Power Hours w/c 7th March (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshops will be held w/c 7th March in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

 

Open Access and the REF: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Staff and PGR only

Writing a Literature Review for PG Students

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: PG students only

All workshops are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Trial access to thousands of additional journal articles

We currently have a trial of Proquest Central (a multidisciplinary, full-text database) until 20 May 2017 which provides access to thousands of additional journal articles.

You can access Proquest Central direct from the A-Z list of databases or via Discovery.  When you search Discovery you will also be searching Proquest Central and will see links to full-text content from Discovery records.

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Please note: there is a problem with the survey form available from Discovery at the moment, we are working to resolve this.

We already receive access to some key full text databases from Proquest; the trial will provide additional access to the following databases:

  • ProQuest European Business™
  • ABI/INFORM Collection
  • Accounting, Tax & Banking Collection
  • Asian & European Business Collection
  • Business Market Research Collection
  • Canadian Business & Current Affairs Complete (CBCA)
  • Snapshots Series (market reports set)
  • ProQuest Health & Medical Complete™
  • ProQuest Health Management
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
  • ProQuest Family Health
  • Pharmaceutical News Index®
  • ProQuest Career & Technical Education™
  • ProQuest Research Library™
  • ProQuest Psychology Journals
  • ProQuest Religion™
  • ProQuest Newsstand
  • Canadian Newsstand Complete
  • OxResearch reports from Oxford Analytica
  • Hoovers Company Records

 

 

 

 

Skype upgrade: Information for users

Following a recent Microsoft upgrade of the Skype app some users are experiencing problems when using Skype over the HWU eduroam service.

Feedback from users, and our own tests, indicate that the Skype app V7.XX does not work over eduroam but earlier versions may also be affected.

Solution: use Skype for Business for calls/meetings from HWU via eduroam

skypeforbusinessimageSkype for Business is free to staff and students and integrates well with Office 365. It incorporates voice calls, video calls, Instant Messaging, online meetings and screen sharing. See Skype for Business for details.

Note for Mac users

The issue of not being able to import or search for recipients outside of the Heriot-Watt Contacts List using Skype for Business remains.  You should use a Windows version of Skype for Business to search for or import contacts.

EndNote help and support

The suppliers of EndNote have just launched a new EndNote LibGuide that you might find useful. The guide provides information for users, trainers and administrators – so a useful resource for everyone that uses or works with EndNote.

The version of EndNote currently on the HWU student desktop is EndNote 7, but you’ll find support for EndNote 8 under the Users tab in the guide (handy if you’ve bought your own copy of the software).

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You can also find links and support materials on our own webpages.

Power Hours w/c 27th February (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshops will be held w/c 27th February in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

Time Management

Date: Monday 27th February

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

Citing & Referencing in Academic Writing Plus Endnote

Date: Tuesday 27th February

Time: 14:15 – 16:15

Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

Critical Reading of a Journal Paper

Date: Tuesday 28th February

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

Technical Report Writing

Date: Tuesday 28th Feb February

Time: 14:15 – 15:15

Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

Citing & Referencing Harvard

Date: Thursday 2nd March

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

Excel Pivot Tables

Date: Thursday 2nd March

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All Welcome

Endnote Online

Date: Friday 3rd March

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Library Teaching  Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

Literature Searching

Date: Friday 3rd March

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Anderson  Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Resource of the Week: ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect is a multidisciplinary database of  journals and some e-Books published by Elsevier. Despite it’s name, you will be able to access a wide range of peer-reviewed, academic publications on science and non-science subjects – including Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences,  Health Sciences and the Social Sciences and Humanities.

It is one of the many databases searched by Discovery. We always recommend Discovery as the best place to start your research, but for a comprehensive list of search results its always best to follow this up by going to the individual databases.

Another benefit of using the database directly you can create a free account which lets you save your searches. You can also create email alerts which can periodically let you know if any new publications matching your search terms have been added.

Whilst we provide access to a large range of content on ScienceDirect, we don’t provide access to everything on the site. Look for the green or orange grid symbols next to the search results to show you what you can access. If you find something you need but can’t access, you might be able to request it through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Did you know:  You can search just for images to include in your presentations and assignments by using the Advanced Search feature. Make sure you still remember to cite and reference them correctly.

Access the site through the Database A-Z List or through the Discovery home page.

Guides and More Information 

The ScienceDirect Help pages give lots of information on how to use the site effectively.

There are also a range of videos on the official ScienceDirect YouTube channel.

For more help using ScienceDirect or any of our other databases, you can contact your Library.

Want More?

For a full list of the other databases searched by Discovery, go to the guide on our ‘Finding Resources‘ page. Each database has similar functionality, but cover a different range of publications. They include databases by publishers such as

  • Wiley
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Springer

All the databases can be accessed through our Database A-Z List

Our Literature Searching Power Hours can help you identify the best databases to use and how to use them. Visit our website to book, or look at the materials under the ‘My Organisations’ section on Vision.

