Thursday, 30 April 2015

Reference management

Reference management software can be used to collect, store and manage bibliographic references. You can then include the references in academic writing and automatically reformat them for different referencing styles.

Take a look at the Library’s Reference management webpages to find out how you can get started with using reference management software that is supported by the Library. The Quick links on the right will take you to further sources of information, including guides to getting started with EndNote Online and EndNote Desktop.

For training materials and further support for EndNote Online and EndNote Desktop, please see the Library's Information Skills Resource

The Library also offers introductory courses on EndNote Online for postgraduate research students as part of the Doctoral Development Programme

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Exam Plus

Take a look at the Exam Plus webpages to find out how the Library, and our colleagues throughout the University, can help you during your exams. The webpages are separated into 4 useful sections: Find a Space, Find Skills, Find a PC, and Find Help. The Find a Space and Find a PC sections provide up-to-date information to help you find study spaces during busy periods. Furthermore, from 11 May the Library has secured extra study spaces around the University and details of these can be found under Find a Space. The webpages also provide links to further sources of help that you may need during the exam period, including: information skills tutorials, workshops, and revision tips. There is also information about who to contact should you need further help.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Trial access to Illustrated London News Historical Archive - Feedback welcome

The Illustrated London News was the world's first pictorial weekly newspaper and also launched the world's first colour supplement in 1855. This online archive contains the full facsimile run of the publication. Search the full text, or browse by individual issue, including special issues and supplements.


Trial access is available directly from this page.  You may be prompted to log into MUSE. Trial access ends on 19 May 2015.


 We welcome your comments on this trial resource. Please use this form

Finding journals

Journals are available in print and electronic format - some titles are only available electronically, some titles are only available in print, and some are a combination of the two. To check our full access to a journal, follow these steps:

·       Log into MUSE
·       Click on StarPlus - Library Catalogue
·       Make sure you are signed on to StarPlus by clicking Log In – University members (when you access StarPlus from MUSE, you will be automatically signed on to the catalogue)
·       Search for the journal title under the University Collections tab

A ‘View It’ tab under your chosen title record will show electronic access. This will display the years of subscription that the library has – please note that we may have subscriptions from more than one publisher and for different dates. Clicking on the name of a publisher will open the journal’s webpage in a new window. A ‘Get It’ tab will list print holdings available in the Library. Please be aware that some journal titles are reference only and cannot be borrowed from the library.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Sage Research Methods

Sage Research Methods is an online search tool for finding information about research methodologies. It may be particularly helpful if you are in the process of designing, conducting or writing up a research project. For example, you could use it to answer questions about your chosen research method. The resource is relevant to a range of disciplines including the social sciences and health sciences.

Use the Search box (located in the top left of the page) to locate relevant information or use the Advanced Search option to construct precise search queries. Search results will include: books, dictionary and encyclopaedia entries, videos and journal articles. You can link to the full text from the search results.  
There are also options for browsing the database as well as a Methods Map (located under the Methodologies drop-down menu), which is a visual search tool.  

Sage Research Methods is available via the University Collections tab in StarPlus. Alternatively, follow this link and click Connect to Sage Research Methods – you’ll be prompted to login to MUSE as necessary.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Dawsonera downtime

Dawsonera ebooks will be unavailable for up to one hour between 14:30 and 15:30 BST on Sunday 19th April.

Please ensure you have downloaded and opened any ebooks you need access to before this outage occurs.

It will not be possible to read titles which have been downloaded but not opened before the outage period.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Pop Up Library is coming to Mappin Street and the Information School!

We’ll be in the Common Room, 9 Mappin Street (Department of Journalism Studies & Department of Economics), on Thursday 16th April, 11am-1pm

We’ll also be in the Information School on Monday 20th April, 12pm-2pm (in the iSpace in the Regent Court building).

Drop by and say hello, and we'll do our best to answer your questions about digital library resources and support for learning and research in journalism, economics and information studies. We'll also be able to help with finding resources for dissertations. Look out for our banner, and we look forward to meeting you.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

StarPlus user experience questionnaire

The Library team responsible for StarPlus are always trying to improve users’ searching experience.  Therefore, they have developed a questionnaire to collect valuable feedback from registered staff and students.
By filling out the questionnaire you will be entered into a draw for a £25 Amazon voucher!
The deadline to complete the questionnaire is 17 April, please submit your results before the deadline.