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  • BSI Conferences

    We have received details from BSI of the many in depth conferences which they run on a wide range of technical subjects, for example, bioenergy, data protection, carbon neutrality and information security. More information is available at:

    http://shop.bsigroup.com/conferences

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  • May Book Sale

    I have changed the books in the book-sale today. Come along and have a look. They are situated just inside the doors to the Study Hall, on level 3 of the Library & Information Centre.

    These books are either items that have been withdrawn because they are out of date or unused duplicates, or they are unwanted donations. This month’s sale comprises mainly Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and some donations.

    Regards

    Lynne Tithecott

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  • SURF History and Science Seminars

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    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 on Thursdays between 12.30 and 14.00, when lunch will be available.

    The first seminar takes place next week:

    13 May       Frances Rapport (Medicine)

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

    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.

    Please ensure that you book by this Thursday, 6 May.  Some places are still available.

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

    http://www.eventbrite.com/org/460618919?s=1

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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

    Mimas

    University of Manchester

    Email: crossfire@mimas.ac.uk

    http://xfire.mimas.ac.uk/crossfire/

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  • SURF – History and Science Seminar Programme

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    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:

    http://www.eventbrite.com/org/460618919?s=1

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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 http://wok.mimas.ac.uk. 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 http://ovidsp.tx.ovid.com/athens/ 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 http://springerlink.com  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 (scieng@swansea.ac.uk). 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 http://drafts.bsigroup.com/
    • -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 scieng@swansea.ac.uk 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 http://www.iso.org/iso/ics6-en.pdf).
    • -A list of the key Eurocode documents is available at https://bsol.bsigroup.com/upload/BSOL/Eurocodes%20in%20BSOL%2004%2003%202010.pdf

     If you need any help with British Standards contact your subject team at scieng@swansea.ac.uk

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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 www.bsigroup.com/eurocodes, 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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