JoVE trial access to video articles

The Library currently has a subscription to JoVE Biology, for peer-reviewed scientific video articles – (Journal of Visualized Experiments). Following recent recommendations from students we are running a short trial from 19 February to 2 March for full video conJoVEtent to the following collections:

For more information:

Anonymised excerpts from student feedback from our institution on the product:

“The videos are very clear, and the video content is unlike that which can be found on YouTube or other video platforms.”

“It is the best tool … to understand protocols or procedures that are otherwise not available online. The videos are very well and clear explained. It provides a powerful source of information hard to find through the papers, and it could save an important amount of time during research and during the development of the procedure. It gives clear instructions to follow.”

“The videos show the details of the lab methods that sometimes are not show in articles.”

We will review usage and recommendations to determine whether there is a good case to subscribe to additional JoVE modules.

Please contact the engineering team with any comments/feedback.

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The Management Resource of the Month: February

This month’s Management resource is:

To get full access to Statista you enter via the University Library website’s, Management Subject page. Once there, select the link ‘Market Research & Country Profiles’ and embedded in this area is the link for Statista.


What does Statista allow me to Access?

  1. A Google-like search tool for market research and statistics with facts and figures easily displayed in charts and graphs
  2. PowerPoint dossiers on 3000 of the most searched-for topics such as online gaming, e-commerce, car sharing and organic food markets
  3. Access to 1 million statistics – ready to use in PPT, XLS and PNG formats
  4. Revenue forecasts on 42 countries and 400 industries covering 2015 to 2020
  5. Industry reports (USA-focused) including SWOT analyses and forecasts
  6. Ready and free to download, creative and professional facts and figures, infographics and tables
  7. Consumer Market Outlook (CMO) with insights into key performance indexes and forecasts, covering 10 product markets and 70 subcategories

Watch Statista’s ‘How to’ video to get going with the database

A display is running on Library level 5 for a month, promoting the benefits of using Statista to support student studies and staff research.

Visit our display and take away a freebie to remind you of the vast wealth the resource can offer.

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New 115-Seat Study Space on Library Level 1 in development

A brand new 115-seat study space is currently being developed on Level 1 of the Library. Each individual space will have USB charging and power sockets. The space is expected to open on Monday 7 May 2018. Added to our existing study spaces and training room we will soon have over 150 seats on Level 1.

L1 new chairsThis redevelopment is made possible following an extensive journal rationalisation project this time last year which saw us remove compact shelving from Level 1, as well as an upgrade to our electrical supply to enable more powered spaces to be added.

The West side of Level 1 is currently inaccessible whilst refurbishment takes place – safely removing Asbestos, intervening to improve heating and ventilation, then redecorating and installing desks and seating.

Access to the existing Level 1 PC Training Room and adjacent study space is still possible via the East staircase. During the works, the student lift will not go to Level 1. Please ask Library staff for assistance with access during planned training events. We apologise for any inconvenience, noise or disruption during this development.

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Find out more about Library improvements over the past two years:


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Refreshments and the Library environment

From Monday 5 February 2018 there are important changes to the Library’s food and drink regulations.

When you enter the Library via the turnstiles:-

  • Bottled soft drinks and water are permitted as well as drinks in re-useable cups with lids (e.g. KeepCups) and thermos flasks
  • Disposable cups are not permitted. This is in support of the University’s environmental initiatives and Leave No Trace campaign to reduce waste
  • Food is not allowed in the Library

New Library food and drink policy

Before you go through the turnstiles:-

Why have we made these changes?

A key element of the Library’s service to the University is to provide a space that is conducive to study. Food is limited to the snack area so as to minimise waste, avoid complaints about noise and smell related to food consumption, and to help us maintain a welcoming environment.

Bottled and lidded drinks help avoid spillage, stains to carpets and damage to Library equipment. We ask you to use re-usable or recyclable bottles or re-usable lidded-cups. Disposable cups such as those from coffee outlets are not permitted as these are very difficult to recycle and are often disposed of in landfill. Over 650,000 are thrown away on campus each year. To combat this disposable cup recycling bins have been introduced across campus.

There are several eateries and cafes on campus where food and drink can be consumed, as well as social spaces such as the student centre, graduate commons and the Library’s foyer snack area, where food and drink is permitted. Waste in these areas can be more effectively managed and wider initiatives are in place to reduce our environmental impact.leave no trace

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Silent & quiet study during revision and exams

quietPlease be considerate to your fellow students during the revision period by keeping noise to a minimum on the quiet floors (Levels 3 and 4) and maintaining silence on Level 5.

Quiet and silent study space is very popular at this time of year. As a result, students have requested that unattended personal items left in order to reserve Library desks are removed to allow others to use the space. Please be aware that Library staff may remove unattended personal items and take them to Security for safekeeping.

For information on Library spaces, Learning Commons and other study venues around campus see: study areas and bookable workrooms.

Opening times for the Learning Commons are:

  • 6WS:  for the exam period Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 10:00 pm;
    Sat-Sun 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • 6E2.8:  8:00 am – 11:05 pm
  • Norwood House Level 2:  Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 10:00 pm (includes bookable group work and interview rooms), plus for the exam period: Sat-Sun 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Virgil Building: Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 10:00 pm;  Sat-Sun 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
  • Library Level 2 Learning Commons: 24/7

The University is again making additional spaces available to students for study. Dates and times of rooms available are listed by week.

Good luck with your exams!
The Library

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1,675 new Global, USA and China industry reports

We are pleased to announce that from 8th January until 31st August we have access to new reports on IBISWorld  covering the USA and China as well as a collection offering a global perspective.  These add over 1,675 additional reports to our collection.  With the existing UK reports we now have access to more than 2,000 in total.

Each report analyses a particular industry with a section on on forecasts, supply chain information, performance and outlook analysis, industry structure, products and markets, competitive landscape, operating strengths and weaknesses and analysis of external drivers.



If you have any comments or questions about IBISWorld, please get in touch with Helen Rhodes, Management Librarian –

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Taylor & Francis journals – online access problem

Library staff are aware of problems affecting any staff or students attempting to access online journal titles hosted by the publisher Taylor & Francis.

It is currently not possible to access a substantial amount of Taylor & Francis journal content due to a problem with the publisher platform.

This issue is affecting all UK HE institutions and we are awaiting developments at a national level to resolve the situation.

Our apologies for this loss of access, which we hope will only be temporary.

UPDATE:  Services  were restored by Taylor & Francis journal on the afternoon of 2 January 2018

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