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  • How are we doing?

    Have your say! ISS (the library, IT and SEA – Swansea Employability Academy) would like to hear about your experience using our services. Please let us know what you think by filling out our short survey in English or Welsh. It should only take a few minutes and will help us shape our service for the future.

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  • Database of the month: IEEE Xplore

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    IEEE Xplore is a digital library providing full-text access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, electronics, and related disciplines. IEEE Xplore contains full-text documents from IEEE journals, magazines, conference proceedings, and standards, as well as eBooks. IEEE Xplore also includes content from select other publishers including the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), MIT Press, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, VDE Verlag, Morgan & Claypool, Tsinghua University Press, and Beijing Institute of Aerospace Information (BIAI).

    The IEEE Xplore digital library contains more than electrical engineering content. Topics covered include:

    • Aerospace engineering
    • Automotive engineering
    • Bioengineering / biomedical engineering / biomedical science
    • Computer engineering / computer science / information systems
    • Electrical engineering
    • Energy
    • Engineering
    • Geotechnical engineering
    • Industrial engineering
    • Ocean engineering
    • Petroleum engineering
    • Robotics engineering
    • Transportation

    Access IEEE Xplore via iFind (simply search for IEEE Xplore in the ‘Books & more’ or ‘everything’ search).

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  • IEEE Xplore – What’s new, tips & tricks session

    The IEEE will be hosting an IEEE Xplore session at the Bay Library on Tuesday 3rd November  2015. The session will provide an overview of the IEEE Xplore platform, including search tips and tricks, what’s new, personalisation options and much more.

    During the live demonstration, participants will learn about:

    • Finding articles you need quickly and easily
    • Advanced search options
    • Personalisation options
    • Searching by author affiliation/country
    • How to use IEEE Xplore as a placement/job hunting tool
    • New content and features recently added
    • IEEE – How to get published
    • And more

    Who should attend:

    • Engineering, Computing and Technology students (in particular Masters and PhD level)
    • Researchers
    • Academic staff in the areas of Engineering, Computing and Technology
    • And any other people interested in getting the most out of IEEE Xplore

    Why you should attend:

    • Enhance your understanding of IEEE and IEEE Xplore
    • Exchange ideas about productivity using IEEE Xplore
    • Learn of new and proposed IEEE features and services
    • Network with your peers and exchange ideas



    PC Room 1 – Bay Library

    Register now for this session here:

    The IEEE will also have a stand in the Engineering Central building on the Bay Campus; from 09.30 – 10.30. So pop by to learn more about how IEEE can help with your course/work and pick up some freebies.

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  • Bay Library – Computer Upgrades

    We’re currently working to upgrade our provision of computers and software in the Bay Library. In response to student feedback we’re today in the process of adding an additional 44 computers throughout the library.


    Existing library PC’s are also being reimaged today to install the specialist software required by students in the College of Engineering.

    The library is open as usual but please note that due to this work the PC rooms in the library will not available today – 29/10/15. We apologise for any disruption this causes.


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  • IEEE Xplore: What’s new, tips and tricks

    The IEEE will be running an IEEE Xplore session at Swansea University on Tuesday 18th November 2014. The session will provide an overview of the IEEE Xplore platform, including search tips and tricks, what’s new, personalisation options and much more about:

    • Finding articles you need quickly and easily
    • Advanced search options
    • Personalisation options
    • Searching by author affiliation/country
    • How to use IEEE Xplore as a placement/job hunting tool
    • New content and features recently added
    • IEEE – How to get published
    • And more…

    IEEE Xplore is a major full-text database giving access to journals, transactions, conference proceedings and standards from IEEE and IET, and is an essential tool for research in engineering, computing and technology.

    Date: Tuesday 18th November 2014
    Session: 11am – 12 noon
    Library Training Room 3

    For more information please contact:
    Susan Glen
    Deputy Subject Librarian
    Tel: 01792 295031

    Attendance is free. Use this link to book your place. A confirmation of your place will be emailed to you.

    The IEEE will also have a stand in the Faraday Engineering Building; from 09am – 10.30am. So pop by to learn more about how IEEE can help with your course/work and pick up some freebies.

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  • Free webinar on Smart Grid Technology

    On 4 November 2014 at 3PM,   IEEE will host a free webinar on the future of Smart Grid Technology.   At Swansea we have the Smart Grid Power Bundle documents   available in perpetuity within the terms of the new IEEE consortium offer.

