November 26, 2012


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Encore, the Library’s new discovery catalogue, is proving popular with users this term. Whereas the Classic Catalogue searches book and journal titles, Encore offers an integrated search of the Library catalogue, our repository (WRAP), the Modern Records Centre archives, and many of the Library's article databases. You can create user tags, reviewsand discussions about the resources you find. It is a new product and is still under development so feedback is welcomed.

Not all the databases to which we subscribe are included in Encore (key examples are company, financial and marketing databases, and also British Standards). However, it is an excellent starting-point and should produce some very useful journal references for Engineering assignments and WMG PMAs.

For dissertations and projects, we would recommend that you carry out a more structured search on some of the library’s subject databases. This will allow you to search for keywords and synonyms, sort your results by relevance, date or type of publication and import references into reference management software packages such as EndNoteWeb. Please contact me ( for more information.

March 01, 2012

Engineering Village

EI Engineering Village is a key database for engineering and science students. We've looked at it during Library training sessions this year but if you're working on projects over the next few months you may find it a very useful starting point.

The database includes both Compendex, a comprehensive index of journals and conference papers in all areas of engineering and manufacturing, and Inspec, which covers electrical and electronic engineering, physics, computer science and information technnology. Coverage goes back to 1969.

There are 3 search options, Easy, Quick and Expert, all of which allow you to combine search terms and to email, pint or save results. Engineering Village is updated weekly as new records are added. Users can register and can then save searches and rerun them later, receive email alerts and set up RSS feeds. You can also tag and share your results and export them into reference management packages such as EndNoteWeb.

Abstracts are provided and, if you click on the WebBridge icon, this will take you to the full text of articles if the Library subscribes to the journal. Normally we recommend that users always click on "WebBridge" rather than "Fulltext" because this ensures that access links are already set up. However, in order to access individual IEEE conference papers, you currently need to click on the "Fulltext" link.

The Library's WMG tutorial takes you through a guided search using EI Engineering Village, but context sensitive help and online guides and tutorials are also available on the database itself.

Please try it out if you haven't already done so, and let me have feedback.

February 01, 2012

Business Journal Databases

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In case you haven't already discovered it, there is a list of Business journal databases on the Library website

Databases allow you to carry out a more structured search for journal articles than searching on Google or Google Scholar, and all of these resources (except perhaps for Econlit) are good starting points for Engineering and WMG students searching for information for projects and PMAs. Web of Knowledge and ScienceDirect cover all subject areas so are useful for all areas of engineering and manufacturing, while ABI Inform, Business Source Premier, Emerald and XPertHR are more relevant for business and management topics. Web of Knowledge provides a summary of the article, with a link to the full text if we have a subscription to the journal, but in many cases the other databases will include the full text of the article.

This is a link to screenshots from the Business Source Premier database, showing the search boxes and a sample result from a search for journal articles on the supply chain in the automotive industry

I recommend using "Advanced Search" so that you can type in several keywords and combine them together to make your search more specific. (If you place "speech marks" around phrases the database will search for those words appearing together so that you will retrieve fewer, but more relevant, results than by searching for the words individually).

During last term's Library database training sessions we looked at the techniques of literature searching, such as deciding on keywords, combining them together and narrowing the search down in order to produce a list of relevant references, and students then had a chance to investigate the various types of database available. For students who weren't able to attend one of these sessions, or need a refresher, the Library's WMG tutorial how to develop a search strategy and takes you through a guided search of the EI Engineering Village database. Once you know how to search one database you can transfer these skills to searching other databases in a variety of subject areas.

Please contact me ( if you need more help with finding information.

Which database do you find best for your searches?

December 22, 2011

Digital Researcher 2012

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Vitae and the British Library have recently announced their jointly-run event Digital Researcher 2012. Designed for postgraduate researchers and research staff within any UK institution, this interactive event will be held at the British Library on Monday 20th February 2012, and will provide an opportunity for researchers to see whether new technologies and social media tools such as microblogging, RSS feeds, social networking and social citation sharing could benefit their research.

