What Do You Need Help With? Video Tutorials Just For You!

Hello and Happy Thursday ūüôā

Library Services are currently reviewing our online help and tutorials and would like some input on the kinds of things that would be really useful to you. ¬†So, we’d like to know what kinds of quick videos you’d like to see up on our YouTube channel?

Our most popular videos are the ones on MS Office such as creating a poster presentation template, adding captions to create automatic table of figures and table of tables, etc.  what other MS office or digital skills help videos would you like to see?

We’ll be creating a series of quick tip videos on the new LibrarySearch interface too so if there is anything in particular you’d like to see on that, just let us know.

Would you like to see video guides on specific databases or resources? Using Reading Lists at Abertay? RefWorks and referencing? Ethical use of information? Finding and evaluating information?  Finding and using certain kinds of information: market research, case law, images?  Choosing keywords and building up search terms??  Anything at all, please let us know!

You can reply below, email us, or pop into our office for a chat (Room 3006 in the Old College)

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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!

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 Рwhich 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‚Äôre 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‚Äôll 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚ÄėShow links to import citations into‚Äô 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 ūüôā

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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

Library Essentials for Christmas: Top Tips to Help you Access Resources From Home

The holidays are fast approaching so here’s a few handy tips to guide you through the festive season!

The Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 23rd December and re-opens on Thursday 5th January 2017.

Don’t worry – no Library books or loans you have will be due back when we’re closed!

Hopefully you’ll get plenty of time to relax and enjoy a mince pie or five, but if you want to get cracking with coursework you can access ALL of our online resources from home. ¬†However, to make sure you can get to the book or article you’re after as easily as possible without having to hunt for the right login option, always use LibrarySearch or the links on our Library web pages.

LibrarySearch

With LibrarySearch you can quickly and easily get to the full text of most* of our resources from one simple search box. ¬†You’ll find all items from reading lists on LibrarySearch, whether they’re print or online resources. *If you’re looking for specialist content, you need to go direct to the following resources: Westlaw, Lexis Library, Construction Information Service, and Key Note.

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Always sign in (top right) before you start searching as this will allow you to save items from your results list for later and check the due dates of any items you’ve borrowed (My Account)

There’s a help section on the LibrarySearch home screen – just scroll down past the boxes and select the tab you want. ¬†There’s some top tips here on searching and refining.

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Here’s a quick overview video showing you around LibrarySearch:

Here’s a quick guide to finding items from a reading list on LibrarySearch:

A-Z Online Resources and Subject Guides

If you prefer to search your favourite databases directly (who doesn’t have a favourite database?!) rather than using LibrarySearch, please use the links provided on the A-Z Online Resources page or from your designated Subject Guide. ¬†These links have authentication built in so will prompt you for your network username and password. ¬†If you use Google when on-campus, you’ll still get through to the full-text articles as we’ve got IP authentication enabled for all of our subscribed content. ¬†If you try that off-campus, you’ll spend ages hunting around for the correct login (institutional/Shibboleth, never Athens) before you finally get to the Abertay content – or often, you won’t be able to access it at all via Google. ¬†To keep things nice and simple, use these links for access.

Google Scholar

If Google Scholar is where you go to search for articles, make sure you’re not missing out on all those great resources the Library pays loads of money for! ¬†Again, when you’re on-campus you don’t need to worry as our content is set up to show as available in Google Scholar. ¬†If you’re searching at home, 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!

Click here for more help and info on Google Scholar.

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

And finally, have a great holiday and we’ll see you all in 2017!

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StudySkills@Abertay – Get Started Using Abertay’s Information and Study Skills Resources

Did you know there’s one place where you can access all the online help, guides and tutorials available from Library Services and Learner Development Services? ¬†Well, there is!

What is it?

StudySkills@Abertay pages are designed to enable all students, whether full-time, part-time, or distance learners, to get started using Abertay’s information and study skills resources.

What does it help me with?

  • Find out when Library, IT & Learner Development drop-in sessions and workshops are held
  • How to find information for coursework
  • How to reference sources used in coursework
  • Which referencing style to use
  • How to format your dissertation
  • How to structure coursework
  • How to take notes
  • How to find feedback on coursework submitted to Blackboard
  • And lots more! (for full details check the menu topics on the left of the screen)

Where is it?

