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New ProQuest Dissertation & Theses database

You now have access to 2 separate ProQuest Dissertation & Theses (PQDT) databases. One covers UK & Irish material only – and the other covers US & International material. Both databases are abstract & indexing databases only i.e. no full text (unless you pay for a dissertation or thesis yourself).

The 2 databases you now have access to are:

1. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) A&I: covers US and international dissertations and theses. Contains citations, abstracts as well as the first 10% of the dissertation (where available in pdf).

2. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) – UK & Ireland: covers UK & Irish theses only.  This is a new database – access began in mid-December 2010.

Both of these databases are available via the same ProQuest platform:

Access is via IP address and we have 5 concurrent users.

Please note: the Library does not subscribe to ‘ProQuest Dissertations and Theses – Full Text (PQDT – Full Text)’.


‘Index to Theses’ service now links to 50,000 full text online theses

As from this month, Index to Theses provides links to around 50,000 full text theses. They are  available as free downloads from university repositories and the EThOS site.

Around 70% of these online theses are linked via the EThoS service, a further 15% via a choice of EThOS or the university repositories covered by EThOS, and the rest via university sources. Users link from the existing Index to Theses database entry, most of which (320,000 entries) include an abstract.

Where a thesis is not yet available online, Index to Theses describes alternative routes for obtaining the full text, whether by loan or digitisation.  An explanation of the linking feature can be seen at:

Index to Theses has over 550,000 entries at the start of 2011. Over 16,000 new theses are added annually.

Lyell Collection

All Imperial staff and students now have access to the complete Lyell Collection provided by the Geological Society of London. Up until now, you have only had access to a small selection of material from this collection (the journals, the Special Publications) but you now have access to everything – see the full list of available publications below.

The collection represents one of the largest integrated collections of online earth science literature available. It brings together key journals, Special Publications, and Society book series on a single electronic platform.

Publications within the Lyell Collection

  • Journal of the Geological Society
  • Qtrly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrology
  • Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment & Analysis
  • Geological Society Memoirs
  • Geological Society Special Publications
  • Engineering Geology Special Publications
  • Petroleum Geology Conference Series
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Journal of Micropalaeontology
  • Transactions of the Geological Society of London
  • Scottish Journal of Geology
  • Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society

New civil engineering & transport books in the Central Library

Here is a list of new books (Word file) recently added to the Civil Engineering & Transport collections in the Central Library.

Don’t forget to email me ( if you have any new book or map suggestions.

Study Skills week 6-10 Dec 2010

As part of the Student Union’s Study Skills week (6-10 Dec), the Library will be running a study skills workshop on Weds 8 Dec from 1pm–2pm including tips on:

  • Exam and academic writing
  • Revision
  • Citing and referencing
  • Presentation skills

The session is open to all and requires no prior booking. Please come along to Training Room 2 in the Central Library from 1pm.

For more advice on what the Library has to support you in developing your study skills, see our special Study Skills Support page.

Also take a look at the Student Union website or their Facebook page for further details.

Cambridge University Press & JSTOR now have mobile-friendly websites

Cambridge University Press and JSTOR now offer mobile-friendly versions of their websites which allow you to access e-journal articles via your mobile device.

To access these websites via your mobile device, use the following links:

For a short review of both sites have a read of this blog post.

Forthcoming change to Geology Digimap service

On Friday 17 December 2010 EDINA will withdraw the original version of Geology Maps. This has already been superceded by a new mapping facility called Geology Roam, which has been available to all registered users of the Geology Digimap service for several months.

Geology Roam offers much more functionality than the previous Geology Maps facility. Key features include the ability to decrease/increase the opacity of the geology data over the Ordnance Survey back-drop map. A single click on the map will query the geology data and display details about the bedrock and any superficial deposits found at that point.

More informationon Geology Roam is available on the Digimap blog.