Friday, 20 December 2013

Library Christmas closure/Study rooms available

Just a reminder that the Library will be closed:
  • From 16.00 on Friday 20th of December
  • Saturday 21st of December to 1st of January 2014
The Library will re-open:
  • Thursday 2nd of January at 8.30am
Library Support during this closed period:

Our electronic resources will continue to be accessible to you during the closure.
Study Rooms
The following rooms will be available over the closed period: 151,152, 153, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, and IT room 412

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Did you miss our JSTOR workshops?

Did you miss our JSTOR workshops last Saturday?

If you did, but you want to learn how to make the most of this great research tool, here are some resources:

Try our JSTOR tutorial on our Library & Information Skills Moodle module

Try these video tutorials from JSTOR

Log in and have a go at searching - click on the Help link at the top of the screen if you get stuck.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Free online training session: Using doctoral theses in your research: a guide to EThOS

Are you interested in looking at PhD theses from across the UK? If so you may be interested in a free online training session we have seen advertised by the British Library on the on 10 December 2013, 11.00am GMT.

For more information and to sign up, please go to this webpage:

EThOS can also be accessed through the eLibrary page:

If you cannot join this online training session, look out for a Saturday session focussing on finding electronic theses in the summer term.

Library service on strike day - Tuesday 3rd December

Due to industrial action the Library will be open from 10.00 to 18.00, self-service only, on Tuesday 3rd December.
Self-service during this period covers:
  • Use of the self-service machines to issue, return and renew items
  • Payment of fines via the self-service machines
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the library and its services - use the green Ask Us button on the Library catalogue to carry out a keyword search for answers
  • Subject specific queries - see the Subject Guides section of the Library's website (fuller range of subjects) or the printed guides near the Help Desk
  • Photocopying/printing queries - see the laminated guides near the copiers in the Library (first floor near the Seminar Room) or consult the web page on Printing and Photocopying.
Please remember to bring your Birkbeck ID card with you as no day passes or affiliate applications will be processed on that day.

Friday, 22 November 2013

British Library Newspaper Library closes

If you've done newspaper research in the past, you may well have been to The British Library's newspaper library at Colindale. This has now closed and the whole collection is moving. See this nice BBC news item with video:

There's more information from the British Library on where and when you can use the newspaper colection again here:

Friday, 15 November 2013

Network disruption - Tuesday 19th November

Network disruption - Tuesday 19th November

IT Services will be carrying out some essential work on the part of the network that serves the library on the morning of Tuesday 19th November. During this work there will be a short break in service while cables are unplugged and relocated.

The work will take place between 8.00 and 9.00 in the morning and will affect access to the catalogues and access to e-resources via EZproxy, along with our self-service units and our library staff PCs. It is anticipated that the break will be for only a few minutes at most, but all services will be at risk until we get the all clear from our colleagues in ITS.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Two places available on our Saturday workshop

We have had some cancellations for our workshop this Saturday (16th), Introduction to Ejournals. There are currently two places available, so book now!

Book your place

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Library Services For Distance Learners

It's National Distance Learning Week this week, so it's a good opportunity to tell you about the services the Library has for distance learners:

LAMP (LibrAry Materials by Post)
Students enrolled on official distance learning courses are entitled to postal loans of books held by Birkbeck Library free of charge. Photocopies of articles and loans of material not held at Birkbeck can be supplied at a cost of £1 per request. Click here for more details.

Proxy Borrower service
If you cannot visit the Library in person, and don't wish to use the LAMP service,  you may wish to use our proxy borrower service. This enables someone else to pick up your books for you. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please contact User Support on 020 7631 6369,

The eLibrary
The Library makes available over 30,000 full text electronic journals in all subject areas and these can be searched from outside Birkbeck. See our eLibrary pages for more information and to search for ejournals.
Searching for articles on  a topic? The majority of the 90 databases we subscribe to can be searched from outside Birkbeck. For a listing of what we have, see Databases and online resources, or see your Subject Guide if you're not sure which one to use. You will usually need your ITS username and password in order to access ejournals and databases remotely.

Enquiries and help
We have an email and telephone enquiry service. You can contact our help desk on 020 7631 6063 or You can also try our searchable FAQs and our Library and Information Skills Moodle module. Your subject librarian can provide specialist subject help. See a list of subject librarians here.

For queries about the books you have on loan etc., please check the my account section in the Library catalogue or ring the Library issue desk on 020 7631 6239. You will need the barcode from your Birkbeck ID card.

