Libraries Week – Discover something new online

As Libraries Week draws to a close, we wanted to remind you that we’re more than just a Building. As well as the Academic Support and Liaison Librarians and our other Services and Resources staff, the Library provides you with access to a range of resources for your study and research. Many of these resources are available online.

Last year we spent £1.6 million on books, journals and databases – here’s three ways you can easily access them, and maybe discover something new:

Discovery 

As well as searching for physical books and journaldiscovery_logo_2017s, our search tool Discovery searches over 90 databases to provide direct access to thousands of articles. It can be accessed from the Find Resources page or directly at https://discovery.hw.ac.uk

 

Our Find Resources pagealso has a number of guides to help you use Discovery to find what you need, whether you’re looking for a specific book or article, or searching on a particular topic.

Subject Guides

Our Academic Support and Liaison Librarians have constructed guides on every subject to help you find the most relevant resources. The Subject Guides also have a lot of other information on Literature Search, Citing and Referencing, and more. They can found from the IS Guides web page.

A-Z Database List

The A-Z Database list, available from the top of Discovery, is a list of all the resources we have. We always recommend searching individual databases as well as Discovery, especially as over 120 of our databases are not included in Discovery. You can filter the list of resources by subject as well as whether or not they are included in Discovery.

As well as academic databases, this list also includes Cite Them Right, an online guide to Harvard Referencing, and Skills 4 Study Campus, the online course in study skills based on The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell.

And finally…

Information Services also facilitates access to a range of other software for you, which you can get for free as a Heriot-Watt student. More information can be found on the Software page.

EndNote is a reference management program that allows you to store all of your references in one place and generate lists of formated references, or directly insert citations into your Microsoft Word document. Whilst EndNote is desktop based a

 

nd only available on Information Services managed PCs, there is a web based version called EndNote Online, which can be accessed from anywhere. For more information, see our Software Guides and Tutorials page.

 

 

 

 

Help and Support

 

There are lots of ways you can get help and support using our resources. You can contact the Academic Support and Liaison Librarians at LibHelp@hw.ac.uk, check out the IS Guides page or attend a Power Hour. Slides and handouts from our Power Hours are also available on Vision under the ‘My Organisations’ section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Libraries Week – Meet your Librarians

Each School has a dedicated Librarian, available to help all staff and students with their teaching, research and study needs.

Your Academic Support and Liaison Librarian can help with all aspects of information gathering – providing advice on locating, searching and accessing resources for your subject, as well as help with evaluating the information you find and citing and reference your sources correctly.

They are happy to help both individuals and classes, so get in touch directly to make an appointment, or to arrange a skills development session for your class (staff).

Two of our Academic Support and Liaison Librarians based at the Edinburgh Campus, Candace Guite and Rachel Whittington, have also joined the Effective Learning Service. They can help with writing, time management and other study skills support.

You can contact us with enquiries at LibHelp@hw.ac.uk  or SBCLibHelp@hw.ac.uk (Scottish Borders Campus students)

Effective Learning Service
(Tue-Fri Evenings)

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Candace Guite
C.J.Guite@hw.ac.uk

Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

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Sarah Kelly
S.Kelly@hw.ac.uk

Engineering and Physical Sciences;
International Centre for Island Technology

Kirsty
Kirsty Thomson 
K.S.Thomson@hw.ac.uk

Mathematical and Computer Sciences; Effective Learning Service

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Rachel Whittington
R.Whittington@hw.ac.uk

Social Sciences;
Edinburgh Business School

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Marion Kennedy 
M.L.Kennedy@hw.ac.uk

Textiles and Design
(Based at Scottish Borders Campus)

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Jamie McIntyre
J.H.Mcintyre@hw.ac.uk

 

 

Learning Commons 2 – now open!

Following yet another busy summer of redevelopment work Learning Commons 2 was officially opened by Principal Richard Williams on 6th October. This £800,000 investment further improves the variety and quality of study spaces across the Edinburgh campus.

