Hunter’s New Look

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Hunter has had a makeover for the new term. While the search tool’s features remain the same, it has a fresh new look which will change the way you use and navigate Hunter. Read this blog post for a quick guide to some of the cosmetic changes that have been made to Hunter’s interface, or see our Hunter FAQs for further guidance.

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Searching
Viewing item records
Using ‘My Account’
Using your eShelf

 

Homepage

Hunter’s new homepage has a clean design with a search bar for all of our resources embedded in the centre of the page. The homepage header provides links to your account, interlibrary loans, databases and more. You can sign in on the top right hand corner for full functionality.

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You’ll find links to our social media accounts and library blog along the bottom of the page. You can like or follow our accounts to keep up-to-date with the library.

 

Searching

Hunter’s search ‘widget’ has had a facelift and is now a deep blue instead of orange – you will find this embedded on the Library website and in our LibGuides. It will continue to perform the same search functions as before. You are still encouraged to select the category that you would like to search from the drop down list. You should then type in some keywords from your search topic and select ‘Search’ to view your search results.

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Viewing item records

After performing a search you will see a list of search results displayed on your device. You can click on each individual result to view the item record which will appear in a pop-up window.  This will include information on full text and borrowing availability and you will be encouraged to sign-in to your account for full functionality. The slideshow below shows some examples of what a book, article and journal record look like in this updated version of Hunter:

 

 

 

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Using ‘My Account’

By signing-in to Hunter in the top-right hand side of the page, you will be able to view detailed information on your borrowing history, current loans, fines and hold requests. The overview section offers a quick snapshot of your account but the following tabs offer more detail about your Library record:

Loans: This tab will show you a list of items you currently have on loan and their due dates. You can also change the drop-down arrow to view your previous borrowing history.

Requests: This tab will highlight any items on which you have placed a hold. Click this tab to check your place in the queue, or cancel your request if you no longer need the book.

Fine + Fees: This tab will include the details of any fines or fees associated with your record. These might include fines for overdue items, or invoice and administration fees for lost or damaged books.

 

 

 

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Using your eShelf

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Your eShelf will remain active and any items that you have previously added will automatically be transferred over to the new Hunter interface. The eShelf has a new icon, the pin graphic, which you can select to add items you want to save. The pin icon in the top right hand side of the page will take you to your eShelf.

The different tabs within your eShelf will allow you to view your save records as well as any previous searches you have saved. If you have lost track of your searches in a particular browsing session, you can view your search history for a reminder. More detailed guidance on adding, managing and removing items/searches from your eShelf will be published shortly.

 

 

 

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We hope you’ll agree that the new interface looks and feel more modern and offers a more intuitive search experience. We’ll be looking at all of the new features in a series of blog posts over the next few weeks, and further guidance is available in the Hunter FAQs on the library website. If you have any questions about Hunter, you can email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk or a member of Helpdesk staff will be happy help anytime during staffed hours (Mon-Fri 8am – 6pm)

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Quick Guide to Placing Holds

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It’s now easier than ever to reserve a book that’s out on loan using the Library’s search tool, Hunter.

First check the Locations tab to find out whether the book you want is available. If all copies are out on loan, you’ll be able to reserve a copy. Just follow the three steps below:

no 1 fadeIf you haven’t already, sign in to Hunter.

  • SGUL staff and students can sign in with their SGUL username and password
  • NHS staff can find out their Hunter login (which is different from the Library username and password) by asking at the Library Helpdesk or emailing library@sgul.ac.uk

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no 2 fadeAfter you sign in, a Place hold option appears. Click here…

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no 3 fade…and select Request.

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Hunter confirms that your hold is placed.

When a copy of the book becomes available you’ll receive an email, and will then have one week to collect it from the Library Helpdesk.

Holiday Checklist

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Going to be away from SGUL over the next few weeks? We’ve put together three quick tips that we hope will help with any studying you plan to do, no matter where you are.

  1. Reset your SGUL password
  2. Bring books to the library to renew
  3. Register to study in a library near you

1. Reset your SGUL password

With your SGUL login and password, you can use our journals and e-books, and online resources such as Acland’s Anatomy from anywhere with internet access.

