RefWorks 2.0 is coming!


At the beginning of August RefWorks switched to a new interface with many improved features – for instance, cleaner, clearer layout, improved functionality, improved editing facilities, new short cut icons and easier navigating. The new interface is called RefWorks 2.0 and will become the default option when logging into the service later in the year.

At the moment, to access the new interface click on the tab marked RefWorks 2.0 and RefWorks will record this preference for future use. You can still use the Classic version at any time until the end of the year by clicking on the RefWorks Classic tab to return to the original interface.

There are a number of help options. Go to the RefWorks home page and select either the video preview or tutorial links. Loughborough University Library’s Making the Most of RefWorks Learn page also has a number of links to help, workbooks and contact details for Library expert guidance.

Here is an example of the new RefWorks 2.0 layout – for a clearer picture, why not login and try for yourself?

Web of Knowledge – New Improved Version


From July 17th there will be a new version of Web of Knowledge – the platform which brings you Web of Science, Medline, Journal Citations Report and other databases. You will probably only see a few stylistic changes at first, but new features in the ‘engine room’ include upgrades to Author Finder, the Citation report and a much improved search facility. For instance, linguistic search variants for U.K. and U.S.A. spelling such as colour/color will be automatically picked up. Searchers can also use left-hand truncation – in this example *oxide will also retrieve references to peroxide. And finally, Web of Knowledge has also introduced ‘lemmatization’ which isn’t another word for experiments on lemmings, but another way of saying that, for example, a search for mouse will pick up references to mice!

For more information, please visit the Web of Knowledge What’s New page.

New improved searching on ProQuest

ProQuest is changing. The company which brings you dozens of index and abstract databases is having a facelift and very shortly the Library will be changing over to the new improved interface.

One such improvement is the addition of figures and tables searching. Unique to ProQuest, this facility will enable you to search not just text but illustrations, tables, figures and graphs. At a stroke, this will immeasurably improve the effectiveness of your searching and improve search results.

Try it out for yourselves by logging on to ProQuest … and get a sneak preview of the new interface which is coming your way in just a few short weeks!

image courtesy of The Shifted Librarian

RefWorks Webinars in May

RefWorks is the bibliographic tool supplied by the University which allows you to keep all your references and article attachments in one place and to create bibliographies easily from wherever you are – on or off-campus.

The Library regularly runs courses on RefWorks. There are also Webinars run by RefWorks and a list of these for May can be found below:

Using RefWorks to Quickly Import Citations and Write a Paper (30 minutes)

In this session, you’ll learn how to directly import citations from two online databases. Then you’ll see how to quickly create a bibliography for a paper two ways: 1) from a list or folder of citations in your RW account and 2) with in-text citations via the one line/cite view method. This session is primarily for undergraduates or beginning RefWorks users.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

3:00 pm

Beyond Direct Export: Five Other Ways to Import Information to RefWorks (40 minutes)

Direct export is but one method for adding references; In this webinar we will review these other methods, which are: Importing from a text file; searching online catalogs or databases from within RefWorks; using a web browser tool called RefGrab-It to capture references from a web page; importing records from RSS feeds; entering references manually.

 Attendees should first attend one of the following webinars first (or have a basic understanding of RefWorks)

1) RefWorks in 15 Minutes

2) RefWorks Fundamentals

3) Using RefWorks to Quickly Import Citations and Write a Paper

 Wednesday, May 18, 2011

 3:00 pm

A wealth of advice can be found on the Library’s Making the Most of RefWorks Learn page.

The Final Countdown … E-journals in 2010

The results are in. All around the campus the air is thick with anticipation. Yes, it’s that time of year when we can reveal which top ten e-journals you have voted the most popular in 2010!

In tenth spot, muscling in with 5,654 downloads is the magnificently named Joe Weider’s Muscle & Fitness

Those cool cats in the School of Business and Economics will rejoice to see the Journal of Economic Literature at number 9 with 5,689.

At number 8, the International Journal of Project Management is no slouch at 6,112 downloads.

The Journal of Sports Sciences at number 7 with 6,773 downloads is showing that Sports Science is racing ahead in the field.

In at number 6 with 7,018 downloads to it’s name is the Journal of Applied Physiology

At the half way mark with 7,313 is another strong showing for Sports Science, the Journal of Sport Behavior

The physicians have promised me that there has been no doctoring of the results with the British Medical Journal in fourth place garnering 8,724 downloads.

