Friday, 19 June 2015

Literature Review Help

Creating your first literature review can be a complex process requiring a number of skills. It involves identifying, evaluating and synthesising previous research in your field of study. Structured around research ideas, its purpose is to set the research scene by highlighting the main arguments and identifying gaps or shortcomings which need to be addressed with further research.

For help with writing your literature review take a look at the Library’s online tutorial: Producing a literature review. This tutorial will guide you through the process of writing a literature review in 7 steps. It also suggests sources of further advice and provides recommended reading.

Working on your dissertation over the summer?

The Library can help!

Friday, 5 June 2015

The Economist

The Library now provides online access to The Economist - a source of information on international news, politics, business, and economics. 

Explore the website by clicking on the tabs/drop-down menus located at the top of the screen. From here you can also view the print editions of The Economist from 1997 up to the current edition.

The website provides access to a number of blogs on different subjects including: financial markets, American politics, economics, and business travel. There is also a multimedia library with video and audio clips.

Useful tip: creating a free account will enable you to save articles to aTimekeeper reading list so that you can go back to them later. 

Please note: University members get full access to The Economist (excludingThe Economist apps and The Economist in audio), so there is no need to subscribe. All links to subscription information are intended for individuals and can be ignored.


Access is available via the StarPlus Library catalogue (make sure that you have signed in by clicking University members at the top of the screen). Find it by typing "The Economist” into the University Collections search box and clickSearch. Please note: the Library also has the print edition of The Economist. For the online resource click View It on the record marked as electronic resource and then click on the link.

Spare Rib Magazine

Spare Rib was a landmark national feminist magazine. It was first published in July 1972 and continued until January 1993. All 239 editions of the magazine are now available online for the first time, providing a valuable insight into women’s lives and this period of feminist activity. 

Access is available from this webpage. Alternatively, search for “Spare Rib” using the University Collections search box on the StarPlus Library catalogue. 

Additionally, the British Library’s Spare Rib website features selected pages from the magazine, alongside articles written by academics, activists and former contributors.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Special Collections Refurbishment

PLEASE NOTE. The library Special Collections Department in Western Bank Library will be closed for refurbishment for 3 weeks from Monday 15th June. It will re-open on Monday 6th July. During this closure period members of the University can request Rare Books and Special Collections material (not Archives) via the Western Bank Library Level 5 desk. Items will be collected at 10.30am and 2.30pm and are for reference use only. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

New! Artemis Primary Sources

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Artemis Primary Sources can be used to cross-search, analyse and visualise search results of the University of Sheffield’s subscriptions to Gale historical collections and newspapers.
From both the basic and advanced search screens you can choose to search across all available databases or select only those that are relevant to your research. These databases include:
·         17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
·         19th Century British Newspapers
·         19th Century UK Periodicals
·         Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004
·         Eighteenth Century Collections Online
·         The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008
On the left side of the search results screen there are options to narrow your results. From here you can also access visual representations of your search results by clicking on the options available under Analyze Results. For example, you can view your search results as Term Clusters, which are visual representations of the words and subjects that have been found most often in the text of your search results. Clicking on a Term Cluster will narrow your original search results to the documents also containing that subject or term.
There is also a tool that allows you to see a visual representation of Term Frequency in the form of a graph. This can be used to determine how often and in what years a particular word or phrase occurs in your search results. Clicking on a point on the graph will narrow your search results to that particular year and search term. It is also possible to compare different search terms on one graph as well as visualise search results according to popularity.
Useful tip: There is also a link to the Term Frequency tool on the initial search page. This can be used to visualise the frequency or popularity of search terms across all or some of the databases prior to conducting a search.
Useful tip: Create an account to save documents of interest to a personal folder. From here you can email, print or export documents into reference management software, such as EndNote. Having an account will also enable you to create tags and annotate documents.


Access is available directly from here by connecting to the Artemis Primary Sources website (see Quick links on the right). You’ll be prompted to log in to MUSE as necessary. Artemis Primary Sources can also be accessed fromStarPlus by searching under University Collections