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Library Search 1: Getting started 2021

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Library Search 1: Getting started 2021

  1. 1. Library Search: Getting started Study https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/library space
  2. 2. What is Library Search? • Searches all library resources in one go including books, journals, conference proceedings, reports, and film • Searches across all subject areas • Results are displayed with the most relevant first • Access full-text if available online http://www.flickr.com/photos/milagraceari/4618671983/ Use Library Search to find information for your projects and assignments.
  3. 3. Access Library Search myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Search Accessing Library Search this way, ensures that you are able to access full-text resources where available. Select ‘Library Search’ from the list.
  4. 4. Sign-in to Library Search Click on ‘Sign-in’, choose ‘Middlesex University’ and use your University email address and IT password. Signing-in enables you to request books, check your library record, create lists, save searches and create alerts.
  5. 5. 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’ (print and electronic) i.e. books, journal titles, journal articles etc. Use the drop-down menu to focus your search or select ‘Available online’ only.
  6. 6. Your search results are displayed in a list Number of results. Your search will find different types of resources e.g. books and journal articles. Click on ‘Library Search Home’ or ‘x’ if you want to start a new search. Click on the title to find more information about this resource.
  7. 7. Resources you will see on Library Search This is a book which is available electronically. Click on ‘Available Online’ to read online or download. This is a full-text journal article. Click on ‘Available Online’ to read online or download. This is a print book available in the library. Click on ‘Available at…..’ to request to borrow it via Click and Collect. Click and Collect https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/clickandcollect
  8. 8. Refine your search results Limit your search results by Full-text online. Limit by Scholarly and Peer Reviewed i.e. find good quality academic journal articles. Limit your search by Resource Type, Publication Date or by Subject. You can add extra search terms to the search box at any time, but if you wish to keep the refining options that you have chosen, select ‘Remember all filters.
  9. 9. To create a reference… …click on the quotation mark symbol (“” ) and select the referencing style that you require. A reference is created. You can ‘Copy’ the reference into the reference list in your essay or email it to yourself. It is important to use Cite Them Right Online to check that the reference created is correct. You will probably need to make a few small changes. Access: myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > C > Cite Them Right Online.
  10. 10. Discover more • This guide is a basic introduction to Library Search • To discover more see Library Search Extras available at the link below. Library Search guides https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/librarysearch space
  11. 11. Need further help? Contact your Librarian (Select ‘Chat’ or ‘Ask A Librarian’) http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/ Troubleshooting: Accessing full text off campus http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/accessingelectronicresources space

Editor's Notes

  • Welcome to this short presentation on getting started with Library Search at Middlesex University.

    You can find out more about the Library and the services we offer at https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/library.
  • What is Library Search?

    Library Search is a system a bit like Google which searches all our library resources in one go, including books, academic journals, conference proceedings, reports, film and much more.

    It searches across all subject areas.

    Library Search displays search results with the items most relevant to your search first unlike Google which tends to prioritise sponsored material first.

    Where we have access to the full text online, Library Search will give you a link to that item.

    Use Library Search to find the best quality information for your projects and assignments which will help you get better marks.
  • Access Library Search

    To access Library Search you need to login to myUniHub.

    When you are logged in, go to MyStudy and then choose Library Search from the My Library box.

    Accessing Library Search in this way ensures that you are able to access full text resources where available.

    So always follow this route: myUniHub, MyStudy, MyLibrary and then Library Search.
  • Sign in to Library Search

    Once you are in Library Search you should sign in.

    Click the Sign-in link at the top right of the page.

    Choose Middlesex University and use your University email address example JK1234@live.mdx.ac.uk and IT password to sign in e.g. JK1234.

    Signing-in enables you to do five useful things:

    Request books for Click and Collect
    Check your library record to see which books you have on loan,
    Create lists of useful resources,
    Save searches and
    Create alerts, so you will know when a new item of interest becomes available.
  • When you need to find information for your assignments

    Type your search terms – the keywords to describe your topic – into the search box. In this example we are looking for information on project management.

    Then click 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’ only.
    Library search will automatically search for resources which are available online.

    If you want to find all the resources provided by the Library – including print as well as electronic – then choose all resources from the drop down menu.
  • Your search results are displayed in a list.

    And you will be able to see the number of different resources the search has found. The most relevant items to your search are listed first.

    Your search will find different types of resources for example academic journal articles as well as books.

    If you click on the title you can find out more detail about this resource.

    If you want to start a new search, click on ‘Library Search Home’ at the top of the screen or the X in the search box.
  • Some of the resources you will see in Library Search.

    Here you can see examples of the most common resources you will find on Library Search.

    At the top is a full text journal article available to read online or download if you click the ‘Available online’ link.

    The second resource is an electronic book. Click on the ‘Available online’ link to read the ebook online or download it for a specific period of time. However some of our ebooks have chapters that you can save and keep for ever.

    The final resource is a print book available in the library. Click on ‘available at’ to request to borrow it via Click and Collect.

    More information available about our Click and Collect service at the link on the screen: https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/clickandcollect.
  • Refine your search results.

    On the left hand side of the results page there are options that you can use to improve your search:

    Limiting your results by ‘full text online’ is useful if you are not on campus. This limit will remove printed books and other items which are not available online from your search.

    Limiting by ‘Scholarly and Peer Reviewed’ ensures you will only see the good quality academic journal articles which are really good to use in your academic work.

    You can also limit your results by specific resource type, for example books; by publication date, if you only want the latest information; or by academic subject area.

    Once you have set up some filters, if you want to keep them when adding more search terms, remember to select ‘remember all filters’.
  • To create a reference.

    Click on the quotation mark symbol by the item title.

    Select the referencing style which you need. Normally this is Harvard, but some programmes at Middlesex require you to use other referencing styles which are also available.

    A reference is then created. You can copy the reference into the reference list in your essay or project or email it to yourself.

    Please note.: It is very important to use Cite them Right online to check that the reference which Library Search has created is correct. You will probably need to make a few small changes.

    You can access Cite them Right Online via this route: myUniHub, MyStudy, MyLibrary, Databases. In the list of databases choose C and then click on Cite them Right Online.
  • Discover more

    This guide is a basic introduction to Library Search to help you get started.

    To discover more features see Library Search Extras available at https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/librarysearch
  • If you need further help, please contact your librarian.

    Go to http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/ and choose either chat, if the service is available, or Ask a Librarian to raise a ticket.

    If you are having problems accessing the full text of any item off campus, please see our troubleshooting guide at

    http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/accessingelectronicresources.
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