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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


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Changes to default search options in Web of Science

From 15th July 2016, Web of Science will default to the WoS Core Collections search option, rather than All Databases.  

The WoS Core Collection search offers more advanced options (such as the Analyze Results feature), however Core Collection search results will not include content from some key databases such as MedLineBiosis or Zoological Record.  

Users accessing Web of Science via StarPlus will still automatically default to the All Databases search as before. 

Users accessing Web of Science directly may need to select the All Databases option from the search menu.




















You can also select your preferred search options by signing up for a personal account and going to the Settings menu (you must access Web of Science via StarPlus to do this if you are off-campus):

























Here's what is included in the Web of Science Core Collection:
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (1900-present)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present)
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (1990-present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (1990-present)
  • Book Citation Index– Science (2005-present)
  • Book Citation Index– Social Sciences & Humanities (2005-present)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015-present)
  • Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present)
  • (Includes Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data back to 1840)
  • Index Chemicus (1993-present)
The All Databases Option also allows you to search content from the following databases:
  • BIOSIS Citation Index
  • BIOSIS PReviews
  • Current Contents Connect
  • Data Citation Index
  • Derwent Innovations Index
  • KCI-Korean Journal Database
  • MEDLINE
  • Russian Science Citation Index
  • SciELO Citation Index
  • Zoological Record


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Introduction to Library services for new doctoral researchers in the Faculty of Science

Wednesday 22nd June
10:00-11:30
Information Commons Classroom 3 (on level 3)

Are you new to the Faculty of Science?
This workshop will introduce you to the University of Sheffield Library service and will outline:
  • the library facilities available to researchers
  • how to search for online journal papers, books and more using StarPlus and online databases
  • what to do if we don't have a paper, book or journal that you need
  • where to go for support with Open Access publishing, looking after your research data, identifying influential research and more
Book your place

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

New study break pass

Need to take a break from your studies? Did you know that you can now reserve your space in the Library for up to 45 minutes with an Exam Plus study break pass?


Pick one up now from any of our customer service points. 

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Trial access to Thieme chemical synthesis journals

We have trial access to three new chemistry journals until 30th September 2016.
  • Synthesis: international full-paper journal devoted to the advancement of the science of synthetic chemistry
  • Synlett: international journal reporting research results and current trends in chemical synthesis
  • Synfacts: current research highlights in chemical synthesis
To access any of these journals, visit StarPlus and search for them in University Collections: 











Let us know what you think about these journals using the feedback link in the View It tab: