The Library Library Resources for Postgraduate Students More than just books! Library basics • Entrance on the ground floor – next to the café • Covers 5 levels of the main building • Once you are fully registered, you have access to the Library • Your student ID card is also your Library card • You will need your IT Services account details to access the eLibrary Get to know the Library • Tours: Monday-Friday at 5.30pm from 23rd Sept. to 18th Oct. • Tours last about 20 minutes • A self-guided QR code tour is on offer now • Read the ‘Welcome to the Library’ guide • Library web site: www.bbk.ac.uk/lib • Introduction to the Library video • LIFE – online Library tutorial Opening hours Term time: 08.30 – 23.45 (self-service: before 10.00 & after 22.30 weekdays, before 10.00 & after 18.00 weekends) Changes to these times and vacation times are advertised on the Library web site. Get to know the layout of the Library • • • • • • • • • Books - over 300,000 items A/V Collection – DVDs, CDs Journals – print journals are on 4th floor Study areas Reading Room – a silent study area Workstations / access to wireless network Printing and photocopying Self-service machines Help Desk and Issue Desk The Library web site • • • • Opening times and service information Library catalogue and eLibrary Detailed Subject Guides Library Induction For Everyone (LIFE) – online library tutorial • Information about finding materials for essays and dissertations • Information on using other libraries The Library catalogue Search for books, electronic books, journals, DVDs & CDs via the online Library catalogue. • You can borrow up to 15 items at a time • Many books can be borrowed for 3 weeks • Some books are 1 week loan, 1 day loan or reference only • eBooks are accessible from outside Birkbeck with your ITS username and password Renew and reserve books • Renewals – Once you have borrowed books, you can renew them as long as no-one else requests them • Reservations – If all copies of the book you wish to read are out on loan you can place a request – The next available copy will be held for you – You will be notified by email How do you find an ebook? • A growing number of ebooks are available • Find them via the Library catalogue • You can also search whole databases of ebooks at… http://www.bbk.ac.uk/lib/elib/ebooks • …but we won’t usually have access to all the ebooks in a database • You can usually print from ebooks but most restrict the number of pages Journals and ejournals • Check the Library catalogue for print journals • These are on the shelves on level 4 and in store • Print journals are for reference access only • Use the ‘Find a known ejournal’ search in the eLibrary web page to look for ejournals • Ejournals can also be found using our VuFind catalogue Understanding a journal reference Author Date Article title Windsor, D. (2006). “Corporate social responsibility: three key approaches”. Journal of Management Studies. 43 (1): 93-114. Journal name Volume Page Issue numbers Finding a specific article in an ejournal • Make a note of the name of the journal • Go to the Library web site and select eLibrary • Type the name of the journal in the ejournal search box • If the Library subscribes, a link to the ejournal will appear • Select the year, volume and then issue that you require • Ejournals are also listed on the library catalogue Get to know the eLibrary • Over 30,000 electronic journal and newspaper titles • Over 90 research databases to find out what has been published in your subject area • Accessible from anywhere with internet access Accessing the eLibrary • Accessible without coming into the Library • Accessible 24 hours a day • Log in using your ITS username and password • For off-site access: register your computer by setting up a cookie • This is necessary for access to some e-resources • One-off process – lasts 18 months • See http://www.bbk.ac.uk/lib/elib Online databases • Over 90 databases which enable you to find what has been written in your subject area • Also some statistical, newspaper and image databases • Go to the Subject Guides on the Library website to see which ones are best for your subject area • There is also an A-Z list of all databases in the eLibrary - select Databases and Online Resources Search tips for databases • All databases have different interfaces but the same search principles apply • Think about your keywords carefully before you start • Consider alternative terms for the same concept Search tips for databases • Use truncation to find variant word endings: e.g. stress* will find stress, stressed, stressful etc. • Use wildcard searching to find variant spellings within words: e.g. organi?ation will find organisation and organization • Search for a phrase using quotation marks • Combine words / terms using Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to focus results Managing your references The Library provides access to and training on EndNote and EndNote Web: software to help you manage your references Access to other libraries • Reference access to University of London libraries • SCONUL Access scheme • Senate House Library (depending on your course) • British Library • You can also request items not available at Birkbeck via the Interlibrary Loan Service Services for students with a disability or dyslexia We have extra services for you: • Access Support Service • LAMP service – postal loans • Assistive Technology Centre The Disability Office is your first contact point and will be able to register you. Further help • • • • • • • Library website at: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/lib/ LIFE – free online Library tutorial Visit, ring or email the Help Desk: [email protected] 020 7631 6063 Check your Subject Guide (online and in print) Contact your Subject Librarian Any questions?