Academic staff – call for reading list material

To ensure that the books needed for students are available at the start of semester one, we need to know about any items of recommended reading for your course (whether key texts or additional reading).  Please let us know as soon as possible  and by 9th August at the latest.

Please note, that if your reading list has no changes from last year you do not need to submit it again.

Please let us know about new books or new editions that you want, or if the number of students on your course has increased (we will then need your reading list and the number of students). If your course is completely new please submit your full reading list with plenty of time for us to provide all the books.  Please note that we will again be giving preference to eBook copies of titles where available as this provides access to all HWU students.

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How to request recommended reading:

Edinburgh or Orkney Campuses

If books are needed at the Edinburgh or Orkney campuses please send your reading lists to libord@hw.ac.uk with the information below or use the book order form at https://www.hw.ac.uk/is/library-essentials/book-request.htm#top.

Via email – please send the following information:

  • Title and code of the course
  • Details of the items needed (as much information as possible is helpful, e.g., author, title, edition, ISBN, publisher, year)
  • Number of expected students
  • If an item is a key text
  • If the item is to be available as a three hour loan (rather than for week or standard loan (16 weeks))
  • If there is a reason to provide a print rather than an eBook copy.

Via the online form (for Edinburgh and Orkney campuses only currently):

Items on reading lists can also be requested using the book request form which is accessed from the link on the “Suggest a book” page . Please select ‘Yes’ from the drop down menu at the first question ‘Is the book on a reading list?’ and select your School or Institute at the bottom.

Dubai or Malaysia Campuses

If you also need copies of books to be available at the Dubai and/or Malaysia campuses please contact the libraries directly as they place their own orders for stock. They can be contacted at DubaiLibHelp@hw.ac.uk and MYLibrary@hw.ac.uk respectively.

Scottish Borders Campus

If books are for the Scottish Borders Campus please contact J.H.McIntyre@hw.ac.uk

IDL students

If books on your course are needed by IDL students please make sure that the books are available as eBooks before your list is given to students. We are happy to check for you to see if an eBook is available. Unfortunately not all titles are available as eBooks and IDL students have previously reported problems reading material recommended by staff. Please let me know if you want more information about this or to see if a title is available as an eBook.

ALP students

If titles on your course are needed by ALP students please be aware that we do not purchase books for ALP libraries and individual ALP libraries are responsible for their own purchasing. However ALP students do have access to our eResources so will be able to use any eBooks on reading lists.

Wider reading

To request books to support students’ wider reading for research, dissertations, theses, projects etc. please again use the request form link on the “Suggest a book” page  and select ‘No’ from the drop down menu at the first question ‘Is the book on a reading list?’ and select your School or Institute at the bottom. These items are automatically forwarded to the School’s Information Services Primary Contact (ISPC) for approval and will not be purchased until he or she has approved them.

Journal articles and book chapters

If you require online copies of book chapters or journal articles, this can be done through our digital copies service, please see https://www.hw.ac.uk/services/is/learning-teaching/technology/digital-copies-service.htm.

If you have any questions please contact Ellen Peacock, Acquisitions & Metadata Manager (e.peacock@hw.ac.uk Ext 3573)

Exam Stress Buster & drop in sessions

Exam Stress Buster

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http://www.artofliving.org 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.

Where:
The Anderson Room, top floor, Cameron Smail Library

When:
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.

Where:
Student Support and Accommodation Office, Hugh Nisbet building

When:
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 www.hw.ac.uk/studyspace

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 roombookings@hw.ac.uk

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.

New! Food Science & Technology Abstracts (FSTA) database

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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

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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.

Journal of Lipid Research: Free access to 31 December 2015

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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