24 November 2014

ENDNOTE Library workshops available this week

The Information Services team are offering students the opportunity to sign up for one of our EndNote workshops.  These workshops are aimed at taught postgraduates and final year undergraduate students who are interested in using a reference management tool. We are offering the same workshop at different dates and times so hopefully, you will find one that fits in with your timetable.  Please choose from the following:

Library Building, 2nd floor - Workshop B

Dates and Times

If you are unable to find a workshop that you can attend. Please speak to your Information Specialist who will be happy to discuss EndNote with you or ask for assistance at the Library Help desk.

21 November 2014

Nexis UK - new interface enhancements go live on Saturday


New enhancements for Nexis UK

Nexis UK have refreshed the search interface to their newspaper database on reviewing feedback from their customers.  The enhancements are due to go live on Saturday 22nd November.  Why not take a look and see how Nexis UK can work for you in finding information for your next assignment..
  • New streamlined interface
  • New and refined search options
  • Easier source and index term selections
  • Enhanced delivery options
You can access Nexis UK from your subject LibGuide (go to the News Sources tab) or by the Database A-Z list (just click on the letter N)

Nicola Dennis
Information Specialist

18 November 2014

Medicines Complete: off-campus access: NOW RESOLVED

**Wed 19th Nov: Login has now been restored** We have temporarily lost off-campus access to the e-books platform Medicines Complete. The suppliers are looking into this problem and this post will be updated as soon as it's been resolved.

4 November 2014

Linking to journal articles using Find it @ Aston : NOW RESOLVED

**The Find it @ Aston service started showing links properly again at around 4.30 yesterday. Apologies to all for the disruption** There is currently a problem with linking to journal articles using the Find it @ Aston service. The supplier is looking into this as a matter of urgency - it's affecting all of their customers and isn't just local to us. In the meantime, if you have a journal article citation and you'd like to get the full-text, you can still access it by going via the Journals A-Z. Just type in the title of the journal and then link through to the relevant platform to access the article you need. This blog post will be updated when the problem has been fixed.

Problems accessing Library SmartSearch off campus should now be fixed

Some students have reported a problem with accessing Library SmartSearch off campus.  When they have clicked on the 'Hello Guest' link to log in from with SmartSearch they have been given the following error screen:

We have been in contact with our suppliers who have made some changes to our settings which should have resolved the problem.  If you have been unable to log in to SmartSearch off campus as a result of this issue please try the following:
  1. Clear your cache on the device you were using
  2. Go to http://www.aston.ac.uk/library and click on the Library SmartSearch logo
  3. On the next screen click on the link in the yellow bar at the top of the screen which says 'Hello guest. Login for full access.'
  4. You should now get a screen with a log in box asking for your Aston University username and password.
  5. Enter your username and password and click OK.  You should now be back at the main SmartSearch homepage, logged in and ready to search.
If you are still having problems please let us know by emailing library@aston.ac.uk  We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this issue.

22 October 2014

This week is International Open Access Week 2014

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20 October 2014

*NEW* Business database called Business Education Complete

(BECO) Business Education Complete
This database is a collection of over 12,000 copyright cleared items for use in a class environment, online learning or via the VLE.  Students can also use the material as part of their presentations, research reports or to build their knowledge of a topic.  You can find book chapters, case studies, videos, sample business documents and research reports.

You can access the database via the Business LibGuides or through the A-Z Database list 

One year subscription
We are very lucky to have access to this resource for one academic year.  The trial access to the database was won by one of our Business Information Specialists, Nicola Dennis whilst attending the annual Business Librarian's Conference in July.  Thank you to Alexander Street Press!