When you’re searching for a journal article on a topic, or for an assignment, you can go to LibrarySearch. Either type the title of the article and the author’s surname into the ‘All’ search box, or search for the journal title in the ‘Journals by Title’ box (this does take longer!)
Always click ‘View Online’ to follow a link to the journal article PDF.
If the journal article doesn’t show up in LibrarySearch, try using Senate House Library’s catalogue – they have a wide range of resources too. If you haven’t already, pre-register for access to their online resources here.
If that still doesn’t work, try Google Scholar to see if a PDF is available.
Still nothing? Request the article using Royal Holloway’s inter-library loan service and if possible, we’ll email you the article. You’ll need an inter-library loans voucher from your departmental administrator, and then complete the online form above – the team will let you know how your request is going!
So what with all those options, you should be able to get hold of almost any article!
Library books can be one of 4 different loan statuses:
Normal Loan: 3 weeks for undergraduates, 6 weeks for postgraduates One Week: 1 week Three Day: 3 day Short Loan: Between 11am – 4pm on the day of issue, or between 4pm on the day of issue – 11am the following day.
But if you need a book for longer, it couldn’t be easier to renew.
If you can’t renew your books check that:
they haven’t been requested by someone else (you will have received an email to let you know)
your fines haven’t come to more than £35 (check the Fines and Fees section on the left – you can pay online or come into the Library)
they are not Short Loan items (these cannot be renewed! If you can’t return them by 11am or 4pm, photocopy a chapter instead)
Come into the Library, email email@example.com, or use the Ask A Librarian online chat with any questions.
We just received an email on narrowing down search results – “I’m searching for books on the idea of performance but I always get thousands of results which are based around performance meaning how well something is performing such as a business etc. Do you have any suggestions for how I can search for more relevant materials?”
So I thought it might be useful to put the answer into a blog post – as we’ve all been there.
Things to Try to get better search results
1. Change your keywords.
If your search for ‘performance’ brings back unrelated items, try changing what you search for. Synonyms might include ‘drama’, ‘theatre’, ‘performing arts’ etc.
Try adding more keywords e.g. ‘audience participation’, or a particular theorist, theory or performer you’re interested in.
LibrarySearch and other databases have list of subject headings – click on these to find more examples of keywords.
2. Combine your keywords.
Databases will accept certain combinations of words and use them to make your search more effective.
3. Change the database.
LibrarySearch is pretty general – if you’re after items on a particular subject, go to your subject guide and try the Finding E-resources link for a list of more specific databases.
4. Who’s cited what?
When you finish a recommended article, or book, go to the back and take a look at what they referenced when writing it – then look these up and carry on!
You can also use Google Scholar to see who’s cited the article or book you’re reading now – and see what they said on the topic.
Look for the ‘Cited by’ part, and click it to get information on other articles and books.
Try LibrarySearch to get hold of articles or books, and if it’s not there, don’t panic – we can get it!
If you’re just starting to use LibrarySearch to find information for your assignments you might find this playlist useful – we’ve a range of videos to help you get to grips with using LibrarySearch to manage your account and find what you need.
Browsing journals online can be difficult, depending on the database that you have to use to access them. You can use the ‘Journals by Title’ search in LibrarySearch to find a publication.
Some are very easy to use, and make it clear where the most recent issue is – such as in the video above.
Here are some examples relevant to Media Arts which are a little more complicated…
Accessing Variety using the FIAF database
To look up access options for the Variety magazine, go to LibrarySearch (librarysearch.rhul.ac.uk) and use the ‘Journals by Title’ search:
Select ‘View Online’ to see the access options:
If you’re using FIAF, you should be taken to a page with some bibliographic information on the journal, and under ‘List of issues’ a collapsible list of contents pages, which should link to the PDF of articles wherever possible:
Click ‘PDF’ to view the article.
Accessing Screen International using the Nexis UK database
Some publications, like ‘Screen International’ are only available via the Nexis UK database. You will need to follow the link to Nexis, but then try using the date range filters to narrow down the range of articles. Clicking ‘Search’ should take you to a recent list.
If you have any questions about accessing publications, leave a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month Library has added 1000s more ebooks covering all subject areas have been added to LibrarySearch. This is in addition to the large collection of ebooks already available to RHUL students, researchers & staff.
To find ebooks, just search for book titles as normal and if the ebook is available it will appear alongside print titles in the results list. Or select ‘Full text available’ from filter list on the left hand menu in the LibrarySearch results page.
PLEASE NOTE: some ebooks offer a ‘preview’ of the first 50 pages before allowing you to access the rest of the content. If you receive a notice to say that you can preview the first 50 pages of the book (pages 1 to 50), but you want to view further than page 50, then click on the preview and then wait for 5 minutes. You should then see the following message:
“Preview Expired. The 5 minute, 50 page preview has expired. Would you like to continue reading? This will unlock the entire book”
Just click on ‘Continue reading’ and you can access the whole text.
This should all work smoothly, but if you have any problems accessing these texts, or if you want to check if a text is available as an ebook, just ask at the Library Help Desk or email:
Not all articles will appear when you search Library Search for them by title but we may still have a subscription to the journal. Go to the Journals by Title option on Library Search. Type in the Journal title. If you were looking for this article:
Ver Straeten, C. A. (2013), Beneath it all: bedrock geology of the Catskill Mountains and implications of its weathering. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1298: 1–29. doi: 10.1111/nyas.12221
The title of the journal is Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Search for this and you go to the main page for the journal. Select the year, volume and issue to find the article. In most cases you could search within the title by author or article title.
2. Check Google Scholar
Google Scholar is a useful resource when you are trying to track down articles. As a database it won’t cover as much as our databases but it can help you find ways to access material.
One of the improvements to Library Search is that you can now search for an Eresource within it. For example if you want to go direct to JSTOR you can just search for JSTOR and get a link to the resource.
You can also search for groups of Eresources in a subject area by selecting E-resource collections under Resource Type (you may need to select More Options as this video shows)