Friday, 30 January 2015

New! Evaluating information and critical thinking tutorial

Are all sources of information equal? Can you believe everything you read on Wikipedia?  Are there cases where Twitter would tell you more than a textbook?

Learning to think critically about what you read, and how to choose the most appropriate information sources for your needs are some of the most important skills you'll learn at University.

We've created an new tutorial to help you ask the right questions about any information you find, to help ensure that your work is based on the best evidence available.

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Monday, 26 January 2015

My Books - Books Chosen by You!

You said you wanted more books, and we listened.

The library has secured £50,000 to spend on extra copies and new titles for our students.

From your feedback we know that you would like more books in the Library and from Monday, 2nd February you will be able to choose new titles or order extra copies.

You can order extra copies by logging into StarPlus and using the "University Collections" search to find a title. From the "Get it" tab you can click "My Books - Books Chosen by You" to place a request.

New titles can be ordered using our online form available from the My Books web page -

If possible we will buy the e-version of a title so that as many students as possible can access the resource. We also purchase the latest edition available.

The money may go quickly, and we’ll keep you up-to-date of the expenditure. More information and FAQs can be found on the Library web pages - My Books

Friday, 23 January 2015

New American Institute of Physics journal: Applied Physics Reviews

Applied Physics Reviews (APR) is a new review journal from the American Institute of Physics. APR features reviews of important and current topics of experimental or theoretical research in applied physics, and applications of physics to other branches of science and engineering.

The journal is available to all University of Sheffield members - search for it in StarPlus

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

#ShareMyThesis: EThOS Competition

Are you currently studying for or have you completed a PhD degree?
Do you want to tell the world why your research is important?
EThOS, the free online repository of UK PhD theses from the British Library, have launched their #ShareMyThesis competition.
The #ShareMyThesis competition challenges PhD students past and present to summarise why your PhD research is important in 140 characters or less. The competition is open worldwide and to entries from all subject areas.
Find out more

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Introducing resources for Engineering

Are you a new postgraduate research student in Engineering and have questions about accessing material for your research? Why not sign up for our workshop: 

In this session we will demonstrate a number of key sources of information including StarPlus, Scopus, British Standards Online and IEEE Xplore and explore searching techniques. We will demonstrate our latest subscription BrowZine, an app which enables you to browse, read and monitor current scholarly journal content on your tablet or iPhone and give tips on using library services to research efficiently and effectively. There will also be an opportunity to carry out your own searches in your area of expertise and ask questions. 

This workshop is aimed at new postgraduate research students in the Faculty of Engineering.

Date: 12th January 2015 
Venue: Portobello Centre, Room C28 
Time: 14:30-16:00

Please book a place using our Booking Form

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

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Taylor & Frances introduce CrossMark

Often, when a scholarly paper is published, corrections, updates, errata, and even retractions are sometimes necessary.  It can therefore be difficult to know if you are reading the most up-to-date or reliable version of an online research paper.

The CrossMark tool from CrossRef allows researchers to identify the most recent version of a paper. CrossMark has recently been introduced to the Taylor & Frances Online platform.  When viewing a paper, readers can click on the CrossMark icon to find out if it is the most current version, or see if there are updates pending. If updates have been made, a link is provided to the most current version.

Click here for more information about CrossMark