Database Trial – Sage Research Methods

lWymAW36_400x400Until 31st August we are running a trial of Sage Research Methods, an online tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects.

SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

With SAGE Research Methods, researchers can explore their chosen method across the depth and breadth of content, expanding or refining their search as needed; read online, print, or email full-text content; utilize suggested related methods and links to related authors from SAGE Research Methods‘ robust library and unique features; and even share their own collections of content through Methods Lists. SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and “Little Blue Book” series, two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles, and specially commissioned videos.”

We have trial access to Sage Research Methods, Sage Research Methods Cases and Sage Research Methods Data Sets.  To begin searching please go to: http://srmo.sagepub.com/ – access is via IP address.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – about this trial. Please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Scheduled Service Interruption for Elsevier Research Platforms on 1st August

logo_ELSEVIERThis Saturday, 1st August, access to certain Elsevier platforms will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 06:00 PM EDT.

The platforms and solutions involved are:

  • Elsevier Research Platforms: ScienceDirect, Scopus (including Author Feedback Wizard), Engineering Village, Mendeley
  • Research Intelligence: SciVal Funding
  • R&D Solutions: Reaxys, Embase, Geofacets

Each platform will be displaying a warning to users of this scheduled downtime, and during downtime, there will be a message informing users of the temporary unavailability of service.

To stay up to date with any developments, follow the individual Twitter accounts for the products.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Additional Building Work in the Library This Week

Pilkington library after refurbishment

In addition to the work being performed in the Quiet Study area on Level 4 this week, work will also begin on replacing all the desk units in the Study Carrels on Levels 1 & 2. We will also be replacing many of the chairs on Level 2 with new ones.

This work will involve some noise and disturbance and will necessitate certain facilities being out of use while the work is being done. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Roald Dahl – Top of the Form!

6142946853_49c55033ed_mRoald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory has been voted top of a list of books teachers consider that all children should read before they leave primary school in a new poll conducted by the Times Educational Supplement and the National Association of Teaching English.

500 teachers compiled a list of what they considered to be the best children’s stories, resulting in the following top ten:

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  2. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  5. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  8. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  9. Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Those nostalgic to reclaim a little of their lost youth may be delighted to hear that we have copies of all but one of those stories among our stock – sadly, The Gruffalo was just a bit too big and rowdy to keep on our shelves!

Roald Dahl portrait by Sally, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

E.L. Doctorow 1931-2015

15213777537_345c43d100_zThe award-winning American historical novelist E.L. Doctorow has died, aged 84.

Born in 1931, Edgar Lawrence Doctorow began his literary career as a script-reader for Columbia Pictures, and his first novel, Welcome to Hard Times, published in 1960, was inspired by the many western stories he had to read in this time.

He gained widespread critical acclaim for his fourth novel Ragtime, which won him the first of three US National Book Critics Circle Awards in 1975. Billy Bathgate (1989) and The March (2005) also received the award. In total Doctorow wrote ten novels, four of which were filmed. Ragtime was also successfully adapted as a stage musical in 1998.

We have copies of several of Doctorow’s novels in our literature section on Level 2, including Ragtime, of which we also hold a copy of the 1981 Oscar-nominated cinema adaption among our DVD collection in the High Demand section.

You can also find out a lot more about his life and works by visiting Literature Online, our popular English & American literature database which covers over 300,000 works of poetry, prose and drama from the 8th to the 21st century.

E.L. Doctorow at the PEN American Centre Literary Awards 2014, courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Extended Library Opening Hours – You Said, We Listened!

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We’re very pleased to announce that, following a great deal of constructive discussion between ourselves, the University and the Students Union, the Library will be extending its opening hours from the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year.

From the end of September the following extensions will take place:

  • During term time, the Library will remain open until 2am every day, rather than closing at midnight as before.
  • Opening times during the 2016 Easter vacation will be extended from 5.30pm so that the Library will remain open until 8pm Monday-Friday.
  • Our 2016 New Year 24-7 opening period will now begin on the first Monday of term (4th January) rather than starting midweek as before.

We’ve been working very closely over this issue with the Students Union, especially Amy Ward (VP Education), and we have been guided by student comments and opinions that you’ve made through our surveys and feedback forms. So these improvements are very much the result of Amy’s hard work and your feedback – and we are delighted that we have the resources to implement these enhancements to our service. We hope you find them useful.

