Monday, March 30, 2009

Library Training

This coming Friday morning (Friday 3rd April) the topic will be Introducing Scopus.

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources.

It's designed to find the information scientists need. It is quick and easy to use and comprehensive in scope. Scopus provides superior support of the literature research process.

It is updated daily and covers over 16,000 peer-reviewed journals, including 1200 open-access journals, conference proceedings, trade publication and book series.

The session will showcase the features available and demonstrate how to set up a personal profile and how to export references into RefWorks folders.

Bookings are essential. Only 8 places available.
Contact the library to book a place for this session

Freeze Frame

This is the online collection of Polar Images from the Scott Polar Research Institute in the University of Cambridge, covering the years 1845-1982. It brings together images from both Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. There are over 20,000 images in the collection.

The Resources section contains Environmental change, Expedition summaries, Biographies, and History of polar photography.

Customary Medicinal Knowledgebase

CMKb is an online relational database for collating, disseminating, visualising and analysing initially public domain data on customary medicinal plants. The database stores information related to taxonomy, phytochemistry, biogeography, biological activities of customary medicinal plant species as well as images of individual species. Known bioactive molecules are characterized within the chemoinformatics module of CMKb, with functions available for molecular editing and visualization.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Introducing Web 2.0 : Blogs

What is a blog? The word Blog is a contraction of the term web log and is a personal or corporate website in the form of an online journal, with new entries appearing in sequence as they are written. Some blogs such as this library blog are “read only” while others provide an open forum for discussion.

As with Podcasts viewers are often able to sign up for continuous email alerts or for RSS feeds.

It is one of the many ways to keep up to date with developments in your field and to communicate with others.

Here is a selection of environmental Blogs (in alphabetical order):

Climate Debate Daily
, named by Times of London as one of the 5 top eco-sites

Climate Ethics Blog is a commentary site on climate change science and policymaking by those working on climate change ethics. The site is intended for policymakers, interested public, and journalists.

ResearchBlogging which accesses blogs maintained by writers producing pee-reviewed material. This is the site to catch up on what is going on in academic research world wide.

Reuters Environment Blog


Short Sharp Science: Environment posts. This blog is maintained by New Scientist.

The Environmental Blog maintained by John Tarantino who founded the non-profit organization to lobby congress to support hybrid vehicles.

The Green Blog with Graham Readfern which is maintained by the Courier Mail.

The Guardian Environmental Blog

While there are indexes to Blogs such as, Technorati,
and Blogcatalog you can also locate Blogs of interest simply by including the word blog in your Google search query.

If you want to set up your own Blog these will help you to start

How to set up a Blog for Beginners

How to set up a science Blog

New Library Internet sites: advice to all users

If you are using the new site for the first time please sort the list of sites alphabetically before you do anything else.

To do this just go to the blue arrow beside the words Sorted by Most Recent and select Alphabetical

Once you have done this the records will always be in this order each time you log in to use it. You only have to do this sort once.

World Bank: Environment

This website provides access to an overview of the Bank's work on environment and links to relevant activities across the Bank, both in the operational regions and in different sectors with which it works. Information about the Environment Strategy, Operational and Safeguard Policies, their environmental work in the regions, projects, analytical studies, capacity-building efforts, partnerships, and publications can all be found through the navigation buttons on the left of the screen.

Free Books for You

Library staff are currently preparing for the relocation to the new premises at the end of 2009. Prior to the move we need to remove some material from the collection and over the next few months we will be offering the deselected materials to interested staff members for inclusion in their personal collections.

From Tuesday 24th March selected items will be displayed on the table beside the entry to the library.

Drop in,browse and select any items you would like.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Introducing Web 2.0 : Podcasts.

Over the coming weeks I plan to introduce some of the tools available out there on the Web which can help keep you up to date and in touch with developments in Environmental affairs. This week we will look at Podcasts.

These are a great way for getting information on a wide range of topics and with the new generation of hand held devices it is now possible to download some items to view at your leisure. However you don’t have to have an Ipod or MP3 player to view them you can use them an ordinary PC with headphones or speaker.

They can range from short presentations of 1 -10 minutes to long discussions and presentations.

