Informatics UG1 2006-7


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Informatics UG1 2006-7

  1. 1. Introduction to the Library Sarah Kelly Liaison Librarian for Informatics Robertson Library, KB Tel.: 50 6474/51 3851 Email:
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>A bit about the Library </li></ul><ul><li>How to find items on your reading lists </li></ul><ul><li>How to find items not on your reading list </li></ul>
  3. 3. Edinburgh University Libraries <ul><li>Currently 14 library sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can use them all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May need matriculation card </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Informatics collections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JCML, KB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Perhaps also Robertson, KB </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main Library, George Square </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why use another Library? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual and group study space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photocopiers…. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Finding Print Items in Libraries <ul><li>JCML </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All items are on the one floor, but have clearly marked sections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Main Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ground Floor = Reserve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st Floor = Current Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 th Floor = Main Book collection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help?? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask staff at Service Desk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Floor plan and virtual tour (ML) available </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. MLRP and JCML Stock Move <ul><li>In 2007, all of Informatics will be based in the Central Area </li></ul><ul><li>Informatics Collections currently housed in JCML will be moved to the Main Library in summer 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>MLRP a large scale project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Transforming the Main Library building for the twenty first century” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will affect ML at various stages </li></ul><ul><li>Updates and further info at </li></ul>
  6. 6. Borrowing <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[RESERVE] - 3 hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[SHORT] - 1 week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Standard) - 4 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check local notices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Issue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-issue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service desk/Help desk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ground floor – ML </li></ul></ul></ul>TOTAL OF 15 ITEMS (3 Reserve)
  7. 7. Renewing Items <ul><li>Take note of dates when books are due, shown on the self-issue receipt or date label stamp </li></ul><ul><li>Can check return dates and/or renew items online or over phone </li></ul><ul><li>Why can’t I renew? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must renew item BEFORE it becomes overdue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You have accrued fines of over £10 = BLOCK ON BORROWING </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A recall has been placed on the item </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reached maximum renewal limit </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Returning Items <ul><li>Return to Library you borrowed the item from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Book box for out of hours returns </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>STANDARD LOAN – 20p per day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SHORT LOAN – 50p per day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RESERVE - 2p per minute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RECALLED BOOK - £1 per day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you are worried about fines please tell us IMMEDIATELY – don’t wait till it’s too late to help </li></ul>
  9. 9. Courtesy Notices <ul><li>Fines and recall notices are sent to your University sms e-mail account </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you check this or get it redirected to a different email account </li></ul><ul><li>Notices are ‘courtesy’, up to you to keep track of what is on your account </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘Your account’ or phone </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Finding Out More <ul><li>Library Online </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Main Library Web-pages </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>JCML Web-pages </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Guide to Resources in Informatics </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 11. Reading List Example - Book <ul><li>“ Haskell: The Craft of Functional Programming” by Thompson, S. (2nd Edition) (ISBN 0201342758) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Using the Catalogue <ul><li>Simple Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searches for keywords in one field only: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shelfmark….. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advanced Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searches for keywords in up to 3 fields: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ISBN search option </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>+ various others </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Check Search results <ul><li>‘ Year’ - is this the year you want? </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Status’ - i.e. whether item is in Library or out on loan (check number on loan = ‘Number of Items’) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Location’ - i.e. the Library Site </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Shelfmark’ - i.e. where it is in the Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalogue record example </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main Library [SHORT LOAN] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shelfmark: QA76.62 Tho. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of Items:12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Status: 9 copies charged (= 3 available) </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. All copies are on loan… <ul><li>Go to the Library Service Desk and place a RECALL on the item </li></ul><ul><li>FINDING SIMILAR BOOKS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do a shelfmark search in the catalogue (QA76.62) OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note the shelfmark and browse the shelves in this area OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search the catalogue by subject (e.g. programming languages OR Haskell) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Suggesting New Books <ul><li>All reading list texts should be in the Library </li></ul><ul><li>You may wish to recommend a book for the Library to purchase </li></ul><ul><li>You may make recommendation for 1 item, which will be added to general collections </li></ul><ul><li>If the Library should have multiple copies of an item, alert your course lecturer who in turn can order them for the Library </li></ul>
