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E-journals: starter session


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E-journals: starter session

  1. 1. Electronic Journals Leeds University Library Information Literacy Programme 2006-2007
  2. 2. Purpose of this session <ul><li>To introduce electronic journals </li></ul><ul><li>To demonstrate how to locate electronic resources using the Library webpages and Catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>To look at examples of electronic journal services </li></ul><ul><li>To look at downloading, printing and saving material from electronic resources </li></ul>
  3. 3. Back to basics: what is an e-journal? <ul><li>An electronic publication, similar to an e-zine or zine. An e-journal, however, is typically found in academic circles and is a regularly published journal either published solely in electronic form or made available in electronic form. </li></ul><ul><li>(Definition from High Density’s Glossary of Internet Terms ) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Types of e-journal <ul><li>Purchased as individual titles from specific publishers </li></ul><ul><li>Archive content (back runs) – some open access, some for purchase </li></ul><ul><li>Purchased as part of a database </li></ul><ul><li>Freely available </li></ul>
  5. 5. E-journals: what’s different? <ul><li>Always available from desktop; most titles available remotely </li></ul><ul><li>Several users can access a journal issue or article at any one time </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia and additional features not possible in print version </li></ul>
  6. 6. Statistics @ Leeds <ul><li>Journal Titles: 28,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Journal Providers: 500 </li></ul><ul><li>Purchased backfiles from Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, Taylor and Francis </li></ul><ul><li>Free backfiles from PubMedCentral </li></ul><ul><li>Open access titles (author pays model, no charge to view articles) </li></ul>
  7. 7. E-journal services
  8. 8. Finding e-journals <ul><li>1. The Library webpages </li></ul><ul><li>The Library Catalogue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By journal title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By resource name </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Linking from databases </li></ul>
  9. 9. Finding e-journals 1: the Library webpages <ul><li>Start from Library homepage http:// /library/ </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Index and find Electronic Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Automatically searches for electronic journals in the Catalogue (most are catalogued, including freely available titles) </li></ul><ul><li>Check on current trials </li></ul>
  10. 10. Finding e-journals 2: the Library Catalogue <ul><li>Can be found at: http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Contains information about all resources in the Library - print, electronic and combined print/electronic subscriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Links to passwords where needed </li></ul><ul><li>Note coverage dates </li></ul><ul><li>Easy, quick, and the journals have been located for you (but not individual articles) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Finding e-journals: example of a journal record Link to full-text electronic version Information about print version Any note that applies to all titles
  12. 12. Finding e-journals: Library catalogue, by resource (provider) name Search by provider name
  13. 13. Finding e-journals: example of a resource record If a password is needed, a link will appear here Resource description Help guide Availability List of titles
  14. 14. Finding e-journals 3: linking from databases <ul><li>Start from a database e.g. Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the ‘find at Leeds’ button – many links will lead you directly to full-text of the article </li></ul>
  15. 15. Linking from a database: example Find at Leeds service Links to resources
  16. 16. Linking from a database: example Find at Leeds service Link to full-text article
  17. 17. Advantages of using e-journals <ul><li>Rapid publishing of new articles before the print version </li></ul><ul><li>Print quality higher than a photocopy </li></ul><ul><li>Can be accessed when a print copy is not in stock or out on loan </li></ul><ul><li>Can be accessed from anywhere, at any time to suit you </li></ul>
  18. 18. Disadvantages of using e-journals <ul><li>Down time of the resource </li></ul><ul><li>Back files sometimes don’t go back far enough to include the older years </li></ul><ul><li>Not always available off campus </li></ul><ul><li>May be some gaps in coverage </li></ul>
  19. 19. Downloading and printing <ul><li>Downloading: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>terminology might vary, usually PDF, HTML or PS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>uses external reader software such as Adobe Acrobat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can also e-mail some articles to read later </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Printing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>options range from ‘page at a time’ to ‘full document’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>best to ‘print as image’ where the option is available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>convenience value of a printout </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Example of a PDF article <ul><li>This is an article from the Ingenta Connect service </li></ul>Thumbnails of article pages Buttons to save, print, etc.
  21. 21. Example of an HTML article <ul><li>This is from a journal on the Highwire portal – note hyperlinks throughout the article </li></ul>Link to items in reference list
  22. 22. What next? <ul><li>Explore the Library’s collection of e-journals using the workbook provided </li></ul><ul><li>Take a look at coverage for your own subject area of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Any further questions - just ask ! </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced course will run next semester </li></ul>