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  • [CROSSFIRE] Beilstein database updated to 2010/01

    The latest update of the Beilstein database, 2010/01, was made available on Monday 22 March.

    Statistics for the new Beilstein database are as follows:

    Number of compounds: 11,480,858

    Number of reactions: 23,000,513

    Number of citations: 2,263,783

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

    CrossFire support


    University of Manchester


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  • SURF – History and Science Seminar Programme


    SURF (Swansea University Research Forum) 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 on Thursdays between 12.30 and 14.00.  [Lunch available from 12.30; presentations start at 13.00].

    As things stand the dates, speakers, and themes are as follows but more seminars will be added to the programme in due course.

    13 May      Frances Rapport (Medicine)

    ‘When History meets Social Science: novel literary devices for re-presenting Holocaust testimonials’  

    20 May      Mike Charlton (Physics)

    ‘An historical perspective on Physics at Swansea’

    27 May      Kirsti Bohata (English)

    ‘The Dillwyn dynasty: science, culture, heritage’ 

    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 do pass on the details of the programme to research students and any other colleagues who might be interested in these seminars.

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

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  • Biosis Previews – trial material available

    The latest records from Biosis Previews can currently be used online via a trial platform.

     As you may know, we now have access to 1969-2008 courtesy of Jisc but until mid-May the whole database can be used by going to Click the green button to access Web of Knowledge then click a link at the top right of the screen saying “Experience the new version with Biosis Citation Index, Web of Science” then click “Access it now”.

    This is a trial version so may not always be working perfectly but it does give access to material we do not usually have.

    BIOSIS Previews contains the electronic version of Biological Abstracts and its associated Reports, Reviews and Meetings abstracts. It contains bibliographic information on subjects across the whole range of biological sciences.

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  • Workshop: Inspec update

    Inspec update – information for physics, computing & electronics

     Wednesday 28th April 11-12 noon  Library PC Room 3 (Just turn up)

     Are you making the most of our subscription to Inspec?

     Inspec has comprehensive coverage of electronics; computer science; physics; electrical, control, production and mechanical engineering; communications & IT, with significant coverage of operations research, material science, oceanography, engineering mathematics, nuclear engineering, environmental science, geophysics, nanotechnology, biomedical technology and biophysics.

     Inspec is a bibliographic database produced by the IET (The Institution of Engineering & Technology) and is highly regarded for the quality of its content and indexing.

     Why not see if Inspec has anything relevant to contribute to your research? This workshop (led by Richard Simms from the IET) will enable new users to get started with Inspec and allow existing users to learn new tips for finding information effectively.

    If you are interested in Inspec but unable to come to the workshop please let us know and we will try to arrange a repeat session or talk to you individually. You can access Inspec at using your Athens username and password.

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  • Free trial of Springer e-books

    We have a free trial of a large number of Springer e-books until 18th June. They can be accessed at  on campus only. All ebooks with a copyright date between 2005 and 2010 should be accessible so please explore and make use of them. 

    You may find it easier to browse books on a subject area if you click the new SpringerLink beta symbol on the left of the screen. Click Browse in the grey bar and choose Books then choose a subject collection on the left of the screen. 

    Let us know if you have any feedback on the trial ( We have not received any price information as yet but the books are sold as collections rather than as individual titles.

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  • Making more of British Standards online

    A few points from the recent visit of a BSOL training rep.:

    • -International standards – ISO and EN will be incorporated into the database if they are accepted in the UK. BSI are open to adopting an ISO as a British Standard if customers express a need for it.
    • -If you are interested in contributing to British Standards you can comment on drafts of standards in progress at
    • -It is possible for subject librarians to set up notifications to be forwarded on to you if you are interested in tracking particular standards – contact if you are interested in this.
    • -The browse function on BSOL provides a useful way to look through standards on a subject area.
    • -Searching by standard number only searches the title of a document. For some searches it may be better to put the number into the keyword search box which will result in more hits containing that number.
    • -After you carry out a keyword search look out for the “Search within” box at the left which allows you to add in another term and refine your search further.
    • -You will also see on the left hand side options to look at results relating to particular industries, with a particular status, e.g. current, withdrawn. If you need to narrow down further, you can use the ics categories to pick out particular types of result (ICS is the International classification scheme for standards available at
    • -A list of the key Eurocode documents is available at

     If you need any help with British Standards contact your subject team at

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  • British Standards Online: Lunchtime Workshop

    Wed. 24th March, 12-1 pm, PC Room 3 in the Library.

