Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Resource of the Week - Hoover's Online

What is it?
Hoover's Online is a global business database of 85 million companies, 100 million contacts, and 900 industry segments. It contains analysis of companies and industries as well as company report data that can be downloaded to Excel.

Why use it?
Hoover’s will help you find company and industry background, analysis and data for your assignments. You can also use Hoovers to help you research companies and industries you want to work for.  Prepare for an interview by researching a company’s performance and competitors, and benchmark that company against its peers.

Monday, April 29, 2013

We now subscribe to Ancestry Library Edition!

Following the unprecendant level of comments received for our trial of Ancestry Library Edition, we have now taken out a subscription. Access is available now, from:


You can find Ancestry:

· by searching the Titles A-Z tab of our Electronic Library pages
· by searching the library catalogue
· by browsing our databases beginning with A
· listed in relevant LibGuides

We hope that Ancestry Library Editionw will prove a boon for staff and students in History and related disciplines - and for anyone researching their family tree of course!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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: Wednesday 8th 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.

This workshop is aimed at students entering the final phase of their studies. Ideally, students should aim to attend this workshop around 6 months before the intention to submit.

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Library PressDisplay now mobile-optimised

Library PressDisplay provides full-text coverage of the latest 60 days' copies of hundreds of newspapers around the world, including dozens from the UK.
Until now though, it has been impossible to use an a mobile device. The site would detect that you were using a mobile device and automatically send you to the mobile version of the commercial PressDisplay site, where you would need a personal subscription to view any full-text content.
Library PressDisplay now has a proper mobile-optimized site. If you follow one of the library's links to a Library PressDisplay newspaper on a mobile device then, after logging in to EZproxy, you will be taken to the Library PressDisplay mobile site where you can successfully view newspapers and newspaper articles, as the screenshots below, using an iPad, show:

Monday, April 22, 2013

Resource of the Week: Shakespeare Survey Online

What is it?
Shakespeare Survey Online is a yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production. Since 1948 Survey has published the best international scholarship in English and many of its essays have become classics of Shakespeare criticism.

Why use it?
Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays; each also contains a section of reviews of that year's textual and critical studies, and of the year's major British performances. The virtues of accessible scholarship and a keen interest in performance, from Shakespeare's time to our own, have characterised the journal from the start.
The books are illustrated with a variety of Shakespearean images and production photographs.
Shakespeare Survey Online makes all issues of the Survey, including over 90% of the original images, available online for the first time.

Tuesday, April 16, 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 24th April, 1-2pm, Harold Cohen Library, Wolfson Suite

Wednesday 1st May, 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, April 15, 2013

Library “No Parking” Campaign

Out to lunch? Going to the Gym? Off to a lecture?...

From 15th –26th April the Library is running a “No Parking” campaign in response to negative feedback we have received about a number of students ‘hogging’ Library study spaces.

The aim of the campaign is to:

1.       Encourage users to use study spaces considerately
2.       To help stop users leaving unattended belongings to reserve seats unfairly.
3.       Raise awareness about the negative impact this has on other Library user’s needs.
4.       Highlight the procedures carried out by staff for dealing with unattended belongings.

For more information about the campaign please see our notice board situated in the main foyer of either the Harold Cohen Library or Sydney Jones Library.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Copyright and your Thesis: Seminar for PhD candidates

Research student seminar. Wednesday 17th April, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Taylor Room, Sydney Jones 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.