Finding information Where to start Your lecturer may give you a starting point by giving your a reading list for your course. You may also find a bibliography at the end of a book or article, where the author will list all of the sources that they used when writing the book or article. If you haven’t been given either of these you will have to locate the books or articles yourself. You can do this by using the Library catalogue Library databases Internet Next
More Information More Information More Information Internet Databases Catalogue Here you can find news, educational and commercial information Databases can be used to find references to articles, books, conference proceedings, newspapers which may not be in the library These can be either full text or summaries of the material Results can be emailed printed or saved Use the catalogue to find material that the library holds such as Books Journals Annual Reports Theses Music recording Videos Maps Conference Proceeding
Library catalogue The library catalogue is a record of all the information that the library holds. The library has information in a wide range of format such as books, journals, reports, conference proceedings, videos, records, maps, All of these can be searched for by using the catalogue. How do you search the catalogue? Author Search: if you know the author of a book Title Search: if you know the title of the book Keyword Search: if you know some of the words of the title or looking for books on a certain subject Journal Search: if you are looking to see if the library has a certain journal in its collection After you’ve found the book you want how do you get your hands on it? Next
Locating a book/Journal in the library. You’ve found a book or journal that you want to read. How do you get your hands on it? All the Information you need to locate it is on the catalogue. When you found the book you wanted on the catalogue you were given information on its location. In the next couple of screen we will show you how to use this information to find the book in the library Next
Location This tells you which of the 5 UCD Libraries the book is in. Click here for details of the libraries. Shelfmark This will tell you where in the library the book is. This made up of two elements. The collection, this will tell you if the item can be borrowed and if so for how long. Click here for information on the collections. The Dewey number of the book. Each subject has been given a specific Dewey Number. The advantage is that all books on the same subject will be shelved together, making them easy find. For information on where the Dewey numbers in the James Joyce Library click here. For other libraries, ask at the information desk in that library. Next
Loan Type This will tell you how long the book can be borrowed for. The most common types are Long loan, Short loan and week loan. Click here for more information. Availability Here you will find if there is a copy of the book on the shelf or if they are all on loan Copies How many copies of the book of the book there are in the library, and in which collections they are in Next
Loans How many copies of the book are on loan Barcode Each copy of every book is given a unique number. This number is useful if you are looking for a specific copy of a book. Due date Here you can find out when the book is supposed to be returned. Reserves This will tell you if someone has reserved this book while it was on loan. Click here for information on how reserve books. Next
Outcomes After this section you should be able to search successfully for a Book or journal using an author, keyword or title search You should be able to determine which of the 5 UCD Library branches the book is in. Once you are in the relevant library you should be able to locate the book on the shelf. Next
Searching Library databases Sometimes you will need to search the library databases to find extra references for your studies. A database is is an organized collection of information stored electronically. The information can be searched to find either the full text of references or or at least an abstract or summary of the reference. The library offers a range of databases for all subjects available in UCD. Outcomes At the end of this module you know where to find databases on your subject, how to select the appropriate databases for your research You will also know how to formulate a search and how to access the articles.
Finding the Library databases.
There are 2 ways of locating databases that you might use
The library to assist students has created portals for the major subjects.
As part of the portal you can also find a subset of all databases on that
specific subject. This helps you in concentrating on a single subject.
List of Library databases
This is a the full listing of all the databases that the library has access to.
This is very handy if you want to browse the library’s collections
Click here for List of library Databases Click here for subject listing of databses
Selecting the correct database Databases can either be subject specific like ??? Which deals Exclusively with ???? Or multidisciplinary like Web of Science which Covers a wide range of subjects. It is important to search databases that are relevant to you subject. While