Friday, 2 December 2011

NEW Library catalogue!

Have a look at our new Library Catalogue, StarPlus.
You can search for books and other items in our libraries, as well as electronic and digital material, all from one place.
Log in using your University login and password for direct access to full text where it is available and other features such as saved searches.

Use the ‘University Collections’ tab for electronic and print books, journals, maps, theses, databases and more.
Use the ‘Articles and more’ tab to search for  journal articles from multiple databases . To get full functionality from each database you can still search each one individually by selecting the University Collections tab and searching for the database by name.

So check it out and tell us what you think. We’d love your feedback to help us develop the service so please email with your comments. And don’t worry, Star won’t be going anywhere just yet.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011


Following on from discussions at the last Geography department staff-student committee meeting, our latest Social Sciences newsletter features an article on Digimap.

This is a really useful database which many people are not aware of, so take a look! You can also check out the Digimap blog and find helpful videos on the EDINADigimap Youtube channel.

Library news for Social Sciences

Our latest Social Sciences newsletter is now out.  Important news is that the University has given us some additional funding to strengthen our collections for students in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences. We'll be building up our collections in these subject areas, buying more ebooks and more print copies of books recommended for modules and in high demand.

You can help us spend this money by filling in our recommendation form and letting us know about books you'd like to see added to our collection, or titles where you think extra copies or an ebook would be useful.  We can't promise to buy everything that you suggest but all your recommendations will be carefully considered.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Do you need legal information for your course?

Of course you do if you're a student in the Law School, but other subject disciplines use legal information as well. Areas of law such as employment, health, media, planning and safety are potentially of interest to students and staff in a variety of faculties and departments, including Management, Town & Regional Planning, Journalism, Engineering and Medicine.

There are two legal databases, Lexis and Westlaw that are widely used by law students and by law firms. Both employ friendly, helpful student associates on campus, and you can contact them for help in using the databases. The associate for Lexis is Emmi Wilson and the associate for Westlaw is Trish Hughes

Check out the subject guide for law on the library web if you'd like to find out more about legal databases and websites. If you need more information about resources for legal research, contact the Library subject specialist for law, Maria Mawson .

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Introduction to Library services

Last chances for you to drop into one of our induction sessions tomorrow in the IC at 1pm in Collaboratory 1 and at 3pm in Classroom 3.

If you've missed out, or want a reminder, here's the presentation
IC Induction 2011

It's also showing on plasma screens in the IC and other library sites, and available from the Quick Link on our web page

Friday, 16 September 2011

Library and CiCS Induction Drop-Ins

Throughout Intro Week and Week 1 the University Library and CiCS are running drop-in sessions in the Information Commons for new users to learn more about our services. There is no need to book and each session lasts about 20-30 minutes. See the timetable below for more information:

Intro week (19 September - 25 September 2011)

Collaboratory 1Monday- Friday11.00




Week 1 (26 September - 30 September 2011)

Collaboratory 1Monday13.00
Classroom 3Monday15.00
Classroom 4Tuesday15.00

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Yomidasu Rekishikan - trial access

We currently have trial access to the full text newspaper, Yomiuri Shinbun.

Please note that characters cannot be displayed using Internet Explorer, so please use an alternative browser, such as Google Chrome or Firefox.

Access to this electronic resource is available to registered staff and students of the University of Sheffield until 26 August 2011. Follow the link above to access the database. You may be prompted to log into MUSE.

You can comment on this trial using the online feedback form.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Journal moves on Levels 2 and 3 at Western Bank Library

As part of our policy to make the Library easier to use, we are about to start a major move round of journals on Levels 2 and 3 at Western Bank Library. The aim of this work is to merge the journals and create a single sequence on Level 2.

The work will start on Monday 11 July and last for approximately 10 weeks. During this time, there will be some disruption but the stock will still be accessible. The Library catalogue will be amended as the work progresses but it is advisable to ask staff to help you locate this material during this period.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Foreign Office Files for China 1949-1980

We have just set up a trial to the Foreign Office Files for China 1949-1980 database,  which will run for 4 weeks.

