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.

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Library Easter Opening Hours 2018

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We’re pleased to announce that the Library will remain open 24/7
over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend!

Please be aware will be operating self-service only during these times and
make sure you bring a valid ID card to access the Library.

Library staff will be unavailable from:
6pm on Thursday 29th March
until
8am on Tuesday 3rd April.

New NHS e-learning programme on literature searching now available

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A new e-learning programme providing guidance on how to plan and carry out literature searches is now available on the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) platform. The project is intended for both clinical and non-clinical healthcare staff, and aims to help develop confidence in searching for and identifying relevant articles in support of work, study and research.

The seven module course is specifically for those with less experience in searching healthcare databases for literature, or those who wish to refresh their knowledge of the principles of effective searching. Each of the short modules can be completed in 20 minutes or less, and have been designed such that they might be used individually, or completed as a course.

The first three modules titled, ‘Building the Foundations’, were launched in November of 2017 and provide users with some guidance on the resources that are available, how to get started with planning a search, and the use of OR/AND in combining search terms.

The second set of three modules, ‘Developing the skills’, has recently been made available, and these focus on how to narrow a search when too many results are returned, how to broaden searches with too few results, as well as covering how to search using subject headings.

The seventh and final module on ‘Applying the skills’ will be available in April 2018.

You can access the modules password-free, but if want to record and save your learning, log in via NHS OpenAthens. To access the e-learning  visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/literature-searching/

Saving Your MyiLibrary ebook notes before the Ebook Central Upgrade

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On 21st March all e-books on the Myilibrary platform will move to a new platform called Ebook Central. Unless you save any notes you have made in MyiLibrary ebooks before 21st March you will lose them after the upgrade.

Here’s how to save any notes you have made in MyiLibrary ebooks you have read online (not in books you’ve downloaded).

Step 1: Log in to MyiLibrary.

Step 2: Select My Account at the top of the home page, then select Notes from the drop-down menu. You will see the list of books you have added annotated notes to.

Step 3: Select the titles from which you want to preserve your notes.

Step 4: Choose to either print your notes or email them to yourself. If you choose to email your notes, you will receive an HTML-based message from notes@ingramdigital.com that includes the book titles, the page numbers associated with your notes, and the note titles. Also included will be a link to each note page in MyiLibrary, although these links will not be valid once the Ebook Central upgrade is complete.

For further information contact the library at liaison@sgul.ac.uk or visit the Research Enquiries desk from 11am – 4pm Monday to Friday in the library.

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.

Fines Amnesty in aid of SGSU Rag Week

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On Friday 9th and Monday 12th February 2017, all overdue fines* paid at the Library Helpdesk (between 8am – 6pm) will be donated to SGSU’s RAG week.

So come along to the Library, pay your fines and do your bit for charity!

More information about RAG week events can be found on the SGSU RAG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SGSURAG/

*Excludes invoice payments for lost or damaged library stock.

Taylor & Francis Medical Library – free journals trial

We now have a 2 month trial of over 200 peer-reviewed academic journals from Taylor and Francis, ending 31st March.

For more information on titles available, access routes and how you can feedback your views on the collection, see our Resource trial page: http://library.sgul.ac.uk/resources/resource-trials