Online chat now available 24/7

The Library online chat service is now available 24/7.  Outside our traditional online chat staffed hours (9am – 5pm Monday-Fridays, excluding Bank Holidays and University closures), chat enquiries will be answered by a trusted, librarian led out-of-hours chat service.  This will continue to provide access to expert library advice round the clock all year round, alongside the existing 24/7 telephone IT and library support.

Click here for all the ways you can ask a librarian without visiting the Library.

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It’s raining sweets!

We have completed the roofing project.  Thank you for your patience while we weathered Winter together and struck out into Spring.  Finally, we have a roof that can withstand all weathers, only now it’s raining sweets!

To celebrate the completion of the new roof, we have replaced our old rainwater catching buckets with brightly coloured ones brimming with sweets.  You’ll find them nestled in all the wide open areas of the Library.  They should be easy to spot, just follow the trail of clients who are happily sucking sweets! Read more ›

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Turner & Paige no.67 Apr. 24th 2017

TP&P no.67

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Knovel not working away from the University campus

Knovel appears not to be working on computers away from the University campus.  If you are working from home or elsewhere, we recommend using the VPN (or the Web Proxy if this is not possible because you are working from an employers’ computer).

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Whatever happened to Google Books?

Google has never been shy of tackling the big problems of information organisation and retrieval, so when it first turned its attention from taming the disorganised swamp that was the early internet into a selectively retrievable cornucopia of material, it caused a big stir when it launches its first headline grabbing project to partner with large libraries to digitise the world’s printed books and make them both available and searchable in their entirety online.

“You have thousands of years of human knowledge, and probably the highest-quality knowledge is captured in books. So not having that — it’s just too big an omission.”

Sergey Brin, Google Co-founder (speaking to the New Yorker)

Read more ›

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Minor lighting disruption in Area 1A (Tuesday 25th April) (resolved)

On the morning of Tuesday 25th April between 8-9 am, the lighting in Area 1A will be turned off while the University electricians replace a contact on the circuit.  During this time the emergency lighting in this area will continue to operate but this area is expected to be duller than usual.

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Referencing just got easier: introducing the R@P table of contents

reference photoThere are times when even a librarian ends up pondering exactly where in the cornucopia of referencing knowledge that is Referencing@Portsmouth they will find precisely what they are trying to reference.  The menu system is fine for most things, and you can always search all the content but now you can also click a link under the main menu options to “Browse the Table of contents“.

Click here to have a look at the APA list and see whether this might make finding what you want to know faster and easier.

We are always here to help online, by phone and in person during staffed desk hours, so please do not hesitate to get in touch about any information, research or referencing challenge you face.

Photo by Bekathwia

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XpertHR access problem

The usual login for XpertHR is for some reason not working at the moment.  The supplier has suggested the following workaround until they can diagnose and resolve the problem.


  1. Go to
  2. Log in with:
    • Username:
    • Password: Easter1
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Planned downtime for UPLift! maintenance (Saturday 22 April 2017)

We regret that due to essential maintenance, the UPLift! Library and information tips service will be unavailable on the morning of Saturday 22 April 2017 from approximately 6am – 12 noon. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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APA referencing: back to basics

citation photoDoes your referencing still not look right?  Looking for a little lift?  The new library guide “APA (6th ed.) referencing basics explains the principles behind the practice of APA referencing and is designed to complement other handouts with examples of APA referencing being used to help you better to understand how APA works and why references are written they way they are.

Photo by Dan4th

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