Test the new LibrarySearch interface to win a £50 Amazon voucher!

Calling volunteers: your Library needs you!

We’re looking for participants from all years of study to help us test out the brand new LibrarySearch interface.  This is your chance to have input into how our Discovery system performs – if there’s something you don’t like, we want to know!

Between Tuesday 18th-Thursday 27th April look out for pop-up testing sessions around the Library.  Each session takes around 30 minutes with a few set tasks aimed at gathering feedback on functionality and usability plus you’ll have the opportunity to make suggestions on the overall look and feel of the system.

If you’d prefer to book an appointment to give your feedback please email library@abertay.ac.uk or complete the contact form below and we’ll arrange a suitable date/time.

All participants will be entered into a prize draw with one lucky winner bagging a £50 Amazon voucher!  That’s not to be sniffed at 🙂  There will also be goodies handed out to a few runners up.

We really value your input and hope you’ll be excited to see the changes coming with the new version of LibrarySearch.  It has a much more streamlined interface plus a lot of nifty functionality which will make the process of finding and using information much easier.

Mintel Food and Drink Streams Added – Market Research Resource

We’re very excited to let you know that we currently have access to 4 UK data streams in Mintel: Food, Drink, Technology, and Retail Overview

What is Mintel?

Mintel is a resource that provides consumer market research reports covering different topics or sectors of the UK market.  Market research data on Mintel includes trends, statistics, brand and company information, and sector demographic data.

We currently have access to four data streams which cover the UK only:

  • Drink
  • Food
  • Retails Overview
  • Technology

Where can I access Mintel?

Access via the A-Z Online Resources page or directly via this link

Log in using your network username and password, then scroll down and click ‘I agree’

Please note that due to the more specialised nature of Mintel content, it is not searchable via LibrarySearch.

How do I search Mintel?

You can search for keywords and phrases using the search box at the top of the home screen or browse all reports in our subscribed streams via ‘My Reports’

Type search terms into the free-text box e.g. search by category, company, industry, or sector. A suggested list of reports will display as you type your terms.

Results are ranked by date (newest first) and according to the number of times your search term(s) appear in the report or insight.

You can refine your results using the filters on the left hand side of the screen e.g. filter by date, content, sector etc.

Mintel have created a quick video guide on how to run a search

What information can I get from a report?

Each report contains five key sections:

  1. Overview – contains the definition of the report and a short summary
  2. Market – contains size and performance information (i.e. sales)
  3. Consumer – contains key questions asked during consumer surveys
  4. Brand/Company – contains information on brand innovators and leading market shares
  5. Data – contains the appendix

Mintel have also created a quick video guide looking at the structure of reports

If you would like further information about Mintel or searching for consumer market research reports, please get in touch.  We’re happy to help.

Brill Online Books and Journals – Unavailable Saturday 25th March

There is a planned downtime of our Brill Online Books and Journals platform scheduled for Saturday 25th March 2017.  The platform will be down from approximately 07:00

Results from Brill will still display in LibrarySearch but you will be unable to link to the full-text during the downtime.

If you have any queries about this, or any other Library resource, please let us know!

New Resource: CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Library Services are very excited to tell you all about our new EBSCO resource: CINAHL Plus with Full Text.  This will be a key resource for those in both SHS and SET as it covers Nursing, Mental Health and Counselling, Nutrition and Dietetics, and much more!

What is CINAHL and what does it cover?

CINAHL is the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text covers a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines (includig Athletic Training, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Social Service in Health Care)  This database also provides access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, audiovisuals, book chapters and more.

Where can I access CINAHL?

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Some of you would have previously had access to CINAHL when out on placement via the NHS Knowledge Network Scotland – you had to use a separate Athens username and password.  Now you don’t need to go via the Knowledge Network or have a different username and password to access CINAHL content!  Just use the link above (available via the A-Z Online Resources) and log in with your network username and password.

All CINAHL Plus with Full Text content is available via LibrarySearch

Features and benefits of CINAHL Plus with Full Text

  • Provides an easy-to-use interface with basic and advanced search features and searchable cited references
  • Subject Headings help users effectively search and retrieve information and follow the structure of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used by the National Library of Medicine
  • Provides full text for more than 700 journals dating as far back as 1937 (note: coverage varies for each title and some current full-text content is embargoed)
  • Contains nearly 4.8 million records
  • Offers indexing for more than 5,000 journals
  • Includes searchable cited references for more than 1,400 journals
  • Includes author affiliations
  • Where full-text is not available in CINAHL, you can easily check availability in other Library resources and link straight through if available (or be taken to the ILL request service)

User Guides and Online Help

EBSCO have created comprehensive help guides for all CINAHL products including FAQs, search queries, and help with CINAHL Subject Headings.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text Help Sheet

CINAHL Databases FQAs

For more help and information go here

Training Videos

If you prefer to watch a video, EBSCO have also created training videos on CINAHL products.

