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!

New Resource Available and Resource of the Month February 2016: SCOPUS

It’s a two-for-one deal!  We’ve just managed to sneak it in as February’s resource of the month too 🙂

 

We’re very pleased to announce that Scopus is now available to all Abertay staff and students!

What is Scopus?

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise scholarly research.

Do you need to find the right references for an assignment, monitor a research topic or trend, identify the top researchers in a particular field or track the success of your own research? Abertay Library helps make your research pursuit easier through access to Scopus, the largest abstract and indexing database of peer-reviewed literature. Use Scopus to find and evaluate research, no matter what your area of interest.

How do I access Scopus?

Use this Link both on and off-campus to access Scopus.  You can also find it on the A-Z Online Resources page.

Both IP and Shibboleth authentication have been set up for this resource in order to make on and off-campus access easier.  This means that if you don’t use the authenticated link and go directly to www.scopus.com – you’ll still be recognised as an Abertay user on-campus (via our IP range) but would have to select Institutional/Shibboleth login when attempting to access off-campus.  We always recommend using the Library authenticated links provided so it’s best not to go direct to http://www.scopus.com

The first time you login on-campus, you will see the screen below.  Select the ‘Nesli Abertay University, Athens + Shibboleth‘ option and check the ‘Remember this organisation’ box so that you won’t see this screen next time.  Click continue and enter your network username and password:

Scopus Login

How do I get the most out of Scopus? (User Guides and Training)

The publisher recommends following these five simple steps to get the most out of Scopus:

  1. Register with Scopus to create search, citation and author alerts
  2. Watch the Introduction to Scopus training video
  3. Refer to the Quick Reference Guide for easy-to-follow instructions
  4. Discover and follow insider tips & tricks on the Scopus blog
  5. Subscribe to the Scopus newsletter 

How do I use Scopus?

  • Click Search to open the Scopus search forms: Document, Author, Affiliation, and Advanced. From the Search form, you can search Scopus for specific scientific documents.
  • Click Browse Sources to browse or search the indexed sources and journals by title.
  • Click Compare journals to analyse and compare journals based on citation metrics such as Impact per Publication, SCImago Journal Rank and SNIP.
  • Click My list to view and manage your temporary lists of documents. You can select documents and save them for later use within a session, but you can also save documents in a basket permanently.
Top Tip!
You can view how many times an article in Summon has been cited in Scopus – look out for the ‘Cited by (Scopus) icon in the results list:
Summon Cited by Scopus
For help and support with Scopus contact your Academic Librarian or email library@abertay.ac.uk