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Endnote web – MMU Library workshop, Thursday 24th April 2014

April 14th, 2014

“EndNote Web is a bibliographic management software package that will help you to organise and manage your bibliographic references and create bibliographies easily and automatically. If you are engaged in a large-scale research project then Endnote Web offers practical solutions to managing all your references.”

“As well as working through exercises to familiarise you with the web version, EndNote Web, we will also look at the full, on campus version of EndNote.”

“Places are still available for the April session. It is open to staff, researchers and postgraduate students:

Session date: Thursday 24th April 2014

Location: John Dalton room C1.02

Time: 10.00 – 12.00

If you would like to book a place then please email Liz Peet, e.peet@mmu.ac.uk

Further details about Endnote Web and Endnote can be found at http://www.library.mmu.ac.uk/help/endnote/  

[Source MMU Library news:  http://www.library.mmu.ac.uk/news.php#ni292 ]

Scientists find mechanism to reset body clock

April 14th, 2014

“Researchers from The University of Manchester have discovered a new mechanism that governs how body clocks react to changes in the environment.”

“And the discovery, which is being published in Current Biology, could provide a solution for alleviating the detrimental effects of chronic shift work and jet-lag.”

“The team’s findings reveal that the enzyme casein kinase 1epsilon (CK1epsilon) controls how easily the body’s clockwork can be adjusted or reset by environmental cues such as light and temperature.”

“Internal biological timers (circadian clocks) are found in almost every species on the planet. In mammals including humans, circadian clocks are found in most cells and tissues of the body, and orchestrate daily rhythms in our physiology, including our sleep/wake patterns and metabolism.”

The article ‘A novel mechanism controlling re-setting speed of the circadian clock to environmental stimuli’ by Violetta Pilorz, Peter Cunningham, Anthony Jackson, Alexander West, Travis T Walton, Andrew A.S.I. Loudon and David A Bechtold in Current Biology can be viewed at:  http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(14)00195-X

[Source Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) news:  http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/health/2014/140319-pr-mechanism-to-reset-body-clock.aspx ]

Searching and sharing gazettes now easier than ever

April 14th, 2014

“The Gazette website enables you to search millions of official notices covering nearly 350 years of the UK’s history. Following on from its beta phase, the enhanced site includes many new interactive features, including social media sharing and the ability to create your own ‘bespoke editions’ of The Gazette.”

“Features include:

  • new search tools and notice grouping – find the information you’re looking for easily
  • sharing tools – share notices that interest you through email or social media
  • location searching with interactive mapping – view notices in geographic areas you’re interested in
  • MyGazette personalised account – store your saved searches or favourite notices for quick and easy reference
  • articles, checklists and videos – make the most of The Gazette with helpful tools
  • bespoke editions – now you can create bespoke editions of The Gazette using your saved or favourite notices
  • new mobile site and free newsstand APP – access information whatever your device”

Explore the Gazette at:  https://www.thegazette.co.uk/

[Source National Archives news:  http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/922.htm?news=rss ]

Re-use of fashion heritage and new digital perspectives

April 14th, 2014

“Just think of a designer delving into a brand archive to inspire a new collection or a director researching a fashion film. Using fashion heritage is not just looking at the past but discovering how the past can become relevant in a contemporary context.”

“While previously kept in archives and only seen by researchers and fashion industry insiders, the internet and digitisation have changed the game of fashion heritage. Museums and brand archives now make digital copies of their collections and put them online for use in online exhibitions, marketing campaigns and more.”

“A recent example is the house of Lanvin, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary on social media with  ‘Lanvin History’. For the occasion, the house opens its archives and shows its heritage through photos, videos and original artwork by Jeanne Lanvin on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and its own website.”

“Now that archives are starting to show their material on the internet, more and more people can discover and re-use this material. Europeana Fashion wants to explore these new opportunities for fashion heritage during its series of three annual conferences around fashion and digital technology. The second conference will take place on 9 April 2014 at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London. The opening up of archives to a large audience combined with the power of archives to inspire new forms of fashion culture is the topic of this conference. The event is sold out, but we will keep you updated on interesting outcomes from it.”

[Source Europeana:  http://blog.europeana.eu/2014/03/13905/ ]

Telling research participants about health related findings

April 14th, 2014

“The Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust have launched a framework to help researchers design and implement a policy on feeding back findings that arise during the course of a study which have a potential health implication for the individual participant.”

“In the course of a study involving human participants, it is possible that researchers may make a finding that has potential health or reproductive implications for an individual participant. For example, during a brain imaging study, researchers might identify a brain tumour, or a genome-wide association study looking for genetic risk factors for diabetes might show that a participant is at an elevated risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.”

“Whether and how these ‘health-related findings’ (sometimes called ‘incidental findings’) should be fed back to the participant is currently subject to intense debate. Given the lack of evidence and consensus on how such findings should be handled, the MRC and the Wellcome Trust worked with the Health Research Authority to develop a framework to help researchers and research ethics committees identify and consider the relevant issues around feedback in a study. The framework is also supported by the Association of Medical Research Charities, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Health & Social Care R&D Division, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland.”

