Making it easier to find full text articles on EBSCO databases

It’s now possible to look-up full-text article availability through FINDit from within search results – in our EBSCOhost databases such as CINAHL, SPORTDiscus etc.

Once you’ve conducted a search you will see a full-text link if the article is available straight from the results page of the database  – just as before. What’s different is that, if the article is not immediately available, you will now see a link which will take you to alternative sources to try. . . this could be full-text from a different on-line source, print copies available from our library collection, or a link to order the article via an inter-library loan.

Look out for the change next time you try out a search!

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FINDit – making it personal

Have you discovered your own slice of FINDit yet?

Log in to FINDit with your username and password and you’ll see a link to My Space on the menu bar.

 This takes you to your own area of FINDit where you can:

  • save journal citations after running a metasearch on an individual database or across multiple databases
  • save a list of your favourite online journals
  • create your own collection of favourite databases to run searches across
  • save searches which can then be re-run periodically or from which you can generate email alerts to notify you when new records that match your search are found.

 

 

 To find out more about metasearching and My Space check out the pictorial guide to FINDit.

   

 

 

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Literature Searches

Literature searches cause students a lot of anxiety and your Information Librarians have been discussing why this is. . . .

We’d like to present the Ten Commandments of Literature Searching in an attempt to guide people through dilemmas they may not even be aware of!

Commandment 1

Don’t try to do a ‘perfect’ search. Be happy with a search which gets you enough for the assignment you are working on. ‘Perfect’ searches are virtually impossible to do, so don’t worry if yours is only ‘adequate’.

Commandment 2  

Look for things you can use, not for things which ‘give the answers’. Lecturers will give you more credit for references which display a range of reading than for multiple references to an item which has ‘the answer’ in it . . .

Commandment 3

Look at the numbers of items your searches retrieve. Big numbers (1,000’s of items) mean your search is too sensitive – try to make it more specific (10’s of items). If the first line of your search retrieves only 10’s of items, see what happens if you make use of more general keywords – remember you are looking for things you can ‘use’ . . .

Commandment 4

Don’t try to put the title of your assignment into a search box – it will be too specific (!) Try the keywords one by one; then combine 2 keywords, and then combinations of 2 different keywords, then 3 keywords, etc. Look to see how big the totals you are retrieving are – use these totals to decide whether your searches need to be more sensitive or more specific.

Commandment 5

Document your searches, i.e. print pages showing the numbers of items retrieved and add them to your assignment as an appendix. Be prepared to discuss these searches with your tutor/peers/mentors etc. If they suggest other titles etc. – try to be pleased (?!) . .  .

Commandment 6

Enjoy your searches. Good searches explore a subject and you will be learning all the time you are doing them. But you’ll be miserable if you try to do it in a panic when your assignment is overdue.

Commandment 7

If you are struggling, ask someone who knows more; don’t waste hours . . . ask your tutor, UoG Librarians, Hospital Librarians, fellow students  . . .

Commandment 8

Be prepared to do more than one search. As you search you learn; as you learn your searches change. You can stop and start again (actually, you are never going to get away with only one search).

Commandment 9

Check what databases are available. Should you be using a different database?

Commandment 10

If you ignore the above, because you know it all – then come and tell us! We are always eager to learn how to do perfect searches . . .

 

Robert Mackney (Care Sciences Librarian)

 

 

 

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Can’t get past your front door because of the snowdrifts?  

Now’s your chance to discover the convenience of eBooks. We have a large and growing collection of titles that you can access from our library catalogue so check to see what’s available in your subject area. Then curl up with a good eBook and forget about the weather.

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Glyntaff Librarians – welcome to our new blog!

Jan Williams joined our team of HeSAS Librarians based at Glyntaff LRC (the Library at lower GT) in September – and we thought it would be a good idea to set up a collaborative blog incorporating all aspects of research information to support students within our faculty . . .  

Collaborative is definately the operative word – so we hope you will contact us with plenty of feedback and suggestions – as to how we can best support you in your studies here at Glamorgan. . .

To start us off  – we would like to draw your attention to our Interactive Subject Guides.  We’re very proud of them – but are still coming across students (and lecturers) who have never seen them! Please have a look when you get a spare 5 minutes  – by going to the library page via Glamlife. . .

Go to the ‘Glamlearn’ menu – click on ‘Library’ – and then ‘Subject Guides’ – easy!   http://lcss.glam.ac.uk/lrc/guides/subject/ .

Happy Reading!

 

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