Tuesday, 25 October 2016

What's your Open Access story?

It's International Open Access week - a chance for the research community to come together to take action in making their work more openly available.  

We've been travelling around meeting researchers, alumni and research support staff and asking them to share their stories about why they support Open Access - you can see some of our stories below.  

Monday, 17 October 2016

International Open Access Week #oaweek

From Monday 24th to Friday 28th October the University Library's Research Services Unit will be visiting different sites across campus to talk about open access.

Monday, 24th October - Ideas Space, Hadfield Building
Tuesday, 25th October - Mezzanine Level, Western Bank Library (with cake and coffee)
Wednesday, 26th October - Medical School Foyer, Hallamshire Hospital 
Thursday, 27th October - Foyer, Jessop West
Friday, 28th October - Mezzanine Level, Western Bank Library (with cake and coffee) 

The team will be available from 11.00-14.00 each day to answer your questions. 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Publishing with the IEEE - talk

Date: Tuesday 13 September
Time: 11:00 to 12:30
Venue: The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 5

Book your place here - booking form

Are you thinking of publishing for the first time, or not sure where best to submit your manuscript? The IEEE has more than 170 journals covering a broad spectrum of engineering and technology areas. In this session Julia Stockdale (IEEE representative) will talk through how to find the right journal or conference to submit to, and give helpful tips on how to give your paper the best chance of acceptance. The topics covered will include:

choosing the best fit journal or conference for your research
preparing the manuscript
the review process
why a paper may be rejected
best practice
tools and resources to help authors
IEEE Open Access Publishing

More information contact: Emily Stock, Liaison Librarian for Engineering (

A new look for White Rose Research Online

White Rose Research Online (WRRO), the repository for research from Sheffield, Leeds and York universities, has had a makeover.

Sharing and exporting records is easier to do, the platform has been optimised for mobile devices.  Altmetric donuts have also been included, so you can see who is talking about your papers.

Sheffield has just under 11,000 research outputs in the repository and we are growing rapidly, with a 50% increase in deposits in the last 6 months.  Don't forget to upload details of your research outputs whether they are journal articles, books, conference papers or other formats using MyPublications via MUSE (click here to find out more).

Take a look at the new WRRO here  - we would welcome your feedback.  

Monday, 8 August 2016

A new range of resources

We're continually working towards enriching our collections to support the strategic aims of the Faculties and the wider University through our strategic funds for learning & teaching, and for research. We've consulted widely to support these major purchase decisions and we're pleased to announce a range of new resources that are available now, (or in the near future).

We'll be blogging in more detail about individual resources throughout the year. New content that will be of particular interest includes:
  • ENDS Report - environmental and sustainability issues
  • Euromonitor Passport -  industry news and country profiles
  • OECD iLibrary - includes industry analysis and content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF)
  • Newspaper archives - including the Economist and the Financial Times
  • Gallup Analytics - opinion poll data from around the world
In addition we now have access to Psychiatry Online. This provides access to the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and content from the American Psychiatric Association on diagnosis and differential diagnosis, case studies, multidisciplinary treatment guidelines, and the latest research.

We would be very interested to hear about the impact of these resources on research or learning, so if you have any evidence or feedback to share, please get in touch.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Pride Sheffield 2016

We are again supporting diversity & inclusion with an updated StarPlus Pride list 2016. 

As part of the Library's visible symbol of commitment to LGBT equality week and Pride Sheffield 2016 on 30th July, staff were asked to list their favourite LGBT resources and they did us proud.

If you can't find what you're looking for, why not recommend it and we'll see if we can add it to the Library's collection

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) upgrade

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is being upgraded during August 2016. 

The new BoB interface goes live on 1 August 2016, but there will be limited content and functionality during the upgrade period. There won't be any access to saved clips and playlists, or some archive content broadcast before 1 July 2016. The service should be fully restored, along with new functionality, by September 2016. BoB apologise for any inconvenience caused during the upgrade period.

We'll update you on the new functions in September