8 November 2017

Like Your Library Live Survey

 


All 1st year Undergradutes and Postgraduates are invited to complete the Like Your Library Survey.  We are interested in your views whether you attended your Library Induction Session or you decided against it.  Please take part now https://aston.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/library-services-like-your-library-survey

Kind Regards
Library Induction Team

3 November 2017

Important reminder to all Aston Uni Students - please have your uniCARD with you, to use the Library

  • Please remember that you need your uniCARD each time you use the Library.
    • The uniCARD is important as your ID and for borrowing books and laptops.
  • As an exception, off-campus Aston University students can request a Day Pass to access the Library.
    • Day Passes for Aston University students are an exception, in order to avoid the mis-use of ID by non-Aston students.   They are available Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Non-Aston University visitors can request a Library Day Pass with their own ID, Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Aston University students requesting a Day Pass can complete an online form at the Library Reception desk.
  • Once checks have been made by Library staff, a Day Pass can be issued.  This is normally within 5-10 minutes.
Please contact the Library if you have any questions email: library@aston.ac.uk

30 October 2017

The Great Library Brain Boost


Are you worrying about finding information for your module assessments?  Would you like some hints and tips on how to find journal articles, industry reports or academic work on Google?  Then you need the Great Library Brain Boost...

View the Library Services Brain Boosting Workshop Programme for a full description of the workshops on offer and information on how to book.  All workshops will be in week beginning 6th November, 2017 and will be located in the Library Building, 2nd floor L215 or L216.
Come and meet your Library team and we will do our best to help you find relevant, quality formation.

Library Workshop Programme 2017

The Library Workshop Programme contains 1 hour practical workshops focusing on general information literacy skills

For the full 2017 programme, see below.

Programme

Title Abstract   Review the content
Strictly Business Data - finding
The workshop will focus on the business research databases available at Aston University and how you can use them to research for company profiles, market context, competitor insight, future trends analysis, SWOT analysis and industry reports. Monday 6th November
13:00-14:00
Nicola Dennis
Book Now
Advanced Literature Searching Are you having difficulty finding good quality academic sources to use in your assignments? This session, primarily aimed at undergraduates, will help you get the most of Smartsearch and point you in the direction of other useful databases and sources of information. We will cover;
• Decide where to find the best research
• Think about keywords
• Devise a search strategy that works
• Start finding resources you’ll use
• Know where else to go for help
Monday 6th   November
17:00-18:00
Richard Hopkins
Book Now
Fake News In this session you will learn how to find reliable information when researching, how to evaluate your sources, and how to separate fake from actual news.
Tuesday 7th  November
12:00-13:00
Kerstin Treder
Book Now
Cite it! Sort it! Making Endnote work for you
Are you drowning under piles of articles? Would you like a system which will organise and manage your references for you?  Try Endnote, the University recommended reference management software.  Find out how to utilise the system to store your articles and manage your references wherever you are working in the world.
Tuesday 7th November
13:00-14:00
Clare Langman
Book Now
Getting more out of Google
There are tricks to getting more out of your Google search. You probably know the basics, such as searching for exact phrases using quotations marks, but what about the more complex stuff? The session will look at advanced operators, additional tools and why you shouldn't say "I found the answer on Google".
Tuesday 7th November
17:00-18:00
Sarah Akhtaruzzaman
Book Now
Getting more out of Google There are tricks to getting more out of your Google search. You probably know the basics, such as searching for exact phrases using quotations marks, but what about the more complex stuff? The session will look at advanced operators, additional tools and why you shouldn't say "I found the answer on Google".
Wednesday 8th November
12:00-13:00
Sarah Akhtaruzzaman
Book Now
Strictly Business Data
The workshop will focus on the business research databases available at Aston University and how you can use them to research for company profiles, market context, competitor insight, future trends analysis, SWOT analysis and industry reports. Thursday 9th November
12:00-13:00
Nicola Dennis
Book Now
Cite it! Sort it! Making Endnote work for you
Are you drowning under piles of articles? Would you like a system which will organise and manage your references for you?  Try Endnote, the University recommended reference management software.  Find out how to utilise the system to store your articles and manage your references wherever you are working in the world.
Thursday 9th November
13:00-14:00
Clare Langman
Book Now
Assignment Surgery Come along to this informal session with any questions you may have on searching for information for your assignments, referencing or how to structure your assignments. Friday 10th  November
12:00-13:00
Nicola Dennis
Clare Langman
LDC - Learning Advisor

Book Now
Advanced Literature Searching
Are you having difficulty finding good quality academic sources to use in your assignments? This session, primarily aimed at undergraduates, will help you get the most of Smartsearch and point you in the direction of other useful databases and sources of information. We will cover;
• Decide where to find the best research
• Think about keywords
• Devise a search strategy that works
• Start finding resources you’ll use
• Know where else to go for help
Friday 10 th November
13:00-14:00
Richard Hopkins
Book Now

 
Have a question? Would like more information? Have a suggestion for a library workshop?  Contact library@aston.ac.uk or use Ask the Library.

