Edinburgh Libraries eBook & emagazine stall in HWU Edinburgh Campus Library


On Wednesday 11th March between 10.30am -2pm there will be an information stall set up in our Edinburgh Campus Library.

It will be hosted by Edinburgh Public Libraries and will be available for students and staff to visit.

It will be an opportunity to find out how you can access thousands of popular magazines, ebooks and audiobooks for free. You can pick up leaflets on how to access the Edinburgh Public Libraries free services on your tablet, phone or computer. You’ll even be able to pick up library cards so you can download straight away.

Edinburgh Libraries Library2go services offer over 100 magazine titles to borrow and keep from New Scientist to Amateur Photographer and Vogue to BBC Food. Access thousands of bestselling fiction and non-fiction books too from authors such as Lee Child, Philippa Gregory, Peter May, Kate Atkinson, Stephen Hawking and Alexander McCall Smith.

And the brilliant thing is that anyone can join Edinburgh Libraries whether you live in Edinburgh or not.

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

** TRIAL ACCESS 24 November 2014 – 31 December 2014 **


We are pleased to inform you that we now have trial access to The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.

What does The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics provide?

  • the world’s most influential economists writing in their own voice in their areas of expertise
  • it includes the original 1987 archive, the 2008 2nd Edition, as well as newly commissioned articles that are added quarterly
  • quarterly additions and updates
  • you can save searches, bookmark articles and make notes to refer to later in “My Dictionary”
  • contains linked cross-references within articles

To find out more, watch the video:

There are also User Guides to help use this resource.

Please submit any feedback to Sarah Kelly.

Online access to Nature journals

Heriot-Watt staff and students now have electronic access to Nature journals. Nature publishes some of the world’s leading scientific journals, including Nature, Nature Communications and Nature Chemistry. Our new online subscriptions are:

Nature – 1997 (Volume 385) onwards
Nature Chemistry – 2009 (Vol. 1) onwards
Nature Communications – 2010 (Vol. 1) onwards
Nature Materials – 2002 (Vol. 1) onwards
Nature Nanotechnology – 2006 (Vol. 1) onwards
Nature Photonics – 2007 (Vol. 1) onwards
Nature Physics – 2005 (Vol. 1) onwards

We’re also arranging online access to Nature Methods – this will be added to the journals list when it becomes available.

These online journals are available on and off campus. If you are asked to login, use your Heriot-Watt username and password (the username and password that you use for Vision).

dawsonera download function is currently unavailable


The dawsonera download function is currently unavailable and their technical team are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will update you with further information as soon as it is available.

Problems with access to Dawsonera eBooks

Dawsonera, who supply some of Heriot-Watt’s eBooks, are having problems with their website. This means that many of their eBooks are currently unavailable. Dawsonera are working on this problem, and are trying to restore access to the most heavily used eBooks, but access problems are likely to continue over this weekend (21/22 June).

You can check the @Dawsonera twitter feed for updates on their progress at restoring access to the eBooks.  Some of these eBooks might be available on paper in Heriot-Watt libraries: check the library catalogue to find out if the book you need is available on paper at your local library (Dubai campus staff/students should check the Dubai catalogue).  Summer opening hours for each of the library branches can be found on our website.

Trial access to food science & nutrition resources


Trial access to the following resources for food science & nutrtion has been set up to run until 15th August, 2014.

Nutrition Science Collection
Full-text access to three journals  from the American Society for Nutrition:-

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:  1952 to present
Journal of Nutrition: 1928 to present
Advances in Nutrition: 2010 to present

Food Science & Technology Abstracts (FSTA)
Produced by the International Food Information Service (IFIS), FSTA is the leading database for food science, food technology and nutrition.  It covers the literature in major food commodities, biotechnology, microbiology, food safety, additives, nutrition, packaging and pet foods. The database includes material from over 4,600 serial publications from 1969 – present. Some full-text availability with records linked to the Library’s full-text electronic journal collections.

Please send any feedback you have on these trial resources to M.L.Kennedy@hw.ac.uk


Notification of weekend downtime on dawsonera (eBooks)


Please be advised that dawsonera will be conducting essential system maintenance in the forthcoming weeks and, as a result, the system will be unavailable on Saturday 5th April 2014 between 7am and 10am. There will be a second period of downtime that will occur on the following Saturday 12th April 2014 between 7am and 10am.

With apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


Information – Anywhere, Anytime!

HWU’s online services are readily available from your smart phone or mobile device.

Our website  is mobile-reponsive, so use your mobile’s browser to bookmark http://www.hw.ac.uk/students.htm , http://www.hw.ac.uk/staff.htm or other pages that you often use.

Setting up Student and Staff Email, Contacts and Calendar will let you keep you in touch, wherever you are.

To work in the VISION Virtual Learning Environment or access your Library Services, whenever you need to, download the free Blackboard Mobile Learn or LibAnywhere apps from the i-Tunes App or Google Play Stores.

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