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Friday, December 19, 2008

Emerald problem

The "Email this page" function in the Emerald database is currently not functioning properly. If you try to use it an error message appears.

You can still email a page by copying the URL of the page you want from the address bar and sending it in an email message.

Emerald expects the problem to be fixed early in the New Year.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Library summer hours

From Saturday 22 November, Unitec Library will be open for reduced hours over Summer. Except for Waitakere Joint Library we will not be open for evenings and weekends.

New Library computer system

The library is upgrading its current library management computer system to the Voyager library management system. This means we will have a new system to issue books and the Catalogue will have a new look from 5th December.

Voyager will go live on Friday 5th December. In preparation for that, we regret that there will be some inconvenience to users:

From 1st to 5th December we will be unable to issue books and other material, place holds or renew material. We will, however, be able to issue any urgent material manually.

We will still be able to accept books for return.

On Friday 5th December the Mt Albert Campus Libraries (Main and Building One) will be closed.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Why are there no new books and journals?

We are changing our library computer system to Voyager. As a result, we regret that there are currently no new books or journal issues being added to the catalogue or display shelves in the library. From 5 December our catalogue will have a whole new look to it.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Goodbye INFOS

INFOS, the programme giving access to the New Zealand statistical series, is being phased out and replaced by Infoshare, a new web-based interface for the information. Infoshare should provide a more user-friendly experience for researchers. Links to INFOS will remain on the Library website as long as Statistics New Zealand continues to support it.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

SciQuest Trial

Unitec Library is trialling the SciQuest database until 1 November 2008. SciQuest offers full text access to New Zealand and Australian veterinary and animal science and veterinary continuing education publications. These include the New Zealand Veterinary Journal, New Zealand Veterinary Association Special Interest Branch Proceedings and New Zealand Society of Animal Production Proceedings.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New database trial

From now until the end of 2008 Unitec Library will be trialling the database Vocational Studies Complete.

Vocational Studies Complete is designed to support the research needs of trade courses, and covers a wide range of subjects including computer & data processing, CAD, electrical technology, graphic arts, health information technology, interior design, travel & tourism and veterinary nursing.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

New Ebsco interface

Ebsco, the publishers of most of the Unitec Library databases, have adopted a new interface. They have provided a flash demonstration of the new features.

There is currently a problem with how search results display in the new interface on Internet Explorer when the monitor is set at a resolution of 800x600. The results are there but you have to scroll down to see them.

Welcome to Semester 2

Welcome back to the new semester!

From Monday 21 July the Library will go back to its normal opening hours.

Please don't hesitate to come to the Information desk if you need any help.

Or you can telephone us on 815 4185, or contact us by email or instant message.

Library Tours

For the first two weeks of Semester 2, from Monday 21 July to Friday 1 August, tours of the Main Library will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12.00. Each tour will last about 30 minutes.

There's no need to book for Library tours. Just meet at the Issues desk before 12.00.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New online database guide

The Library Podcast page now contains an online guide to the NewzText Plus database, giving a short demonstration on how to find New Zealand newspaper and magazine articles.

There is also a short demonstration of how to place a book on hold.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Off-campus access to NZ Standards

Access to the New Zealand Standards Online database from off-campus has now been restored. The problem was caused by an upgrade to the Unitec firewall.

Monday, June 16, 2008

EndNote training session

There will be an EndNote training session for staff and postgraduate students at the Main Library on Wednesday 25 June from 4.00-5.00 pm.

To sign up, email infolit@unitec.ac.nz or come to the Information Desk.

Registration is essential as numbers are limited

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

New setup for Main Library computers

The six computers in a circle in front of the Issues desk at the Main Library were formerly able to be used without logging on, and were intended mainly for catalogue searching.

They have now been modified so that they have the same setup as the other Library PCs. This means that you have to log on to use them with your Unitec username and password. You can use them to access your personal files, and can print from them.

If you just want to do a quick catalogue search without logging on, there are two new PCs set up for this purpose. They are between the book stacks and the wall, on your right as you come in to the Library and face away from the Issues desk.

Four more PCs are to be installed, so that eventually there will be six PCs for catalogue searching; three on the ground floor and three on the first floor.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

New Online Library Tour

The Library Podcast page contains two new items - a tour of the Main Library, and an introduction to the Academic Search Premier database.

The Library tour is in two versions, one intended for students with English as a second language.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Chat Live is back

The Chat Live service has resumed after the summer break. You can contact the Library via AIM, MSN and Yahoo instant messaging between 8.30 and 4.30, Monday to Friday.

The Library's username is uniteclibrary on AIM and Yahoo, and uniteclibrary@hotmail.com on MSN.

For more information go to the Chat Help page.

If you're not a subscriber to any instant-messaging service you can still contact the Library via the Chat Live programme embedded in the Ask a Librarian page.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Laws of New Zealand

The Library has subscribed to the electronic version of the legal encyclopedia Laws of New Zealand.

This resource has approximately 150 subject titles (eg animals, environment, family protection, recreation and entertainment) with each title covering all aspects of the NZ law relating to the subject area, including a table of statutes and cases.

Laws of New Zealand is available as part of the Library's Lexis-Nexis subscription. It can be found on the A-Z databases list and on the Law subject page.

The Library's subscription to the print version of Laws of New Zealand has been discontinued.

EndNote XI now available

The latest edition of the citation management software EndNote is now available to be borrowed from the library. EndNote is only available on CD-ROM. It cannot be downloaded. To obtain an EndNote CD simply go to the Issues desk at any branch of the Library. At present only Windows CDs are available.

The main difference from earlier editions is the ability to create groups of references on a similar subject. Existing EndNote libraries can easily be transferred from EndNote X to EndNote XI.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

New database: JSTOR Arts and Science Collection III

We now have access to the JSTOR Arts & Sciences III collection.

This provides an almost complete backrun, with fulltext, of 150 titles in architecture, the arts and humanities (see title list).
Due to licensing agreements with publishers however, issues are usually "embargoed" or not available for 2-5 years after publication (also called a moving wall).

To access the database go to our Databases A-Z page or click on the following link