BIMM July 2022
Library resources, services and support
We will look at....
• How to find, access and obtain information
• Resources available and how to use them
• Referencing and managing references
• Help and Support
MyUniHub > MyStudy >MyLibrary
Access library resources and services
MySubject Library Guides
Inter Library Loans
Distance Learning Library Support
Click on ‘Sign-in’,
Signing-in enables you to access
full text material, check your
library record, create lists, save
searches and create alerts and
export references to RefWorks.
Library Search: Finding information
Type your search terms
(keywords) into the
search box e.g. Project
Management and click on
the ‘search icon’.
Library Search automatically searches for ‘All resources’ (print and
electronic) i.e. books, journal titles, journal articles etc. Use the
drop-down menu to focus your search or select ‘Available online’
Library Search: Other features
Postal Loan Service/eBook Supply
Discover how to request books for postal loan:
• Web of Science
• Barbour Index
• British Standards Online
• Cite Them Right Online
• LinkedIn Learning
myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases
myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases
Web of Science - Citation searching
• Which articles have cited an earlier article
• Find articles on similar/related subject
• How many times an article has been cited
• Best journals in your field
MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W > Web of Science
Web of Science
Check ‘Links’ to
see if full text
article is available
See how many times
article has been
Click on title
of times cited
to see list of
Citation/impact info on Google Scholar:
Citation/impact info on Library Search:
MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > B
If you require
access to a
You may be able to
access the full-text here
e.g. this is available on
Create an alert for your search,
so you can keep up-to-date
with new publications.
Link to MDX resources: > Settings > Library Links > Search for MDX and save.
Google Scholar: Useful features
Full text available
Uni and/or other
Click on author’s name (if underlined)
to view profile and check for more
research by the author on the same
Click on ‘Cited by’
to see other articles
that have cited this
‘All versions’: The same article
on other websites – sometimes
useful for getting full text if not
available from MDX.
Create a Harvard
It’s not in the Library!
MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Inter Library Loans
Developing your search strategy
• What is your topic?
• What do you need to know?
• Where from?
Streamlining your search
Too many search results
• Add more keywords to narrow down your
• Be more specific
• Search for an "exact phrase"
• Add limits
Not enough results
• Use alternative keywords
• Be less specific
• Split the question into individual concepts
• Use an asterisk to search for variations of the
Cite Them Right Online
myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > C
Managing references: RefWorks
My Study > MyLibrary > Databases > R > RefWorks
RefWorks Guides https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/BuiltEnvironment/RefWorks
• Intended audience
• When Published
REVIEW your information
More info and help
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Introduction to the resources, services and support provided by LSS which you will need during your programme including:
In this session we will look at:
The different types of resources that the library provides Using ‘Library Search’ and other library resources, to find the best quality information for your assignments Searching effectively Evaluating information for quality and relevance Creating references to use in your assignments and how to make sure that your references are correct.
A workbook called ‘Information skills for research’ is available in your module area on MyLearning which contains more information and detail.
Research from Uni of Huddersfield shows that correlation between library usage and good grades.
Library resources and services can be accessed from myUniHub
It is important to use a wide range of quality resources in your academic work as these will provide you not only with the information that you require, but also give your work balance and diversity.
Many students rely too heavily on the Internet as their main source of information, but for university assignments you will need to be confident that the information that you are using is accurate and reliable.
This is where the library can help you as we provide access to a huge range of resources – books, journals, magazines, conference papers and specialist databases, many of which are available online.
I’ll be referring to some of these resources and services during the session which can all be accessed from MyLibrary.
Library Search: This is the main way for you to search for information for your academic work. More about this later.
Databases: Access to Subject specific collections of journals etc, specialist collections of information, individual resources and training/skills resources
MySubject Library Guides: Use these to find what resources and support are available for your subject area
Inter Library Loans: Not a resource, but a way of getting hold of material that the library doesn’t hold or provide access to electronically.
