Library PC shutdowns for electrical checks

Essential safety checks of the electrical cables supplying the PC areas at the front of the Library will be carried out across 13-20 April on Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the Library.

On each day, the PCs and power sockets on one particular floor will be shut down from 7:30 am to enable the checking to take place.

During these days, power sockets and PC workstations will be available on other floors of the Library.

  • Level 5 – Thursday 13 April
  • Level 4 –  Tuesday 18 April
  • Level 3 –  Wednesday 19 April
  • Level 2 –  Thursday 20 April

We apologise for any disruption and inconvenience that may occur.

electrical safety checks 2017

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Library refurbishment: noise disruption this week

Noisy refurbishment work will be taking place at the following times and locations in the Library this week:

Monday 3 & Tuesday 4 April – Library L2 Learning Commons, 5pm -10pm.

Wednesday 5 & Thursday 6 April – Library L3, 5pm – 10pm.

Please plan your use of the Library facilities accordingly. We anticipate a lot of noise which will likely travel across the floors affected. You will need to use another floor for study (and also toilet facilities) during the works.

This essential refurbishment work involves installation of disabled access barriers to improve accessibility of toilets on L2 and L3 of the Library.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Kind regards,

The Library


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E-Book trial of Business Expert Press

We are pleased to announce a two month trial of e-books specifically written as practical, concise guides to business for MBA and post-graduate business students.

Topics covered include: leadership, project management, marketing, planning, chain management, ethics, international business, corporate governance, public relations and competitive advantage. 
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The trial runs until 31 May 2017.

Please send your feedback to Helen Rhodes, subject librarian for the School of Management –


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New book drop service launched

book dropTired of carrying Library books up the hill when they are due to be returned?

You can now save yourself a trip to campus by returning any borrowed Library books via a book drop box inside the new Virgil Building at Manvers Street. You will need your Library card to swipe through the gates to reach the book drop which is to the right of the reception desk.



The books will be brought up to Campus, directly to the Library, twice a day, by the University’s postal service.

virgil building


The Virgil building Learning Commons is open: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm and will be open during vacations, although it and the café, will be closed on Bank Holidays and University closed days.



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21 top papers for Science Week

It is Science Week and we thought that we would mark the occasion by highlighting some of the great science papers, published in the last five years, authored by University of Bath researchers in collaboration with others.

This list is a small selection of work published as a result of research carried out by academics at the University of Bath. They are listed, alphabetically by first author, using the Harvard (Bath) referencing style. Hyperlinks to the papers within the University’s Opus online publications store and to the online publications are provided. You can also find other work published by academics, and recorded in Opus, by clicking on the links from the author names.

Allen, C. L. and Williams, J. M. J., 2011. Metal-catalysed approaches to amide bond formation. Chemical Society Reviews, 40 (7), pp. 3405-3415.

Official URL, Opus record

Baker, D. R. and Kasprzyk-Hordern, B., 2011. Multi-residue analysis of drugs of abuse in wastewater and surface water by solid-phase extraction and liquid chromatography-positive electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A, 1218 (12), pp. 1620-1631.

Official URL, Opus record

Brivio, F., Frost, J., Skelton, J., Jackson, A., Weber, O., Weller, M., Goñi, A., Leguy, A. M. A., Barnes, P. R. F. and Walsh, A., 2015. Lattice dynamics and vibrational spectra of the orthorhombic, tetragonal, and cubic phases of methylammonium lead iodide. Physical Review B, 92 (14), 144308.

Official URL, Opus record

Burrows, A. D., 2011. Mixed-component metal-organic frameworks (MC-MOFs): enhancing functionality through solid solution formation and surface modifications. CrystEngComm, 13 (11), pp. 3623-3642.

Official URL, Opus record

Campbell, C. S. J., Contreras-Rojas, L. R., Delgado-Charro, B. and Guy, R. H., 2012. Objective assessment of nanoparticle disposition in mammalian skin after topical exposure. Journal of Controlled Release, 162 (1), pp. 201-207.

Official URL, Opus record

Castillo-Ramirez, S., Harris, S. R., Holden, M. T. G., He, M., Parkhill, J., Bentley, S. D. and Feil, E. J., 2011. The Impact of recombination on dN/dS within recently emerged bacterial clones. PLoS Pathogens, 7 (7), e1002129.

Official URL, Opus record

Graham, I., Spence, E., Chandler-Wilde, S. and Langdon, S., 2012. Numerical-asymptotic boundary integral methods in high-frequency acoustic scattering. Acta Numerica, 21, pp. 89-305.

Official URL, Opus record

Charneski, C. A. and Hurst, L. D., 2013. Positively charged residues are the major determinants of ribosomal velocity. PLoS Biology, 11 (3), e1001508.

Official URL, Opus record

Cosker, D., Krumhuber, E. and Hilton, A., 2011. A FACS valid 3D dynamic action unit database with applications to 3D dynamic morphable facial modelling. In: 13th International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2011-11-06 – 2011-11-13. IEEE, pp. 2296-2303.

Official URL, Opus record

Cox, A. M. G. and Obłój, J., 2011. Robust pricing and hedging of double no-touch options. Finance and Stochastics, 15 (3), pp. 573-605.

