Friday, 18 December 2015

Christmas Vacation 2015

If you’re away from Sheffield for the Christmas Vacation remember that the Library can offer support to students in various ways:

  • If you have a question about the Library, take a look at Library Connect, a database of frequently asked questions

  • For further help you can contact the Library HelpDesk in the following ways:
        Phone: 0114 222 7200 
(Please note that the HelpDesk will not be staffed during Christmas closure days: Friday 25 December to Sunday 3 January inclusive)

Merry Christmas! 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Penn Corpora of Historical English

Of interest to students studying the history of English, (especially the historical syntax of the language), the Penn Corpora of Historical English are running texts and text samples of British English prose across its history - from the earliest Middle English documents up to the First World War.  This online version includes:

  • The Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Middle English, Second Edition (PPCME2)
  • The Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Early Modern English (PPCEME)
  • The Penn Parsed Corpus of Modern British English (PPCMBE)

Click under 'Quick Links' to visit the resource. Remember to make sure you're logged into Muse

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Christmas Vacation Loans

As you know, we usually renew your books for you automatically. But over the Christmas holidays things are a bit different.


  • We will try to automatically renew your loans on 12 December, but just in case there's any problems, such as another student requesting your book, please remember to check your library account through StarPlus, and renew any items due for return before going home for the holiday period.
  • Once the book has been renewed, you’ll be able to keep it over the vacation period, and as long as no-one else requests it, we will continue to renew it for you once term starts.
  • However, if someone does make a request for a book that you have on loan, we won’t be able to renew it after the vacation and you will need to bring it back to us by 18 January.


  • If we don’t have a physical copy of the book you need, remember to check StarPlus to see if we have it as an e-book.
  • If you have made any requests for books that you no longer need over Christmas, please remember to cancel them online.
  • If you need any more information about borrowing items from the University library, please contact

Trial electronic resources

The Library has arranged trial access to the following online resources. These services can be accessed by University of Sheffield staff and students for a limited time only:

The Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2011
The Economist was established in 1843 to campaign for free trade and freedom of the individual. The complete archive (1843-2011) is available, with editorial, advertising and tabular matter all fully searchable.

Trial access is available from this web page (see Quick links on the right hand side of the page). The trial ends on 31 December 2015.

The Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2010
The complete searchable facsimile run of the daily business newspaper, from 1888 to 2010.
Trial access is available from this web page (see Quick links on the right hand side of the page). The trial ends on 31 December 2015.

The Japan Times Digital Archive, 1897-2014
Japan Times Digital Archive includes digital and searchable scans of all pages published in The Japan Times between 1897 and 2014. The Japan Times is the English language daily newspaper published in Japan.
Trial access is available from this web page (see Quick links on the right hand side of the page). The trial ends on 22 December 2015.
We welcome your comments on these trial resources: online feedback form
You can also request a trial by using this online request form

For a full list of trial electronic resources, please see this web page

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Map Collection

Western Bank Library houses the library's map collection. The whole country is covered at a scale of 1:25,000 and 1:50,000. Larger scale maps are available for local areas (North Derbyshire, South Yorkshire) at a scale of 1:2,500 and 1:10,000. Sheffield is covered in greater detail; 1:500 and 1:1,250.  There is a wide range of historical maps (mainly 1850´s onward) as well as geology maps for England, Scotland and Wales at a scale 1:50,000. The collection also includes

  • Aerial photos covering Sheffield and Rotherham for 1992
  • A good range of atlases and gazetteers
  • A small collection of foreign maps used for teaching and research.
Alongside the physical map collection the library also has a subscription to Digimap

For information on how to consult maps in Western Bank Library see our Map Collection Subject Guide

Friday, 4 December 2015

Extra Help Week, 7 - 13 December

Extra Help Week (7-13 December) is the perfect opportunity to catch up on tips and info you may have missed at the start of semester. In our library sites;
  • Even more staff than usual will be available to answer your questions
  • There will be a pop-up advice service in the Diamond on Level 1
And if you're not in the library ask us on-line
  • We’ve launched a new on-line help system called Library Connect
  • We're on twitter; @UniSheffieldLib Use the hashtag #libraryhelpwk
  • Call: 0114 222 7200
  • SMS: +44 (0)1952 783022
  • Email: