29 August 2012

Online article formats: HTML vs PDF

This month, IEEE Xplore is starting to make their articles available in HTML format, as well as PDF format, with a view to having this complete for all articles by the end of 2014.

A PDF of a journal article is a great format for printing and downloading, and you see the article in the layout and design in which it will have appeared in the printed journal.

However, the HTML format, provided in addition to PDF by most major publishers, has a number of advantages:
  • Use browser functions to change the text size, copy quotations and find keywords
  • Navigate easily between sections of long articles
  • Explore figures, equations, and multimedia files (something the Royal Society of Chemistry have excelled in with their Project Prospect)

21 August 2012

LabVIEW now available

LabVIEW is system design software built specifically for tasks performed by engineers and scientists. This software enables users to create flexible and scalable test, control and embedded design applications.

LabVIEW software is now available for you to borrow from the Library Help Desk, for you to install on your own computer.   There is a version for windows (two DVDs) and one for the Mac (one DVD), which can be borrowed as one day loans (until 1pm the following working day).  If you are a part-time, placement or distance learning student, we can issue these for 7 days.

2 August 2012

Thomson Reuters Q & A Sessions in August 2012

Do you use the financial numerical database Datastream?  Are you working 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, email: knowledge.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 August, 2012 –14:00
Monday 13th August 2012 - 14:00

Reuters 3000xtra
Wednesday 8th August, 2012 -10:00
Wednesday 29th August 2012 - 15:00

Malcolm Horne
Business Information Specialist