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. 

This release introduces some new ways to measure the reach, impact and influence of research literature, including the Journal Impact Factor Percentile.  This builds upon the popular Journal Impact Factor metric by adjusting for differences in citation behaviour between academic disciplines, allowing a meaningful comparison of journals across different subject categories.

The new release also introduces an Open Access Filter, which gives users the opportunity to easily evaluate the performance of OA journals.

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, 19 June 2015

Literature review help

Creating your first literature review can be a complex process requiring a number of skills. It involves identifying, evaluating and synthesising previous research in your field of study. Structured around research ideas, its purpose is to set the research scene by highlighting the main arguments and identifying gaps or shortcomings which need to be addressed with further research.

For help with writing your literature review take a look at the Library’s online tutorial: Producing a literature review. This tutorial will guide you through the process of writing a literature review in 7 steps. It also suggests sources of further advice and provides recommended reading.

Working on your dissertation over the summer?

The Library can help!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Special Collections refurbishment

PLEASE NOTE. The Special Collections Department in Western Bank Library will be closed for refurbishment for 3 weeks from Monday 15th June. It will re-open on Monday 6th July. During this closure period members of the University can request Rare Books and Special Collections material (not Archives) via the Western Bank Library Level 5 desk. Items will be collected at 10.30am and 2.30pm and are for reference use only. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

New! Spare Rib magazine

Spare Rib was a landmark national feminist magazine. It was first published in July 1972 and continued until January 1993. All 239 editions of the magazine are now available online for the first time, providing a valuable insight into women’s lives and this period of feminist activity.

Access is available from this webpage. Alternatively, search for “Spare Rib” using the University Collections search box on the StarPlus Library catalogue.

Additionally, the British Library’s Spare Rib website features selected pages from the magazine, alongside articles written by academics, activists and former contributors.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

New! The Economist

The Library now provides online access to The Economist - a source of information on international news, politics, business, and economics.

Explore the website by clicking on the tabs/drop-down menus located at the top of the screen. From here you can also view the print editions of The Economist from 1997 up to the current edition.

The website provides access to a number of blogs on different subjects including: financial markets, American politics, economics, and business travel. There is also a multimedia library with video and audio clips.

Useful tip: creating a free account will enable you to save articles to a Timekeeper reading list so that you can go back to them later.

Please note: University members get full access to The Economist (excluding The Economist apps and The Economist in audio), so there is no need to subscribe. All links to subscription information are intended for individuals and can be ignored.


Access is available via the StarPlus Library catalogue (make sure that you have signed in by clicking University members at the top of the screen). Find it by typing "The Economist” into the University Collections search box and click Search. Please note: the Library also has the print edition of The Economist. For the online resource click View It on the record marked as electronic resource and then click on the link.