Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Vacation Opening

Although 24/7 ends on 23rd December, the Campus Library still has extensive opening hours over the Christmas vacation. Details can be found here:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

No need to stop using the library when you go home!

Going home for the Christmas vacation? 

We know what a dedicated bunch you are - so to help you with all that yuletide learning, Library staff are going to be available to answer all the off-campus related queries you can think of (or just talk about what your favourite Christmas movie is!).

Pop along between 12 & 3pm on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th, Monday 11th or Tuesday 12th December and find us in the foyer with lots of tips, tricks and treats designed to help you access those ejournals & ebooks* that we all love to read at Christmas time!

In the meantime please remember that you can find help and guidance on our off-campus help page at:

*(Not actually very Christmassy) 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Earth and Environmental Sciences journal archive from Springer Nature

The Library has recently purchased the Earth and Environmental Sciences archive from Springer Nature. This is a collection of backfiles from over 80 high quality academic journals with coverage dating from the 1920s to the 1990s.

The journals can be accessed from Library Search and directly from:

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dawsonera ebooks move to Adobe Digital Editions for downloading

Dawsonera have rolled out the use of Adobe Digital Editions for downloading their ebooks onto a device such as a laptop or PC.

The most common way of reading the ebooks is their online web reader, which remains unchanged - to use the web reader just choose the 'read online' option.

If you want to download the ebook for a PDF type format, then just make sure you have Adobe Digital Editions on your laptop or PC.
It is a free plugin and Dawsonera have created a Help Guide for downloading, which can be found at:

and is part of their overall Help guides at:

If you have any problems downloading Adobe Digital Editions please contact IT Connect.
Or for any ebook queries please contact us the library.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New ACM eBook collection for the computer science community

The Library now provides access to ACM eBooks - a new series of high quality titles for the computer science community, published by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in collaboration with Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

The series includes books from across the spectrum of computer science subject matter, appealing to computing students, educators, researchers and practitioners.

A direct link to the collection can be found on the Computer Science Subject Resources page of the Library website, whilst the individual titles can be discovered using Library Search.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Open Access Week, 23rd to 29th October

Open Access Week

It’s the 10th Annual International Open Access Week and this year’s theme is about the reasons why we should think about publishing research Open Access, asking the question: “Open In Order To…”  See some examples here and add your thoughts to the story:

You may have seen in the news that Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis has been made freely available as part of Open Access Week, but did you know you can also freely access many research outputs produced by Keele University staff? 

Keele’s Research Repository has almost 4000 documents with 75% published as Open Access and over 103,000 downloads of documents.  This month has the most downloads ever in the history of the repository (we’ve been live since 2014) showing that publishing documents Open Access is making research more widely available than ever before.  Check out the statistics here:

Want to know more about Open Access at Keele?

Take a look at the Open Access page

Sign up to one of our training sessions, 'Everything you need to know about Open Access and the next REF'. Details here or book through Keele People.

Find more information about the Library Research Support services and resources here:

Friday, October 20, 2017

Cambridge Histories Online

Explore history on the move with our subscription to over 140 volumes from the Cambridge Histories series.  You can access volumes from the Literature series covering topics, such as, Victorian, Postcolonial and 20th Century Literature.  Or volumes from the British and European History series, which includes topics on Russian, Medieval and Modern History – from any device with unlimited user access.  

When you come across a chapter or section you’re interested in, you can download and print from the volume.  You can view the full references referred to in the chapters, which may lead you to further reading.  All volumes are fully searchable using keywords, so you can jump straight to the relevant parts.

Cambridge Histories – Literature is available from here:
Cambridge Histories – British and European History is available from here:

*for off campus access login here first: then go to the above links

Or discover the volumes through Library Search:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Greenleaf Online Library

You can access over 250 sustainability themed publications through our subscription to the Greenleaf Online Library - Or discover them through Library Search -

Friday, October 13, 2017

New banner

It's an Open Day on Sunday, so the old banner has come down and we have a new one!

New books added to stock in September

In September we added 340 new physical titles to library stock, often with multiple copies, as well as ebooks and other things. Lists of these, subdivided by Library, can be found below:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Semester 1 Reading Lists

Library staff are currently making your Reading Lists available in readiness for the start of Semester 1.  

You can search for your lists either by module code or keywords here.  

If your list isn’t available yet, check back again soon.  If you experience any problems just contact your Liaison Librarian.  

Happy reading!

Friday, September 8, 2017

PC cleaning

 The computers in the labs and other areas in the Campus Library are going to be cleaned in advance of the next semester during the week beginning 11th September. This will be done in a staged way so that there are always computers available for use. Our apologies for any disruption.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017


We're getting a new banner for the Open Day this weekend (hope the wind stays quiet!).

Thursday, June 1, 2017

New fines payment kiosk

Over the summer we'll be making some changes in automated library fines payment. As part of this. we've just installed a new fines payment kiosk at the Campus Library. You may never need to use it, but if you do, please let know what you think of it.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Graduation 2017

Graduating this summer?
Please remember all Library books must be returned by 31st May 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Graduating this summer?

Are you graduating this summer? Bring your Keele card to the Library Counter to receive a graduation memento to help you remember your time at Keele! (hint: it's not a chocolate bar).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

You’re a poet – you just didn’t know it…

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day as I wandered lonely as a cloud…? It’s World Poetry Day and the Library has the perfect resource for that inner poet in us all. Take a look at Literature Online (LION) where you’ll find the full-text of over 355,000 literary works and critical reviews from Tennyson to Pinter.

LION is just one of many online resources that the Library subscribes to. View the full A-Z list here or search for a subscription resource specific to the subject you’re studying through the Subject Resources pages.

