Friday, May 24, 2013

Book a place today - HSS Dissertation clinics

Management, Law and Social Policy, Histories Languages and Cultures and Arts MA and MSc students


Struggling with your Literature Review?


Get help finding quality articles for your dissertation from Lisa, Emma, Jo and Linda, your Humanities and Social Sciences Liaison Librarians. Every Tuesday during June and July you can find out how to:

  • choose key words
  • get the most out of DISCOVER
  • keep track of your references and create your bibliography

Starting Tuesday 4th June at 12pm in the Sydney Jones Library Training Room

Book your place today

Monday, May 20, 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: Tuesday 4th June, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Wolfson Suite, Harold Cohen 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.

Searching: an artist’s book project


The University of Liverpool’s Sydney Jones library will be playing host to a pair of artist made books from the 17th May until 15th June. The project is part of The Liverpool International Photography Festival – LOOK/13, which takes place all over the city in both traditional cultural venues as well as alternative spaces.

Marc Provins is the artist responsible for the project and he took his starting point from the theme of the festival - ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ by using Google Images to search on his own name. This act of digital curation and the images it throws up form the content of the book, but there is more to discover as the book is encased inside a 1950’s encyclopedia. Provins says of his work:

“I’m interested in libraries as they are the physical representation of knowledge, an architectural space filled with all aspects of human culture.  Before the World Wide Web and Google they were the main way to undertake research. They are at the forefront of the transition from the physical to the digital, adapting to the way we access information.” He goes on to say:

“Searching, the title of this work refers to the search engine technology that allows us to trawl the digital world that enables the creation of this project. It is also a reference to being a photographer and the constant scanning of the world, looking for opportunities to frame and record. Thirdly it refers to the process of searching the stock of a physical library, in this instance for a book entitled Searching”.

A further display linking to this theme can be found in Special Collections and Archives on the ground floor of the Grove Wing.

The two books are situated on both the first and second floor links between the Abercromby and Grove Wings. The SCA display is in the SCA Display area on the ground floor.

Further information about the project can be found the artists own website.

Further information about the Festival can be found here.

Resource of the week: GreenFILE

The International Day for Biological Diversity is on May 22nd, with this year’s theme being Water and Biodiversity. This is an opportunity to raise awareness of a resource covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.

What is it?
GreenFILE is a collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides links to more than 538 000 records, including Open Access full text for more than 5800 records.

Why use it?
GreenFILE draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology so can be used by a variety of researchers with a broad ranging multidisciplinary interest in these areas.

More support specifically for GreenFILE can be found here, though it is one of the databases operated via EBSCO so if you’re already familiar with DISCOVER, this shouldn’t be too different.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

TRIAL: University Press Scholarship Online

We have a trial of University Press Scholarship Online until 8th June 2013.

To access this trial go to http://www.universitypressscholarship.com.

For off-campus access, use AppsAnywhere. If we acquired this resource we would link to it via EZproxy as usual.

University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) offers full-text access to the best scholarly publishing from around the world, making disparately published scholarship easily accessible, highly discoverable, and fully cross-searchable via a single online platform. As well as content from Oxford University Press and Policy Press (most of which we already have access to), UPSO includes e-books from the following publishers:

• The American University in Cairo Press
• University of Chicago Press
• University of California Press
• Edinburgh University Press
• University Press of Florida
• Fordham University Press
• Hong Kong University Press
• The University Press of Kentucky
• Manchester University Press

The following publishers will be added later in 2013:

• Liverpool University Press - Launching 2013
• The MIT Press - Launching 2013
• Stanford University Press - Launching 2013
• Yale University Press - Launching 2013
After trying University Press Scholarship Online, please leave your comments below, specifying the publisher(s) and subject(s) 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.

TRIAL: Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

We have a trial of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online, from Oxford University Press, until 8th June 2013.

To access this trial go to http://www.oxfordscholarlyeditions.com.

For off-campus access, use AppsAnywhere. If we acquired this resource we would link to it via EZproxy as usual.

