Friday, December 20, 2013

URGENT - Email scam

Some of you may have received an email from libhelp@keele purporting to be from the Library talking about a new library system and asking you to activate a new library account. Please DO NOT click on this - it is a scam and the link actually goes to a server in Iran which has nothing to do with Keele University.

More advice about Internet safety is available from IT Services:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Student access to vacant rooms across campus

Campus Library Staff now have access to campus room bookings software.  If you need a space to do group-work and the Library rooms are already booked we can look for a vacant room across campus for you.  Throughout 24 hour opening Library staff are are able to make room bookings up to 10pm Monday to Friday and until 4pm on week-ends.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Library Christmas tree

The Library Christmas tree this year is very GREEN and is made entirely of recycled, reused and reusable materials. Library staff made the decorations and had great fun doing so. The paper chains have been fixed with NO staples, using an ingenious gadget called the Magic Stapler. Please spare a moment to take a look and spread the word. We have added seasonal greetings in 36 languages (so far) including Klingon. Can you work out what they all are?

We wish all our users and visitors the greatest health and happiness at Christmas and all through the year.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Free webinar: using doctoral theses in your research

If you're interested in finding and using doctoral theses, why not sign up for this free webinar to learn how EThOS works?

EThOS is the national database for PhD theses, managed by the British Library. It's a fantastic resource for researchers, with over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your own research, and another 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.

Sara Gould,  who manages the EThOS service, will host and answer questions after the webinar on 10 December 2013, 11.00am GMT.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Movember in the Archives

Marvellous moustaches from the Archives, in support of Movember. These hirsute gents, photographed c1890, were members of a velocipede club in the Potteries. Taken from our Warrillow photographic collection

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Keele Campus Library: reminder about forthcoming training sessions ...

Just a reminder of our forthcoming training sessions at the Keele Campus Library:

The 'Basic RefWorks' session will be delivered twice more, as follows:
  • Monday 18th November, 12:00 – 13.30 
  • Monday 2nd December, 12:00 – 13.30

'Effective Dissertation Research' will be delivered on: 

Wednesday 27th November, 12:00 – 14.00

Further information:

Based at the Hospital Campus?  You can book on sessions delivered at the Health Library:

No time to attend training sessions?  Try one or more of the following:

More new features in Catalogue Plus

In Catalogue Plus we want to give you as much information as we can anything you find so that you can decide whether it is useful to you. To that end we've now added 'Other editions', 'Similar items' and 'Subject tags' features, which tell you more about what you're looking at and link to other useful items. A picture probably explains this better, and below is a screenshot showing these new features in operation:

As you'll see, we have Other editions of Judith Bell's invaluable 'Doing your research project'. Catalogue Plus is also recommending Similar books on the same subject, and it also gives Subject tags which tell you more about what the book covers. 

If you have any questions on this new feature or would like to know more about it please let us know.

Friday, November 8, 2013

New feature in Catalogue Plus

A new feature has gone live in Catalogue Plus this week.If you have searched for a journal title which we have in print, such as New Scientist or Nature, you will now see a green @Keele icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. This is a link to the ejournals A-Z, so you can click on it and it will tell you whether we also have that journal in electronic format, and what coverage we have. Note that not all of our print journals are available in electronic format, and of course that we have far more journals available only electronically. Please let us know what you think of this new feature, or if you have any questions about it.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

National Poetry Day 3rd October

 ‘Water’ is the subject of this year’s National Poetry Day, so here's a manuscript poem from our Archives - it refers to the sea and is by North Staffordshire born poet and philosopher T E Hulme

Monday, September 23, 2013

Telephone renewals

Although it has been possible for some years now to renew loans via the catalogue, some library users still prefer to telephone the library to do so. However this service is only available during counter opening hours, and the phone can go unanswered if all members of counter staff are already helping other library users. To this end we've now introduced an automated telephone renewals service.

Callers to the renewals line (01782 733230) will now be greeted by an automated system which can handle renewals, as well as listing your loans and due dates, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The system will recognise either your Keele card number or your library barcode number, to which you must add a # at the end. You can list your loans, renew them, as well as learning of any other information about your library account. If your call is complicated and you still want to speak to a person, there is an option for this, but please be aware that this is only available during counter opening hours.

