Friday, December 20, 2013

Warning: 'Library Account' email scam - please delete

A number of University staff and students have received an email message purporting to be from the University Library with the subject “Library Account" and stating “Your library account has expired, therefore you must reactivate it immediately or it will be closed automatically.” It provides a link to reset your password.

Please delete this email.

The web page that the email directs you to has been reported and it blocked from being accessed by any computers on campus.

If you already visited the web page and entered your University account details, you must change your University password immediately. To change your University password, visit the Computing Services homepage at and follow the link to the secure password-change tool.

We are seeing an increase in the number of email viruses and scams at the holiday periods. Please be extra vigilant at this time of year. Guidance on what to do if you receive a suspicious email can be found on the Computing Services website:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Research Starter overviews in DISCOVER

We have been given early access to a new feature in DISCOVER called Research Starters. These are authoritative overviews at the top of the result list of frequently searched topics to give you an introduction to a topic before you plunge into the main search results.

There are currently 60,000+ Research Starters articles, with 27,500 images, 400+ videos and 75 audio clips. Content is curated from a variety of high quality sources, including Salem Press reference works and Encyclop√¶dia Britannica.

To view the full Research Starter, just click on its title, or on the 'More' link at the end of the extract of text.

Here are some example searches, to give you the idea:

Higgs Boson
geothermal power
• Forensic Science

Heart Attack


A Tale of Two Cities
War and Peace
A Farewell to Arms

English Civil War
French Revolution
Industrial Revolution
Norman Conquest
Russian Revolution
Great Wall of China

Research Starters Containing Video:
• Ecosystem
• Human Genome
• Amazon Rainforest
• Lava
• Renaissance architecture
• Tsunami

You can view the video full-screen, by clicking the arrows on the bottom right corner of the video box.

Research Starters Containing Audio:
• Sheng
• Baroque period
• Blue Whale

Related Inset Features (RIFs): RIFs appear on the right of the full Research Starter and are a list of links to images and other Research Starters articles related to the topic you are viewing.
• San Andreas Fault
• Cardiac arrest

For very broad topics, on which there are numerous related Research Starters articles, Topic pages provide links to the many Research Starters articles related to that topic. Examples include:
• International Business
• Environment
• Periodic Table
• Management

Research Starters are still in development, and there ar a number of known issues that will be corrected:

• Some image captions and credits are unreadable and require editing.
• Some links to other articles are out-of-context (example: "...George Washington..." linking to the Washington, DC article).
• Some tables are not displaying correctly.
• Some words are run together and some "see" references to a photo omit a word.
• Various accents and special characters are displaying incorrectly.
• Some images are not legible due to their size.
• Some articles end with several paragraphs in all bold or all italic.

Please use the comments feature to tell us what you think of Research Starters (good or bad!), and please do let us know about any problems that you come across (other than those already listed above). 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, December 09, 2013

'Cite Them Right Online' now available

The University of Liverpool Library are delighted to have acquired a subscription to Pears and Shield's 'Cite them Right: Online.'

Today, Cite Them Right is now in its 9th edition and has also been re-envisaged as this user-friendly online platform. Having instant access to Cite Them Right online makes it easier than ever to reference the sources that matter to you and expand the frontiers of academic discourse.

Cite them right online also works on your tablet or smartphones, so you’ll always have the guidance you need at hand.

Start using 'Cite them right: online' here;

Thursday, December 05, 2013

BMJ: Best Practice now available

In response to student feedback, we are very pleased to announce that the Library has taken out a subscription to BMJ Best Practice.

Healthcare professionals need fast and easy access to reliable, up-to-date information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions. This is precisely what Best Practice provides.

BMJ Best Practice has been designed and built from the ground up for use specifically as a decision-support tool at the point of care. Latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion are combined in a single source and presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

BMJ Best Practice provides a second opinion in an instant, without the need for checking multiple resources. Its unique patient-focused approach represents a major new advancement in information delivery at the point of care.

To access BMJ Best Practice go to
Or access via the Library Catalogue