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Searching Library Search 2018


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Searching Library Search 2018

  1. 1. Finding information using Library Search
  2. 2. What is Library Search? • Google-like search interface • Searches all our library resources in one go including books, DVDs, journals, conference proceedings and reports • Search across all subject areas • Results are displayed with the most relevant first • Access full-text if available • Use wherever you have access to the Internet. Library Search is useful when you need to find information on a particular subject.
  3. 3. Access Library Search myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Search Select ‘Library Search’ from the list of resources Accessing Library Search this way, means that you should be able to access full- text material where available.
  4. 4. Sign-in to Library Search for full functionality Click on ‘Sign-in’, choose ‘Middlesex University’ and use your MyUniHub ID and password. Signing-in enables you to access full text material, check your library record, request items, create lists, save searches and create alerts and export references to RefWorks.
  5. 5. When you need to find information for a project or essay…. ….enter your search terms (keywords) into the search box and click on the search icon.
  6. 6. Your search results are displayed in a list Number of results. Your search will find different types of resources e.g. journals and books. Click on ‘Library Search’ or ‘x’ if you want to start a new search.
  7. 7. Things you might see on Library Search This is a book which is available both electronically (Available Online) and in print format in the library. This is a full-text journal article. Click here to read online or download. This is a print book available in the library. Click here to check availability, how long it can be borrowed for and request if required.
  8. 8. To get more information about an item… ….more information about the item will then be displayed. This is an electronic item (more information later). For print items, see next slide. on the title… Click on the ‘X’ to return to your search results.
  9. 9. To find out where print items are shelved in the library… Bibliographic information is available here e.g. authors name and publisher. This information is useful for referencing. Select the relevant campus to check availability of the book e.g. Hendon. These books are available for loan, but if a book is on loan to another student you will see this i.e the date when the book is due back. It is possible to request a book if it is on loan (next slide). …click on the title in your search results. Location information is displayed here i.e. shelf number and floor. Make a note of the shelf number.
  10. 10. You can refine your search in several ways e.g. Limit to items which are full- text online i.e. you can read the item on your computer. Scroll down the screen for more refining options e.g. refining by subject discipline, author and language etc. Limit to Scholarly and Peer Reviewed journals i.e. good quality academic journals. Limit your search by different types of resources such as journal articles, newspapers and books or by publication date.
  11. 11. Some items are available full-text online Click on ‘Available Online’…. ….you will then see a list of resources which provide access to the item that you want to read. These are databases that the library subscribes to e.g. ACM Digital Library. Click on one of the links…. ….locate a PDF or HTML icon and click on it to access the item.
  12. 12. If you are using Library Search from outside the University, you may sometimes experience problems accessing full-text items A troubleshooting online guide is available : MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides > User Guides > Accessing Electronic Resources.
  13. 13. It is possible to save your references Click on the ‘pin’ symbol to save an item. When an item has been saved, the ‘pin’ symbol is crossed out and the item will be saved to a folder at the top of the screen. This is your ‘Favourites’ folder. Click on the ‘pin’ symbol at the top of the screen to view your saved items i.e. ‘Favourites’.
  14. 14. Once the ‘Favourites’ folder is open you can…. ….see a list of the items you have saved. Signing-in to Library Search means that items will remain in your Favourites folder until you choose to delete them. Click on ‘Add Labels’ to tag items. Click on ‘…’ for additional functionality. For example you can export the reference to RefWorks, email it and create a reference (Citation).
  15. 15. It is possible to save your searches When you have carried out a search, click on ‘Save search’. Your search and any refinements such as by date or subject will be saved in your Favourites folder….. ….click on the ‘pin’ symbol to access your Favourites and then select ‘Saved searches’. Click on a saved search to run the search again. Click on these symbols for additional functionality e.g. set up an RSS feed or an alert for a search. You can also Unpin the search i.e. delete it.
  16. 16. Need further help? Contact your Librarian: Make an appointment: VH Aug 2018