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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left hand side options to look at results relating to particular industries, with a particular status, e.g. current, withdrawn.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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  • COS Funding Opportunities Workshop

    The COS Funding Opportunities database- a workshop

    When? Monday 15th March, 10-11am

    Where? PC room 2, LibrarySwansea subscribes to COS Funding Opportunities, the largest and most comprehensive research funding database on the Web which includes more than 4000,000 funding opportunities.  So come along and find out how you can apply for funds to travel to and attend conferences and other research opportunities.  Clare Boucher and Alasdair Montgomery will be the presenters.

    To book – please email Sally Robb on

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  • The Scientific Century – report by the Royal Society

    Scientific century

    The Royal Society has published a report “The scientific century: securing our future prosperity” in which they call for investment in science research, stressing the competition the UK is likely to face from other countries such as the USA, China, France and Germany who all have ambitious plans to build on their research strengths.  It highlights the need to build on links between universities and industry.

    You can find the report at

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  • Global Change Workshop for Year 12 Pupils

    Global Change: Global Threats

    A Workshop in Welsh for Year 12 students will be held in the Department of Geography, Swansea University on March 15 between 9.45 and 4.00 .

    The event is part of the National Science and Engineering Week 2010, called Global Change: Global Threats. The workshop is suitable for Year 12 pupils studying geography, science or geology AS level. The workshop will explore some possible consequences of global changes on the threat of natural hazards such as floods, storms or wild fires.

    Not only will this be a great opportunity for pupil to discuss the implications of climate change, one of the 21st century’s main threat but they will also deal with this important subject in Welsh. An ever increasing emphasis is being placed on an individuals’ ability to communicate their areas of expertise bilingually. This workshop provides a platform for pupils to discuss climate change in a University environment but also gives them a taster of the opportunities available to continue with their bilingual education in the environment / science field.
    Participants are divided into teams, each consisting of pupils from various schools to bring together different experiences and working methods. They will investigate the implications of global changes on one danger led by staff members in the Department of Geography at Swansea University. The teams will present their findings in the form of short news items to give them experience of the methods used by journalists to present complex issues in ways that are interesting and easy to understand.

    The students will benefit from the expertise of Mr Iolo ap Dafydd, BBC Wales environmental correspondent as they prepare their TV item as he will be present during the day.
    The workshop will be held in conjunction with Canolfan Edward Llwyd. The Centre supports the universities in Wales as they develop Welsh medium provision available to students in the field of Sciences.
    For further information contact Siwan Davies, Swansea University on 01792 295233.

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  • – Science News Site is an American site designed to report science news directly, without going through the traditional media. The UK Russell Group has now joined the site and intend to use it as a vehicle to promote their research.

    The story about the Russell Group can be found here: and is available at

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