Monday, 30 November 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Access the database through the eLibrary Gateway or, on campus, directly at SpringerImages and explore the potential for your research and teaching. Please feedback your views on this service to the blog or to the library staff.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
We currently have on trial Springer Materials the Landolt Bornstein database, a collection of fully evaluated data relevant to the following areas of physical sciences and engineering.
- Particles, Nuclei and Atoms
- Molecules and Radicals
- Electronic Structure and Transport
- Multiphase Systems
- Advanced Materials
- Advanced Technologies
- Astro- and Geophysics
It covers physical and chemical properties for 165,000 substances and material systems. If you need data for your research try this resource. It's available until mid January from the link above or via the eLibrary Gateway.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
Excessive downloading is systematic, beyond normal use and printing of articles that would result from searching or browsing. It is usually the result of a user, or users, who are systematically, and/or automatically and very intentionally, downloading numerous articles from one or more journals.
A breach of our signed license agreements with vendors may result in ip address blocking and we can potentially lose complete access. In this case one individual's inappropriate activity inconvenienced researchers across campus and could have prevented us from continuing this license. Such cases may be investigated by the University to identify the culprits.
Please ensure that your use is within the terms of our licence
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
We are also pleased to welcome Debi McKeown, who joined us in the team in September as Senior Information Assistant. Debi works the first half of the week to job-share with Liz Day. Debi replaces Jane Maltby who is now employed full-time in the Greenfield Medical Library. Debi previously worked in the Hallward Library so brings with her a wealth of experience.
- a separated standard number and keyword search option
- Quick filter options, such as searching for current standards
- Options for refining by module, status, committee and ICS category
- Option to download up to 5 documents in one go as a zip file
- Browse options; by module or ICS classification
- Option to create notification lists at standard level or module and ICS level
- Advanced search options
- Links to news and newsletters
To access BSI, go to the eLibrary Gateway at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/elibrarygateway and click on the standards sub-category
Please contact the library if you would like more information or help
Monday, 5 October 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Wednesday 9th September 10.30 am Chemistry Lecture Theatre XI
The session will last about an hour including time for questions.
Hope to see you there.
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Wednesday 2nd September Pope Building A16
2.00 Support for Open Access Publishing at Nottingham
2.30 Web of Science features including Researcher ID, h-index and citation maps
3.45 Journal Citation Reports (impact factors, journal ranking, Eigenfactor etc.)
Refreshments will be provided
No need to book (unless you wish to reserve a space) or to attend the whole session.
Monday, 3 August 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Please could you help us by completing a SHORT questionnaire (approx. 5 minutes) at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=lGdePEZJBk8CCrzpVGrkHQ_3d_3d
We should be very grateful for your feedback by the end of August.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Energy and Environmental Science
Free online access available until December 2009
Free online access available until December 2010
Free online access available until December 2010
Free online access available later in 2009 until December 2010
Free online access available later in 2009 until December 2010
Free online access available in 2010 until December 2011
The release of the 2008 Journal Citation Reports includes the first-ever update to the newly introduced Five Year Impact Factor and Eigenfactor™ Metrics in JCR Web. Eigenfactor™ Metrics use citing journal data from the entire JCR file to reflect the prestige and citation influence of journals by considering scholarly literature as a network of journal-to-journal relationships.
Connect to the JCR via our subscription to Web of Knowledge.
For more details about JCR see http://isiwebofknowledge.com/products_tools/analytical/jcr/
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Recently, ebrary has significantly enhanced its technology by improving its QuickView Reader, which does not require any software downloads or installations. Printing has also been added to quick view as well as integration with Endnote for easy citation management. Additionally, ebrary has enhanced its bookshelf feature. End-users can now email folders containing notes, highlights, hyperlinks, and bookmarks to peers.
In fact, at present, I am working from 3 PCs from two different campuses as well as working from home ocassionally - does this sound familiar?
If you are at home wishing all your favorites weren’t on your computer at work? Or vice versa? .... then check out Diigo or Delicious.
If you haven’t started using an online bookmarking tool, why not try one of these? Install the gadget on your toolbar, and then just click anytime you find a site you want to keep track of for later.
