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  • Springer Materials – free trial

    Free trial of Springer Materials

     SpringerMaterials is a unique resource of high-level, critically acclaimed data in all areas of chemistry, physical sciences and materials science on subjects such as electronic structure and transport, magnetism, crystallography, thermodynamics and more. It uses Landolt Bornstein data. Search features include a Google-like search engine, navigation via subject area & periodic table, deep indexing and intelligent content retrieval.

     We also have trial access to the Springer E-book collections at on a wide range of science and engineering topics.

     Access to both collections is by IP address on campus only. Please let us know if you have any comments about the material on trial by e-mailing

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  • DigiMap Workshop Thursday 3rd June, 2-3pm PC Room 2 in the Library

    DigiMap gives online access to Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain. This session will teach you how to  (i) access a ready-made map through Digimap ROAM; (ii) create your own map using DigiMap CARTO using boundary data available in the database;  (iii) download digitised boundary datasets using UKBorders’ Easy Download facility.   DigiMap data can also be downloaded for GIS and CAD software – we can show you how to download the data but not how to work with these types of software as they are not available to LIS.

    To book a place please e-mail

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  • Making an impact: using Journal Citation Reports and other tools to measure the impact of your research

     Thursday 10th June, 11 am-12, PC Room 3 in the Library

    This session will look at the ways you can monitor the impact your publications are having, especially useful when considering the REF. We will also look at Researcher ID as a way of raising your own profile, Journal citation reports, Web of Science facilities such as cited reference searching , citation mapping, times cited, citation alerts and amending your own author name entry if necessary.

    To book a place please e-mail

    If you are interested in this topic but unable to make this session your subject librarian would be happy to arrange something for you

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  • ChemSpider

    Chemspider is a free service provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry providing access to millions of chemical structures. The search option also allows you to do a literature search across various online sites. The following guides are useful:

    How to conduct a chemical name search

    How to conduct a structure search

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  • Department of Research and Innovation Seminar program: reminder Swansea Intellectual Property Group

    Seminar Title:  The Swansea Intellectual Property Group: An introduction to IP, development funding and consultancy

    Time:  11am to 12 noon Thursday 27th May

    Location: Seminar room, 7th floor Faraday Tower

    Seminar Summary:  The seminar will act as an introduction to the Swansea IP Group staff, who will discuss the following topics:

    (i) The patent process;

    (ii)The Early Stage Development Fund (ESDF); and

    (iii) Consultancy    

    Who should attend?

    All academics who are engaged in research or any other activity which has the capacity to generate or has generated IP, together with those members of staff who wish to engage in consultancy in the future.

    Please can you email the following address to enrol on this programme

    Upcoming Seminars:

    EPSRC funding – 3rd June

    Creative Industries and the Digital Connection – 10th June

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  • May Science Cafe: Australian Wildfires

    The Swansea Science Café offers opportunities for anyone to find out more about new, exciting and topical areas of science. Designed to be informal and entertaining, the café typically runs on the last Wednesday of every month at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Entry is free and talks start at 7:30pm. For future events see

    The Deadly 2009 Wildfires near Melbourne: Unpredictable Catastrophe or Foreseeable Event?
    Stefan Doerr, Swansea University
    Wednesday 26th May at 7.30 pm

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  • JRS – wireless access when visiting other institutions

    On behalf of my colleagues in our wireless network team, I’m pleased to confirm that Swansea University is a participant in the Janet Roaming Service

    Therefore, staff and students of Swansea University who have configured a laptop (or other mobile device) to access the wireless network here in Swansea, will then be able to use that same laptop to access wireless in a large number of educational institutions across the UK and beyond. Very often the access is seamless – you’ll just turn on your laptop when you arrive at a participating institution and you’ll be connected to wireless with no further configuration needed.

    Equally, if you’re receiving visitors to Swansea and their home institution is a JRS participant, then they’ll be able to use wireless when they’re here (providing that they configured their laptop for wireless in their home institution before arriving in Swansea).

    Further information (including details of JRS participants in the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Canada and Australia) can be found at the link below:

    You’ll also find a handy one-page document entitled “Support Pamphlet for Travelling Users” which is worth printing out and taking with you when visiting institutions.

    It’s also worth reiterating that you must register and configure your laptop for wireless use here in Swansea BEFORE you travel, though – the link below will help you to do this:

    If you have any JRS specific queries, please email us at, or liaise with the IT team that supports your particular department or School.

    (For info, note that JRS is a member of the eduroam federation:, and so you may hear JRS participant organisations refer to the service as JRS or as eduroam)

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  • Inspec for your research

    We recently had a visit from Richard Simms of the IET to talk about the Inspec database:

    • Inspec is a bibliographic database for finding details of articles, books etc. containing material from 1968 onwards. It does not have full text but includes the IGetIt button which will allow you to check whether we have access at Swansea.
    • Inspec covers Physics, Computing, Electrical & electronics engineering. In recent years it has added mechanical engineering and has records on nanotechnology, biomedical engineering and aerospace engineering.
    • Only quality material is covered, mainly peer reviewed journals with a few books, reports and dissertations and 3000 conferences.
    • You can restrict your search to particular areas of the database by using their classification scheme To use this go to the Advanced Ovid search tab, click Limits then click the Edit Limits button. This will allow you to add the option to use classification and other limits such as Numeric data. Inspec indexes numeric data to allow comparison of things like heat and measurement which may be expressed in different ways – more information at
    • Inspec also has a useful thesaurus under Search tools. The database is indexed by specialists in its subject areas to increase your chances of finding useful information.

    Inspec can be found at We find it to be a useful database even for subjects outside its core area, for example biomechanics for sports science. Give it a try and contact us if you need any help at

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  • [CROSSFIRE] Gmelin database updated to 2010/01

    The latest update of the Gmelin database, 2010/01, was made available on Wednesday 12th May.

    Statistics for the new Gmelin database are as follows:

    Number of compounds: 2,766,792

    Number of citations: 1,434,759

    Number of reactions: 2,098,630

    There are no changes to the DST files from the previous version, 2009/04.

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  • SURF – Physics at Swansea


    SURF has organised a lunchtime ‘bridging the gaps’ seminar programme to run in May. The theme is ‘History and Science’, which speakers from across the campus will approach from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The meetings will take place in the SURF room in Fulton House on Thursdays between 12.30 and 14.00, when lunch will be available.

    The second seminar takes place next week:

    Thursday 20 May : Mike Charlton (Physics): ‘An historical perspective on Physics at Swansea’

    Because space in the SURF Room is limited, and because it is necessary to order lunches in advance, a booking system is being used for these seminars and the number of participants is restricted to forty five. Please pass on the details of the programme to research students and any other colleagues who might be interested in these seminars.

    Please ensure that you book by this Thursday, 13 May.  Some places are still available.

    To book a place, please click the link below and select as appropriate:

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