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online provides trustworthy, annotated texts of writing worth reading. The launch content includes hundreds of poems, plays, and prose works, written by writers active between 1485 and 1660, including Donne, Marlowe, and Shakespeare.
After trying Oxford Scholarly Editions Online, 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.

TRIAL: Electronic Enlightenment

We have a trial of Electronic Enlightenment, from Oxford University Press, until 8th June 2013.

To access this trial go to http://www.e-enlightenment.com/.

For off-campus access, use AppsAnywhere. If we acquired this resource we would link to it via EZproxy as usual.

Electronic Enlightenment is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century — reconstructing one of the world's great historical “conversations”.

Electronic Enlightenment includes 60,647 historical documents. Listen in on the first global social network as 7,476 historical figures discuss everything from religious tolerance to animal rights, vulcanology to classical archeology, economic modelling to celebrity culture.
After trying Electronic Enlightenment, 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.

TRIAL: British Academy Publications Online

We have a trial of British Academy Publications Online, from Oxford University Press, until 8th June 2013.

To access this trial go to http://www.britishacademypublications.com.

For off-campus access, use AppsAnywhere. If we acquired this resource we would link to it via EZproxy as usual.

British Academy Publications Online is an online collection of academic monographs and essay collections from the distinguished British Academy list. Offering quick and easy access to the full-text of over 120 British Academy titles, each title is fully cross-searchable and content can be shared, saved, and downloaded to suit the demands of the busy researcher.
After trying British Academy Publications Online, 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, May 13, 2013

Resource of the week: ACM Digital Library

As this Wednesday 17 May is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, an initiative intended to bridge the digital divide; it's the perfect time to look at a resource entirely focused on all aspects of information technology.

What is it?
ACM Digital Library covers the areas of computing and IT. It is a full-text database that includes the complete collection of all ACM publications including 370,000 full-text articles. It also includes complete access to the ACM Guide to Computing Literature.

Why use it?
ACM Digital Library will help you find journal articles, conference proceedings, magazines, newsletters, video and audio files. If you are looking for material related to all aspects of computer science and information technology then ACM Digital Library is the place to go. 



Noise awareness in the Library

The Library is running a “Noise Awareness” campaign from Monday 13th May – Monday 27th May, the aim of which is to ...

  1. clarify the meaning of Quiet, Silent and Group 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 http://www.liv.ac.uk/library/using/studyzones.html.

Be noise aware – know your zone!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Reaxys training: A Workflow Solution for Research Chemists

Reaxys supports research and fuels discovery by integrating searches for experimentally validated, not calculated, reaction and substance data with synthesis planning and chemical sources so less time is spent interrogating results and evaluating alternative synthetic routes.

In this hands on training session we will cover the following aspects:

- literature searches

- reaction searches

- substance searches

- how to combine search fields with Boolean operators

Time and Place: Friday 17th May, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Sherrington Teaching Centre, SHER-MSTC, in building no. 311

This session relates to the Knowledge and intellectual abilities domain of the Researcher Development Framework.

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

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Better known-item searching in Discover

Previously, if you entered a search into Discover that included very common words, such as:

a, also, an, and, are, as, as, at, be, because, been, but, by, for, from, has, have, however, if, in, is, not, of, on, or, p, so, than, that, the, their, there, these, this, to, was, were, whatever, whether, which, with, would

then Discover would ignore those words, and just search on the significant words in your query.

That caused problems if you were searching for a known item which has these sorts of words in its title, such as the book "To the Lighthouse". Discover would actually just search for the word "lighthouse", so the book you wanted would probably not be at the top of the search results.

Known-item searching is particularly common when using Discover to find a library catalogue record for a particular book or journal.

Now Discover will search for those common words - just in our own catalogue records - so the specific item you wanted should appear at the top of your results. You might get even better results if you put your search in quotes, or limit your results to books only.

Watch this example of a search for "To the Lighthouse".

And here's how it would have looked previously. (Doing a search for just "lighthouse" to mimic how the search for "to the lighthouse" would have been handled previously).

