Get the Know How Sessions, 16th & 17th October

Next week we will be running two more of our ever-popular Get the Know How study skills sessions here in the Library.

On Monday 16th October we will be presenting advice on Plagiarism and how to avoid it. This workshop explains what plagiarism is, why people plagiarise and offers help on how to avoid plagiarising.

On Tuesday 17th October we will be running the session Referencing and citation explained. Do your referencing and citation skills need improvement? Good quality bibliographies and correct referencing in your assignments can lift your assignment marks. Come and learn how to cite different types of resource for your assignments.

Both sessions are being held in Library Seminar Room 1 between 1-1.50pm. Owing to the popularity of these sessions we recommend that you book your place in advance. To do that, please visit the link below:

Campus Network Outages, 16th-17th October

On 16th and 17th October IT Services will be performing essential work to upgrade software in the central network infrastructure, causing short outages across the network. Each outage should be around half an hour maximum (unless there are unexpected difficulties).

Between 07:00 and 9:00am, all IT systems and telephony will be unavailable to staff and students in the following areas on campus:

Monday 16th October: East park, Central park and West park

Tuesday 17th October: Holywell Park and wireless network across campus

During this time you will not be able to access:

  • Systems that you might use for University-related business, e.g. iTrent, LUSI, Agresso, Learn, Kx and Webmail
  • Individual and Group Workspaces
  • Telephone system
  • Networked printers
  • Access to websites other than the University’s.

The following will be available:

  • Log on to your PC and work offline

IT Services apologise for this interruption to the service but this is unfortunately necessary to protect the network from unforeseen interruptions in the future.

For further information and advice, please contact the IT Service Desk via or on extension 222333.

Can’t Make It to the Library? Drop In On Your Academic Librarian

It’s a busy time for staff as well as students, and while we try to answer every question at our information desks, sometimes you might need a little more specialist help – and that’s where our ever-helpful team of Academic Librarians come into play!

Our Academic Librarians are available to assist all University staff and students, offering specialist 1-2-1 advice on any information related query including academic skills, referencing, conducting a literature review and getting published. They have all developed expertise in the subject areas of their Schools and are happy to help.

Teaching and departmental commitments mean they’re not always in the office, but don’t worry – most of them run specialist drop-in sessions in their departments across campus, where you can just pop by and ask them any question about any issue or problem with your studies.

We run the sessions on the following days during term-time:


12.30 – 1.30 Civil and Building Eng / Civil Foyer [Ginny Franklin]

2.00 – 3.00 PHIR / Herbert Manzoni, Near admin office [Sharon Reid]


12.00 – 1.00 Social Sciences / Brockington U305 [Nathan Rush]


10.30 – 11.30 English / Martin Hall break out area [Jen De Lilo]

11.00 – 12.00 Computer Science / Haslegrave, ground floor [Charlotte Greasley]

12.30 – 1.30 AACME / S Building foyer [Ginny Franklin]

12.30 – 1.30 Wolfson & Chemistry / Mezzanine seating area STEMLab [Alison Ashmore]

Or by Academic Librarian name:

  • Alison Ashmore Academic Librarian for Wolfson School & School of Science – Chemistry Drop-in hours: Thursdays 12.30-1.30, Mezzanine seating area, STEMLab
  • Jen De Lillo Academic Librarian for School of English, Arts and Drama – English Drop-in hours: Thursdays 10.30-11.30, Martin Hall break out area
  • Ginny Franklin Academic Librarian for Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering. Drop-in hours: Mondays 12.30-1.30 in the atrium (Sir Frank Gibb) and Academic Librarian for Aero, Auto, Chemical and Materials Engineering. Drop-in hours: Thursdays 12.30-1.30 in the S Building foyer.
  • Charlotte Greasley Academic Librarian for School of Science – Computer Science Drop-in hours: Thursdays 11.00-12.00 in Haslegrave, Ground Floor
  • Sharon Reid Academic Librarian (PHIR) Drop-in hours: Mondays 2.00 – 3.00 in Herbert Manzoni, Near admin office
  • Nathan Rush Academic Librarian (Social Science and Psychology) Drop-in hours: Wednesday, 12.00-1.00, in Brockington U305

Further contact details can be found on our web page:

Important! Last Chance to Save Your RefWorks References

Are you a RefWorks user? If so, it is important that you act now in order to ensure that you do not lose any of your work.

