Monday, December 18, 2006

Photocopying/printing costs reduced

This little piece of news has snuck onto the library website news section, and onto our new informational tv screens around the library, but it really deserves a bigger reception. Printing and photocopying charges have been reduced, yes REDUCED! with the installation of new machines that allow double sided printing at a reduced price. Usually it's 6p per page - double sided prints are 9p per sheet. Good for the environment too!

Here's the official announcement:

It is possible to get a reduced tariff for double-sided printing and copying using the Copy and Print service machines in the Library on Level 2.
Use the printer options on your PC when printing to library machines to choose double-sided printing. Ask Copy and Print staff for advice on Level 2 if you want to photocopy to double-sided sheets.
Black and white A4 (double sided) = 9 pence per sheet
Black and white A3 (double sided) = 18 pence per sheet

Friday, December 15, 2006

Oxford archive now available

We have added the Oxford Journals Digital Archive package to our A-Z ejournals listing. This contains 144 journals from volume 1, issue 1 up until the end of 1995, including:
  • Annals of Botany - 1908
  • Bioinformatics - 1985
  • Biometrika - 1914
  • Glycobiology - 1991
  • Human Molecular Genetics - 1992
  • Human Reproduction - 1986
  • IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics - 1938
  • IMA Journal of Management Mathematics - 1990
  • IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information - 1984
  • IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis - 1981
  • Integrative and Comparative Biology - 2002
  • Journal of Biochemistry - 1937
  • Mathematical Medicine and Biology: A Journal of the IMA - 1984
  • Molecular Human Reproduction - 1995
  • Nucleic Acids Research - 1973
  • Plant and Cell Physiology - 1960
  • Protein Engineering - 1988
... and more.
You can find a full listing here.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

EndNote Web version now available.

We now have access to a web version of EndNote The functionality in terms of importing records from Library databases and outputting to Word in a variety of formats is much the same.
Advantages of EndNote Web over EndNote:
- Easier to use
- Can access your database from any location
- Maximum capacity of 10,000 records (but this sounds like plenty to me!)
- Your database is held on a remote web server and you will lose it when you leave the University (but you can move your entire database between EndNote and EndNote Web very easily.)
I'd be interested in feedback from anyone who starts using this e.g. how easy you find it. Please do report any problems back to us.

Monday, December 04, 2006

MIT CogNet now available

If you're working in the field of neuroscience or cognition, you might be interested in MIT CogNet. This is a collection of material from MIT publishers, available from or via the Computer Science or Psychology Library webpages at You will need to go via the library website if you are off-campus, and use your BUCS username and password for authentication.
The MIT CogNet Library is a growing, searchable collection of resources from MIT Press. It includes:
  • Over 400 reference books in cognitive science
  • OpenCourseWare in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • Conference Materials
  • Videos/Lecures
  • Reference works such as:
  • The Handbook of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences
  • The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks (2nd edition)
  • The Visual Neurosciences
  • The Handbook of Multisensory Processes
  • The MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders

Library Student Helpers

The library has employed 8 postgraduate students for the role of part-time Library Student Helper. As the name suggests, the job is to provide a point of assistance when needed (helpers move around the library building), but also to help keep the library environment one which is conducive to study. The role consists of tasks such as limiting noise and food & drink consumption in the library, as well as referring students to staff and information points when necessary.
All library student helpers have had training in their positions, and can be identified by their 'Library staff' badges.