IS Update | November 2014

header2As we finish week 12, we hope Semester 1 has been good to you! As always, there has been lots going on in IS, so here is a round up to make sure you don’t miss anything.  For a PDF of this IS Update, click here.

Services

Power Hours additional sessions

Exam Stress Drop-ins

Revision & Exam Success

Tell IS

PC Lab availability online

Resources

eBooks

Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

PressReader

EndNote Desktop for Personal Use

Facilities

Making the Most of the Space

Services

Power Hours additional sessions

Our ‘Power Hours’ programme has again proved popular this Semester, with 81 sessions delivered and more arranged ‘on demand’ for our fully booked classes.   Remember, we will be happy to arrange small group classes if you cannot attend the dates advertised.   Please get in touch to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, all materials used are available on Vision.

Power Hours:                   Vision| Organisations | Power Hours Workshops

Exam Stress Drop-ins

We are pleased to be hosting ‘Exam Stress’ drop in sessions to help students   These are provided by the Student Counselling Service and take place in the Anderson Room on the top floor of the Library.

Stay for an hour or just a few minutes, these sessions are designed to offer a variety of techniques and methods to help manage stress around exams. All are welcome and there is no need to book.

  • Friday 28 Nov 14:00-15:00
  • Tuesday 02 Dec 16:00-17:00
  • Friday 05 Dec 15:00-16:00
  • Monday 09 Dec 16:00-17:00
  • Thursday 11 Dec 14:00-15:00

Revision & Exam Success

Just in time to help you with your exam preparations, we have new ‘Revision & Exam Success’ content in our online ‘Skills for Success’ module.   Topics include:

  • Managing Stress, Sources of Help, Purpose of Exams, Advantages and Pitfalls, Approaching Revision, Note Making, Exam Strategies

Remember we also have the following Power Hour information online:

  • The Exam Survival Guide
  • How to Manage Exam Stress

Skills for Success:             Vision| Organisations | Skills for Success

  • Click the drop-down arrow under the Organisation ID, next to VIIASS
  • Click Enrol, then click Submit, and click OK

If you do register for this service, please give us your feedback:   libhelp@hw.ac.uk

Tell IS

We have introduced some new ways for Library users to contact Information Services staff if there are any noise issues or problems with study spaces, printers or computers. It is an alert service based on email, iMessaging and text messaging:

Email:               Tell-IS@hw.ac.uk
iMessage:         tellhwuIS@icloud.com
Text:                 Text TELL and then your message to 07950081076

PC Lab availability online

We are very pleased to announce that we have made available online, information about PC availability within the labs on Edinburgh Campus. Use the table to quickly identify rooms with free PCs and don’t waste time going to labs which are already full!

Please note that some rooms may be used for teaching, but a timetable is given online. Some have restricted access, but again, these details are available online.

IT Essentials:      http://www.hw.ac.uk/is/it-essentials/availability/edinburgh.htm

Resources

eBooks

Our SCOPNET eBook collections have made the following titles available this month:

  • 1,300 titles by Oxford Scholarship Online
  • 600 titles by Elsevier
  • 150 titles by Wiley

These are all Digital Rights Management (DRM) free so there are no restrictions on what you can print or download from them.

Library Catalogue:      http://hw.lib.ed.ac.uk

Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (trial)

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

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

Further information: https://informs.hw.ac.uk/2014/11/25/the-new-palgrave-dictionary-of-economics/
Feedback:                   s.kelly@hw.ac.uk

PressReader (trial)

Enjoy thousands of newspapers & magazines on your tablet & smartphone or laptop

  • PressReader is an online newspaper and magazine kiosk that provides full content digital replicas of more than 2,500 titles from 100 countries in 60 languages.
  • PressReader allows users to view newspapers and magazines on-screen exactly as they would appear in a familiar print edition.

** TRIAL ACCESS until 15 December 2014 **

Further information:  https://informs.hw.ac.uk/2014/11/13/enjoy-thousands-of-newspapers-magazines-on-your-tablet-smartphone-or-laptop/
Feedback:                     c.m.ure@hw.ac.uk


EndNote Desktop for Personal Use

Adept Scientific, who used to provide support for EndNote have, unfortunately, gone into administration.   If you want to purchase a desktop version for personal use on your own PC/laptop, we now advise you to use Bilaney Consultants.  Note, the desktop version is freely available on all University managed PCs.

