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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New subject guides for Biology & Marine Science

The new library subject guides for Biology and Marine Science were uploaded early this year and provide a more streamlined access to resources for students and staff of the School of Biological Sciences and the Institute of Marine Science (including the Leigh Marine Lab). The general format of both pages is similar, with shared tabs for Databases, Research tips and Referencing. Standard reference works and e-book packages share tabs on both pages, which is supplemented on the Marine Science page with marine directories and data sets. Under the Research tips tab can be found links to lab protocols, patent sources, links to New Zealand journals with biology and marine science content, writing guidelines (including works by FMHS tutor Anuj Bhargava and by Heather Silyn-Roberts - a former biology and engineering staff member), and related materials. Other tabs relate to the joint graduate schools (two in biology and one in marine science). Various theses directories and other research links are at the right side of the page. A new feature of all science subject guides is the New science books link at the top left which now shows not only print but also all new e-book titles added to the catalogue each month. If you need assistance with using these pages, please contact John Lavas (whose details are shown at the top left of the pages).


Monday, April 14, 2014

Psychological Experiments Online

The Library now has a subscription to Psychological Experiments Online.  This is a collection from Alexander Street Press that pairs audio and video recordings of classic experiments in psychology with thousands of pages of documents. The supporting material includes books, journal articles, reports and field notes.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

How to share and discuss your research successfully online

 “When I first started working in the field of online dissemination of academic research, about  four years ago, I asked a lot of questions around why it is important to share your work  online. Over the years, my questions have now shifted away from ‘Is this an important thing  to do?’ (Yes, it is), to ‘How can we do this important activity well?’ As I work with researchers at the University of Huddersfield across all disciplines, one of  the first things I learnt was that the success of online dissemination and promotion requires  different tools, methods and approaches depending on the subject area covered and the  aims of the researcher. That said, there are certain central tenets that, if applied in a tailored  way to your online activities, will help you to expand and engage your networks more  successfully. I am going to cover five of these, and apply them broadly across a range of  online platforms that you might be considering using.” Read the article at

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Computer Game Characters Become More Human-like by Gossiping and Lying

“Imagine socially intelligent computer game characters with a natural dialogue, human-like in their ways of relating to others, who gossip, manipulate and have their own agendas. New research can make all of this possible, according to a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg and the University of Skövde.” Read more at

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Closing the gender gap in computer science

 ““When I was growing up, I thought the 'gender war' was over and women had won. But it’s still not over,” says Amy Yin ’14, cofounder of Harvard Women in Computer Science (Harvard WICS). “The biases may be more subtle now, but the statistics are not. When I interned at Facebook last summer, I was the only woman on a team of twelve,” says Yin, who is concentrating in computer science. “There’s a saying that ‘if you can’t see it, you can’t be it,’ which is why we wanted to develop a community of women in computer science.”” Read more about Harvard WICS at

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New alternate-reality game the first to explore digital provenance

 “A ground-breaking transmedia alternate-reality game (ARG), which is the first large-scale project to explore ‘digital provenance’, has been launched. In the art world, provenance documents the chain of ownership of an artefact: In the digital world, provenance is a description of what influenced an artefact, a data set, a document, a blog or any resource on the Web and beyond. Researchers from Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton in collaboration with the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham are examining how people can relate to the concept of digital provenance of objects through the free ‘The Apocalypse of MoP’ ARG.” Read more at

Monday, February 24, 2014

Psychological Experiments Online

The Library is currently running a trial unti 22 March 2014 of Psychology Experiements Online, an online collection from Alexander Street Press, pairing audio and video recordings of classic experiments in psychology with thousands of pages of documents.The supporting material includes books, journal articles, field notes, research reports, notes from experiment participants.

Monday, February 03, 2014

My nerd story

"There is a shortage of women working in tech. This is not due to genetic predisposition, but a lack of role models and a cultural lore that women can't code. This is a project to change that."  Read more about the project and the women's stories at

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blazing Car Murder

A forensic team from the University of Leicester and Northumbria University has spearheaded an investigation which has shed new light on a murder case from 1930. Read more

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Speech Science Subject Guide

The guide is aimed at students wanting help finding resources in Speech Science. There are a number of tabs at the top of the page.

  • The Databases tab lists relevant databases where you can find journal articles and other resources . At the bottom of this page is a link to further useful databases for Speech Science 
  • The next tab Evidence based resources lists useful databases for finding evidence based research
  • Web resources provides some useful links to web sites
  • Research Tips will be useful when you need to search databases or write a literature review
  • Referencing links you to sites on how to reference in APA 6th style

The guide also has links to other sites, including workshops. if you need any further help then please contact Liz Hardley, the Speech Science Subject Librarian (her details are included on the page).