Friday, 21 November 2014

301: Student Skills and Development Centre

301 is the University's Student Skills and Development Centre, which is based at 301 Glossop Road.  301 run a wide range of academic skills workshops to support you in your study, on topics such as speed reading, critical thinking & exam technique.

You can also book a 20 minute one-to-one session with a tutor to discuss your research or study skills.

Other services available through 301 are Mathematics and Statistics Help (MASH), Languages for All, Writing Advisory Service and Specialist dyslexia/SpLD tutorial service.

For more information about the services available at 301, please see their webpages:


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Trial to International Historical Statistics

The current online edition of International Historical Statistics (1750-2010) is now available to University of Sheffield staff and students. This authoritative reference source provides key economic and social indicators for the last 260 years.

Access is only available on campus from this webpage:

The trial ends on 13 December 2014. We welcome your comments on this resource: feedback form

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Searching for Researching workshop

Searching for Researching is delivered by The University Library at 301: Student Skills and Development Centre, which is located at 301 Glossop Road. The workshop will show you how to find the best resources for your research project. You will learn about different information sources and how to create an effective search strategy to produce a manageable set of relevant results. You will also consider evaluating information, referencing and plagiarism – making sure you use your own ideas and reference the work of others properly.

Places are still available on the workshop for the following dates:

  • Thursday 20 November 2014 (18:30-19:30)
  • Tuesday 2 December 2014 (12:00-13:00)

For more information and to book your place, please click here.


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Information Skills Advisory Service

Do you require help with literature searching for your assignments?

Would you like some advice on referencing?

Would you like to speak one-to-one with a subject Librarian?

If so, then the Information Skills Advisory Service is here to help you!  The service is located on Level 1 of the Information Commons – just ask at the Information Desk. There is no need to book an appointment – drop in between 13:00 & 17:00, Monday to Friday (during term time).  However, please be aware that there may be a queue for the service during busy periods.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

myResource Lists

The Library provides an online reading list service, myResource Lists, with links to electronic resources such as journal articles, ebooks and websites in addition to items physically held in the library. You can search for your reading lists by course, lecturer and department. For more information, please see our short introductory video on the myResource Lists homepage.

How do I access myResource Lists on & off campus?

You can access these in the following ways:
  • Via the Reading List link in your MOLE course menu
  • Via the My services menu in MUSE
  • From the Library web pages, under the A to Z link
  • From the StarPlus homepage

What do I do if I have any problems, or can’t find a myResource list for my course? Email: 

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:

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: 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.