Please let us know what you think of this new service.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Keele Campus Library: 'Essential Information Skills' sessions for Semester One

To read about our latest series of information skills sessions and book a place online: click here to view

If you're based at the Hospital Campus, don't forget you can book a place at the training sessions run by colleagues at the Health Library: click here to view details

Can't attend any of our sessions?  Instead, view our videos and guides: click here to view

... for help searching health information resources, why not try one of the Health Library's online tutorials/videos: click here to find out more.

Monday, September 16, 2013

T E Hulme 130th Anniversary

The poet and philosopher, T E Hulme, was born in North Staffordshire 130 years ago today. Reproductions of material from the Library's T E Hulme archive are currently displayed in the Library foyer as well as online T E Hulme 130th Anniversary display

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Refworks - Logging In Problems

Some Refworks users have recently reported difficulties logging in.
We sincerely apologise for any disruption this may have caused.
The current problem mostly seems to affect users who connect to Refworks using the "Institutional" or "Shibboleth" link from the Refworks corporate website ( At the moment this link is directing users to an "Athens" login page which has been discontinued some time ago. We have informed Refworks of the problem and we're hoping they will correct it very soon.
In the meantime, if you're having the same problems, please use the login link provided on the Library's Refworks page instead. If you use Refworks in tandem with other e-journal sources at Keele, we recommend you login to Refworks first before doing any searches for journal literature and so on. This can also alleviate problems.
One other way to solve login issues can be to remove all cookies and browsing history information from your browser. This can be especially useful if you have multiple accounts from different institutions or are still occasionally using NHS Athens accounts with the same web browser (see below for instructions);
Instructions for users of Internet Explorer:
For users of Firefox:
Once you've done this, close your web browser, then re-start it, and then try to log in using the link on the Library’s connection page:

As a rule of thumb we always recommend using Library e-resources via the Library's website. Refworks is no exception. Remember you can also contact Refworks directly at out of office hours.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Refworks Downtime Sunday 25 August 2013

Refworks have scheduled essential system maintenance in the UK for Sunday 25 August 2013, from 3.00am until 9.00am.

Users will not be able to access Refworks during this period.

After the system maintenance has been performed, users may notice brief periods of slow response time while the Refworks operations team in the USA carries out routine testing to verify system capacity and performance.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience; however, we are told this system maintenance is necessary to make significant improvements to storage performance. Please note that this will not compromise any work in your personal RefWorks accounts.

Feel free to contact if you have questions or concerns.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Download Dawsonera e-books to mobile devices ...

We are pleased to announce that Dawsonera e-books can now be downloaded to Android and Apple iOS (e.g. iPad) devices.

Look out for the download icon when using the Dawsonera website - clicking this icon starts the download process.   The download icon looks like this:

Page with arrow pointing down is the download icon for Dawsonera
Download icon in Dawsonera

The e-books are downloaded to Adobe Reader. If you don't have this app. on your device, please download it via the "Get Adobe Reader" icon displayed on one of the on-screen messages in Dawsonera.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Oxford Medical Handbooks Online: new titles and editions

We are pleased to announce that we have new editions - and a number of new titles - from the popular series of Oxford Medical Handbook online.

For easy access, a list of the titles that are currently available has been compiled: view it here.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Wi-Fi improvements at the Campus Library

Over the summer IT Services will be making major improvements to wireless networking across campus. Work on the Library is due to start next Monday (10th June 2013) and should take about 2 weeks to complete.During this period there may be some minor disruption from drilling or ladders, but we'll try to minimise this as much as possible. If you have any problems accessing books or journals please let the Info-Point staff know and we'll fetch them for you.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Library Vacation opening

Summer Vacation officially starts this week-end so the Library cease the provision of 24 Hour opening on Friday 7 June at 18.30 hrs and will re-commence on Monday 30 September 2013.

