eBook downloads turned off to increase access for more students at exam time

We have a large number of eResources including eBooks that are available for students to use while studying off campus.

To access eBooks, use Discovery  and you will be able to view and read a wide selection.

Some eBooks only allow a limited number of users to view them at the same time.
Due to the demand at exam time, it is currently not possible to download eBooks in order to increase access for everyone. They can still be read online.

If you have any problems accessing the resources please contact libhelp@hw.ac.uk

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Free eResources for students and staff during the Covid-19 situation

Free eResources for students and staff during the Covid-19 situation

While you are studying, teaching, and carrying out research off-campus, don’t forget that you can still access all of the Heriot-Watt University Library’s eResources.
A good place to start is by searching Discovery, the IS Guides on a wide range of subjects, and the A-Z of databases.

In addition to all the usual eResources, we are currently providing temporary access to a number of new resources.  The providers of these resources have made them freely available to the academic community as part of their Covid-19 response. This includes resources across a wide range of HWU subject areas from engineering to fashion.  Included are eJournals and eBooks that provide access to content from publishers like Bloomsbury, Elsevier, ICE, IOP, Springer and Cambridge University Press. More details can be found on the HWU website.

Students can also sign up for the VitalSource offer of seven free eTextbooks to use until 30th June – more details are available on the HWU website. This is in addition to the usual HWU eBooks, available from Discovery. It is also now possible for many of our eBooks to be accessed by more students at once than usual due to publisher goodwill at this difficult time.

To find out more about all of the extra resources temporarily available to staff and students visit the HWU website which will display the full list.
If you have any questions please email us at ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

Where to find books in the Library #edincampuslib

The book collection is located over three floors of the Library.  They are shelved by class mark so when you search for a book in Discovery  there will be a shelf number next to the book details.  For example 658.02 SIRShelf mark

If you click on the Map it button, it will show where about in the Library you can find the book.

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The location of the books by shelf mark on each floor are:

Book locations 2020

If you need help finding any book in the Library, please ask at the Library Service Desk

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 – 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

Problems searching Discovery – “Application Level Exception”

UPDATE: Initially all reports of this error were from Chrome users.  However, we have now seen it in Firefox.  The post below has been updated to reflect this, and to include new advice.

A few staff and students are having difficulties searching Discovery.  The message “Application Level Exception” is displayed instead of the search results

Temporarily switching to a different web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) seems to let you complete your searches.  Alternatively, clearing the cache and cookies from your web browser and then opening a new window should clear the error.  The keyboard shortcuts to clear the cache and cookies are Ctrl-Shift-Delete (Windows) or Command-Shift-Delete (Mac).

We’ve reported this to the company that supplies Discovery and have asked them to investigate.

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