We recommend you reset your password before you leave as this ensures you won’t need to change it again for 3 months.

If your password expires or you’ve forgotten it, you can usually reset it from offsite. Note: you must have already set up an external email address and if you don’t receive the reset link, check your junk mail folder.

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If you’re using Hunter to find resources, signing in first with your SGUL password will make it quicker and easier to access journals and e-books from offsite. Read more about the advantages of signing in to Hunter in our blog post.

2. Bring books to the Library to renew

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Return and reissue your books to extend your renewal limit

Books and other items you have borrowed from us will now be automatically renewed 10 times, unless another library user has requested them.

To make sure you don’t reach your 10 renewal limit while you’re away from SGUL, we recommend bringing items into the Library so you can return and reissue them on our self-service machines before you leave.

3. Register to study in a library near you

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SGUL Library is a member of the SCONUL scheme, which allows our users reference access to around 170 other university libraries across the UK and Ireland. Postgraduates may also get limited borrowing rights in some cases.

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To use the scheme,  follow the steps on the SCONUL Access page. Within a few days, and provided there are no fines on your Library account, you’ll receive an email from us which you can take to your chosen library along with your SGUL ID card to apply for access.

Like SGUL, many academic institutions in the UK and worldwide use Eduroam for WiFi. If  you are near a university and have WiFi enabled on phone or laptop, you should immediately pick up the network. If you are using Eduroam for the first  time, remember to enter your full SGUL username (including @sgul.ac.uk) and password.

Our website library.sgul.ac.uk is a great jumping off point for accessing the services and resources mentioned in this post.

Sign-in to Hunter for more features

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Hunter – the library’s search tool – does more than allow you to search across the Library’s print and electronic resources. You can use Hunter to save useful resources, manage your library account and request items that the library doesn’t hold. All of these features can be activated by signing in to Hunter before you start your search.

Remember: SGUL students and staff should use their SGUL username and password. NHS staff can obtain their login by emailing library@sgul.ac.uk or calling the Library Helpdesk on 020 8725 5466 (between 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday).

Sign-in to:

Check item details
Place holds
Manage your account
Add items to your e-Shelf
Save your searches
Request an inter-library loan

 

Check item details

If you are searching Hunter for a print book, the Locations tab will give you more details about the item’s availability:

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If you want to identify the loan period for each copy (i.e. find out if they are 1 or 3 week loans), click the ‘Sign-in for more options’ link and you’ll be prompted to login:

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Once signed in, you’ll be able to see the loan period for each copy of the book.

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Place holds

If all copies of the book that you want are out on loan, you can place a hold on that book. When a copy becomes available, you will be notified by e-mail to come and collect it from the Library Helpdesk.

The ‘Locations’ tab will tell you if there are any copies available. If all the copies have the status ‘On Loan‘, you’ll need to sign-in to Hunter in order to place a hold on the book. Click the ‘Sign-in for more options‘ link:

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Enter your login details when prompted. Then click the ‘Place Hold‘ link which has now become active:

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Click on the ‘Request’ button to confirm the hold. You’ll then be notified of your place in the Holds queue:

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You can view or cancel your hold requests by using the ‘My Account‘ link in the top right-hand corner of Hunter and clicking on the ‘Requests‘ tab:

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Manage your account

As well as viewing and managing your hold requests (see above) you can use the My Account feature to:

  • View your current loans and check their due dates.
  • Check your account for any outstanding overdue fines.
  • Change the display settings to view more results per page.
  • View your previous loan history.

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You’ll see in the top left two other tabs. These will allow you to save individual search results by adding them to your e-Shelf, and to save useful searches for later.

 

Add items to your e-Shelf

If you find a useful resource when searching Hunter that you want to save for later, click the star next to the title:

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This will turn the star orange and add the item to your e-Shelf.

You can retrieve it, and any other records you have saved, by clicking the e-Shelf link in the top right-hand corner of the page…

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…or by clicking the e-Shelf tab when logged in to your account.

