Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Depositing your thesis in the University Research Archive: Training Workshop

Date: Wednesday, 13th February

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

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. 

Location: Wolfson Suite, Harold Cohen Library.

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Places on this workshop are limited and must be booked in advance. Please REGISTER to book a place.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TRIAL: Churchill Archive

We have a trial of the Churchill Archive until 27th April 2013.

To access this trial go to: (on campus).

Launched in October 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing in collaboration with the Churchill Archives Centre, the Churchill Archive is a digital library of modern international history available online for the first time. It includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. This is a unique online resource offering new insight into a fascinating period of our past.

After trying the Churchill Archive, 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.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Discover's new 'Available @ Liverpool' limiter

As Discover searches more and more content, we've been hearing grumblings that it's becoming annoying when Discover finds you things that you can't readily access.

At the same time, we've been re-working the way we manage our online library resources so that the information about what we have access to, on what sites, and with what coverage, is now held in a single place that can be integrated with Discover.

The result of those two factors is that we've now adjusted Discover so that by default it limits its search results to just those items that we have ready access to here at the University of Liverpool, whether full-text online or in print.

So now when you run a search on Discover, you will see that the 'Available @ Liverpool' limit has been applied:

If you do want to explore content that we don't necessarily have full-text access to, then either:
  • · click on the cross next to 'Available @ Liverpool' in the 'Limiters' area in the screen above, or
  • · uncheck the box next to 'Available @ Liverpool' in the 'Refine your results' area in the screen above
If you are not interested in print resources, then remove the  'Available @ Liverpool' first, and then click on the 'Full-Text Online' limiter.

If you apply both the  'Available @ Liverpool' and the 'Full-Text Online' limiters at the same time, then the effect is the same as 'Available @ Liverpool' alone - i.e. our print resources will be included.

TRIAL: Ancestry Library Edition

We have a trial of Ancestry Library Edition until February 24, 2013.

To access this trial, go to:

Ancestry Library Edition is a new genealogy research tool created for the library market and provides instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes from census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more. These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every working day.

After trying Ancestry Library Edition, 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.

Resource of the week: Rock's backpages

What is it?
Rock's backpages is the biggest online database of rock music writing in the world. Sourced from the pages of the music and mainstream press, it is a massive library of articles (reviews, interviews, features and more) from the early 1960s up to the present day.
There are nearly 20,000 articles on the site and around 300 audio interviews. They feature over 2,500 artists and range from 500-word album (or concert) reviews to 10,000-word interviews and features. The articles are full text and fully searchable (by artist, date, genre, keyword etc.).They are taken from the widest possible range of publications in the US and UK: from Creem and Trouser Press to Rolling Stone, and from New Musical Express and Melody Maker to MOJO.
The library includes previously unpublished pieces about The Beatles (by Michael Lydon in 1966), The Doors (by Lester Bangs in 1975), and seminal interviews with major artists from Bob Dylan to Radiohead.
The library is currently increasing in size by approximately 50 new articles a week.

Why Use it? 
  • For those studying music it provides access to thousands of features on artists.
  • To those with an interest in music journalism it provides some of the finest articles written in the field.
  • To those studying media in provides  material to support study on genre, politics and subcultures for assignments at all levels
  • For those who are simply fans, it can be majorly addictive.

Friday, January 25, 2013

TRIAL: 20th-Century American Newspapers, Series 1-3,1923-1990s

We have a trial of 20th-Century American Newspapers, Series 1-3 1923-1990s, from Readex until February 28, 2013.

To access this trial, go to

Note that we already have access to Early American Newspapers. Series I. 1690-1876. The collections that we are trialling are:

Series 1
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana; 1923-1988)
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio; 1923-1991)
The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon; 1923-1987)

Series 2
Press-Register (Mobile, Alabama; 1970-1992)
The Seattle Times (Seattle, Washington; 1923-1984)
The Times (Trenton, New Jersey; 1923-1993)

Series 3
The Springfield Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts; 1923-1946) and The Springfield
Union (Springfield, Massachusetts; 1947-1987)
The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas; 1923-1984)
The Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia; 1923-1993)

It would also be possible for us to purchase our own selection of titles from these three series.

After trying 20th-Century American Newspapers, Series 1-3 1923-1990s, please leave your comments below. Please specify which newspaper titles you are most interested in. 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.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Effective information management for health & life science research

Date: Monday, 25th February

Description: The right training in information skills gives you a head start in your research. This session will increase your awareness of the different types of information available to you and how to get the best out of them. The session will comprise three elements:
Finding and using information
Organising research with bibliographic software
Copyright, Open access & E-Theses

Location: Wolfson Suite, Harold Cohen Library

Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Please REGISTER to reserve your place.

Monday, January 21, 2013

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 30th January, 1-2pm, Harold Cohen Library, Wolfson Suite
Tuesday 19th February, 1-2pm, Sydney Jones Library, Training Room 2

Wednesday 6th February, 1-2pm, Sydney Jones Library, Training Room 2
Thursday 28th February, 1-2pm, Harold Cohen Library, Wolfson Suite

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

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Historical sources for researchers.

31st January, 1.00 –  2.00pm  The Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library.

Not everything can be found via Google or even DISCOVER. Historical information on Wikipedia, whilst useful is not reliable. If your research involves any search for historical information, this session will be of use to you.

Amongst the resources that will be looked at are:
  • Historical newspapers
  • Digitised collections of ephemera
  • Historical maps
  • Online archives of historical official documents
Also included will be hints and tips on how to make the best of these resources.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. REGISTER to reserve your place.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Noise awareness in the Library

Be noise aware – know your zone!

The Library is running a “Noise Awareness” campaign from Wednesday 9th January – Friday 25th January, the aim of which is to ...
  1. clarify the meaning of Quiet, Silent and Social Zones
  2. highlight where the zones are located in each Library
  3. raise awareness of the appropriate use of these zones
You can find more details about the Library’s zoning and noise policy online at

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

New Database - Business Source Complete

We have extended our EBSCO Business Source subscription to the Business Source Complete package, which provides access to the widest range of business content from EBSCO.

 What is it? 

This new package includes:

  • Nearly 1,000 books/monographs
  • More than 9,000 case studies
  • More than one million company profiles 
  • More than 1,400 country economic reports
  • Nearly 20,000 industry reports
  • More than 8,100 interviews (Executive & Analyst)
  • Nearly 2,400 market research reports
  • More than 2,400 peer-reviewed journals
  • More than 3,500 SWOT analyses

 Why use it? 

  • Find industry and market data to support your research
  • Prepare for job applications and interviews by researching companies
  • Keep up to date with business research in top journals

Access Business Source Complete via the Electronic Library or the Management LibGuide