Web of Knowledge – interruption to access

Thomson Reuters will be performing maintenance to the ISI Web
of Knowledge, EndNote Web and Researcher ID this coming Sunday,
February 21st, 2010 from 14.00. During this time, there
will be disruption of service and access to these products.


IEEE Xplore new interface

IEEE has now got a new interface.

IEEE Xplore  includes the full text of IEEE journals, conference proceedings, and standards.

You can see the new interface by going to:

Major new features include:

  • “type-ahead” technology — a list of search suggestions is made when you type in keywords in the search box (try typing “network” for an example of this).
  • the same feature is present for journal title and conference title searching (from the browse pages). You can also now browse journals and conferences by subject.
  • when you go to a page for an individual conference, the table of contents for the conference is clearly displayed (instead of hidden behind a link as in the old Xplore). Conference title histories are also now linked.
  • search results can now be easily refined by subject, year, author, affiliation, publication title, type of publication
  • You can now create your own account to save searches and set up alerts.

Anyone who has set up table of contents alerting in the old Xplore will need to create a new personal account and re-do their alerts; the old alerts will expire when the new interface arrives.

Lloyds Law Reports no longer on Westlaw

Unfortunately, Lloyd’s Law Reports will no longer be available on
Westlaw UK from 20th April 2010, as Westlaw have been unable to negotiate a renewal of their licence.

Trial of Social Services Abstracts

The Library has now got a trial to  Social Services Abstracts. To access the database, click here then select Social Services Abstracts from the drop-down list of specific databases.

Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,300 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.

Trial ends 14 March 2010

JSTOR and pop-up blockers

Some users may be having problems downloading PDFs from JSTOR. This usually comes about because they’ve got pop-ups blocked on Google. For information about how to unblock your Google pop-ups, go to


Nature backfiles

We  have increased our backfile coverage of Nature to include the years 1997 -2007. This means that we now have full access to the journal from 1869 to the current issue available through the Electronic Library.


Recently added to our online resources, FAME offers comprehensive information on companies in the UK and Ireland.

It has a total coverage of 7 million companies, and allows the user to research individual companies, search for businesses with specific profiles, and to carry out detailed analysis.