14 May 2012

Mendeley or Zotero?

The University of Cambridge, Judge Business School have published a very helpful comparison between Zotero and Mendeley.  You can decide for yourself which application would be more helpful to organise your references.  Read it here

You can, of course still use EndNote or EndNote Web!

8 May 2012

Book Citation Indexes - 3 Month Trial

The Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index fully indexes over 30,000 editorially selected books in the sciences, social sciences and humanities (with an emphasis on the social sciences and humanities), from 2005 to the present. 10,000 new books are added each year, and all are indexed at the chapter level.  This new resource is intended to extend the discovery and analysis capabilities of the Web of Knowledge by including comprehensive book citation data.

For a brief introduction to the Book Citation Index, see the 3-min recorded training provided by Thomson Reuters or read the factsheet.

The Book Citation Index has now been enabled on a three month trial basis (from 7 May) and is accessible via the Web of Knowledge.  If you are off campus, access the Web of Knowledge via Aston e-Library.

If you have any comments about this resource, feel free to leave them below.

4 May 2012

Opening Hours on Bank Holiday Monday 7 May

Dear students, 
The Library is open 24 hours on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May but the Help desk will be closed.  Library laptops will not be available.  There will be limited support for photocopying and printing.   Please remember to bring your uniCARD at all times to swipe in as you are required by the University to visibly display your card out of hours.  The Library Attendants will not be able to let you in during evenings, weekends and the Bank Holiday if you do not have your uniCARD.  Your safety and security is important to us, so please also make sure you look after your belongings in the Library at all times.

Thank you,
Public Services Team

Supporting you during exams

Photo credit: RĂ©mi Carreiro
What is Aston University Library & Information Services doing to support you during the exam period?

Firstly, we have gone to 24/6 opening for the Library.  You can use the study spaces, ground floor group study rooms, fixed PCs, printing facilities, all hard copy and electronic resources and self-service facilities in the Library from 11am on Sunday mornings through to 6pm on Saturday evenings.  Just swipe into the building with your uniCARD.

We have also increased the availability of silent study space in the Library, as we know that demand for this type of study space increases during exams.  Both the 3rd and the 2nd floors of the Library are for silent study only during this period.  Please be considerate of other students wishing to make use of the silent study space when on these floors.  If you are aware of other students making noise on these floors, please text the Welcome Desk (see posters for the number) and a member of staff will come and ask them to move to a group study floor.

Finally, as you might expect, we have a large number of books and e-books in stock with advice on how to tackle exams and coping with stress.

Good luck!