StudySkills@Abertay is available via Blackboard (under the ‘Blackboard Resources’ section) – no registration necessary! ¬†If you’re a student here, you’ve got access to this incredibly useful resource.

Go to StudySkills@Abertay right now using this link

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Christmas Closing and Library Essentials

The Library will close from 5pm on Wednesday 23rd December 2015 and re-open on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

For those of you planning to do work over the holidays please remember that you can still access all of our online resources from home.

Here’s a handy rundown of the where, when and why of Library Resources:

Summon

You can access Summon and all of its content off-campus.  The functionality is exactly the same but you should use this URL and ensure you click on the blue login bar at the top of the screen (and enter your Abertay network username and password) before entering your initial search terms.

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Find the Summon User Guide here

Find the Summon Off-Campus and Mobile Devices User Guide here

A-Z Online Resources

If you want to access specific resources, journal collections, databases etc. from off-campus always ensure you use the A-Z Online Resources or the links from your Subject Guide pages. ¬†These links have the correct authentication built into them so you will be prompted for your network username and password and will be able to access all the full-text content we subscribe to. ¬†If you just go direct to a resource via Google and don’t select the correct login option, you won’t be able to access Abertay content.

Find a Journal

Find a Journal is a tool which allows you to quickly search all of the Library’s subscribed
print and online journals by title. Use this when you are looking for a specific journal article
in a named journal.

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Introduction to Journals and Journal Articles 

Finding Journal Articles for your Coursework

Watch this quick video on using our Find a Journal Search:

Subject Guides

Your subject guide lists the best resources for finding information for coursework, projects and dissertations, contact details for your Academic Librarian and links to other useful help and advice.

The links on these pages have the correct authentication built into them allowing you to easily access all the content we subscribe to.

These pages contain quality peer-reviewed journals and databases, as well as links to useful websites and company information – all hand picked by your Academic Librarian.

Find your Subject Guide

Library Catalogue

You can check the due dates of the books you have out and renew any you’d like to keep for longer (so long as they haven’t been requested by another borrower)

Search the Library Catalogue

Finding Books and E-books

Borrowing Essentials

Watch this quick video on how to renew your items via the Library Catalogue:

Get Help

The Library intranet pages have lots of online help available to you so you never need to be stuck!  There are YouTube videos, fact sheets, checklists, toolkits and useful links, and much more.

Get Help here!

Search help by topic

Phew. ¬†That should be enough to keep you busy for a while. ¬†Have a great break and we’ll see you again in January!

Library Services would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

All About Referencing! Guides and Help Reminder

Just a reminder that we have two versions of the Abertay Harvard Referencing Guide available: there’s a quick guide to Harvard Referencing which contains examples of the most commonly referenced materials. ¬†The quick guide is available in print and also online.

We also have a comprehensive Abertay Harvard Guide 2015-16 which gives examples for many types of materials including: Blogs, tweets, audio-visual materials, source code, patents, policy documents and much more.  The full guide is available online.

If you are studying any module except Law or Psychology, you should use Abertay Harvard style.

Students studying Law modules should use OSCOLA legal referencing – see here for more help.

Students studying Psychology modules should use APA referencing – see here for more help.

If you are trying to reference something which doesn’t appear to be covered by our guides, please let us know. ¬†You can either contact your Academic Librarian directly, or email library@abertay.ac.uk

If you need more in-depth help with referencing and assessing your sources, please come along to a Library and IT drop-in session.  These run on Tuesdays 11-12,  Wednesdays 12-1, Thursdays 3-4 in the IT Training Suite on Level 2 of the Library.

If you can’t make it to a drop-in session, a Librarian is on-call from 9am until 5pm every week day (Monday-Friday) ¬†Please go to SEZ and ask for the on-call Librarian.

There are also lots of self-guided referencing help available via the Learning Zone in Blackboard.  Here you can try basic, intermediate and advanced quizzes on Abertay Harvard Style.  You can also try our interactive tutorials on referencing your sources.