| Help and guidance - ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
Online help on specific Electronic Resources
- Most Electronic Resources have
online help pages, which can help to improve your searching.
Different services use different "search language" or
symbols to enable more efficient searching, for example, truncation
of search terms or use of wildcard characters (See Developing
Search Strategies for more information about these techniques).
The pages are often contextualised so that if you are in the
search screen and press help, you will get help pages relevant
- Occasionally databases change to a different "host
service" which usually means a different interface, new
search screens and new search language. Using the online help
pages can be essential in this case.
- Please contact one of
the subject librarians or use
the ask a librarian facility
on the website, if you would like any help or training in using
any of these resources.
About Databases & E-journals
- Databases are used to search
for references to journal articles on a specific subject. They
enable searches on specific topics or by particular authors.
- Most databases give only references and occasionally
abstracts, to journal articles, theses, conference papers and
other literature, for example British
Humanities Index and Sports Discus. Some databases give
full-text of journal articles, for
example, Business Source Elite and PsycARTICLES.
- You can now link through to the full text of journal articles
which Newman Library has made available, using the "Is Newman
full-text available?" links, found beside the journal article
references in our databases.
- Online Journals services are
the electronic equivalent of a library of journals. They can
provide access to full-text or abstracts of journal articles,
if Newman library has a subscription to the relevant journal
for the relevant time period.
- You can search on specific topics or
by particular authors, however the search engines attached
to these services tend to be inferior to those of the database
services. Therefore we recommend finding the references
to journal article using a database and linking through to
the full-text of the article.
- The broadest coverage provided by the Online
Journals services which Newman has access to is given by the
- To see a listing of the databases accessible
to Newman students and staff, visit the Electronic
- We now have an easily searchable and user-friendly
Journals A-Z list which includes all of the electronic or online journals accessible to Newman
as described below.
About Newman's Journals A-Z List
- Our easy to use Journals A-Z
list, includes both online and printed journals.
- You can access a specific
electronic journal, linking straight through from the title
listing to the relevant Online
- This listing also tells you which dates of
the e-journal's issues you can access.
- For printed journals, you'll find a link which takes you to the relevant journal in the library catalogue, where you can check the dates and volumes which we have available.
- If you have been given a reference to a journal
article, this list is a quick way to check whether we have
- You can search
by journal title, or a part of the title, use keywords to
search for relevant journals or search by subject categories.
About E-Reference and Image & Sound Collections
- Oxford Reference Online
is a digital collection of reference books, including encyclopaedias,
and thesauri, plus subject specialist works.
- Reference materials are useful for finding
out about a topic or person, getting definitions, coming up
with alternative keywords for electronic searching, etc.
- Online reference sources have the added advantage
of easy access to cross-references to related topics.
- Our image
and sound collections contain a wealth of material which
can inform or improve the presentation of your work.
- To see details of our E-Reference and
Image & Sound Collections, visit the Electronic
About Newman and Other Library catalogues
- We have also
produced a guide to help you use the catalogue.
- Avoid using punctuation of any kind (including
apostrophes) when using the Keyword or Title search option.
- There are links set up to various local
and national library catalogues including Birmingham City University
and University of Birmingham, as well as Birmingham Public Libraries.
- COPAC is a catalogue which searches across
at several university library catalogues. This can be useful
if you are trying to locate libraries which hold a particular
- If there are any other libraries whose catalogue
you would like to be accessible via a link please use
the ask a librarian facility
on the website or contact us.
- If you wish to access other libraries to use
journals or other resources, you can sign up to the appropriate
scheme to allow you access. This is a free service which you
can arrange to use at Newman library. Visit the Using
other libraries page for more details.
About Information Gateways
- The best known of the information gateways
is INTUTE (previously
known as Resource Discovery Network or RDN), which is a collaborative
project between more than seventy educational and research
organisations. It provides access to carefully selected subject
resources that are indexed and described by specialists. In
contrast to search engines you can be confident that your search
results and browsing will connect you to Web sites relevant
to learning, teaching and research.
- INTUTE covers
a wide range of subject areas, but within INTUTE are other
more subject specialised hubs or gateways. One example is INTUTE:Arts
and Humanities (an amalgam of two gateways formerly ARTIFACT
and HUMBUL - the Humanities Bulletin Board).
- The INTUTE
Virtual Training Suite offers
a set of free "teach yourself" tutorials delivered
over the Web, giving a subject-based approach to Internet
skills training. As well as helping with searching, they also
focus on how to evaluate internet sources.
- To work through each tutorial takes about an hour.
- The tutorials are ideal for incorporating into
taught courses and Moodle. They
can be embedded into courses and can support training in information
skills and key skills in ICT.