Changes to IEEE referencing style

IEEE have revised their referencing style.  The updated style can be found on our subject guides at

The key difference is when you use et al.  IEEE uses et al. in reference lists when items have many authors: you should now use et al. if an item has six or more authors (rather than three or more.)

The updated style also includes instructions on how to reference more types of online resources, including eBooks, journal articles and conference proceedings.

Exam Stress Buster & drop in sessions

Exam Stress Buster

examstressbuster UK Registered Charity: 1131480 / SC041411

The Counselling and Support Service and Jaydeep Pancholi invite you to drop in for free meditation sessions to help dispel your anxiety and stress.

The Anderson Room, top floor, Cameron Smail Library

Mondays:   25th April, 2nd, 9th & 16th May: 1215 – 1245
Thursdays: 28th April, 5th, 12th & 19th May: 1615 – 1645

Exam stress drop in sessions

For anyone who is struggling or feeling very anxious.

Student Support and Accommodation Office, Hugh Nisbet building

Monday-Friday throughout the exams:  1400 – 1500

No appointment needed – all welcome!

Transform IT – Transform Your Tech, Change the World (Malaysia campus)

TransformITThe ‘Transform IT – Transform Your Tech, Change The World’ campaign was launched this week at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

Transform IT is a programme where old digital devices can be donated and refurbished to be given to non-governmental organisations, welfare homes and community centres nationwide or responsibly recycled to ensure no damage is done to the environment.

The campaign is in partnership with social enterprise SOLS Tech, HP Malaysia, and AIESEC Student Club at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

For more information see: –


Study space update (Edinburgh campus)

The following information supplements that already available on the Other Spaces tab at

Rooms available for study during exam period.

25 April – 20 May 2016: from 09:15 – 22:15

Teaching rooms Teaching rooms
David Brewster

  • DB1.15

Edwin Chadwick

  • ECG.01
  • ECG.02

William Arrol

  • WA1.08
  • WA1.10
  • WA1.31
  • WA3.03



Earl Mountbatten*

  • EM3.02
  • EM3.03
  • EM3.06
  • EM3.07

James Nasmyth

  • JN1.01
  • JN1.02
  • JN1.03

PC Labs

  • Earl Mountbatten*: – EM2.52
  • Edwin Chadwick: – EC2.04
  • Mary Burton: – MBG.22

Other rooms

Mary Burton Building
18:15 – 22:00 weekdays
08:30 – 22:00 Saturday & Sunday

Ground floor: All ground floor teaching rooms and computer labs

First floor:  MB 1.47 and MB 1.62

*  Earl Mountbatten is electronically locked around 7 pm (automated system) – no one can enter the building after this time.

Students already in EM can stay until 10 pm but they MUST sign the “out of hours” book at the North entrance/red canopy leading to the car park so that we know who is in. The North entrance is the only exit after 7 pm (please use exit release button).

The Chaplaincy Centre Lounge can also be used as a study area: –
Saturday 30th April; 7th & 14th May: 09:00 – 19:00
Sunday 1st, 8th & 15th May: 15:00 – 19:00

Other teaching rooms may be available – you can check room availability at Online Timetables.

If you wish to enquire about making a room booking contact

Nexis: Global news and business research service

Nexis: Global news and business research service

We have a new subscription to Nexis (replacing the previous subscription to Factiva). nexis screenshot

Nexis is Ideal for lecturers and students specialising in: Business, Management, Politics, Linguistics, Languages, Social Sciences and more. It provides full text access to UK and international newspapers and trade press, with foreign language news sources in over 26 languages and also:

  • Full text access to The Financial Times (30 day embargo)
    • Company and industry information from Extel Cards, Hoover’s profiles, ICC Financial Analysis Reports and Worldscope.
    • Company Dossier
    • Economic and political profiles for countries.
    • Biographical information including Debrett’s People of Today and Who’s Who

Nexis is available from the A-Z list of databases.

More Online Journals

We have expanded our provision of full-text journals from the Proquest databases and now have access to the following:screenshot of proquest

  • ProQuest SciTech Collection
    • Research literature in science, technology and engineering
    • 5,600 full-text titles
    • 1,700 full-text environmental impact statements
  • ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection
    • Comprehensive bundle of full text and A&I social sciences literature
    • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
    • 640 full-text titles
  • ProQuest Art, Design and Architecture Collection
    • Collection of A&I databases and journals in full-text
    • 400 full-text titles

Proquest databases are listed in the A-Z list of databases.

Geofacets and Knovel trials

Heriot-Watt currently has trials of two new resources, Knovel and Geofacets.

Knovel is an applied engineering resource, giving fully searchable online access to hundreds of eBooks and technical information about materials and properties.  (It is different to the Knovel eBooks provided by professional bodies such as IChemE.)

Geofacets is a maps database, which can be searched with geographic and keyword searches.  It is primarily aimed at geoscientists and petroleum engineers, but may be useful to staff and students from other disciplines.

These resources will be available until mid-March. Please send any feedback to your Subject Librarian.

Edinburgh campus staff/research postgraduates
The suppliers of Knovel and Geofacets will be at Edinburgh campus on Wednesday 25th February to give short demonstrations of Knovel and Geofacets, and to answer any questions you have about these products. Please sign up for these sessions via the links below:

New Engineering Disasters Resource

Heriot-Watt staff and students now have access to Engineering Case Studies Online, which will be useful for students and staff studying all types of engineering.

Screenshot of Engineering Case Studies Online, showing coverage of the Ford Pinto controversy These case studies focus on the causes of engineering failures, and give a short summary of the incident, alongside original documents, eyewitness accounts, inquiry reports and TV documentaries.

Many well-known engineering disasters are covered, including:

Piper Alpha

Windscale Fire

Space Shuttle Challenger

Big Dig Ceiling Collapse

If you have any questions about using Engineering Case Studies Online, please contact your Subject Librarian.

Extra Study Spaces: 13th January – 4th April

Looking for a space to study on the Edinburgh Campus? The following rooms will be open for students Monday – Friday until 10:00 pm from 13th January – 4th April 2015.

Vacation and exam period study spaces

Building Room Nos
Edwin Chadwick 1.01,  1.02
James Nasmyth 1.01,  1.02,  1.03
Earl Mountbatten G44,  G45,  G61
1.1,  1.70,  1.82,  1.83
3.2,  3.3,  3.6,  3.7,  3.36
Colin Maclaurin G01
William Arrol 1.08,  1.09,  1.10
David Brewster 1.13,  1.14,  1.15
William Perkin 1.07,  1.08,  1.09,  1.10
Mary Burton 1.25A,  1.47


The rooms might also be available during the day when not being used for teaching – check availability in the teaching timetables.

As well as the 110 PCs in the Cameron Smail Library, there are hundreds more in labs around the campus, with printing & scanning attached. Check PC availability.

The James Watt Centre is also open for studying on


  • 2nd, 3rd
  • 16th, 17th, 18th
  • 24th  & 25th


  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th 
  • 10th, 11th, 12th 
  • 16th,17th,18th,19th
  • 24th ,25th, 26th 29th
  • 31st

See the Edinburgh Campus map if you want to check where a building is.

IS Update | January 2015


So it’s the end of week 3 already! As the New Year seems like a distant memory, and you have been busy settling in to Semester 2, IS have also been keeping busy, so here is the January round up.  For a PDF of this IS Update, click here.