We look forward to meeting you
Information Services Team

23 October 2017

It's International Open Access Week 23-29 October 2017



Open Access, encompassing both Green and Gold, means:
  • Increasing access to knowledge
  • Raising research visibility
  • Complying with funder mandates
  • Facilitating collaboration
For more information visit www.openaccessweek.org and our own dedicated guide libguides.aston.ac.uk/openaccess

16 October 2017

Law students - training certification in Westlaw

Aston Accelerator week is week beginning 30th October to 3rd November.  Aston Law School have a programme of activities to support you in law practice.  As part of the programme we are offering 3 Westlaw training workshops covering "Commercial Acumen" with a scenario based workshop, BASIC certification and ADVANCED Certification in WestlawUK.  All workshops will be run by a Westlaw trainer called Ramita Kahon and will be held in the Library

If you would like to participate in one or all of the workshops you can book now

Westlaw BASIC Certification (Book here)
Thursday 2nd November
Library Building, 2nd floor -L216
09:30-11:00

Covering the following topics
> Getting started
> Case Law
> Legislation

Westlaw ADVANCED Certification (Book here)
Please note you need to have attended BASIC to take the ADVANCED Certification
Thursday 2nd November
Library Building, 2nd floor - L216
11:15 - 13:00

Covering the following topics
> Boolean search connectors
> Judicial consideration of case law
> Legislative modifications and derivation tables
> EU and other advanced topics

Westlaw Law Research in Legal Practice (Book here)
Thursday 2nd November
Library Building, 2nd floor - L216
14:00-15:30

Covering legal practice, looking at your chosen area and how to use Westlaw for job applications and interviews.






6 September 2017

Aston Academics/Researchers - Sharpen your Open Access & Open Data Know-How

Do you have questions about Open Access publishing or Open Data? Would you like to know more about the policies and how to achieve compliance, e.g. for HEFCE, RCUK and the EC? Do you need help to upload publications and/or datasets to our repositories (PURE/e-prints)?
Whether you are new to Aston or require a refresher session, specialists in Open Access (Malcolm Horne) and Open Data (Ammar Wahid) will be running a training session in MB525b on the following date:
Thursday 12th October, 2-3pm
After the session there will be time for optional hands-on help.  To book your place please contact openaccess@aston.ac.uk


18 July 2017

Law Students - commercial awareness webinar



Commercial awareness: what it is and how to show you have it!
Join Thomson Reuters (aka Westlaw UK and Practical Law) Summer Law School webinar on 24 July 2017 at 13.00-14.00.

The webinar will be presented by Kirsten Maslen, Head of Government and Academic at Thomson Reuters Legal and Ramita Kahlon, Customer Trainer also at Thomson Reuters Legal. They will be joined by legal experts to discuss the following topics:
·  What is commercial awareness?
·  What are the key challenges facing the legal market?
·  How do you talk about Brexit at interview?
·  How do you distinguish between law firms/chambers?
·  How to keep up to date with the latest legal developments
If you would like to join this webinar please register your interest here.
For any questions please contact Ramita.Kahlon@thomsonreuters.com



7 July 2017

NEXT Research Bite - EndNote

Research Bites are short, informal seminars on topics relevant to researchers at all levels, run by Library Services. The aim is to deliver useful information, start discussions and answer questions for the benefit of anyone conducting research at Aston University.

Whether you want a quick refresher on a single topic or a comprehensive updating of your information and research skills, you will find something for you.

When: 1pm, Wednesdays in July and August
Where: Library 2nd Floor Workshop A

For the full 2017 programme, see below.


Title Abstract
Review the content
EndNote
Are you drowning under piles of articles? Would you like a system which will organise and manage your references for you?  Try Endnote, the University recommended reference management software.  Find out how to utilise the system to store your articles and manage your references wherever you are working in the world. Wednesday 26th July
Clare Langman
Book Here
Measuring Research Impact - Bibliometrics
Bibliometrics are becoming increasingly important as a way to measure the performance and impact of individual researchers as well as academic institutions.  This session will look at how bibliometrics are being used and how they support the REF. Wednesday 2nd August
Nicola Dennis
Book Here
Grey Literature Have you ever struggled to locate material that was not published in a traditional database or index?  Are you looking to include such information in a systematic review?  Would you like to add value to your research?
You may have been looking for grey literature.  It is produced by academia, businesses, industry and all levels of government.  Grey literature is primary literature that can provide a wider and more up-to-date picture of current research.
Find out how you can enhance your research, where to find grey literature and how to evaluate it.
Wednesday 9th August
Kerstin Treder
Book Here
Open Access and Open Data
Do you have questions about Open Access publishing or Open Data? Would you like to know more about the policies and how to achieve compliance, e.g. for HEFCE, RCUK and the EC? Do you need help to upload publications and/or datasets to our repositories?  Whether you are a new researcher/PhD student to Aston or require a refresher session, specialists in Open Access (Malcolm Horne) and Open Data (Ammar Wahid) will be delivering this ResearchBite to guide you through the complexities and processes. Wednesday 16th August
Malcolm Horne
Ammar Wahid
Book Here