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.

Summer Elevenses Are Back!

IMG_0044The University Library invite academics, research staff and PGRs to join them for a coffee/tea over the summer from 11-11.30am each Wednesday from 27th July to 17th August. 

Each week in Graduate House, you will have the opportunity to learn more about a research related topic, as well as to network with other researchers from across campus. This year we have built the topics around the theme of scholarly communication. Experts from the Library, Research Office and Civil and Building Engineering will be delivering short presentations, answering questions and leading discussions on key issues.

This year’s topics are:

Please click on the links above to find out more and to book.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme


On this day in 1916 began the Somme Offensive, the largest battle of the Western Front and one of the bloodiest and most notorious battles in history, resulting in more than one million men killed or injured on both sides.

Commemorations are being held today across Britain and France, beginning with a two-minute silence conducted at 7.30am this morning, marking the exact moment the whistles blew for the offensive to begin.

The Library possesses a vast stock of information about the Battle of the Somme and the history of the First World War among our history collection on Level 2 and our databases available through Library Catalogue Plus, including actual newspaper reports from the day via our electronic newspaper archives.

A variety of external, free-to-browse historical resources about the conflict are also available, including the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War archive and the Europeana 1914-1918 digital archive, a pan-European project involving the British Library.

20,000 Items Under the Repository!


Dr Papathomas is pictured receiving his prize from Professor Steve Rothberg, PVC Research and the University Librarian, Emma Walton.

The 20,000th item has been added to Loughborough’s Institutional Repository by Dr Anthony Papathomas, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

Dr Papthomas has thirteen papers and his PhD thesis in the Institutional Repository. The winning submission, co-authored with Brett M. Smith and David Lavallee, is available on the Repository here.

The Institutional Repository, based here in the Library, ensures that Loughborough University’s research output is visible to the wider research community, increasing its impact and citation rates. It also assists authors in complying with funder Open Access requirements for their papers, including those of the RCUK and HEFCE. It contains a range of items including full-text journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, official reports, PhD theses and audio-visual material.

For further assistance with submitting papers for inclusion in the Institutional Repository, please contact us in the Library on 01509 222338 / 222414 or email

Campus Wireless Network Update

mobile-bannerOver the weekend the certificate on the University wireless authentication servers was updated. If your device has been properly configured, using, you should experience no problems.

However, if your device is not properly configured to connect to the wireless network (eduroam), your device may no longer authenticate to the network or you may receive a warning message asking you to accept a new RADIUS server certificate.

If you do experience problems the recommended remedy is to go through the set-up Wi-Fi steps as if you were joining the network for the first time. Instructions can be found at the below IT Service webpages:

Make sure after configuring your device you remove the setup-wifi wireless network from your device, otherwise your device may re-join the network unnecessarily.

For further information and advice, please contact the IT Service Desk via

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IT Services Outage on Wednesday 29th June

Pilkington library after refurbishmentOn Wednesday 29th June IT Services will be carrying out critical work that will require downtime on all IT systems which will have an impact on ALL staff and students.

The service outage is scheduled to take place at 6am until approximately 10.30am. During this time, virtually all IT systems will either be unavailable or only available intermittently. Users will have internet access to external web sites (e.g. Google),wireless access and the ability to log on to PCs while this work is being carried out.

Whilst key business services like iTrent, LUSI, and Agresso will be unavailable for the entire period, some IT services will remain generally available with a couple of short 10 minute outages during this time period, this includes telephones, printing from documents stored on your PC, and student PC Lab use. Research HPC services are not affected at all.

Work will take place on the morning of Wednesday 29th June from 6am until 10.30am. The Service Desk will be providing an updated recorded message from circa 10am onwards advising when systems have returned to normal operation (see telephone number below).

Follow IT Services on Twitter @LboroITServices to receive real-time updates on this work. For further information and advice, please contact the IT Service Desk via or on extension 222333.

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Building Work in the Library During June/July

IMG_0057Some building works will be commencing in the Library this week which will last for the rest of the month and into July.

Starting today, electrical contractors will begin working on Levels 1 & 2 on a project that is anticipated will last for a month. From Monday 20th June to Wednesday 22nd June, Level 1 will be closed entirely to users. We will be operating a collection service for items users may wish to borrow from Level 1 from the User Services Desk on Level 3 – please ask a member of staff.

This work will continue in stages throughout the rest of the month, and may involve other parts of the Levels 1 and 2 being closed to users, but we anticipate that Level 1 will be partly open to users again from Thursday 23rd June.

Please note that this work will involve some heavy duty drilling and will therefore result in a lot of noise throughout the Library – we apologise in advance for the inconvenience.

Also starting on Monday 20th will be some painting work, primarily on Level 3 in the entrance and lobby area, and also on Level 4. This will be on going throughout the week. Barriers will be in place to keep users away from any wet paint.

On Wednesday 22nd June we will begin setting up for the University Open Days on Friday 24th June & Saturday 25th June. During this time, the left hand side of Level 3 (opposite the High Demand section) will be temporarily unavailable to users while we rearrange the furniture to make room for display spaces. On Monday 27th June, this same area will be made temporarily unavailable while we put everything back.

Please be aware that University Open Days are always very popular and campus becomes extremely busy with visitors – bear this in mind especially if you are travelling to campus by car.

On Monday 27th June contractors will begin work on the ducting in the Silent Study Area on Level 4. This work will take approximately 3 days. During this work the Silent Study Area will be unavailable to users. This work will also likely involve some noise and disruption.

We will keep users up to date with any further developments via our usual social media channels.

Important IT Information for Final Year Students

Pilkington library after refurbishmentIT Services have recently communicated information regarding upcoming changes to IT systems and actions to be taken based on the status of individual students.

It is the responsibility of every student to ensure they have any documents and information they may require in the future.

For students who are due to complete their studies soon, their student record will be updated to reflect that they are leaving. As a result of this, student accounts will expire, and access to systems such as email, Learn, Athens and your Documents area (U drive) will lapse.

IT Services cannot specify the exact date that this will happen, as it varies from course to course. However accounts will be extended by 90 days following graduation to provide a suitable window for action.

Prior to accounts expiring, it is the responsibility of all students to carry out the following actions for retrieval of documents in the areas listed below.

Please visit the IT Services help page for information on how to do this. It is recommended that students add this webpage to their web browsers bookmarks or favourites before their account expires.

Please consider:

  • Saving data from email accounts
  • Saving any material students need access to from Learn
  • Checking printing credit balance
  • Copying data from the Document Area (U Drive)

It is also recommended that students ensure their personal details such as email address and contact numbers are up to date in the student self-service system, under the ‘Contact Details’ tab.

If you are returning to study in the next academic year (2016-17) this message does not apply to you and you can disregard the information above. 

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