Help and Guidance - Electronic Resources

 

E-Resource FAQs  
Online help on specific Electronic Resources About Databases & E-journals
About Newman Library's Journals A-Z List About E-Reference and Image & Sound Collections
About Newman and Other Library catalogues About Information Gateways

 

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 to searching.
  • We have gathered together help resources from different publishers, including videos and tutorials on how to use resources. You can find them on our E-resources Help Guides page
  • 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.
  • If you're having problems accessing our resources, check our E-resources FAQs page for help.
  • 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 Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL). 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.
  • To see a listing of the databases accessible to Newman students and staff, visit the Electronic Resources page.
  • 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 students and staff, as described below.

About Newman's Journals A-Z List

  • You can access a specific electronic journal, linking straight through from the title listing to the relevant Online Journals service.
  • 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 access to it.
  • 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, dictionaries 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 Resources page.

About Newman and Other Library catalogues

  • We have also produced a guide to help you use the catalogue.
  • 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 journal.
  • 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).
  • To see details of the Information Gateways we have available, visit the Electronic Resources page.
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