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Friday, 17 May 2013

Open Access advice from the Library


The Library Open Access team is on hand to advise University researchers on Open Access publishing, RCUK policy, and article processing charges.  

Visit their webpages for more information, guidance and support.

Or follow them on Twitter for regular news and updates  


Open Access decision tree

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Five tips for a better grade


There's another IC Bitesize session tomorrow...



Five quick tips for a better grade: 

making information work for you

Wednesday (14/5/13)
12:10 - 12:30pm in IC Collaboratory 2 

Come along to this session for some tips on finding the best information for your needs and using it wisely. 
This session is open for all University members. 

There will be time for questions and discussion afterwards

Monday, 13 May 2013

Information Literacy Case Studies

Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.” (CILIP, 2004).

Information literacy skills learned at University will help you to get jobs and succeed in the workplace.  Have a look at our case studies from Sheffield University Graduates to see how they use Information Literacy skills in their working lives.

Visit the Library webpages for guidance and tutorials on Information Literacy.

Group Study Rooms at the Library

The bookable group study rooms at the Information Commons are very popular, so we thought we'd remind you of the other facilities available at other library sites.

There are several group study rooms available at Western Bank Library -  these are located on level four and vary in size, seating between 3 and 10 people.

There is also a group study room at the Health Science Library at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

All of these are bookable through the myRooms&Resources link in MUSE.

If a room is booked, but no one has turned up, other groups are free to use the room (for the duration of the original booking) - if you're unsure, please ask a member of staff.  See our further guidance on using group study rooms.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Information for Final Year Students

As we're nearing the end of semester, we just want to wish you all good luck with your exams and final year projects - remember there is loads of support available from the library if you need any help finding books and journals, advice on plagiarism and referencing, and much more.  

You can contact the Library Helpdesk, find the librarian for your subject, drop into the Skills Suite in the Information Commons, or have a look at our online tutorials.


Just a reminder to final year students that all library material needs to be returned, and any outstanding fines paid, by the end of service hours on Saturday 8 June.

If you have any queries about your library account, please ask staff at any library site. Don’t forget, fines of over £1 can be paid online via MUSE.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Finding Materials for your Research Workshop

Are you a member of research staff or an early career researcher based in the Faculty of Engineering? Are you interested in finding out about which information resources you could use as part of your research? Why not come to our workshop. 

In this session we will look at the main sources of information, including StarPlus, Scopus, Web of Science and IEEE Xplore, demonstrating speedy and thorough searching techniques. We will also look at some subject-specific databases, and advise you on getting material from other libraries. 


Date: Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Venue: Information Commons, Classrom 3 (Level 3)
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am

You can book by completing the online booking form


If you are a postgraduate research student you may want to take a look at the Library workshops offered as part of the Doctoral Development Programme


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

IC Bitesize session 7: Employer information


Don't forget that bitesize session 7 is taking place today in the IC 

Stand out from the crowd: researching employers


Wednesday, 1st May - 12.10pm in IC Collaboratory 2. 

Employer research is an essential part of preparing for a job application or interview. Everybody else will use Google. Find out how specialist databases can help you to stand out from the crowd. 

This session is open to all staff and students. There is no need to book.