Official URL, Opus record

Eames, C., Frost, J. M., Barnes, P. R. F., O’Regan, B. C., Walsh, A. and Islam, M. S., 2015. Ionic transport in hybrid lead iodide perovskite solar cells. Nature Communications, 6, 7497.

Official URL, Opus record

Foster, J.G., Blunt, M.D., Carter, E. and Ward, S.G., 2012. Inhibition of PI3K signaling Spurs new therapeutic opportunities in inflammatory/autoimmune diseases and hematological malignancies. Pharmacological Reviews, 64 (4), pp. 1027-1054.

Official URL, Opus record

Graham, I. G., Kuo, F. Y., Nuyens, D., Scheichl, R. and Sloan, I. H., 2011. Quasi-Monte Carlo methods for elliptic PDEs with random coefficients and applications. Journal of Computational Physics, 230 (10), pp. 3668-3694.

Official URL, Opus record

Islam, M. S. and Fisher, C. A. J., 2014. Lithium and sodium battery cathode materials: Computational insights into voltage, diffusion and nanostructural properties. Chemical Society Reviews, 43 (1), pp. 185-204.

Official URL, Opus record

Jenkins, M., Stone, A. and Jennison, C., 2011. An adaptive seamless phase II/III design for oncology trials with subpopulation selection using correlated survival endpoints. Pharmaceutical Statistics, 10 (4), pp. 347-356.

Official URL, Opus record

Quik, M. and Wonnacott, S., 2011. α6β2* and α4β2* Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors As Drug Targets for Parkinson’s Disease. Pharmacological Reviews, 63 (4), pp. 938-966.

Official URL, Opus record

Reed, M., Yiannakou, A. and Evering, R., 2014. An ant colony algorithm for the multi-compartment vehicle routing problem. Applied Soft Computing, 15, pp. 169-176.

Official URL, Opus record

Ren, G. and O’Neill, E., 2013. 3D selection with freehand gesture. Computers & Graphics, 37 (3), pp. 101-120.

Official URL, Opus record

Ward, M. D. and Raithby, P. R., 2013. Functional behaviour from controlled self-assembly:Challenges and prospects. Chemical Society Reviews, 42 (4), pp. 1619-1636.

Official URL, Opus record

Williams, R. J. and Spencer, J. P. E., 2012. Flavonoids, cognition, and dementia: Actions, mechanisms, and potential therapeutic utility for Alzheimer disease. Free Radical Biology & Medicine, 52 (1), pp. 35-45.

Official URL, Opus record

Yerolatsitis, S., Gris Sanchez, I. and Birks, T. A., 2014. Adiabatically-tapered fiber mode multiplexers. Optics Express, 22 (1), pp. 608-617.

Official URL, Opus record

All of these papers are recognised as being highly cited within their subject areas. It is also notable that many of them have authors from more than one institution, sometimes from international cooperation, and often they cross disciplinary boundaries.

This selection of papers was produced by using SciVal.


Data visulisation from SciVal

SciVal is a research review and analysis system that supports the visualisation and interpretation of metadata from the literature database Scopus. It enables you to get an insight into measured performance of institutions, research groups and individuals, and look at specific areas of research or subject areas.

Using it allowed us to look at lists of papers which, in addition to having high numbers of citations, also are published in high impact journals, and have a statistical adjustment to avoid a skew to disciplinary areas in which papers tend to be cited more often. They were drawn from several search cycles by discipline. The result is more of a representative sample of success and recognition rather than an overly simple chart based on a single metric, although the data always needs to be evaluated and reviewed critically.

Scival offers researchers chance to appraise their own publication performance and compare it with similar individuals and groups in their institutions or in similar areas of work to look at existing research relationships or the potential for finding new collaborators or to find other experts in fields outside of their own.

Contact The Library to learn more about SciVal.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day 2017

IWD book displayDuring this week we are celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) which formally takes place on Wednesday 8 March 2017. The focus of this event is to raise awareness of the wide-ranging achievements of women. This year’s specific IWD theme is: #BeBoldForChange?, which is concerned with seeking bold and pragmatic change to help close the gender gap around the world.

There is a Library display on Level 2 of a range of books from our collections on gender and society. The materials explore a range of issues for women in science and politics as well as wider themes of women and revolution, power and equality.

You may also be interested in the Library’s “All England Women’s Hockey Association (AEWHA) Collection”.  This collection documents the lives of various extraordinary women including one whose many impressive skills ranged from piloting aeroplanes to campaigning for the rights of the unemployed: more information about the AEWHA Collection.

International Women's Day 2016

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Library Survey closes 14 March – make sure your views are included!

What do you think of the University Library?

uoblibrary buildingIf you have already completed this year’s Library survey, thank you.  Your response will help us to plan for the future of our Library and to provide the services you need. So far, we’ve had 1,357 completed questionnaires returned.

If you have not had chance to complete the survey and you would like to, there is still time.  The survey closes on Tuesday 14 March. You will find it at:

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. In return, there is a prize draw for an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite for University of Bath participants. The results of the survey will be available in the Summer, via the Library’s website. 

Many thanks for your help,
The Library 

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