Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Resource of the Month: European Sources Online

European Sources Online is an extensive online database which forms part of the University’s European Documentation Centre.
It provides access to the latest information on the European Union, including primary and official documentation on policies, institutions and countries.The ESO database also provides access to;·        Thousands of selected EU documents and statistical records
·        EU publications, news articles and website links
·        Bibliographic records to important academic texts and journal articles
·        Unique Information Guides which explore key topics within Europe
·        Information on current and past issues affecting EU citizens

European Sources Online can be accessed from the University network at http://www.europeansources.info/search.jsp
For further information, the European Sources Online’s FAQ page can be found at http://www.europeansources.info/about.jsp
If accessing European Sources Online away from campus, you must connect via the University’s VPN: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/it-services/vpn/

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Resource of the Month: Nexis

Nexis is an online full-text database which searches regional, national and global newspapers from over 100 countries, business and industry trade magazines, business news and company information.

• This resource is often used to aid businesses as it provides insights into over 30,000 trusted and invaluable sources of business and news information. These range from global news articles, to company records and additional legal information.

Why the resource is useful for students;

Nexis helps to prepare for job interviews and careers – the database can be used to gain insight over others within the current job market. This is through the ability to monitor and obtain crucial information about specific companies and job sectors.

It can be used to aid research for assignments and dissertations – the vast database allows users to research and reference approved news sources, business statistics and bibliographic references within their work.

• The resource’s varied document types can be used to aid research within a wide range of degree subjects – the main types of accessible documents include;

UK and international news sources
Business and trade publications
Company profiles
Company, country and industry reports
Market insights
Biographical data
International and emerging market sources
US public records
Legal information

Access Nexis from the University network at: https://www.nexis.com/home/home.do?randomNum=0.6811372427443615

If accessing Nexis away from campus, connect via the University’s VPN: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/it-services/vpn/

Nexis training resources including video tutorials and downloadable guides can be found here: http://help.bisuktraining.lexisnexis.co.uk/about-nexis

Contact acastaff@aber.ac.uk for further information or to arrange a demonstration.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Forum for Responsible Research Metrics

In 2015, an independent report entitled "The Metric Tide" chaired by Prof James Wilsdon of the Science Policy Research Unit (Univ Sussex) drew attention to the rising pressure on universities, research funders and policymakers to use quantitative metrics in the assessment of research quality and productivity.  In the opinion of many academics and information professionals, however, the current levels of understanding of  the ways in which such measures are calculated, described and used is not high and can lead to inappropriate conclusions being drawn and unintended negative publishing behaviours developing.

To address these matters, the Forum for Responsible Research Metrics has been set up by a partnership of HEFCE, RCUK, Universities UK, Wellcome and JISC in September 2016 to develop the understanding, transparency and flexibility of research metrics as applied throughout the UK research and funding communities. Under the chairmanship of Prof David Price, Vice-Provost (Research) at the University College London, the Forum will advise all UK higher education funding bodies as to how research metrics might best be used in assessing research outputs and environments, Such advise will have particular relevance in terms of the consultations currently taking place on the structure of the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise scheduled for 2021.

Steve Smith
March 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Resource of the Month: Web of Science

Web of Science is an online resource available at Aberystwyth University.

It gives access to thousands of easily searchable scientific journals, publications and citations within its Master Journal List.

How the resource can help students;

  • Helps to aid research for assignments, dissertations and exams – The database offers easy access to the latest academic research, texts and bibliographic references.
  • The database covers a wide range of subjects – Its core collection of scholarly journals covers not only science subjects, but also social sciences and arts and humanities.
  • Various other worldwide databases can be accessed within the Web of Science collection – these include the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database, the BIOSIS biosciences database and the Russian Science Citation Index.

Types of accessible documents within the database include;

  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters
  • Biographical items
  • News items
  • Bibliographies

Web of Science can be accessed online from the University Network at: http://wok.mimas.ac.uk 
or from http://apps.webofknowledge.com/ or connect from the Primo Resources A-Z tab under W.

If accessing Web of Science away from campus, connect via the University's VPN:

Video tutorials can be accessed here:

Web of Science's Quick Reference Guide can be found at:

Contact acastaff@aber.ac.uk for further information or to arrange a demonstration.

Monday, 6 March 2017

A new resource for Students and Staff: Globe on Screen

We are thrilled to announce that we have recently acquired access to an exciting new online resource, available on the Drama Online platform. Globe on Screen allows access to 20 Shakespeare productions filmed live at the Globe Theatre in high definition and surround sound.

See the full list here.

You can also find the plays when searching in Primo. Simply search for the production you require, filter by online access and find the video option. Finally, click the View Online tab and click the Globe on Screen hyperlink to take you to the production. If you are watching from home, remember to have your Aber VPN set up! 

Please contact acastaff@aber.ac.uk for further information or to arrange a demonstration.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Links to digitised documents to be added to Aspire Reading Lists

As of Tuesday 28th February, reading lists requiring articles and/or chapters to be digitised will be processed in a new way to streamline the service for students.

Currently, when an Aspire reading list is (re-)published, links to digitised articles and chapters are added by library staff to a folder called Digitised Documents in the corresponding Blackboard module. In the new process, links to digitised articles and chapters will be pasted directly into the corresponding items in the Aspire reading list by library staff who will then republish the list. Subsequently when a student clicks on the article or chapter in the Aspire reading list in Blackboard, they will click through directly to the digitised document.

This change is taking place on a rolling basis. If you publish a new reading list, or re-publish one for which nothing has been digitised for this academic year, it will get the new treatment. If you re-publish your list to get a few extra digitisations for a module that is currently running, library staff will add the readings to the existing Digitised Documents folder in the Blackboard module.

Module co-ordinators will want to bear this change in mind when updating Aspire lists for the new academic year, particularly where they may have added notes to students in the lists and/or in Blackboard referring students to the Digitised Documents folder. Follow these instructions to add further articles or chapters to Aspire lists for digitisation.

Contact your subject librarian or acastaff@aber.ac.uk 01970621896 if you have any questions or would like a quick demonstration.