How to … Carry on studying through the vacation

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Following on from the success of our two previous “How to …” pop up events (Getting Started and Finding more than books on the library shelves)  we are running a third  to highlight the following:

  • How to access resources when you are not in University
  • Use the library during vacation
  • Get help when Library’s closed (FAQs)
  • Use other University libraries (SCONUL)

The Customer Services team will be running these sessions at both Curzon Library and Mary Seacole Library on:

Monday 4 December 10am to 11am
Tuesday 5 December 11am to 12pm
Wednesday 6 December 12pm to 1pm
Thursday 7 December 1pm to 2pm
Friday 8 December 10am to 11am

Location of the “How to…” events

Curzon Library: meet library staff on the ground floor opposite the Help Desk.

Seacole Library: meet library staff by the library office door, near Printer/Photocopiers.

 

Look forward to seeing you there.

^Trudi

How to…find more than books on the library shelves

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This is the second of our ‘How to…’ pop up events.

Last time we concentrated on Getting Started using the library, this month we are helping you find what else the library has beyond the books on the shelves.

Come along to one of our ‘How to’ sessions and learn more about:

  • Using Summon to find books, journal and newspaper articles
  • How to get the books you need, when another students has them out on loan
  • How to get books that are on the catalogue, but at a different campus
  • How to get books and articles that your library does not hold
Date Times @ Curzon Library Times @ Seacole Library
Mon 6th November 12noon – 1pm  10am – 11am
Tues 7th November 10am – 11am  11am -12noon
Wed 8th November 11am – 12noon  12noon –  1pm
Thurs 9th November 1pm – 2pm  1pm -2pm
Friday 10th November 10am – 11am  11am – 12noon

 

Location of the ‘How to…’ events

Curzon library: meet library staff opposite the entrance on the first floor of the library

Seacole library: meet library staff by the comfy seating area next to the self service machines

Look forward to seeing you there.

^Trudi

 

 

How do I… access CINAHL

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Welcome to our series where we demystify the answers to popular questions from the past week.

This week we’re finding out…

Q. How do I access CINAHL?

A. Loads of you have been searching for how to access the health database CINAHL.

Log on to iCity and find the red library tile. Click on the Links tab, then select Find Resources and then select A-Z of Resources. Scroll down the page until you find the link to CINAHL.

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You can also find CINAHL linked from your health subject guide.

You can search for the answers to more Frequently Asked Questions on our Library Help site.

^Laura

How do I… request a journal article?

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Welcome to our series where we demystify the answers to popular questions from the past week.

This week we’re finding out…

Q. How do I request a journal article?

A. First of all, make sure you’ve thoroughly checked to make sure we definitely don’t have it! Log onto iCity and go to our Find Resources page:

  • Search Summon for the article title – if it says ‘Full Text’ then follow the link, if it says ‘Citation online’ then this isn’t available through our subscription
  • Search the Catalogue for the journal title – this will tell you if we take the journal in paper or electronic form
  • Use the A-Z of Resources to search a particular database – whilst many of our databases are searched via Summon, some are not. If you’re looking for a law article, for example, you might want to try both Lexis and Westlaw.

If you can’t access the journal via the above methods then you might want to try searching for the article title via your preferred search engine – occasionally you might find it is held in an open access repository and is free to download from the internet.

Nope – I’ve checked and I still can’t get access to this article!

We will try and get hold of it for you. Go back to the Find Resources page linked above, and click the ‘Inter-Library Loans’ option on the left-hand side. From here you can request the article via the inter-library loans system. This can take a number of days or even weeks depending on the number of requests we have in our system and how easy it is to obtain the article. If you need resources last-minute for an assignment, try a ‘full text only’ search in Summon or individual databases to access materials immediately.

You can search for the answers to more Frequently Asked Questions on our Library Help site.

^Laura

How do I… access the library catalogue from home?

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Welcome to our new series, where we demystify the answers to popular questions from the past week.

This week we’re finding out…

Q. How do I access the library catalogue from home?

A. Easy-peasy! Follow the steps below to access all of our resources, including the library catalogue.

1. Log into your iCity homepage.

2. Find the red library tile, and expand it using the little arrows in the corner. Click the “links” tab.

3. Click on “Find Resources”.

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4. On the “Find Resources” page you will find links to the library catalogue, Summon, the A-Z of Resources (alphabetical list of databases) and more! Logging into iCity allows you to access the electronic resources available.

If you’ve got a question, why not search our FAQ’s? If you can’t find the answer, submit your question and we’ll get in touch.

We’ll answer more of your questions on our blog soon. Subscribe to stay up to date and learn more about what we do.

^Laura