If you’re a few weeks into your degree programme now is probably a good time to start making the most of the Library. With that in mind, we’ve come up with some tips to help. Want to know more? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use the Enquiry Point
The Enquiry Point is the place for one to one help from a librarian. They can help you with searching the library catalogue, finding resources, referencing and whatever other library-related issues you have. It’s open Monday to Friday, 11 until 3 during term time. You can still get help outside of those hours – just visit the Helpdesk and you’ll be directed to someone who can help you.
- Visit your liaison librarian
Each subject is supported by a Liaison Librarian who provides in-depth one to one support when you need it. Have you got an essay title and don’t know where to start? Maybe you’re worried your search techniques aren’t up to scratch and it’s stopping you writing great essays? You can find your Liaison Librarian’s contact details under the ‘Contact Us’ tab on the Library website.
- Sharpen your referencing skills with the online tutorials
You can always visit the Enquiry Point or our Liaison Librarian when you need referencing help near your assignment deadlines, but it pays to stay ahead of the game. With this in mind we’ve created interactive guides to help you with the basics of referencing and avoiding plagiarism. You’ll find them under the ‘Referencing’ tab on the Library website, and we recommend having a look now so you feel more confident when it comes to writing up your bibliography near your deadlines.
If you want to go a step further you can use EndNote, a dedicated reference management tool that collects and organises your references. You can also use EndNote’s ‘Cite while your write’ tool and easily add your references to Microsoft Word. Make an appointment with your Liaison Librarian to find out more about using EndNote.
- Reserve books
We offer unlimited renewals on all our books, which is great for you because you can keep them for a lot longer than in the past. But if the book you want is out on loan, the quickest way to get your hold of it is to reserve it. You can do this by clicking the big red ‘Reserve’ button that you’ll see when you’re looking at a book on the catalogue. This means the person who has it won’t be able to renew, and you’ll be able to pick it up from the Helpdesk as soon as it’s returned.
- Explore all the databases
The Library gives you access to a load of really useful databases containing journal articles, news articles, statistics, reports and more. Some of them are really subject specific, some are more general and apply to a range of subject areas. Putting some keywords into the ‘Find Journal Articles’ box will search through a large number of these databases – but not all. That’s why it’s good to familiarise yourself with the databases listed under the ‘My Subject’ tab on the Library website. There you can go and search within specific databases, and also see which ones you are searching when you do a ‘Find journal articles’ search. You might come across one that will be really useful for a future assignment. If you want to see a list of all the databases you have access to regardless of subject, click on ‘Databases A-Z’ within the ‘eResources’ tab on the website.