From the end of October 2017 the University will no longer be supporting RefWorks; so it is vital that you make provision to migrate any references you have in RefWorks to a new platform.

The University is now recommending Mendeley as our chosen referencing software. If you choose to use Mendeley migrating your references from RefWorks to Mendeley is a simple process, details of which can be found on the Referencing Software pages on Learn:

These pages have further details about Mendeley, with videos and guides, informing you about the functionality of Mendeley and how to get started using it.

The Library is also running an introductory workshop on 9th November, 2-3.30pm.

Go to the Library website to book your place:

Alternatively contact your Academic Librarian for further details about workshops and Mendeley:

Get the Most Out of Your Library – Get the Know How

We start a new semester with a new season of our popular Get the Know How sessions aimed giving students a gentle but effective introduction into some of the finer points of studying and learning here in the Library.

Our first session – Getting the most out of your Library – is next week, Thursday 12th October, from 1pm to 1.50pm in Library Seminar Room 1. This session will introduce you to the various Library services and facilities available to help you get the most of your studies at University.

Owing to the popularity of these sessions, we require that people reserve their place online. Please follow the link below in order to book.

Congratulations to Kazuo Ishiguro

Congratulations to British author Kazuo Ishiguro, who was today announced as the winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Best known for the 1989 Booker Prize winning novel The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Japan in 1954 but emigrated with his family to England in 1960. His first novel, A Pale View of Hills (1982) actually started life as his masters thesis! He has published 8 novels in total so far, and two – Remains of the Day (1993) and Never Let Me Go (2010) – have been successfully adapted for cinema.

The Library holds copies of several of his novels among our literature section on Level 2, along with a broad spectrum of representative and critical works of the greatest authors of all time.

World Space Week 2017

This week is the start of World Space Week, the worldwide annual celebration of the marvels and mysteries of astronautics, astronomy and all things galactic. And, fittingly enough for the start of a new academic year, the theme is one of exploration!

Launched specifically on 4th October by the UN General Assembly to mark the successful launch of Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, in 1957, and the signing of the ‘Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies’ on October 10th 1967, World Space Week has been held every year since 1999, and seeks primarily to educate people about the positives of space exploration and encourage better public understanding and support for space programmes.

This year’s theme is Exploring New Worlds in Space. From the first race to the South Pole, and first solo flight accross Atlantic, to the opening of a sea route from Europe to the East, exploration and adventures have always defined our very existence as inhabitants of planet Earth. World Space Week celebrations in 2017 will open-up avenues to improve the vast human knowledge and awareness of the clear benefits of space technology and its applications. This will also illustrate that our exploration potential has no end, and that the sky is not the limit for the many wonders of human discovery.

We have many and various astronomical and astronautic resources in the Library, including access to the  National Geophysical Data Centre database, which provides the latest satellite geophysical data from the Sun to the Earth and Earth’s sea floor and solid earth environment, including Earth observations from space, and the NASA Scientific & Technical Information database, which includes up-to-date information about NASA’s space projects. We also hold a good selection of books about space & space exploration in general.

To find out more about World Space Week, visit their website here:

Busy Start of Term!

Well! Didn’t we have a busy time of it yesterday! Even by usual first-day-of-term standards we were inundated with newcomers and returners alike who all, hopefully, found what they were looking for!

Some stat facts for all you numbers fans (and who isn’t?)

  • 2295 enquiries at our information desks (up 12% on last year’s figures)
  • 2762 people through the doors (including those who didn’t remember their ID cards, ahem!)
  • 1872 books issued (don’t worry, we’ve still got another 698,000 to go!)
  • 60 eager beavers for our Library Induction tours (still running 11-3 daily folks!)

If you’ve yet to catch up with us, don’t worry – there’s still plenty of time, and loads of information can be found on our all-new Welcome to the Library page.