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Tracking down theses is easier with ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global

Library Services recently upgraded our ProQuest Dissertations & Theses subscription to include ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT Global).

“ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997. It contains a significant amount of new international dissertations and theses both in citations and in full text.” (ProQuest website)

All records feed into Library Search, so if you’re looking for a thesis from anywhere in the World you should be able to find it there. If you can’t, our Document Delivery Service will be happy to track it down for you.

For Imperial theses always check the Spiral repository first, as titles from 2013 onwards are available on open access. And, if you’re unable to see the title you want, you can request to see the print copy via our Store Service.

Audio Engineering Society E-Library

aes-logoIf you need information about audio engineering you could do worse than visit the Audio Engineering Society E-Library.

The E-library brings together the AES collection of convention papers, conference papers, engineering briefs, AES Journal and open access papers, with many contributions by leading professionals in the field. Content dates from the 1950s to the present.

Library Services are pleased to bring you access to the AES E-Library straight from your desktop when in College, or log in with your College username and password when working off-site.

Try the AES E-Library now

We’d love your feedback, let us know what you think at or on Twitter @imperiallibrary


This week we’re pleased to tell you that our trial of Geofacets was successful and we have now subscribed to the database.

Geofacets allows you to find maps in the geological journal literature by search terms or by geographic region. It will be especially helpful for students and staff in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering.

Over 550,000 maps can be found in journals from publishers including: AAPG, AGU, Elsevier, Geological Society of London, SEG, SEPM and Wiley. Links to the full text of articles on publishers websites are included (Imperial subscription-dependent) as well as read-only PDFs of all articles.

Most maps are georeferenced and data can be integrated with tools such as ArcGIS, GoogleEarth and Petrel.

Try Geofacets now

Business databases at the Central Library

If you need access to Business databases just visit level 2 at the Central Library where you will find a suite of PCs for using Bloomberg, Datastream and Macrobond.

Bloomberg contains global financial data and is available on 11 PCs (6 PCs by Careers and 5 PCs by Seminar room 210). You will need to create your own login to use the database.

Datastream contains current and historical global market and company financial data, including equities, unit and investment trusts, market indices, bonds, international macroeconomics, commodities, interest rates, exchange rates, futures and options. It is available on 3 PCs  by Seminar room 210.

Macrobond contains global and historical economic data and is available on all PCs on level 2.

To ensure access to Bloomberg or Datastream at the time you require we advise you to make a booking.

For more information about the Business databases provided by Library Services, and for help, please email your Business librarians at or visit our Business Support web pages.



This week Spotlight focuses on a Medical resource, UpToDate.

UpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource to aid point-of-care decisions.

You can sign in and view the website at Alternatively Imperial College Library subscribes to UpToDate Anywhere so our academics, students and researchers can install the UpToDate Mobile App on up to two devices free of charge.

Information includes access to 10,000+ topics in over 22 specialties, medical calculators, ability to easily search more than 28,000 pictures, tables, graphs, and videos, and 1,500+ patient information topics written in plain English with the aim of being able to be shared with patients.

Library Services welcome your feedback about all our resources, please send us your comments and enquiries via ASK the Library.

New e-journals and e-books for January 2016

Library Services now subscribes to the following titles:


Rubber Chemistry and Technology

Published by the Rubber Division, American Chemical Society, Library Services provide access to the current issue along with the complete backfile from 1928, Volume 1 Number 1.

Try Rubber Chemistry and Technology now

American Journal of Sports Medicine

From the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Library Services offer online access from 1998, Volume 26 Issue 1. For articles before 1998 please contact the Charing Cross Campus Library which holds a small number of issues, otherwise the Library Document Delivery Service will be able to assist.

Try the American Journal of Sports Medicine now


Heat Exchanger Design Handbook, 2nd edition 2013

This 5 part volume, originally published in 1983, is the standard reference source for design and other information on heat transfer, heat exchangers, and associated technologies.

Try the Heat Exchanger Design Handbook now

The best way to access all Library e-journals and e-books is through Library Search. If you are working away from an Imperial site you will be asked to enter your College username and password.

We welcome your feedback, comments, suggestions and queries –  just ASK the Library.

Keep up to date with BrowZine

For those of you with iPads or android tablets (and phones), Browzine is a very nice visual way to keep up to date with new papers in your favourite journals:

  • Download the free BrowZine app and sign in with your College username and password
  • You can select your favourite journals from our subscriptions and add them to your bookshelf
  • You can easily see when new issues are available and quickly view PDFs of interest
  • You can save articles to read offline later
  • Articles and/or reference details can easily be saved to Dropbox or to reference management software such as Mendeley, EndNote (via EndNote Basic) or RefWorks

More information can be found on our BrowZine web page (click on the BrowZine app tab).



Making the most of Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an online service which allows Imperial staff and students to choose and record broadcast programmes from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes can be shared among colleagues and embedded in online courses or shown in lectures.

The following resources are available to help you make the most of BoB:

Please try them and tell us what you think, email



Henry Stewart Talks

The Library has recently organised a subscription to the Henry Stewart Talks Biomedical & Life Sciences and Business & Management Collections for Imperial members and alumni.

These collections include over over 2,000 online seminars by leading world experts including many Imperial academics. They are constantly expanded and updated, and lecturers are free to use the videos in teaching and course modules.

The best way to access the collections is at the links below or through Library Search.

For alumni access please contact the Alumni office.

Please contact the Library with your feedback, we’d love to hear how you are using these videos!

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New e-journals

Library Services now offer access to the following e-journals. These titles were suggested by library users – if you would like to suggest a title please contact your subject librarian.

Design Journal (1997, vol 1 onwards)

Journal of Laboratory Automation (1999, vol 4 onwards)

Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps (JRAMC) (1903, vol 1 onwards)

Medical Care Research and Review (1999, vol 56 onwards)

The best way to access all our titles is through Library Search


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