Monday, 25 January 2016

Nexis - news and business information database

Nexis provides full text access to UK national and regional newspapers as well as international newspapers and newswires, and foreign language news sources. Coverage is from the 1980s onwards and is updated daily. Nexis also provides access to business information such as company profiles and industry reports from a variety of sources.

Nexis has a range of search screens for the different types of information sources that it indexes e.g. news, company profiles etc. You can navigate between these search screens by clicking on the Search tab and corresponding subtabs at the top of the screen. Alternatively, click on the Sources tab to browse or search for specific information sources.

The University Library has developed a Nexis worksheet to guide you through conducting a news search. The worksheet can be accessed from this web page by clicking the link on the right, under See also. A range of tutorials are also available from the Help link in Nexis (located in the top right corner of the screen). There are also help links on each page with information about that particular page.

Nexis can be accessed via StarPlus (search under the University Collections tab) or from this web page. You will be prompted to sign into MUSE if you have not already done so.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Is it ever ok…? Libraries and learning spaces

Tell us what you think

We would like to hear your comments regarding the responsible use of learning spaces. For example, do you have any thoughts on the following?

  • Is it ever ok to leave your belongings at a study space while you are elsewhere?

  • Is it ever ok to sit at a PC space while you are not using the PC?

  • Is it ever ok to leave litter and food waste at a learning space?

Please go to this web page to add your thoughts, submit your own solutions and vote on other people's ideas. The most popular ideas will be formally considered in consultation with Students Union officers.

Friday, 15 January 2016

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:

  1. Check that you are logged in to StarPlus by looking for your name in the top right corner of the screen. If your name is not displayed then click on the University members link. There is a separate link for external Library customers.

  1. 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.

  1. Click on the Get It tab.  From here you will see the item details, which includes the location and availability.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Information Literacy - Getting Started

Find out how information literacy can help you with writing assignments and conducting research. These web pages are split into useful sections to support you at different stages: Getting started, Writing assignments, Research skills, and Employability. The Getting Started page has links to some of our tutorials including effective note taking, and using StarPlus, the library catalogue.

Monday, 11 January 2016

White Rose University Press launches

Monday, 11 January 2016

White Rose University Press (WRUP) is a new open access digital publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books, publishing across a wide range of academic disciplines.  WRUP is run jointly by the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

White Rose University Press is committed to innovative, open access dissemination of research and teaching materials, ensuring academic quality, and supporting innovation in publishing.

To find out about publishing books or journals with White Rose University Press visit

Exam Plus web pages

Take a look at the Exam Plus web pages to find out how the Library, and our colleagues throughout the University, can help you during your exams. The web pages are separated into 4 useful sections: Find a Space, Find Skills, Find a PC, and Find Help. The Find a Space and Find a PC sections provide up-to-date information to help you find study spaces during busy periods. The web pages also provide links to sources of help that you may need during the exam period, including: information skills tutorials, revision tips and information about who to contact for further help.