Summer Opening - 8 June to 29 September - will be as follows
Monday to Thursday 08.50 to 22.00 hrs
Friday 08.50 to 18.30 hrs
Saturday and Sunday - 11.00 to 1700 hrs

Compared to previous years, this represents extended opening into the evenings on Monday to Thursday - we hope it will meet the needs of our customers.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New Guinness World Record set at Keele University Library

A massive well done to Matthew Carr and Fraser Greenroyd who have secured the new Guinness World Record for the longest chess tournament at around 8am this morning.

The previous record of 40 hours and 20 minutes has been exceeded by some distance as Matthew and Fraser managed 44 hours and 02 minutes.

They are now taking a well earned rest - I'm sure you will join me in congratulating them for a job well done!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Guinness World Record attempt

At Midday today in the main entrance of Keele Campus Library, Matthew Carr and Fraser Greenroyd, both Computer Science students at Keele, began a world record attempt to play the longest Chess Tournament.

The current record stands at 40 hours and 20 minutes so the guys expect to break that record on Wednesday morning!  They are raising money for a local children's charity whilst doing this so please come along and give them your support and help them help others whilst they make a bid for a Guinness World Record.

Extended Summer Opening

We are pleased to announce that the Campus Library will be opening until 10pm Monday to Thursday throughout Summer vacation.  There will be a limited counter service available from 5pm onwards but we are sure this extension in opening times will be a popular move.

Also to note, the Info Point enquiries service will be available again throughout Summer vacation, (9-5pm, Monday to Friday).  If you need advice on using databases or Library's software including RefWorks and Encore Synergy, or want any help getting your hands on relevant reading material, please pop along and see the Info Point team.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Springer Protocols

A new resource to Keele Unviersity library users, to access go to

Used primarily in the life sciences, protocols provide individual sets of instructions to allow scientists to recreate experiments in their own laboratories.  These documents provide written procedural methods in the design and implementation of experiments that describe the safety, bias, procedures, equipment, statistical methods, reporting, and troubleshooting standards to be used in order to successfully conduct the experiment.

SpringerProtocols combines the world’s largest collection of protocols with advanced search functionality.  Each protocol is in four sections—Introduction, Materials, Methods, Notes—so that information will always be exactly where you expect to find it.

SpringerProtocols contains more than 28,000 protocols, most of which come from the classic book series Methods in Molecular Biology.  Each protocol is a chapter of a book, and each book is a collection of protocols on a given research topic.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Finalists: books for library fines

If you are in your final year at Keele and have any outstanding Library fines, we would be willing to accept book donations against the value of these.
  • Any books offered should be in good condition and cited on reading lists;
  • We reserve the right not to accept books and wouldn't offer more than a third of the value of the book when new;
  • We are unable to give out cash but would offset the amount offered against the value of any Library fines you may still owe.
Please go to the counters at either the Campus or Health Libraries if you would like more details.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Updated Library help resources for using e-books

In light of recent changes to the Dawsonera website, we have updated our e-books guide and video:

Monday, April 29, 2013

It's Spring ... new look for Dawsonera e-books. Click here to read more

Have you noticed that some of our e-books look a bit different?

That's because one of our e-book suppliers (Dawsonera) has changed the way their website looks, so things look a bit different.  

Here are a few hints to help you use a Dawsonera e-book effectively once you've accessed it via (for example) the Keele Library Catalogue:

Read online icon for Dawsonera e-books

Click this icon to read a book online (the button was previously labelled "Read Online").

Alternatively ...

Table of Contents heading for Dawsonera books
You can scroll down the page once you've accessed the e-book, looking out for the image shown left;  choose a section from the contents list displayed beneath.  If you click any of the headings you should next see the corresponding text on the screen.

Handy Hints:

  • If you see this button (see right), click it to view sections within chapters: Plus sign in Table of Contents list denotes a section within a chapter;
  • Once you are viewing an e-book on-screen, click the blue arrow (example shown below) to view sections within chapters:
  • Clicking blue arrow pointing to right displays sections when viewing the e-book

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Keele Library widget

Have you ever come across a book on another website and wondered whether Keele has a copy? Up until now, you had to make a note of the title and retype it into the catalogue. Now you don't - we have a browser widget to do it for you. 

Simply click on a link in the Bookmarks bar in your browser and the widget goes away and checks for you, bringing up a link to the library copy - it doesn't even have to be exactly the same edition.

