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Monday, 22 June 2015

New edition of Journal Citation Reports now available

The new the Journal Citation Reports is now available via Web of Science.

This release gives citation data for academic literature in the sciences and social sciences for 2014.  JCR currently provides citation metrics on 11,149 journals in 237 disciplines, representing 82 countries. 

More information on the latest JCR release can be found from the Thompson Reuters website.  Help on using citation metrics to help identify high-impact journals can be found on the Library webpages.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Chemical Database Service

The National Chemical Database Service from the Royal Society of Chemistry offers academic institutions free access to a suite of commercial databases and resources.  

All University of Sheffield members are entitled to access these databases - just search for them in StarPlus

  • ACD/I-Lab an online tool which features predictions and databases of physicochemical properties and NMR spectral information
  • Available Chemicals Directory a database of commercially available chemicals that can be searched by structure
  • Chemicalize identifies chemical structures in webpages and other text. Features a structure based predictions and a substructure / similarity search interface
  • ChemSpider free chemical structure database providing access to over 28 million structures, properties and associated information from more than 400 data sources.
  • CrystalWorks crystallographic data from the CSD, ICSD and CrystMet
  • Cambridge Structural Database a collection of over 600,000 small-molecule organic and organometallic crystal structures that can be visualised and downloaded
  • DETHERM thermophysical database and containing data for 4,200,000 data sets, 129,500 mixtures and 38,850 pure compounds
  • ICSD Inorganic Crystal Structure Database
  • SPRESIweb structure and reaction database with a focus on organic chemistry
Find out more about the Chemical Database Service


Monday, 8 June 2015

As one chapter closes...another opens

St George's Library Closure


St. George's Library will close its doors for the final time at 6pm on Sunday 14 June 2015. The closure is part of the University's vision to deliver unrivalled innovation in study facilities.

Click here to find out more about the closure of St George's Library

As we bid farewell to St. George's Library, our attention turns to the anticipated opening of The Diamond, serving students and staff from across the University with access to both digital and print resources. State-of-the art study spaces and learner support services have been carefully planned to reflect the dynamic needs of 21st century learning.

The Library, with our colleagues in CiCS, is proud to be designing and providing services for The Diamond. With almost 1,000 new innovative study spaces we continue to invest in and improve the Sheffield student learning experience.

- Open all day, every day
- Dynamic on-demand loanable collection
- Supported by an expanding rich digital collection, with a core print reference collection
- Responsive specialist information advisory service

More information on the Diamond

Before you leave for the summer...

Leaving Sheffield over the summer?  Check your library account and renew your books before you go. Don’t forget, books can be recalled by other people over the vacation, so keep an eye on your emails.
So that most materials can benefit from the full vacation loan period we will be cancelling all outstanding undergraduate requests on Monday 15th June.  You can always contact library@sheffield.ac.uk before this date if you still require your requests.

If you're a final year student, please remember to return all of your library books by Saturday 13th of June.


Summer Vacation Loan Arrangements

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Expanded citation data in Scopus

Scopus now includes citations back to 1970 for material published before 1996.  This will help Scopus users to assess the long-term impact of research.  Researchers who published material prior to 1996 may also notice a positive effect on their h-index.

Information about the expanded citation data now available in Scopus
Information about the h-index in Scopus

As with all impact metrics, you should be aware that you will get a different result depending on the resource you use to calculate it.  For example, Web of Science may give a different h-index to Scopus, because each uses a different set of journals/books/conference papers as the basis of its citation data.
Information on calculating your h-index in Web of Science

The h-index is only one of many possible ways of measuring research impact, and by no means perfect.  Nature recently published an open access article outlining some guidance for those involved in evaluating research

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Introduction to Library services for new Science researchers


If you are just starting your science PhD and would like more information about Library services at the University, we're running a workshop on Wednesday 17th June.  

This workshop will introduce you to the library facilities and will cover:
  • Searching for online research papers
  • Using science databases
  • Library support available to researchers (including copyright, Open Access publishing and research data management)

Wednesday 17th June 2015
11:00 - 12:00am
Information Commons Classroom 3 (on level 3)


Click here to register for a place