Holiday Library Update

Wherever you’re planning to spend the next few weeks, we hope you’ll have as peaceful and relaxing a time as possible. We know that lots of you will also be thinking about revision and assignments at some point over the break, and with that in mind we wanted to remind you of some of the help and resources that are always available from the library, no matter where you are.

1. Find useful tips in our How-to videos

Over the past few months, we’ve been busy adding to our collection of How-to videos. We hope these short videos will give quick, clear answers to a range of questions, so you can get help whenever you need it.

A few of our recent videos focus on referencing. If you’re new to referencing, then our How to use Cite Them Right video can get you started. Or if you’re ready to start using reference management software, we have a series of videos on RefWorks, starting with a RefWorks Overview. Other videos include:

…and lots more. See the full collection on our YouTube channel here.

2. Explore e-books in Hunter

This year we’ve also been rapidly expanding our e-book collection, which now includes over 3000 titles. This means that even if you’re not able to come into the library in person, it’s now more likely that you’ll be able to find the books you need to support your study online.

There are two ways to find e-book material in Hunter:

  • You can search for whole e-books by selecting Books and more in the dropdown menu, then choosing Online Resources from the filter options on the left.
  • You can also search for individual chapters – a useful option if your topic is a bit more specific. Search under All Resources, then choose Book Chapters from the options on the left.

Read online

When you first sign in to view an e-book, you’ll usually be offered options to read online or download the book. Opting to read online will allow more SGUL users to view the e-book simultaneously.

3. Study resources

We have many resources available to students to help you prepare for exams and do your assignments. You can find out more about what resources we recommend for your subject by checking your Libguide. Whatever your subject, we have got you covered; medicine, biomedical science, paramedic science, radiography and many more. Access all our learning resources via the Databases A-Z list. JoVE Science Education is popular among our visual learners and suitable for different subjects. Long-standing favourites are Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy and BMJ Learning. New this year are LWW Health Library, for medicine and Occupational Therapy students and AccessMedicine for medicine students. As mentioned above, we have produced a range of how-to videos on Youtube. If you have any questions about these resources or if you are looking for personalised recommendations, email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk

4. Literature searching

If you are spending the holidays preparing an essay or another written assignment such as a dissertation, have a look at our literature searching guide and our video series on how to use Ovid (Medline). We also have a collection of books around doing systematic literature reviews, dissertations and report writing. Get in touch via liaison@sgul.ac.uk to get help from your liaison librarian.

5. Christmas closure

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The library closes at 11pm, Tuesday 22nd December and reopens at 8am, Monday 4th January. The computer rooms will also close during this period, but you can still return books via the the return slot. Please note that the library team will be on holiday and will respond to your queries on their return in January. Should you have any questions about opening hours or book loans, email library@sgul.ac.uk. In January, our opening hours will be 8am to 11pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday.

From everyone at St George’s Library, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!