  16. 16. Reading List Example - Journal <ul><ul><li>&quot;All I really need to know about pair programming I learned in Kindergarten.&quot; Laurie A. Williams, Robert R. Kessler. Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery , 43(5):108–114, May 2000. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Using the Catalogue <ul><li>All Library Holdings (print and online) can be found by searching the Library Catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>The Catalogue allows you to search at the source title level (e.g. journal title), but does not allow you to search at the article level (there are other resources for this) </li></ul><ul><li>Search the catalogue for the Title of the Journal, Book or Conference ( NOT the article title, book chapter, or conference paper ) and check if we have the volume you need </li></ul>
  18. 18. What you need to know <ul><ul><li>“ All I really need to know about pair programming I learned in Kindergarten.&quot; Laurie A. Williams , Robert R. Kessler. Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery , 43(5):108–114 , May 2000 . </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Finding Other Journal Articles <ul><li>Isn’t it all available Online? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A lot of it is, but how do you find it? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Internet has made information superficially much easier to access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More to it than searching Google! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difference between freely available information and information made available to you for free (but which the University pays for) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library can help you find the information you want more efficiently </li></ul><ul><ul><li>familiarise yourself with the range of resources available and how they work </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Literature Databases <ul><li>When you want to conduct a comprehensive search of research literature (e.g. a literature review) you would use these </li></ul><ul><li>Allow you to search for journal articles and conference papers (primarily) </li></ul><ul><li>Search at the article level across a range of different publishers and publications </li></ul><ul><li>Some allow citation searching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use an existing paper and trace who has subsequently cited it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Save searches and set up alerts </li></ul>
  21. 21. Full-text Databases <ul><li>Allow you to search publications from ONE PUBLISHER </li></ul><ul><li>Literature databases more comprehensive but not guaranteed full-text access to all search results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>may have to apply for ILL to get item </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>perhaps more suited to advanced research </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Which Databases to Use <ul><li>In your 1 st years, Searcher may be useful starting point </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Particularly for cross-disciplinary topics (e.g. biomedicine, linguistics…) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New resource which cross-searches many, but not all, library resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Including literature and full-text databases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More in depth searching? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Native interfaces have more search options and personalisation features </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Access to Library resources <ul><li>Follow links from Library web-pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If go direct to resource may have problems off-campus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will be prompted for EASE username and password </li></ul><ul><li>Works both on and off-campus </li></ul>
  24. 24. Finding Information Using Non Library Resources <ul><li>Can be very easy to get results from a basic search of any search engine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How good are these results? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After your basic search, you will need to sift through the results to find good quality information you can trust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who published, why, when, where? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Company websites trusted source? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make sure you evaluate the results </li></ul>
  25. 25. Plagiarism and Citing References <ul><li>To acknowledge your sources </li></ul><ul><li>To substantiate your arguments </li></ul><ul><li>To avoid plagiarism, even when unintentional </li></ul><ul><li>To enable your reader to follow up your source material </li></ul><ul><li>Further info: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  26. 26. Citing References and Bibliographies <ul><li>Check with the School the preferred style </li></ul><ul><li>Library can give guidance on different styles (Numeric and Harvard common) </li></ul><ul><li>Whichever style, details should always appear in a standard and consistent form </li></ul><ul><li>References in the bibliography should contain all the information needed to identify the item you have used </li></ul><ul><li>Open access machines have reference management software installed (windows only) </li></ul>
  27. 27. Help/Further Information <ul><li>Service Desks </li></ul><ul><li>Information Clinics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every Wednesday, 2pm – 4pm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seminar Room, Robertson Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drop-in service for anyone with a query on using Library resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestion boxes </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>