3 March 2015

JoVE Biology goes mobile

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer reviewed scientific video journal, and at Aston you have full access to JoVE Biology. JoVE has just released two brand new mobile apps (via the Apple App Store and Google Play) and an optimized version of the JoVE website that delivers seamless access to content from any mobile device.

In each case, you will need to register for an account with JoVE to access the content - just use your institutional e-mail address to get access to subscribed content.

2 March 2015

Access Palgrave Journals for free



Free access to ALL Palgrave Macmillan Journals during March!

From March 1-31, 2015 Palgrave are offering FREE online access to the complete portfolio of journals spanning the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business. To get started – just visit their website, search or browse for the journals and articles you are interested in, and start reading!

25 February 2015

EAS Student - we need your help!



We would like to hear:
  • how you study
  • when you study
  • where you study 
  • where you get your information from
It doesn’t matter if you don’t use the Library, we are still interested in hearing from you.
Please email: c.langman@aston.ac.uk to take part

17 February 2015

Reminder: Lexis Library and Westlaw certification workshops

*change to timetable for Westlaw*

LLB and Law with Management students,
To coincide with your study skills week we are offering a chance to take part in a free Westlaw and LexisLibrary training and certification workshop.  As a student studying Law you know that Westlaw and LexisLibrary are the two big legal databases providing access to legal cases, legislation and journal articles.
Certification is a great way of testing your legal research skills and learning how to use Lexis and Westlaw most effectively. It also looks great on your CV and demonstrates to employers that you have a good standard of legal research skills. You’re not just saying it – you’ve got proof!  We have invited a professional trainer from each company to guide you through the database and support you through the certification process.
How to book on to the workshops
We are running a certification workshop for each database.  Lexis Library we are repeating the session in the morning and afternoon please only book on to one workshop for LexisLibrary.  For Westlaw there is now a choice or you can do both.  Click on the workshop of choice to book your event ticket.
LexisLibrary  Monday 23rd February 09:30-11:30
LexisLibrary  Monday 23rd February 14:00-16:00  [repeat session]
Westlaw UK Advanced           Friday 27th February 11:30-13:00 
Westlaw International Law      Friday 27th February 13:30-15:00  
Any questions please contact Nicola Dennis n.dennis@aston.ac.uk

16 February 2015

Planned system maintenance - Saturday 21st February 2015

The Library system will be unavailable between 20:00 on 21st February and 02:00 on 22nd February due to planned maintenance.

During this time you will not be able to:
  • Log in to your Library Record
  • Renew any items on your Library Record
  • Search the catalogue and place reservations

  • You will still be able to:
  • Search Library SmartSearch
  • Access electronic resources
  • Use your LibGuides

  • The maintenance should be completed by the time the Library opens on Sunday 22nd February and all normal out of hours services should be available.  If you experience any problems please let us know by emailing library@aston.ac.uk

    13 February 2015

    Upgrade your degree..

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    12 February 2015

    Skills4Study - *NEW TRIAL*


    The Learning Development Centre and Palgrave are providing staff and students with trial access to the Skills4StudyCampus.  This online resource will help you hone and develop your study skills within a wide range of areas from your 1st year undergraduate degree to postgraduate research, including:
    • Reading and note-making
    • Exam skills
    • Research principles
    • Projects, dissertations and reports
    • Confidence with numbers
    • Writing skills
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Referencing and Understanding Plagiarism
    • Groupwork and presentations
    • Employability and personal development
    • Time management

    The trial is running until the 2nd May, 2015. Your feedback is important.  It will be used to decide on whether to continue with a subscription to the product for next academic year.  Please email your feedback and comments to the Learning Development at ldc@aston.ac.uk