Delve Into The Deep Blue Sea With Flix & LU Arts


LU Arts and Flix are back this September bringing a new screening of Terence Rattigan’s post-war drama The Deep Blue Sea from National Theatre (NT) Live.

Helen McCrory, known for her role in Penny Dreadful and Peaky Blinders, appears alongside Tom Burke of War and Peace in this new, critically acclaimed production by Carrie Cracknell.

The Deep Blue Sea will be screened next Thursday, 1st September, at 7pm in the Cope Auditorium in the Edward Barnsley building. For full details and to pre-book your tickets, please visit the LU Arts website.

Opening Hours During the Bank Holiday and Special Assessment Period

Pilkington library after refurbishmentJust to remind all of our visitors that the Library will be CLOSED along with the rest of the University during the entire Bank Holiday this coming weekend, and that we will NOT be re-opening until Wednesday 31st August.

This will coincide with the beginning of the Special Assessment Period, when the Library will be extending its opening hours between Wednesday 31st August – Thursday 8th September to 9am – 8pm on week days – we remain closed at weekends, and return to our usual vacation opening times for the remainder of September on Friday 9th.

RefWorks Login Issues

RefWorksWe’ve had reports that people have been experiencing login issues with RefWorks, with the most recent version of people’s databases not showing the most recently added references. While we are investigating the problem further, you might like to try this alternative method of logging in if you are having difficulties:

The screenshot below is taken of the screen which comes up when you follow the RefWorks link rather than being directed to a separate Athens Login in screen.

refworks login

If you type your Athens username and password into the box ringed above –  entitled Login using RefWorks Credentials – you can log into your RefWorks account. This is the same when logging in from the Write N Cite plugin.

Please be aware that this may not still result in the latest version of your reference database appearing, but at least you should be able to access your account.

Bronze Finish for Loughborough University Library in the NSS Olympics!

deskWe’re extremely happy to report that, following the publication of the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) scores earlier in the week, Loughborough University Library is sitting very prettily in equal third place in the overall mean score for Question 16, ‘the Library resources and services are good enough for my needs’. We received a total of 94% – a percentage point up on our scores for 2014 and 2015, in fact. Only Oxford and Cambridge University Libraries finished with a higher mark than we did!

It is extremely gratifying to receive such a glowing acknowledgement of the service we endeavour provide to students and all users of our facilities, in close co-operation and consultation with the rest of the University and the Student Union, with whom we have worked to help improve and enhance our services to suit your needs, including extending our opening hours, adding new PCs throughout the Library, putting in extra power sockets in study areas and improving the WiFi coverage in the building.

If indeed the NSS were an Olympic contest, there might not be enough room on the podium for everybody involved in this great success – nor enough bronze medals to go round!

Sock Gallery Open Exhibition 2016

open 2016Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery annual Open Exhibition begins today.

The Open Exhibition offers the opportunity for local artists both professional and amateur to apply and exhibit two-dimensional work ranging from paintings, photographs, drawings, original prints and mixed media work in a professional gallery.

The exhibition is running from the 6th August to 3rd September and many of the wall pieces will be for sale. The Sock Gallery is free to enter and is open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 5.00pm and when the venue is open for shows.

Loughborough in Sketches

JS94685368A collection of sketches of familiar Loughborough landmarks by local artist Paul Gent are now available to view via the website of the local town newspaper, Loughborough Echo.

Paul draws the buildings from eye in pen and then colours them in afterwards. He has drawn a variety of places so far from the Loughborough Carillon to the Sock Man in Market Place. He has since been commissioned by Charnwood Borough Council to create a collection of pictures of the area.

You can visit an online gallery of Paul’s work via the Loughborough Echo’s website below:

1966 and All That!

England-1966-fifa-world-cup-logo_SEINNI_MYNDINThis weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the England football team’s World Cup final victory over West Germany at Wembley stadium on 30th July 1966.

A hard-fought contest over 90 minutes saw the match go into extra time with the score poised at 2-2, but two further goals by Geoff Hurst – making him the first and so far only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final – won the match for England 4-2. Not without some controversy – debate still rages over whether or not England’s third goal was actually legitimate, as certain camera angles appeared to show that the ball had not crossed the line.

England’s fortunes in subsequent finals have been mixed; a semi-final appearance at Italy 1990 under Bobby Robson has been their best achievement since 1966. Indeed, controversy seems to have followed England’s World Cup performances – on and off the field! Alf Ramsey’s ill-advised substitution of the talismanic Bobby Charlton during the quarter final against West Germany in 1970 has long since been deemed responsible not only for losing England the match 3-2 in extra time (after England led 2-1 with 8 minutes to go), but also subsequently – in a dour reflection of the black mood of the country – for then Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s surprise defeat in the 1970 General Election which took place four days after the match!

England fans would also choose to forget Diego Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal in the 2-1 quarter final defeat to Argentina at Mexico 1986, while German fans may claim a degree of cosmic football karma during their second round 4-1 knock-out of England at South Africa 2010, when Frank Lampard’s would-have-been equalising goal for 2-2 was disallowed despite having crossed the goal line – a reverse echo of Hurst’s goal in 1966, perhaps!

We hold a large stock of books about football and football coaching among our sports section on Level 2, and if you care to revisit England’s World Cup adventures as reported by the press of the time, why not take a trawl through our online newspaper archives?

Study Carrel Bookings: You Said – We Did!


Following user feedback, from this week we’ve altered the booking slots for all Study Carrels throughout the Library, changing them to hourly slots in line with the Group Study Rooms and Study Pods. From now on, users will be able to book two slots per day, the same as other study facilities.

We hope you like this change – let us know what you think!

Important Changes to Web of Science

Thomson-ReutersThe default search option for the Web of Science has changed. Please read on to discover what this means.

The Web of Science covers journals and conferences in all disciplines and is one of the most popular search engines in higher education.

In the past few days there has been a change to the default search option from screenshot 1 to screenshot 2 below:



What is the benefit?

Now when you visit the database, the search facility searches the Web of Science Core Collection. This is an option that we have always encouraged researchers to use as it allows for the creation of alerts and has more refined filtering options for results. The benefit of this change is that you no longer have to change the search from All Databases to Core Collection.

What is the downside?

If you are used to using the Web of Science to search databases such as BIOSIS (Biological Abstracts) or MEDLINE, you will need to switch to the All Databases option from the drop down menu as this will no longer be the default setting.

However, if you register with the Web of Science and login you can use the Settings option to set you default landing page. See Screenshot 3 below. You will need to login each time you wish to search for this to be recognised.


Where do I go for help?

If you have any questions about this, please contact your Academic Librarian:

Database Trial – The Poetry Review

poetry reviewIf you’re interested in poetry either for academic purposes or reading for pleasure, you may wish to take advantage of the latest electronic resource we’re trialling.

Since it was founded in 1912, The Poetry Review has been home to the world’s best writing – by both internationally renowned and emerging poets, newcomers and Nobel Prize winners.

To view the journal go to: – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 14th August 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn with your comments.