Changes to RefME

We have recently been informed that the company producing the referencing software tool, RefME has been taken over and that from 28th February 2017, RefME accounts will be transferred to their own citation product Cite This For Me. For some time Library staff have recommended RefME as a referencing software tool for undergraduate students.  Following this news, Library staff have assessed Cite This For Me and unfortunately, many of the freely available features of RefME will become paid for features in Cite This For Me. More details about the transition from RefME to Cite This For Me are available via this link:

https://refme.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb/articles/115000823509

The loss of functionality in the free version of Cite This For Me is clearly very disappointing for RefME users and since Cite This For Me only offers individual subscriptions, the Library will not be able to offer support for the new product. We are currently assessing other freely available referencing software products but until we have identified something suitable we would recommend Mendeley as alternative tool as it offers a sophisticated array of functions. More information about Mendeley is available on our referencing software Learn module below:

http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/enrol/index.php?id=3539

Database Trial – Bloomsbury Fashion Central

Those interested in fashion and fashion design are very likely to find our latest database trial of enormous interest. The Bloomsbury Fashion Central is the new site for fashion educators, students, and professionals.

The site comprises of textbook site open to all and three subscription products as follows:

  • Fairchild Books: Over 130 Fairchild Books textbooks with student/instructor resources.
  • Berg Fashion Library: Scholarly articles, eBooks and 13,000 images on world dress and fashion.
  • Fairchild Books Library: All Bloomsbury Fashion Central textbooks and student/instructor resources, available on subscription.
  • Fashion Photography Archive: 750,000 images, supported by hundreds of articles, designer biographies, audio and video.

To begin searching go to https://www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com/  access is via IP address and the trial runs to 27th March 2017.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn –   s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

Database Trial – BBC Monitoring

bbcWe’ve gone global with this month’s trial resource, which is likely to prove of great interest to anyone with an interest in current affairs.

BBC Monitoring is a division of the BBC World Service Group that provides Open Source information services for governments, NGOs, analysts, academics, multinationals and international organisations. Many of BBCM’s staff have strong academic backgrounds and its operations are based on round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, internet, news agency and social media sources.

BBCM analysts are located in the UK and worldwide and its main focus areas are geopolitics, terrorism and security-related issues, and the media & sociological impact of major world and regional events. BBCM has particular expertise in the Russian sphere, the Middle East, Iran, Central Asia and Africa, as well as opening a new office in Miami to increase the quality and quantity of coverage for Latin America. The BBC Monitoring portal contains c.4 million stories and 5,000 reports, an archive back to 1996, as well as up-to-date government lists and reference material.

To begin searching go to https://monitoring.bbc.co.uk/#/login

Click on the Login box

Click on ‘Login via Academic Institution’

Click on ‘Loughborough’

Login with your Loughborough University username and password (not Athens)

The trial will run until January 31st 2017 – please note that not all content is accessible to trial users.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn ( s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk )with your comments.

ProQuest Ebook Central Upgrade

proquest blueProQuest have just completed the migration of their Ebook Library (EBL) resource onto a completely new platform, and have renamed and rebranded the service as ProQuest Ebook Central.

Several changes have been made to the database, with some new functions added, including the ability to be able to download and save a full chapter of an ebook and keep a copy of it – useful if you only require a particular chapter of a book.

Further details of the upgrade can be found via the ProQuest website:

http://www.proquest.com/customer-care/product-upgrades/

New Resource – The Business & Management Collection

bmcThe Library now has full subscription access to The Business Management Collection, a collection over 950 specially recorded, animated lectures and case studies by more than 850 contributing editors and speakers from commerce, industry, the professions and academia.

New talks are issued every month. Lectures and case studies, or extracts from them, are easy to integrate and embed in courses to enrich the teaching and learning experience. They are all compatible with Moodle and particularly appropriate for distance and blended learning courses and flipped classroom education.

The collection is divided into six broad subject areas – Finance, Accounting & Economics; Global Business Management; Management Leadership & Organizations; Marketing & Sales; Strategy and Technology & Operations. Lecturers and presenters are leading academic experts and practitioners from commerce and industry.

Content is presented in four different formats (click on the hyperlink to view example):

  • Traditional format lectures with high quality graphics. The entire lecture as well as extracts can be embedded in course notes and online learning systems.
  • Case Study Interviews. They are designed to explore how different participants in commerce and industry, from start-up entrepreneurs to large corporation executives, confront the challenges they encounter. Additionally, all videos are accompanied by suggested topics for discussion and individual and group projects.
  • Extended form case studies. These accounts of real world experience describing what was done, how, when and with what consequences have proved especially useful in preparing students for in-class discussions.
  • Bite-size case studies. These short descriptions of real world commercial activities come with suggested topics for consideration and discussion. Subscribers have found that they stimulate thinking and assist is developing the ability of students to question, analyse and appraise. They are often set as pre-classroom preparation and in-class discussion

The collection offers institution-wide access enabling all faculty, students, Executive Education, alumni and distance/online programs unlimited and unrestricted access to the entire collection. You will automatically be authenticated on campus; for off-campus access, you may be required to enter the following details:

Username: Lboro  Password: Member.

Database Trial – Publishers Weekly Digital Archive

BG19511020_1_1-200wWe’re running a trial of another venerable and long-running popular publication now in digital format, Publishers Weekly, the American Book Trade Journal.

