What's new in the Library? Library Catalogue Plus!

Library Catalogue Plus, the Library’s new solution for the discovery and delivery of information resources, both electronic and print, is now live.

Library Catalogue Plus replaces the previous Library Catalogue and MetaLib,with one simple search box that allows you to search across the Library’s print holdings, electronic journals and e-books, and the information databases previously available via MetaLib.

To discover how to make the most of Library Catalogue Plus why not:

1. Attend a workshop (book a place on the Get the Know-How module on Learn):

  • Tuesday 4th October 13.00pm-13.50pm
  • Thursday 13th October, 12-12.50pm

2. Watch a screen cast on how to:

3. Seek help from Library staff at an Information & Enquiries Desk

CrossFire database users should now use Reaxys

Users of the CrossFire databases might need reminding that these databases closed down on 31 December and have been superseded by Reaxys.
 The following information from the Reaxys site explains in more detail:
“Reaxys is a web-based knowledge retrieval system for searching the world’s most extensive collection of  organic, organometallic, and inorganic chemistry data. Reaxys enables you to search by structure, substructure, reaction, text, and property data.”  
Originally, Reaxys data came from the following sources 
  1. The Handbook of Organic Chemistry and its corresponding CrossFire database
  2. The Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry and its corresponding CrossFire database
  3. Patent Chemistry Database”
More information is available here
Reaxys can be accessed through the Chemistry category in MetaLib or directly from www.reaxys.com though you’ll need to use the remote working portal if you are off campus.

Limited Access to Library Resources (Weekend 20th-23rd)

As part of the electrical shut downs taking place across campus this summer, there will be very limited access to a variety of library online resources over this coming weekend when the planned shut down of the Llibrary’s electrical supply takes place.

This will begin from Friday evening (20th August) at 5.30PM, and will continue over weekend (Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd) until Monday morning (23rd), when we hope to have everything up and running by about 10AM.

The following online resources shall therefore be completely unavailable over this period:

  • The Library Catalogue
  • Metalib
  • SFX
  • Online Reading List system
  • The Institutional Repository.

However, all is not entirely lost! You may still access the majority of the library’s databases and electronic journals through the publishers’ own sites (using the necessary passwords and usernames where prompted).

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will of course keep you up to date as regards further developments or possible disruption.