9 February 2016

Financial database - Datastream

Datastream is a worldwide financial analysis tool that you can use to obtain data. Worldwide equity coverage direct from the stock markets, comprehensive market indices, economics data direct from national government sources as well as the OECD and IMF, fixed income securities and associated indices, commodities and derivatives data. Datastream provides a range of charting and reporting tools that enable you to manipulate and display, or simply download that data in the way that you want. With Datastream you can also get a set of Microsoft Office add-ins that enable you to access the Datastream database directly from within Excel- create and embed data requests that put the data you want straight into your spreadsheet.

Further information can be found on any of the Business LibGuides 

LocationThe Datastream software is located on the 1st floor of the Library on a standalone computer.  There is a telephone attached to the wall which you can use to phone the Datastream 24 hour helpline.  There are also a series of written guides to support you.

Booking Datastream
You can book a 2 hour research session using the online booking system at

We request that the booking is limited to two hours but if no-one is due after your two hours have been completed, please feel free to continue.

Need some help? You can…
1. Contact your Business Librarians LS_Businesslibrarian@aston.ac.uk giving details of your query
2. Contact the 24 hour helpline using the telephone on the wall – just press Datastream.

1 February 2016

Cite it! Sort it! EndNote it!

The Information Services Team in the Library are running additional workshops the week beginning the 22nd of February, 2016 to support staff and students in using EndNote.

EndNote is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage references when writing essays and articles. It is produced by Thomson Reuters.

In the workshop, the Information Specialists will work through creating an EndNote Library online, importing references from other sources (such as Scopus, Proquest, Library SmartSearch & Google Scholar) and managing your references once they are in your EndNote Library.  There will be plenty of opportunity to practise and the Information Specialist will be in the room to support you.

Finally, we will look at how you can import your references in to your Word document using the Cite While You Write function.

The EndNote workshops are open to final year undergraduates writing a dissertation, postgraduates starting their final project, research students and academics.

If you are interested in attending please view the workshop timetable and register for one of the events.

27 January 2016

Aston Well Being Week: 26th - 28th January 2016

Well being events are taking place this week and are open to all staff and students.  The progamme of events is below: 

In addition, there will be a free session with an England Athletics coach on the ASV pitch on Thursday 27th January between 12:00pm and 1:00pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend just meet at the ASV pitch and bring your trainers!

Are you a law student? Would you like to be a Certified Westlaw UK researcher?

Aston University Library and your Westlaw student trainer, Karendeep Kaur have organised a series
of WestlawUK training workshops that will prepare you for a short test at the end of the workshop.   Once you have completed the short test you will be given a certificate to prove your research skills using the database.

The Certification Training workshop gives you an interactive walk-through of Westlaw UK. The Westlaw trainer - Julie Watts, will take you step-by-step through everything you need to know to be a Westlaw UK power user. If you decide to take the test and pass, you’ll be Certified in Westlaw UK and be sent a certificate to demonstrate your skills.

There are two levels of certification:

Basic Certification: Introduction covering effective searching, refining results and using status icons to ensure you are using ‘good’ law.

Advanced Certification: Once you’ve completed Basic, you can move onto Advanced, covering Boolean search connectors, Judicial consideration of case law, legislative modifications and derivation tables, EU and other advanced topics.

If you are interested in booking in to these workshops, they will be running on Thursday 25th February, 2016 as part of your study week. In the morning, there will be a BASIC workshop, followed by an ADVANCED workshop. These workshops will be repeated in the afternoon. You can book on to just the BASIC workshop but you will need to have completed a BASIC session before moving on to ADVANCED.

You can book on to the Westlaw training workshops TODAY and TOMORROW at the Library entrance. Just sign up on the sheets provided on the display table.

You can also book on to the workshops via Karendeep Kaur's Legal Research Facebook page or via

Morning Sessions

9:30-11:00       Basic Certification 
11:00-12:30     Advanced Certification 

Afternoon Sessions
13:00-14:30     Basic Certification (repeat session) 
14:30-16:00     Advanced Certification (repeat session)
 - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/westlaw-certification-advanced-tickets-21050603923

You can also meet and talk to Karendeep Kaur about Westlaw on Mondays and Tuesdays in L207, Library Building 16:30 - 19:30