New subscription – SPIE Digital Library

21 07 2014

We have recently subscribed to the full SPIE Digital Library. This gives you access to the  SPIE Proceedings (proceedings of over 350 conferences annually) and all SPIE  electronic journals including titles covering nanophotonics, remote sensing and medical imaging.  Go directly to SPIE Digital Library to see the full range of resources available or search WebCat  or TDNet  for individual titles. The Library already subscribes to the SPIE ebooks collection. This currently includes significant titles from SPIE Press, including Field Guides, monographs and reference books, and Tutorial Texts in the field of optics and photonics, an area which encompasses multiple disciplines. Fifteen to twenty new titles and editions are added to SPIE ebooks each year, before they are in paper formats.  Read the rest of this entry »


Trial: Enhanced Journal Citation Reports & ESI (until 30/9/14)

10 06 2014

We have trial access to a new and improved version of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR). The standard links in Web of Science currently go to this version (you don’t need a WoS account – there is an option to – ‘Continue without signing in’).

The trial also includes Essential Science Indicators – an expensive product we don’t subscribe to, but potentially worth a look while we have access.

If you have any feedback about this I would be interested.

Michael Whitton

Engineering & Maths Librarian

Trial : Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science ebooks

7 05 2014

Morgan & Claypool recorded a high number of ‘turnaways’ of people trying to access their ebooks.  In response to this the Library has set up one months trial access to all books in the  ‘Synthesis Series’ .

During this trial, all University of Southampton colleagues and students can freely download and use all of these titles through to the end of the trial period on 31 May, 2014.

Please send any feedback or expressions of interest  ASAP to your Academic Liaison Librarian  i.e. Fiona Nichols – ECS Librarian, Isobel Stark – ISVR, Michael Whitton – Aero, Mech, Maths


Fiona – ECS Librarian


New Subscriptions: Science Express and Nature Communications

6 03 2014

Nature Communications
A lot of people have been asking about access to these journals and we are pleased to announce that we have been able to respond by taking out subscriptions to both.
Articles from Nature Communications can already be accessed directly from the website and access to Science Express will be coming soon. You will also be able to discover them through the library’s catalogues in the near future. Don’t forget to set up alerts from the journal homepage if either of these titles are particularly relevant to your work.

Barbara – Liaison Librarian, Physics & Astronomy and ORC

Free Trial for some Royal Society publications

26 02 2014

We have a 60 day trial starting today for these journals:

  Journal of the Royal Society Interface

  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface is the Society’s cross-disciplinary publication promoting research at the interface between the physical and life sciences. It offers rapidity, visibility and high-quality peer review and is ranked fourth in JCR’s multidisciplinary category.

  Interface Focus

  • Each Interface Focus issue is devoted to a particular subject at the interface of the physical and life sciences. Formed of high-quality articles, they aim to facilitate cross-disciplinary research across this traditional divide by acting as a forum accessible to all

  Open Biology *NEW*

  • The Royal Society’s fast, open access journal covering biology at the molecular and cellular level. This selective, online journal publishes original, high quality research in cell and developmental biology, molecular and structural

This means that you can download copies of interesting papers for free!

Let us know what you think

Scirus will be sadly missed

21 02 2014

The specialty search site Scirus owned by science publisher Elsevier, closed sometime at the beginning of this year.

Scirus was a science-specific research service which indexed journal content, scientists’ webpages, institutional repositories, and patents. Scirus had effective filtering aids and users were able to restrict searches by subject area, author, journal, article, or date range.

This was a particularly useful search engine and it will be sadly missed by the science community.

If you would like to find out about alternatives to Scirus including DelphiS and subject databases that you can use in its place, please contact your Liaison Librarians in Engineering & Computing, Life Sciences, Oceanography and the Sciences, our details are available on your subject page



Ocean and Earth Science Librarian 

Web of Science has changed …

7 02 2014

Web of Science now has a new interface that hopefully is easier to use, with generally the same features as before.

One of the most significant changes is the name!

  • The whole database site is now called Web of Science – by default you search the Core Collection (see below) plus Medline (key medical database), Inspec (key physics, computing, electronics and electrical engineering database), Biosis and Zoological Record (key biology databases). We have recently gained access to the Data Citation Index (research data) and Derwent Innovations Index (patents).
  • The Web of Science Core Collection includes the Arts & Humanities, Social Science and Science Science Barnstar HiresCitation Indexes. This is the most important part, and drives the Impact Factor and most of the Citation metrics associated with Web of Science.
  • You can easily search all of the databases together (as before) – though some options only appear when searching a specific database.

One of the other changes is when searching the Web of Science Core Collection you can now refine by whether the article is Open Access.

We have a listing of the key Web of Science tutorials and a guide on Open Access.