Friday, 24 October 2014

StarPlus for all: basics and more

StarPlus, the Library catalogue, can be accessed from your MUSE account (under My services) or from the Library webpages at: http://www.shef.ac.uk/library.

Remember to sign in by clicking on the University members link at the top of the page. This will give you full access to resources and features including the e-Shelf and your online Library account.

Search under the University Collections tab to find: books, ebooks, journals, theses and multimedia.  Enter keywords into the search box then refine your results later.

Use the Articles and More tab to search for journal articles from databases.  All results shown will be available for you to access. However, you can also choose to include results without full text online access.

Top tips

  • Use quotation marks when searching for a phrase, e.g. “global warming”.
  • Use an asterisk at the end of a word to represent alternative endings.  For example, educat* will search for: education, educating, educational etc.
  • Use the e-Shelf to organise, print, email and push your search results into reference management software. Add search results to your e-Shelf by clicking on the star icon (located on the left of each search result).
  • To request a book that is out on loan, click on the Get It tab and then click Request (top left of window).
  • Look at the Subject Guides to identify the key databases and online resources for your subject area. Link to the Subject Guides from the home page of StarPlus.
  • Search for and connect to databases from the University Collections tab.
  • Take a look at our StarPlus tutorial to learn more.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Searching for your research project

Need to search for literature for a research project?

Start with a search for books on the StarPlus University Collections tab.

Then move onto searching for journal articles. The Articles and More tab in StarPlus defaults to search Primo Central- a general, multidisciplinary database. This will give you quick, quality results. Make sure you have signed into StarPlus by clicking University members at the top of the page.

For a more specific search, use databases. Find the databases useful to you on your Subject Guide: http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/subjects/subjects. Subject Guides also give links to other relevant information sources.

Search tips: Make sure you think about your keywords and any alternative words or spellings that could be used. Learn more about constructing your search here: https://librarydevelopment.group.shef.ac.uk/shef-only/info_skills/successful_db.html

Use the Find It buttons in databases to check access (Print and electronic) to articles of interest.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Planned Industrial Action at the British Library (St Pancras and Boston Spa)

A one day strike will be taking place at the British Library’s buildings at St Pancras and Boston Spa on Wednesday 15 October 2014.  There is likely to be significant disruption to the Reading Room Services at St Pancras. The Boston Spa Reading Room is planning to be open but there may be disruption to the services.  There might also be a delay in the delivery of some collection items to St Pancras Reading Rooms on Thursday 16 October.

It is advisable to check any changes to opening hours and available services.

For further information and updates please see here

Updates can also be found on Twitter: @britishlibrary 
 

Monday, 22 September 2014

Welcome to all new and returning students

Welcome to the University of Sheffield!  We hope you will enjoy your time here and we look forward to meeting some of you at induction sessions arranged by your department.

To get you started on finding resources for your studies, check our Introduction to library & computing services web pages or pick up our QuickStart Guide from any library site. Our web pages contain links to our subject guides and a suite of information skills tutorials, together with videos on a range of topics. Check out our one-minute video on how to borrow a book.

You’ll need your UCard and PIN to borrow books using our self-service machines. If you forget your PIN or want to change it go to https://www.shef.ac.uk/cics/password sign in, and follow the instructions.

When you borrow a book we’ll renew it for you automatically unless someone else wants it. We’ll send you a weekly borrowing statement by email, so check this carefully to make sure your books aren’t wanted back. We're running a no-fines pilot this year, so please think of others and return books if they're requested by someone else. You may find yourself blocked from further borrowing if you keep books needed by others. Success of the pilot depends on you - we don't want to have to reintroduce fines!

If the book you want is out on loan, you need to request it online through the StarPlus Library catalogue and we’ll email you when it’s ready to collect. Select the Information Commons as your collection site for 24/7 self-service collection. Remember to sign in to StarPlus by clicking the University members link at the top right of the page.

Remember we’re here to help you, so come and speak to us. Our library HelpDesk can answer your email or telephone enquiries. Just email library@sheffield.ac.uk or telephone 0114 222 7200. You can also get specific subject help from your subject librarian.
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 1 August 2014

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Library now has online access to this resource through StarplusThe Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration provides a complete exploration of the prominent themes, events, and theoretical underpinnings of the movements of human populations from prehistory to the present day. Access to the resource can be found here. You may be prompted to log into Starplus if you have not already done so.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Research data management in the arts and humanities – looking after your research outputs

GUEST BLOG POST FROM LAURIAN WILLIAMSON, RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATOR

In April I attended the excellent History DMT (Data Management Training and Guidance) workshop held at the Humanities Research Institute which explored best practice for research data management (RDM) in history. History DMT is an AHRC-funded project, led by the Institute of Historical Research in collaboration with the Department of History, University of Hull and the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield.
One of major project outputs will be a free online training course dedicated to the research data types that historians are most likely to come across in their research. This training course will be made publicly available in 2014. Delegates were given an opportunity to comment and provide feedback on the content and format of the online training course and I am eagerly looking forward to its launch.
 During the workshop several presentations from researchers highlighted for me the diverse types of research data created and managed by this community, which included:
·         Textual materials
·         Visual sources
·         Oral History
·         Statistical data
I was also a timely reminder that when we (the TUoS RDM Service Delivery Group) are planning for the delivery of researcher-focused RDM services and support the challenge is to ensure that we are catering for different subject disciplines and working practices.
At the start of your research project or activity (whether externally funded or not) you will need to consider the management of your research data. Research data can be textual, numerical, qualitative, quantitative, final, preliminary, physical, digital or print.
Thinking about RDM early on in the research process will allow you to plan for:
·         Organising and structuring your material
·         Storing and backing up your research material
·         Preparing material for analysis, or to share with others
A couple of useful RDM training resources to explore further are listed below. If you would like the RDM team to visit your research group or department to talk about RDM requirements, training, and advocacy please do let us know. Contact us via the RDM helpdesk.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Researching for your dissertation over the Summer?

Searching for Researching workshop - 301: Student Skills and Development Centre, Glossop Road

Thursday 12th June 12-1

Come and find out about the information sources available to you, search tips to help you get the most relevant results for your project, evaluating information, plagiarism and referencing.
Follow the link above to book a place.