Thursday, October 30, 2008

New ejournal packages via York

The University of York Library has subscribed to various new ejournal packages including:

Taylor & Francis

Click on the title above to view more details about these collections.

All new ejournals from these packages will be added to the University of York e-journals page. Available via the HYMS Librayr tab on the HYMS VLE or directly at

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Web journals 'narrowing study': Online publishing reduces academic research to little more than a 'popularity contest', critics warn

Click on the title above to read an article from Guardian (Tue 28th Oct) on how the emphasis on publication impact factors is affecting research publishing. The article also gives some hints for researchers on how to make their papers more e-friendly.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

York Library redesign - be involved

Vision for the re-development of the Computer Science space - briefing and consultation sessions
Stephen Town, the Director of the Library & Archives, will be running a series of briefing and consultation sessions in November to update staff and students on the Library’s vision for the re-development of the space in the Computer Science building when it becomes available in 2010/11 and the associated re-development and refurbishment of the JB Morrell Library.
These briefings are an opportunity for staff and students to provide your comments, feedback and other creative ideas on the plans.

The sessions will be held in the Raymond Burton Library seminar rooms on the following dates:

Tuesday 11th November, 11am-12pm
Wednesday 19th November, 2.30-3.30pm
Thursday 27th November, 3-4pm

These sessions are open to all staff and students. The Library will not be reserving places for these briefings, so please be aware that there is capacity for 60 people per session.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Chair of NICE on limits of RCTs and drug tests

Click on the link above (normally available for 1 week after broadcast) to hear Sir Michael Rawlins on the need to "reappraise the way we decide which drugs are effective, the head of drugs body NICE says. Chairman Sir Michael Rawlins made the argument in a speech to the Royal College of Physicians. He says controlled trials are not effective in finding out whether the drug is working in the real world." (Summary from Radio 4 website)

Podcast from Radio 4's Today Programme, 17th Oct 2008, 07:17