Due to scheduled work by one of our suppliers, users of some of our e-books may experience access problems between 23:00 and 01:00 tonight (Wednesday 10th October).
If you experience problems accessing our e-books during this time, please try again after 01:00 on Thursday 11th October.
Don’t know where to start with your literature search?
Drop-in at the POD (Ground floor, Library) from 5-7 on Thursday 11 October 2012 for 1-2-1 advice.
Summon search tips
Web of Science
Referencing and much more
No need to book, just come along and have your questions answered by Shazia, your Librarian.
The Document Download Manager (DDM) allows users to select and automatically download, re-name and save multiple documents simultaneously. This service allows users to spend less time gathering information and more time for their real work. Initially, the Document Download Manager was only available for a limited number of browsers and this has frustrated some users. The list of compatible browsers has been expanded to include all commonly used browsers and browser versions, including Chrome and improved Mac support. As a result, more researchers can now benefit from this highly effective and time saving functionality.
Learn more here
The aim of this project was to produce an emissions database (EDB) for the London Borough of Hillingdon to assess changes in emissions and fuel consumption of measures in their Transport Local Implementation Plan (LIP) and Air Quality Action Plan. The EDB includes link-based road transport emissions and a rail module that can be used to determine the contribution of emission sources in the borough and to assess the emissions impact of selected measures from the LIP.
For more information and to download the report, register here
Looking for the ‘world’s best free online search engine for chemistry’? Well, look no further. ChemSpider is a structure-searchable database that aggregates and indexes chemical structures alongside associated information (curated literature data, chemical vendor catalogs, molecular properties, environmental data, toxicity data, analytical data etc) via a single repository.
Results are collated from a wealth of resources, both open access and commercially funded, and so it’s important to remember that you may not have access to all information collected during your search. Check the library holdings or contact me if you need help with getting hold of material.
IEEE are introducing a dynamic new design that will redefine how publications are displayed online. Beginning with an initial pilot launch, they will be presenting your favorite cutting-edge Xplore content in an elegant, state-of-the-art full-text HTML layout.
With the full-text HTML design you can:
- Scan and interpret articles in under 60 seconds using “At-A-Glance”
- Navigate between sections of long articles with intuitive floating navigation
- Effortlessly explore text, figures, equations and multimedia files
- Quickly view and copy mathematical equations, expressions and formulas
- Enhance your research with “Articles of Influence” reading recommendations
Explore the articles included in the pilot launch to learn first hand the many benefits the new design brings to the table. Please give IEEE your feedback along the way; your input is important to them.
NOTE: During the pilot phase, the definitive source for IEEE content will continue to be the full-text PDF articles.
Experience it for yourself here
A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by the state to protect the features, methods and processes of an invention for a fixed period of time. They relate to the intellectual property rights of an invention and thus provide the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling the content of the patent for a term of (usually) twenty years from the date the patent was filed.
In effect, filing for a patent is the purchase of a limited property right offered by the government in exchange for an agreement to share with the public the details of how inventions work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made. But most importantly it gives a patent owner the ability to share innovations whilst legally protecting themselves from copycats and imitators. Other benefits of patenting your invention include the rights to:
- sell the invention and all the intellectual property (IP) rights;
- license the invention to someone else but retain all the IP rights;
- discuss the invention with others in order to set up a business based around the invention.
(source: Intellectual Property Office).
For further information about what patents are and how you can apply for them visit the Intellectual Property Office or alternatively check out The European Patent Office.
To find patents there are a variety of Internet resources available and on Google there is a searchable database, specifically covering US patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The two main sites I’d recommend to find UK/European patents are:
Both offer free pdf downloads and occasionally translations are included for non-English language versions.
For further information, check out the Supporting research page on the Library website
And finally, just for fun see Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Ideas shed in association with the Intellectual Property Right office
Free research report on knowledge management between generations
More than any generation in history, the baby boomers have transformed the world we live in. Now as many of them start to reach traditional retirement age, organizations around the world must find ways to retain their valuable knowledge.
We’ve published a free research report that could help. It explores how knowledge can be managed between generations, and is the result of months of research and a master’s degree dissertation.
Over 40 pages it examines:
• Knowledge management theory and practice
• The generations and their differences
• The role of higher education
• How standards can help capture knowledge
To protect the knowledge in your organization, download your copy now from the BSI shop.
Tips about the Status Codes for Standards
BSOL have written new, clearer definitions of the status codes for standards.
If you’ve ever wondered what it means for a standard to be “obsolescent” or “under review” then find out here.
This report can help you understand the biggest issues facing construction in the UK today.
For example, the governments new “Green Deal” and the coming retrofit revolution — are you in the best position to benefit?
Also, discover how climate change is already affecting UK construction and what you can do about it.
You can also discover how climate change is already affecting UK construction and what you can do about it.
Find all this and more in the BSI construction report.
Download your copy now.