Services such as Delicious and Diigo also have the added benefit of allowing you to highlight what you find with your own notes. Great tools to consider using with students during research projects or to foster information literacies such as evaluating and anotating what's found.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
The CDS is a National service providing on-line access to up-to-date, comprehensive, high quality chemical databases and ancillary facilities. These databases provide the three dimensional structure, spectroscopic data and physical properties of molecules which are crucial to the understanding, enhancement and production of new materials and processes. The communities served by the CDS are very far reaching and include users from not only chemistry disciplines but also material science, physics, engineering and biological sciences, etc.
As part of the overall review process, the EPSRC has asked all relevant communities to prepare and submit a Statement of Need (SoN) drawing from the communities served by Mid Range Facilities rather than the organisations currently providing these services. In response, members of the chemistry community have put in place an electronic 'iPetition'. The purpose of this petition is to provide a mechanism for the UK academic community to register its support for continued access to the kind of database facilities currently provided by the CDS. It can be found at:- http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ChemicalDatabaseService/
Monday, 18 May 2009
The site was the idea of Stephen Wolfram who created the Mathematica computer program and it is expected to improve with use. So why not give it a go and help with the development of the database?
You may also be interested in the reference websites we have catalogued on the eLibrary Gateway under Science Reference. If you know of other useful sites in this category please share them with us through this blog.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Thursday, 7 May 2009
·Food Science and Technology
·High Performance Polymers
·Indoor and Built Environment
·International Journal of Damage Mechanics
·International Journal of Robotics Research
·International Journal of High Performance Comp Applications
·Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers
·Journal of Biomaterials Applications
·Journal of Building Physics
·Journal of Cellular Plastics
·Journal of Elastonomers and Plastics
·Journal of Fire Protection Engineering
·Journal of Fire Sciences
·Journal of Industrial Textiles
·Journal of Intelligent and Materials Systems & Structures
·Journal of Plastic Film and Sheeting
·Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
·Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials
·Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials
·Journal of Vibration & Control
·Textile Research Journal
·The International Journal of Structural Health Monitoring
·Waste Management and Research
By registering for this free trial, you will gain access to SAGE Materials Science & Engineering Journals until June 30, 2009.
Thanks to Susan Heaster in the Halward Library for flagging this.
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Coverage includes the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature.
SCOPUS also provides tools to track and analyse research, of particular importance for the proposed requirements of the REF. The h-index within SCOPUS provides details of the most highly cited articles and authors and the citation tracker allows you to see research trends.
SCOPUS is now available via the eLibrary Gateway and the promotional site provides links to further information and tutorials.
A training event to introduce you to the database has been arranged for University of Nottingham staff and students on 27th May, 11-12, Room C15 Pope Building.
For room requirements, please could you email: Jenny.Coombs@nottingham.ac.uk if you are planning on attending the event.
Further help and support will also be available from your subject librarian.
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Thursday, 30 April 2009
In response to the study, the Chief Executives of the Research Councils have agreed that over time the UK Research Councils will support increased open access, by:
building on their mandates on grant-holders to deposit research papers in suitable repositories within an agreed time period, and;
extending their support for publishing in open access journals, including through the pay-to-publish model.
RCUK is now beginning an implementation process through a number of cross-Research Council working groups. They recognise that there are many issues to consider and will liaise fully with all interested parties, including the academic community, publishers, and organisations such as JISC and the Research Information Network.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
"There are many highly entertaining pieces here, but also some less than engaging ones. Too many are mini-lectures, with no narrative or personal angle to sustain your attention. This kind of writing works for readers interested in specific areas, but will never draw a wider audience.
If these pieces really do represent the very best science writing on blogs, I'm afraid I have to agree with science blogger John Hawks: "If we're going to compare the entire blogosphere with The New York Times, in terms of how much is worth reading for the average non-professional interested in science, the blogosphere is worse by an order of magnitude."
What's your view?
Thanks to Mary in the Sherpa team for flagging this.
We should appreciate your feedback on the new system. The publishers are keen to get chemistry researchers' views to aid in the development of the new search interface and their contact details are below. The library are of course also interested in order to inform our decisions regarding renewal of the licence later this year and we should appreciate receiving your comments to this blog posting.
