British Science Week Resources – Library STEM Subject Guides

531843326_81c9b2cff2_zTo conclude our look at Library resources for British Science Week, we’d like to turn the microscope around and take a look at the bigger picture of available resources, and how to find them.

Finding the right sources of information for any subject can be tricky, given the vast amount of resources there are available to you via our own Library Catalogue Plus database. This is especially true of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (or STEM) disciplines. With that in mind, our Academic Librarians have created a set of online guides tailored to these subject areas.

You can find the complete A-Z list of all the guides by following this link:

Each link gives you a concise run-down of everything you need to know about finding information for your subject, including the contact details for the Academic Librarian responsible for the School/Department concerned.

Be sure to visit and bookmark the links for future reference – you’ll certainly find them useful!

Image by Philip Bond, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

British Science Week Resources – Compendex

Ei comp pngSearching for Engineering information? Why not expand your search and try Compendex?

Compendex is the broadest and most complete engineering literature database available in the world. It provides a truly holistic and global view of peer reviewed and indexed publications with over 17 million records from 73 countries across 190 engineering disciplines. Every record is carefully selected and indexed using the Engineering Index Thesaurus to ensure discovery and retrieval of engineering-specific literature that engineering students and professionals can rely on. By using Ei Compendex, engineers can be confident information is relevant, complete, accurate and of high quality

Useful for the following subject areas; Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and many others, links to Compendex can be found from the relevant Subject Guides and from Library Catalogue Plus.

British Science Week Resources – Reaxys


Next up in our look at useful resources for British Science Week is the multi-faceted scientific formula database Reaxys.

Reaxys is a unique web-based chemistry database consisting of deeply excerpted compounds and related factual properties, reaction and synthesis information as well as bibliographic data, navigated and displayed via an actionable interface. Offering a wealth of experimentally validated information, Reaxys brings a fresh look to synthetic chemistry with powerful functionality, combined content and relevant information.

Why not have browse?

British Science Week Resources – Science on BoB

bobAs part of British Science Week we’re to take the opportunity to highlight some of the fantastic science & technology resources you can access at the Library, starting with the very wonderful Box of Broadcasts (or just BoB for short!)

BoB is an off-air recording and media archive service. BoB is available to staff and students of member institutions of the British Universities Film & Video Council that hold an ERA+ license. This TV scheduling service allows you to record TV and radio programmes that are scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of recorded channels. Unfortunately, for copyright reasons access to BoB is not available from outside the UK.

Now as BoB, in theory, offers you everything, there’s a veritable gamut of science programmes you can catch up on, including the BBC World Service’s popular weekly science series The Science Hour, which highlights the top science and technology news of the week, as well as Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, an irreverent look at the world of science through the eyes of Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, and classic archive science television like the ground breaking Horizon. Why not give it a browse and see what you can dig up?

British Science Week 11th-20th March

BSW2016RGBMID_BPINKThis weekend sees the start of British Science Week, a UK-wide programme of events and activities, aimed at people of all ages, celebrating science, technology, engineering and maths.

The University is marking the occasion with a special community day on campus tomorrow (12th March) beginning at 1pm, including stands and activities run by a number of academics from across our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths  departments. These will be supported by a number of sessions from local schools as well as various ‘science busking’ demonstrations. The day is free to attend and designed to cater for all ages, with a wide variety of hands on activities and demonstrations throughout the day to ensure a fun but engaging environment for the whole family.

Over the coming week we’ll be highlighting some of the science resources that are available to you from the Library – be sure to look out for them.

Calling All Computer Scientists!

Computer mouse

Your library provides access to a fantastic resource called Computer and Information Systems Abstracts, which provides access to the latest research articles and hard-to-find conference papers.  Updated monthly with the latest theoretical research and practical applications from around the world.  Don’t let the term ‘abstracts’ put you off as this resource also provides many full-text PDF articles or provides you with an SFX link which will search other resources for the full-text.

Image courtesy of abac077, Computer World: My home office, 2007. Shared under a 2.0 CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence.

Pop Along to the Wolfson Pop-Up!


The Wolfson Pop-up Library will be starting tomorrow and running every Thursday in term-time from 12.30pm – 1.30pm in the Wolfson cafe.

Come and ask your friendly neighbourhood Academic Librarian Becky Laing any engineering, science and mathematics questions you may have. She also knows lots about classic television series and knitting. What better way to spend a lunch time!

Paris Climate Change Conference – Useful Study Resources


If you’ve been following events at the Paris Climate Conference this week and have an interest – either academically or personally – in climate change or just the state of the weather, Librarian Heather Dawson from the London School of Economics has compiled a very useful list of freely available online resources on her research blog, which you can find via this link:

They range from media outlets to governmental and international resources, as well as links to academic research and analysis. Please note that some of the links apply to resources that are only available through the LSE.

Image by Alan Grinberg, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

World Space Week 2015

WSW2015-Alec-Bartos-Romania-smallThis week is World Space Week, the annual celebration of all things astronautical and cosmic.

This year’s theme is particularly suitable – discovery, which highlights the great era of deep space discovery that we are in. We have never learnt as much of the universe we live in as in the last decade. Space telescopes, deep space probes and several interplanetary satellites and landers have shown us the magic, wonders and opportunities of new worlds. Space is all about discovery!

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 10 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.

We hold a large number of books about satellite communications & navigation among our collection, along with a good selection of books about space & space exploration  in general. We also have access to the National Geophysical Data Centre database, which provides the lastest 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 satellite projects.

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

British Science Week

BSA_BSW_RGBHIThis Friday is the start of British Science Week, and to mark the occasion the University is hosting a special series of events across town and campus.

The week will culminate with a Community Fun Day on Saturday 21st March, where you can enjoy practical demonstrations of exciting engineering, as well as hands on experiments for budding scientists.

From our beginnings as a technical institute, Loughborough University has established a reputation for technological innovation and scientific endeavour, and our research is helping to shape the future.

British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. To find out more, visit the BSW homepage here: