RUSU Excellence Awards PosterHas a librarian, study adviser, maths support adviser, or IT helper in the Library made a big difference to you? Do you have a brilliant administrator, technician, personal tutor or lecturer, especially one who inspires you with research or cutting-edge technology?

Why not nominate staff you believe go above and beyond expectations to improve your teaching and learning experience at Reading for a RUSU Excellence Award? Categories are:

  • Support Staff Excellence Award
  • Personal Tutor Excellence Award
  • Technological Innovation in Teaching Excellence Award
  • Research Inspired Teaching Excellence Award
  • Lecturer Excellence Awards (one for each of the four faculties)

Nominations are open until Friday 7 February, so please take a few minutes to say ‘thank you’ to that person who went that extra mile!

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator
for RUSU





Student studyingThere are spaces still available on our EndNote Web workshops for undergraduates and masters students.

Come along to learn how to use EndNote Web to…

  • store details of the books and articles you read
  • download references from databases such as the Web of Science
  • insert citations in your Word documents
  • build a bibliography in a style of your choosing at the click of a button

Workshop times

Wednesday 29 January, 14:00 – 15:30

Wednesday 19 February, 14:00 – 15:30

Wednesday 5 March, 14:00 – 15:30

Book your place

Book your place via the ‘Library course bookings’ link on the RISISweb portal.

This workshop is part of the Student Training and Experience Programme (STEP) and counts towards the RED Award.

Jackie Skinner, Library Web Manager


studentsusinglaptop_bannerThe latest in our series of monthly ‘Info tips’ has been published on refreshing the skills you need for university online. Check out this feature for tips on how to develop your skills in areas such as finding information and academic writing.

This is one of a series of Info tips to help save you time and effort finding or using information.


Results on the new Web of ScienceThis weekend’s upgrade to Web of Knowledge has not only introduced a new interface, it has also led to a change of name.

Web of Knowledge has become the Web of Science, and the old Web of Science has become the Web of Science Core Collection. There have been a few additions to the content of the Web of Science Core Collection too.

Try out the new Web of Science now!

Content additions

The following new databases have been added to the Web of Science Core Collection:

  • Book Citation Index – Science
  • Book Citation Index – Social Sciences & Humanities
  • Current Chemical Reactions
  • Index Chemicus


The upgrade has introduced the following enhancements.

  • An updated user interface including clear identification of the database searched, with an easier-to-get-started search tool and simplified navigation.
  • Improved page layout and readability of search results with easier links to full-text. The ‘Search for item @ Reading’ button that you might have used previously to find the full article is now under a ‘Full Text’ button in your search results.
  • New layout of full record data elements for easier readability and improved organization of links to related research.

We are in the process of updating our webpages and guidance to reflect these changes.

Jackie Skinner, Library Web Manager

The recent Enterprise upgrade has added a new feature allowing you to see how many people are already waiting for a book before you place a hold.

When viewing the full record for a book, look for the number of ‘Holds’ displayed at the bottom of the book details, just above the list of copies (circled in red in the image below)

Full record display showing number of holds

What do I do if there are already holds on the book I need?

Take a look at the number of copies, and how soon they are due for return, to help you decide how quickly you might get the book if you were to place a hold. If you need the book urgently, you might then decide to use a Course Collection copy instead or check the catalogue for an e-book version you can read online.

For more information and guidance on getting hold of the books you need see our recent info tip.

Please note that recent upgrade has also moved the ‘Place Hold’ button and ‘Book Course Collection copy’ link to the top right of the full-record, next to the title.

What happens when there are multiple holds on a book?

Your subject liaison librarian will monitor the number of holds on books in your subject. If the number builds up they might decide to do one or more of the following:

  • move a copy into the Course Collection for 6-hour loan
  • make more copies 7-day loan
  • purchase extra copies
  • look into e-book options (although not all books are made available online by publishers)

If you are having trouble getting hold of a specific book please contact your subject liaison librarian with details and they will do what they can to help.