The documents in the database are sourced from The National Archives, Kew - the UK government's official archive.  Published in three sections covering the periods 1949-1956; 1957-1966; and 1967-1980; this project addresses a crucial period in Chinese history.

Please note that the PDF download options are not available during this trial.

Access to Foreign Office Files for China, 1949-1980 is available to registered staff and students of the University until 3 July 2011. Please let us have your comments by filling in our online form.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Extended opening hours for the exam period

Both Western Bank Library and St. George’s Library will have longer opening hours (self service) during the exam period.

  • Western Bank Library will open at 8:30-24:00 Monday to Thursday, 8:30-21:00 Friday, 10:00-18:00 Saturday and 10:00-24:00 Sunday, between Sunday 15th May and Friday 10th June.

  • St George’s Library will open from 10:00 to 18:00 at weekends between Saturday 14th May and Sunday 12th June.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Library support for dissertations

Do you need help finding literature or data for your dissertation, or advice on the correct way to reference the sources you intend to refer to?  The library subject specialists for social sciences are happy to answer questions or offer advice, either by email, or face to face at a time that suits you.

Find your subject specialist from the list below and get in touch - we may be able to save you a lot of time!

Information School, Journalism, Lifelong Learning, Psychology, Sociological Studies:

Alastair Allan email, tel (0114) 222 7268 (external), 27268 (internal)

East Asian Studies, Politics:

Gill Goddard email, tel (0114) 222 7334 (external), 27334 (internal)

Architecture, Education, Geography, Landscape, Town & Regional Planning:

Denise Harrison email, tel (0114) 222 7270 (external), 27270 (internal)

Economics,  Law,  Management:

Maria Mawson email, tel (0114) 222 7348 (external), 27348 (internal)

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Reverso online dictionary

Reverso is an online dictionary offering translations in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese and Russian as well as definitions and synonyms.  Follow the link above and you'll  be prompted to  log into MUSE.

Otherwise you can log into MUSE and connect via the Library eResources links, located on the Library tab.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

New Korean database

The Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)  database is now available from our library web pages.  This free database has various full-text publications available to download, including working papers and conference proceedings.

Korea Institute for International Economic Policy advises the Korean government on all major international economic policy issues as well as carrying out research by request from outside institutions and organisations on all areas of the Korean and international economies.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Understanding Society - First Findings

Early research findings by the scientific team behind Understanding Society are now published. Understanding Society: Early findings from the first wave of the UK’s household longitudinal study is a volume of research findings which can be downloaded by anyone who is interested.

As a longitudinal social survey, which will  follow 40,000 households, it provides unique insights into British society in the 21st century.  It will allow researchers, policy makers and the general public to learn about patterns of family life, people's  experiences of work and education, their health and their attitudes to issues such as climate change and community.

The First Findings summary provides a first view of the results from the study and presents some early findings.  Although these are first findings, they cover a wide range of areas of people's lives and experiences.  From family life,  employment during the recession,  to young people's attitudes to climate change,  there is a wealth of information across a wide range of topics.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

The numbers on the books - what do you think?

We are running a survey to find out about your views on the shelfmarks on Library stock, with the aim of making things easier to find on the shelves. It is a short survey, taking about 5 minutes to complete, and we would be grateful for your help. You can find it at

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Keynote reports trial

We have a trial to Keynote market research reports. There are thousands of reports covering every major industry, with a specific range of reports focusing on European markets.

The trial is running until 30 April 2011 and is open to all registered staff and students of the University.  Please note that because we have access as part of a trial, the information on this site should be used as reference only. As they monitor usage, Keynote have indicated that users are allowed to download a maximum of 10% of any report.

Please send your feedback by using the Comment on this trial link.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Western Bank Library extended opening hours

From Sunday 9 January to Thursday 3 February Western Bank Library will be open longer hours to cover the revision and exam period.  The hours are shown in the table below.  Opening hours for other library sites can be found here and helpful information on preparing for exams can be found from the  Student 's Union.

Opening hoursStaffed service
Monday - Thursday09:00 - 00:0009:00 - 19:00
Friday09:00 - 21:0010:00 - 19:00
Saturday10:00 - 18:0012:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 00:0012:00 - 18:00