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)

Workshop: Publishing with IEEE. Thursday 25th May 2017, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, 25th May 2017
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Location: 2.01  Post-Graduate Centre,  Edinburgh Campus

Book here 

A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. Members and customers around the world rely on IEEE as a source of technical information.

This practical workshop, aimed at new and early career researchers and postgraduate students in engineering, computing, medical and technology related areas, will provide an overview of publishing with the IEEE.

The session will be introduced by Prof. Stephen McLaughlin, Head of School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

The ‘Publishing with the IEEE’ Workshop will cover:

  • Overview of IEEE, technology areas and quality of content
  • The University’s publishing activity on IEEE Xplore
  • Choosing the best fit periodical or conference for your paper
  • What editors look for
  • Why papers may be rejected
  • Paper structure
  • Ethics
  • Open Access options
  • Impact factor
  • Importance of through literature reviews and support available
  • Submission and review process
  • Tools available to support publishing
  • Tips
  • Key contacts and support

This event is open to all University staff and students.

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.

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
2.44
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

February:

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

March:

  • 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

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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.

Services

Resources

Facilities

Events

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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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