Monday, 22 May 2017

Nobel Prize Winner Talk: Discovery of atmospheric neutrino oscillations

On 1st June, the University of Sheffield will be hosting a public talk from Nobel Prize winner Professor Takaaki Kajita.

Professor Takaaki Kajita (Director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR), University of Tokyo) will be talking about the research that led to his discovery of atmospheric neutrino oscillations for which he and Arthur B. McDonald were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics (find out more)

If you're feeling inspired and want to learn more about neutrinos, why not have a look at some of the reading below...

Freely available online:

White Rose Research Online is a shared, open repository for research from the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York. All research in WRRO is Open Access, meaning it's free to read. See some of the WRRO papers on neutrinos here.

arXiv (pronounced 'archive') is an open resource for research in physics, astronomy, maths, computer science and more. As a member institution, the University of Sheffield helps to ensure arXiv content is freely available to all. 

From the University of Sheffield Library

We have a huge range of books on particle physics, astronomy and cosmology. For an introduction try the following:

Fundamentals of neutrino physics and astrophysics
Carlo Giunti;
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007 
Information Commons  539.7215 (G)   

Smashing physics
Jon Butterworth
London : Headline, 2014 ISBN 9781472210302
Information Commons  539.7092 (B)

Particle Dark Matter: Observations, Models and Searches
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010 ISBN 9780511770739 
ebook - read online using StarPlus

University of Sheffield members also have access to a huge range of science journals, which you can explore using StarPlus (just search for the name of the journal you're interested in, or run a search for the topic you want and limit to resource type journals). 

Some key physics journals include:
  • Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics
  • Physical Review Letters
  • Physical Review D
  • Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics
  • Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Looking for a study space?

During exams we know that you want to be able to find a study space quickly. In addition to the libraries, there are a range of extra study spaces available across campus for revision. 

Some group rooms have also been taken off the booking system so that they can be used by all students for revision. 

Find out more about the spaces that are available - extra study space. This page will be updated as rooms are booked.  

Monday, 27 March 2017

Secondary Data: taking a sip from someone else's cup

Secondary Data: taking a sip from someone else's cup
1.30 - 4.30 Wednesday April 5
Surrey 5520 - City Campus - Sheffield Hallam University

Funders and publishers encourage us to make our data openly available. But also they encourage us to re-use data that is created elsewhere by others.

This can enable greater cost-effectiveness and efficiency in our own research and lead to creating new opportunities. We can only exploit these opportunities with the right skills.

Distinct from collecting and generating data, on one hand these skills involve intelligent data archiving and curation to enable successful re-use. And on the other, they involve evaluating and choosing appropriate datasets so we can combine, manipulate and analyse data in a meaningful way.

This event showcases three perspectives on the many opportunities and challenges encountered using secondary data.

Find out more about this event and book a place

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Need a referencing refresher? Unsure where to start with your literature review? Pop in and chat...

Over lunchtime on the 3rd and 7th February your engineering librarian will be available in the Diamond to answer your questions. 

This might be useful if you are just starting to think about the literature review for your project or dissertation and are unsure where to search. You might have questions about referencing or just need a refresher on making the most of library resources. 

Location: Diamond, Library Connect (Level 0)
Date: Friday 3rd & Tuesday 7th February 
Time - 12-2pm

Just call in and chat!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Boost your career with IEEE - talk

Are you a student or researcher based in the Faculty of Engineering or Science? This free talk (organised by IEEE / IEEE student branch at the University of Sheffield) may be of interest. It will cover effective networking techniques, tips on creating your CV and more!
The workshop is taking place in the Diamond on Friday, 10th February and you can book your place here - booking form

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

BrowZine launches My Articles

If you use BrowZine, you can now save any articles you find on the Web, iOS or Android versions and sync them across all your devices.  

In addition, iOS and Android versions of BrowZine now allow you to save full text PDFs to read offline.

Find out more

Support for Breaking Boundaries and the Global Engineering Challenge

Are you preparing for your Breaking Boundaries debate or getting ready for your Global Engineering Challenge?

Our new guide offers advice on finding journal papers and other information which will be useful when you are researching your topic. It also covers how to think critically about what you find and weigh up the evidence from the literature to develop a balanced argument.

Access the guide - click here

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

University of Sheffield Papers in Altmetric top 100 articles of 2016

University of Sheffield academics have contributed to two of the 100 most talked-about journal articles of 2016. The list, compiled by Altmetric, brings together the academic papers which have been shared and discussed most frequently online - whether in the news, on social media or via a variety of other sources.  

Dr Ed Daw from the Department of Physics was part of the international research team which observed gravitational waves for the first time. The article announcing their findings is one of the most discussed papers of 2016. Researchers from the Department of Oncology & Metabolism contributed to research comparing different types of prostate cancer treatment over a 10 year period, and their paper also places highly on the list. 

Exams - extra study space

Throughout the exam period, all group study rooms in the Information Commons and some in the Diamond will not be bookable, so that they can be used by as many students as possible. 

We've also booked some additional rooms across campus which can be used as study spaces. You can check available rooms day by day on our exam extra study space web page.

Information Skills Resource

Monday, 9 January 2017

Everything you ever wanted to know about metrics...

Mixed up about metrics? Stressed by citations? 

We've worked with colleagues from Research & Innovation Services to put together a guide to some of the key metrics you can use to find highly-cited or highly discussed research.

The Metrics Hub offers advice on how metrics can help you to:

  • find influential journals to read or submit your papers to
  • track the attention received by your own research
  • discover high profile research and researchers in your field
The guide also offers guidance on using metrics responsibly and when NOT to use metrics.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Research software management, sharing and sustainability workshop

Are you interested in developing or using research software? This workshop will give researchers the opportunity to discuss problems they experience with research software, to share best practice in managing research code and explore barriers to using existing best practice. 

Taking place at various locations (including Sheffield) from 9th-25th January 
booking closes Monday, 9th January. 

To book your place and more information - Booking Form 

The workshops are organised by Jisc in collaboration with SSI, University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield, University of Bath, University of Leicester, University of Birmingham, the British Library and STFC.