RefWorks Write-N-Cite


refworksThere are currently intermittent problems with RefWorks Write-N-Cite III across campus.

If you experience difficulties and need to get your work completed in a hurry there are several solutions you may want to consider.

The first is to use the ‘format a document’ option. This involves making a copy of your original document and then stripping out the existing Write-N-Cite in-text references. Re-insert them using the instructions in the Training Workbook on Learn and then format the document using RefWorks.

The second method is to install Write-N-Cite on a personal computer. To do this go to RefWorks and look for Write-N-Cite under the Tools tab. Use the link for ‘Previous Versions’ for Write-N-Cite III.

They think it's all over…


 The 2012 Olympics lit up the nation and provided Loughborough with a chance to show off the University’s well-deserved reputation for sporting achievement. With the news that Loughborough will shortly be opening a London campus on the Olympic site we know that there will be a tangible, physical Loughborough presence which will outlast the Games.

But what of the wider legacy of the games? A recent blog entry by CABI discusses the London Legacy and, as the final paragraph states, provides links to over 100 papers on the subject from the Leisure Tourism database. (Leisure and Tourism database) has been providing abstracts to articles and reports on the subject of sport, leisure, tourism, travel for over 30 years and is freely available to Loughborough members by visiting the Library Catalogue  and searching for leisuretourism from the Select Databases link. In addition to the custom search on the London Legacy why not try out the database for a search of your own? And while you are there, take a look at the e-books which are available to Loughborough members.

Other databases you may be interested in for articles on the London Olympic Legacy include SPORTDiscus and Business Source Complete – also available from the Select Databases link of the Library Catalogue.

Olympic rings picture reproduced under CC License from Flickr (courtesy of  spcbrass)

Connotea closing


The free social bookmarking and record management site is closing down in March. If you are a Connotea user you are strongly advised to export your references to one of the other record management systems, such as RefWorks or Mendeley.

The Library has compiled a chart which compares record management systems. If you are a Connotea user and need help transferring your references, why not ask your Academic Librarian for assistance?

Intermittent problems with exporting references from Scopus and ScienceDirect

There are intermittent problems with exporting references from the Elsevier’s Scopus and ScienceDirect to RefWorks. The RefWorks support team, which is in contact with Elsevier, suggest that if there are problems to use the export a text file option instead. Instructions are located on the RefWorks help page – this link is good for literally dozens of other databases too, so it is worth checking out!

You may also be interested in the RefWorks questions and answers page on Learn. If your question is not listed there please let the Library or Academic Librarian know.

New – RefWorks Community


The bibliographic database, RefWorks has proved to be a real hit at Loughborough with over 10,000 active users and a record 895 new users in October alone. In a bid to improve communication with it customers, RefWorks has just launched a new, interactive service called RefWorks Community. This will now be the place to go for news about updates and enhancements to the service, blogs, ‘tips and tricks’ and all sorts of video and webinar training sessions.

There is also help at hand in the Library. Extensive training documentation can be found on LEARN, there are also workshops which include RefWorks and your Academic Librarian will always be pleased to assist you with enquiries!

Chris Marker, documentary film-maker, writer and media visionary dies aged 91

Quote from – and rare photograph of – Chris Marker. Image from entropiK reproduced under CC license from Flickr.

Chris Marker has died on his 91st birthday. Marker, who was born Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve, was a documentary film-maker, writer, artist and leading light of the French avant-garde.Very little is documented about his early life, although it is known that he served with the French Resistance during the Occupation. He rarely gave interviews and the few photographs available of him, including that which appears on the image reproduced above, were usually taken without his knowledge. He did leave us, however, with a fascinating body of work from a wide range of artistic disciplines. One of Marker’s first films was Olympia 52, a record of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. This, like much of Marker’s work, can be seen on YouTube. I wonder what he would have made of today’s London Olympics?

Perhaps his most famous film was La Jetée which imagined a post-nuclear war world with survivors attempting to return in time to try to avoid the catastrophe. Made almost entirely from still photographs, the film gave a new meaning to the term “motion pictures”. Marker made films right up to the turn of the century and influenced many other film-makers and artists. Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys owed much to La Jetée  and Batman director, Christopher Nolan, found much to admire in Sans Soleil when making his 2000 film, Memento. The Library has both films paired together on DVD.

You can find plenty of articles on Chris Marker’s life and works in Library Catalogue Plus and in the specialist database Art Full Text found listed under Select Databases, also on Library Catalogue Plus.

Think you know all there is about the Olympics?

 Here’s a question – how many times has London hosted the Olympic Games?*

OK, that one is easy, but you may well want to delve a little deeper into the history of the Games and what better way than to start with the Library? Sprint, jog or walk sedately (preferred option) down to shelf location 796.48 on Level 2 of the Library and you will find several bays of books on the subject.

 Alternatively, look into any of the Library’s 300 sports e-journals for specialist articles. How do you do that? I’m glad you asked. Just check out the Sports category of E-journals A-Z on Library Catalogue Plus or better still, use SportDiscus to search all things sport by subject. Did you know, for instance that there are 103 articles on the Olympics and Loughborough? No, nor did I. If you cannot wait to use this superb full-text database, in addition to finding it via Library Catalogue Plus, SportDiscus is also available via the EBSCOhost app on your mobile – just don’t try to search while jogging!

And it doesn’t stop there. Take a look at Nexis** for current and historic newspaper coverage from newspapers around the world, or the archival copies of The Times, Guardian, New York Times and Mirror with its wonderful collection of photographic images from the Games.

Just pop into the Library at any time and a librarian will be delighted to show you around our collections and resources.

* The answer is three times, 1908, 1948 (it should have been 1944 but the war got in the way) and 2012

** SportDiscus, Nexis and the newspaper archives are available from the Select Database options on Library Catalogue Plus.

Pictured is the 1948 London Olympic Games Poster, image copyright theirhistory, reproduced under CC Licence from Flickr.

RefWorks now on YouTube


Are you writing an essay, review or journal article? Do you want to make the job a little less taxing? Of course you do! Many people are discovering how easy it is to record what they have read and to create bibliographies by using RefWorks. Now it has just got easier. RefWorks have created a special channel on YouTube with over fifty videos. Don’t worry, you won’t need to view them all, but it is pretty certain that one will help you get started or refresh your skills.

And don’t forget, the Library arranges sessions for newcomers in the Know How Workshops, the next being on the 25th November and 6th December 2011. If you cannot wait until then, you can always ask for help from your Academic Librarian or check the guidance on Learn.