Monday, October 29, 2012

Resource of the week: IEEE Xplore

What is it?

IEEE Xplore is an exciting collection of scholarly and technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics.  It provides access to the full text of all journals and conference proceedings from the IEEE and the IET. Also included within our subscription is access to the IEEE-Wiley 2012 eBooks collection which contains a range of handbooks, textbooks, reference sources, and professional books.

Why use it?

IEEE Xplore is a fantastic tool for the discovery of relevant high level academic and technical material. Use IEEE Xplore to discover current research, assess the field and develop your own areas of expertise.

It is simple and quick to search with several advanced search options that allow you to focus your search. Because it is a full-text database you know that you will be able to read immediately everything you find.

More information and links to other relevant databases and search tools can be found on the Electrical Engineering LibGuide.

With one simple search box it is easy to start searching IEEE Xplore and quickly discover really relevant results.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Extended weekend opening from 3rd November

In response to demand, we will be extending weekend opening of the library service from the weekend of the 3rd November 2012.

Both the Harold Cohen and Sydney Jones libraries will be open on Sunday mornings and the Sydney Jones opening hours on both Saturday and Sunday evenings will be extended to match those currently offered by the Harold Cohen.

Library opening (Harold Cohen and Sydney Jones)

Saturday (24 hour from Friday) - close at 11pm

Sunday: open 8.30 am - close 11pm

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Help with referencing: EndNote and RefWorks

Hands-on training sessions on reference management software are being offered by the Harold Cohen and Sydney Jones Libraries to undergraduate or postgraduate students or staff.

If you need help managing references and citations as part of your project, dissertation or research, reference management software tools may be for you. These products provide a simple way to store, organise and retrieve your references and can also aid in formatting in-text citations and bibliographies in your work.

Two packages are available to University of Liverpool users, Endnote and RefWorks. You only need to learn one of the two as they both provide the same functionality.

Choose EndNote if you will be using a PC on the Managed Windows Service, if your supervisor recommends it and if you want advanced features.

Choose RefWorks if you want something easy to learn and Web-based, accessible from any location.

Then come along to the relevant training session:

Wednesday 31st October, 1-2pm, Sydney Jones Library, Training Room 2
Wednesday 21st November, 1-2pm, Harold Cohen Library, Wolfson Suite

Wednesday 7th November, 1-2pm, Harold Cohen Library, Wolfson Suite
Thursday 15th November, 1-2pm, Sydney Jones Library, Training Room 2
Tuesday 27th November, 1-2pm, Sydney Jones Library, Training Room 2

Places will be available on a first-come-first-served basis on the day. No need to book in advance.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Resource of the week: Knovel

What is it?

Knovel is a key source of technical information for engineers and scientists.

It provides an interactive platform for e-books and databases and gives fully searchable online access to hundreds of handbooks, data books, dictionaries, encyclopedias and technical reference books.

Why use it?

Knovel allows you to search across a very broad range of data, pull out what’s relevant and manipulate that data for your own purposes using its interactive tools.

You can use Knovel to look up a chemical formula, compare properties of substances or research alternative energy sources.

Knovel’s Data Search allows you to search by numeric data and properties from graphs, equations and tables in e-books quickly and easily. You can manipulate data values and export them into other applications, such as Excel.

Visit the Knovel LibGuide and investigate its links to videos and Webinars to show you how to make best use of Knovel.

From 10 September to 1 December 2012, Knovel is running its University Challenge, with a chance to win iPads and other prizes.  There are two new questions each week, which you can answer using Knovel.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Resource of the week: Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

What is it?

The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals is a comprehensive index of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design and historic preservation. It offers access to more than 2,500 international journals, most of which are not indexed elsewhere, and more than 675,000 citations dating to the mid-18th century. It indexes the international scholarly and popular periodical literature as well as the publications of professional associations, US state and regional periodicals, and the major serial publications on architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia.

Why use it?

Although the Avery Index can be searched via DISCOVER, which searches the majority of the Library’s print and e-resources, using the Index individually allows for more precise searching. For instance, you can specify just what you want your journal articles to contain. This can range from aerial images, elevations, models, photographs, plans and other ‘physical descriptions’. To retrieve the plans on-line, you will also need to limit your search to full text. It’s worth remembering though, that if you don’t limit to full text, you may also retrieve articles that we have in print but not electronically.

Results of a search for ‘Royal Liver Building AND Liverpool’ from an article showing a section through the Royal Liver Building, and a photograph taken soon after completion.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Resource of the Week: Compendex (Engineering Village)

What is it?
Compendex is a great database for Engineers, very helpful if you want to review the literature on an Engineering subject.  It indexes journal articles and conference papers published internationally since 1969.

Why use it?
Compendex is easy to search by keywords: you can be very specific and retrieve journal articles and conference papers on your subject.  It’s produced by the same people as Scopus, so it’s user friendly and links through to ‘cited by in Scopus’ information.

The advantage to searching Compendex rather than a broader-based database such as Scopus or Web of Knowledge is that the information you retrieve will be specifically related to Engineering.  You won’t have to scroll through results that are less relevant.

Compendex indexes all the major Engineering publishers, so you can be confident you’re conducting a comprehensive search.  It also provides links to full-text where we are entitled to access it.  Doing one search on Compendex saves you doing separate searches on, for example, ScienceDirect and IEEE Xplore.

An example of an author search is shown below.

More information on Compendex is available via the Engineering LibGuide, including a guide to Searching Compendex and importing results to RefWorks.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Resource of the Week - DISCOVER

Need to research a topic for your assignment? Want to read beyond the textbooks and find articles from quality journals? Try DISCOVER  

What is it?
DISCOVER is a “Unified Resource Discovery” tool, unified because entering your search terms once in a simple Google type box allows you to search across many thousands of journals and our key academic databases. (For more detail on exactly what DISCOVER searches see here) You can search DISCOVER directly from the Library Home page, or search a subject specific group of databases via our LibGuides pages  

Why use it?
DISCOVER will help you to find quality sources for your assignments quickly and easily. Many of your results will appear with a PDF icon so you can open up the article straight away, but you can also use the  "is is @ Liverpool" tool to access the full text of the article.