Anything you ‘star’ will be added to this folder. You can manage and organise them (perhaps by topic, or by assignment) into separate folders if you find this useful.

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Save your searches

You can also save a whole page of search results to your e-Shelf in one go. Click the ‘Add page to e-Shelf’ link inn the bottom left hand corner of the page.

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Above that is an option to ‘Save search’. Click on this to save your search terms in your account, so that you can run the search again at a later date. You’ll be prompted to give the search a name:

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You can also save the search as an ‘alert’. When new papers that match your search terms are added to Hunter, you’ll be emailed a list of them to your registered email address.

You can view and manage these searches in the ‘Searches’ tab of your account.

 

Request an inter-library loan

If you are unable to find a book or journal article in our collections, we may be able to obtain a copy for you from a different library*. More details on the inter-library process can be found here: http://library.sgul.ac.uk/resources/interlibrary-loans

You’ll find the online form to request an inter-library loan in the top right-hand corner of Hunter. The link will remain greyed out until you sign-in:

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*charges may apply.
For more help with any of these features, or using Hunter to find resources, please email the Liaison Team on liaison@sgul.ac.uk or visit the Research Enquiries Desk between 11am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Holiday Checklist

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Wherever you’re going to be over the next few weeks, our online resources and other services can help you keep studying. Here are three quick steps to consider before you leave SGUL to make this as straightforward as possible.

  1. Reset your SGUL password
  2. Bring books to the library to renew
  3. Register to study in a library near you

1. Reset your SGUL password

With your SGUL login and password, you can use our journals and e-books, and online resources such as Acland’s Anatomy from anywhere with internet access.

We recommend you reset your password before you leave as this ensures you won’t need to change it again for 3 months.

If your password expires or you’ve forgotten it, you can usually reset it from offsite. Note: you must have already set up an external email address and if you don’t receive the reset link, check your junk mail folder.

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For a refresher on finding online resources, have a look at our Hunter FAQs.
We also have a step by step guide to accessing e-resources from offsite [PDF].

2. Bring books to the Library to renew

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Return and reissue your books to extend your renewal limit

Books and other items you have borrowed from us will now be automatically renewed 10 times, unless another library user has requested them.

To make sure you don’t reach your 10 renewal limit while you’re away from SGUL, we recommend bringing items into the Library so you can return and reissue them on our self-service machines before you leave.

3. Register to study in a library near you

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SGUL Library is a member of the SCONUL scheme, which allows our users reference access to around 170 other university libraries across the UK and Ireland. Postgraduates may also get limited borrowing rights in some cases.

sconul map

To use the scheme,  follow the steps on the SCONUL Access page. Within a few days, and provided there are no fines on your Library account, you’ll receive an email from us which you can take to your chosen library along with your SGUL ID card to apply for access.

Like SGUL, many academic institutions in the UK and worldwide use Eduroam for WiFi. If  you are near a university and have WiFi enabled on phone or laptop, you should immediately pick up the network. If you are using Eduroam for the first  time, remember to enter your full SGUL username (including @sgul.ac.uk) and password.

Our website library.sgul.ac.uk is a great jumping off point for accessing the services and resources mentioned in this post.

Hunter Upgrade – New Features

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Information for SGUL students and staff
Information for NHS staff

 

Information for SGUL students and staff

Hunter has now been upgraded and the search function is the same as the previous version, except that on the drop-down menu the option to search for books, previously called Library Catalogue, has changed to ‘Books & more’.

Although Hunter can still be searched without signing in, SGUL students and staff need to sign in to Hunter using your normal SGUL username and password in order to benefit from the following enhancements:

  • View full availability information immediately for print and e-resources, including all books
  • View and update your loans and holds
  • Review any fines
  • Place interlibrary loan requests

You can sign in by clicking on the sign in option on the top right hand side of the screen.  Select SGUL staff and students from the options on the next screen then type in your SGUL username and password when requested:

New Features

Automatic renewals
The items that you have on loan will be automatically renewed 10 times before you need to return them.  The exception to this is if someone else has reserved the item, in which case you will need to return it by the due date.  You will receive a notification by email if this is the case.

