Monday, 24 February 2014

Have you ever requested a library book? Was the item returned late?

Information Commons Level 1, Room 126 Wednesday 26 February
12:00 - 13:00

As long as no-one has requested your books we will keep renewing them automatically up to the expiry date of your account.
We will send you an email to let you know if any of your books cannot be renewed due to requests. 
Unfortunately, not all requested books are returned on time and this can be of great inconvenience to our customers

At this session, Lynn Sykes, Head of Customer Services, will be talking to our students about the pros and cons of fining or blocking customers that do not return requested books on time.  Her presentation will last about 15 minutes and then we will ask you to decide which of the 3 available options you prefer.

If you are unable to attend, please complete our online survey at

Friday, 21 February 2014

Searching for Researching workshop - 301: Student Skills and Development Centre

This workshop is delivered by The University Library and will teach you how to find resources for your first independent research project. You will look at the different ways to search for information and how to evaluate your results to get the highest quality information into your work. You will also learn about plagiarism - making sure you use your own ideas and referencing the works of others properly.

The next workshop is taking place on Monday 24 February 2014, (5:30 – 6:30pm) at the 301 Student Skills and Development Centre, Glossop Road

Book your place on the workshop here

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Remember to Request Books

Books that are out on loan are automatically renewed unless requested by another customer. Use the following instructions to place a request:

  • Sign-in to StarPlus by clicking on the University members link at the top of the page. There is a separate link for external Library customers.
  • Enter keywords and/or the author name into the University Collections tab to locate the record of the book that you would like to request.
  • Click on the Get It tab.  From here you will see the item details, which includes the location and availability.
  • If the book that you require is out on loan, click on the blue Request link.  On the following screen you will need to select the Pickup Location – this is the Library that you will collect the book from. 
  • Click the orange Request button.

To view your active requests click on the myLibrary Account link at the top of the screen. Select Requests from the box on the left.  You can also cancel your requests from here. When the book is ready for collection you will receive an email. The email will outline how long you have to collect the book.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Trial to Browzine

The library is running a trial of BrowZine, a new tablet application (iOS & Android) that allows you to browse, read and follow scholarly journals in a format optimised for your iPad or Android tablet.

To access the trial:

To get started please follow these few short steps:

  • Download BrowZine here or by simply going to the app store on your iPad or Android device and searching for 'browzine'. It's a free download! 
  • Next, find University of Sheffield in the list.
  • You will be prompted to put in your University Username and Password.
  • Next, BrowZine will take a few moments to set up your library for initial use by synchronizing your holdings with our server.

This trial will end on 1 March 2014 

Sustainable Organization - new database trial

We have a new trial running to the Sustainable Organization Online Library (SOL). This is an online library of around 8000 book chapters, case studies and research papers drawn from nearly 600 books and journal issues, focused on sustainability and social responsibility.

The trial is running until 13th April - please take a look and let us know what you think using our feedback form.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Environment and Planning archive

We now have electronic archive access to Environment and Planning A, B, C & D. This gives us electronic access from volume 1 to the current volume of each of these titles. Access via StarPlus – enter "Environment and Planning" into the University Collections box and limit the results to Full Text Online.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Free webinar on etheses Thurs 13th Feb

This free webinar (online presentation) on Thursday 13th February at 15.00 is aimed at researchers, students, and anyone who is interested in finding and using PhD theses.

EThOS is the national database for PhD theses, managed by the British Library. It's a fantastic resource for researchers, with over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download
and use for your own research, and another 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.

Join the free webinar to learn how EThOS works. Find out how to search for and download theses, and what to do if a thesis isn't available. If you're a PhD student, find out what will happen to your
thesis once it's completed. The webinar will also explain how EThOS works with UK universities to support the whole research cycle, making the theses more visible and available for new researchers to use and build on. To attend the webinar register here

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Keep track of your WRRO stats

Sheffield's shared open access repository White Rose Research Online (WRRO) has recently unveiled its new statistics page where you can find out all the latest download stats.

The repository has had a fantastic 2,048,419 downloads overall for the full-text articles it holds with the most downloaded research paper getting a whopping 32,289 alone.
Here are the top downloaded research papers from Sheffield;

Clark, C.D., Evans, D.J.A., Khatwa, A., Bradwell, T., Jordan, C.J., Marsh, S.H., Mitchell, W.A. and Bateman, M.D. (2004) Map and GIS database of glacial landforms and features related to the last British Ice Sheet. Boreas, 33 (4). pp. 359-375. ISSN 0300-9483 

Baxter, S. and Brumfitt, S.M. (2008) Professional differences in interprofessional working. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 22 (3). pp. 239-251. ISSN 1469-9567 

Wang, J.B., Wang, W.Y., Jewell, G.W. and Howe, D. (2005) Design of a miniature permanent-magnet generator and energy storage system. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 52 (5). pp. 1383-1390. ISSN 0278-0046

To find the stats you want simply use the 'filter items' option at the top of the page. From here you can find out exactly how many downloads each individual article, author or department has had for any given period. To look up a particular article all you need to search for is the EPrint id number which you can find at the end of every record's URL. 

We're developing the repository's statistic capabilities all the time so if there's further information that you think we should include just let us know. Contact us on