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February 8, 2011

New Journal Subscriptions of Interest to the Humanities

Imperial Library now has access to the following journal titles, all accessible online for Imperial Students and Staff.

Bulletin of the History of Medicine (Online)

Early Science and Medicine (Online)

Social Studies of Science (Online)


February 3, 2011

New Humanities Purchases February 2011

Our latest list of new CDs, DVDs and books for Humanities is now available.

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January 26, 2011

Imperial College Library: Easter Opening hours

The opening hours for the Central Library over Easter 2011 are as follows:

Easter Vacation
24 hours as usual apart from advised closure dates
(closing every Friday 23.00 – Saturday 10.00)

Closure Dates:
Friday 22 April closes at 17.30
Saturday 23 April: closed
Sunday 24 April: closed
Monday 25 April reopens at 08.30

January 18, 2011

History of Science Blogs List

The ‘Dispersal of Darwin’ blog has a great list of blogs and twitter accounts that focus on the History of Science in its many permutations.

January 6, 2011

New Humanities Material January 2011

Our latest list of new Humanities books and CDs is now ready for viewing.

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December 2, 2010

JSTOR Mobile Access

JSTOR now offer a mobile-friendly version of their website which allows you to access e-journal articles via your mobile device.

JSTOR Arts and Sciences I & II

JSTOR contains 224 titles in more than 15 different disciplines. It includes many of the core research journals in economics, history, political science, sociology, humanities and social sciences.

To access this resource via your mobile device, use the following links:

November 5, 2010

New Humanities Material November 2010

We have a wide selection of new material for the Humanities collection in the Library this month. From gardening tips to the latest novel by Jeannette Winterson, through to CDs and DVDs, you’ll find it all here in the list!

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October 15, 2010

Library Training Workshops

Library training workshops

Come and learn how to find information for your projects at the library’s introductory database sessions on the following subjects. Please note that these sessions are aimed at Undergraduate students, but will contain content of use to students at other levels also.

All sessions are in Training room 1 on Level 1 of the Central Library unless otherwise stated

Note  – any courses not listed are currently fully booked.

To book

Please complete the booking form at to register for any of these sessions.

Using CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts)

CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) covers major areas of research, including environmental sciences, materials science, biological sciences, engineering and computer science.

Using Web of Science

This multidisciplinary database covers a wide range of subjects including science, engineering, humanities, medicine and social sciences. It also includes cited references for all articles.

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a service which uses the Google search engine, but searches only scholarly resources. This session will cover search tips, what Google Scholar can do for you, and the advantages and disadvantages of using Google Scholar

Using PubMed

This is the most comprehensive source for biomedical articles. This session is for students who need to find information in medicine and related subjects.

Intelligent use of the Internet
– learn which sources on the Internet to trust

We all use the internet but we don’t always know how reliable it is. This session will show you how to decide whether the information you find on the internet is valuable research or just plain rubbish!

Cross-search multiple databases
using Metalib, the library’s portal

This information portal provides access to databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the Library. Many of the resources can be cross-searched, where a single search is carried out on more than one database.

Presentation Skills
– get general advice and tips on preparing a presentation, including how to plan a presentation, and what to do when you are a presenter.

– learn how to store your references and create a reference list

Reading & Note Taking
– learn techniques for improving your reading and note taking skills

Academic Writing
– learn techniques for improving your academic writing skills. You will learn how to understand essay questions, look at different academic writing formats and gain some tips to help in those all important exams.


October 7, 2010

Extended Access: Public Understanding of Science

Imperial College Library now has extended online access available for the journal, Public Understanding of Science. Our online holdings now extend back to Vol1(1) in 1992.
Public Understanding of Science has the 2nd highest impact factor of 33 journals relating to the History & Philosphy of Science, according to the Journal Citation reports for 2010 from Thomson Reuters.
The journal covers a range of topics including: popular representations of science, history of science education, and science and the media.

October 5, 2010

Extended Science Museum Library Opening Hours

Change to Science Museum Library Opening

The Science Museum Library London opening hours have been realigned to match those of the Central Library. Starting Monday 4 October, the library  will be open 24/6 during term time.
Hours will be adjusted to stay open the same hours as Imperial College during vacations as well.
This marks a distinct improvement for access to the STS Collection, especially for part-time students.
The STS Enquiry Desk will be open at the same times as before 10:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday and access to SML electronic resources will remain limited to these staffed times also.


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