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  • LIS Training Sessions for Staff

    Web of Science

     Tues. 9 March 12-1 pm

    PC Room 3 in the library

    This database indexes over 10,000 journals  in all disciplines.    The session will give practice in the use of Web of Science to find journal articles, book reviews and other material and will include an introduction to unique advanced features of Web of Science, such as cited reference searching.   Cited reference searching allows you to take a paper or book on your topic which is well known or useful and find out who have cited that paper in their own work – the likelihood is that they are working on the same or a related topic.

    FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy)


    Thurs. 18 March 18 2-2.45 pm

    PC Room 3 in the library

    FAME is a database from Bureau van Dijk which allows the user access to financial & company information for companies in the UK & Ireland, large and small.

    Seven million companies are listed over the last 10 years, even companies which have ceased to exist.  The user can simply retrieve a company report for a single company or search for companies within specific parameters, for example  list  companies according to industry sector with over £X turnover in a particular geographical area.  Results can be exported to Excel.

     Future Training sessions

    Details of further sessions will appear on the Training Sessions for Staff web page.  To book a place at any of these please email

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  • SORT


    WHEN? Tuesday 9th March, 10-11am

    WHERE? PC room 2, Library

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This will be of most interest to those in economics, health, social sciences, politics, geography, history.

    Datasets are full of valuable quantitative and qualitative data which can be re-used and re-analyzed by researchers.  This session will introduce the researcher to the UK’s Office of National Statistics (specifically Neighbourhood Statistics); the UK Data Archive and the Economic & Social Data Service (UK & international data).

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  • Voyager System Maintenance

    Voyager, the library catalogue, will be unavailable for a short time due to system maintenance.

     The system maintenance begins on the morning of Tuesday March 23rd and we expect the Voyager web catalogue to return during the afternoon of Wednesday March 24th.

     During the upgrade, items from the libraries can be borrowed and returned at the library issue desks, but it will not be possible to make requests or to renew books or to use self issue and self return.

     Please contact me if you require further information.

    Andrew Brown

    Swansea University

    Singleton Park


    SA2 8PP
    Tel. 01792 513150

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  • Research Poster Display

    Research Posters by some of the researchers in the School of Arts and Humanities are being displayed in the main Library Foyer for the next few weeks.  Do call in to have a look.

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  • March 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 French Literature, Media and some donations.


    Lynne Tithecott

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  • IOP Science: new look for IOP journals


    IOP journals have launched a new interface today called IOP science. It includes some nice features to help you to make good use of their content :

    •  – It has a related articles feature to help you discover new research
    • – When you look at an article it will show who it has been cited by.
    • – If you register for My IOP Science you can set up alerts to keep you up to date and it will also remind you of articles you have viewed in the last 3 months.
    • – It is possible to search within an individual journal and see what are the most read and cited articles within that journal.
    • – Search results can be filtered in a range of ways including date, author, subject and journal to help you pick out the most useful material.
    • – E-prints from arXiv are now included in the search – one less place to look!
    • – If you use an iPhone or iPod Touch an application is available to help you use IOP content on the move.
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  • SusForum Meeting 24/02/10

    The next meeting of the Sustainability Forum is a SPEAKER meeting and will be held on Wednesday February 24th in Keir Hardie room 248. For more information click here

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  • February Science Cafe

    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

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    Avoiding Death by Computer,

    Harold Thimbleby, Swansea University

    Wednesday 24th February at 7.30 pm Dylan Thomas Centre

    One of the reasons why people make mistakes is that the systems they use are badly designed, whether office software or gadgets. (The problems poor design causes are perhaps nowhere more alarming than in hospital errors involving drug delivery systems.) This talk reviews some typical issues and shows that many causes can be prevented by better design, and better programming in particular. The talk will be of interest to anybody who uses computers or interactive devices, from calculators to infusion pumps. People attending will learn how to get almost any result they like out of spreadsheets…..

    Harold Thimbleby is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Geometry and a Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow at Swansea University.

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  • IEEE Xplore redesign

    The IEEE have just launched a redesign of their IEEE Xplore Digital Library site  Features of the redesign include:

    • A “what’s popular” feature in the Quick Links box at the bottom of the screen to show you which research is making the headlines.
    • Refine results feature – once you have carried out a search you will see a box at the left of the screen where you can pick out particular subjects, authors, publication types or organizations from your search results.
    • Expanded “sort by” options allow you to sort the newest or oldest first or to sort by publication title.
    • If you register you can set your own display preferences, save searches and set up e-mail alerts to let you know when new content of interest is added to the database.
    • A new browse page gives you the option to browse publications by subject to get a feel for what is available.

    If you have any questions about IEEE Xplore please contact Alasdair Montgomery or Susan Glen

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  • Census data workshop: using migration data and the ONS Longitudinal Study, 20 May 2010, Cardiff

    This workshop will include an introduction to the data services offered by and is aimed at those studying or working in the UK higher and further education sector, but is not limited to those already registered to use the census.

    At this workshop users will be introduced to the activities of the Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research (CIDER) and the Web-based Interface to Census Interaction Data (WICID) data extraction system.

    The Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User Support (CeLSIUS) will introduce the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study, discussing data sources and structure, offering suggestions for research topics and designs, showing how to access the data and giving participants an opportunity to explore the data for themselves using two teaching datasets. These will cover the subjects of ethnicity and limiting long term illness but will demonstrate how the data can be used more widely for many other research topics. It would be helpful, but not obligatory, to have a basic knowledge of SPSS.

    The workshop is free to attend and includes lunch and refreshments. However travel and accommodation costs will need to be met by the participants.

    Time: 10.30 (registration and refreshments at 10.00)

    Date: Thursday, 20 May 2010

    Place: Qualiti Training Room (0.88) and The Committee Rooms, School of Social Sciences, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT.

    More information and booking:

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