Developed in collaboration with our colleagues at LibraryThing, there are versions of the widget for most browsers. You can read more about it and download the widget to your PC here. Let us know what you think!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Want To Learn About Refworks?

Are you interested in Refworks but couldn't attend our previous training sessions?

For those who missed out, the Library is offering two more introductory sessions this academic year:


Monday 22 April 12.00-1.30pm
Monday 20 May 12.00-1.30pm

To book a place on the session please EMAIL:

Please provide your full name, along with your school/course details.

Places are limited to 20 per session, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scott McGowan

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Looking for information?

Looking for information and don't know where to start? Why not try our new discovery service Encore?
This combines searching the library catalogue with some of our major journal databases at the same time, saving you time and complication.
Give it a try here, and let us know what you think.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

View an interactive floor plan of the Keele Campus Library!

View our newly-created interactive floor plan to take a stroll around the Keele Campus Library.  You will see photos and key library information as you go.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Campus Library YouTube Channel

If you're looking for help on how to use our e-resources and Refworks there are a selection of video guides on the Campus Library YouTube channel at:

More videos will be added shortly so subscribe to get all the latest updates.

New Help Point in Campus Library

A trial service offering a help-desk facility on the first floor of the Campus Library starts today.  Until the end of May, between 2pm and 5pm Monday to Friday there will be a temporary desk on the first floor landing.  When working upstairs there will be no need to go down to the main Service Counter for help because that help is going to be nearer to you.  So if you need assistance locating items or making a catalogue search, pop along to 'Help Point'. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Special Collections and Archives to appear on BBC television

The Special Collections and Archives to appear on BBC television
Filming took place in the Archives this week, for a forthcoming BBC 2 documentary Henry VII: Winter King, presented by Thomas Penn, author of the critically-acclaimed book Winter King. The sixteenth century copy petition of Edmund Dudley and the Lambeth Palace accounts are part of the Paget Papers deposited at Keele. These unique manuscripts provide a fascinating insight into the reign of the first Tudor monarch and are set to be screened in the spring as part of a BBC Tudor season.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SAGE Journals Premier

The library has purchased electronic access to the Sage Premier suite of journals, these are now live and accessible to all Keele users. The Sage Premier collection includes leading international peer-reviewed journals, including high-impact research titles published on behalf of over 245 scholarly and professional societies. This deal provides the University with:

  • Electronic access to over 645 peer-reviewed, full-text journals, with content dating back to 1999. 
  • igh-quality, interdisciplinary content – almost two thirds of the content in the SAGE Premier package is ranked in the 2011 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2012) 

Click here for a full list of the titles in Sage Premier

These titles are available from our AtoZ of Journals, via the @Keele button or by going directly to Sage's platform. They can be accessed off-campus using your Keele username and password.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Today is a special day for a number of Keele students who have their graduation ceremonies today. These events are a fabulous way to mark all the hard work that has gone into achieving academic success, a cause for celebration and source of pride for your friends and family.  Your Library team wishes each and every one of you much success for the future.  Enjoy today, you've earned it, well done.

Monday, January 21, 2013

New search system under test

Locating information for an essay or indeed any kind of research isn't always as quick or easy a process as it ideally should be. Having to repeat your search in multiple information resources such as the Library catalogue and journal databases can be inconvenient
and time-consuming. To meet this need, the Library has set up a new system called Encore which allows searches on the library catalogue and most of our major ejournal databases at the same time. The default search combines books and articles, showing the top 3 or 4 most relevant articles and giving direct access to the full text of journal articles. However if you click on the 'Articles' tab you can choose to focus your search on the most subject-relevant resources. Of course, due to database licensing, the full-text is available only to Keele staff and students, so you must login using either your IT username and password or your library barcode.

Please let us know what you think of the system. Although we've tested it thoroughly we'd be particularly grateful if you notice anything which doesn't appear to work as it should.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

New sign for Campus Library and IT Services

The weather could have been better for its arrival but after much anticipation our new sign has arrived.

Thanks for your patience if you had to take a slight diversion to get into the library whilst it was installed. The old outdated signage will be removed in a few days.