November IEEE Xplore are hosting a live webinar with industry experts:

The Future of Smart Grid Technology: Leveraging Big Data to Realize the Future Grid
Tuesday, 4th November

Topics covered include:
Micro-Grids - Test Beds of Future Grid Technologies
Augmented Reality and Advanced Mobile Technologies

To find out more about this event and book your place go to the IEEE Xplore website.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Library support for Achieve More: Breaking Boundaries

If you're a Science student working on your Achieve More: Breaking Boundaries project, the library can help...

Study space
We've set aside some space on level 1 of the Information Commons (Room B20) for you to come and work with your team. We also have group study rooms at the IC and Western Bank Library. You can book a table or room using My Rooms and Resources’ (MyR&R) in MUSE. You can also book laptops and video-making through MyR&R.
Details of all Library sites and opening times are available here.

Looking for Research Papers
We'll be talking to you in Week 5 about searching for scientific research using the library resources, and posting useful information on MOLE, but here are some ideas to get you started...
  • StarPlus: Get to StarPlus through MUSE, and use the Articles and More tab to start your search for online research papers. Remember to log in (click on the University members link). See our StarPlus tutorial for further information.
  • Web of Science: this is a huge online collection of research papers and a key resource for Science students. Search for it in University Collections in StarPlus and follow the 'View online' links. Use our Web of Science tutorial to find out more about using Web of Science to find research papers.
You'll need to reference any research papers, books or websites you mention in your video. Include a list of references in the credits at the end of your film. Use our online tutorial on Harvard referencing to find out more about how to reference your sources.

If you Need Help
Contact the library helpdesk for general enquiries:
0114 222-7200

Or you can come to the level 1 desk in the Information Commons Monday-Friday 1-5 and ask a librarian if you need help using Library systems or finding relevant resources.

Good luck with your projects and get in touch if you need any help!

BrowZine now available for Android smartphones

BrowZine is an app that allows you to browse and read our online academic journals on your tablet or smartphone.

There is now a version available to Android smartphones.

You can download the app for free from the Apple app store or Google Play store and start browsing our research papers straight away.  After downloading, find University of Sheffield in the menu and enter your University of Sheffield username and password when prompted. 

Find out more on our webpages

Monday, 13 October 2014

No More Fines

No More Fines

We know you hate receiving fines, and we're not keen on giving them either, so we're trialing a new No Fines policy.  When you borrow books, we'll automatically renew them for you until someone else requests them - if this happens we'll give you a couple of days to bring them back to us.

If you delay, we won't fine you, but you won't be able to take out anything else until you bring the requested books back.

Let us know what you think about the new No Fines system by visiting our webpages.

The Library now subscribes to all Nature Journals

In November last year, The University Library conducted a survey for staff and students. 

Many of our customers commented that although we had access to some Nature journals, we did not subscribe to some important titles.

After negotiations with the publisher we now have a subscription to the Nature Publishing Group (NPG) complete collection. This includes all ejournals published by NPG.

View a full list of titles and access the Nature website

To access individual titles, please search for them on StarPlus, the library catalogue (accessible through myServices in MUSE - remember to log in as a University member).

Monday, 6 October 2014

Free ChemSpider App

ChemSpider is a great free chemical structure database from the Royal Society of Chemistry.  Users can search the free database for chemical compounds by structure or name.  

There is now a free ChemSpider app that allows you to browse or search the database from Android or iOS device.

Open PHACTS: free pharmacological discovery platform

Open PHACTS Explorer is a free resource that allows users to search for and explore publicly-available pharmacological and physicochemical data.  

You can search for compounds by name and chemical structure, and investigate pharmacological data by compound, target and enzyme family.
Learn more and try the Open PHACTS Explorer