Friday, 9 November 2012

EndNote - help and training

The Library is offering a number of training sessions on EndNote this semester to help you manage your references more effectively. The Libary training pages provide details of the sessions still to come this semester.

The Library has also produced a suite of EndNote webpages which provide lots of information, including: Getting started with EndNote, Adding references to your library, Using Endnote with Word, Further help. There is also a new email enquiry service to help you with any EndNote problems available at

Keeping up-to-date with your research

The Library is running a training session to help researchers keep abreast of new research and development in their subject area: find out how to keep up-to-date with new publications in journals, books, conferences and more; track your research using the Web of Science citation indexes. The session will take place in the Headington Library Training Room, Tuesday 27 November12.00 – 13.00. There is no need to book.

If you are unable to come to the session your Subject Librarian is able to help you find and use appropriate resources for your research including research tools to enable you to keep up-to-date. Details of your Subject Librarian are available from this subject list.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Library resources on your mobile phone or tablet

There are now a range of mobile-friendly web sites and smartphone apps available for a number of our databases and e-journals. If you have a smartphone or tablet and want to discover which resources have mobile-friendly content available, see our page on Library resources on your mobile.

Our Library catalogue is now mobile-friendly, too. It uses screen size detection to supply a version of the catalogue interface suitable for the size of your device. Large-screen devices like desktop or laptop PCs or tablets will see the normal interface, but phones, media players etc. with smaller screens will display a faster loading, less graphics-laden page. The interface works with all main mobile device browsers including iPhone, Android, Opera Mobile/Mini, Windows Phone 7 Mango and the latest Blackberry versions.

The complex nature of some e-resources and the huge variety of mobile devices in circulation may lead to occasional problems when trying to view the desktop version of our electronic resources on a smartphone or tablet. We have a list of the more common issues, and what to do to resolve them, on our mobile problems page.

If you do experience a problem using one of our resources on your smartphone or tablet, please let us know via email at or use the Library enquiry form.

Queen Victoria's Journals - freely available online

All the personal journals of Queen Victoria have been made available to search and read online. This unique resource is now openly available to everybody at

The journals span Victoria's lifetime and consist of 141 volumes. Transcriptions of each page–searchable by keyword–are currently provided for the period up to 1840, with further releases planned throughout the year. The site includes an interactive timeline and drawings by Queen Victoria , selections from her sketchbooks and a number of essays about aspects of Queen Victoria's life, authored by Sir Roy Strong, Laurence Goldman and Peter Ward-Jones among others.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Box of Broadcasts - new electronic resource

The Library has subscribed to Box of Broadcasts (BoB), an off-air recording and media archive service. The archive currently offers over 45,000 TV and radio programmes covering all genres.

The BoB TV scheduling service allows users to record TV and radio programmes that are scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of recorded channels.  After a programme is recorded users can stream a Flash video in a web page - in a similar way to BBC's iPlayer.

BoB stores recorded TV and Radio programmes in an archive. Users can record programmes, watch programmes from the archive, create clips, search for programmes coming up in the next seven days by title or keyword, compile their favourite shows into playlists and share these with others.

Access to Box of Broadcasts is available on campus and also off campus within the UK. Programmes may be played to groups on Brookes premises only and only for teaching purposes. Programmes viewed off-campus are strictly for use in the course of study.

Access is available via the Databases pages on the library website: Select B and scroll down for Box of Broadcasts. Users need to use their Athens account and first time users need to register - there are further details on the Database page including a link to a guide.

Vacation Loans over the Summer

From Thursday 10 May Research students ( MPhil and Phd ) and Staff will be able to borrow books over the Summer until Friday 21st September. Remember you can renew your books in person, by phone or online - click the 'My Loans and Reservations option' on the Catalogue to renew online.

Do be aware that these loans are subject to recall - if any of your loans is reserved by another user we will email you on your Brookes email. You will have two weeks from the recall date to return the book. Fines will be charged for late returns.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Cause Papers

The Cause Papers Database is an online searchable catalogue of more than 14,000 cause papers relating to cases heard between 1300 and 1858 in the Church Courts of the diocese of York: The original records are held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York. They are the most extensive records of their kind in the United Kingdom. They are a very valuable resource for family and local historians and scholars interested in social, ecclesiastical, economic and legal history.
You can browse the contents of the database or use the basic and advanced search functions to search by keyword or look for information about people or places involved in the cases.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Research Training - library sessions to support your research

The Library is offering a number of drop-in sessions specifically for researchers this semester. All sessions take place in the Headington Library Training Room, 12.00 - 13.00. There is no need to book. You can also contact your Subject Librarian for specialist help, details are available at:

    Information at your desktop : finding your way around the Electronic Library

This session provides details of the range of electronic resources available at your desktop, including electronic journals, journal collections, databases and reference resources:
Tuesday 7 February and Friday 2 March.

Keeping up-to-date - Keep abreast of new research and development in your subject area: find out how to keep up-to-date with new publications in journals, books, conferences and more; track your research using the Web of Science citation indexes: 
Thursday 23 February and Friday 9 March.

The library is also offering a range of EndNote sessions this semester. EndNote is a reference management service. Further details, including training dates, are available at:

EndNote Training - EndNote sessions in the library

The Library is offering a number of training sessions on EndNote reference management service. All sessions take place in the Headington Library Training Room, 12-1. There is no need to book.

Introduction to EndNote Web - these sessions cover the basics of getting started with EndNote Web, including adding references both manually and automatically: 
Thursday 10 February; Tuesday 15 February; Thursday 3 March; Wednesday 16 March; Monday 4 April.

An introduction to the key features of EndNote X5Thursday 29 March
EndNote X5 is the latest desktop version of EndNote which is available on all the university networked pcs. It includes more enhanced features than the Web version

EndNote drop-in sessions:  to help you with your EndNote (desktop or Web) questions and problems. Bring along any queries you have and a copy of your EndNote library and associated Word documents - there will be an opportunity to do some practical work: 
Tuesday 28 February or Monday 19 March.