    BSI Online

    Ever wondered how to get the best out of British Standards Online? This session, run by a BSOL training manager, will help to demonstrate the best ways to search and also update you on new developments.

    For those in civil engineering, the new eurocodes will be available via British Standards online. BSI have produced a brochure, downloadable from, giving publication dates for the new eurocodes along with brief articles on the changes.

    If you are interested in this database but unable to come to the session please let us know and we will try to arrange something similar or see you individually.

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  • SORT: A LIS workshop for Post-Graduate researchers


    WHEN? Thursday 18th March, 10am-4pm

    WHERE? PC room  2, Library

     The morning section of the course, led by subject librarians from LIS, will consider how to plan and carry out an effective literature search with a brief look at how to manage your results and keep yourself up to date with new research. The afternoon will be led by Jed Chandler, the postgraduate research officer, and will consider what makes a good literature review, including; organisation; managing the reading material; reading and note taking; writing style.

    To book: email Sally Robb in the PG research training office on

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  • Composites Conference 23/03/10

    Composites for SMEs, the WCC’s Annual Composites Conference

     Tuesday, 23rd of March 2010, Civil and Computational Lecture Theatre, Engineering, Swansea University, 9:45 – 16:20

     Please find the programme:-

    09:45 Registration and Coffee

    10:15 How can the WCC work with you – C Arnold, WCC

    10:45 Funding opportunities for SMEs and academia – A Davies & D Griffiths, WAG

    11:15 Developing the potential of advanced composites – G Burks, United Aerospace

    11:35 Coffee/Tea break

    12:00 Boosting skills and competencies in Welsh SMEs – B Guess, SU

    12:30 Optimal design of a carbon high performance bike frame – F Fuerle, SU

    13:00 Lunch and networking

    14:00 Lifetime prediction of outdoor composites – S Alston, WCC

    14:20 Low cost low cycle time manufacture of composites: cooking up structures- R Day, Glyndwr University

    14:50 Particle composites for thermal insulation of undersea pipelines – C Arnold, WCC

    15:00 Coffee/Tea break

    15:20 The new Cutting and Fabrication Technology Centre at SMU – K Donne, R Thomas,

    O Williams & T Oseng, Swansea Metropolitan University

    15:50 Access to composite knowledge – CompediaTM and Expertise Directory – D Simpson, WCC

    16:00 C-feq wind turbine blade design – review and optimal design – M Luege, WCC

    16:20 Conference closes

     Alongside the talks there will be a trade exhibition by:

     Brick Fabrication Ltd

    Dantec Dynamics

    Laminating Technology

    Perkin Elmer/PETA Solutions

    Gurit (UK) Ltd

    Cardiff University

    Business Innovation Design


    Gearing Scientific

     Registration is free but there are only a few places left so please register as soon as possible at

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  • LIS Annual Survey 2010

    Library & Information Services is running its annual survey this week.

     We’d be very grateful if you could spare just a few minutes to complete this short survey:

     If you have any problems in completing the online version, then paper copies are available in the Library.

     Wherever feasible, we use your feedback from this survey to further improve services for example, by extending our opening hours and by increasing the number of loanable laptops.

     Many thanks for your time.


     Christopher West

    Director of Library & Information Services

    Swansea University

    Singleton Park


    SA2 8PP


    tel (+44) 01792 295174

    fax (+44) 01792 295851

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