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  • Shhhh! Silent PC Room in Bay Library

    In response to student feedback, Bay Library’s PC Room 2 will be for silent study from today. We will trial this for the term, so please send your comments to to help us decide if this should be a permanent arrangement. You can also fill in one of our comments cards, which are available near the entrance of the library.

    PC Room 2 is in the South Wing, closest to the beach. It is available to those who would like to work quietly on a PC. Signs are on display to show that it is for silent study only. If you are working on a group project or would like to talk to each other, please find another space in the library to work at. We ask that all students cooperate with this during the trial period.

    The two silent study rooms in the North Wing are also still available. There are no PCs in these rooms, though there are plugs and USB ports available to connect your devices.

    If you have any questions please email or ask at the Information Desk.


    Bay Library floor plan. PC Room 2 is now for silent study only.


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  • Assignments – Survive and Thrive

    With coursework deadlines looming this can prove to be a stressful time of year. We’d like you to know that your Subject Librarians are available to support you. We can provide advice and guidance on devising a search strategy, conducting literature searches, evaluating information sources and managing your references.

    On Friday 25th November your Subject Librarians will have a stand in the Bay Library with lots of useful resources to help you survive and thrive, while you’re completing assignments. We’ll be on hand to answer any questions you have and we’ll have plenty of useful information and guides for you to take away with you. There will also be lots of free chocolate available, to help keep you going while you work!


    Don’t forget that you can contact your Subject Librarians at any point during the year by emailing: and you can arrange an appointment with a Subject Librarian through the Engineering Library Guide or the Sports Science Library Guide.

    You’ll also find one of your Subject Librarians sitting in the Bay Library every Thursday afternoon from 12.00-17.00, where we’re on hand to answer any questions you have.

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  • Database of the month: Knovel

    The library is now providing access to Knovel; a database of technical reference information for engineers.

    Knovel contains:
    • technical information             • material and substance properties data
    • best practice insights            • validated equations

    Basic search

    Use the basic search to search for specific terms, books or authors. A basic search will find text sections, interactive tables, conference proceedings, interactive graphs and more. To find out more watch this short video.

    Data search

    Use the data search (just below the basic search box) to find specific materials and properties. Your search results will be displayed in an interactive table that you can modify within Knovel or export into Excel.


    Interactive equations

    Interactive equations provides access to calculation examples relevant to engineers working in the areas of chemical process engineering, civil engineering, electrical, electronics and mechanical engineering, HVAC, metals and metallurgy, oil and gas and more. Here is an example of an equation in the Equations Solver Interface.


    You can access the interactive equations from the Tools menu or by using the filters in any relevant basic search results.

    My Knovel

    You can sign up to My Knovel using your Swansea University email address. This creates your personalised Knovel account where you can save searches, tables and equations, create alerts and share informaiton.

    How to access Knovel

    You can access Knovel directly from this link, if you are off campus you will need to log in with your Swansea University username and password.


    Use the comprehensive help available in the Support Center in Knovel or contact the engineering support team in the Bay Library using

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  • Getting help: How to arrange a meeting with a librarian

    The library has a range of resources to help you find the best scholarly information for your studies. Your librarians can help you to find the information that you need. If you have questions about referencing or would like to know how to find and use the best resources for your subject, please email us or arrange an appointment. We have a number of options if you would like to meet with a librarian:-

    Come to our drop in on Thursday afternoons

    From today, we will are trialling a drop-in ‘Ask a librarian’ service every Thursday this term. No need to book in advance, just come to Bay Library between 12.00 and 17.00 and a librarian will be available to help you. You’ll find us in the Central Area of the library.

    Book an appointment through our calendar

    If you prefer, you can book a one-to-one appointment through the Book a Librarian calendar on our library guides for College of Engineering and Sports Science. Please note, bookings close two hours before the scheduled appointment time.

    Email us

    If there are no suitable appointments showing in our calendar, you can email us at to arrange to meet a librarian at a more suitable time. The email is monitored Monday to Friday during office hours. You can also email us with any questions that you have.

    Ask at the Information Desk in the library

    If you need help while you are in the library, you can ask staff at the Information Desk to find out if there is a librarian available to see you. We can’t promise to see you straight away as we may already have other appointments scheduled, but one of us will meet you if we can.


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  • New furniture to bring extra study spaces for Bay Library

    In response to student feedback this year, we’re pleased to announce that we will soon have 48 additional study spaces in Bay Library. We will be bringing in extra tables to the Central Area and to the South Wing. We will also be raising the height of 7 short, round coffee tables to make them more suitable for study use. No more bending over to reach your book or laptop!

    Thank you to everyone who has sent us feedback this year, whether that is via a survey, comments in the library or via your student rep. If you have any thoughts to share, please do let us know. You can email or use the suggestion box in the library.

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  • Extra study space at Bay Campus

    We’re pleased to announce that there will be extra study space available at Bay Campus during the exam period. The space will be available from next week and details are below. These areas are for silent study only, so please respect others by being quiet.

    Week Building/Room Time
    16th-20th May Great Hall GH037 and GH049 9.00-18.00 Monday-Friday
    23rd-27th May Great Hall GH043 9.00-18.00 Monday-Friday
    31st May-3rd June Great Hall GH037, GH043 and GH049
    School of Management CBE010
    9.00-18.00 Monday-Friday
    6th-10th June Great Hall GH049 9.00-18.00 Monday-Friday


    Good Luck

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  • Datadase of the month: Journal Citation Reports & Essential Science Indicators

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    This month we are highlighting two resources availble on the InCites platform that provide journal evaluation and highlycited research data.

    Journal Citation Reports can be used to evaluate a journals research influence and impact.

    Essential Science Indicators allows you to identify influential authors, institutions, papers and publications.


    Access these resources via iFind Books & more search.

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  • Library resources over Easter vacation

    Easter vacation is almost here and we hope you enjoy your break. If you are planning to do some studying over the holidays, though, you’ll be pleased to know that in most cases your books will be automatically renewed until Wednesday 13th April 2016. There are some exceptions to this, so if you’re not sure, please check with the Library Desk in person, over the phone (01792 295697) or by email (

    Bay Library is open 24 hours a day over Easter vacation, but staffed hours at the Library Desk may vary. You can check the information on the Opening Hours page of the Library website.



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  • Database of the month: Knovel (trial access)

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    We are currently trialling a new engineering database called Knovel, with a view to possibly purchasing it fully. The trial access is available until 18th March.

    This database has a large amount of material available including databases, e-books and covers most aspects of engineering. Knovel provides general reference and best practice insights, process and design applications, material and substance properties data, and equations for specific engineering disciplines.

    Access Knovel via – If you are off campus you will need to select “UK Federation” then find “Swansea Univeristy” before logging in.

    If anyone has any comments about it, please pass these on to  Alasdair Montgomery  (

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  • ASK – Assignment Survival Kit

    Have you seen the latest post on our ISS News blog? If you struggle to organise your assignments and finish them on time, help is at hand! ASK (Assignment Survival Kit) is an online toolkit which can help you to plan your work. Follow the link from this blog, or find it on the library webpage. Simply enter your due date and ASK will break down your task into ten clear steps. It suggests dates by which to complete each task so you know how long you should spend on each stage.

    ASK includes some guidance too, so you can find help on understanding your assignment question, starting your research, finding resources in the library… There’s advice at every stage. Remember you can also contact your subject team at if you need help finding resources for your assignments. Don’t struggle, just ASK!


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