Please find below the information you will need to access Reaxys:
Web address: https://www.reaxys.com/
License start date: 15.04.2009
License end date: 15.05.2009
On campus use only (through ip address).
Note: a detailed description of the technical requirements (including supported Java environments) is available. Please check the page “About Reaxys” first before you start working with Reaxys.
In order to successfully evaluate Reaxys you are recommended to participate in the Reaxys orientation webinar. Please register at: email@example.com
For further assistance and information on Reaxys, please consult the Help section within the product – this tab is visible no matter which page you are in. Within Help you can then access the Release Notes section - home>customer support>release notes. This area explains which functions are currently available and what will be coming shortly.
The publishers say "Reaxys is continuously being developed and adapted according to the needs of our customers. Your feedback is highly valued and will be fed back into further development, ultimately producing the best possible end result.
If you have any questions about this or need additional support or want to let us know your experiences and improvement ideas, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on the address below."
Europe and Africa
Tel: +49-69-5050 4268
Fax: +49-69-5050 4213
Thursday, 16 April 2009
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Find the RSS Feeds folder, right click on it, then left click on Add a new RSS feed and key in
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009
We have added the trial to the eLibrary Gateway or alternatively you can connect directly via the link below:-
Martindale home page: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/martindale/current/
Martindale demo: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/publications/martindale/MartCD35.htm
On campus access will be through ip address without the need for a username and password. Off campus you may login through the new Shibboleth or Institutional login option with your normal University username and password.
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
The talks can be accessed via the eLibrary Gateway
We would be very interested in receiving feedback to help us decide whether to continue with this subscription.
Thursday, 2 April 2009
which encapsulates the problems that Universities such as ourselves are facing in maintaining book and journal provision in the current economic difficulties.
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Their plan is to gather and digitize the following materials from National Bureau of Standards (Now NIST):
Applied Mathematic Series
- C 13.32:Basic Radio Propagation Predictions
- C 13.31:Building and Housing Publications
- C 13.25:Building Science Series (two related titles)
- C 13.29/2:Bulletin
- C 13.3:Circular (three related titles)
- C 13.4:Handbook
- C 13.11:Letter Circulars
- C 13.16:Mathematical Tables
- C 13.20:Miscellaneous Publications
- C 13.10:NBS IR (Interagency Reports)
- C 13.58:NBS Report
- C 13.10:NSRDS-NBS (National Standard Reference Data Series)
- C 13.38:Scientific Papers
- C 13.46:Technologic Papers
- C 13.8:
Five roadshows will takeplace in Manchester, Nottingham, Dublin, London and Bristol with the aim of updating researchers on the future of the BL’s document supply services, the Electronic Thesis Online System (EThOS), the UK Research Reserve and Project Gateway.
For more information see: www.bl.uk/reshelp/atyourdesk/docsupply/new/heroadshows/index.html
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
We have this resource on trial for 30 days through April and would welcome feedback on the value of a subscription.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
BioOne provides access to over 150 bioscience research journals covering many aspects of biological, ecological and environmental sciences. A full list of titles is available at:
BioOne can be browsed or searched and is available at: http://www.bioone.org/ or via the eLibrary Gateway "General - ejournals" category.
Please have a look and send your feedback to your subject librarian or to this blog.
Monday, 23 March 2009
Thursday, 5 March 2009
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, 2 March 2009
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Now the JCR has been upgraded with some new features including the new Eigenfactor Score.
The Eigenfactor Score measures the number of times articles from the journal published in the past five years have been cited in the JCR year.
Like the Impact Factor, the Eigenfactor Score is essentially a ratio of number of citations to total number of articles. However, unlike the Impact Factor, the Eigenfactor Score:
- Counts citations to journals in both the sciences and social sciences.
- Eliminates self-citations. Every reference from one article in a journal to another article from the same journal is discounted.
- Weights each reference according to a stochastic measure of the amount of time researchers spend reading the journal.
Monday, 2 February 2009
The survey is hoping to reach as many researchers as possible. Your input will provide vital insight and you will have the chance to win a £40 Amazon voucher to thank you for your time. You can access the survey from 30th January here:(www.rsc.org/advocacy).