Other libraries
As a member of Birkbeck, you are entitled to use the libraries of many other University of London colleges for reference. You can also borrow from other libraries via the SCONUL Access Scheme. This is a national scheme with over 170 member libraries throughout the country. See our Other Libraries web pages for more information on this and other access arrangements.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Happy Birthday to us!

190 years ago today Dr George Birkbeck held a meeting in the Crown and Anchor Tavern in the Strand and despite a few ups and downs along the way here we are, still providing an education to the Mechanics of London.

Through the Library's e-resources you can find out what the reaction to that meeting was from what the papers said on the next and subsequent days. We trust that Dr Birkbeck would be pleased to hear that we are still here, and probably astounded that within a few seconds our current students can have access to so much information.

If you want to read about the events of 11th November 1823 then follow the links below. Birkbeck students and staff will need to log in using their Birkbeck usernames.

The Morning Chronicle

The Morning Post

The Ipswich Journal seems to have been less than impressed!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Only two places left!

There are just two places left on this week's Saturday Library workshop - Understanding your reading list and using the Library catalogue. Learn to identify the different types of references on your reading list and learn how to find them by using the Library catalogue.

Book now at to secure your place.

Industrial action Thursday 31st October - Library closed

Due to industrial action on Thursday 31st October, the Library will be closed on that day. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our users.

There's more information on how the strike is affecting other parts of Birkbeck at the link below.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Possible service disruption to JISC Historic Books - 29 Oct 2013


We have received the following message regarding the JISC Historic Books service:

Due to planned maintenance work, JISC Historic Books may experience some disruption on Tuesday 29th October 2013.

Maintenance/upgrade to Web Of Knowledge/Web Of Science - Sunday 27th

Maintenance and upgrade to the Web Of Knowledge/Web Of Science platform. This affects the Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanities Citation Indexes and Medline.

We have received the following message about possible downtime this Sunday (27th) while the platform is upgraded.

This is a reminder that there is scheduled maintenance and upgrade for Web of Knowledge beginning on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 1400 GMT and ending by Monday, October 28, 2013 at 0200 GMT. Web of Knowledge may be unavailable intermittently during this period. Thomson Reuters apologise for any interruption this may cause.


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Open Access Week - Birkbeck and OA

Happy Open Access Week!

You can find out about events taking place in the UK and worldwide at the Open Access Week web page.

The last 12-18 months have seen quite a few upheavals to the Open Access landscape, not least of which are the changes to funders’ OA requirements for researchers.

With obligations towards Open Access increasing, and HEFCE consulting on a possible OA component to the next REF exercise (projected for 2020), the Library has developed a guide and FAQs which help outline the OA obligations for both Wellcome Trust and RCUK funding.

Rather than reproducing the funders’ official (and sometimes very long) publications in full, the pages are designed to summarise key points and link back to the official sites; they also contain easy to follow decision trees, and provide contact details for authors to ask questions about OA and research funding.

The guides are part of our expanding open-access content, including pages on how researchers can comply with the Birkbeck’s own OA mandate and how to deposit in Birkbeck’s Institutional Repository, BIROn.
Paul Rigg,
Senior Assistant Librarian: Repository (BIROn) and Digital Media Management

Friday, 18 October 2013

Last chance to come on a Library tour today!

Last chance to come on a Library tour today! Just come along to the Library entrance on the ground floor at 5.30pm - no need to book.

If you've missed out on the tours, try our Library video at or, if you have a QR code scanner on your smartphone or tablet, look out for the QR codes in the Library which will take you on a guided tour. 

For a more in-depth introduction to the Library try our Library Moodle module at

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Problems with accessing readings on Moodle today

There is currently a problem with accessing digitised readings and other password protected resources on Moodle.

IT Services are aware of this and are working to resolve the problem:
Please see for updates.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Last week of Library tours

Our 5.30pm Library tours finish this week on Friday, so if you'd like to be shown round the Library, please come along soon. There's no need to book, just come to the Library entrance on the ground floor at 5.30pm. Tours will last about 20 minutes, so there will be time to get to your lecture at 6pm.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Doctoral Open Days at the British Library

Have you just started your PhD? You might be interested in going along to a British Library Doctoral Open Day. Here's what they offer:

"Our Doctoral Open Days are a chance for new PhD students to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships' logs to websites, our collections cover every format and language and span the last 3,000 years.
You will learn about our collections, find out how to access them, and meet our expert staff and other researchers in your field. The events are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library."

More details here

Disruption to some ebooks this afternoon

The ebooks we subscribe to via the Dawsonera platform may be subject to some disruption this afternoon. We have received the following message from them:

"Essential maintenance needs to be carried out on dawsonera this evening between 17:00-18:00 (BST). During this time the service will stay online but may be subject to minor disruption.