Distance Learning Library Support: Information about library support for distance learners.
Lets start with Library Search.
Library Search is our resource discovery tool which allows you to search all of the resources physically in the library, but also all of our electronic books and the electronic journals that we subscribe to.
Its very easy to use, but remember to sign in first as this allows you to do lots of things including accessing the full text of our e-resources.
When you need to find information type your search terms (keywords) into the search box e.g. Project Management and click on the ‘search icon’.
Library Search automatically searches for ‘All resources’ i.e. books, journal titles, journal articles etc. Use the drop-down menu to focus your search or select ‘Available online’ only.
It is possible to refine your search by using some of the options on the left hand side of the screen. For example you can refine your search by type of resource, so if you just want journal articles, select ‘articles’ under ‘resource type’. You can also limit by publication date which is useful if you want up-to-date information, and by ‘Full text only’. However it is possible for us to obtain electronic copies of journal articles from the British Library, so finding references to print journals is not necessarily a waste of time. More later. If a book is only available in print format, then we can post a copy to you. More later.
As you search, you can also save items to your ‘Favourites folder’ which is located at the top right of the screen. You can only do this if you have signed in.
The other really useful feature is the ability to create a reference using a variety of referencing styles.
You can access guides to using Library search’ at the link on the screen. These guides can talk you through the process of using library search to find information for your assignments, as well as searching specifically for books and journal articles, and creating references.
Our 'Distance Learning Support Team' (pictured below) can post physical (print) items from our collections which you have found on 'Library Search', directly to you. You just need to request the book(s) on Library Search. However where possible we will try and obtain an electronic copy for you.
Students enrolled on distance learning programmes will be automatically registered as distance learners in the library. This means that when you request a book on Library Search, it will be posted to the address you have recorded on MISIS.
A guide to help you request books for postal loan is available at the link on the screen.
The library subscribes to a range of databases which can be accessed from MyLibrary. Once you are in the list of databases use the drop-down menu to see subject focused lists of resources, or click on the 'alphabet' if you know the name of the resource you require:
These databases allow access to a varied range of information including:
Subject specific journal databases i.e. collections of journals, but often including other types of information such as book chapters, conference papers and research papers in a particular subject area e.g. 'Science Direct' (science subjects) or 'IEEE Xplore' (computing and engineering)
Specialist/Themed information e.g. 'WGSN Lifestyle and Interiors' (Trends, forecasting, news, inspiration)
Specific information types such as 'British Standards Online' (Standards), 'Global Newsstream' (newspapers) and 'Box of Broadcasts' (TV and radio programmes)
Individual resources such as 'Britannica Online' (Encyclopedia)
Training/skills services databases such as 'LinkedIn Learning’ and 'Cite Them Right Online’.
The library provides access to a huge range of journal databases which are mostly subject specific collections of online academic journals that you can search for information. Many of the journal databases also include other types of information such as conference papers, reports, book chapters, standards etc.
Unlike most subject areas, there is no one specialist journal database that covers your subject area as it transcends many different subject areas. This is why Library Search is your main tool for finding information as it searches across all of these resources.
However there are a number of useful journal databases that you can use to search for information: These include: Science Direct (Sciences) Business Source Complete (Business) IEEE Xplore (Engineering and computing)
You can access these journal databases by logging on to MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases.
Although 'Library Search' searches most of our journal databases including 'Science Direct', 'Business Source Complete' and 'IEEE Xplore', searching these resources directly means that your search results will be more focused as you are searching the literature within specific subject areas i.e. science, business and engineering/computing.
The majority of the information that you find will be full text, but if not, then copies of journal articles can be requested using our Inter Library Loan Service.
