Monday, 5 December 2016

Winter is coming...

Christmas is fast approaching, and if you're going away for the holidays there are a few things to remember to do before you go...
  • Cancel any unwanted requests before going away
  • Check your account through StarPlus or the iSheffield app and renew your books on 10th December
  • If your books are requested while you're away, you'll need to bring them back by 16th January

Happy holidays!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

What's your Open Access story?

It's International Open Access week - a chance for the research community to come together to take action in making their work more openly available.  

We've been travelling around meeting researchers, alumni and research support staff and asking them to share their stories about why they support Open Access - you can see some of our stories below.  

Monday, 17 October 2016

International Open Access Week #oaweek

From Monday 24th to Friday 28th October the University Library's Research Services Unit will be visiting different sites across campus to talk about open access.

Monday, 24th October - Ideas Space, Hadfield Building
Tuesday, 25th October - Mezzanine Level, Western Bank Library (with cake and coffee)
Wednesday, 26th October - Medical School Foyer, Hallamshire Hospital 
Thursday, 27th October - Foyer, Jessop West
Friday, 28th October - Mezzanine Level, Western Bank Library (with cake and coffee) 

The team will be available from 11.00-14.00 each day to answer your questions. 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Publishing with the IEEE - talk

Date: Tuesday 13 September
Time: 11:00 to 12:30
Venue: The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 5

Book your place here - booking form

Are you thinking of publishing for the first time, or not sure where best to submit your manuscript? The IEEE has more than 170 journals covering a broad spectrum of engineering and technology areas. In this session Julia Stockdale (IEEE representative) will talk through how to find the right journal or conference to submit to, and give helpful tips on how to give your paper the best chance of acceptance. The topics covered will include:

choosing the best fit journal or conference for your research
preparing the manuscript
the review process
why a paper may be rejected
best practice
tools and resources to help authors
IEEE Open Access Publishing

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

A new look for White Rose Research Online

White Rose Research Online (WRRO), the repository for research from Sheffield, Leeds and York universities, has had a makeover.

Sharing and exporting records is easier to do, the platform has been optimised for mobile devices.  Altmetric donuts have also been included, so you can see who is talking about your papers.

Sheffield has just under 11,000 research outputs in the repository and we are growing rapidly, with a 50% increase in deposits in the last 6 months.  Don't forget to upload details of your research outputs whether they are journal articles, books, conference papers or other formats using MyPublications via MUSE (click here to find out more).

Take a look at the new WRRO here  - we would welcome your feedback.  

Monday, 8 August 2016

A new range of resources

We're continually working towards enriching our collections to support the strategic aims of the Faculties and the wider University through our strategic funds for learning & teaching, and for research. We've consulted widely to support these major purchase decisions and we're pleased to announce a range of new resources that are available now, (or in the near future).

We'll be blogging in more detail about individual resources throughout the year. New content that will be of particular interest includes:
  • ENDS Report - environmental and sustainability issues
  • Euromonitor Passport -  industry news and country profiles
  • OECD iLibrary - includes industry analysis and content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF)
  • Newspaper archives - including the Economist and the Financial Times
  • Gallup Analytics - opinion poll data from around the world
In addition we now have access to Psychiatry Online. This provides access to the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and content from the American Psychiatric Association on diagnosis and differential diagnosis, case studies, multidisciplinary treatment guidelines, and the latest research.

We would be very interested to hear about the impact of these resources on research or learning, so if you have any evidence or feedback to share, please get in touch.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Pride Sheffield 2016

We are again supporting diversity & inclusion with an updated StarPlus Pride list 2016. 

As part of the Library's visible symbol of commitment to LGBT equality week and Pride Sheffield 2016 on 30th July, staff were asked to list their favourite LGBT resources and they did us proud.

If you can't find what you're looking for, why not recommend it and we'll see if we can add it to the Library's collection

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) upgrade

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is being upgraded during August 2016. 

The new BoB interface goes live on 1 August 2016, but there will be limited content and functionality during the upgrade period. There won't be any access to saved clips and playlists, or some archive content broadcast before 1 July 2016. The service should be fully restored, along with new functionality, by September 2016. BoB apologise for any inconvenience caused during the upgrade period.

We'll update you on the new functions in September

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Changes to default search options in Web of Science

From 15th July 2016, Web of Science will default to the WoS Core Collections search option, rather than All Databases.  

The WoS Core Collection search offers more advanced options (such as the Analyze Results feature), however Core Collection search results will not include content from some key databases such as MedLineBiosis or Zoological Record.  

Users accessing Web of Science via StarPlus will still automatically default to the All Databases search as before. 

Users accessing Web of Science directly may need to select the All Databases option from the search menu.

