12 April 2018

New book from SPIE Digital Library: How to Write a Good Scientific Paper, by Chris A. Mack

The SPIE Digital Library has published a free eBook: How to Write a Good Scientific Paper, by Chris A. Mack, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS.

This title will be valuable to all engineers, researchers, scientists, faculty, and students in optics, photonics, engineering and science. The free eBook is available for download in the SPIE Digital Library at https://bit.ly/2GolS2b or http://libguides.aston.ac.uk/az.php?a=s

21 March 2018

The Research Services Team in the Library have a new member of staff

Dr Leigh Stork, Open Access & Research Repository Specialist,  joins us from Imperial College London with a wealth of experience in managing many aspects of Open Access. Leigh, along with Malcolm Horne and Ammar Wahid, will be pushing forward the ‘open science’ agenda at Aston. An important element of this is to increase the success rate of Green Open Access. Aston researchers, whether corresponding authors or co-authors, should:
·         Always deposit your Author Accepted Manuscript/Final Peer-Reviewed Draft of upcoming journal articles and conference papers into Pure on or very soon after acceptance (within three months max.)
·         Add your past and other publications to Pure
·         Upload datasets to Aston Data Explorer and add a dataset DOI to your paper (as applicable)

Doing this in all cases meets strict funder requirements (e.g. RCUK and EU) and helps us prepare for the selection process for REF 2021. Of course, additional benefits are increased impact and citation rates, appearance in altmetrics, and interlinking with your School webpages. ORCiD can help too in ensuring that all your publications and grants are linked to your profile, so we encourage you to add your ORCiD ID to Pure as well.

For further information, please see/contact:

23 February 2018

Aston authors/researchers publishing in Institute of Physics (IoP) journals

Aston is a member of IoP's 'Gold' open access (OA) offsetting deal. This offsets 90% of our OA payments (for articles in IoP subscription/hybrid journals) against the cost of our subscription fees for the following year.
IoP will ask if you would like Gold OA at acceptance. If your paper is eligible, Aston encourages you to go for Gold because of the size of the available discount, but please note conditions do apply to the use of central funds to pay for the APC - http://libguides.aston.ac.uk/openaccess.

15 January 2018

Looking for an industry report?

 NEW for 2018

IBISWorld is an online industry intelligence solution. Covering 432 UK industries, each of its industry reports provides the most detailed information on

  • performance data and analysis on the market; 
  • supply chain information; 
  • forecasts; risk scores; 
  • operating strengths and weaknesses; 
  • analysis of external drivers; 
  • major player market strategies; 
  • industry profit and costs benchmarks. 
Reports are updated three times per year on average ensuring the most up to date research possible.

IBISWorld is useful for students across the different schools as it provides reports on construction, computer software, manufacturing, sports, transport and pharmaceutical wholesale

In addition to coursework/assignments, these reports would be of use to students researching industries for placements, future careers (including start up research) and interview preparation.

AccessTo access IBISWorld you will need to use a computer on the University campus.  You can access the databases

  1. Directly by typing in http://www.ibisworld.co.uk
  2. Go to Library SmartSearch and choose Databases from the top toolbar.  
  3. Look in the Business and Management LibGuide and view Market Reports via the Databases tab.
 The first time you access the database you will be asked to register.  Please complete the short form and then you will be able to continue with your search.

Trial Access until March 2018
Access is ONLY available via on-campus computers.

Did you find this database useful for your research?  Let your Information Specialist know!  Please contact Nicola Dennis n.dennis@aston.ac.uk with your feedback.

6 December 2017

Working on an assignment over the holiday?

Some of you will have assignment deadlines in January and will be working hard over the Christmas holiday period researching information and writing up your essays and reports.  The University Buildings are closed from the 23rd December 2017 and re-open from the 2nd of January 2018 but you can access information 24/7.

Where can you find information?
Start with your reading list.  Go to your module on Blackboard and find the link on the menu page called Readings.  This will link through to your My Module Reading List.  Check out the relevant sections in the textbooks that might help with your assessment and view the "Further Reading" at the end of the chapter(s).  This usually recommends other books or journal articles that you can read.

Then use Library SmartSearchThis is a search engine that allows you to search across the books and journal articles in our Library.  You can use the search box to find a particular book or journal article title but you can also search across the collections by topic.  If you are looking for articles on a topic then use the Advanced Search feature to allow you to type in your key search terms.

 Looking for other types of information...you may find the subject LibGuides a useful place to look.  The LibGuides provide access to individual research databases covering a wide
range of subject areas including industry reports, standards, statistics, company profiles, financial data, case studies and much more.

The Great Library Brain Boost
In Week 6 and 7 of the academic term, the Library Information Services Team provided a workshop programme to support students through their first assessments across the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.  

You can review the presentation slides and in a lot of cases there are also lecture recordings via the The Great Library Brain Boost LibGuide .  Some of the highlights include:

Information Specialists
You can also contact your Information Specialists for advice on talking through your assessment task, finding different kinds of information sources and evaluating information to add in to you essays and reports.  There is an Information Specialist for each School and the names and contact details are available from the LibGuides and the Library contact pages 

If you have a question while the Library Building is closed over the vacation, please try viewing the Ask the Library Frequently Asked Questions or browse the Library website for information and advice.

Good Luck everyone.

4 December 2017

Aston authors/researchers: sharpen your Open Access & Open Data know-how

Do you have questions about Open Access publishing or Open Data? Would you like to know more about the policies and how to achieve compliance, e.g. for HEFCE, RCUK and the EC? Do you need help to upload publications and/or datasets to our repositories (Pure / e-prints)?
Whether you are new to Aston or require a refresher session, specialists in Open Access (Malcolm Horne), Open Data (Ammar Wahid) and Pure (Paul Jones) will be running a training session in MB525b on the following date:
Thursday 15th February 2018, 2-3pm
After the session there will be time for optional hands-on help.  To book your place please contact openaccess@aston.ac.uk

8 November 2017

Like Your Library Live Survey


All 1st year Undergradutes and Postgraduates are invited to complete the Like Your Library Survey.  We are interested in your views whether you attended your Library Induction Session or you decided against it.  Please take part now https://aston.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/library-services-like-your-library-survey

Kind Regards
Library Induction Team