31 March 2015

Update: Keynote market research reports now available again

**This problem has now been resolved**

Unfortunately there is currently an access problem with Keynote reports. We are investigating this and hope it will be accessible again soon. Please check the Marketing Libguide for alternative market research sources.  We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

27 March 2015

Library book loans during the Easter vacation period & opening hours

Please check the Library web pages for details of opening hours during the Easter vacation period.
The Library is closed from Friday 3 April until Tuesday 7 April inclusive for the vacation period.  The Library re-opens at 08:00 on Wednesday 8 April.
  • Please can you return any Library books that you don't need during the vacation period by their due date or by 13:00 on Thursday 2 April at the latest.
  • From today 27 March 7 day loan books will be issued until Wednesday 8 April.
  • Please remember to renew your books via your Library Record when your books are due, and / or from the 8 April.
  • However, if your book gets recalled from 27 March onwards, then it will be due back on Wednesday 8 April and you will not be able to renew it.
  • Please be prepared to return your book on the due date, either in person or by post.
    We do not recommend:
      • leaving Library books locked away in residences or your accommodation
      • taking Library books abroad
    • Library fines will still apply and you might not be able to renew if someone has reserved the book.
You can return books by post if you are away from the University to:
Public Services Co-ordinator
Library Services
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Please note: fines of £3.50 per day are charged for overdue books which have been reserved by someone else. However, charges do not apply on the days that the Library is closed from Friday 3 April to Tuesday 7 April inclusive.

23 March 2015

Please spend 5 minutes to tell us about your experiences of finding books in the Library

Dear students

Can you spare 5 minutes to tell us about your experiences of looking for and finding books in the Library?  Then please follow the link to our survey:

One lucky Aston University entrant will be randomly selected to win a £25 Amazon voucher.

Thank you

Lydia Matheson
Public Services Co-ordinator (Customer Experience)
Library Services

13 March 2015

What should we call our Library online questions and answers service for students?

Can you spare 2 minutes?  Then please follow the link to name our soon to be launched Library questions and answers service:


One lucky entrant will be randomly selected to win a box of chocolates!

Thank you

Lydia Matheson
Public Services Co-ordinator (Customer Experience)
Library Services

12 March 2015

Now resolved: Journals A-Z and Find it @ Aston downtime

**Now resolved** The Find it @ Aston service is now working again as of 6pm on Monday 16th March. Apologies for the inconvenience this caused.

The Journals A-Z and the Find it @ Aston service will be unavailable on Saturday 14th March from 1pm until 1am while the suppliers perform essential maintenance. During this time, we suggest that you use LibGuides to help with your research and get subject-specific guidance. The Databases A-Z will link you to full-text databases where you will be able to access journal articles on your topic.

10 March 2015

EndNote online interface updated

The online interface for EndNote has been updated to bring it in line with the look and feel of Web of Science, so you will notice that the red and grey has been replaced by orange and black.

All of the underlying functionality you are familiar with is still the same, so you should find you adapt to the new interface very quickly.

There is a new feature for anyone currently writing a journal article and unsure which journal title to submit to - the new manuscript matcher.  With a few key pieces of information—title, abstract, and references—EndNote online will use patent-pending technology to analyze millions of data points and citation connections from Web of Science to build a list of journals that are best suited to your manuscript.

If you would like further help on using EndNote online, you can access Thomson Reuters training materials or contact your Information Specialist.

6 March 2015