Users may find that they get logged off the system. If this occurs they should log back in again where they will be able to access the service as normal. Please also note during this time it will not be possible to download books but users can continue to read online.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Have you noticed ... ?

If you're a returning student, have you noticed that the Library has had a bit of a makeover during the summer?

We have a smart new carpet on level 1, new chairs on Levels 1, 2 and 3 and a selection of new kicksteps and ladders for getting to those hard to reach books.
Work has also been carried out to install sockets on all the study desks, so that you can use your laptop in more areas of the Library.

You may have also noticed some screens being installed on the ground floor near the Library entrance - once these are fully operational they will show how many free study spaces are available in the Library and in which areas they are. More on this in a later post.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Only 5 places left!

There are only five places left on our first Saturday workshop of the year - Understanding your reading list and using the Library catalogue - on Saturday 26th October at 2pm.

Grab a place and learn to identify the different types of references on your reading list and learn how to find them by using the Library catalogue.

If you miss out on this one, don't worry, we are runing a repeat session on Saturday 2nd November at 12 noon.

Book your place now

Thursday, 3 October 2013

EndNote down for maintenance this Saturday

We have received the following notification about EndNote downtime this Saturday:
EndNote (online version) and ResearcherID will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1300 GMT. EndNote and ResearcherID are expected to be unavailable for approximately 4 hours. Thomson Reuters apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Drama Online

We now have access to a new database called Drama Online: .

“Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.

It is a digital library of the world’s most studied and critically-acclaimed plays, accompanied by a wealth of innovative teaching and performance tools, including: overviews of major concepts and topics, biographical entries on key performers, playwrights, directors, designers, choreographers and composers and critical works on major playwrights.

As well as covering past and present drama from the English-speaking world, Drama Online also provides works from key European playwrights in translation.”

Extra JSTOR workshop added

By popular demand, we have added a second Getting the most from JSTOR and Periodicals Archive Online workshop on 30th November. There is now a session at 2pm, as well as at 11.30am.
Book your place here

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Library & Information Skills Moodle module

The Library has created a Moodle module to help you with the information skills you need throughout your course. There are sections on :
  • Finding out what the Library offers
  • Understanding your reading list and finding the items on it
  • Finding material for an essay or assignment
  • Carrying out a literature search for a long essay/project/dissertation
  • Citing your references correctly, avoiding plagiarism and understanding copyright
  • Using software to manage your references
  • Brushing up your IT skills
  • Getting more help
Try it out now and let us know what you think

Friday, 27 September 2013

Survey on students' use of social media

A member of Library staff is carrying out a survey for her MA dissertation on students’ use of social media. Would you help her by completing the short survey below? There’s a prize draw for an Amazon voucher worth £20 for completing the survey. Thank You.

 Click to start the survey

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Looking for some help with study skills?

The display area near the Help Desk, which usually showcases new books, has been transformed into a display of Study Skills books for the start of term. It features books on subject-specific and general study skills. These books are available to be borrowed but are going fast, so get one while you can!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Library Opening Hours

We are now open our normal term-time opening hours:

Monday - Friday: Library is open 8.30 - 23.45 Help Desk and Issue Desk Hours 10.00 - 22.30
Saturday - Sunday: Library is open 8.30 - 23.45 Help Desk and Issue Desk Hours 10.00 - 18.00

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Library Saturday workshops

Come along to a Saturday workshop and learn to make the most of what the Library offers. This term our workshops are aimed at new students, but all are welcome.
Learn to understand your reading list, use the Library catalogue, find ejournals and use databases such as JSTOR, PAO and PsycInfo.

See the list of dates and times, and book your place

We look forward to seeng you at a workshop.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Come on a Library Tour


New student?
Get to know your way around the Library by coming on one of our tours. The tours will start on 23rd September, for four weeks. They will be at 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, and will last approximately 20 minutes, so you will have time to get to your lecture.

There's no need to book, just come along. We look forward to seeing you on a tour.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

SCONUL Access Scheme - Applying for access to other libraries

Most Birkbeck students are entitled to use many other academic libraries through the SCONUL Access scheme. In the past, it was necessary to get a paper SCONUL card to take with you to other libraries, but these are no longer issued.

To apply for SCONUL Access you should now visit and apply online. You will receive an email confirmation which you can show to gain access to or to join other libraries that are in the scheme.

To get SCONUL access you must have a clear library record, with no overdue items or fines. If you have any questions please contact the Library Help Desk.


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Do you have a disability or dyslexia? Come to a Library Access Support induction.

