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Library essentials for chemical engineers

  1. 1. Library Essentials – Chemical Engineering Lynne Meehan Room 314, UCL Science Library Email : ☎: 020 7679 2634 UCL Library Services There are 16 library sites across UCL which you are entitled to use. For information on all the sites and their collections:- Science Library Your main base will be the Science Library is in the DMS Watson Building on Malet Place. To enter the Science Library you need your ID card and to borrow books and check your account you need your PIN. Opening Hours During term time, the library opens at 8:45 and closes at 22:30, Monday to Thursday, 8.45-19.00 Friday. It is also open 11:00-21:00 on Saturday and Sunday. The assistance desk and Self-service machines have shorter hours. Please note that opening hours change throughout the year. For more details:- Contact details Telephone: 020 7679 7795 Email: Blog: Library news for Engineers Twitter Library regulations Respect Quiet study Please switch mobiles to silent mode No food in the library No drinks except bottled water For more details :- Studying in the Library On the ground floor their are several areas for group work including the group study rooms, which have computing facilities and white boards For more details:-
  2. 2. Photocopying A common re-chargeable copycard is available and works in most of the UCL libray sites. The card costs £1.00 which does not include any copy credit. For more details:- Borrowing As an undergraduate you can borrow up to 10 books. To borrow the book use the self-service machines or visit the Assistance Desk Loan type Loan period Fine if overdue Standard 8 weeks 20p per day 1 week 7 days 30p per day 2 day (short loan) Mon-Wed 50p per HOUR, or each part of an hour Wed-Fri Fri-Mon DUE BY 10 am 3 hour (short loan) 10.00-13.00 50p per HOUR, or each part of an hour 13.00-16.00 16.00-10.00 (next day) Overnight 16.00-10.00 (next day) 50p per day Reference NOT FOR LOAN  The standard loan (8 week) period will be shortened if somebody else requests the item. You will be advised of a new return date by email (see below).  One week loans are non-renewable if somebody else has requested the item.  If you have fines outstanding, or overdue books you will not be allowed to continue borrowing.  Short loan collection is for providing maximum access to the most heavily used material Renewing Standard and 1 week loans can be renewed if nobody else has requested them. How to renew:  In person at the Issue Desk  At the Science Library - at the self-renewals terminal  Via your library account  By telephone, during opening hours: For more details on Borrowing, renewing and reserving go to:- Source of Information (or where to look for stuff for your coursework)
  3. 3. Assignment Search engine (e.g. Wikipedia Library Catalogue Database Google) Writing a short - Look for news items An overview of Find a book on Look for references to assignment on climate change your topic climate change journal articles if you - Google Scholar that you can use had time to do it. Writing a long - Look for news items - An overview - Find a book on You might try using a assignment on climate change of your topic climate change database of journal -Google Scholar - Suggested that you can use articles to look for what - Finding organisations keywords you - Possibly find research there has linked to climate can use when conference been over the last few - Political policies searching the papers years into climate relating to climate database's. change. change Type of Information Useful for Examples Journals Up-to-date research -Nature Usually published monthly or developments within the field, or -Scientific american quarterly, and contain a selection rports on technological -Science of articles providing details of innovations, current affairs, recent research. business matters, conferences, practical experience 'in the field Books Useful to provide an introduction -Textbooks as part of your course Take a general approach to the or overview of a topic or building material subject, typically covering basic on research published in journal -Knovel is our largest collection of principles, facts and theories articles. engineering books. Technical data Quick and convenient retrieval of -National Institute of Standards Traditionally found in printed facts and figures and Technology's NIST WebBook handbooks or manuals, many of these are available online now -Knovel Standards are accepted current Standards represent a level of -British Standards Online for full methodologies and technologies quality that manufacturers and text of British Standards relating, for example, to service providers can work toward -IEEE Xplore for full text of over dimensions, quality, testing, achieving. 