Web of Science is another journal database, but more commonly known as a citation database as not only can you use it to find relevant literature, you can also ascertain how influential that information has been:
Discover which articles have cited an earlier article i.e. It is a way of looking forward in the literature - if you have found an excellent article, you can use 'Web of Science' to see which articles have subsequently cited it
Find articles on similar/related subjects - if an article cites an earlier article then this implies a subject relationship, so you can find papers on a similar topic without using any keywords or subject terms
Find out how many times a paper has been cited i.e. gauge the usefulness/quality/influence of a paper
Determine which are the best journals in your field - citation data is used to rank journals within particular subject areas and this is a useful way of seeing how journals perform in relation to others in the same subject area.
You can access it by logging on to MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases
'Web of Science' is not a full text database, so in order to see if we have access to an article from another resource that we subscribe to, click on ‘Links’ as indicated in the image below. If an article is not available full text, then you will be prompted to request a copy of the article using our Inter Library Loan
Another feature of 'Web of Science' is that you can create Journal Citation Reports which enable you to discover which are the most influential journals in a particular field i.e. the journals that contain the articles that get cited most by subsequent journal articles. Looking to the future, this is useful to discover which are the most influential journals to publish in.
You can find detailed guides showing you how to use all aspects of Web of Science at the link on the screen.
Increasingly ‘cited by’ information is also available on other resources.
Google Scholar has a ‘Cited by’ feature. I’ll say more about Google Scholar later.
Also in Library Search – the ‘pointing up’ arrows allow you to ‘Find sources citing this’. The ‘Pointing down’ arrows also allow you to ‘Find sources cited in this’.
'Barbour' provides full text documentation on legislation, regulations and standards for environment and health & safety professionals.
Content includes technical guides, employee fact sheets, Director's briefings, forms and checklists, case studies, standards and regulations including Building Regs etc. Information available is from a range of publishers including UK and European Parliaments and Departments, Public Health England, professional associations, commissions and agencies. You can access it by logging on to myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases
'Standards' are important to designers because they are: An agreed level of quality or way of doing something Provide guidance, a framework or an acceptable level They are often legally binding Created by experts Can be international, European, national or applicable to an industry or trade Standards cover all aspects of our lives
Use 'British Standards Online' to search for British Standards plus European and international standards which are adopted in the UK on a particular topic.
Only a limited number are available full text, but any required can be added to our subscription by emailing your librarian: email@example.com.
'Google Scholar' is another resource that you can use to find information. It is open access, so available to everyone, not just Middlesex University students. It enables you to find journal articles, theses, books, and more, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites across all disciplines.
Not everything on 'Google Scholar' is full text, but you can link it to our library resources by changing the settings as shown in the image below. You only need to do this once on your own laptop/device, but you will need to be logged on to MyUniHub.
More useful is finding material which is not accessible through Middlesex University Library i.e. articles, books and papers etc which are on open-access on the Internet.
'Google Scholar' is good, but there is limited ability to combine different keywords or to refine your search as you can with 'Library Search'. However it is possible to set up alerts using a Google account to keep up-to-date with recent developments in any area of research, and save material found to a personal library.
Google Scholar is good, but there is limited ability to combine different keywords or to refine your search as you can with Library search and our journal databases.
Also older articles can appear first in results, so use the date limits on the left hand side of the screen.
There are a few useful features on 'Google Scholar' including:
If an author’s name is underlined, you can click on it to discover other things that they have written. These may be useful sources of information for your research
Click on the "speech mark" icon to create a reference in various referencing styles including Harvard
See how many times an article has been cited by other authors by clicking on 'Cited by...'. This gives an indication of how influential the article has been.
If a journal article that you require is not available online from the library, then it is usually possible to obtain a copy from the British Library. The British Library will send an electronic copy of the article directly to your student email address.
There is usually a charge of £3 per request, but it is currently free due to the COVID-19 situation
Its important to think about the keywords that you use to search for information in library resources or on the Internet.
Think carefully about the words that you use, as these can make all the difference when searching for information. If you don't use the right language or words, then you won't find what you need i.e. use meaningful words is essential too describe what you are looking for.
