30 November 2015

Launch of new updates to LexisLibrary - Law Database

A number of improvements are being made to Lexis®Library - it is easier to use, more intuitive, allowing students to better understand the law in practice. To avoid unnecessary disruption, LexisNexis are launching a number of updates simultaneously.

These changes take effect on Saturday 5th December 2015.

The update will bring a number of cosmetic changes enabling easier searching and presenting results in a clearer format. There are also significant improvements to the search results and better integration between LexisLibrary and LexisPSL. Please see the attached document LexisLibrary – Academic User Guide for updated product guidance. Please do feel free to use this document to update your own training materials.


A more intuitive search experience.
The Explore search box moves to the heart of the homepage and includes content filters.

A tidier, bigger, better display of results.
Single results list opens up the page, with filtering in one place and the option to deliver multiple documents.

The option to search across ALL subscribed UK legal content.
In one place for the first time, including both LexisLibrary and LexisPSL content included in the search results.

Glossary searches move to the home page
Get quick access to over 3,300 legal terms.

27 November 2015

Library Opening Hours - 24/6 Commences on Monday 30 November 2015

The Library will be open 24/6 from Monday 30th November for the revision and examination period.    Throughout 24/6 the Library only closes at 18:00 on Saturday evenings and re-opens at 11:00 the following Sunday morning.

The Library is a controlled access building, so please remember to bring your uniCARD on each visit.
  • Ground floor  - Group Study (Can eat cold snacks - hot food must not be brought into Library, can use phones)
  • First floor  - Quiet Study (No eating, no use of phones)
  • Second floor - Group Study (Can eat cold snacks, can use phones but switch ringer to silent mode)
  • Third floor - Single Silent Study at all times (No eating, no use of phones)
Please speak to Library staff or email library@aston.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Ask the Library - two hundred and fifty seven of your questions are answered!

There is a bank of two hundred and fifty seven answers to questions about Library facilities and services online at: Ask the Library.  Just browse or search for your question.  If the answer isn't there, then just ask the question yourself.

26 November 2015

Just started using EndNote?

AdeptScience have expanded the Little EndNote How-To Book. Download your copy here and take a look at how to accomplish specific tasks in EndNote, such as importing references from a specific online database or converting references kept in another program to references in an EndNote library.

Thomson Reuters have also created a series of short screencasts on how to use the reference management software.  Why not try taking a look at the one below "How to Use EndNote in 7 minutes"

19 November 2015

Springer's Gold Open Access agreement for UK authors

We've some great news regarding Gold Open Access publishing.  Springer, together with JISC, have introduced a new publishing model which allows corresponding authors at Aston to publish in Springer Open Choice journal titles without the need to pay a Gold OA fee (APC), the costs now being covered as part of our subscription instead.  This means Aston researchers can make use of the benefits of free and immediate Gold Open Access (via selection of the CC BY licence) in over 1,600 Springer journal titles - benefitting yourselves, the institution and everyone world-wide.

The publishing process has been streamlined too as the scheme is based on a straightforward verification process and does not involve local case-by-case applications for APCs.  Lots more details are provided in this link: http://www.springer.com/gp/open-access/springer-open-choice/springer-compact/for-uk-authors-intro/731990.

We look forward to you using the scheme!

Please contact us at openaccess@aston.ac.uk with your questions.  For general guidance on OA publishing, both Gold and Green, please visit: libguides.aston.ac.uk/openaccess.

17 November 2015

5 November 2015

Working on your Carbon Project?

To support Carbon Week, we have invited Greenleaf Publishing to visit and talk to students about the "Sustainable Organisation Library" database.  Danielle is waiting to meet you in the Library Foyer with a selection of materials that you can search in the database which include book chapters and journal articles.  Danielle has access to the internet and will show you how you can find information for your Carbon Project.  Please go along a say hello.  You never know there might be a few freebies on offer too!!!

You can access the Sustainable Organisation Library via the Carbon Week LibGuide which can be found via the Library web site and then choosing Students.

3 November 2015

Aston Aspires - Library workshops

The Library is beginning it's support for Aston Aspires week with a programme of workshops. Tuesday's workshops are based on using EndNote to find, import and organise references in to a reference library.

There are still a few places available

Tuesday 3rd November,        11:00-12:00                             Library Workshop A (L215)
Tuesday 3rd November,        12:00-13:00                             Library Workshop A (L215)

There are more EndNote workshops running over Wednesday and Thursday and the full programme can be found here.

There is also a Business Intelligence workshop on Thursday which will look at how you can use Business databases to research for your job applications and interview preparation.