These tutorials demonstrate the basic and advanced searching features of the suite of CINAHL databases on EBSCOhost. Additional functionality available from the CINAHL Plus, CINAHL Plus with Full Text and CINAHL Complete databases is also included.  Please note that the version subscribed to by the Library is CINAHL Plus with Full Text.

Basic Searching in CINAHL

Advanced Searching in CINAHL

Understanding the Results Screen

If you have any queries about using CINAHL (or any other Library resource) please do let us know.

Happy searching!

IEEE Xplore Digital Library Trial Access – We Need Your Help!

We currently have trial access to IEEE Xplore Digital Library!  It is a great resource for Engineering and Computing subjects and the trial is running until the end of March, 2017.

What is it?

The IEEE Xplore digital library is a powerful resource for discovery of and access to scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners.

IEEE Xplore provides online access to more than 4 million full-text documents from some of the world’s most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics.

What content does it have?

  • IEEE Journals – 180+ titles
  • IEEE Conference Proceedings – 1,600+ annual titles
  • IET Journals – 26 titles
  • IET Conference Proceedings – 20+ titles
  • IEEE Active, Historical and Archive standards – 2,800+ titles
  • VDE Verlag Conference Proceedings – 20+ titles
  • Bell Labs Technical Journal

How do I access IEEE content?

All IEEE content is discoverable via LibrarySearch

Results in LibrarySearch will look like this:

We need your help!

We previously had a subscription to IEEE but it expired at the end of 2015.  We know that there’s loads of great content for us and that you like the Xplore platform.  However, we really need you to test out accessing IEEE content via LibrarySearch and let us know how you get on:

  • Do you find IEEE content is surfacing at the top of your results list?
  • Can you link through to the full-text easily?
  • What kind of search terms are you using?
  • Are you seeing lots of results for IEEE content?

Please send us your feedback – all is welcome, good and bad.  You can send it via Twitter, Facebook,  email us, tell your Academic Librarian, write it on the feedback walls in the Library.  We don’t mind how you let us know, but please do tell us what you think!

 

Four Reasons to Love LibrarySearch

Valentine’s Day is a distant memory but it is still #LibraryLoversMonth so today we’re feeling the love for LibrarySearch.

Here are four reasons why you should love LibrarySearch as much as we do (there are loads more but we’re keeping it brief!)

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  1. Remember the old days when if you wanted to search multiple databases you had to go into each one individually and carry out your searches?  We do!  LibrarySearch saves you precious time as it searches over 300 databases and collections at once from a simple search box.  It is searching good quality scholarly and content and also lets you apply peer-review filters etc. to ensure your results are suitable for use in academic coursework.  Much of the content that LibrarySearch is searching is not freely available on the web but can only be accessed via Library subscriptions.  Of course, there is still a need to search specialist databases individually but LibrarySearch is definitely the best place to start your research process.
  2. Are you rubbish at remembering to check when your loans are due back and clicking that renew button?  No problem!  LibrarySearch will ‘automagically’ renew your loans with the clever auto-renewals function.  If you have a normal 28 day loan issued out to you, and nobody else has requested it (that is the important bit) – that item can auto-renew for up to 12 weeks.  You don’t have worry about renewing as we’ve taken care of it for you.  However, if your item is requested by another borrower, you’ll need to return it by the due date (you’ll get an email sent out with the details)  Remember, you can check your due dates by logging into My Account in LibrarySearch.
  3. We recommend that you always sign in (top right) to LibrarySearch before you start searching.  Once you’re signed in you can utilise the cool personalised services that are available – these are designed to make finding and using items much easier. Saved Items allows you to save, organise and edit items from your search results. Just click the star icon next to an item in the results list to save it for later. LibrarySearch then highlights the icon and adds the item to your ‘basket’ in Saved Items and it will stay there until you move or delete it.  You can sort saved items into folders and export directly into RefWorks – you’ll never lose that amazing article you found at 3am ever again!  You can also save search terms (queries) for later so you can run the same search to see if any new items are available in your areas of interest.  You can also set up alerts so that LibrarySearch automatically runs these searches for you.  See the Personalised Services tab in the help section on the LibrarySearch homepage for full details.
  4. You can easily follow citation trails in LibrarySearch to see lists of items cited by an article or Items citing an article and can click through to view these in Scopus or Web of Science.  Next to some article results you’ll see Citations and Cited by buttons (in red) on the right hand side of the results screen.  Clicking on these will show you lists of articles which have cited or have been cited by the original result.  Remember, we might not have online access to all articles listed here – if we don’t you will see the Request through inter-Library Loan option.  If you click on the Times Cited tab under a specific article, you can then link out to Scopus or Web of Science to view the citations there.  This is a great way to see the reach of a particular article or piece or research and allows you to target your reading around a certain topic.