1000 standards in electronics, terminology and codes of telecommunications, robotics, practice. automatic control and computer science. Patents are Intellectual Property Patents provide up-to-date -esp@cenet for european patent protecting working parts and comprehensive information about -UK Patent Office is responsible processes. They are a great technological innovations that is for Intellectual Property in the UK. source of scientific, technological often not available elsewhere. -US Patent and Trademark Office and competitor information for US patents Web Useful for official information, Librarians’ Internet Index - specialist organisations, statistics and data, news, journal articles. -Intute – Official publications Governments are involved with -Directgov website provides Publications issued by the most areas of society, and there access to a wealth of government government and its departments. are few subjects that are not information and services online. covered. Official publications will -Department for Business, ultimately affect corporate strategy Enterprise and Regulatory to a greater or lesser degree. Reform website is a good example of an government website Reference material Looking up company facts, data, -Kirk-Othmer concise Such as dictionaries, directories, statistics, standards, product encyclopedia of chemical and encyclopedia information, specialist technology organisations and definitions. -Encyclopedia of Chemical useful for providing specific pieces Technology of information (i.e. facts) quickly. -Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
  4. 4. Looking for items on your reading list In order to locate references from a reading list you first need to look at the reference to see whether it is a reference to a book, a chapter in a book, or a journal article. The following will help you to decide; WHOLE BOOK Example: Smith J M, Van Ness H C. Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. 7th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2005. This is a typical way of listing (citing) a book on a reading list. Some lecturers may use slightly different styles. Some clues that it is a book:  there are publishing details  there are NO volume or issue details BOOK CHAPTER Example: Chua, David KH., "Value improvement methods", IN The civil engineering handbook. Edited by W. F. Chen and J. Y Richard Liew. 2nd ed. CRC Press, 2003, pp. 7/1-7/23 Some clues that it is a book chapter:  there are publishing details  there are NO volume or issue details  there appear to be two titles - use the book title to search in the catalogue  there appear to be two authors - use the book's author/editor to search in the catalogue  the word "in" appears after the first title, indicating that the material appears in some other item You will find this book in the catalogue under the names of the editors (Chen and Richard Liew). If you look up the author of the chapter (Chua), you will not find this item. JOURNAL ARTICLE For example: Hart, Gary C., Srinivasan, Mukund. "Typical costs of seismic rehabilitation of existing buildings", The structural design of tall buildings, 17(2), 2008, p. 445-469 Some clues that it is a journal article:  there are no publishing details  there are volume or issue details  there seem to be two titles - use the journal title to search the catalogue There are a number of different ways this information can be written, the two most widely used formats are called ‘Harvard’ and ‘Vancouver’ Library catalogue (
  5. 5. Books To find a book that you know the author and/or title of:  Use the Quick search  Enter the author surname and key words from the title  No need for diacritic marks like commas Results By clicking on the blue “Library site” links on the right hand side of the “Results List” page you can see which UCL Library the book is kept in as well as:- ‘Item status’ = how long the book can be borrowed for ‘Due date’ = displays as “Available” if it isn’t out on loan ‘Location’ = where it is shelved The Science Library has its own scheme for arranging books on the shelves. A typical Engineering location (or classmark) looks like this: ENGINEERING Q 2 PER . This is the classmark for Perry's chemical engineers' handbook, where:  ENGINEERING is the book collection;  Q 2 is the classification (all books with Q 2 are about Chemical Engineering);  PER is the first three letters of the author's surname. Reservations You can ‘request’ books if all copies with the same loan status are out on loan. To reserve an item, find it in the catalogue and display the holdings information. Select one of the copies which are on loan, and click the ‘Request’ option on the left-hand side of the screen. You will then be prompted to enter your barcode and PIN. Click ‘Go’ to confirm. For more information on finding books please look at the UCL Library Services leaflet “Finding books etc” available to download from Journals  Use the Quick search  Type in the words you know e.g. Chemical Engineering  Select “All journals”  Click on “Search”  Click on the (copies/on loan) link for location information, or, if available electronically, click on the SFX link to go the full text TIP: The library catalogue only lists which journals UCL has, and does not list the individual articles within those journals, therefore when looking for journal articles ONLY look up the FULL NAME OF THE JOURNAL on the Library catalogue SFX
