Wednesday, 17 May 2017

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. 
The main purpose of the May 17 mobilisations is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide, which in turn provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policymakers, public opinion, and wider civil society.

In support of this, the Library would like to draw your attention to many of the excellent e-resources we offer which provide valuable research content in such areas as social, cultural and political issues.  These include ProQuest's Political ScienceSocial Policy Digest and, of course, EBSCO's far-ranging Academic Search Premier.

These databases are supplemented by such excellent e-journals as the Journal of Social Policy and, from Springer, Sexuality Research and Social Policy.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Friday, 12 May 2017

International Nurses Day 2017

International Nurses Day (IND) is an international day celebrated around the world on 12 May (the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth) of each year, to mark the contributions nurses make to society.

To mark this occasion, the Library would like to draw your attention to some of our excellent electronic resources, such as Internurse, Intermid and MAHealthcareRCNI and, from EBSCO, MEDLINE.

These valuable databases and collections are supplemented by a wealth of electronic journals, such as Evidence Based NursingIntensive and Critical Care Nursing and the Journal of Professional Nursing.

And, of course, let us not forget our collection of valuable print resources.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance

The suppliers of Box of Broadcasts have informed us that they will be running a server update on Friday 12th May between 8am and 9am. The BoB service should be considered at risk at this time.

They would like to apologise for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

DETAIL Inspiration - new look

The providers of DETAIL Inspiration are pleased to announce an upgrade of that resource. 

Alongside a completely new look, you will find a clear navigation, refined search and filter functions, and generous photos of the featured architectural projects. 

It has a more modern, fresher design, allowing you find the projects you need to support day-to-day work even faster. 

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Friday, 28 April 2017

BCIS - new access details

Access to the BCIS Online databases has changed.

All three parts of the service are now together on one account, so no need to switch accounts for different information.

So, from one link, you can now access
  • BCIS Online
  • BCIS Online Rates Databases
  • BCIS Building Running Costs
See them all here

From off campus you'll still need to enter your network (Blackboard) username and password.

When using this resource, please familiarise yourself with the Terms and Conditions of use.  In particular, please note that access you should 'not use the Services in the course of any commercial activity whether on behalf of you, the Customer User or any employer or other third party.'

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Digimap maintenance - May 16th 2017

Digimap will be unavailable between 08.30 and 12.30 hrs on Tuesday 16th May 2017.  This will allow them to undertake some database work that cannot be done while the service is live.  They are extending their usual "at risk" period (08.30 - 09.30 hrs) since the work will take longer than one hour.

The service provider and the Library would like to apologise for any inconvenience.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Effective Science Communication


The Institute of Physics is offering free access to the book, Effective Science Communication, until 15th May 2017.

You can access the book here

Friday, 7 April 2017

World Health Day

The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The World Health Day is held to mark WHO's founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.

The Library provides access to a wealth of excellent heath-related resources including MEDLINE, Gale's Health and Wellness Centre, EBSCO's CINAHL and the database of the World Health Organisation, as well as numerous others.

As well as databases, we also provide access to a wide range of health journals, such as the Journal of Allied Health, Elsevier's Public Health and, from Ovid, the European Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Churchill Archive - Trial

On a trial basis, the Library is currently offering access to the resource Churchill Archive.  The Churchill Archive is a digital library of modern international history.
It includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. This is more than a fantastic collection of primary source material; it is a unique online resource offering new insight into a fascinating period of our past.

This resource will be available from March 24th to May 21st.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

World Poetry Day 2017

March 21st is World Poetry Day.  The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, as the UNESCO session declaring the day says, to "give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements".

The Library has many excellent resources on offer to help you celebrate this special day.  From ProQuest, there is the ever popular Literature Online and, from EBSCO, there is of course Academic Search Premier which touches upon a wide range of subjects including literature.

Beyond that, we have many great e-journals including, from Taylor & Francis, the Journal of Poetry Therapy and American Poetry Review.

And, of course, we have many fine print publications on poetry and a wealth of other subjects.  Keep your eyes open for some wonderful publications as part of our non-academic reading collection.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

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Friday, 10 March 2017

British Science Week - March 10th to 19th

British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

Anyone can organise an event or activity, and the British Science Association helps organisers plan by providing free activity and support resources.

With this special week in mind, the Library would like to remind you of the many excellent resources we provide, including Web of Science : All DatabasesScitation and of course, from Elsevier, the ever popular Science Direct.

This is in addition to the many marvellous e-journals we provide, such as, from EBSCO, Science News and Current Science.

And, of course, it wouldn't be a Library without an impressive selection of books.  Along with a wealth of invaluable science textbooks, the Library have also invested in an array of popular science books which we purchased as part of our involvement with the Manchester Science Festival - Library of Ideas.  Look out for these colourful and informative items in the coming months.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Zetoc - enhancement

Please be advised that there is an added display enhancement, applied today, Monday, 6 March.