Happy searching!  If you have any queries about using LibrarySearch, or any other Library resource, please get in touch as we’re happy to help!

Lexis Library Unavailable – News and Legislation etc. from other sources

We currently don’t have access to Lexis Library – the issue is on the vendor side and they’re working to resolve it ASAP.

Lexis has a lot of unique content so you may not be able to find what you’re after elsewhere.  However, until the fix is applied you could try the following:

ProQuest Central for UK and International news and newspaper content (including Financial Times – there is a one month embargo on FT content)

Westlaw UK for case law, legislation, EU law and journal content.

Sorry for the inconvenience; we’ll let you know as soon as access has been restored by Lexis.

For any queries about this or any other Library resources (print and online), please contact us 

Getting the most out of Google Scholar – Including Abertay Library Subscriptions in your Results

As part of February’s Library Lovers Month we’re sharing reasons to love your Library…and today we’re looking at Google Scholar.

The Library pays lots of money for subscriptions to online journals and we want you all to be able to access them as easily as possible.

 LibrarySearch lets you  search across multiple collections and platforms from one simple search box – which is pretty nifty and saves you lots of time!  But, we know that lots of people like to go to Google Scholar to start searching so, there are a few things you can do to make sure you always get  those full-text Library subscriptions showing in your results.

On-Campus

You don’t have to do anything!  We’ve set up all of our online journals to show as being available in Google Scholar when you’re searching via the University IP range – you’ll see the View it @ Abertay button to link to our content.  You might think you’re accessing lots of freely available content, but it’s actually provided by the Library.  You’re welcome!

Off-Campus

If you’re searching at home, you need to do a little bit of tweaking  to make sure you’re seeing our full-text content. You just need to select these settings once, make sure to save and you’re good to go!

Just go to: Settings > Library Links then search for Abertay (Show Library Access Links For) and tick the box for View It @ Abertay.

You can also choose to export directly from Google Scholar into RefWorks.  Go to: Settings > Search Results > Bibliography Manager then pick RefWorks from the drop-down and click save.  Hey presto!  You’ll now get links to all of our subscribed content in your results list and see an Import into RefWorks link under all results.  This will help you to keep track of all those important articles you find – no more scribbling references on bits of paper!

If you prefer a visual guide – here it is:

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Adding a reference management tool (RefWorks)
1. Go back to https://scholar.google.co.uk/ (if you’re in the results screen above, just click the Google logo at the top left)
2. Click Settings again at the top of the screen.
3. In the Scholar Settings screen, look for the Bibliography Manager options. From the ‘Show links to import citations into’ drop-down menu under BibliographyManager you can select RefWorks:

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Following these tips will ensure that you are able to access all of the same great content and resources from home as you can when you’re in the Library.  Just another reason to love your Library!

Click here for more help and info on Google Scholar.

Feel free to contact us for more help and information – we’re always happy to help 🙂

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Library & IT Drop-in CANCELLED Thursday 2nd February 3-4pm and Getting Help

Our Library and IT drop-in session on Thursday 2nd February (3-4 pm in the IT Training Suite) has had to be cancelled in order for staff to attend a meeting.

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Our drop-ins resume as normal the following week.  They run three times a week during term time: 11-12 on Tuesdays, 12-1 on Wednesdays and 3-4 on Thursdays on level 2 of the Library in the IT Training Suite.  Feel free to pop along and see us if you’ve got any questions about referencing, RefWorks, finding information for coursework, using LibrarySearch or specialist Library databases and resources, formatting documents (table of contents etc.) and loads more! There’s also help with Pebblepad on a Wednesday.

Please remember that a Librarian is always on-call Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm so even if you can’t make it to a drop-in session, there will be someone on hand to help with referencing and resource queries.  Just ask at SEZ and they’ll contact the on-call Librarian for you.

As we’re not around to help on Thursday afternoon, here’s a few useful places that you might find the answer to your queries:

Get Help pages – including Online Sources, Toolkits and Tutorials

Abertay Library on YouTube – instructional videos on using LibrarySerach, RefWorks, MS Office products and much more!

Finding Resources @ Abertay Library – access our key resources here

StudySkills@Abertay under your Blackboard Resources area – it’s jam packed with great tutorials, guides, and online help from Library Services and Learner Development Services

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If you have any queries, please contact us

ProQuest Scheduled Maintenance Sunday 29th January 2017 – ProQuest Central and RefWorks

Just to let you know that ProQuest are carrying out scheduled maintenance on Sunday 29th January 03:00-12:00 (GMT) ProQuest is upgrading their servers in order to improve the performance and security of their applications.

During this time access to ProQuest products including ProQuest Central (journals database) and RefWorks will be unavailable.

RefWorks users will not be able to use applications online.  Write-n-Cite will work, but Reference Citation Manager and Google Docs Add-in will not be available.

Apologies for any inconvenience!

If you have any queries about this, please contact library@abertay.ac.uk