Research Students Quick Guide


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A quick summary of how to take advantage of the library resources offered by Learning Services.

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Research Students Quick Guide

  1. 1. The University uses single-sign on to authenticate our students and provide access to our e-resources on and off campus. This has to be done via the portal. We do not use individual Athens usernames and passwords. After logging in to the portal<br />Click on the Library & IT tab<br />In the e-library channel, click on the Databases, Journals and e-books link<br />On the Library Databases page the e-resources are arranged alphabetically by title<br />Click on the letter of the alphabet for the resource you need along the top of the A-Z list or scroll down to it in the list. <br />Note: Some resources require you set up a proxy server on the PC you are using if accessing from home or connecting wirelessly on campus via your personal laptop.<br />You can save time by:<br />Accessing the library catalogue and e-resources <br />Databases to search include EBSCOhost, SciVerse Science Direct, Wiley Online Library, SpringerLink and SwetsWise for articles, conference proceedings and other scholarly information. Use MyiLibrary, Dawsonera, Cambridge Books Online and Oxford Scholarship Online for e-books, on and off-campus via the university portal.<br />Accessing your library record on and off-campus via the Library & IT tab<br />Click on the View my library account… link in the My Library Account channel <br />Check your loans, reservations and interlibrary loans<br />Renew your books<br />Exploiting access to external resources<br />Use the British Library interlibrary loans service via the libraries at the Drill Hall, Greenwich and Avery Hill to request books for borrowing and individual articles in journals and that the library does not subscribe to. <br />SCONUL Access Scheme <br />MPhil and PhD research students can register as Band A users via their home institution library (the Drill Hall, Greenwich and Avery Hill); by completing an A4registration form at the Enquiry Desk. This entitles you to join any of the libraries participating in the scheme and borrow from them (normally 5 loans). Taught postgraduates are registered as Band C users.<br /> <br />Also search across the library catalogues of higher education institutions within the M25 at: Contact information, directions, subjects covered at each campus for each institution is included as well as links to their websites and individual library catalogues.<br />Utilizing tools to support the research process<br />Register for Endnote Web to manage your bibliographic citations and Researcher ID to manage your publication list and professional profile via the Web of Knowledge database.<br />Fully exploit the resources and services available to you<br />Contact your Academic Services Librarians for further guidance, help and specialist tailored one-to-one sessions at: or <br />Subject guides can be found at:<br />A list of useful resources for research can be found on delicious: <br />Visit the Learning Services Research Blog at<br />