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Thursday, November 23, 2006

We're podcasting!

We are delighted to announce the beginning of a series of podcasts from your library!

Our aim is to help you to use our resources effectively so we hope our podcasts will give you another way in which to learn more about us.

You can listen to the podcast on your computer or on your MP3 player. We also have an RSS feed that you can subscribe to so you will be alerted to any new podcasts we produce.

We still ironing out some issues with the hosting of the podcasts, so if you try and download these while on campus you will find it takes a long time. But if you are off campus, the download time will be dependent on your connection speed.

We'd love to have feedback! Please let us know what you think.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Searchpath Online Tutorial

Work through our new interactive online tutorial to help you locate and use information effectively and develop good research skills. The tutorial is self-paced and self-assessed. There are six modules:
Starting smart, choosing a topic, using the library catalogue, finding articles, using the web and citing sources.
Lecturers: talk to the library staff about incorporating or adapting this tutorial into your teaching.

The Search Path Tutorial is available on our home page through the Online Library Tutorials link.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

EBOSS - a new resource for architecture & construction

EBOSS (Electronic Building Online Specification Site)
is a database which contains a large number of product catalogues for fixtures and fittings.

We have recently acquired access to this resource; if you are on campus you should be able to search the catalogues directly.

If you are off campus, you will be asked to enter your normal Novell login before gaining full access to the catalogues.

You will be able to view photos as well as specs, FAQs, and features of the products.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Link resolver - Link Source

The Library has subscribed to Link Source from Ebsco. Linksource is a link resolver which will create links between database article and so make access to full text more accessible.

For example, if a journal is indexed in Scopus and an article in that journal is full text in another database, a button will appear on the Scopus screen linking you to the fulltext article in the other database.

In setting Link source up, we have come across a lot of problems, mainly due to different standards and linking protocols used by databases, so the system isnt perfect. Let us know if a particular link doesn't work. We need as much detail as you can give us, so we can backtrack and find the problem.

Look for this button!

Susan Tegg

Friday, May 05, 2006

Library overdue and recall notices -- emails from the Library.

Overdue and recall notices will be emailed to students and staff when we have an email address.

We suggest you check your email regularly to avoid incurring fines.

NB - Some email providers, (e.g. hotmail), have problems receiving and storing information. We suggest you change to another email provider (e.g. googlemail, yahoo or another reliable provider).

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Link resolver

Link resolver (Beta testing)

The library has acquired a link resolver, called Link Source which will enable linking to fulltext articles across our many databases. This will be particularly useful with our many ‘index only’ databases making them more like their fulltext cousins. You will start to see a new icon (above) on our databases soon.

The link resolver will eventually allow you to move seamlessly between selected webpages, articles, and documents (provided they comply with the necessary standards).

The system is complex and will take a bit of time to set up so please be patient with us. AND please provide feedback when you come across problems (happy to have good feedback too!).

Monday, March 20, 2006

E-book Access Off Campus

When accessing our Ebrary e-books offcampus, you are not prompted to download the reader. To download the reader, you need to go to:


Download it to your machine, then you can use the e-books through the Library Catalogue or the Databases A-Z list.