Mathematica course next Tuesday

Wolfram are running an introductory course on Mathematica next week, for which a few seats still remain.


Mathematica: An Introduction

202 Blackfriars Rd, Southwark, London

Tuesday, 15 April, 9.30am-3pm

£125 + VAT

Learn about programming with Mathematica, working with data, visualisations, the Wolfram Predictive Interface, and more. Further details and booking instructions can be found here:


Seven Elsevier titles go Open Access

Seven Elsevier journals have recently been flipped to Open Access, including Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B as part of Elsevier’s participation in the SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) initiative. Other titles include Stem Cell Research, The International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Epidemics and EJC Supplements.

The titles will use the Gold open access model.

Using EndNote with LaTeX

If you would like to use EndNote to manage your references, but use LaTeX to write your papers, you might find this new guide from EndNote useful. They have also created a new output style to export your EndNote references to a text file that can be used as a “.bib” file in BibTeX, which can be downloaded here.

RefWorks downtime 15 February 2014

RefWorks have announced downtime on Sunday 15 Feb for 8 hours from 3 am. They have given the following information:

During this time period RefWorks users can expect sporadic availability, including periods of complete downtime. We anticipate that access issues and possible functionality problems will last anywhere from 3 to 15 minutes. If you experience issues with RefWorks during this maintenance window we recommend that you close your browser session, and return to RefWorks at a later time

JISC Identity Management Project Survey

JISC are running an Identity Management Project, more information about which can be found here. As part of this, they investigating the way in which research staff and students in UK Higher Education access online academic resources such as research papers, articles and e-books.

There is a short survey here:, which takes about 5 minutes to fill in. Please fill it if you have time.

Web of Science re-brand and interface change

Thomson Reuters has re-branded the Web of Knowledge interface to Web of Science and the collection of citation databases former known as Web of Science will now be known as Web of Science Core Collection.

Web of Science Core Collection

They have also implemented a redesigned interface which is much clearer and easy to use. One useful thing to bear in mind is that to do a cited reference search you need to be searching Web of Science Core Collection.

For further information take a look at Web of Science or watch this video:

Email Jenny
if you have any further questions.

Recording of television and radio programmes for educational purposes

The College has a licence from the ERA (Educational Recording Agency) which allows staff to record TV and radio programmes for educational purposes and make them available through Blackboard. It is also possible to obtain previously transmitted material.

Doing your own recordings

  • Only applies to “free to air” channels e.g. doesn’t include Sky channels, on demand services
  • TV recordings should recorded  in the MP4 format; radio recordings as MP3
  • Recordings can then be uploaded into Blackboard for streaming

NOTE: if you upload a recording into Blackboard you need include the following statement where it can be easily seen prior to viewing :

This recording is to be used only for non-commercial educational purposes under the terms of the ERA licence.

Obtaining previously transmitted material

You may make the request yourself or you can contact your Subject Librarian for support.  Please note: For a series of programmes, each programme is a separate request.

To make a request:

  • Go to TRILT (Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching) database ( and log in with your College username/password (this gives you access to the full database)
  • Search for your programme; requestable material has the BUFVC logo
  • Once at the record for the programme, click on ‘Request this programme’ and check your details are correct. Please ensure you select the correct format for TV programmes

If you have any further questions please Email Jenny.

Central Library Christmas Opening Hours and Borrowing

The Central Library will close at 13.00 on Friday 20 December and will reopen at 08.30 on Thursday 2 January 2014. Full details of our opening hours are available on the Library website.

Online e-journals, e-books, databases and other online resources will continue to be available throughout the holiday. All regular loans will be due back on 2 January, and automatic renewal continues as normal. 24 hour loan books will automatically be issued until 2 January if borrowed on Friday 20 December.

If you have any questions about the Library, please email Jenny.