31 January 2014

Planning and Resources - staff changes

Today we say a goodbye to Nathan Bailey who has been working as the Planning and Resources Assistant covering a maternity leave post.  Although, Nathan has only been working with us for a few months he will be missed by Library staff.  We would like to thank him for all his hard work and in particular for helping the Induction Project Team prepare materials for the Induction programme.  We hope you join us in wishing Nathan all the best for the future.

27 January 2014

Need help looking for information? Try our LibGuides...

Have you been set an assignment?  Starting a literature review?  Preparing a presentation?  Take a look at the LibGuides prepared by your team of Information Specialists.

LibGuides are a series of webpages that provide information and links to books, journals, databases and webpages you can use to research your subject area.

You can access the LibGuides via the Library homepage by choosing the icon at the bottom right of the screen.  You can also view all the LibGuides via the Library SmartSearch link
You can choose any subject area from the list and you will be taken to the subject Welcome page.  The LibGuide will suggest the databases to use to find journal articles, e-books, company information, datasets, market reports, newspapers, country profiles, industry analysis and much more.  Just click the tabs along the top of the guide for more information

Have a browse and see if LibGuides can help you discover something new!

Information Services Team

20 January 2014

Are you looking for datasets? Have you tried Quandl?

Quandl is a search engine that has indexed millions of time-series datasets from over 400 sources. All of Quandl's datasets are open and free. You can download any Quandl dataset in any format that you want. You can also visualize, save, share, authenticate, validate, upload, index, merge and transform data. You can find data on commodities, interest rates, exchange rates, global stock indices and much more..

Try scrolling down the Quandl home page to the “browse pages” section to get an overview of the coverage, and also look at the Quandl data sources page.

You can also search Quandl using API.  Quandl is really just a light web app that sits on top of an API.   The basic idea is that every dataset is identified by a unique id. The Prague Stock Index is uniquely identified by the code 'PRAGUESE/PX'. The unique code for any dataset is always visible on the dataset page beside the word "Quandl Code".  New for 2014, you can download  CSV files containing Quandl codes for all stock tickers, futures symbols, country codes and currencies.

If you would like to keep up to date with Quandl news they have a Twitter feed, Blog, YouTube tutorials and much more.  Just click on the Blogcontact to find out more.