Note that the other sources covered by Discover still ignore these common words in searches, but EBSCO (who power Discover) are investigating how best to improve known-item searching in those too.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Resource of the Week: Martindale: Complete Drug Reference Database

What is it?
Martindale: Complete Drug Reference Database is a comprehensive reference resource on drugs and medicines used throughout the world. It summarises clinically useful information on all drugs and medicines, gives accurate, unbiased and regularly re-evaluated information in a concise format and provides a lead-in to the published evidence base. The familiar layout of the book has been preserved and the search interface allows browsing or free-text searching. Advanced search features include inclusive and exclusive searches by the use of logical operators and limiting the search to a specified field.

Coverage includes
· Over 6,300 Drug Monographs
· 149,000 Preparations
· 40,700 References
· 14,700 Manufacturers’ Details

Why use it?
Use Martindale for:
· Concise, accurate information about drugs and medicines
· To provide a lead-in to the published literature on a topic
· Accurate identification of a drug or medicine
· A quick update on an unfamiliar topic

Friday, May 03, 2013

Effective information management for health & life science research

Date: Tuesday 21st May

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:

  1. Finding and using information
  2. Organising research with bibliographic software
  3. Copyright, Open access & E-Theses

Location: Wolfson Suite, Harold Cohen Library
Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Advanced Google: Searching Techniques for Better Results

Workshop for Research Students and Staff

We all use Google but most of the time we simply tap in a string of search terms and hope for the best, it's a hit and miss process at best!

Using Google to supplement finding research information requires a more structured search to obtain quality results and, while this is easy with academic databases, with a search engine like Google things are not so straightforward.

This session will outline, with some live searches, how using search strategy techniques and Google's range of search options can improve your searching. Note: This is NOT a hands on session.

Time and Place: Thursday 16th May, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Wolfson Suite, Harold Cohen Library.

This event relates to the Knowledge and intellectual abilities domain of the Researcher Development Framework.

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


Wednesday, May 01, 2013

media:scape Unit Now Available in the Harold Cohen Library

Do you need to work on something collaboratively?
We now have a media:scape unit in the Harold Cohen Library Refreshments & Group Study Room.
It has 2 flat screen, high resolution monitors and an integrated table that can be used for collaborative group work to facilitate the sharing and exchanging of ideas quickly and easily.

The media:scape can be used at any time for group work by connecting up to 6 laptops to the 'puck' unit in the centre of the table. Information can then be displayed on one or both of the inbuilt screens.

For more information or to book a session (you can use it on a first come first served basis if no bookings have been made)

Telephone (0151) 794 5411 / 5412,
E-mail
or ask in person at the the Harold Cohen Library Service Desk.



TRIAL: Cabinet Papers of the Stormont Administration

We have a trial of "Northern Ireland: A Divided Community, 1921-1972 Cabinet Papers of the Stormont Administration" until 26th May 2013.

To access this trial go to:

https://www.liv.ac.uk/library/local_html/TRIAL_NIDC.html

The history of Ireland in the twentieth century was dominated by the political and sectarian divide between the north and the south, leading to sustaining armed violence over several decades. These Government documents of the British administration in Northern Ireland 1921-72 offer what have been described as the best continuous record of government activity and decision-making in the world, and shows "how government actually worked".

The papers contained in Northern Ireland: A Divided Community, 1921-1972 are a complete digital facsimile of the Cabinet Conclusion files of the Northern Ireland Government, filed as CAB/4 at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). These CAB/4 files contain a full record of every debate and transaction for the entire duration of the Stormont administration, the devolved government of Northern Ireland. Separate files exist for each Cabinet Meeting and include minutes and memoranda. The discussions and decisions reflect the wide range of problems and activities involved in making the new administration work. Topics debated and reported in just one sample year of the Troubles (1970) include: policing, arms and explosives, social need, prevention of incitement to religious hatred, army occupation of factories, road spiking, routing of Orange Day parades, dock strikes, law and order, riots, and the roles of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).

After trying "Northern Ireland: A Divided Community, 1921-1972 Cabinet Papers of the Stormont Administration", please leave feedback through the comments section 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.