Zetoc includes OA data harvested from Europe PubMed Central and Biomed Central and it is expected that Zetoc will include further Open Access materials in the future.

The Zetoc enhancements are to the display options on the Zetoc search results ‘Brief record’ pages, and on the Full record page.

For any results that are Open Athens articles an OA symbol has been added.

You can view examples of records displaying the new symbol here.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance to the reports function.

The suppliers of Box of Broadcasts are carrying out essential updates on the BoB reporting function. The service is unavailable while the updates are taking place and will become available again next week. They will send a message round when you can access your reports again. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

World Book Day 2017

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

What better place to spend World Book Day than in the Library?  As well as a wealth of fabulous electronic resources, such as Literature Online and EBL - Ebook Public Access Library and e-journals such as ProQuest's Journal of Children's Literature and, from EBSCO, Journal of Modern Literature, we also have, of course, thousands of BOOKS.  From classics of the past to classics of the present, our shelves boast the work of such great authors as:-

  • Charles Dickens
  • William Shakespeare
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • H.G. Wells
  • Ian Fleming
  • Stephen King
  • J.K. Rowling
and many, many more.  Keep your eyes open for our forthcoming non-academic reading collection.

Don't forget to check to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance - update

Please note, the suppliers of Box of Broadcasts are postponing the scheduled maintenance that was due to occur tomorrow, Thursday 2 March. This work will now be taking place a week later. 

Please therefore consider BoB at risk on Thursday 9 March between 07:00 and 09:00. 

The suppliers of Box of Broadcasts have scheduled BoB maintenance work on Thursday 2nd March 2017 between 07:00 and 09:00.

Please consider BoB at risk for this period.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Oscars 2017

Have you been swept up in the excitement of the 2017 Oscars? Don't forget that when it comes to the world of motion pictures, the Library has many great resources to offer.
For example, from the British Film Institute, we have BFI In View and BFI Screen Online, (available on campus only).

In addition to that, we have BroadcastBritish Pathe and Alexander Street Video.

As well as databases, we have many excellent e-journals, such as EBSCO's Film and History and, from ProQuest, the Journal of Film and Video.

Furthermore, as part of our Non-Academic Reading Project, we will soon be making available many great books which have been made into successful films, such as:-

  • Gone Girl
  • The Lovely Bones
  • The Silver Linings Playbook
  • The Girl On The Train
  • The Shining
  • Master and Commander
  • Let The Right One In
  • Life of Pi

and many, many more.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Social Care Online - new feature

From March 2017, users of Social Care Online will be asked to register or login to the site to access all of the following features: 
  • ·  search filters in standard search to help refine your search results
  • · links to available resources
  • · advanced search to let you build complex search queries
  • · the saved search function
  • · email topic alerts

Social Care Online will remain free to use, but by registering and logging you will be able to make the best use of the resource. Registering will also help them find out more about how you use the site and plan developments in the future. If you have already registered on the site in the past, you do not need to re-register, just login with your current details.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Bridgeman Education - Trial

On a trial basis, the Library is currently providing access to Bridgeman Education.  Bridgeman Education is a brand of Bridgeman Images, the worlds leading supplier of rights managed art, culture and historical images.
The Bridgeman Education database is an invaluable research, teaching and learning tool: a unique archive of digital images sourced from the world’s leading museums, galleries, contemporary artists and private collections.
This resource is available until March 22nd.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

MyiLibrary - maintenance

We are currently experiencing access problems to resources on the MyiLibrary platform.  The service providers have confirmed that the MyiLibrary IT Team are currently working on resolving this and will let us know when this is complete.

In the meantime, the Library would like to apologise for the inconvenience.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Psychology Databases - Trial

The Library is currently running trials for two American Psychological Association databases.  PsycCRITIQUES includes a searchable database of more than 38,000 reviews, dating back to 1956, plus tables of contents for recent weekly releases. More than 900 reviews are published annually.  

Subject coverage includes:-

  • Applied psychology
  • Communication systems
  • Developmental psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Experimental human and animal psychology
  • Personality
  • Psychological and physical disorders
  • Physiological psychology and neuroscience
  • Professional personnel and issues
  • Psychometrics and statistics

While PsycTESTS provides bibliographic, plus full text and multimedia of psychological tests from the early 1900s to the present. Test records include descriptive summaries of the test and its development and administration, mostly drawn from articles in peer-reviewed journals or books, with downloadable tests. 75% of the test records contain the actual test or test items.
Subject coverage includes:-

  • Developmental measures
  • Scales for beliefs, Relationships, or expectancies
  • Aggression, coping, or functional status questionnaires
  • Racial and ethnic identity scales
  • Resilience, anger response, or substance abuse inventories
  • Physical health related assessments
  • Personality assessments
  • Educational measures
  • Neuropsychological assessments
  • Aptitude and achievement measures

These trials will run until 19 March 2017.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.