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  1. 1. MSc Robotics Oct 2021 Library resources, services and support
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. MyUniHub > MyStudy >MyLibrary Access library resources and services
  4. 4. MyLibrary Library Search Databases MySubject Library Guides Inter Library Loans Distance Learning Library Support
  5. 5. Library Search Click on ‘Sign-in’, choose ‘Middlesex University’ and use your university email address. 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.
  6. 6. 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’ only.
  7. 7. Library Search: Other features
  8. 8. Postal Loan Service/eBook Supply More information: Discover how to request books for postal loan:
  9. 9. Specialist Databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases
  10. 10. Journal Databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases • ACM Digital Library • Computer Source • IEEE Xplore • Science Direct • Web of Science
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Web of Science Check ‘Links’ to see if full text article is available See how many times article has been cited. Click on title for more information Click number of times cited to see list of citing articles
  13. 13. Citation/impact info on Google Scholar: Citation/impact info on Library Search:
  14. 14. Zetoc (Alert service) Set-up an alert for a journal or subject. Search for journal articles. Set-up an RSS feed for a journal. MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > Z > Zetoc
  15. 15. MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > B If you require access to a Standard email
  16. 16. Google Scholar You may be able to access the full-text here e.g. this is available on open access. Refine your search results here. 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.
  17. 17. Google Scholar: Useful features Full text available from Middlesex Uni and/or other sources. Click on author’s name (if underlined) to view profile and check for more research by the author on the same topic. Click on ‘Cited by’ to see other articles that have cited this article. ‘All versions’: The same article on other websites – sometimes useful for getting full text if not available from MDX. Create a Harvard reference or export to RefWorks.
  18. 18. It’s not in the Library! MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Inter Library Loans
  19. 19. Developing your search strategy • What is your topic? • What do you need to know? • Where from? • Keywords
  20. 20. Streamlining your search Robot* “Speech recognition”
  21. 21. Too many search results • Add more keywords to narrow down your search results • Be more specific • Search for an "exact phrase" • Add limits
  22. 22. Not enough results • Use alternative keywords • Be less specific • Split the question into individual concepts • Use an asterisk to search for variations of the same word
  23. 23. Cite Them Right Online myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > C
  24. 24. Managing references: RefWorks My Study > MyLibrary > Databases > R > RefWorks RefWorks Guides
  25. 25. • Relevance • Expertise • Viewpoint • Intended audience • Evidence • When Published REVIEW your information
  26. 26. More info and help MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > My Subject Library Guides> Computing, Maths and Engineering Online help guides Support for distance learners Academic writing support Library support Resources
  27. 27. myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > L LinkedIn Learning
  28. 28. UniHelp Telephone and Chat: Mon-Fri 8.30am-9.30pm Sat, Sun and Bank hols 11.00am-6.00pm Tel. +44 (0)20 8411 6060
  29. 29. Need further help Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill Your Librarian: Postal Delivery of books: If you have any questions about postal delivery of books or are experiencing any difficulties with this service, then please contact our Distance Learning Support Team. Email:

Editor's Notes

  • Introduction to the resources, services and support provided by LSS which you will need during your programme including.

    MSc Robotics students have a 4 week submission to do a short review of an area of robotics of their choice to help prepare them for the writing and researching element of their final project in July next year.

  • 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 including IEEE and Harvard.

    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/alert services databases such as 'LinkedIn Learning', 'Cite Them Right Online' and 'Zetoc Alert'.

  • 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)
    IEEE Xplore (Engineering and computing)
    ACM Digital Library (Computing)
    Web of Science (Sciences)
    Computer Source (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' 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.

    References to robotics can be found in some other journal databases that we have such as Design and Applied Arts Index and Art Full Text, but not in any great numbers, so using Library search is a more efficient way of accessing these.

    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’.
  • 'Zetoc' is one of the world’s most comprehensive research databases covering all subject areas.  It's search facility gives you access to:

    Over 36,000 journals
    More than 59 million article citations and conference papers
    Over 875,000 open access article citations and conference papers.

    Some material on 'Zetoc' is available full text, but otherwise can be requested using our Inter Library Loan service.

    'Zetoc' includes some other useful features:
    Zetoc Alerts - a current awareness service  that sends you email alerts matching your search criteria
    Zetoc RSS - which enables you to subscribe to feeds for individual journals.

    Use 'Zetoc' to keep pace with your peers, stay up to date with new research, and expand your field of knowledge.

  • '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:
  • '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 describe your topic using a handful of words – 4 or 5. Doinf this enables you to break your topic down into a small number of concepts

    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 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/abbreviations etc (e.g. UAV =Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Cobots/Collaborative Robots), professional/common terminology (UAV or Drones), 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 robot, robots, robotics 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)
  • Even though Library Search, many of the journal databases and things like Google Scholar have the functionality to create a reference that you can use in your academic work, they still need to be checked for their accuracy using Cite Them right Online.

    Cite Them Right does not create the references for you, but shows you how to create a reference for pretty much any type of information that you might use from a book or academic journal article through to a company report or British Standard.

    There is a lot of useful information on Cite Them Right to help you avoid plagiarism, but also there is a referencing and plagiarism library guide – link on the screen.
  • 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:

    Also see our Referencing and Plagiarism Library Guide which has lots of information about using 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?

    •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

  • As a student at Middlesex University you have unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, an on-demand library of high-quality instructional videos covering a vast range of software, business and creative skills. With more than 5,000 courses taught by industry experts—and more added every week—LinkedIn Learning is designed for all levels of learners, and it’s available whenever you’re ready to learn. The LinkedIn Learning app, means that you can also view courses from your mobile device.

    You Can also link it to your LinkedIn account and highlight any LinkedIn Learning courses that you have created on your profile.
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