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  • PRS4199 Essential library skills and beyond
    Searching, retrieving information and locating library materials
    Kathy McGowan
  • By the end of this session you should be able to:
    Understand the range of library resources available to you.
    Locate useful starting points such as the Learning Resources web pages and Subject Gateways
    Be able to locate online subject databases to find out what has been published in journals.
  • Getting started
    A good starting point is the LR web site: www.lr.mdx.ac.uk From here you will find links to:-
    Library Catalogue - to see what is available at Middlesex University
    Library Subject Guides - useful starting points and links created by your subject librarian
    Electronic Resources - such as bibliographic databases and on-line journals
  • What kind of information should I use and where do I get it from?
    Middlesex University Library catalogue
    May be available in print or available online. If available in print, catalogue will tell you which campus holds the journal.
    If available online, there will be a blue link from the catalogue record to the available online issues of the journal
  • What kind of information do I use and where do I get it from?
    Google Scholar
    Google Advanced Search
    Websites of government and international organisations, NGO’s, charities, professional bodies, academic sites etc
  • Evaluating Internet Resources - Questions to ask
    Who has written the material?
    Is this a reliable source?
    Is it peer reviewed?
    Is it accurate and up to date?
  • Principles of Literature Searching
    Prepare a search strategy
    Identify significant keywords
    Identify related terms
    Identify broader and narrower terms
    Watch out for varying spelling and terminology - e.g English vs. American
  • How do I log in to use online journals and databases?
    Most online journals and databases are subscription services which require you to log in as a member of a subscribing institution
    This gives you access to the e-resources from home provided you have internet access
    Your username and password will be the same ones you use to login to the Middlesex University Computer network
  • Saving a Cookie on your PC
    Click here to save institutional cookie
  • Saving a Cookie on your PC
    Or click here before you log into a resource
  • A useful database for Risk & OHS
    This database gives up to date reports, guidance and regulations, including useful forms & checklists:
    Barbour - full text health & safety, fire safety, food safety and environment and environmental health information
  • Barbour
    Login using E-Resources username & password
  • Barbour Search Results
  • Selecting a document
  • Barbour Full Text
  • Other useful databases
    Use these Databases to find out what journal articles have been published on your topic:
    Geobase (SEM)
    Science & Social Science Citation Indexes (All)
    Science Direct – full text science database (All)
    Ovid Journals (All)
  • Other full-text resources
    Law databases:
    Lexis Library & Westlaw– full text access to international case law and legislation
    Proquest - full text UK newspaper articles
  • Science Citation Index (SCI) Search Screen
  • Combining Searches in SCI
  • SCI Results Screen
  • SCI results may not provide full text
  • But this time, we’re lucky...
  • Full Text
  • Science Direct
  • Restrict search to subscribed journals
  • Search results
  • The full text
  • If there’s time...
    Have a go at searching one of the following databases:
    Science Citation Index
    Science Direct
    OVID Journals
    Fromwww.lr.mdx.ac.uk , select Electronic Resources, then Databases
  • Remember:
    Not all databases provide access to full-text journal articles
    Use library catalogue/journals list to check availability
    Some journals are also available in print – check library catalogue
    You may use inter-library loan/other libraries
  • Now it’s your turn
    Try using:
    Science Citation Index
    Science Direct
    Ovid Journals
  • SCONUL Access Scheme
    SCONUL Access Scheme provides access to other academic libraries
    To apply, ask at the enquiry desk
    For more information:
  • British Library Website
    The British Library website has a link to its catalogue
    You can use this to check if material you require is held at St Pancras Reading Rooms
    Information on applying for a reader’s pass and the forms of ID required are on the website
  • Referencing
    For information on how to reference your work, access the Risk, Health, Safety & Environment Library Subject Guide at: http://www.lr.mdx.ac.uk
    Select Getting Started
    SelectCitation & Referencing guide: Natural Sciences
  • And finally...
    Look on LR webpages www.lr.mdx.ac.uk
    Password queries:
    Subject enquiries:
    Kathy McGowan