Free access to IMechE journals

18 July, 2011

Sage are offering free online access to 18 journals of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers until the end of July 2011. Access via Sage here.


Bized trial – ebooks in business and computing

4 April, 2011

We currently have a trial to Bized – electronic books in business and computing. View the login details from the databases A-Z website. The trial will run until 29th April. Please send any feedback to

Test drive Summon

3 February, 2011

We are currently testing a new search service called Summon. This is a fast and simple search engine giving you access to all of the books and journals in the Learning Centres as well as most of our online resources. You can find full details about Summon on the LIS website. We’d love to hear your feedback so let us know what you think if you try it out.

Trial to RefWorks

24 January, 2011

The University currently has a trial to RefWorks – a web-based reference management system that allows you to collect and organise your research references and insert them into Word. Fulll details about the trial can be found on the LIS website. If you try RefWorks please let us know what you think. The trial will run until 11th March 2011.

Free chapter on Cloud Computing

5 January, 2011

You can download a sample chapter from Cloud Computing: A Practical Introduction to the Legal Issues direct from the British Standards website. Simply fill in this online form. For more titles on cloud computing, have a look at this selection from our online catalogue.

Interactive material from Knovel

23 December, 2010

As well as providing a range of electronic books in engineering Knovel, the site allows access to interactive content. You can search for different types of data which you can then manipulate and download for use in your assignments.

View this video from KnovelVideos to see how the data search works:

Let us know if you find it useful!

Student Competition – Win £300

9 November, 2010

The Information and Computer Sciences subject centre of the Higher Education Academy are running another student competition open to students on computing courses. To enter you need to write a 1,000 word essay or record a podcast on the subject of flexible learning. The winner will receive £300 and be invited to receive their award at the HEA conference dinner in Nottingham. The deadline is 31st March 2011. More details about the competition are available on the Student Central website.