30 June 2011

Library free trial to Perfect Information has now ended

This is just to let you know that the free trial to Perfect Information has now ended.

There are several alternative resources you can use for business information including:

FAME, ORBIS, Business Source Premier. You can use the Aston e-Library to explore what's available.

Alternatively, please contact Nicola Dennis (N.Dennis@aston.ac.uk) or Lydia Matheson (L.A.Matheson@aston.ac.uk) for advice on using LIS business information sources.

Thank you and regards

Lydia Matheson,
Information Specialist,

28 June 2011

Aston e-library downtime: Wednesday 6th July

Aston e-Library will be unavailable for approximately 3 hours between 10am and 1pm on Wednesday 6th July while we carry out essential maintenance work. Please use the electronic resources webpage during this time to link through to databases.

24 June 2011

Summer Vacation Library Opening Hours

The Library will close at 10pm this evening (Friday, 24th June) and it will re-open at 12pm tomorrow.

Summer Vacation Library Opening Hours
Saturday, 25 June – Saturday, 1 October

The Library is open:
  • 9am-9pm Mondays to Fridays
  • 12pm - 5pm Saturdays and Sundays

21 June 2011

Research Bites 2011

This summer, Library & Information Services will present a series of Research Bites: short, informal seminars on topics relevant to researchers at all levels. Whether you want a quick refresher on a single topic or a comprehensive updating of your information and research skills, you will find something for you.

Topics to be covered include:
  • Advanced Literature Searching
  • Publish or perish: but where?

  • Keeping up to date

  • Copyright and Intellectual Property
Seminars will be held in the Library Seminar Room on Wednesdays through July and August starting at 12:30pm. Please bring your own lunch but tea and coffee will be provided.

View full programme and further information

20 June 2011

9th edition of Gerry Johnson's Exploring Strategy: Text and Cases

Dear Students,

The Library has received 30 copies of the 9th edition of the Johnson, Gerry, et al (2011) Exploring Strategy: Text and Cases. 9th ed. Harlow: Financial Times / Prentice Hall. There is one copy in the short loan collection on the ground floor and 29 copies on the 3rd floor. All at shelved at class number 658.4012 JOH.

Please note that the title has changed from the 8th edition published in 2008 which was entitled Exploring Corporate Strategy: Text and Cases. In order to see all editions on the Library Catalogue we recommend that you use keyword search and type in Johnson Exploring Strategy and scroll down the list.

Booking research time on Datastream

Datastream Booking Information
The Library provides access to Datastream via a single computer on the 1st floor of the Library. In order to try and balance student’s requests to access the Datastream database, the Library has provided a booking diary which students can find next to the computer. The information provided by the computer requests that students only book ONE HOUR slots with the potential to remain on the database if there are no bookings made after that hour.

Unfortunately, students are block booking up to FOUR hours at a time which is preventing other students having access to the software. Please be aware that over the next few weeks there will be increasing pressure from students wanting to use the software and you may find that the Library has reduced your booking to the requested ONE HOUR.

If you are a student struggling to gain any research time on the Datastream software please contact Nicola Dennis n.dennis@aston.ac.uk who is the Information Specialist responsible for the database and she will look in to the booking slots and try and help you gain some time on the computer.

Kind Regards
Nicola Dennis
Business Information Specialist
Aston University Library