Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Easter bank holiday opening hours

The Harold Cohen Library and Sydney Jones Library will both be open on bank holiday Good Friday (6th April) and Easter Monday (9th April) 9.00am - 5.00pm.

Service desks in both main libraries will also be staffed 9.00am - 5.00pm.

For full details of Library opening times, see Opening Hours.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Twitter For Researchers

Twitter can be used for much more than following celebrities and describing what you’ve eaten for lunch.  It can be a powerful way of creating and maintaining research networks, keeping up to date with news, and extending readership of your published work. In this session full of Twitter tips and tricks find out how to:
  • Create a Twitter profile
  • Use Hashtags# to follow themes and events relevant to your research
  • Use Twitter to promote your work and make connections
  • Translate Twitter jargon - know your RT from your DM and #ff
Date: 09/03/2012
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Presenter: Emma Thompson
Location: Wolfson Suite, Harold Cohen Library
Registration is required for this event

Monday, February 27, 2012

Depositing your thesis in the University Research Archive: Training Workshop

Did you register as a research postgraduate after 1st August 2008? If so, you need to know about submitting your thesis electronically.

Training event: Tuesday 13th March, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Training Room 2, Sydney Jones Library.

All research postgraduates who registered for an MPhil, PhD or MD since 1st August 2008 are required to deposit an electronic version of their thesis in the University repository, the University of Liverpool Research Archive (UoLRA). Research postgraduates who registered before this date may also choose to deposit their thesis in the UoLRA.

This hands-on workshop examines the process for depositing an electronic copy of your thesis in the UoLRA and provides guidance about issues that students should consider during the preparation and deposit of their thesis, including information on copyright. 
Places on this workshop are limited and must be booked in advance. Please REGISTER to book a place.

Friday, February 24, 2012

3 Clinics titles finally available online

We have finally bitten the bullet and switched the subscriptions for our 3 Elsevier Clinics titles in medicine from print to online. The online version costs about 10 times the print version, so use them or lose them!

Clinics in Perinatology
Dental Clinics of North America
Pediatric Clinics of North America

Thursday, February 23, 2012

DISCOVER Tip - What does it search? Updated!

It has been well over a year since we told you what DISCOVER searches, so compare the post below with that old post from September 2010. We'll draw attention to some of the key differences - resources in bold below weren't included back then.

When you search DISCOVER your main results can include hits from 61 different databases (was 41), plus 'more results' from another 17 external databases (in the column on the right). In time, those 17 additional databases will expand to 40 databases (see below).

The main search includes 5 multidisciplinary databases:

University of Liverpool Catalogue
University of Liverpool's Institutional Respository
EDS Foundation Index (a huge 'base index' of data supplied directly by publishers)
Academic Search Complete (EBSCO's largest multidisciplinary full-text database)
British Library Document Supply Centre Inside Serials & Conference Proceedings (i.e. Zetoc)

It includes the 3 main components of Web of Science:

Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Science Citation Index
Social Sciences Citation Index

It includes 11 JSTOR segments:

JSTOR Arts & Sciences I
JSTOR Arts & Sciences II
JSTOR Arts & Sciences III
JSTOR Arts & Sciences IV
JSTOR Arts & Sciences IX
JSTOR Arts & Sciences V
JSTOR Arts & Sciences VI
JSTOR Arts & Sciences VII
JSTOR Arts & Sciences VIII
JSTOR Ireland
JSTOR Life Sciences

(We don't have full-text access to Arts & Sciences V, VI, VIII or IX, and only the Biological Sciences subset of Life Sciences, but as we may have full-text access elsewhere we include these resources to ensure that you find out about these articles).

It includes 2 major repository resources:

arXiv - the particle physics, maths, computing pre-print archive
OAIster - a site that searches multiple insitutional and other repositories

It includes 3 publishers' full-text sites where we have full-text access to all/most/a lot of the content:

Oxford Scholarship Online

It includes 9 more EBSCO full-text databases that we subscribe to:

Art & Architecture Complete
Business Source Premier (and Regional Business News)
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Computers & Applied Sciences Complete
Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source
Environment Complete
Humanities International Complete
MEDLINE with Full Text
SPORTDiscus with Full Text

It includes 15 indexing and abstracting databases that we subscribe to on EBSCOhost:

AMED - The Allied and Complementary Medicine Database
America: History & Life
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
GeoRef In Process
Global Health
Global Health Archive
Historical Abstracts
Index to Legal Periodicals and Books
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
Philosopher's Index
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

It includes 3 indexing and abstracting databases that EBSCO provide for free to their EBSCOhost customers:

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
Teacher Reference Center

It includes 6 freely-available databases that have been intergrated into EBSCO Discovery Service with the agreement of their creators (these sometimes, but not always link to freely-available full-text):

Government Printing Office Catalog
Manuscriptorium Digital Library
National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts

It includes 4 collections from RMIT Publishing. We do not subscribe to these collections but we sometimes have full-text access elsewhere and it is high quality content that we believe you should be able to discover:

Informit Business Collection
Informit Engineering Collection
Informit Health Collection
Informit Humanities & Social Sciences Collection

Our DISCOVER 'subject profiles' (Health & Life Science, Humanities, Science & Engineering, and Social Sciences) search the multidisciplinary databases, plus a subset of the subject specialist databases. Searching one of our 'subject profiles' won't find you anything that you won't find in our main DISCOVER search, but it can help to reduce 'noise' from irrelevant hits and make useful hits more prominent.

Similarly our main search's 'more results' area uses 2 multidisciplinary databases (it was 3 but Web of Science is now included in the main results):

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

and 9 subject specialist databases:

ACM Digital Library
BIOSIS Previews
Cochrane Library
IEEE Xplore
Literature Online Criticism
Literature Online Fulltext
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

We have greatly reduced the number of 'more results' databases that we offer. We know that little use if made of this area so we think it makes sense to offer a brief list of key resources rather than a bewilderingly long list.

Our LibGuides list the full range of databases that we have for each subject, regardless of whether or not they are included in DISCOVER searches.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Problem with Burney Collection / British Newspapers 1600-1900 - fixed

The problem accessing the Burney Collection and British Newspapers 1600-1900 has been resolved. If you still experience problems, Cengage Gale recommend you delete your temporary internet files and cookies, close your browser and reopen it.

And you can still access both collections, and our other Gale newspaper archives, at the Gale NewsVault.

Monday, February 13, 2012

TRIAL: State Papers Online

We have a trial of State Papers Online until April 13th. Our link is routed through EZproxy so it is available off-campus too.

State Papers Online features:

· 3 million pages of 16th- & 17th-century British government documents
· Over 200,000 searchable pages of Calendars and catalogues
· Each Manuscript document is linked to its Calendar entry
· Compare Manuscript document and Calendar entry
· Compare two Manuscript documents
· Submit new connections or corrections to the Calendars

Our trial includes all four parts of State Papers Online:

· Part I: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Domestic
· Part II: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Foreign, Scotland, Borders, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council
· Part III: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic
· Part IV: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Foreign, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council

Cairn French Studies e-journal collection available

We now subscribe to the French Studies e-journal collection on the platform. This is a collection of around 80 journals and has been funded by the cancellation of our print subscriptions to journals within this collection. See our catalogue records for a list of the titles available.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Noise Awareness campaign - response to your feedback

The Noise Awareness campaign ran from Monday 9th of January until Friday 20th 2012. The key aims of the campaign were to:

  • Clarify the meaning of Quiet, Silent and Social Zones and highlight where they are
  • Raise awareness of appropriate use of these zones
  • Raise awareness of students need for different working spaces.

A number of marketing methods were adopted for the campaign including inviting written comments and surveying students using the libraries.

The key issues resulting from the comments cards and surveys included:

  • The need to effectively manage quiet and silent zones
  • A Lack of social study space
  • Noise from study rooms on the Grove Wing (SJL)
  • Lack of noise reporting service at weekend and evenings.
  • Noisy food particularly crisps
  • Noise from headphones
  • Need to review zoning in HCL
  • Ensure staff observe zones as well as students
Other non noise related issues that students raised included
  • Encourage recycling of rubbish and packaging
  • Need for more power points
  • No cafe in the HCL
  • Toilets need more regular attention in both libraries
  • Need for more study space
  • Need for more PCs

Library Response and conclusions
A written response to student’s comments was made by User Services Managers and displayed in the buildings, on library WebPages. Generally there was a very positive response to the campaign, including a considerable take up in the number of noise alerts texted to roving staff. There was a strong call for more silence in the library, but equally a need to provide more areas where students could work collaboratively together. In the HCL steps were taken after the first week to change the zoning on a number of PC centres as a direct result of student feedback.

As a result of the campaign the Library will:

  • Develop a webpage highlighting use of study zones in the library and their location, policy on noise
  • Install permanent signage highlighting study zones.
  • Investigate cost effective method of extending Noise Alert service at evenings and weekends.
  • Improve signage in SJL Grove Wing study rooms and investigate with Facilities Management any economic means to improve sound proofing of the Grove Wing study rooms.

Laura Dunn, User Services Manager

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Download ebrary e-books to your device

On Ebrary it is now possible to:
◦ download a chapter or page range (subject to the same limits as for printing) as a permanent PDF image file for use on a computer or e-book reading device (including a Kindle)

◦ download an entire book for 14 days onto a computer or a device that supports Adobe Digital Editions (including iPad but not Kindle)

The ‘entire book’ option uses Adobe Digital Editions which in turn associates a specific PC with a device. This option is therefore not suitable for use on PCs in computer clusters, only personal computers and devices. CSD have looked into installing Adobe Digital Editions on the MWS but it just does not make sense because of its need to identify a user with a specific machine.

Note that we will not allow 'entire e-book' downloads from single-user titles because no other user would have access whilst it was downloaded. We have 395 single-user books from ebrary. You can however download a chapter or page range (subject to the same limits as for printing) from single-user e-books.

If you are on campus you will have direct access to ebrary but when you try to download, or use another ‘bookshelf’ feature, ebrary will redirect you to our EZproxy login page which will in turn log you into your ebrary account.

If you are off campus you will be automatically be redirected to to login via EZproxy. Ebrary knows you are a user from the University of Liverpool because our ebrary URLs specify that the book is in the UoL ebrary library.

For more details see our e-books LibGuide and these ebrary support pages:
Create an image PDF of a specific chapter or page range
◦ Same page limits as for printing.
◦ Accessible on most computers and devices, including the Kindle.
◦ Additional (free) software is typically not needed.
◦ Files do not expire.
Download an entire document as an e-book in Adobe Digital Editions
◦ You first need to install Adobe Digital Editions (free online).
◦ Accessible on most computers and devices, but not the Kindle.
◦ Up to 10 documents at a time per person.
◦ Full-document downloading is only available for multi-user e-books (not single-user-only documents)
◦ Multi-user e-books can be downloaded for 14 days.
◦ We will not allow downloads from single-user titles because no other user would have access whilst it was downloaded. We have about 400 single-user books from ebrary.
◦ Some publishers prohibit full-document downloading of their documents. See here for a list:
Using an iPad to download an entire document as an e-book
Introduction to downloading ebrary e-books