You can also select your preferred search options by signing up for a personal account and going to the Settings menu (you must access Web of Science via StarPlus to do this if you are off-campus):

Here's what is included in the Web of Science Core Collection:
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (1900-present)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present)
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (1990-present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (1990-present)
  • Book Citation Index– Science (2005-present)
  • Book Citation Index– Social Sciences & Humanities (2005-present)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015-present)
  • Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present)
  • (Includes Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data back to 1840)
  • Index Chemicus (1993-present)
The All Databases Option also allows you to search content from the following databases:
  • BIOSIS Citation Index
  • BIOSIS PReviews
  • Current Contents Connect
  • Data Citation Index
  • Derwent Innovations Index
  • KCI-Korean Journal Database
  • Russian Science Citation Index
  • SciELO Citation Index
  • Zoological Record

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Introduction to Library services for new doctoral researchers in the Faculty of Science

Wednesday 22nd June
Information Commons Classroom 3 (on level 3)

Are you new to the Faculty of Science?
This workshop will introduce you to the University of Sheffield Library service and will outline:
  • the library facilities available to researchers
  • how to search for online journal papers, books and more using StarPlus and online databases
  • what to do if we don't have a paper, book or journal that you need
  • where to go for support with Open Access publishing, looking after your research data, identifying influential research and more
Book your place

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

New study break pass

Need to take a break from your studies? Did you know that you can now reserve your space in the Library for up to 45 minutes with an Exam Plus study break pass?

Pick one up now from any of our customer service points. 

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Trial access to Thieme chemical synthesis journals

We have trial access to three new chemistry journals until 30th September 2016.
  • Synthesis: international full-paper journal devoted to the advancement of the science of synthetic chemistry
  • Synlett: international journal reporting research results and current trends in chemical synthesis
  • Synfacts: current research highlights in chemical synthesis
To access any of these journals, visit StarPlus and search for them in University Collections: 

Let us know what you think about these journals using the feedback link in the View It tab:

Thursday, 7 April 2016

New Cell Press journals

We have recently added the following titles to our existing Cell Press subscriptions:
  • Cell Chemical Biology (formerly Chemistry and Biology): 1994 - present
  • Cell Metabolism: 2005 - present
  • Cell Host and Microbe: 2007 - present
  • The Biophysical Journal: 1960 - present
You can search for these and other Cell Press journals, and access them online, using University Collections in StarPlus:

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Nature Reviews Materials

Nature Reviews Materials is an online-only journal dedicated to publishing reviews and perspectives across the entire spectrum of materials science and engineering. 

It complements the highly successful existing research journal, Nature Materials, which has been published since 2002.

Search for Nature Reviews Materials in University Collections in StarPlus:

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Methods in Enzymology

We now have online access to Methods in Enzymology, one of the most highly respected publications in the field of biochemistry.

All issues from 2000 onwards can be accessed via StarPlus:

This will take you to ScienceDirect, where you can download individual chapters as PDFs.

In addition, older editions can be found in Western Bank Library

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (eLS)

We now have access to the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (eLS), an online resource providing a comprehensive introduction to key topics in the life sciences for students, lecturers and researchers.

eLS has over 5,000 peer-reviewed articles written by leaders in the field, accompanied by colour illustrations and tables, as well as appendix and glossary material to provide essential information for non-specialists.

Key subject areas include:
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioethics & Philosophy
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Evolution & Diversity of Life
  • Genetics & Disease
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant Science
  • Science & Society
  • Structural Biology
  • Virology
To access the encyclopedia, visit StarPlus and search University Collections for 'encyclopedia of life sciences'.  

Click View it and follow the link to 'Wiley Online Reference Works'

You can then browse the encyclopedia by topic or theme, or search by keyword.

Friday, 11 March 2016

IEEE pop up library - Thursday, 17th March

Want to find out more about IEEE Xplore?

If you have 5 minutes to spare next Thursday come and visit our IEEE pop up library in the Diamond. Julia Stockdale, UK representative of IEEE, will be there to answer your 
questions along with your librarians. 

IEEE pop up library
Thursday, 17th March
The Diamond entrance (in front of the big screen)

A few things you might not know about IEEE Xplore:
  • You can use IEEE Xplore to search over 3 million full text scientific and technical documents published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners.
  • This includes over 170 journals, 1,400 conference proceedings, 5,100 technical standards and 2,000 ebooks. 
  • The current most popular search terms are "power", "control", "network" and "antenna".
  • You can browse the top 100 documents downloaded each month. 
  • Approximately 20,000 new documents are added each month. 
  • You can read IEEE Smart Grid Research documents including the Grid Vision 2015 Vision Reference Model and Roadmap.
More information about our IEEE Xplore subscription can be found on the Library's web pages. You can access IEEE Xplore through the University Collections search in StarPlus.

Want to know more? Just drop in!

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Are you ready for the REF?

To be eligible for the next REF, all your articles and conference papers published after the 1st April 2016 must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance.  

To meet these requirements, you can deposit your Author Accepted Manuscript in MyPublications.  We will then upload it to White Rose Research Online, our open access repository.