And remember, it’s not just the Library building that’s available 24/7!

Monday, March 13, 2017

By JoVE, I think I’ve got it!

It’s British Science Week, but did you know that the Library subscribes to JoVE (the Journal of Visualized Experiments), which is the world’s first peer-reviewed scientific video journal, where you can watch video tutorials on general lab techniques; the essentials of biology; and more advanced topics on neuroscience and genetics.

Our subscription to JoVE covers Basic and Advanced Biology, is accessible on and off campus (like the vast majority of our resources) and is just one of many online resources that the Library subscribes to. View the full A-Z list here or search for a subscription resource specific to the subject you’re studying through the Subject Resources pages.

And remember, it’s not just the Library building that’s available 24/7!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, why not take a look at The Times Digital Archive covering news from 1785-2011. View news articles from the time of such historic and world changing events as the Suffragette movement.

The Times Digital Archive is just one of many online resources that the Library subscribes to. View the full A-Z list here or search for a subscription resource specific to the subject you’re studying through the Subject Resources pages.

Remember, it’s not just the Library building that’s available 24/7!

Books for Green Week #3

Wednesday's book for Green Week takes a positive pragmatic perspective: Atmosphere of hope, by Tim Flannery:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Advanced Refworks Session Weds 8 March

There's still time to sign up for our training session on Advanced Refworks, running Wednesday 8 March at 12.00 noon.

This session is aimed at more experienced Refworks users and will explore some of the custmomising options in the reference management software.

Click here to book a place.

Books for Green Week #2

Today's book for Green Week is American wasteland, by Jonathan Bloom:

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Green Resource for Green Week

If you’re looking for articles on environmental issues like climate change then you’re probably familiar with the EBSCO databases the Library subscribes to, but you may not know about GEOBASE, which is a database specific to the earth sciences and covers issues of ecology, geology, as well as the environmental sciences. There are over 2 million full-text journal articles with another million plus abstracts, which if you click on the @Keele symbol next to the article may lead to the full text through our other subscriptions. Click here to start using GEOBASE.  You can view our Quick Guide to using the resource here.

GEOBASE is just one of many online resources that the Library subscribes to. View the full A-Z list here or search for a subscription resource specific to the subject you’re studying through the Subject Resources pages.

Remember, it’s not just the Library building that’s available 24/7!

Green Week, Green views

It's Green Week here on Campus, and to reflect that our Library Green team have put up a display of books about Green issues. The first is From cradle to cradle, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Temporary closure of Special Collections and Archives 2017

The Special Collections and Archives are currently closed following a major flooding incident on Saturday 7th January. A relatively small number of items suffered water damage, thanks to our immediate response and successful salvage operation. Even so, the incident has caused major and long term disruption to the service.

All collections have moved to alternative storage and we are unable to offer an enquiry or searchroom service whilst we dedicate the coming months to the care of our collections and reinstatement of the archive stores.

There may be some delay in responding to emails and phone calls.

Updates on progress will be posted in due course.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Publishing Your Research Open Access in the Keele Research Repository

Publishing your research Open Access ensures that your work can reach the widest possible audience. Publishing to a repository, such as, the Keele Research Repository is called the “Green route”, whereas publishing Open Access through a journal is known as the “Gold route” and you have to pay to publish in this way.

So what are the advantages of publishing your research Open Access?

  • More people can read your research without having to pay for it or log-in through subscription services.
  • More people can download your research freely and share it with other people.
  • More citations of your research are likely as it is more easily accessible to more people.
  • More research outputs are made available due to the ease of access to your research.

Of course, the other reason why you should publish your research into the Keele Research Repository is to ensure that it can be included in the next Research Excellence Framework. To ensure REF compliance, researchers must:

  • Deposit their peer-reviewed, final accepted manuscript to the Keele Research Repository (this is not the final published version that includes publisher typesetting).
  • Ensure that anything published after 1st April 2016 is submitted to the repository within 12 weeks of the date of acceptance by the publisher.

The table below shows the ten most accessed and downloaded research papers from January 2016 to December 2016 from the Keele Research Repository. All these papers are available through Open Access. Just click on the link to access the paper.

Full Text Article Requests from the Keele Research Repository (Jan 2016-Dec 2016).  Data taken from IRUS-UK

Number of Requests
Dr Julie Hulme
Learning styles in the classroom: educational benefit or planning exercise
Dr Jamie Pringle
The use of geoscience methods for terrestrial forensic searches
Dr Julie Green
The impact of chronic venous leg ulcers: a systematic review
Joanne Jordan
Interventions to improve adherence to exercise for chronic musculoskeletal pain in adults
Dr Jamie Pringle
The Carboniferous Southern Pennine Basin, UK
Dr Jamie Pringle
The Precambrian-Cambrian nonconformity at the Ercall Quarries, The Wrekin, Shropshire, UK
Dr Martin Hollamby
Recent advances in nanoparticle synthesis with reversed micelles
Laurence Wood
The epidemiology of patellofemoral disorders in adulthood: a review of routine general practice morbidity recording
Dr Paul Forrester
The leadership criterion: challenges in pursuing excellence in the Jordanian public sector
Professor Clifford Stott
Contemporary understanding of riots: classical crowd psychology, ideology and the social identity approach

If you need help publishing your research to the Keele Research Repository or you just want to know more about publishing Open Access, please book onto the session Publishing Your Research Open Access Using the Keele Publications Database through Keele People. Sessions are available on Wednesday 8th February (10-1), Wednesday 22nd March (10-1) or Wednesday 3rd May (10-1).

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Wishing a happy and successful 2017 to all Library users, past and present.