UK Data Service – A Wealth of Information

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If you are interested in Big Data or Data Analysis, this is a great place to start! The UK Data Service is the UK’s largest collection of UK and international social, economic and population data. Funded by ESRC, the UK Data Service has datasets covering a number of areas:

  • Census data
  • International macrodata
  • Longitudinal studies
  • UK surveys
  • Qualitative/mixed methods

The international datasets include some high-quality information, including:

  • The World Bank Indicators
  • OECD Statistics
  • IMF Statistics
  • United Nations data
  • International Energy Agency datasets
  • Human Rights Atlas

The information comes with lots of help and guides, including video tutorials, and the information is being updated all the time. Keep up-to-date by following them on Twitter.

The service requires registration, and some of the datasets require additional agreements to Special Conditions before access becomes available. For further help, please contact your Subject Librarian

Complimentary Zika Virus Resource Portal from WK Health launched

Wolters Kluwer Health has launched the Zika Resource Portal, a single point of access to trusted clinical knowledge and current information to help healthcare professionals worldwide stay up-to-date on the rapidly spreading virus. The portal provides complimentary access to leading evidence-based point of care clinical, learning and research solutions from Wolters Kluwer Health, as well as continuous updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

In conjunction with the portal, Wolters Kluwer is launching a multifaceted digital educational campaign featuring Zika experts sharing the latest findings in a variety of formats, including podcasts, journal articles, blogs, interactive videos and Twitter Talks. The portal and campaign will also feature information for consumers, including symptoms to look for and preventive measures to protect against contracting the virus.

The campaign centrepiece is a question and answer-style video debuting August 19 featuring Betsy Todd, RN, MPH, CIC, clinical editor of the American Journal of Nursing and an infectious disease expert. She will address the current state of the Zika virus and answer questions submitted by August 16 via Twitter and Facebook using the #WKZikaResources hashtag. Questions that are submitted using that hashtag may also be answered during an upcoming Twitter Talk.

“Wolters Kluwer is proud to provide these digital resources to help combat the spread of the Zika virus,” said Diana Nole, CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health.

“The public fear and anxiety that churn in the wake of a global health crisis are often the result of the unknown. Unlike Ebola, which has been studied exhaustively for decades, Zika is still largely a mystery, although medical professionals and researchers are continuously uncovering new aspects of the virus. By sharing our expertise and premium clinical guidance, we provide the public and healthcare community with relevant, trusted on-demand information during this rapidly evolving situation.”

Three Major New Encyclopedias for Engineering

The Library has recently acquired three new multi-volume encyclopedias for engineers. The encyclopedias are all available online and can be accessed from anywhere via the University Portal.

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The Handbook of Clean Energy Systems. Edited by Prof. Jinyue Yan and published by Wiley in 2015, the work consists of six volumes covering:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Clean Energy Conversion Technologies
  • Mitigation Technologies
  • Intelligent Energy Systems
  • Energy Storage
  • Sustainability of Energy Systems
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Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites
Written by prominent international experts from industry and academia, the Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites, Second Edition presents over 265 new and revised articles addressing the new technological advances in properties, processing, formulation, design, analysis, evaluation, manufacture, testing, and reliability of composites.

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Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering

The encyclopedia, a 6-Volume Set, is a living and evolving repository of the biomedical engineering (BME) knowledge base. To represent the vast diversity of the field and its multi-and cross-disciplinary nature and serve the BME community, the scope and content is comprehensive.

 

Publishing with the IEEE

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Thinking of publishing your research? You are cordially invited to a one hour seminar on Publishing with the IEEE organisation.

Join Julia Stockdale from Content Online

  • Date:             Thursday 24 March 2016
  • Time:             1.15 – 2.15 pm
  • Venue:           16G42, Jordanstown.

Are you thinking of publishing for the first time, or not sure where best to submit your manuscript? The IEEE has more than 170 journals covering a broad spectrum of engineering and technology areas plus open access options. This session will talk through how to find the right journal to submit to, an overview of the process and some helpful tips to help give your paper the best chance of acceptance. This session will cover:

  • An introduction and why publish with the IEEE
    1. Choosing the best fit periodical or conference for your research
    2. Preparing the manuscript
    3. Submitting the article
    4. Review process
    5. What editors look for
    6. Why a paper may be rejected
  • IEEE Open Access Publishing
  • Common best practices and errors when writing a paper
  • Tools and resources to help authors

If you would like any more information about this talk, please contact your subject librarian.

Are you completing a PhD? The Library would like your views.

Students with Orange Macbook-1-2The Library is committed to providing the highest quality information services and resources to our doctoral students.  To do this, we need to know how best to support you in your research and also to find out about your training needs.  We would be very grateful if you would take part in this short survey.  Your responses and comments will shape the services and resources we provide and help determine any improvements needed to the support we offer you in the future.

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and all your answers are anonymous and will be used solely for the purposes of this survey.  Your views matter to us so please complete the survey.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Electronic Journals – Search Improvements

You may have noticed that our A-Z list of electronic journals has changed recently.  It has a new look and is no longer a simple listing of journal titles that you can browse through or search. Finding journal titles and content is easier because of a number of new features.

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New Features

  • Start to type a journal title into the search box.  A list of available options appears in a drop-down list as you type, and you can select from the list without having to type the full title yourself. This feature is also embedded in the USearch interface, in a split-screen list of suggestions (Keywords and Publications).
  • There is a ‘Browse by Discipline’ feature which allows you to look for publications in a general subject area.  From the results displayed you can further refine to specific topics.
  • When a title is found, a ‘Search within Publication’ box may be displayed, depending on the source of the title.  Where it appears, it allows you to search the title directly without having to go to the source first.  Results may therefore be obtained much more quickly.

Whether or not a ‘Search within Publication’ box is displayed, there will be a list of all the sources from which a particular journal is available, along with dates of coverage.  As before, select the source with the coverage you want and you will be taken to the title in the source database.

Links to ‘Electronic Journals’ appear on the Library & ICT Tab in the Portal, the Library Home Page, and at the top of the our USearch discovery service.

Nanotechnology eBooks – New Acquisition

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A major collection of eBooks in the subject area of Nanotechnology has just been acquired. The collection of 150 titles is available in the database Knovel Library. The collection can be accessed from anywhere at any time via the University Portal. Details of all the books will be added into the Library catalogue in the near future.

If you have any questions about this resource, please contact your subject librarians.

Get up to speed with health research with a free online course

Cardiff University is running a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the FutureLearn platform from Monday 7 September. It’s called The Informed Health Consumer: Making Sense of Evidence.

This free course is aimed at a lay audience and will be useful for people who want to find out more about a medical condition or those considering studying a health-related subject at university. It will also interest those who want to improve their knowledge of a health-related issue.

Over four weeks, the course will:

  • Look at the factors that affect the reliability of evidence;
  • Provide practical help on how to find the best evidence;
  • Improve understanding of the terminology of health research;
  • Provide some simple tools to help judge whether it’s reliable.

To apply, visit the course homepage at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/informed-health-consumer

The Library Subject Team

Honours for Ulster academics

RBarnettKnightLeading Ulster academics have been recognised in the New Years Honours list. Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett was awarded the honour of Knight Bachelor for services to higher education and business.

Over the past two decades, Professor Barnett has contributed significantly to the development of the HE sector in Northern Ireland, forging links internationally and within the local community to ensure participation and engagement with the University’s aims in all sectors of society.

The award comes as Ulster was judged one of the top universities in the UK for delivering world-leading research in the 2014 REF assessment under Professor Barnett’s stewardship.

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Three senior Ulster academics were also recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2014.

Professor Alastair Adair, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development) and Provost (Jordanstown and Belfast) was awarded a CBE for services to higher education in Northern Ireland.

Professor Carol Curran, Dean, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and education in Northern Ireland.

Sean Strain, Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of NICHE received an OBE for services to nutrition research and higher education.

Congratulations from the Library Subject Team.