And if you have any other comments or feedback you wish to make regarding any aspect of the Library’s services, don’t hesitate to let us know – we’re always happy to receive the views of our users.

Summer Elevenses in the Library

IMG_0044We’re running another series of our popular Elevenses range of bite-sized training sessions for staff and post graduates in the Library this summer.

This the schedule for the weeks ahead (click on the link for more information and booking details):

During these sessions you will have the opportunity to learn more about the research related topic listed above, as well as to network with other researchers from across campus. Experts from the Library, Careers and Employability Centre and Research Office will be delivering short presentations, answering questions and leading discussions on key issues.

All the sessions will be held in the Library Seminar Room 1 and start at 11am, and will last approximately half an hour. Booking is necessary as spaces are limited.

Refreshments will be provided.

Cricket, Lovely Cricket

9443235195_d706454c0d_kCricket fans rejoice – it’s an Ashes summer again, when England and Australia join battle in one of the oldest and most hotly contested sporting contests in the world.

We’re already two matches into the five Test series, and the play has proved scintillating; England gained an early advantage through a comprehensive 169-run victory in Cardiff, but then the Australians came roaring back this last weekend with a stunning 405-run annihilation at Lord’s – with a day to spare as well. With 3 Test matches remaining, everything is well set for another enthralling series.

‘The Ashes’ derived from a term used in mock obituary written in the Sporting Times newspaper when Australia beat England at the Oval in 1882, stating that “English cricket has died, and the body cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.” The following year England toured Australia and beat them, and England captain Ivo Bligh was presented with a small urn reputed to contain the ashes of the ball used by the English in the victory – and dubbed by the Australians as “the ashes of Australian cricket”. Thereafter, every Test match series between the two countries has been a contest to win or retain those Ashes. To the beginning of 2015, Australia hold a narrow advantage over England, by 32 series victories to 31 (with five drawn), with the Australians winning 126 individual matches to the English total of 103.

Loughborough University has a proud cricketing tradition itself – its male and female MCCU teams regularly win trophies – and can count several alumni from their ranks who have gone on to play international and Test cricket, including Sam Billings, Monty Panesar and Nick Knight.

We have a broad range of cricketing books on our shelves in the Library, including the controversial autobiography by former England captain Kevin Pietersen in our Leisure Reading collection upstairs on Level 4, and Scyld Berry & Rupert Peploe’s intriguing account of the story behind the genesis of the Ashes, Cricket’s Burning Passion: Ivo Bligh & the Story of the Ashes, which you can find among our other cricket history books downstairs in our sports section on Level 2. Why not have a browse?

The Ashes Urn image by David Holt, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Virus & Phishing Emails Alert

emailIT Services have been made aware of a bogus/phishing email being circulated to students which claims to be from the student loans company, Student Finance England. The subject line of the email reads ‘Your student loan information’ and includes an embodied link in the email text.

Google’s mail filters should block the email, but if you receive an email of this nature, please delete it without following the instructions. Please mark these emails as spam and do not click the links within them or open any attachments they might have.

IT Services have taken steps to block these messages but similar messages may still arrive.

If you have already received and responded to or clicked the links or opened any attachments in this phishing email, please notify IT Services as soon as possible by emailing it.services@lboro.ac.uk

If you have entered any bank account details from following the links on these web sites please inform your bank as you may be subject to fraud as a result.

If you are unsure if an email is real or not please don’t hesitate to contact the IT Services Help Desk who will be able to advise.

More information and guidance can be found at:

www.lboro.ac.uk/services/it/email/staffemail/faq/spam/

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Colours of Summer Exhibition

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If you’re enjoying the summer but the heat of the sun is a bit much for you, a new exhibition at the Loughborough Town Hall by local painter Lyn Armitage allows you to enjoy the splendours of the season indoors.

Colours of Summer is a collection of paintings that encapsulates the promise of Summer. Lyn leaves the dim darkness of Winter to travel to the freshness of newly planted and emerging early gardens and then onto the tropical colours of hot summer borders. From small pots of Auriculas to fields of flowers, her paintings sing with vibrant colours and the textures of plant life. This passion for flowers is reflected in a sympathetic blend of light and colour which she imbues in her paintings. Lyn creates loose, sensitive watercolours which, alongside spontaneous and strong acrylic canvasses, capture a sense of immediacy and isolate an unforgettable moment in time.

The exhibition is situated in the Balcony Gallery at the Loughborough Town Hall and runs until 26th September. Admittance is free.