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  • Mass Observation Archive

    The university has now purchased the Mass Observation Archive online.  Mass Observation was a social research organisation collecting information on British society from 1947 to 1965.  The archive covers topics such as old age, crime, shopping, dance, sport, and ethnic minorities, some of which may be of interest to those of you in human geography.

    It can be accessed at or via the Library catalogue. Your university login is needed if you are off campus.

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  • Daily Mirror Archive

    We now have a subscription to the Daily Mirror Archive from 1903 to the present. This may be useful to anyone with an interest in the views of the general public on all kinds of subjects from migration to wind farms.

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    • Click on UK Federation Log In and select Swansea University in the list of institutions.
    • Enter your usual university login details.
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  • ISS Training for Staff

    Sessions coming up this academic year are:

    • Further EndNote  4th March
    • E Books  20th March
    • Open Access 26th March
    • Research Impact Day 11th April
    • Take charge of your research identity 7th May
    • Finding images for use in teaching 8th May
    • Twitter 15th May
    • Networking online for academics 12th June

    Full details are on our Training web page. Book by emailing

    If you are interested in any of these but unable to come let us know at We can let you know about other possible dates or arrange for someone to talk to you individually.

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  • Free chemistry resources

    The National Chemical Database service have put together a useful list of free chemistry resources. You can find it in the External resources section of their web site. It can be filtered by the categories below.

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  • New look for Science Direct

    Science Direct has been redesigned to have a simpler look. It is possible to do a simple search from the front page. However, one of the features valued by students is the ability to get full text straight away. To make sure you only retrieve articles available at Swansea you need to use the Advanced search.

    This will allow you to see more search options including the ability to select only subscribed publications and freely available open access ones.

    You can also see an option for My Favorites.  If you are interested in searching particular journals you can select them as favorites. To do this you need to login even if you are on campus.  If Swansea University is not showing as below, choose Other Institution login then UK Access Management Federation and select Swansea from the list. You can then login with your usual username and password.

    To make journals into favourites, click Journals in the green bar at the top of the screen. Click on each journal you are interested in and you will see
    You can then choose to search just your favourite journals.

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  • Redesigned Scopus

    Scopus has been redesigned with the aim of redesigning the number of steps you need to take to carry out a search.  Some options will only become active once you have carried out a search – for example export, print, email and create bibliography are only available once an item is selected.  The search history will also only appear after you have carried out a search.

    New features include an export to Mendeley and the ability to search by funder within advanced search.

    The author profile has been redesigned to help authors to give more  prominence to their work. Their H index, citations and number of documents are prominent along with a Follow this author button.

    This is a nice feature. However, many people may find that Scopus has incorrect information about the papers they have written, particularly those with a common surname. If you have papers in Scopus it would be a good idea to carry out an author search for yourself to check your profile and use the Request author detail corrections link under Follow this author if you find mistakes. You may find that papers you wrote have been linked to another author so it is worth while to check.

    More information is available from the Scopus blog.

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  • Environment DigiMap

    DigiMap menu highlighting Environment

    We have free access to Environment DigiMap for a year.  When you go into DigiMap you will find that Environment is now an active option on the menu along with Ordnance Survey.  However, you will need to register for the Environment service even if you have already registered for the Ordnance Survey so expect to be taken to a registration form the first time you try to use it. It can take up to 2 days for your registration to become active.

    Environment DigiMap contains land use datasets from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for the years 1990, 2000 and 2007.  Land is classified into types such as sea and inland waters, bare, suburban and urban areas, arable farmland, pastures and meadows, rough grass, grass heaths and moors, bracken, dwarf shrub heaths and moorland, scrub, deciduous and evergreen woodland and upland and lowland bogs.

    The information in these datasets has been used for various purposes such as considering the environmental impact of new development, planning telecommunication lines and detecting changing land cover. The help pages in the database give more information about the data.

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  • Changes to Web of Science / Web of Knowledge this weekend

    Web of Science will be upgraded this weekend and the interface given a new simpler look. You will still be able to do the same searches but may find that options have moved. We will provide updated guides as soon as possible. One improvement is that it will be easy to spot open access articles which are free for anyone to access.

    The name Web of Knowledge for the collection of databases will be dropped and the whole system will be known as Web of Science. The databases we usually think of as Web of Science will be known as the Core Collection.

    You can find more detail in the release notes at or view a preview of the new features at

    There may be a brief period of disruption on Sunday afternoon / early Monday morning while the upgrade takes place.

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  • Flooding information

    The British Library Envia project has lots of “grey literature” about flooding and other environmental issues.  Examples include the City and County of Swansea’s preliminary flood risk assessment from 2011, Adapting to climate change: guidance for flood and coastal erosion risk management authorities in Wales from the Environment Agency and a historic flood map from the Environment Agency. The database also includes theses on environmental subjects including some from Swansea.

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  • Engineering videos from JISC Media Hub

    JISC have licensed the archive containing 3000 videos, each between 20-45 minutes long. The were filmed between 2002 and 2012. It contains video from practising engineers, technologists, key industry speakers, interviews, presentations and lectures.

    JISC Media Hub can be accessed at  On campus you can use either the direct access or UK Federation routes to enter the site. Off campus you will need to select UK Federation and find Swansea University then use your usual university username and password.

    If you choose More options under the search box you will be able to get to Advanced search where you can filter by particular collections. This allows you to select just to search IET.TV if you wish.

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