Academic staff – call for reading list material

To ensure that the books needed for students are available at the start of semester one, we need to know about any items of recommended reading for your course (whether key texts or additional reading).  Please let us know as soon as possible  and by 9th August at the latest.

Please note, that if your reading list has no changes from last year you do not need to submit it again.

Please let us know about new books or new editions that you want, or if the number of students on your course has increased (we will then need your reading list and the number of students). If your course is completely new please submit your full reading list with plenty of time for us to provide all the books.  Please note that we will again be giving preference to eBook copies of titles where available as this provides access to all HWU students.

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How to request recommended reading:

Edinburgh or Orkney Campuses

If books are needed at the Edinburgh or Orkney campuses please send your reading lists to libord@hw.ac.uk with the information below or use the book order form at https://www.hw.ac.uk/is/library-essentials/book-request.htm#top.

Via email – please send the following information:

  • Title and code of the course
  • Details of the items needed (as much information as possible is helpful, e.g., author, title, edition, ISBN, publisher, year)
  • Number of expected students
  • If an item is a key text
  • If the item is to be available as a three hour loan (rather than for week or standard loan (16 weeks))
  • If there is a reason to provide a print rather than an eBook copy.

Via the online form (for Edinburgh and Orkney campuses only currently):

Items on reading lists can also be requested using the book request form which is accessed from the link on the “Suggest a book” page . Please select ‘Yes’ from the drop down menu at the first question ‘Is the book on a reading list?’ and select your School or Institute at the bottom.

Dubai or Malaysia Campuses

If you also need copies of books to be available at the Dubai and/or Malaysia campuses please contact the libraries directly as they place their own orders for stock. They can be contacted at DubaiLibHelp@hw.ac.uk and MYLibrary@hw.ac.uk respectively.

Scottish Borders Campus

If books are for the Scottish Borders Campus please contact J.H.McIntyre@hw.ac.uk

IDL students

If books on your course are needed by IDL students please make sure that the books are available as eBooks before your list is given to students. We are happy to check for you to see if an eBook is available. Unfortunately not all titles are available as eBooks and IDL students have previously reported problems reading material recommended by staff. Please let me know if you want more information about this or to see if a title is available as an eBook.

ALP students

If titles on your course are needed by ALP students please be aware that we do not purchase books for ALP libraries and individual ALP libraries are responsible for their own purchasing. However ALP students do have access to our eResources so will be able to use any eBooks on reading lists.

Wider reading

To request books to support students’ wider reading for research, dissertations, theses, projects etc. please again use the request form link on the “Suggest a book” page  and select ‘No’ from the drop down menu at the first question ‘Is the book on a reading list?’ and select your School or Institute at the bottom. These items are automatically forwarded to the School’s Information Services Primary Contact (ISPC) for approval and will not be purchased until he or she has approved them.

Journal articles and book chapters

If you require online copies of book chapters or journal articles, this can be done through our digital copies service, please see https://www.hw.ac.uk/services/is/learning-teaching/technology/digital-copies-service.htm.

If you have any questions please contact Ellen Peacock, Acquisitions & Metadata Manager (e.peacock@hw.ac.uk Ext 3573)

New Discovery now live – update your bookmarks

The new, improved version of Discovery is now live, giving easy access to many of Heriot-Watt’s online resources.  New features include:

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  • easy exporting to EndNote online
  • sign in and then “pin” useful articles to save them for later
  • searchable on mobiles and tablets

If you’re still seeing the old “green” Discovery, please visit https://discovery.hw.ac.uk/ and update your bookmarks to the new improved “blue” version.

Please send any feedback or questions about Discovery to libhelp@hw.ac.uk

New Discovery coming soon …

We’ll be moving to a new version of Discovery on Sunday 9th/Monday 10th July.

Improvements include:discovery_logo_2017

  • Single click export to EndNote Online.
  • Improved searching on mobile phones and tablets.
  • Straightforward method for storing favourites – just sign in and “pin” the items you want to keep.
  • Easier access to your search history and saved searches.

You’ll still be able to access the same content in Discovery, including all our library catalogues, over 70,000 full text eBooks, and over 50 million full text journal articles.

Discovery search bar issue

Unfortunately, we’re experiencing a problem with the Discovery search bar on our Find Resources page.  Clicking the bar isn’t activating searches.

While we try to sort this out, remember you can still search Discovery via one of the following:

Please accept out apologies for any inconvenience while we try to resolve this issue.

Discovery

Discovery is the Heriot-Watt University system that enables students and staff to identify and access library resources from any location and any device across all campuses.
It provides fast and efficient searching and filtering of resources from one place.

Go to Discovery and sign in with your usual HWU username and password.

There are user guides on our webpages:

If you need help, ask at the Service Desk in your campus library or contact us by email or phone – see Contact/Visit Us

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Using Discovery

Returning students will notice that the interface used for searching for library resources has changed.

Not only has the interface changed, but you can now search through all our library resources from one place.

How to sign in

  1. Go to Discovery
  2. Click Sign in – top right hand corner
  3. Click Heriot-Watt staff & students
  4. Enter your HWU Username and password (same ones that you use for Vision)
  5. Click Login

User Guides

To help you get started see the user guides on our webpages:

How do I get help?

Ask at the Service Desk in your campus library or contact us by email or phone – see Contact/Visit Us

Discovery – keeping your saved searches, search alerts and folders

If you have saved searches, search alerts or items in your Discovery folder you need to take action now to save these, before the move to the new version of Discovery .  The old version of Discovery will not be accessible after 30th June 2016 and saved searches, alerts and folders will be lost, so we recommend that you download these before 29th June.

To do this, go to Discovery and sign in to your My EBSCOhost account:

  1. download any items you have saved in your folder
  2. take a note of any search alerts or saved searches, so that you can recreate these in the new version of Discovery.

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This only affects the personalised searches and folders you may have saved in Discovery.  Library resources and journal articles will continue to be available after 30th June and most people will not need to do anything.

Please contact libhelp@hw.ac.uk if you have any questions about this.

New Library System – what’s happening?

New Library System – what’s happening?

The new Discovery library system is now ‘Live’

It is available to use at HWU Edinburgh, SBC, Malaysia and Orkney campuses from today 30th June

It will be available at HWU Dubai from Monday 18th July

The new version of Discovery

  • gives access to all HWU collections (across all campuses)
  • improves and replaces the current library catalogue and discovery system
  • enables fast and efficient searching and filtering of resources

What is happening when?

Thursday 30th June

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 18th July

‘Go Live’

The New Discovery interface is available for Edinburgh, SBC, Malaysia and Orkney campuses.

The library is using a new borrowing and returning system which will be fully integrated with Discovery.

You can access your library account through Discovery
 

‘Go Live’
The New Discovery interface will be available for Dubai campus

 

 

How do I get help if needed?
Ask at the Service Desk in your campus library or contact us by email or phone
https://www.hw.ac.uk/is/contactvisit-us.htm

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