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Professor Richard Williams and Director of Information Services Kathy McCabe enjoy a tour of Learning Commons 2

Located in Building 18 (also still known as the Post Graduate Centre), Learning Commons 2 occupies all of the top and part of the 3rd floor, and offers a mix of collaborative and silent study areas with 3 bookable group study rooms, a silent study room (available from November), 15 PCs, an MFD and an office where IS staff will offer help at advertised times.

The space improves and extends the variety and number of student study spaces that we have across campus – complementing the very popular Learning Commons 1 (opened last autumn) and the newly refurbished James Watt Centre.

Learning Commons 2 will be open from 8am to 10pm, Monday to Friday with Learning Commons 1 open from 6 am – midnight everyday, and the library open 24/7 during semester.

See Opening Hours for details

Work has now started on the Cameron Smail Library – a 2 year project that will transform the current library into a modern, flexible and comfortable environment for everyone.

We hope that you enjoy Learning Commons 2.  If you have any comments on the space please let us know – either in person at one of our service desks or by using our feedback form.

Finding resources

Whether you are a new student or an existing student you might find the following reminders about finding resources useful.

We have a global online collection of around 50,000 e-journals and 85,000 e-books, as well as our print collection and electronic databases. Our online collection is available 24/7 – and can be accessed from on or off campus.

Discovery

When looking for resources you should use Discovery – Discovery searches the library catalogue (all campuses) and journal articles and you can easily filter and refine your search to locate the best resources for your work.

You can also use Discovery to build up your e-Shelf (so you can return to resources easily once you’ve found them), save your queries, reserve an item that is out on loan or check your account status (loans/requests/fines etc).

Databases

We have nearly 250 databases that you can browse and search.

UK students & staff – SCONUL

UK students/staff can access local University and research libraries in the UK and Ireland through the SCONUL scheme. Depending on where you live in relation to your campus library, you might find this useful if another university library is more local to you than your HWU one.

If you can’t find what you need in the HWU catalogue, you might find the item in another university library and be able to access it there.

All campuses – Interlibrary loans

If your library doesn’t have a copy of an item you need to consult for your research, the Interlibrary Loan service will try to obtain it for you. The Interlibrary Loan service is available across all our campuses to Staff, Postgraduate students and Undergraduates in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year.

Help

You’ll find subject specific help on your Subject Guide – but if you can’t find what you’re looking for ask at the Service Desk or get in touch – we’re here to help.

Just a quick update on what happened over the summer

A very warm welcome to all new students – we look forward to meeting and working with you this year. And “welcome back” to all returning students – we hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to the new semester.

As always, we have been very busy over the past 3 months – upgrading, replacing and developing our services – so take a few minutes to see what’s been happening.

A quick summary of the main things to look out for are…

Library refurbishments

Edinburgh campus

A huge library refurbishment project has started on the Edinburgh campus (we are investing more than £6m over the next 2 years to improve the learning and study environment in the library).  There will be regular updates on how it is going as the year progresses – so make sure you are following us on Twitter to keep up to date.

Scottish Borders campus

The library has been transformed to provide more collaborative learning spaces, 22 extra PC study spaces, a dedicated silent study space and a Design Suite with 10 new PCs and iMacs with specialist software.

A new enquiry point has been located on the first floor and coffee and vending machines have been installed.

Learning Commons 2 (Edinburgh campus)

Due to open early in Semester 1

The 3rd and top floor of Building 18 (what used to be the Post Graduate Centre) will become Learning Commons 2 – providing over 100 additional study and learning spaces for all students.

Learning Commons 1 (in Hugh Nisbet building) which opened in September 2016 has been hugely successful and we anticipate this new facility will prove equally popular.

Close to EPS, MACS and EGIS, this space offers facilities for group and collaborative study, 3 bookable rooms and MFD.

The official opening will be on  6th October 2017. Da Vinci’s café is located on the ground floor.

