Open Access Week: 25 – 31 October 2021

Open Access Week is “an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.” Check the OA week website for more information and resources.

Find out more about our Library support for Open Access by checking out our Libguide. You can also follow us on Twitter for updates throughout OA week and beyond!

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Springer 2021 e-books and protocols update

Our Library’s ebook collections have been further enhanced this year with more than 7,300 new ebooks from the following Springer collections. These are largely frontfile additions for 2021. Many more 2021 titles will continue to be released and become available up until the end of the year.

Additionally, Springer Protocols for 2021 have also been purchased, with more than 4,200 new protocols already available.

By combining these latest ebooks with our existing Springer content, this gives us access to over 127,000 high quality scholarly ebook titles and more than 64,500 protocols Follow the links below to search across the subject specific collections or search for individual titles by keyword on our Library catalogue. For the first time we have now acquired ebook frontfiles from both the Earth & Environmental Science and Medicine collections:

Springer ebooks covers e.g. Brand Management; Smart Architecture

*Lecture Notes in Computer Science – we have access to the full content: 1973-2021!

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Cabell’s Predatory Reports: new subscription

The Library now provides access to Cabell’s Predatory Reports, a searchable database for identifying potentially predatory, deceptive and fraudulent journals using Cabell’s criteria such as peer review, integrity and publication practices.

Find Cabell’s on the Library Catalogue and linked from our ‘Research Analytics’ Libguide, which also provides further advice for researchers on choosing where to publish your research.

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Furniture moves from 16th August

In preparation for the start of semester, we’ll be moving lots of chairs back into the study spaces on the upper floors of the Library in the week commencing 16th August. There may be some minor disruption during this time; apologies for any inconvenience.

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New Web of Science platform now live

The new Web of Science platform is now the default option via the Library web pages. All key functionality is now available.

Access to EndNote Online, EndNote Click (formerly Kopernio) and Journal Citation Reports (which now contains 2020 data) is available via the Products dropdown menu in the upper right-hand corner in the top header. You can continue to access the previous “classic” Web of Science platform via the Products dropdown menu until the end of the year.

Once in the new platform, you can select the question mark in the bottom right-hand corner to access guided tours and training. In addition, here is a link to the training videos that Clarivate have provided.  A recording of the recent ‘Introducing the new Web of Science’ webinar is also available.

If you have any queries please contact your Subject Librarian or email

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Study spaces changes for the Summer vacation

Over the Summer vacation you’ll no longer need to book your study space in the Library or the Virgil Building via LibCal. Study spaces in these locations will be available to use on a first come, first served basis.

The Assistive Technology rooms on Library Level 2 are still bookable for students registered with the Disability Service.

Study spaces will also remain bookable on LibCal in 6 West South (weekdays only) and 10W (Levels 4 and 5, postgrad only), so you can still reserve your space in advance in these locations.

Please continue to follow our COVID-safe rules:

  • Study quietly and individually and don’t disturb others;
  • Wear a face covering unless exempt (if so, please wear or carry a sunflower lanyard);
  • Clean the desk before and after you use it;
  • Don’t move any furniture.

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Additional quiet study spaces for the revision and exam period: book online!

From this week, you can book more even more quiet study space via LibCal: over 1,250 spaces on campus and in the city!

Library spaces are bookable 24/7 and other spaces from 8.15am until 10pm every day (including weekends). 10 West Levels 4 and 5 have reverted to postgraduate only use, with spaces in 8 West now available for general booking.

Additional spaces have been added for the revision and exam period; the Library and all Learning Commons will remain available over the Summer vacation.

All of these space are for quiet, individual study only.

Please book your space using LibCal, so that everyone can work safely, to ensure fair access to spaces and to avoid disappointment. Our video explains how to book – it’s quick and easy to do.

Exams can be stressful. Please be kind and study safely, responsibly and fairly:

  • Book your space and vacate it by the end of your booked time;
  • Study quietly and individually and don’t disturb others;
  • Wear a face covering unless exempt (if so, please wear or carry a sunflower lanyard);
  • Clean the desk before and after you use it;
  • Don’t move any furniture;
  • Be mindful of your own wellbeing. Remember to take breaks and look after yourself. The SU’s Study Well page includes a range of study and wellbeing resources, including our Managing exam stress library reading list and display on Library Level 2.

Good luck with your exams from the Library team!

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Calling all researchers! Library Research Services are here for you…

Calling all researchers!  Did you know that the Library provides a range of specialist services to support you?   The Library Research Services team works closely with our research community to open up, promote and preserve the University’s research.

Access guidance, training and individual advice in these all of these areas, and much more:

Open Access : Making your research publications open access, complying with open access policies, self-archiving research outputs in Pure, funding for gold open access. 

Research Analytics  : Publishing and citation analysis for individuals, Departments and the University. Developing your publishing strategy, evidencing your strengths for promotions and funding applications, finding collaborators.

Research Data Service:  Tools and templates for data management planning, and extensive guidance to help you manage, secure, and publish your research data.

Archives & Research Collections: Explore our unique collections, showcased in our digital Cabinet of Curiosities, and how they can be used in both teaching and research

Find out more and get in touch with us.

You can now follow the Library on Twitter @BathUniLibrary for the latest Library Research Services updates.

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New database: PQ One Business


We’ve upgraded our subscription to ABI/Inform to the new improved product called PQ One Business: it’s now listed on the literature searching website for Management and on the Library Catalogue. We gain access to an additional 20,107 e-books, 512 journals and magazines, new market research reports and cases and a more interesting and user-friendly interface. 

Further details

ProQuest One Business is a new resource designed to meet the research needs of business faculty and students. A business-focused interface intuitively guides users to content like journal articles, books, and company, industry and country reports – the materials you need for your most common assignments. Company Overview pages help you quickly find the best resources for in-depth company research, including SWOT analyses, financial information and current articles.

For more information see the overview of content and brochure

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Now made easier: armchair travel

Fernweh, noun, ˈfɛʁnveː, German, the strong desire to travel, literally “far sickness”.

Wanderlust, noun, ˈwɒndəlʌst, German, a strong impulse or longing to travel, literally “walking desire”.

Are you feeling Fernweh or Wanderlust?

Are you normally going away during the vacation?

Here are books from all over the world that will transport anywhere, just from your comfy bed, or the public park bench:

Down Under by Bill Bryson

 Our favourite travel writer goes down under! Bill Bryson, who is famous for his entertaining travel books, takes the step to the other end of the world. I anticipate sun and waves and surfers!

Three Summers by Margarita Lymperakē

Another sunny book! This one is set in the countryside near Athens. For everyone who likes reading about sisters and coming-of-age.

McCarthy’s bar: a Journey of Discovery in Ireland by Pete McCarthy

This travel book promises to be amusing too – Pete McCarthy is travelling Ireland and finds pubs that look like veg stalls – and tourist traps that look like pubs! I am sure this comedy star‘s travel book will make you chuckle!

A Book of India by B.N. Pandey

If you long for the flavours of India, this book is just right for you. It is the perfect read to cure some Fernweh as it is not only about the history of India but also about its culture, songs and rites.

So, no need to travel far, just pop in to the library. You can find the four books and many more on our International Book List

If you want to use the free time to daydream or plan your next trip (when we are allowed), we have great collections of maps and guide books too:



Wishing you a great vacation time from all the library staff.

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