Previous events of this type have been very popular so if you are interested please look at the event website and complete the booking form

December 20, 2011

Vacation Opening Hours

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The Library will be closed from midnight on Thursday 22 December 2011 until Wednesday 28th December, reopening at 11.30am.

Opening hours over the remainder of the holiday period will be :

Wednesday 28 December: 11:30am-6pm (self-service only)
Thursday 29 December: 11:30am-6pm (self-service only)
Friday 30 December: 11:30am-6pm (self-service only)
Saturday 31 December: 11:30am-6pm (self-service only)
Sunday 1 January CLOSED
Monday 2 January CLOSED

The Library will reopen as normal on Tuesday 3 January 2012 at 08:30am.

The Learning Grid will be closed from 6pm on Saturday 24 December 2011 to 7am on Monday 26 December 2011. Staffing will be 12 noon to 6pm on the other days of the vacation period. Normal hours and staffing resume from Monday 9 January 2012.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

December 13, 2011

WMG Undergraduate Internships 2012

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WMG is offering undergraduates from the Faculty of Science the opportunity to find out what a career in academic research involves, by undertaking an internship. The aim of the WMG Undergraduate Internship Scheme is to identify and develop researchers of the future. A wide range of projects is available.

The internships will be of interest to those students who are interested in a career in research, want to develop their research skills or have thought about studying for a doctorate. First year students and those in their penultimate year of study are encouraged to apply.

WMG will provide a £1,600 tax free bursary in return for 8 weeks of research in one of its many research groups over the summer 2012 vacation period. Further details and a list of the projects are available from this link

Applications must be in before Saturday 7 January 2012.

December 07, 2011

IEEE Xplore Digital Library

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Recently I attended an updating session on this powerful research tool, which is available to all staff and students of the University. Coverage includes journal articles, conference papers, standards and also the Wiley / IEEE Press e-books. Users can search over 3 million documents and access the full text back to 1988 and, in some cases, much earlier. IEEE Xplore covers a wide range of subjects and is a key resource for researchers in all areas of technology, including aerospace, automotive engineering, bioengineering, communications, computing, energy, the engineering profession, manufacturing, photonics and robotics.

After logging into the site, you can register and create your own personal settings, allowing you to save up to 15 searches and receive alerts about new publications, by email or as RSS feeds.

Please try it out if you haven't already done so. Online guides and tutorials are available on the IEEE Xplore site but please contact me ( if you need help with searching.

December 01, 2011

Vacation Loans

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Undergraduate Vacation Loans on Standard Loan items will begin from Monday 5 December 2011. Items will be due back during the first week of the Spring Term 9-13 January 2012.

There will be no recall of Standard Loan items during the Christmas Vacation.

Please note 3 day loans will remain as 3 day loans and Short Loan items remain as due back at 11:00 the next day.

Welcome to new WMG EngD and PhD students

It was good to meet new EngD and PhD students recently and to introduce them to the Library's resources. Key general resources are Web of Knowledge, Ei Engineering Village, ScienceDirect, IEEE Xplore and British Standards. Other useful ones include ABI Inform, Business Source Premier and Fame for business and company information , Factiva for newspapers, trade journals and company information, Medline and other medical databases for Digital Healthcare topics, CIS for the construction industry, and GreenFile for environmental topics and sustainability. I'm happy to provide follow-up sessions - please contact me.

November 25, 2011

Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme

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The Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme provides funding to allow undergraduates to carry out a research project within a department, usually of between four and ten weeks, working closely with a supervisor. It's an excellent way to find out what life is like for researchers and also helps participants to develop transferable skills. Students are expected to produce a reflective report and a poster, and to take part in other events to publicise their work.

The 2011 Posters and Awards Ceremony was held on 23rd November. The posters are now on display on Floor 1 of the Library and will be there until 7th December, so this is a good opportunity to see what the scheme offers.

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  • Thanks, Samah. I hope they're going to be useful to you and your fellow–students. by Helen Ireland on this entry
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