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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 or calling the Library Helpdesk on 020 8725 5466 (between 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday).

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:


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:


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



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:


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


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


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:



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.


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:


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…


…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.



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.


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:


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:

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:


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


The Library’s Interlibrary Loans service, now more streamlined

The Library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service allowGet books from other libraries using interlibrary loanss you to obtain material (e.g. a journal article) from other UK & international libraries if it is not available from SGUL’s own Library collection. Fees may apply.
From 25 August if you make an online ILL request for an article, you will automatically complete a copyright declaration upon submission, removing the need to sign in person at a later date.

You can choose to have the article emailed to you via secure electronic delivery (SED). Please read our PDF on how to set up your PC to receive articles via email. Alternatively, you can collect a print out of the article from the Library.

Visit our Interlibrary Loans page for more information.

Hunter survey results and Hunter usage

The Library recently ran a short survey to get SGUL students & staff feedback on the Library’s new search tool – Hunter.

The survey received 272 responses. Most (75%) of the respondents were undergraduates with the remainder being postgraduate students (13%), CPD students (5%) and academic & NHS staff (7%). 72% rated Hunter as ‘very good’ to ‘excellent’ and 79% said that it has improved how they access full text content.

The free text comments were interesting. Most were positive in nature with many commenting on how Hunter has improved how they access material for their studies/research and that it was also easy to use. There were a few negative comments which were mainly to do with poor off-campus access. The Library is planning to improve off-campus access in the new year.

A look at the usage statistics (see graph below) backs up the positive feedback students and staff gave Hunter during the survey. Hunter is fast becoming SGUL Library’s most used online resource. Below are the usage statistics for Hunter for the 7 month period from 30 April 2013 to 30 November 2013. (The x-axis shows the total number of searches performed and the y-axis shows the weekly date ranges.)

Hunter was beta launched on 30 April and hard launched on 1 Sept. You can see a clear spike in usage since the hard launch – and this level of usage has been sustained.

Thank you to all the students and staff who completed the survey.

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RESOLVED:Problems accessing Elsevier journal content via Shibboleth

*This issue has now been resolved*

If you still have problems accessing Elsevier journal content,  please contact: .


We are experiencing some problems accessing Elsevier journal content via Shibboleth.
Elsevier are working on the issue, hopefully it will be resolved shortly.
The problem relates to article level linking via Hunter and other database searches. If you are having problems accessing Elsevier articles offsite, please locate your article using the E-journals A-Z list.
Onsite access is unaffected.

What else can you do in Hunter?

What else can you do in Hunter?

You can search for all kinds of material in Hunter, including articles from our full text journal collections.   For example, you can search for the topic ‘essay writing skills’ and then select books, articles etc. from the options available on the left hand side of the screen.

For more information see the Hunter FAQs.

Tell us what you think about Hunter by emailing