Fancy winning some Amazon vouchers? Our ebook survey is live!

The Library & Learning Resources Systems Team want to hear about your experiences with eBooks here at BCU.  As a result, we are running a short survey which should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.

All those students who partake will be able to enter a prize draw to win some Amazon Vouchers.  All data collected in this survey will be held securely.  We would welcome your responses by 15th May.

Just click on the link below to take part:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ebooksurvey2018

Many thanks for your help.

 

^Posted on behalf of The Library & Learning Resources Systems Team.

Ebook Central: Get ready for a new e-book service

On the 25th April e-books currently available on MyiLibrary will be migrating to a new platform called Ebook Central. Keep reading for details of Ebook Central’s great features, some of the online sources of help available with using Ebook Central and if you’re a MyiLibrary user some of the steps you might want to take before the migration takes place.

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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.

New electronic resource subscription : Oxford Handbooks Online for Linguistics,Literature and Philosophy

The University has recently taken out a subscription with Oxford Handbooks Online for their Linguistics,Literature and Philosophy modules .OHO

The Oxford Handbooks are one of the most successful and cited series within scholarly publishing, containing in-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field. These are also indexed in Summon as full text online and also at chapter level : http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/coQQ64fmyp