Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Training event - BioMed Central; publishing in open access journals.

This session will look at open access publishing and why it may be of interest to researchers. It will describe what open access publishing is, how and why it started and the business model behind it. Focus will be on the different types of open access, known as Gold and Green, and identifying who the main open access publishers are along with background on BioMed Central which will highlight a couple of their journals and explain how they fit within the parent company, Springer.

Presenter: Callum Land, BioMed Central

Registration is required for this event. Book your place.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Resource of the week: British Literary Manuscripts On-line c1669-1900

What is it?
British Literary Manuscripts Online, c. 1660-1900, presents facsimile images of literary manuscripts, including letters and diaries, drafts of poems, plays, novels, and other literary works, and similar materials. Searching is based on tags and descriptive text associated with each manuscript. Images of the complete manuscript can be viewed, manipulated and navigated on screen, although the text of the manuscripts themselves is not searchable.

Why use it?
  • British Literary Manuscripts On-line c1669-1900 brings together resources that were previously only available by searching separate microfilm.
  • By bringing together facsimiles of draft manuscripts, letters, diaries, even account books it provides valuable insight into authors and their works.
  • It provides links to related external resources that may be of interest, such as guides to reading old handwriting, or images from the National Portrait Gallery.

An example author search for Jonathan Swift

If you would like more information regarding this resource, please contact the Liaison Librarian for your subject.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

TRIAL: Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)

We have a trial of the three currently-available collections of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) until 14th June 2012. They are:

Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange
British Politics and Society
Corvey Collection of European Literature: 1790-1840

To access this trial go to

Details of each collection are available via the NCCO home page.

After trying  NCCO  please leave your comments below. Please specify which collection within NCCO your comments refer to, as collections may be purchased separately.You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

TRIAL: The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006

We have a trial of The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006, until 14th June 2012.

To access this trial go to

In the nineteenth century, The Sunday Times had similar obsessions to much of the Victorian press, with extensive coverage of court cases, executions and grisly crimes to titillate its readers. However, it also developed a reputation for its considerable arts coverage, especially the London theatre and music scene.

In the twentieth century, the newspaper returned to its founding ethos of holding the powerful to account. In 1963, it formed the Insight Team, which became world famous for cutting-edge investigative journalism. The Insight Team broke many of the key stories of the twentieth century, including a decade-long campaign for the victims of thalidomide, the exposure of Kim Philby as a Soviet double agent (1st October 1967), and the revelations about the Israeli nuclear weapons programme (5th October 1986). Articles from the Insight Team have been categorized with the label "Insight" in the archive.

Despite the similarity of names, The Sunday Times was an entirely separate paper from The Times until 1st January 1967, when both papers came under the common ownership of Times Newspapers Ltd. To this day, The Sunday Times remains editorially independent from The Times, with its own remit and perspective on the news.

After trying  The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006,  please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Medics & Dentists: going home for the summer? Remember to...

Check if any of your items have a hold on them. If a hold is placed on an item you have on loan and you cannot return it in person you may be asked to return it by post.

Bring your items to the Library and re-issue them if you are nearing twelve renewals, as this is the maximum allowed.

Make sure your fines are paid off so you don’t risk being prevented from renewing your items online.

We accept card payments over the phone for fines which are £5 or more. Please call us on 0151 794 5411 / 5412.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Resource of the week: Datamonitor 360

What is it?

Use Datamonitor 360 to find worldwide company, industry and country reports along with product intelligence, business strategy, news and opinion.
Search for a company, industry or country.

Why use it?

  • Find out about companies worldwide 
  • Prepare for a job interview or an assignment
  • Quickly find the strengths and weaknesses for a company
  • Identify key executives
  • Find market research reports from a wide range of industries

A sample search on Datamonitor 360:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Don’t look now but you’re being cited: tools to get your research noticed

In a competitive research environment, researchers need to effectively disseminate the results of their research to:

  • Provide evidence of research impact
  • Measure and track uptake of research by peers
  • Support personal reputation and career advancement
  • Enhance bids for funding
  • Demonstrate institutional and national research performance

Event details: Thursday 31st May, 12 – 1 pm, Wolfson Suite, Harold Cohen Library

Although citation and publication cultures vary across disciplines, citations are increasingly being used as a measure of research impact. This session will consider techniques to boost your citations and get your research read and introduce the tools available via Web of Knowledge, Scopus and Google Scholar to identify and measure your personal citations.

This is an introductory session aimed at researchers new to bibliometric tools. It relates to the Knowledge and intellectual abilities and the Engagement, influence and impact domains of the Researcher Development Framework. Please REGISTER

Monday, May 14, 2012

Got a new smart card? Remember you need your existing card for now

The University's new smart card is now being distributed to students but you need to keep using your old card for the rest of this term as the new cards won't take over until next academic year.

