Monday, February 25, 2013

Resource of the week: Scopus

What is it?

Scopus is a broadly-based database covering peer-reviewed literature in the Sciences and Engineering, Health and Life Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences.  It’s a particularly good source if your research is interdisciplinary.  Scopus also offers citation searching, whereby you can track down who has referenced a particular author or paper.

Why use it?

The Scopus interface is easy to use and there is plenty of help available, including guides and videos.
You can search comprehensively across a wide range of disciplines.
You can link through to the full-text of articles via  'is it @ Liverpool'.
You can find out who is citing you and how many citations an article or an author has received.
You can use the analysis tools to look at journals, authors and measures such as h-index.  Below is an example of a chart breaking down an author’s publications by subject area.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Researcher Reading Room now open in The Sydney Jones Library

The Researcher Reading Room is a dedicated study space in the Sydney Jones Library for staff and research postgraduates.
The room has:
  • Study space for at least 50 people
  • 11 touch screen  PCs with fully adjustable chairs and individually controlled lighting
  • 24 seats and desk space for laptop users, each space with network points, mains sockets and individually controlled lighting
  • 12 seats at reading tables and three tables with informal seating
  • 18 lockers for daily or longer term use.
Opening hours are the same as the library and access is via your university ID card. If you would like to use a locker, or you have any difficulties accessing the room with your ID card, please speak to a member of staff at the Information Support Desk in the Sydney Jones Library.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Copyright and your Thesis: Seminar for PhD candidates

Research student seminar. Tuesday 5th March, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Wolfson Suite, Harold Cohen Library

  • Do you have difficulty understanding copyright?
  • Are you a PGR student pursuing a PhD, MPhil or Higher Degree?
  • Have you registered with the University of Liverpool on or after 1st August, 2008?
  • Are you a PGR student who wants to understand copyright or place your thesis online?

If you can answer 'yes' to any of the above questions then attendance on this course is essential.

The Copyright and your Thesis seminar provides guidance on the copyright issues you need to consider when you are preparing your PGR thesis. Ideally, you should attend this course before you start to collect your research but it will also be helpful to you if you have to attend it at a later stage.

Most PGR students are required to deposit their thesis in the University of Liverpool Research Archive (UoLRA). The UoLRA is a freely available online service. Therefore, unless you have a good reason why you need to restrict access to your thesis, it will be available worldwide. This is good for you because your thesis will be more widely available, thereby helping to raise your profile. However, it also means that you need to ensure that you request permission to use any material that you do not own so you can make your thesis available in the Research Archive.

Come to this informative course to receive guidance on what you need to consider about copyright. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. REGISTER to book your place.

This event relates to the Personal Effectiveness, Research Governance and Organisation and Engagement, Influence and Impact domains of the Researcher Development Framework.

Note that attendance at this session grants attendees exemption from component 3 of the compulsory LIBR001 / LIBR002 training modules for humanities and social sciences PhD candidates.

Resource of the Week - AMED

What is it?
AMED is specifically aimed at health sciences students. AMED stands for Allied and Complementary Medicine Database. It provides information on alternative treatments for therapists, clinicians, physicians and researchers. It indexes journals and other material from over 500 sources, going as far back as 1995. It focuses on mainly European material. You can access AMED from the Electronic Library or via the Health Sciences LibGuide

Why use it?
AMED is easy to search using keywords, linking your terms together with Boolean operators by using the drop down options alongside the search boxes.
It is available via the EBSCOhost platform, so those of you familiar with searching DISCOVER or CINAHL Plus will recognise the search interface.
AMED includes many journals that are not indexed by other biomedical sources.
AMED is produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library. EBSCOhost who offer the AMED database have great help and advice and even have their own YouTube channel ( with helpful tutorials and searching tips;

Monday, February 11, 2013

Resource of the week: ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library

What is it?

ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library is a collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information.

The University of Liverpool Library has taken out a new subscription from January 2013, giving university staff and students full-text access to ASTM standards, books and papers.

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international standards, which are used around the world to improve product quality and enhance safety.

Why use it?

Use ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library if you would like to access the full-text of any ASTM standard or other publication by ASTM.

To search for a specific ASTM standard, just enter the standard number in the first search box (e.g. E646).  The most recent version of the standard will be at the top of the results list and you can download the PDF.

You can also search by keyword and limit your search to Standards or Engineering Publications (which includes journals, symposia papers, manuals and e-books).

Visit the Standards and Patents LibGuide to access ASTM and other standards, including the full text of British Standards.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Resource of the week: Lexis Library

What is it?
Lexis Library provides full-text access to case law, legislation and expert commentary, including access to key sources such as the All England Law Reports and Halsbury’s Laws of England. Updated daily, Lexis Library also includes full-text articles from legal, business and trade publications, annual reports and other company information and UK local and national newspapers.  Use the specific search tabs, such as Cases or Legislation, depending on what it is you are looking for, in order to make your search more precise.

Lexis Library is not searched by DISCOVER, so you need to search the database directly to access the content.

Why use it?
  • To find online versions of cases and/or legislation
  • To trace the judicial history of a case
  • To find out about the status of a piece of legislation
  • To find journal articles on specific legal topics
  • To find cases which have interpreted specific pieces of legislation in court
  • To access major legal reference works (also available directly from the library catalogue)
  • To find articles from UK local and national newspapers

Trial access to Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Cultural Change

We have trial access to Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Cultural Change from 4th February to 4th March. Please note the link will only work when on-campus.
This resource should be of interest to those studying empires, business and social history, and cross-cultural interactions. It brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history. The commodities featured in this resource have been transported, exchanged and consumed around the world for hundreds of years. They helped transform societies, global trading operations, habits of consumption and social practices. If you have feedback on this resource, please use the "Post a comment" link below.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Free access to Black Studies in Video for a month

Free access to Black Studies in Video is being provided by Alexander Street Press during the month of February 2013. This resource contains documentaries, interviews and archive footage. The geographical range of the content is primarily American.