Friday, 25 February 2011

Update - Education databases get a new look

An update to the previous post about the new-look education databases. The planned move by JISC of ERIC, the British Education Index and the Australian Education Index to a new platform has now been delayed until 2012. This is to enable them to get the new version up to the required standard.

The applied linguistics database, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, together with the version of ERIC (CSA) that is on the same platform, will move across during summer 2011.

We will contact all people involved in applied linguistics study, teaching and research, to arrange training in the summer.

Please contact Kate if you have any questions or concerns.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Potential delays to interlibrary loan service

We are currently experiencing a backlog of interlibrary loans. Anyone intending to request material on interlibrary loan should take this into consideration. The delay has been caused by the temporary closure of the British Library's Boston Spa storage facility, after the discovery of small traces of asbestos on site.

The British Library have alternative supply measures in place so that the majority of requests should still be satisfied. However please be aware that some services are unavailable. The disruption is expected to continue throughout 2011.

Where possible, we will try to obtain material from other libraries. So please continue to submit requests, but please bear in mind that it might take us longer than usual to satisfy them. We will keep you informed by email of progress along the way.

Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Upcoming WISER sessions

WISER Finding Stuff (Tuesday 22 February) is a series of hour-long workshops designed to help you find material for your research. You can attend the whole series or pick and mix the sessions you would like to attend from:
  • Books etc on SOLO (presented by Penny Roberts) - Tuesday 22 Feb 9.15-10.15. Booking @
  • Articles (presented by Kerry Webb) - Tuesday 22 Feb 10.15-11.15. Booking @
  • Theses and Dissertations (presented by Jayne Plant) - Tuesday 23 Feb 11.30-12.30. Booking @
  • Conferences (presented by Sue Bird and James Shaw) - Tuesday 23 Feb 12.30-1.30
Other sessions this month:

WISER Getting information to come to you (Thursday 24 February 9.15-10.45)
WISER: Learning a Modern Language (Thursday 24 February 11.00-12.15)
WISER Maps and Mapping (Friday 25 February 12.30-1.30)

For more information, including how to book a place, visit the BodWiser blog at

Monday, 14 February 2011

Educational tests - suggestions for purchase

The Education Library has a budget to buy educational tests and instruments for use by students in their research. The tests bought each year are decided by tutors, but often proposed by students. Let us know if there is a test you would like to use this year, and we will try to buy it for the Library.

You can use our Recommend a Resource form or email us at with your suggestions.

Education databases get a new look

The education databases (ERIC/BEI/AEI) are changing platforms from April 2011 and will have a new look! We will let you know when we have an exact date for the change, and will arrange training sessions for staff and students before the launch of the new version.

Details of training sessions are posted on our website here.