Category Archives: Library Search

Searching for Eresources in Library Search

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)

Library Search – Exporting to Endnote Basic

Library Search – Use your E-Shelf

Library Search provides a personal space where you can save records of interest, save searches and create alerts. This is called the e-shelf.

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Use the Sign in to login with your IT username and password

Once logged in, you can save records of interest by selecting the star symbol by the book and details:
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If you go to the e-shelf you can view all the records you have saved.

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From here you can create folders and sort references into folders using the symbols on the left

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You can also Cut, Copy, Past, Delete, Email, Print and Save Results

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To save you can export the records you have selected to Endnote Basic, RefWorks and as an RIS feed (for Endnote Desktop).

You can also make notes for each of the references

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Library Search – Save your query

You can save queries to run them again at a later date.

To do this you will need to sign in

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Scroll to the bottom left of the page and the options below are there:

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You can save the query by selecting save query

You then have the option to name your query

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You can also select Save & Alert.

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Enter your email address and Library Search will email you when new results are added.

When you have saved your query this screen appears

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To view the results click on the query name.

 

Library Search – Find a Book

To find a book in Library Search you can use the search box on the main Library home page or the one on Library search:

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  • In the search box enter one or two key words from the title and the surname of the author

e.g. for  Study Skills Connected by Stella Cottrell, type: Cottrell study skills

  • Click the Search button
  • Click the Books, Music and Films tab to narrow the results to just books
  • When the search results appear you can also narrow to just e-book results, by clicking Electronic Books in the Collection menu or the Full Text Online option under Show Only

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  • Check that the search result matches yours i.e. the author, title and year of publication is correct.

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One or more of these links are displayed under each result

  • Find & Request – there are one or more printed copies of this book
  • View Online – this book is available as an e-book
  • Both Find & Request AND View Online – this book is available in print and as an e-book
  • View all versions of this title – there are multiple editions of this title and/or it is available in print and as an e-book
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Now  store your search results.

Library Search just got better!

Today we launched the upgrade to Library Search

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Here are some top tips to get the best out of it:

  1. To do a basic search, just type one or more words and click the Search button. Screen Shot 2013-06-19 at 4.27.37 pm
  2. Remember that Library Search assumes that you are searching for all the words you type, for example: ‘the”, “of”, “an”,”for” would be included in a search.
  3. Library Search’s new Advanced Search menu allows you to mix various search elements to create a focused or specialised search of all Libraries materials.The drop down boxes allow you to search for words in Title, Author, Subject or User tags.You can also focus your search by selecting Publication Date, Material Type, Language, and Start & End dates.

    Example: Search for books written in English with the word history in the title, London in the subject description. Screen Shot 2013-06-19 at 4.30.23 pm

  4. Once you are familiar with doing a Basic search, you might want to try doing more with the Search box.
    From the Search box you can:

    • Search for phrases
    • Include words or phrases
    • Exclude words or phrases
    • Search using wildcard characters
    • Group terms
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  6. The Brief results display all the items that match your search query.The following information displays for each item on your results page:
    • Content Type:the format of the item, such as book, article, journal, and so forth.
    • Title:Click the title to display either the item’s information or go to the online version.
    • Author, creator, and date:the item’s author, creator, and publication date
    • Star icon:click the Star icon next to the title to add or remove the item from your e-Shelf. A highlighted star indicates that you have already added it to your e-Shelf.
  7. If you would like to see more information on an item, you can use the following:
    • Locations link
    • Details link
    • Recommendations (Shows similar items)
    • View online
  8. The View Versions tab on the Brief results page groups together all items that are similar, for example – all copies of the same edition of a book.

 

Library Search is getting better – Journals A-Z

Over the next few weeks you will find that library search will be getting better. The first change you may notice is that the journals A-Z looks different.  Here are some key features that have been upgraded:

1. Simple search box, defaulting to “Contains” with option of “Starts with” and “Exact” – the same set up as existing A-Z but a radio button instead of a drop-down.
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2. The results are listed with Starts with: instead of page numbers for easier browsing.

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3. Access options listed on screen – no need to click on Find it@Royal Holloway

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4. Provides additional information for related titles.

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