27 January 2012

Full Time MBA project workshop

We welcome MBA students to the Library today (Friday 27th January) at 2pm who will be attending a library workshop on supporting their research for their dissertation project.

The library workshop will be taught in the Library Seminar Room, 2nd floor of the Library Building and is being recorded for Aston Replay.

Datastream and 3000Xtra

Will you need to use the stock data database Datastream for your project?  Are you registered to work in the ABS Trading Room with Reuters 3000xtra database? Would you like further help extracting data?

Thomson Reuters are offering Question and Answer sessions for students using the Datastream and Reuters 3000xtra database.  If you are having problems extracting data and would like advice please feel free to sign up for one of the Q&A sessions:

·         Client trainers from Thomson Reuters will be holding online Q&A sessions to answer your questions regarding data on DataStream  
·         No need to have the product in front of you, just the question that you want answering
·         No need to join a conference call, they will use Adobe chat… however, if you really want to talk to a trainer they will provide a number to call

·         To sign up, emailknowledge.networkuki@thomsonreuters.com stating the date, time and product session as well as your University email address.

Leave the rest to Thomson Reuters! They will email you with the login details for the 1 hour sessions.

Dates and Times are:

Tuesday 7th February 2012           – 2:00pm
Thursday 16th February 2012       - 11:00am

Reuters 3000xtra
Thursday 9th February 2012          -3:00pm
Wednesday 22nd February 2012 -3:00pm

Kind Regards

Nicola Dennis
Business Information Specialist

26 January 2012

Attention All MSc Pharmacy students

Clare Langman, Information Specialist for Pharmacy will be holding Literature Searching Workshops on Tuesday 31st January and Wednesday 1st February to support you with your Research Proposals. They will be held in the Seminar Room, 2nd Floor of the Library. Look on Blackboard to find out which session you should attend.

Contact Clare for further information c.langman@aston.ac.uk

23 January 2012

Subscribe to LIS Podcasts on iTunes

In October we announced the introduction of LIS podcasts. Several podcasts are now available covering topics such as reservations, missing books, what are journal articles and selecting keywords when searching for articles.

Podcasts can be accessed via the Library website at http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lis/podcasts/ and it is also possible to subscibe to our Podcasts at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/aston-university-library-information/id483594428

16 January 2012

MyiLibrary - Are you seeing a "Flow Control Warning" message?

The publisher Pearson has decided to set restrictions on access to their e-books on the MyiLibrary platform to no more than 3 simultaneous users. If you see a message on this platform that says: "Flow Control Warning: This book is currently being viewed by another patron. It will become available when the patron has finished viewing the selected book," you will need to exit the platform and try to access it again at a later time.

13 January 2012

Are you interested in any topics related to "Social Responsibility"?

Dear Students,

The Library is pleased to announce a new subscription is now available to a web-based magazine called Ethical Corporation. 
The e-version of the Ethical Corporation magazine contains the world’s largest archive of business sustainability articles.  There are currently over 7,000 available to search and browse.  There is also access to weekly web-only opinion to the monthly magazine and database – 7,300 searchable CR related articles.  Finally, there is access to podcasts from key personnel within the Corporate Responsibility industry.

Access is available through the Aston e-Library and then choose Find Resource. You can either search for the resource in the Name search box OR choose the Business category and the Full Text Journals sub-category.

Please note:  If you are trying to access this resource from a computer based off the University campus you will need to choose Login on the top of the screen and type in the required email and password.  You can find these details via our Library Matters module on Blackboard and the menu item Passwords and Logging on.  Alternatively, please ask at the Library Help Desk.

Kind Regards
Nicola Dennis
Business Information Specialist 

10 January 2012

Datastream and 3000Xtra

ABS Students,

Will you need to use the research database Datastream for your dissertation? Are you registered to use the ABS Trading Room? Then you might be interested in the Question and Answer sessions run by the company Thomson Reuters that provide the two resources; Datastream and 3000Xtra.

How does it work?
All your data questions are answered using interactive Adobe e-training sessions

What you need to do!
To sign up email knowledge.networkuki@thomsonreuters.com and state the date, time and session you would like to enroll on to. Include your email address. They will email you with the rest of the information.

Wednesday 25-01-2012 at 3pm

Thursday 19-01-2012 at 11am

Nicola Dennis
Information Specialist
Are you working on an essay or a project at the moment? Do you need to find information on a topic? The Library has a lot more than books, check out our latest podcast which will tell you all about journal articles, what they are and how to find them. Journal articles contain high quality, detailed research on a topic. Impress your lecturers by referring to them in your written work.

Go to http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lis/podcasts/ to listen to the podcast.

3 January 2012

Library 24 hour opening starts Tuesday 3 January

Dear staff and students,

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

The Library is open 24 hours from today, Tuesday 3 January until Friday 20 January for the examination period. Please check the Library web site for opening hours. We hope that you can make good use of the Library during this period. If you need a quiet place to study, please remember that the third floor is for single silent study at all times. If you have any problems with noisy neighbours in the Library, or if you need help with finding resources, then please do not hestitate to speak to staff at the Help desk on the Ground floor or email: library@aston.ac.uk

Please be aware that as of 01 January 2012 it is a University requirement for all staff and students to visibly display their uniCARDS within campus buildings (including the Library) during 'out of hours' periods. Lanyards (and clips) for ID badges are available at Security, the HUB and the ARC.

The 'out of hours' periods during vacation are between the hours of:
6pm - 8am Monday - Friday
6pm - 8am Friday - Monday

The 'out of hours' periods during term-time are between the hours of:
8pm - 8am Monday - Friday
6pm - 8am Friday - Monday

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Best regards
Lydia Matheson
Public Services Co-ordinator (Customer Experience)