Red Library iCity tile

If you’ve attended a library induction or spoken to us at the Help Desk, you’ll know we always advise you to access library services, particularly electronic resources such as journals and ebooks, via the red tile on the iCity home page.

But why? Well, it comes down to authentication. When you’re logged into iCity, the databases you want to access know that you belong to Birmingham City University, and therefore know what content we’re subscribed to.  The best way to ensure you’re logged in correctly is to use the iCity tile to access the resources. Simple!

We know it can sometimes be a bit complicated when it comes to knowing which route to take to find electronic resources in the first place.  We get asked lots of questions like ‘what is Summon?’ and ‘what are databases and why are they different to Summon?’.

Databases such as Emerald and CINAHL are repositories for journals, reports or other information. They are often collected together by subject types (humanities, arts, health etc.) and you can access them directly via our iCity pages using the A-Z of Resources. You can search within each of these databases for the information you need. Summon is a handy search engine which searches across many (but not all) of these databases. If you’re not sure where to start, for most subjects we say ‘start with Summon’ as it’s great for subject searches and will help you become familiar with the various databases we subscribe to. There are exceptions, such as law, where you will need to learn how to use your subject specific databases when you start your course, but we’ll teach you how to do this in your library sessions!  When you become familiar with the resources for your subject, and as you advance through your course, you will learn the best ways of finding information via each route.

So, how can the red library tile help you? We’ve made some changes, so when you click the ‘Summon’ tab you can either search directly in the box, or click the link which takes you through to the A-Z of Resources. Easy peasy!

new summon

For more information about how to find journal articles and how to search using Summon, visit our Library Help site.