These are just a few of the many sites available:-


Environment and Green Podcasts maintained by the Environment Society of Australia.

The Environment Show features important current environment issues, interviews with leading campaigners and experts, best practice and solutions to our big environmental challenges. It was established and is maintained by Phil Stubbs, environment reporter for radio2ser Sydney. The site also provides links to a wealth of other Web 2.0 resources.

Podcast Blaster Directory: Environment

If you wish to extend your knowledge in other fields many universities and colleges now offer their courses and talk online.

MIT podcasts

Open Culture: University and College Podcasts

Podcasts from the University of Oxford

University of Melbourne Up Close Podcasts

University of Sydney Podcasts

If you are interested in creating your own podcasts then this will help start you up:

The Beginner’s guide to podcasts and podcasting. This is a comprehensive and easy to follow guide which includes excellent tips.

You may also be interested in Creating a Podcast with Blogger

Weasel Words

If you enjoyed the book check out the website and keep up to date with the continuing hunt to identify and exterminate “weasel words”

Monday, March 9, 2009

Free Access to Royal Society Publications during March 2009

The Royal Society has just changed it's publishing over to Highwire and to celebrate they are providing free access to all the Royal Society Publications throughout March.

Using Google to locate photographs

There are a couple of ways you can search for photographs with Google.

You can go to Google Images and use the Advanced search option and select photo content from the Content types option.

Or simply type your query in the regular query box, then once the results are on the screen, select Photo content from the drop down box which is preset to Any content.

Library Information Sessions: March through May

The library staff will be presenting the following talks/demonstrations in the coming weeks.

As there is only room for up to 8 persons for each session bookings are essential and places are allotted on first-come-first-serve basis.

Contact the library to book a place
Please indicate in the body of the message which session you wish to attend.

All sessions will take place in the Group Meeting Room, Level 14, 160 Ann Street and will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

Friday 20th March : Introducing RefWorks

This is a brief demonstration of the bibliographic management tool, RefWorks which is available to all staff.

This can be used to keep track of all the material you have researched, to sort the information in topic areas, and to produce bibliographies for articles and papers

Friday 3rd April : Introducing Scopus

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It's designed to find the information scientists need. Quick, easy and comprehensive, Scopus provides superior support of the literature research process. It is updated daily.

It covers over 16,000 peer-reviewed journals, 1200 open-access journals, conference proceedings, trade publication and book series.

The session will highlight the features available, demonstrate how to set up a personal profile and export references into your RefWorks folders.

Friday April 17th : Introducing SuperSearch

Supersearch is a Federated search engine. This tool permits a simultaneous search of the library catalogue and the library databases using a single search query.

The session will demonstrate the various features of this search engine, the basics of searching and retrieving material and exporting records into Refworks.

Friday May 1st : Google Tips and Tricks

This session has proved popular in the past.

It outlines various methods of ensuring quality results from searches on Google, looks at the various features of Google including enabling users to export references directly into Refworks

Friday May 15th : Looking at Environment Complete

Environment Complete offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. and contains more than 1,957,000 records.

It also contains full text for more than 680 journals and 120 monographs.

This session will outline the features available to searchers, show how to set up a personal profile, and how to export references from the database into Refworks.

Friday May 29th : Managing your Favourite Websites

This session highlights the tool Delicious, which facilitates keeping track of all those websites you use in your regular tasks.

Delicious provides a means to store and arrange all the sites so that they can be accessed from any terminal at any time.

The session outlines the steps in setting up an account and how to make maximum usage of all the features available.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Coffee and Cookies in the Library

You are invited to join the library staff for morning tea in the Library on Friday March 6th at 10.30.

We will be introducing the updated version of the Library's Links to Internet Resources.

Please bring your cup or mug we will supply the coffee or tea and the food. Please let us know if you are coming by 4.30 on Thursday 5th.

Contact the library to rsvp

We look forward to seeing you.

Monday, March 2, 2009

RSS in Plain English

Are you still wondering what RSS is and how is can help you?

This short and simple video explains the whole thing and will have you started on keeping up to date quickly and easily.

.Marine Protected Areas of the United States

This site includes information and news about the US Marine Protected Areas and some useful resources such as their Virtual Library, Lessons Learned and Case Studies