You will need to think beyond the obvious keywords i.e. the words that appear in your essay title or project brief, to ensure that you find as much information as possible.
What is your topic? Try and break your topic down into a small number of concepts e.g. Building Information Modelling and Construction project.
What do you need to know? Think about what sort of information you need e.g. theories, statistics, facts etc
Where from? Think about where you can find the information that you need…….we’ve covered different types of resources in the previous section e.g. books can give you a broad overview of a subject (history, background, theories etc.), journals provide more detailed and focused information and good for up-to-date research etc
What are the keywords to describe your topic? Synonyms/alternative words that can be used to describe the same thing, different spellings (e.g. behaviour and behavior), acronyms (e.g. BIM =Building Information Modelling), professional/common terminology (Myocardial Infarction/Heart Attack), plus think about the detail that you will need as well as the broader subject, background or history etc.
There are a couple of really using things that you can use to further refine your search when using library resources such as Library Search and the Internet.
Broaden your search using an asterisk* e.g. given will find build, builders, buildings etc You can also make your search more specific by using “quotation marks”.
You can find loads more ‘search tips’ at the link on the screen.
Once you have started your search, if you find that you have too many search results:
Add more keywords to narrow down your search results e.g. 'Design history, 20th century, textiles' rather than just 'design history' Be more specific e.g. 'Sprinting' rather than 'running' Search for an "exact phrase" e.g. "Number theory" Add limits e.g. Date, country, gender etc.
Not enough results: Use alternative keywords e.g. Old person - also use: aged, elderly, OAP, old age pensioner, senior citizen etc Be less specific e.g. Use 'package holidays' rather than 'coach package holidays' Split the question into individual concepts - searching for all concepts together might make your search too complicated Use an asterisk to search for variations of the same word e.g. Swim* (swim, swimmers, swimming)
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Explain that although we can create Harvard references on Library Search, the references will need to be slightly tweeked to make them perfect. To do this they need to use Cite Them Right Online.
Explain how it works and how to access it. Cite Them Right doesn’t create references for you, but shows you how to reference loads of different types of information sources.
*******There is a referencing exercise in their ‘module workbook’ (mentioned on slide 1), which they need to carry out in their own time. Cite Them Right will help them complete this referencing exercise. As part of this exercise it will be useful for them to look at the ‘Basics’ section of Cite Them Right.********
Next slide shows example of the small changes that they might need to make to references created on Library Search.
You may wish to use 'RefWorks' which is Bibliographic Management software. This enables you to:
Collect references Format them in your chosen referencing style i.e. Harvard Manage and organise your references in to folders Store and annotate PDFs of the references Share folders/references with others. You can also add citations to your assignments as you write them using the 'RefWorks Citation Manager' Add-in and then generate a perfectly formatted reference list from the citations you have used.
Access 'RefWorks' from by Logging on to MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases >RefWorks (do not select RefWorks Old/Legacy). You will need to set up an account the first time, so use your Middlesex email address.
Detailed guides to using ‘RefWorks’ available from: https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/BuiltEnvironment/RefWorks
•Relevance - Is this what I need? Will it answer my question? Is it at the right level?
•Expertise - Who is the author? What is their knowledge base/qualifications? How have they carried out their research? Where are they working, can they be contacted? Is there any Peer Review?
•Viewpoint - Is it a balanced view? Are opposing views represented? Are there links to supporting information?
•Intended audience - What is the purpose of information e.g. financial gain, propaganda, entertainment, academic?
•Evidence - Is it peer reviewed? Are there references which can be checked to support the information or theories discussed?
•When published - How old is this information? Does it need to be up-to-date? When was it last updated and by whom? Do you know what was updated. There is often an explanation of what has been updated in new edition of a book.
Lots of useful online guides eg. How to find books How to find information for your project Accessing journal databases etc
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