Essential building maintenance (noise disruption likely) on Thursday 9 November (resolved)

Essential maintenance work will be taking place on Thursday morning (9 November).  We expect the building work to cause some noise disruption.  Some areas of the Library will also be temporarily unavailable but only for a few hours.  If you need to access books in an area you cannot get to, please ask a member of staff.  Thank you for your patience as we carry out this ongoing essential work.
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Do teaspoons leave staff rooms to live somewhere better or just to spite us?

teaspoons photoAnyone who has worked will find that teaspoons are always in short supply.  This is counter-intuitive, since they are purchased one day and then later no-one has a teaspoon to their name and there are none in the communal drawer.  Mercifully, a medical research centre published a peer-reviewed research paper back in 2005 investigating the disappearance of teaspoons in a research establishment.  They concluded that, if the workers surveyed were to be believed, the most likely conclusions were that either teaspoons were leaving to live somewhere more congenial or because they hated humans and wanted to leave them with nothing to stir their drinks.  This is perhaps the first time it has been suggested in the medical literature that cutlery might be self-aware and able to act independently.

Truly we live in wondrous and disturbing times.  That or someone was making a subtle point about the nature of peer review.

You can read the full article here in the British Medical Journal.

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New resource: Policing Insight

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Our subscription to Policing Insight is now up and running, providing full access to all articles and reports from local and national media, specialist press, police and criminal justice agencies.  You can also search the valuable Media Monitor service for more links or the OPCC’s own directory of materials and contacts, the Hub.  Create your own custom search and export it as a pdf report with live links for your own tailored briefing sheet.  Our researchers help tag these links to make them easier to search for news, opinion, analysis and reports by date, subject, police force and media source.

Using Policing Insight for the first time

Click here to get started.  You will need to register using your University email address for full subscriber access.  After you register and set up your personal login, you can then simply log in and search everything.

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Building maintenance work (Wednesday 15 November) (resolved)

Update 14.11.2017 – The second phase of essential Library building maintenance work will take place on Wednesday 15 November.  This work will create considerable noise and some minor disruption.  Access to Area 1B (housing the art, design and English Literature books with shelfmarks 700-820.3) may be temporarily restricted.  Scaffolding will also be erected on the outside of the building next to Area 1A in preparation for a window repair.  This is also expected to create some noise disruption.  Access to Area 1B is expected to return to normal after the walkway carpet has been replaced on Thursday 16th November.  If you have any difficulty accessing stock in Area 1B during this time, please speak to a member of staff.
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New eBooks – October 2017

What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during October 2017 ordered by title. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.

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New Books – October 2017

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during October 2017 ordered by classmark. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.

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First steps in research – by Pablo the Penguin

Being a Library Penguin, I thought I knew all about finding information. This week though, while I’ve been looking for help with the “Giant Pip” problem, I’ve realised that although I can waddle among the shelves and look at the books, and I can (admittedly rather unelegantly) type words into Google, there might be something I’m missing. Read more ›

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Turner & Paige no.78 Oct. 31st 2017

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Possible intermittent problems for clients logging into British Standards Online

Following a change to the login screens, some clients have experienced difficulties logging into British Standards Online (BSOL).  We are uncertain whether this has been complicated by intermittent technical problems and are continuing to monitor the situation.

If you have any difficulty logging into BSOL and downloaded standards, we recommend you clear your browser cache and complete browsing history, and then attempt to log in again using the instructions given on the Library Passwords for resources webpage (you will need to click on the login link and log in to get full access to the Passwords for resources page itself).  If this does not solve all your problems, please get in touch and let us know.

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Beyond Discovery for media and the arts

design media photoLibrarians are fond of talking about the Discovery Service, and with good reason: it makes life so much easier for most students.  Just when we decide that Discovery has solved all the world’s problems, we meet Media, Journalism, and Design students.  We did ask them if they wouldn’t be happier studying something like Biology that Discovery handles really well, but apparently not.  If you are studying a subject that:

  • is very visual
  • relies on news sources – including newspaper layouts
  • relies on anything other than academic information sources

and you find Discovery is not giving you what you want, try some of our specialised resources.  Click on a link below to find our best tools for: Read more ›

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