Library Update for the School of Informatics

Thursday, November 29, 2007

New resource - Handbook of Functional Neuroimaging

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new reference work to MIT CogNet, the Handbook of Functional Neuroimaging of Cognition, 2nd ed.

Edited by Roberto Cabeza and Alan Kingstone, this reference work is the essential resource on neuroimaging and provides an accessible and user-friendly introduction to the field written by leading researchers. The core of the book covers fMRI and PET studies in specific domains: attention, skill learning, semantic memory, language, episodic memory, working memory, and executive functions.

With the addition of this important work, MIT CogNet now hosts 8 leading reference works in the brain and cognitive sciences.

To view this new resource directly, visit MIT CogNet and enter your EASE username and password when prompted.

Sarah Kelly
Liaison Librarian

The CogNet Library is a growing, searchable collection of books, journals, eight reference works, and conference materials. Content and resources are provided by The MIT Press and other publishers, professional associations, institutions, and individuals who are willing to share public access to online work.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Main Library - Borrowing and Opening Hours

As part of a range of measures to help students during the examinations and in mitigation of the construction work at the Main Library, from Monday 26 November to Friday 14 December:
  • the Helpdesk will be loaning bound journals to students on an overnight
    loan basis
  • Reserve items will also be loaned overnight
    • from 5pm Monday-Thursday
    • from 2pm Friday and Sunday, and
    • from 12noon on Saturday
Since we are closed on Sat 15 Dec, the last effective day of lending overnight bound journals and Reserve on this basis is Thurs 13 Dec (see Christmas Opening Hours).

Also, owing to essential electrical works at Appleton Tower affecting services to the Main Library, the Main Library building will close at 5pm on Friday 14th December (instead of midnight) and Helpdesk services will end at 4.50pm (instead of 6.50pm).

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

IEEE Xplore Online Training

The University of Edinburgh subscribes to the IEEEXplore Digital Library, giving access to:

  • IEEE journals, transactions, letters, and magazines from 1988 with select content back to 1913
  • IEEE conference proceedings from 1988 with select content back to 1953
  • IEEE standards from 1948
  • IET journals, letters, and magazines from 1988
  • IET conference proceedings from 1988

IEEE offers several free training options, giving the opportunity to learn the best practices in searching IEEE content as well as getting quick demonstrations of new features of the IEEE Xplore® digital library:

  • Regularly Scheduled Online Training Sessions
    IEEE Xplore Online Training is scheduled regularly and is available to everyone. Hosted by their Client Service Managers several times a month, users participate from their desktop or as a group in a conference room.
  • Self-Paced Instant Training Modules
    If you only have a few minutes and need some pointers, view one of these instant training modules. IEEE has taken the most requested training topics and recorded high-level overviews showing you what you need to know. Whether you are new to the IEEE Xplore digital library or just looking for a refresher, these modules provide the tips and tricks to make your research go smoothly.

    You will need Flash Player to view these training tutorials.

    IEEE Xplore Overview
    1. What Does IEEE Xplore Offer? (Content) (coming soon) 2:08 min.
    2. Setting Up Email Alerts 2:11 min.
    3. Browsing the Content 2:42 min.

    IEEE Xplore Advanced Searching
    1. Advanced Search Techniques: Option 1 5:00 min.
    2. Advanced Search Techniques: Option 2 2:57 min.
    3. Using Session History to Create Complex Searches (coming soon) 1:27 min.

    IEEE Xplore In Depth
    1. Using the AbstractPlus Page (coming soon) 2:29 min.
    2. Pre-Prints (coming soon) 1:38 min.
    3. Multimedia in IEEE Xplore (coming soon) 1:18 min.
For full details see

Sarah Kelly
Liaison Librarian

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)

The print volumes of this collection have now been moved from the Darwin Library lower floor and it is now possible to browse the complete run on the Main Library 4th floor at QA75.5 Lec.

Most volumes, but not all, are available online, see


Monday, July 30, 2007

Main Library Photocopy Facilities

The Photocopy Room on the 1st floor of the Main Library will close from 28 July. However, in the week beginning 30 July but services will be available throughout the week on the 1st floor landing, the Current Journals area and in the Reserve Collection.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

JCM Library - Informatics Stock Move

Much of the current lending stock and all of the journals have now been moved to the Main Library, and the Catalogue entries have been changed to reflect the new location. Unfortunately, there is a current problem with some of the items which have been updated to state they are in the Main Library, when in fact they are still in the JCM Library. We are not quite sure why this is, but it does appear to be affecting short loans the most.

We are currently looking into this issue and hope to have it resolved as soon as possible. If you are having difficulty locating an item, please double check the Catalogue location. If it says Main Library, and the item cannot be found in the Main Library, then please get in touch with staff at the JCM Library Service Desk in the first instance (or alternatively speak to staff at the Main Library Helpdesk and they will contact JCML on your behalf).

Many thanks and apologies for this temporary inconvenience.

Sarah Kelly
Liaison Librarian for Informatics and Medicine

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

JCM Library - Informatics Stock Move

Further to the message on June 28th , pleased be advised of the following moves:

Thursday 05 July 2007
  • All current and pre-current (un-bound) issues will be moved to the 1st floor of the Main Library.
  • All bound journals will be moved to the 3rd floor of the Main Library.
Friday 06 July 2006
  • All books (LC collection) will move to a temporary location on the 4th floor, then to their permanent location in the 4th floor LC sequence.
For further information contact Sarah Kelly, Liaison Librarian.

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