Thursday, 17 March 2016

Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980

Foreign Office files for China, 1919-1980 makes available the complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan for much of the twentieth century. The documents combine eyewitness accounts, weekly and monthly summaries, annual reviews, reports and analyses with a synthesis of newspaper articles and conference reports, economic assessments and synopses. Search Foreign Office Files for China under the University Collections tab on StarPlus for more information.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Are you ready for the REF?

To be eligible for the next REF, all your articles and conference papers published after the 1st April 2016 must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance.  

To meet these requirements, you can deposit your Author Accepted Manuscript in MyPublications.  We will then upload it to White Rose Research Online, our open access repository.

To find out how to do this, and learn more about Open Access, visit our Open Access webpages.  You may also wish to read How it all works, a new series of guides for researchers. Issue one gives an excellent introduction to the key issues relating to Open Access and research data, and the services available to help you maximise the impact of your research outputs.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Taking books home over Easter?

As you know, we usually renew your books for you automatically if they haven't been requested. However, over the Easter holidays things work a little differently.

  • Even though we will try to automatically renew your loans by Saturday 12 March, we may encounter some issues, such as another student requesting your book. Because of this, we’re asking you to please remember to check your library account through StarPlus, and renew any items due for return before going off home for the holidays.
  • Once your book has been renewed, you’ll be able to keep it over the holidays and - as long as no one else requests it - we’ll continue to renew it for you once term starts. If someone does make a request for a book that you have on loan, you will need to bring it back to us by Monday 11 April.
  • If you’ve made any requests for books that you no longer need over Easter, please remember to cancel them online.
  • So that we can get your requested books to you even faster, if anyone has a book that’s overdue they won’t be able to place a request.
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  • If we don’t have a physical copy of the book you need, don’t worry, we also have a wide selection of e-books and other online resources available through StarPlus. Just log in to MUSE and read our ebooks from your desktop, wherever you are, 24/7.

If you encounter any difficulties, please contact the Library on 0114 222 7200 or email

Monday, 7 March 2016

Finding legal information workshop

Puzzled by legal terminology? Need to find an Act of Parliament for your coursework? Then this workshop is for you!  Aimed at students who are not studying law but who want a basic introduction to legal information and materials, the next workshop runs on Wednesday 9th March, 10.00-11.00 in the Library Skills Room on the 4th Floor of The Diamond.

You can book now and see our other workshops on our Information Skills web page.

information skills workshops

British Library Boston Spa Minibus

The Library runs a regular free minibus service to the British Library Document Supply Centre at Boston Spa to give staff and students of the University the opportunity to use the extensive collections housed there. Visits are scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month and the next trip is on 5th April. These are usually very popular and book up quickly, so hurry and book your place now!

The minibus leaves from the Tower court car park outside the Western Bank Library at 8.45am and returns to Sheffield by approximately 5.00pm.

The British Library requires pre-registration to use their libraries and material must be ordered in advance. More details can be found on the library’s web page

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Exciting news: now you can access all the journals on CNKI via StarPlus

CNKI (China Academic Journals Online, 中国知网) is a full-text searchable database of Chinese journals on business, economics, management, literature, philosophy, history, archaeology, music, arts, politics, law, education and social sciences. All the journals from CNKI are now searchable on StarPlus by title, keywords, publisher, and subjects.

We subscribe to 864 titles in Literature/History/Philosophy, 676 titles in Politics/Military Affairs/Law, 2016 titles in Education/Social Sciences and 982 titles in Economy & Management on CNKI. This development makes accessing these over 4500 Chinese journals easier than ever.

Seven steps to producing a literature review

Creating your first literature review can be a complex process requiring a number of skills. It involves identifying, evaluating and synthesising previous research in your field of study. Structured around research ideas, its purpose is to set the research scene by highlighting the main arguments and identifying gaps or shortcomings which need to be addressed with further research.

For help with writing your literature review take a look at the Library’s online tutorial: Producing a literature review. This tutorial will guide you through the process of writing a literature review in 7 steps. It also suggests sources of further advice about specific skills and provides recommended reading

Seven steps model

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Business Source Premier

Looking for company and business information? Our subject guide will help you find the right resource for you. 

Business Source Premier is a business research database, with full text access to leading titles such as Harvard Business Review. It also provides company profiles, which will be useful for any student preparing for job applications or interviews.

The database has text to speech (read aloud) functionality in English for documents in html format.

If you create a personalised account within the database, you can organise your search results in folders and add notes to documents that you save. You can also save searches, create alerts and RSS feeds. Apps for iPhone and Android devices are available.

This database will be of interest to students and researchers in a range of disciplines across the University. To get access, open StarPlus from the My Services menu in MUSE, type Business Source Premier into the University Collections search box and follow the View It/view full text links to the database.