Wednesday, 23 April 2014


The Library has recently purchased BrowZine, an app which enables users to browse and read academic journal articles on tablet devices. 

BrowZine brings together articles from our subscription and open access journals into a single ‘newsstand’ style app.   Users can save their favourite journals, view the tables of contents, and read articles as new issues are released.

BrowZine is designed for current awareness and browsing.  It complements the Library catalogue StarPlus, which can be used for more focused research or searching.

University Of Sheffield members can download the BrowZine app, free of charge, from the iPad, Android and Amazon App Stores, or from the link below.  After downloading, users will need to select University of Sheffield from the list and enter their University of Sheffield username and password when prompted.

Please note: the minimum OS required are iPad version 5.1.1 and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). BrowZine is currently available for tablets only. It is not compatible with smartphones at present although this development is expected in the future.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Literature online (LION)

The new Literature Online is now available, featuring all the existing content with a modern search interface.

Literature Online contains literary texts, full-text journals, author biographies and critical and reference resources. Content is updated regularly. The University of Sheffield's subscription covers the Core Collection and the African Writers Series.

Please note: if you used My Archive in the legacy version of Literature Online, you will need to create a new My Archive account in the new version as this feature has not migrated. You will lose the contents of your My Archive account when the legacy version is switched off if you have not created a new account. The legacy version of Literature Online is still available for the time being.

Tuesday, 15 April 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 Databases 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: 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:

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

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Search over 350,000 doctoral theses. Download instantly for your research, or order a scanned copy quickly and easily.

EThOS is a free research tool which gives access to the best of the UK’s doctoral research. Search over 350,000 theses covering every subject area, and download over 100,000 straight away.
•             Search and read theses on your topic;
•             Find examples of how to structure and approach your thesis;
•             Research the work of specific institutions or academics.

Search EThOS here:

Monday, 31 March 2014

Information literacy: research skills

Find out how information literacy can help you with conducting research. The research skills pages include links to tutorials on writing a literature review, searching databases and organising references.

Friday, 21 March 2014

StarPlus tools for learning - more than a library catalogue!

StarPlus is now established as the University Library resource discovery service and catalogue, providing access to digital and print resources in the Library and beyond. 

StarPlus also includes a number of tools to support collaborative learning and resource sharing, as well as enabling individuals to organise and personalise content they discover.

You can add favourite items on StarPlus to your personal e-Shelf. These can then be organised into folders, printed, emailed or added to reference management software. You can also add notes to individual items or folders on your e-Shelf. 

It’s also possible to add tags, reviews and ratings to all items on StarPlus. These will be visible to other users, and are a means of enabling collaboration and sharing in resource discovery. Facebook users can use the Like button to tell their followers about something they’ve found on StarPlus.
If you have a look at the popular tags on StarPlus at the moment, you’ll see that some users have started to use module codes as tags. 

You’ll see a link to StarPlus on your Services menu in MUSE, and before you get started, remember that to access these tools, you must sign in to StarPlus by clicking the link marked University members in the top right corner. To find out more about using StarPlus effectively, have a look at the guide in the Information Skills Resource.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Remember to Request Books

Books that are out on loan are automatically renewed unless requested by another customer. Use the following instructions to place a request:

  • Sign-in to StarPlus by clicking on the University members link at the top of the page. There is a separate link for external Library customers.
  • Enter keywords and/or the author name into the University Collectionstab to locate the record of the book that you would like to request.
  • Click on the Get It tab.  From here you will see the item details, which includes the location and availability.
  • If the book that you require is out on loan, click on the blue Request link.  On the following screen you will need to select the Pickup Location – this is the Library that you will collect the book from. 
  • Click the orange Request button.

To view your active requests click on the myLibrary Account link at the top of the screen. Select Requests from the box on the left.  You can also cancel your requests from here. When the book is ready for collection you will receive an email. The email will outline how long you have to collect the book.