ESDU – New Engineering Resource

esduESDU is an engineering knowledge base which provides validated design methods, data and software tools to help solve complex engineering problems. It covers a wide range of engineering disciplines, including Aerospace, Automotive, Mechanical, Structural and Process Engineering.

Note that you will need to accept the Academic Terms & Conditions each time you log in to the EDSU service.

The University of Exeter has access to the full ESDU packages which encompasses:

Online guidance is available to help you get started.

 

JSTOR Text Analyzer

JSTOR Labs have introduced a beta research search tool that is worth exploring.  You can upload or drag and drop a file into the search box and the Analyzer tool will analyze the keywords and then produce a list of JSTOR items that match those keywords.  You can even use your phone to photograph some text and upload that for analysis!.  This service is not perfect but you can improve its use as a bibliographic research tool by adding additional keywords, and ranking their importance.

You need a fairly significant piece of text to benefit from this tool, but you can drop in all sorts of files such as an assignment, work based report or journal article you are working on.  You will get mismatches and it will work better with some searches than other, but if you are struggling to retrieve content from your usual search strategies, why not see if this helps.

The University of Exeter has extensive subscriptions to the journal and book content on JSTOR, so not only will you get a list of results, you’ll be able to examine the full text of your matching documents in the majority of cases.

Find out more about this tool from JSTOR and read the announcement blog which outlines some search scenarios that the developers hope this research tool can assist with.  Alex Humphreys from JSTOR says

Thinking only of keyword search within an academic context: junior researchers sometimes flail and thrash as they figure out the right keywords for their search – they know what they want, but what set of jargon-y terms will help them find it? At the other end of the spectrum, more experienced researchers can find themselves caught in discipline- or citation-based siloes, unaware of what they are unaware of (until the peer review feedback comes in…). I think JSTOR Labs might have something to help with these problems.

I gave it a trial by uploading a recent Powerpoint file we used with law undergraduates during a session on planning and conducting legal research for dissertations and it did a pretty good job of extracting key concepts from the document and  finding related content.  I added some phrases to the prioritized terms and played with the weightings until I got the most useful sets of search results for my needs.  So, if you are going to explore, I recommend you use the tools to add and adjust the importance of your search terms.

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This tool is in beta and the developers are keen to develop it, based on feedback from users so try it out and pass on any feedback to the JSTOR labs team.

 

Comrades

Next Saturday, 29th April, at 2pm there will be a special screening of Bill Douglas’s masterpiece ‘Comrades’ at Exeter Phoenix. The screening will be introduced by Bill’s lifelong friend and collaborator Peter Jewell and marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, the accession by the University of Bill Douglas’s working papers and the 30th anniversary of the original release of the film. The film; a poor man’s epic’ tells the story of the Tolpuddle Marytrs and features early performances by well-known actors such as Imelda Staunton and Keith Allen.

Booking details are here: http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/comrades-pg/

Here’s a photo of Bill with the cast, taken on set by David Appleby.18056845_1479802722071449_9140515595530982181_n

Aerial Digimap

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The University now has access to Aerial Digimap a new collection from the Digimap suite of GIS services.

The aerial imagery data in the service is 25cm resolution vertical aerial imagery supplied by Getmapping PLC, and is the most detailed aerial imagery available for the whole of Great Britain.

You can access all the Digimap services available to you via the University of Exeter subscriptions through the Maps section of the Electronic library. You will need to register before using the Digimap services, by completing a short online registration form.

Aerial Digimap offers mapping and downloading facilities:

Aerial Roam offers the ability to view, annotate and print the aerial photographs as well as an overlay function to allow comparison with current Ordnance Survey mapping.

Aerial Download offers the ability to select specific locations for which to download the aerial photography for use in local desktop software

For an introduction to this service, take a look at the preview demonstration on Digimap’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/rAiO4XXRD5Q.  Online help is also available.

Library Maintenance Finished

Thank you for your patience, we have completed our system maintenance and all our services should be back up and running.

You can now issue and return items as normal in the Forum Library . Plus you should be able to access and use all our online resources and the catalogue.

If you do encounter any problems please e.mail us at library@exeter.ac.uk

 

Library System Maintenance Monday 21st November

There will be Library System Maintenance on Monday 21st November starting at 16.00pm and hopefully finishing around 20.00pm although the system is “at risk” after this time.

We apologise that there is no access to the catalogue during this period. Exeter University Holdings can be found via Copac http://copac.jisc.ac.uk

In the Forum Library you will be able to borrow items by taking them to the member of staff at the front of the library and you will be able to return any materials via the Drop box but not the Returns machine.

You can still access our online resources via our provided list and via your bookmarks

Any problems please do get in touch via email : library@exeter.ac.uk

Need help to find library resources? Book a 1:1 Library consultation

If you are struggling to make the best use of the library and information resources you can call on the Library Liaison Team for help.

If you are researching for an assignment or dissertation and don’t know where to start, then get in touch for some specialist advice.  We can help guide you to the most relevant resources for your research topic, and also help you build your online search skills so you can track down relevant information quickly and effectively.  You can then spend more time analysing and reviewing the materials in order to inform your assessed work.

Many students take advantage of a 1:1 Library session around dissertation time, when designing their research strategy.  However, you can get in touch at anytime – so don’t struggle away alone.  If you are not finding the information you need, just get in touch and we can set you off on the right track.

A huge amount of information is available to you via the Library and we want to help you make the most effective use of it.

Get in touch with us via libraryhelp@exeter.ac.uk.  Just suggest a time you are available for an appointment and let us know how we can help,  and we will book you in with one of the team. We can meet you at the Forum Library or the St Luke’s Library, whichever is more convenient for you.

And don’t forget that we have online support material available to you 24/7 via the Library and Research Skills module in ELE.

 

Liaison Faces Oct 2016