Services will be transferred to your new card over the summer so remember to bring both back with you in September.

Find out more about why you are getting a new card and the benefits it will bring.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Resource of the week: JISC Media Hub

What is it?

JISC MediaHub provides a single point of access to a collection of multimedia archives.
It enables cross-searching and exploration of sources such as the AP Archive, Getty Images, ITN, Design Council Archives, Imperial War Museum, Royal Geographical Society ,PYMCA,  NewsFilm Online from the ITN/Reuters archives, the complete Gaumont and Paramount newsreels, from 1910 and 1934 respectively, Film & Sound Online, Imperial War Museum, Wellcome Library and the Biochemical Society. The archive also includes over 50 hours of classical music recording from the Culverhouse collection.
JISC MediaHub also enables users to search and link out to external media collections such as the Open Video Project, Wellcome Images, ADS, ARKive and the First World War Poetry Archive.
It is fully searchable by collection, time, subject, place or learning materials.

Why use it?

There are any number of ways to use this resource, from simply searching for still or moving images to incorporate into assignments(most images can be used for educational purposes), to using individual collections for in-depth research.
Below is just a snapshot of some of the things you can do using JISCMediaHub.

  • Search unrivalled collection of news footage, including some previously unbroadcast and unseen material, such as rushes and programme scripts. Silent cinema newsreels are also included.
  • Explore a substantial selection of films charting the development of biochemistry in the later 20th century through the experiences of some of the subject's most celebrated practitioners.
  • Explore a unique global initiative, gathering together into one centralised digital library, films, photographs and audio recordings of the world's species.
  • Search for and share high quality archaeological images to enhance the learning experience of scholars, educators, lecturers and researchers within archaeology and its related disciplines.
  • Search 5,900 images of contemporary youth culture. These images provide powerful documentation of changing fashions and lifestyles of young people, depicted at their finest (and worst).
  • Explore documentaries and feature films from the Amber film-making collective established in the north-east of England in 1968. Of interest to students, teachers and researchers in the fields of media studies and of UK political and social history in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

If you would like more information regarding this resource, please contact the Liaison Librarian for your subject.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

TRIAL: Book Citation Index

We have a trial of Book Citation Index (both the Science and Social Science & Humanities editions) until 7th August 2012.

To try the Book Citation Index just access Web of Knowledge and it will be one of the available databases. To search it on its own, click on the Web of Science tab and then choose which databases you want to include in your search at the bottom of the search form.

The Book Citation Index covers over 30,000 "editorially selected" books published from 2005 onwards, and it plans to add over 10,000 books each year. Books are indexed at the chapter- and book-level.

Book Citation Index includes citation counts from journals, conference proceedings and other books, and SFX / find it @ liverpool links to see if the library has the book in print or online.

After trying Book Citation Index please leave your comments below. We are interested to hear if you find content in Book Citation Index that you haven't been able to find in Discover, Google Books or Amazon, for example.. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Resource of the week. Henry Stewart Talks

What is Henry Stewart Talks?

Henry Stewart Talks is a database of high quality audiovisual lectures presented by leading experts from academia and industry.

At Liverpool we have access to over 1,500 talks in the fields of biomedicine and life sciences and journalism ready to be streamed to your desktop.

Whether you want to or keep up-to-date with the latest developments in your area of expertise or explore new territory from the comfort of your home or office, Henry Stewart Talks could be just what you’re looking for.

Each presentation averages around 40-50 minutes, preserves the speaker’s individual personality and approach and can be experienced at your own pace, wherever you want and as often as you want, with a printable slide handout available in PDF format.

The collection is organized into comprehensive series, regularly updated, with new presentations constantly becoming available.

You can browse by series or search by topic, presenter or institution.

All of the talks have been added to the library catalogue and Discover.

Here is an example:

Friday, May 04, 2012

PC bookings pilot commences Tuesday 8th May

From Tuesday 8th May, a limited number of PCs in both main libraries will be available to book:

  • - Harold Cohen Library, HCC1 - 12 PCs
  • - Sydney Jones Library, Ground Floor, Grove Wing - 10 PCs

The following terms of use apply:
  • Bookings can be made at the Information Support Desks in both libraries - visit in person or telephone 0151 794 5411 (Harold Cohen Library) / 0151 794 2678 (Sydney Jones Library).
  • Bookings are for 2 or 4 hour slots (maximum of 4 hours per day).
  • Bookings can be made up to 1 week in advance.
  • Bookings will be clearly displayed on the relevant computer.
  • If a computer has not been occupied 15 minutes after the start of a booking, it then becomes available on a first come / first served basis for the remainder of that time slot.
  • In the case of hardware or software failure, bookings are not guaranteed and will not be transferred to another computer.

Tuesday, May 01, 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: Thursday 17th May, 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.