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.

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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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Library <3 Library StART

New for 2016 the Library is launching a series of monthly promotions – Library Loves. Featuring different resources and events, Library Loves will support your learning, teaching, research and practice by helping you get the most out of the Library and our resources, and we hope at the times when most needed. So with out further ado, it’s the start of the year, it’s the start of Library Loves and we are looking at Library StART…

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With deadlines fast approaching in January, some of these questions may be looming large:

How do I answer my essay question – what information do I need to do it?
How do I find and get that information?
Can I reference Wikipedia? How do I know I’ve got ‘the good stuff’?
What is Harvard Style, how can I make sure I’m getting it right?

Library StART (St George’s Assignment Research Toolkit) has been designed to help you navigate all these questions and more, with specific reference to how you can use resources available via the Library here at St George’s to support your assignments.

You can either work through the whole tutorial for a complete overview of how to find good quality information to support you assignment, or dip in to the section where you are stuck – the main sections are:

  1. Identify – do you need background information or something more specific, what sort of resource can you use to find it
  2. Find – step by step help and video guides on how to find and access resources via St George’s Library from books to journal articles using Hunter.
  3. Evaluate – how to assess the quality of the resource you have found, and judge whether they are suitable for use in your assignment
  4. Reference – how to acknowledge information sources in your assignments, and avoid plagiarism

Library StART is freely available online, and if you can’t find what you are looking for check the Need more help?  section.

Library StART is device responsive so will also work well on your mobile or tablet – watch our YouTube video to see how it works

 

Find out more

We’re running a Library StART pop-up in the Social Learning Space outside the Library on Wednesday 20th January 12-2pm
Library Start

Cupcakes provided!

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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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E-journal/ SFX maintenance on Sunday 10 Nov 9-10am

SFX will be carrying out important maintenance on

Sunday 10 November from 9am to 10am.

During this period access to SGUL e-journals via SFX will be limited.
The E-journals A-Z list and SFX linking to e-journal articles via Hunter, OvidSP, EBSCOhost, Web of Science, PubMed etc.may be unavailable during this time.

Full E-journal access should resume after 10am.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.