Over the last year, the University has been taking part in the JISC Observatory ebooks project (http://www.jiscebooksproject.org), a nationally funded project looking at the use of ebooks amongst students and staff at HE Institutions and how we can shape the future provision of course texts in e-book format. Students and staff previously undertook an online survey for the project, resulting in the University being the fifth highest repondent (out of 122 institutions).
JISC would now like participants to take part in an exit survey .
The survey is open to all, although the eBooks collections made available through the project remain as Business&Management, Engineering, Media studies, and Medicine.
Anyone participating in the survey will be entered into a prize draw for £200 worth of Amazon vouchers.
The survey can be accessed via the following links:
An additional link has been provided from the Electronic Books collection on the eLibrary Gateway.
Friday, 30 January 2009
You can now search for course notes through the Library Online Catalogue (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/unloc) and download a digitised copy. One paper copy will still be retained in the library.
This will provide more accessible course notes for students.
What is the synthesis collection?
SYNTHESIS is an innovative and award winning e-book library of Biomedical, Engineering and Computer Science that combines authoritative content with advanced digital delivery. The SYNTHESIS platform includes e-books covering electromagnetics and antennas, signal processing and communications, biomedical engineering, digital circuits and more general electrical engineering.
How do I access synthesis?
Synthesis can be accessed via the eLibrary Gateway (Search under titles for Morgan and Claypool's ebook collections)
Subscriptions are based on 8 subject collections or the whole collection. To see the titles in each of the subject collections, click on the "browse our subject collections" link on the right hand side.
Useful feedback for us would be whether you find particular collections more useful than others and the value of the collection for library purchasing.
The whole site can also easily be searched using the "quick search" option at the top of the page.
Please could you feedback any comments, either by commenting within the blog, or emailing Jenny.Coombs@nottingham.ac.uk by 28 February.
Friday, 23 January 2009
The JISC e-Book Observatory Project (http://www.jiscebooksproject.org) is about exploring impacts, observing behaviours and developing new models to stimulate the e-books market, and to do all this in a managed environment.
The aims are to licence a collection of e-books that are highly relevant to UK HE course taught students, to evaluate the use of the e-books and to transfer knowledge acquired in the project to publishers, aggregators and libraries to help stimulate an e-books market.
Through statistical data and questionnaire responses, the University of Nottingham was identified as one of the higher users of e-books and has been asked to participate in the next stage of the project.
A team based at Aberystwyth would like to set up focus group interviews with academic staff and students in engineering who are users of the e-books in the MyiLibrary collection (engineering, business & management, media studies): http://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/catalogue/myilibrary.aspx . These ebooks are available through our library online catalogue
The interview questions will be circulated beforehand, and the interviews will be recorded but quoted anonymously and so no institution will be identified. It is anticipated that the focus groups would be held sometime in February or the first 2 weeks of March.
If you are interested in participating, could you please contact Jane Maltby (email@example.com)
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Can you spare 15 minutes to answer an online survey? The survey is investigating some of the obstacles you face as a researcher when accessing licensed information resources, and how you overcome these obstacles. The survey is part of a study, commissioned by the Research Information Network (http://www.blogger.com/www.rin.ac.uk), to understand the nature and scale of limitations and barriers encountered by researchers when seeking to access such resources. The survey is hoping to reach as many researchers as possible, across a range of
disciplines. Your input will provide vital insight to these issues and how they may be resolved going forwards. You can access the survey from 12th January here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=7Gm90P1n3aSLO87xHwvITw_3d_3d
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find journals of interest by title, subject or publisher, view the latest TOC, and link through to the full text of over 250,000 articles (where our subscriptions, or open access, allow), and save selected journals to MyTOCs so that for viewing future TOCs. Free registration is required to permanently save MyTOCs. ticTOCs allows the export of selected TOC RSS feeds to popular feedreaders such as Google Reader and Bloglines.
Thursday, 8 January 2009
The Bioresearch and Natural History headings will be combined into a single new heading: Biological Sciences. The content has been combined and is cross searchable but the browse structure will remain the same (with some minor modifications). These changes have been informed by user feedback and an Advisory Group including academics and a librarian in the subject area and the Higher Education Academy for Bioscience. In addition, Intute has improved the content, adding hundreds of new resources in the biological sciences.