My Account – display settings
You can change your display settings via My Account (the option to the right of your e-Shelf) so that you can display more than 10 results per page. Select My Account > Personal Settings > Display Settings.

For further information, please see the Hunter FAQs

Information for NHS staff

Hunter has now been upgraded and the search function is the same as the previous version, except that on the drop-down menu the option to search for books, previously called Library Catalogue, has changed to ‘Books & more’.

Although Hunter can still be searched without signing in, NHS staff need to sign in to Hunter in order to benefit from the following enhancements:

  • View full availability information immediately for print and e-resources, including all books
  • View and update your loans and holds
  • Review any fines
  • Place interlibrary loan requests

You can sign in by using your Library account. If you do not know the sign in details for your Library account, this can be obtained by contacting the Library at library@sgul.ac.uk.

Click on the sign in option on the top right hand side of the screen.  Select NHS staff from the options on the next screen then use the username and password of your Library account.

New Features

Automatic renewals
The items that you have on loan will be automatically renewed 10 times before you need to return them.  The exception to this is if someone else has reserved the item, in which case you will need to return it by the due date.  You will receive a notification by email if this is the case.

My Account – display settings
You can change your display settings via My Account (the option to the right of your e-Shelf) so that you can display more than 10 results per page. Select My Account > Personal Settings > Display Settings.

For further information, please see the Hunter FAQs

Hunter Upgrade: Important Information

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Over the weekend of December 2nd & 3rd 2017, the Library system including Hunter will be upgraded.

Important Information regarding loss of service

What this upgrade means for you:

SGUL Students and Staff

NHS Staff

Important information regarding your e-Shelf


Important information regarding loss of service during the upgrade

Please note that between 18:00 on Friday 1st December and 09:00 on Tuesday 5th December the following services will be unavailable whilst we transition to the new library system:

  • Borrowing books & other items
  • Viewing/renewing your loans
  • Paying fines
  • Hunter & the Library Catalogue
  • Self-service machines

Items due to be returned to the library or renewed between 1st – 5th December will not be fined.

It will still be possible to return books via the Book Returns Slot in the lift lobby next to the Library.


What this upgrade means for you:

SGUL Students and Staff

The look of Hunter and how you search will not change but when logged in to Hunter, using your SGUL log in, you will benefit from the following enhancements:

  • View full availability information immediately for print and e-resources as the Library Catalogue will be fully integrated within Hunter
  • View and update your loans & holds (i.e. reservations)
  • Place inter library loan requests
  • Review any fines
  • Up to 10 automatic renewals, unless another user has placed a hold on your item

NHS Staff

From Tuesday 5th December your library account can only be accessed by signing in to Hunter, the library’s search tool, where you will be able to renew your books, place reservations and view fines.

Sign in details for your library account can be obtained by contacting the library.

When signed in to Hunter, you will benefit from the following enhancements:

  • View full availability information immediately for print and e-resources as the Library Catalogue will be fully integrated within Hunter
  • View and update your loans & holds (i.e. reservations)
  • Place inter library loan requests
  • Review any fines
  • Up to 10 automatic renewals, unless another user has placed a hold on your item

Access to the university’s collection of e-journals will still largely remain on-campus only after the 5th December, unless you are attached to an academic programme, have a University honorary title or joint contract.

You will still need an NHS OpenAthens account to access NHS e-resources such as e-books, literature search databases or journals from any computer or device with internet access.


Important information regarding your e-Shelf

Your e-Shelf will function in the same way. However, unfortunately the contents of your e-Shelf cannot be automatically transferred across to the new system.  Therefore, you will need to:

  1. Before the upgrade – keep a separate email list of any items on your e-Shelf that you want to restore after the upgrade eg articles, books; saved searches and alerts, ideally before Wednesday 29th November.
  2. After the upgrade – manually restore the content to your e-Shelf using your list

You can find instructions for performing step 1 here. Further details on performing stage 2 will be posted at a later date.

Closer to the upgrade date we will provide more details of all the changes you will see in Hunter. Look out for more information on the improvements we are making here on the blog, on our social media channels and on the Library website.

If you have any queries please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk

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