The physicians must have teamed up with Sports Science to produce 8,794 for Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in third place.

And on the medical theme again, in second place with 9,277 is the American Journal of Public Health.

Way out in front, though, the 2010 winner is … drum roll … Sports Illustrated with 13,985 downloads.

Congratulations to all who made 2010 a record breaking year. Remember! If you want to influence next year’s results, log on to MetaLib and start downloading now!


Surviving exams – new YouTube videos from the Library Ambassadors

You don’t need an eye test to tell you that the Library is busy at exam times! But never mind, help is at hand. Before Christmas the Library Ambassadors asked your views on how you coped with exams.  Following your comments they have created three videos promoting alternative study spaces, how to book rooms in the Library and Finding Information.  They are available on YouTube, so why not check them out and leave a comment. Leave that trip to the optician for another day!

Photo courtesy of  SOCIALisBETTER from Flickr reproduced under Creative Commons licence.

Handy hints for surviving exams

exam hints 

Do you need a place to study, some handy tips to survive exam time blues, or some last minute Know How help on revision, minimising stress or time management? Well, the Library has created a web page to help you survive the exam  period. Take a break and take a look – in the words of a well known retailer “every little helps.”

The Library has also set up a display in Open 3 where you can leave your revision and exam skills hints and tips – so why not share your survival tips? Here’s just a few to get you going:

“Keep sipping water during the exam – it keeps your memory working!!”

and staying on the healthy mind, healthy body theme, “Eat fruit and pasta!”

“Make mind maps”

This one is either a personal message or the scribe has been watching Star Wars … “Keep going Luke”

“Sleep is important”

and one from the heart “Stay positive”

Happy birthday X-ray – 115 years old today!

X-Ray Spex - probably not what Wilhelm Röntgen had in mind 115 years ago

115 years ago Wilhem Röntgen discovered X-rays when he photographed his wife’s hand on a photographic plate after experimenting with vacuum tube equipment. Poor Anna Röntgen was said to be so distraught at seeing the skeletal image that she imagined she had seen her own death! Nonetheless, the discovery was to prove pivotal in the history of twentieth century science and Röntgen was a recipient of the Nobel Prize for his work. It was Röntgen who named the process X-ray and steadfastly refused to let people call them Röntgen rays.

Today, we mainly associate X-ray with medical investigation, but it has other uses including airport and border security, microscopic analysis and astronomy. The term X-ray has entered the language in a big way. How often to you hear the phrase “He’s got X-ray eyes” for someone who is clear-sighted or clever? It was also the name of a 1970s punk band, X-ray Spex (see image above) but that’s another story!

The Library has several books on the life of Wilhelm Röntgen and many on the subject of X-rays. You can also check out the Inspec database for the many journal articles on the subject.

Image courtsey Affendaddy used under

RefWorks Training in October and November

Use RefWorks to reference these! †

RefWorks is one of the most popular bibliographic tools and in October and November there are several training sessions run by the Library and Webinars from RefWorks staff to help you get the best out of this service.

On Thursday 21st October and Wednesday 10th November at 1 to 1.50 in Training Room 1 and 2 of the Library there is our popular RefWorks – Getting Started course for absolute beginners. Here, you will learn how to store and sort your references and create bibliographies using Refworks. This introductory course includes time for hands-on practice. No need to book, just turn up!

On the 16th of November between 9.30 and 12 the Library is running a  workshop for research postgraduates wishing to develop or refresh their knowledge of RefWorks. It will particularly benefit those who are just starting their PhD or those who realise that their previous reference management systems are becoming unmanageable. In this instance you will need to book using the Staff Development booking system.

Can’t make these sessions? RefWorks offer a series of recorded and live training sessions.

Here is the schedule of live sessions for November from RefWorks staff:

RefWorks Fundamentals

Thursday, November 4, 2010

2:00 pm

RefWorks in 15 Minutes

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

7:00 pm

† Photo courtesy of  See-ming Lee used under  license.

Follow us on Twitter

The Library has a Twitter acount and has been merrily tweeting for some time now. With 130 followers we think we are doing alright, but of course we could do better! That is where the Follow a Library initiative comes in. On Friday 1st October we would like you to tweet your favourite Library – hopefully us! – with the hashtag #followalibrary.

Happy tweeting … and remember, check out our tweets on a regular basis for news on the move!

Twitter image courtesy of  szlea  under  licence.