Jackie Skinner, Library Web Manager



The latest in our series of monthly ‘Info tips’ has been published on using the Internet for academic study. It discusses Google Scholar and reliable alternatives to Wikipedia, and it contains links to other useful resources, such as our subject pages and our handy guide to evaluating websites.

This is one of a series of Info tips to help save you time and effort finding or using information.


Following the recent Enterprise upgrade it is now possible to sort your catalogue search results.

Sorting pick-list on EnterpriseSorting your results

By default Enterprise uses relevancy ranking when displaying search results, which should mean that you see the most relevant items relating to your search appearing at the top of the list. If this doesn’t suit your needs it is now possible to sort your results using the ‘Sort by’ pick-list on the right of the screen.

So if you want to see the most recent publications at the top of your results just select ‘Publication date (Descending)’ from the list. You can also sort by title and author.

Limiting your results

The new sorting facility is is in addition to the existing limiting options on the left of the screen. Use these to restrict results in a variety of ways:

  • Access – online or print
  • Type of publication e.g. books or journals
  • Publication date
  • Language
  • Library collection e.g. Theses
  • Subject
  • Author

Jackie Skinner, Library Web Manager



Conference posters on easels next to easy chair on Library's 5th Floor Silent Study areaThe central area of the Library’s newly refurbished 5th Floor silent study area is hosting an exhibition of undergraduates’ prize-winning posters detailing their UROP research projects.

The University of Reading’s Undergraduate Research Opportunites Programme (UROP) provides exciting opportunities for students to work with University staff on one of a variety of research projects. Successful applicants are paid for these varied six-week summer placements. If you are a Reading student in your middle year of study, look out for your chance to take part over summer 2014 on the UROP website in March!

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator

researchskillsbanner2013Our latest ‘Info tip’ is now available, which this month focuses on JSTOR. Check out the feature for tips on using this resource to find full-text articles in the humanities, the social sciences and the sciences. This is one of a series of tips helping you save time and effort finding information.


26718429If you use S@il PCs, Study Rooms, Study Advice, Maths Support or ITS Help on the Library’s 1st Floor, please note! Rewiring work will be carried out here between 9 December and 15 January as part of the programme to rewire the whole Library building.  Whilst it is not expected to be very disruptive, there will be some noisy work and some areas will be relocated, or corridors rerouted, for short periods.

Affected areas

  • The large S@IL computer lab will remain available, barring unforeseen circumstances.
  • Corridors and gallery will be rewired Monday 16 to Friday 20 December. However we will try to reroute you around works.
  • Study Advice will be relocated to Rooms 109 to 111 from Thursday 2 to Wednesday 8 January. 
  • Maths Support and the ITS Help Counter may have to relocate for some of the works, depending how work proceeds – to be confirmed.
  • Quiet Study with PCs Room 109 and Group Study Rooms 110 & 111 will be unavailable for their normal functions Thursday 2 to Friday 17 January. Please use other PCs, and other group study areas on the Ground or 2nd Floors.

Please see the University Library news blog or Library Twitter for any day-to-day changes to this programme.







Girl studying with laptop in LibraryIf you use Wi-Fi in the Library, please see  information from IT Services about Wi-Fi developments across the University from Monday 2 December.

In order to keep in line with Eduroam Federation recommendations, the Eduroam network no longer supports WPA-Enterprise encryption. If you used the old “Eduroam Easy Installer, please amend some configuration settings. Take a look at ITS webpages on configuration wizards and their project time-line to extend Wi-Fi coverage to all Whiteknights campus buildings, renew Greenlands Wi-Fi and to extend London Road coverage.



University of Reading Library at nightThe University has approved that the University Library should open 24 hours during term time.  Subject to practicalities, 24-hour opening will resume in March or April 2014. It will cover the revision/exam period 2014 and then continue for the rest of the summer term and into the next session.

Watch this space for further information as it becomes available.

See our previous blogs about when we piloted opening the Library 24-hours during the summer exam period 2013 and some student views of it then.


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