Teaching room refurbishments (Edinburgh campus)

The James Watt Centre has been transformed into a new teaching and learning hub with lecture theatres, study spaces, break out areas and a café.

Many other rooms across campus have had PC or AV equipment renewed.

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The library Discovery service has been updated and improved – if you’ve been searching for resources during the summer you’ll have encountered the new interface already.

See the post on New Discovery now live or jump right in from Find Resources

Blackboard app

Blackboard have launched their new Blackboard app (this replaces Blackboard Mobile Learn).  Mobile Learn was removed from all app stores 1 August 2017 and Blackboard will no longer support Mobile Learn after August 31, 2017.  Although Mobile Learn will continue to work for existing users in the short term, we cannot guarantee that it will work in the future and would advise users to move to the new app

See Virtual learning environment (Vision) for details.

Software upgrades

Several software upgrades were made to the student desktop and teaching machines.  The main ones were (with current version of software):

  • Microsoft Office (Office 2016)
  • EndNote (X8.0.1)
  • Maple (2016)
  • MATLAB (R2017a)
  • Minitab (18.1)
  • SPSS (SPSS 24)

New fleet of MFDs in student and staff areas (Edinburgh campus)

A new fleet of Ricoh MFDs have been installed across campus. User guides are at Print/copy/scan.

Academic Support and Liaison Librarians

Your  Academic Support and Liaison Librarian for 2017/18 will be: –

UK Campuses and IDL

  • EGIS: Sarah Kelly
  • EPS & Orkney campus: Kirsty Thomson
  • MACS: Rachel Whittington
  • SoSS: Marion Kennedy
  • Evenings (Tues – Fri): Candace Guite
  • TEX: Jamie McIntyre

Dubai

  • All schools: Ramakanta Rath

Malaysia

  • All schools: Malaysia library service desk

Effective Learning Advisors

Rachel Whittington and Candace Guite have joined the ELA team to offer support with Academic Study Skills. Based on our Edinburgh campus they join Isabelle Pottinger (Edinburgh campus), Allyson Noble (Dubai campus) and Stella Galimpin (Malaysia campus).

Library and Learning Commons opening times

See Library Opening Times

Helpdesk opening times

See Helpdesk opening times

Power Hours

Our popular Power Hour workshop programme has been reviewed and updated – see Power Hours for info.

So welcome – or welcome back – we hope you have a successful and enjoyable semester.

Free quiz – with prizes – for new students…

New students are invited to enter our FREE quiz in Vision.  It’s quick, it’s easy – and it gives prizes…

All you need do is explore the services we offer both globally and locally (on our website and on campus) and then answer 10 easy questions.

Last year nearly 1000 students took part (see New Student Quiz Winners 2016) – it would be great to break the 1000 mark this year.

Answer all questions correctly and you will be entered into a prize draw.  Three lucky winners will be drawn from the all correct entries for each campus.

The quiz is in Vision (our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)) in the Skills for Success organization.

  • Once you are fully enrolled you can log into Vision
    See the Student Guide to Vision for a quick overview of the VLE
  • All new students are automatically enrolled on Skills for Success.

To enter

  1. Log into Vision using your HWU UserID and password
  2. Click on Skills for Success
  3. Select New Students Quiz from the top of the menu on the left
  4. Choose the quiz for your campus

You can try the quiz as often as you like from 1st September to 30th September.  Your highest score will count.

Good luck!

Information Services Quiz Winner

We were delighted to host a visit from the 2nd cohort of  pre-sessional students in June. The visit was designed to help the students find out about the library and IT resources and services they will use in their studies.  This was followed by a quiz with one lucky winner chosen from the correct entries.  Congratulations Mengxue!

Pre-Sessional Student Quiz Winner

In May we hosted the first group of pre-sessional English students for a visit to the Library to learn more about us and how to use our resources. This was followed by a quiz, with one lucky winner chosen at random from all the correct entries.

The winner of this group was Thanapat Wongwisit. Congratulations!

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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.