To find out how to do this, and learn more about Open Access, visit our Open Access webpages.  You may also wish to read How it all works, a new series of guides for researchers. Issue one gives an excellent introduction to the key issues relating to Open Access and research data, and the services available to help you maximise the impact of your research outputs.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Taking books home over Easter?

As you know, we usually renew your books for you automatically if they haven't been requested. However, over the Easter holidays things work a little differently.

  • Even though we will try to automatically renew your loans by Saturday 12 March, we may encounter some issues, such as another student requesting your book. Because of this, we’re asking you to please remember to check your library account through StarPlus, and renew any items due for return before going off home for the holidays.
  • Once your book has been renewed, you’ll be able to keep it over the holidays and - as long as no one else requests it - we’ll continue to renew it for you once term starts. If someone does make a request for a book that you have on loan, you will need to bring it back to us by Monday 11 April.
  • If you’ve made any requests for books that you no longer need over Easter, please remember to cancel them online.
  • So that we can get your requested books to you even faster, if anyone has a book that’s overdue they won’t be able to place a request.
Read online
  • If we don’t have a physical copy of the book you need, don’t worry, we also have a wide selection of e-books and other online resources available through StarPlus. Just log in to MUSE and read our ebooks from your desktop, wherever you are, 24/7.

If you encounter any difficulties, please contact the Library on 0114 222 7200 or email

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

World Book Day 3rd March: Book Swap

Got any old textbooks you don't want?  Want to read something new?  

Come to Western Bank Library on Thursday 3rd March, and help us celebrate World Book Day with our first ever Book Swap.  

Bring your old books and swap them for something new, or just help yourself to the second hand books available.  There will be everything from textbooks to novels, and whilst you don't have to swap a book to take one, the more you bring, the better it'll be. 

The Book Swap runs from 10:00am - 2:00pm upstairs in Western Bank Library and it would be great to see you there!

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Introduction to Library services for new PhD researchers

Are you a new PhD researcher in the Faculty of Science? The Library is running a workshop next week to introduce you to the library services available to help with your research.

The workshop will cover:

  • how to search for books and online research papers using StarPlus and specialist science databases
  • where to go for support with Open Access publishing, looking after your research data, citation metrics and more

Tuesday 23rd February
Information Commons Classroom 3 (on level 3)

Click here to book a place

Monday, 15 February 2016

Nature Microbiology

Nature Microbiology, a new journal launched earlier this year, can now be accessed via StarPlus.  

Just search for it in University Collections, click View it and follow the View full text links (make sure you're signed into MUSE):

Literature Searching for Engineers - workshop

Aimed at students from the Faculty of Engineering, this workshop will provide a refresher on essential literature searching skills. 

Whether you're searching for a literature review or just want to find the latest research on a topic, this workshop will help you to develop your skills. We'll show you how to create an effective search strategy, demonstrate where to search and help you to find the most relevant results. 

Wednesday, 2nd March 
2pm - 3pm 
The Diamond - Level 4 
(use the calendar at the bottom of the screen to book your place)

There are a number of workshops run in the Diamond that are open to taught students from all departments. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Nature Energy & Nature Reviews Materials

University of Sheffield members now have access to two new Nature Journals:  

Nature Energy aims to bring together cutting-edge research from across the energy sector, and will be relevant to students and researchers within the natural sciences and the social and behavioural sciences.

Nature Reviews Materials is a weekly publication of reviews, perspectives and comments in all scientific disciplines within materials science.  It will be a useful resource for all material scientists, as well as chemists, physicists and engineers.

Both journals, and all other Nature titles, can be accessed via StarPlus.  Just search for them in University Collections, click View it and follow the View full text links (make sure you're signed into MUSE):

Monday, 25 January 2016

Finding Scientific Research workshop

Do want to learn how to find scientific journal papers to help with a project or assignment?  
This workshop will introduce online library resources that will help you track down the latest scientific research.

This workshop is just one of many on offer at the Diamond throughout the year.  These workshops can also contribute towards your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) through the 301 Academic Skills Certificate.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Exam Plus

Do you need to find somewhere to revise?  Want to know where the nearest available computer is on campus?  Or would you like some advise on improving your revision skills? 

Our Exam Plus webpages bring together information, advice and support to help you do well in your exams.  

Monday, 11 January 2016

White Rose University Press launches

White Rose University Press (WRUP) is a new open access digital publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books, publishing across a wide range of academic disciplines.  WRUP is run jointly by the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

White Rose University Press is committed to innovative, open access dissemination of research and teaching materials, ensuring academic quality, and supporting innovation in publishing.

To find out about publishing books or journals with White Rose University Press visit

Monday, 4 January 2016

Reaction Chemistry & Engineering

Reaction Chemistry & Engineering from The Royal Society for Chemistry is a new journal showcasing the latest research at the interface of chemical engineering and chemistry, from fundamental, molecular level chemistry to large scale chemical production.

All articles published in 2016 and 2017 will be free to access.  Search for the journal in University Collections in StarPlus.