RefMe to start charging – switch to EndNote for free instead

If you use RefMe, you might have seen that it has recently been acquired by another company, and will become part of their product Cite This For Me from 28 February 2017. After this date, creating an account and saving projects will become paid features.

If you already have a free account with RefMe, you will need to upgrade your account from 1 June 2017.

For more information, please see the RefMe website

If you are currently using RefMe, you can easily export your references to EndNote.

Information Services have always recommended that you use EndNote Online, a tool similar to RefMe that has a range of extra features. As well as storing references, you can use the Cite While You Write plug-in for Microsoft Word to insert citations and references directly into your work.

As a Heriot-Watt student or staff member, EndNote Online is free for you to access. Your account will be active with all the features for one year after you graduate, before reverting to a basic account.*

For training and guidance with EndNote, we have guides on the IS website and also run regular Power Hours. The materials from the Power Hours are available on Vision under the ‘My Organisations’ section. You can also contact your library for help.

To export your references from RefMe into EndNote, you need to follow these steps:

In RefMe:

  1. Display the project you want to be moved to EndNote and select ‘Export’
  2. Select the ‘EndNote’ option. The file should be downloaded to your ‘Downloads’ folder automatically

In EndNote Online

  1. Go to ‘Collect’ – ‘Import References’
  2. Click ‘Choose File’ and locate the file you just downloaded from RefMe. Click ‘Open’
  3. Under ‘Import Option’ select ‘RefMan RIS’
  4. Choose whether you want to save to a group or ‘unfiled’ and click ‘Import’

All your references from your RefMe project should now be in your EndNote Online Library.

*One year after you last log in through the Information Services web pages, your account will change from a Premium to a Basic account. For more information on the differences between the accounts, see here.

Resource of the Week: Subject Guides

Information Services have put together a range of guides to help you find the most useful information for your course. The guides include information on:

  • Subject specific resources – including books, journals, databases and websites you will find useful
  • Study skills
  • Citing and Referencing
  • Useful contact informationsubject-guides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Access the Guides through the IS Guides page on the Information Services website.

Guides and More Information 

Distance learning and UK campus based students can contact your Academic Support and Liaison Librarian at LibHelp@hw.ac.uk. For Malaysia and Dubai, visit the Contact Us page on the Information Services website.

Want More?

We also have a range of other useful guides available from the IS Guides page on our website, including help with EndNote and other software on our Software Guides and Tutorials page.

 

The library is getting a huge facelift

LibFeb25This summer we will start work on a £6m library refurbishment project for the Cameron Smail Library (Edinburgh campus).  This is something that we are all really excited about, as the refurbishment will transform the library into a modern, flexible and comfortable environment for everyone that uses it. Staff, students and consultants have worked together to agree on the design for the space, and this huge investment by the university demonstrates our commitment to working with you to improve your experience at Heriot-Watt University.

The Learning Commons (which we think of as the Library’s fifth floor) opened in September 2016. This was our test bed for the design of our learning spaces allowing us to try out new layouts and facilities.  It provided 200 study spaces in a variety of configurations, and we’ll be applying lessons learned from this to inform the type and style of spaces created in the refurbished library building.

The project will run for 2 years, and will result in more study spaces (up to over 1000 from the current 825), an improved working environment with a variety of collaborative study spaces, double the number of accessible study rooms and improved layout of library stock. There will also be more desk space, more space between work areas, more PC workstations and many other improvements to the building itself to help future proof it.

The problem is that we’re not going to manage to do all this without you noticing something is going on!  The library will remain open throughout the project, but there will be times when there is restricted access to areas, noise and some disruption.  We will try to keep this to a minimum, and plan the more intrusive work for times when the library is quieter.

The Learning Commons, the refurbished study space in the Post Graduate Centre (due September 2017) providing nearly 100 study spaces for all students (not just PGs) and several other study spaces will be available across campus – see Study Spaces.

We’ll keep you informed about what’s due to happen when and let you know how things are going as the project progresses.  More information about the refurbishment will be released over the coming weeks – but we thought we’d give you a “sneak preview” so you know what’s coming soon!

This month some pre-project survey work will take place – see Building Survey Works – Cameron Smail Library for full details.

Power Hours w/c 20th February (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshops will be held w/c 20th February in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

EndNote Desktop

Date: Monday 20th February
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

PowerPoint for Presentations

Date: Tuesday 21st February
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Writing a Literature Review for PG Students

Date: Tuesday 21st February
Time: 13:15 – 14:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Citing & Referencing Harvard

Date: Wednesday 22nd February
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Word: Links, Footnotes & Captions

Date: Wednesday 22nd February
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Open Access and the Ref: What you need to know

Date: Wednesday 22nd February
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: Staff & Post Graduates

How to stop putting things off

Date: Thursday 23rd February
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Excel Lookups: Power Bite

Date: Thursday 23rd February
Time: 12:30 – 13:00
Location: Room 3, Learning Commons
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Citing & Referencing Harvard

Date: Friday 24th February
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

OneDrive

Date: Friday 24th February
Time: 14:15 – 16:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

All workshops are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities.