Power Hours Workshops (Edinburgh): Week commencing 9th January

The following workshop will be held week commencing 9th January in the Edinburgh Campus Library (Top Floor):

Open Access and the REF: What You Need to Know

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh Campus
Categories: Staff and PGR only

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

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Information Services Quiz Winner!

We were delighted to host a visit from the 3rd cohort of pre-sessional students in July. The visit was designed to help the students find out about the  library and IT resources and the services they will use in their studies.  This was followed by a quiz with one lucky winner chosen from the correct entries.  Congratulations Benjamin!


Workshop cancelled: Time Management 5 November

The “Time Management” Power Hour workshop scheduled for today Thurs 5 November 12:15-13:15 in the Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library has had to be cancelled due to illness.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.



New! Food Science & Technology Abstracts (FSTA) database


Heriot-Watt University has been selected as one of five institutions world-wide to have a year’s paid trial to FSTA, the leading database for searching the literature in the field of food science and technology.

You can link to FSTA from the Information Services databases page or from the Food Sciences subject guide. Access will run until 31st August 2016.

Find out more about FSTA.

New Resources: Dynamed Plus and BMJ Best Practice

BMJ best practice


Heriot-Watt staff and students now have access to BMJ Best Practice and DynaMed Plus as part of a Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL) deal.  Designed to give answers to clinical questions using current evidence, guidelines and expert opinion, these resources give overviews of health conditions including symptoms, prevention, treatment recommendations, epidemiological and diagnostic information. In addition, you can quickly access key and recommended papers, clinical guidelines and drug information.

Access via our online subject guide for Human Health or on our databases A-Z  page.

Cite Them Right Online – a new resource to help with citing and referencing


Heriot-Watt students now have access to Cite Them Right Online – a web-based citing & referencing resource from Palgrave MacMillan Higher Education.

Use it to find out how to reference sources ranging from a printed book to a live performance in a number of different styles (Harvard, APA, MLA, Vancouver).

The site also has information on the basics of referencing, top 10 referencing tips, understanding plagiarism and lots more.

An accompanying textbook called ‘Cite Them Right’ is also available in the library.

CRO book

If you use Endnote and use the Harvard style for referencing,  you will see an output style designed to match the Harvard Cite Them Right  Online style when formatting your references or using Cite While You Write.

Please note: the Harvard style used in the new Cite Them Right Online resource varies in some of the details to our existing Harvard Guide.  If you have been advised to use the latter guide and style, please continue to do so as the Harvard examples given in the Cite Them Right Online may differ.

Journal of Lipid Research: Free access to 31 December 2015


Heriot-Watt staff and students now have free access to the Journal of Lipid Research (JLR) until 31st December 2015 – including the archive back to 1959.

The JLR focuses on the science of lipids in health and disease; lipid function; the biochemical and genetic regulation of lipid metabolism; and epidemiological research relating to altered lipid metabolism, including modification of dietary lipids.  It aims to provide papers at the forefront of the emerging areas of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and lipidomics as they relate to lipid metabolism and function.

Highlights from the current issue include: –

All-trans retinoic acid induces oxidative phosphorylation and mitochondria biogenesis in adipocytes
Franck Tourniaire et al

Human monocyte-derived dendritic cells turn into foamy dendritic cells with IL-17A
Giulia Salvatore et al.

Micellar lipid composition affects micelle interaction with class B scavenger receptor extracellular loops
Aurélie Goncalve et al.

Access from our catalogue, journals A-Z or direct via this link.

Free access to educational videos in essential genetics and cell biology from JoVe


Until 31 December 2015 students and staff have free access to 30 short instructional videos covering the Essentials of Genetics and the Essentials of Cell Biology from JoVe (Journal of Visualized Experiments). The videos typically are around 10 minutes each.

Use the Essentials of Genetics videos highlighted below for information on who the key players were in the history of genetics, key questions being asked by geneticists and how to do a tetrad analysis with 12 more videos on different topics available.

jove1 jove2 jove3

Use the Essentials of Cell Biology videos highlighted below for information on who first described glycolysis, what a trypan blue assay and who first studied necrosis at a cellular level with 12 more videos on different topics available.

jove4 jove5 jove7

Essentials of Genetics and Essentials of Cell Biology also link to a further 75 peer-reviewed video articles each, showing how the methods in the short educational videos are being applied in research at leading academic institutions.

NEW! Fishbone References for applied brewing scientists


Fishbone References, a database of cause and effect ‘fishbone’ diagrams for malting and brewing scientists,  is now available. Covering practical aspects including malting, brewing, packaging and distribution,  the fishbone (or herringbone, Ishikawa or Fishikawa) diagrams cover how the four Ms (machine, manpower, methods and materials) influence outcomes in different malting and brewing processes. Find out more in the video tutorial.

Fishbone References are also linked to from the online subject guide for Brewing & Distilling and our databases A-Z.

Free Content: Bulletin of Marine Science


The contents of volume 1 1951 to Vol 1 2012 of the Bulletin of Marine Science (BMS) are free to access. BMS is a peer reviewed periodical publishing research dealing with all aspects of marine science including:

  • Marine biology
  • Biological oceanography
  • Fisheries
  • Marine Policy
  • Applied Marine Physics
  • Marine Geology and geophysics
  • Marine and atmospheric chemistry
  • Meteorology
  • Physical oceanography

Marion Kennedy
Subject Librarian (Life Sciences)

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