Here is a link to the framework:  http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Utilities/Documentrecord/index.htm?d=MRC009787

[Source MRC News:  http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Newspublications/News/MRC009788 ]

UK Data Service webinar on ageing

April 14th, 2014

“Book now for the UK Data Service hour-long webinar on the topic of ageing to be held on 30 April 2014.”

“This is a collaborative webinar involving the UK Data Service and Dr Alan Marshall from the Frailty Resilience and Inequality in Later life (fRaill) project at the University of Manchester. The webinar will showcase data on the topic of ageing that is available from the UK Data Service and will highlight the research potential of the data.”

“UK Data Service staff will introduce:

  • the types of data available
  • how the data can be accessed
  • the useful online support materials held by the UK Data Service”

“Dr Alan Marshall will give an overview of how data such as the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the Census are used to examine issues such as:

  • frailty
  • inequalities in frailty changes in later life
  • retirement and self-reported illness
  • inequalities in care outcomes
  • neighbourhood health effects”

“The webinar will take place between 14.00 and 15.00 GMT on 30 April 2014. The format will be a 30-minute presentation followed by time for questions.”

[Source UK Data Service news:  http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/newsitem/?id=3766 ]

Official discourses and personal sources: Women’s History Month, part 2

April 14th, 2014

Jenni Orme in a blog at the National Archives writes:

“This is the second in a two part series marking Women’s History Month [part 1 appeared in RWB 459]. To celebrate, we asked colleagues across The National Archives to tell us about their favourite records relating to women, resulting in an eclectic mix of everything from a medieval queen to a design for an inflatable corset!”

“Earlier this month my colleague Vicky blogged about some of the personal stories that were selected, while I am going to take a look at some of the choices that illustrate the ‘official voices’ that appear in relation to women. As Vicky discussed in her blog, many of these documents could be considered both personal stories and official voices, but we have chosen to divide them in this way for the purposes of these blogs.”

“The suffrage question is commonly associated with women’s history, particularly in an archive of government, and examples of both personal stories and official government views appeared in the staff selection. Melinda Haunton from our Archives Sector Development department chose CAB 27/336, Equal Franchise 1926-1927 which contains the discussions of the Cabinet Committee debating equalising the franchise.”

To read on go to: http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/official-discourses-personal-sources-womens-history-month-part-2/

[Source National Archives blog as above]

MMU e-trial – Warc

April 3rd, 2014

Runs from 21/03/2014 to 04/04/2014.

From the publisher: “You are invited to evaluate a new marketing resource called Warc.

Warc creates content and aggregates content from 50 partner organisations on a range of marcoms topics giving you access to white papers, case studies and articles from leading industry sources enabling you find relevant, quality materials to assist with your teaching all on one platform. Warc is used globally by over 100 universities that teach marketing and communications programmes, including Leeds Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam.”

To view the trial please contact your subject librarian for further details.

MMU e-trial – Business Source Complete

April 3rd, 2014

Runs from 18/03/2014 to 15/04/2014.

From the publisher’s website: “The world’s definitive scholarly, full-text business database.

In terms of premium content, peer-reviewed sources and business related journals, Business Source Complete offers comprehensive full-text coverage plus indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals, dating back as far as 1886.

Company View This component of BSC provides detailed company information for more than 1.1 million of the world’s largest public and private companies.

Company View data includes:

•Financials

•Subsidiaries

•Products

•Employees

•Industry Information

•And More…”

To view the trial go to: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,shib&profile=ehost&defaultdb=bth

Turning the spotlight (and your MP3 player!) on to the European audio heritage

April 3rd, 2014

“What do a Mozart concerto, the cries of a seagull, a lecture on the international rock scene, the voice recording of the Emperor Kaiser Franz Joseph I in 1915, and the Latvian folk song Pūt, vējiņi (Blow, wind, blow) have in common?  These are all part of our European audio heritage.”

“The year 2014 marks the beginning of a Europe-wide project – Europeana Sounds – aimed at creating easy access to over 1 million high quality audio and audio-related items through a single online access point. Together these items reflect the diverse cultures, histories, languages and creativity of the peoples of Europe over the past 130 years.”

“Whether you are a jazz fan, a creative professional or playing in your own band, a teacher, or only curious, you will be able to navigate through the future sound library and its thematic channels (contemporary music, soundscapes and natural sounds, dialects samples, etc.). Apart from that, you may re-use some audio material and share your own creative mix!”

“Europeana Sounds is a three-year project, co-funded by the European Commission under the CIP ICT-Policy Support Programme, aimed at significantly increasing audio and audio-related content accessible through Europeana.”

 [Source Europeana website:  http://blog.europeana.eu/2014/03/turning-the-spotlight-and-your-mp3-player-to-the-european-audio-heritage/ ]

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