Two great search tools...                          James Thickins               Academic Liaison Librarian               U...
No library can stock everybook, journal or other resourcethat you may need for yourdissertation research...
Union catalogues such asandallow you to searchMULTIPLE        librarycatalogues simultaneously
There is even a catalogue forlibraries across the worldcalled   ‘WorldCat’              –         (although obtaining     ...
Union catalogues facilitate     moreaccess toresources, help youtrack down rare items and...save you   time + effort
Use theIDD service          toobtain books available in theUK through us...or visit the libraries youidentify...
There are some greatlibraries in London that youcan use for free...And many academic librariesare part of the       SCONUL...
Before you visit another library, check: If you can access the  library If you can borrow What ID you need to take Ope...
is the unioncatalogue for the M25consortium of libraries –   its named after London’s   favourite ring road!
Search 40+librariesacrossLondon andthe SouthEast
(These aremainlyuniversitylibraries, but someotherinstitutionsare alsoincluded.)
Search fora book
See whichlibrarieshold it
View theholdings
Search forjournals
Select‘UserOptions’...
to selectspecificlibrariesto search
or tosearchlibrarieswithparticularspecialisms
or tosearchlibrariesby theaccessrights thatyou have.
is the union catalogue for 70research librariesacross the UK
The fulllist oflibrariescan befound inthe FAQs
Theseinclude…  British Library  National Library of Scotland  National Library of Wales  National Art Library  Natural His...
Viewdetails ofeachlibrary
Search fora book
See whichlibrarieshold it
Viewholdings
Search fora journal
Create anaccount(this isjust anoption, youdon’t haveto!)
Create RSSfeeds
Exportrecords toZotero,Endnote, orotherbibliographicmanagementsoftware
Ask yourlibrarian          about  searchothertools available.
Links•   www.copac.ac.uk•   www.search25.ac.uk•   www.sconul.ac.uk•   www.suncat.ac.uk•   www.westminster.ac.uk/libraryand...
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Search25 and Copac

  1. 1. Two great search tools... James Thickins Academic Liaison Librarian University of Westminster
  2. 2. No library can stock everybook, journal or other resourcethat you may need for yourdissertation research...
  3. 3. Union catalogues such asandallow you to searchMULTIPLE librarycatalogues simultaneously
  4. 4. There is even a catalogue forlibraries across the worldcalled ‘WorldCat’ – (although obtaining material in libraries outside the UK can be difficult)!
  5. 5. Union catalogues facilitate moreaccess toresources, help youtrack down rare items and...save you time + effort
  6. 6. Use theIDD service toobtain books available in theUK through us...or visit the libraries youidentify...
  7. 7. There are some greatlibraries in London that youcan use for free...And many academic librariesare part of the SCONUL ACCESSscheme...(check www.sconul.ac.uk fordetails)
  8. 8. Before you visit another library, check: If you can access the library If you can borrow What ID you need to take Opening hours
  9. 9. is the unioncatalogue for the M25consortium of libraries – its named after London’s favourite ring road!
  10. 10. Search 40+librariesacrossLondon andthe SouthEast
  11. 11. (These aremainlyuniversitylibraries, but someotherinstitutionsare alsoincluded.)
  12. 12. Search fora book
  13. 13. See whichlibrarieshold it
  14. 14. View theholdings
  15. 15. Search forjournals
  16. 16. Select‘UserOptions’...
  17. 17. to selectspecificlibrariesto search
  18. 18. or tosearchlibrarieswithparticularspecialisms
  19. 19. or tosearchlibrariesby theaccessrights thatyou have.
  20. 20. is the union catalogue for 70research librariesacross the UK
  21. 21. The fulllist oflibrariescan befound inthe FAQs
  22. 22. Theseinclude… British Library National Library of Scotland National Library of Wales National Art Library Natural History Museum Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE, KCL, SOAS, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool…
  23. 23. Viewdetails ofeachlibrary
  24. 24. Search fora book
  25. 25. See whichlibrarieshold it
  26. 26. Viewholdings
  27. 27. Search fora journal
  28. 28. Create anaccount(this isjust anoption, youdon’t haveto!)
  29. 29. Create RSSfeeds
  30. 30. Exportrecords toZotero,Endnote, orotherbibliographicmanagementsoftware
  31. 31. Ask yourlibrarian about searchothertools available.
  32. 32. Links• www.copac.ac.uk• www.search25.ac.uk• www.sconul.ac.uk• www.suncat.ac.uk• www.westminster.ac.uk/libraryanditservices – Your Library > IDD – Your Library > Using other libraries• www.worldcat.org
  33. 33. Presentation by:James ThickinsAcademic Liaison LibrarianUniversity of Westminster

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