Mendeley Premium pilot

mendeley logoImperial College is now participating in a six month pilot with Mendeley, starting on the 1st July 2014.  The pilot allows Imperial College staff, researchers, Ph.D. and masters students to take advantage of a Mendeley Premium for free with your Imperial College e-mail account. This is available if you are a new user of Mendeley and if you are an existing user.

With the Mendeley Premium account you can:

  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Easily import papers from other reference management software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go, with the new iPad and iPhone app from Mendeley
  • More storage capacity
  • Create private groups of up to 25 collaborators with up to 20GB of storage space
  • Additional premium features such as Mendeley Suggest

To familiarise users with the Premium features we will be holding workshops on:

  • 3rd July 1-2pm
  • 4th July 1-2pm
  • 4th July 3-4pm

All workshops will be held in Training Room 1, Level 1, Central Library. You can book on a workshop here

For further information, please see this page on the Library website

For any enquiries please contact: Ella Mitchell


New Open Access Blog

If you are interested in open access and scholarly communication there is new blog to monitor:

Open Access Blog: Open Access and Digital Scholarship at Imperial College London

“This  blog is dedicated to Open Access and related scholarly communication and digital scholarship activities at Imperial College London. It is managed by members of the Open Access project, a cross-departmental initiative that supports the transition to open access publishing at Imperial College. We will share  updates about  of the OA project as well as news about what is happening outside of the university.” from: about the Open Access Blog.

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.

Using doctoral theses in your research: a guide to EThOS

EThOS – the national database for PhD theses (managed by the British Library) contains over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your research and has an additional 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.

The British Library has organised a free webinar to take place on 10 December at 11am GMT to find out:

  • how to search for and download theses
  • what to do if a thesis isn’t available
  • find out what happens to your thesis once it’s completed (for PhD students)
  • how EThOS works with UK universities to support the whole research cycle

This webinar is aimed at researchers, students, librarians and anyone interested in finding and using PhD theses.

Register at:

Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools: Collaborating and building your online presence

This workshop gives participants the opportunity to consider the implications of using web 2.0 tools and technologies (also known as social media, social software, new or emerging technologies) when building and managing their online (and consequently research) identity, as well potential legal and ethical impacts. It includes a hands-on element exploring a number of specific tools and technologies.

Content covered includes:

  • Managing your online identity and legal and ethical issues related to online communication.
  • Hands-on experience using a selection of tools from the following areas: blogging, evaluation tools, networks and networking, social bookmarking and reference management, multimedia, RSS and wikis.
  • Why and when these tools would be useful in your research (and potentially teaching) and identify practical examples.
  • Guide you towards useful relevant resources (e.g. cheat sheets, video tutorials)
  • Contributing to a group blog (working with a hosted version of the WordPress blogging platform), set up for recording experiences and views on the topics covered by the programme.
  • Information about and access to the programme blog

PCs will be available however please do bring your own laptop or tablet if you would prefer to work on this.

If you have any questions please contact Jenny Evans

Date: Monday 2 December 2013

Location: South Kensington, Central Library, TR1

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Session aimed at: PhD students and postdocs

To book: PhD students via the Graduate School website and postdocs contact Jenny Evans.


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Twitter for Researchers workshop

Monday 9 December 14:30 – 16:00, South Kensington campus, Central Library, Training Room 1

Twitter is a microblogging service that asks you to tell the world what you are doing in 140 characters or less, and can be used to build up a network of like-minded people. By selecting other Twitter users to follow, you can build up contacts across a wide range of interests. Many in the academic and research communities use Twitter for professional communication of their research, pointing followers to notable items such as papers, articles, news stories, and blog posts, as well as links to other resources, photos and other media.

This session, run by Andrew Day (Library Education and Research Support team) and Jenny Evans (Library Faculty Support team) is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff and postgraduate taught course students who have had little or no experience of using Twitter.

If you have any questions please email Jenny.

If you would like to attend please email Andrew Day to book your place.

Meet the Digital Science team, 14.00-16.00, Thursday 28th November

The Digital Science team would like to meet researchers, research managers and / or librarians to discuss daily routine, working environment, tools used, and challenges faced. The objective is to better understand the problems faced in daily work, so we can build tools and solutions to solve those problems and help improve the pace of discovery.

If possible the team would like to spend an hour having yourself or colleagues take us through the daily routine, tools, and challenges. Following that the team would invite the group to a local cafe for an open discussion, also about an hour.  The team would hope to leave with a better understanding of the obstacles faced by those in research and academia, and, with luck, ideas for potential solutions to those obstacles.

If you would like to meet the Digital Science team, please email Ruth Harrison, in the Central Library.

Changes to Autumn term office hours in Maths and Physics


This term I will be located in the Mathematics Learning Centre (MLC) on Level 4 of Huxley on Tuesdays between 11am and 1pm and Thursdays between 1pm and 3pm.


This term I will be spending between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Wednesday afternoons in the Blackett Common Room on Level 8.

Please do drop by to say hello!

Central Library

Otherwise I am based in Room 110 on Level 1 of the Central Library.

These hours will come into effect as of Week 2. Changes to these hours can be found on my web page.