Continuously published since 1872, Publishers Weekly has consistently been the authoritative voice for US publishing industry news and book reviews, with ongoing coverage of the British book trade. The complete archive includes up to 400,000 book reviews, 5,000 author profiles/interviews, and bestseller lists from 1895 forward.

This primary source archive contains every page of Publishers Weekly published over its first 141 years, all in its original context, in full color, and fully searchable to support lines of inquiry into print media and digital culture, American studies, popular culture, history of the book, literature, history, humanities, and their many sub-disciplines. This collection contains 1,889 issues comprising 135,165 pages.

To access the archive go to: http://pubweekly.napubcoonline.com. Access is direct from on-campus.

The trial will run until December 7th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn ( s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk ) with your comments.

Database Trial – Telegraph Historical Archive

telegraphThis month we’re trialling the electronic archive of one of the UK’s most popular broadsheet newspapers, the Daily Telegraph.

Launched in 1855, The Telegraph was the first 1d morning paper (The Times was 7d). By 1876, The Telegraph was the largest-selling newspaper in the world, with a circulation of 300,000. The newspaper was directed at a wealthy, educated readership and is commonly associated with traditional Toryism, despite its more ‘liberal’ beginnings. However, this shifted in the late 1870s, when the newspaper began to support British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli over the Eastern Question.

Under the editorship of poet and Orientalist Edwin Arnold from 1873 to 1899, the newspaper published widely on foreign affairs and foreign cultures. This led to The Telegraph’s coverage of Henry Morton Stanley’s expedition to Africa in search of David Livingstone, which it co-sponsored with the New York Herald in 1874. Its dedication to foreign news coverage was evidenced by its employment of several renowned special correspondents over the years; Winston Churchill, who reported from India in 1897, Rudyard Kipling, who braved the trenches of the First World War, and Clare Hollingworth, who, as the first female war correspondent, relayed the start of the Second World War from Poland.

The Telegraph Historical Archive 1855-2000 has over 1 million pages of content and includes the Sunday edition from its inception in 1961.

To access the archive go to http://infotrac.galegroup.com/default/loughuni?db=TGRH – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

The trial will run until November 18th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

Database Trial – Bloomberg Businessweek Archive

digitalarchives_logoAs a companion to the Forbes Archive trial we’re running this month, we’re also trialling an archive of the popular Bloomberg publication, Businessweek.

The Bloomberg Businessweek Archive contains indexing, abstracting, and full text for the complete archive of Businessweek, beginning with its first issue in 1929 and ending in December 2000.

To access the trial go to:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid&user=s4589342&password=password&group=main&profile=ehost&defaultdb=bwa

Please click the hyperlink below for the subject coverage, title coverage list and other information for the resource.

https://www.ebscohost.com/archives/magazine-archives/bloomberg-businessweek

The trial runs until 28th October 2016, you have access to the full range of content that would be purchased through an annual subscription.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn  – s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

Database Trial – Forbes Archive

logo_ehostThis month we are trialling a database containing the archives of one of America’s most popular business magazines, Forbes.

The Forbes Archive contains indexing, abstracting, and full text for the complete archive of Forbes, beginning with its first issue in 1917 and ending in December 2000.
To access the trial go to:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid&user=s4589342&password=password&group=main&profile=ehost&defaultdb=fba

Please click the hyperlink below for the subject coverage, title coverage list and other information for the resource.

https://www.ebscohost.com/archives/magazine-archives/forbes

The trial runs until 28th October 2016, you have access to the full range of content that would be purchased through an annual subscription.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn ( mailto:s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk ) with your comments.

You Said, We Did – In the Summer Time!

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‘In the Summer time

When the weather was hot

Down at the Library

We did quite a lot’*

The Library recieves feedback from its users in a number of different ways: through surveys carried out, through individual comments and via staff/student committees. We endevour to take account of our users’ views on our services when prioritising work over the Summer. This summer has proved to be no different! We have completed a number of projects to improve the services we offer:

  • Improvements to Wi-Fi. We have worked with colleagues in IT Services to improve the wi-fi signal on Levels 3 & 4 of the Library.
  • Installed plug sockets on desks. The desks on Levels 1 and 2 of the Library didn’t have any plug sockets on them. We worked with colleagues in Facilities Management to ensure the majority of desks on this floor either have sockets on the tables themselves or are next to a socket if next to the windows. This will give people more flexibility about where they can sit.
  • Extra Group Study Room. We have converted one of our staff Consultation Rooms into a fifth Group Study Room on Level 4. This can be booked on our online room booking system as  Group Study Room 4E.
  • Changed all the PCs in the Group Study Rooms. Colleagues in IT Services and Teaching Support have installed mini NUK Pcs in all the Group Study Rooms to replace the awkward, bulkier PCs in the cabinets.
  • Changed the booking slots for single Study Carrels. Students told us they struggled to use our single study carrels as they were only available in 3 hour slots and so were no use if you had a 9am lecture. We have changed the booking slots to hourly bookings in the same way all the other resources are to resolve this problem.

Hopefully you will agree there has been a lot of action as a result of your feedback. If you have any questions about the improvements or would like to leave feedback on any other issue, please feel free to fill out one of our suggestion cards on L3 or email Matt Cunningham, the User Services Manager (M.S.Cunningham@lboro.ac.uk)

*with apologies to Mungo Jerry!