Software for personal use:          http://www.hw.ac.uk/is/it-essentials/software.htm

Facilities

Making the Most of the Space

‘Making the Most of the Space’ is an initiative in the Edinburgh campus Library to use the learning space effectively during exam and revision time.The rationale for monitoring the space is:Revision and exam time means high demand for study spaces

  • The rising noise levels means a difficult working environment for students and staff
  • Students have requested more study spaces, especially quiet study spaces
  • Students have complained that study desks, and individual study rooms, are ‘reserved’ by other students leaving belongings unattended
  • There are security issues due to unattended items

See local signage for information and please respect everyone’s need for quiet space.   These changes will apply for December until the exams are over.

More information:          https://informs.hw.ac.uk/2014/11/28/making-the-most-of-the-space/

Keep Up to Date

News:                 http://www.hw.ac.uk/is/news-from-is.htm
Facebook:          https://www.facebook.com/HWUInformationServices
InformS:             informs.hw.ac.uk/
Twitter:               @HWU_IS

Contact us

If you have any questions about IS resources, facilities or services, have suggestions for improvements or want to leave any feedback, please get in touch:    http://www.hw.ac.uk/is/contactvisit-us.htm

IS Update | November 2014

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Full text in SciFinder

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2015

SciFinder’s “full text” link is now called “other sources”.


If you’re a SciFinder user you may have noticed a recent change to SciFinder’s “full text” links.  We’ve changed the set up of this feature to make it easier to check Heriot-Watt’s subscriptions.

To check for full text in SciFinder:

  1. On the SciFinder results page, click on the “full text” link immediately below the article’s title.
    fulltext
  2. On the next page, click on the link for “Your In-house Library”.
    Inhouse

This “in-house library” link will check the Heriot-Watt subscriptions, and tell you if an article is available online.  It should give more accurate information compared to previous the “HTML” and “PDF” options, so you should use this new link to check for full text access.

SciFinder is an index to scientific literature about chemistry, chemical engineering, and biochemistry.  It also provides chemical property and reaction information.  If you have any questions about using SciFinder, please contact Kirsty Thomson.

Petroleum engineering books now available

Over two thousand additional books about petroleum engineering are now available from the Edinburgh campus library.

Petroleum engineering books previously housed at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering have been moved into the library.  Most of these books are standard loans (borrowable for up to sixteen weeks) and can be used by staff or students studying any subject.

The books cover a range of topics linked to petroleum engineering, including:
• drilling
• geology
• geophysics
• offshore safety
• reservoir engineering

You can find the petroleum engineering books on the top floor of the library, close to the computers.

Trial of Engineering Case Studies Online

Engineering Case Studies Online gives in-depth, impartial analysis of more than 50 key engineering failures.  Materials in the collection include:

  • video documentaries about major engineering failures.
  • books explaining cases in detail and describing key engineering concepts and issues.
  • simulations of what went wrong.
  • primary footage of accidents, including related news segments.

Coverage includes the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Esso Longford gas explosion, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse (“Galloping Gertie”), TWA flight 800 and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

We have arranged for a trial of this resource during July 2014.  Please send any feedback about this resource, including whether you think it would be useful for teaching, to Kirsty Thomson.

Update 21st July: The Engineering Case Studies Online trial is now available from Dubai, Orkney and Malaysia campuses, and from off-campus.

 

New resource for physics and astronomy

The ADS (Astrophysics Data System) database is now available to Heriot-Watt staff and students. This database gives details of over 10 million journal articles about physics and astronomy.

ADS indexes both peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed journal articles, and also includes the ArXiv pre-prints database.  Although ADS is freely available on the internet, it has now been configured to link to Heriot-Watt journal subscriptions: in ADS click on the “E” above the abstract to check for Heriot-Watt access.  This new feature is available on and off campus, via the ADS link on the physics subject guide or the database list.

Use of Skype video conference software at all campuses

Information Services is pleased to announce that easing of restrictions on the use of Skype within the United Arab Emirates now allows the use of Skype desktop video conferencing between all Heriot-Watt campuses worldwide.

Please note that phone-calls from Skype to mobile/landline telephones are still banned in the UAE.

To find out more about Skype and how to get started using it please refer to the Knowledgebase or consult your local IT Support team.

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