  6. 6. SFX is a tool to link all UCL electronic library resources, including the catalogue and databases, straight to the full text of journal articles and books. For more information on finding journals please look at the UCL Library Services leaflet “Finding journals” available to download from Your library record  Click on “My account” (on the top tool bar).  Enter your barcode – the 10-digit number located on your UCL ID card.  Enter your PIN number which will be the first 4 digits of your date of birth, DDMM – not the year, just the date/month.  Click on ‘Sign-in’. Your name should now be displayed at the top of the screen, with a list of books on loan, reservations, etc.  Always click the “Reset” option (located at the top right-hand corner) after looking at your personal information, so that no one else can see your personal details or borrow books using your account. TIP: Renewing books – when you have borrowed any books from a UCL library, it is possible to renew your books yourself from within your personal record – select ‘loans’ followed by ‘renew’. You are not able to renew if you owe the library more than £20 or if your books are reserved by other library members. Tutorial For an online tutorial on the library catalogue, go to, log in, click on WISE, and select Engineering and the Built Environment. Knovel Knovel is an interactive e-book and database package which gives searchable access to the full text of a range of text and reference books. It covers all aspects of engineering and applied science. Link to Knovel from the Library’s databases list:  You can search for terms within all of the subscribed titles or browse the available resources by navigating through the subject areas.  For help with using Knovel, see section 3 of WISE (Finding information): go to, log in, click on WISE, and select Engineering and the Built Environment. Citing Sources It is important to include references in your work in order to indicate that you have used relevant information resources, to avoid plagiarism and to allow readers of your work to be able to find the information sources for themselves. You should remember to list all the details of the books/journals that you consult so that you can reference them correctly. Failure to cite your sources constitutes plagiarism and you may be penalised! Citing acknowledging within your piece of work the source from which you obtained information. Reference full details of the source from which you obtained your information. Bibliography a list of the references you have used, usually placed at the end of your text. For help with citing sources,
  7. 7.  See section 5 of WISE (Working with information): go to, log in, click on WISE, and select Engineering and the Built Environment.  Read Neville, C. (2008). Complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism. Milton Keynes: Open UP held at MEDICAL SCIENCES A 9 NEV (2nd floor) and GEOGRAPHY A 9 NEV (1st floor)  Try Internet detective -  Library guide to references, citations and avoiding plagiarism available online at and at enquiry desks For more information, please go to for more information. Access to electronic resources UCL users are advised to access resources through the lists of ejournals ( and databases ( available on MetaLib. This will guarantee that you get free access to all the resources to which you are entitled as a UCL member. If you are on-site you will not need to log in to resources. If you are off-site, you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password automatically. Further information For more information on access to e-resources, visit To report a problem with access, please fill in a problem report form at Further help • Library website • WISE: go to, log in, click on WISE, and select Engineering and the Built Environment. • Science Enquiry Desk: located on the ground floor of the Science Library. It is staffed from 09:30-18:00, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 09:30-17:30 Tuesday and Thursday. Telephone on ext. 37789 or 020 7679 7789. • Lynne Meehan (science subject librarian) contact me on or 020 7679 2634 or come and see me in Room 314, Science Library. • Links to slides and resources used in this course: Evaluation Please fill in the evaluation form about your session at Topic
  8. 8. Using the resources and search techniques that you discover in your library information skills session, as well as the IT skills that you learn in your computing session, produce a one page summary (including references) of The challenges of biofuels, in particular (including illustrations if you wish): • a brief description of what biofuels are and how they differ from petro fuels • a brief overview of the current use of biofuels in the UK, Europe and worldwide • a discussion of what the main challenges are in the production and use of biofuels The page limit is strictly one side of A4, minimum 10pt font size Write an e-mail to your personal tutor introducing yourself and attaching your research document. Copy your e-mail to Dr Sorensen ( The deadline for this e-mail is Friday 8th October at 4pm