    Title: The Future of Smart Grid Technology: Leveraging Big Data to Realise the Future Grid

    Date: Tuesday, 4 November 2014

    Time: 11:00 AM EDT, 8:00 AM PT, 15:00 UTC/GMT

    Topics covered include:

    • Micro-Grids – Test Beds of Future Grid Technologies
      • Keynote Speaker: Georges Simard, Senior Member of IEEE, President of
        S.I.M.A.R.D. SG
    • Augmented Reality and Advanced Mobile Technologies: Making the Worker as Smart as the Grid
      • Keynote Speaker: John J. Simmins, Ph.D., Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    For more information and registration:

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  • Free Graphene articles from IOPScience

    Graphene-boron nitride superlattices: the role of point defects at the BN layer / MJS Matos, MSC Mazzoni, H. Chacham. Nanotechnology 25 2014 view pdf

    Toughened and machinable glass matrix composites reinforced with graphene and graphene-oxide nano platelets Harshit Porwal, Peter Tatarko, Salvatore Grasso, Chunfeng Hu, Aldo R Boccaccini, Ivo Dlouh? and Mike J Reece2013 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 14 view pdf

    The effect of the interlayer element on the exfoliation of layered Mo2AC (A = Al, Si, P, Ga, Ge, As or In) MAX phases into two-dimensional Mo2C nanosheets / Mohammad Khazaei, Masao Arai, Taizo Sasaki, Mehdi Estili and Yoshio Sakka2014 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 15 view pdf

    Violation of the universal behavior of membranes inside cylindrical tubes at nanoscale E. Perim, A. F. Fonseca, N. M. Pugno and D. S. Galvao 2014 EPL 105 view pdf

    Conjoined structures of carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons. V Krasnenko, V Boltrushko, M Klopov and V Hizhnyakov2014 Phys. Scr. 89 view pdf

    Quasi-one-dimensional electronic states induced by an extended line defect in graphene: an analytic solution. Xiaoling Lü, Liwei Jiang and Yisong Zheng2014 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 26 view pdf

    Growth and structural properties of silicene at multilayer coverage. E Salomon, R El Ajjouri, G Le Lay and T Angot2014 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter26 view pdf

    Nonmetallic substrates for growth of silicene: an ab initio prediction. S Kokott, P Pflugradt, L Matthes and F Bechstedt2014 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 26. view pdf

    Lattice match and lattice mismatch models of graphene on hexagonal boron nitride from first principles. Xiaoyang Zhao, Linyang Li and Mingwen Zhao2014 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 26 view pdf

    Effects of temperature and strain rate on the mechanical properties of hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets. Tongwei Han, Ying Luo and Chengyuan Wang2014 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 47 view pdf

    Semiconductor to metal transition in bilayer transition metals dichalcogenides MX2 (M = Mo, W; X = S, Se, Te). Ashok Kumar and P K Ahluwalia2013 Modelling Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng. 21 065015  View articlePDF

    Influence of temperature and free edges on the mechanical properties of graphene. M A N Dewapriya, A Srikantha Phani and R K N D Rajapakse2013 Modelling Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng. 21 065017 View articlePDF

    Ab initio study on stacking sequences, free energy, dynamical stability and potential energy surfaces of graphite structures. P Anees, M C Valsakumar, Sharat Chandra and B K Panigrahi2014 Modelling Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng. 22035016 View articlePDF

    Molecular dynamics investigation of Si–B–N ceramics: effects of boron content. Ningbo Liao, Wei Xue and Miao Zhang2012 Modelling Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng. 20 035009 View articlePDF

    Focused ion beam as a tool for graphene technology: Structural study of processing sequence by electron microscopy. Gemma Rius, Amir H. Tavabi, Narcis Mestres, Osamu Eryu, Takayoshi Tanji and Masamichi Yoshimura2014 Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 53 02BC22 View articlePDF

    Structures and electronic properties of oxidized graphene from first-principles study.Yang Zhang, Dang-Qi Fang, Sheng-Li Zhang, Yu-Hua Wen and Zi-Zhong Zhu2014 EPL 105 37005 View articlePDF

    Band structure engineering of monolayer MoS2 on h-BN: first-principles calculations. Zongyu Huang, Chaoyu He, Xiang Qi, Hong Yang, Wenliang Liu, Xiaolin Wei, Xiangyang Peng and Jianxin Zhong2014 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 47 075301 View articlePDF

    A transfer matrix approach to electron transport in graphene through arbitrary electric and magnetic potential barriers. Sameer Grover, Sankalpa Ghosh and Manish Sharma2012 Modelling Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng.20 045010. View articlePDF

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  • Research tools in the cloud

    A useful article by Thomas Crouzier summarizing research tools in the cloud of use to science researchers.  Thanks to Sam Oakley for spotting this one. The article is available via our Science Direct subscription – full details:

    Crouzier, Thomas. Researchers in the Cloud. Trends in Biochemical Sciences vol. 39, issue 8. August 2014. p.344-346 doi 10.1016/j.tibs.2014.06.004

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  • Chemical Science becoming Open Access

    The Royal Society of Chemistry have announced that from Issue 1, 2015 this journal will be gold open access and all content will be free to readers. For the first two years article processing charges will be waived so it will be free to publish in. It aims to be the world’s first quality open access chemistry journal.

    More about the journal can be found at

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  • Scholar Ninja: a distributed search engine for science

    Logo for Scholar Ninja

    This is based on an experimental Chrome extension (available at which will search across scholarly sites. It doesn’t aim to lead to full text, merely to provide an easily searchable index for scholarly content.

    Scholar Ninja is a new tool and still under development but it may develop into an interesting site. Read more about it at

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