If you have a disability or dyslexia, a Library Access Support induction will get you off to a good start, with information and advice about how we can help you with your studies whilst you are at Birkbeck.

Inductions cover:
  • The services we provide and how to access them
  • A question and answer session
  • A tour of the Assistive Technology Centre
Book onto one of our inductions by contacting us by email or phone:
Phone: 020 7631 6491

Induction times:
  • Tuesday September 24th 6-7pm
  • Thursday September 26th 4-5pm
  • Monday October 14th 6-7pm
  • Friday October 18th 2-3pm 

Friday, 23 August 2013

Bank Holiday weekend opening hours

Just a reminder that the Library is open from 10am until 6pm Saturday and Sunday this weekend but closed on Bank Holiday Monday (26th). The Library is self-service on Saturday and Sunday but you can still borrow, renew, return and pay fines at the self-service machines.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Library system upgrade - 21st August

We will be having a small upgrade to the library management system (Horizon) on Wednesday 21st August. We expect the work to begin at 14.00 (it is being done from Utah!) and should take about 4 hours.

During this time it will be possible to borrow items at the Issue Desk only. Any returned items will be kept aside and dealt with when the work is completed. Self-service, requests and renewals will not be possible. The standard catalogue will be down as it too is having an upgrade. VuFind will be available but no item details will be shown and readers will not be able to access their accounts.

We hope that all being well we will be back online by the early evening, but we are advising that disruption may continue into Thursday.

No fines are being charged on these days and no items should be due back. We will issue updates via the Library web site and our Twitter feed (@BirkbeckLibrary).

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Web Of Knowledge maintenance - possible downtime this Friday (23rd)

We have received the following warning from Thompson Reuters regarding the Web Of Knowledge database platform:

Web of Knowledge maintenance will begin on Friday August 23, 2013 at 0900 BST and ending by Friday August 23, 2013 at 1900 BST
Web of Knowledge may not be available during the above times. Thomson Reuters would like to apologise for any interruption this may cause.

Web of Knowledge includes the Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanities Citation Indexes and the Medline database.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Introducing Warc, our new marketing database

The library has taken out a subscription to a new database called Warc, formerly known as the World Advertising Research Centre, which should give you a better idea of what it is all about. Warc specialises in advertising, marketing and media communications.

There are over 25,000 articles, case studies, in-depth trend analysis, marketing strategy, marketing campaign videos and research reports to be found, coming from various sources including Warc's own publications: AdmapMarket Leader,International Journal of AdvertisingJournal of Advertising Research and International Journal of Market Research.

This database will appeal mainly to people researching advertising and marketing, but it also has information that may appeal to other social science researchers as it covers things like government and non-profit campaigns.

You can access Warc here:

Friday, 26 July 2013

Extension to opening hours over the summer

By popular demand, the Library will remain open until 22.30 on weekdays from 29th July to 13th September.
The Issue and Help Desks will close at 20.00 but you will be able to borrow and return items via the self service machines.

We will be monitoring usage of the Library during these extended hours and, if it is popular, we hope to be able to repeat this throughout future summer vacations.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Web Of Knowledge platform upgrade - this Sunday

Web Of Knowledge upgrade  - Sunday 28 July

Web of Knowledge and ResearcherID maintenance/upgrade will begin on Sunday July 28 2013 at 1500 BST, ending by Monday July 29 2013 at 0300 BST.

Web of Knowledge and ResearcherID may not be available intermittently during the above times. Thomson Reuters would like to apologise for any interruption this may cause.

A summary of the changes is below:
Did You Mean
• Did You Mean spelling corrections are suggested for terms searched in the topic and title fields of all products.
Auto-Suggest for Publication Name
• When searching by publication name, you will see an alphabetical list of suggested publication names to complete your search.

Portuguese and Spanish Interfaces
• Researchers who speak Brazilian Portuguese or Latin American Spanish can now access Web of Knowledge in their local language.
Streamlined Sign In / Registration
• Sign In and Registration processes have been moved into overlays – so you don’t have to leave your current page or search to use your Web of Knowledge ID and personalization features.

Quick Output of Records
• Output options have been consolidated into one easy to use menu for quick access. Completing the output is done through an overlay, guiding you through the process without disrupting your work flow.

EndNote Online
• EndNote online accounts now have 2 GB of storage space for your PDF attachments.

• ORCID now has an import wizard for ResearcherID – giving you expanded methods of exchanging publication data between your ResearcherID and ORCID accounts.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

A selection of recent new books

Here are a selection of the new books we have been getting in over the summer so far.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

More on the improvement works - study room available

From tomorrow until the 22nd of August, Room 417 will be available for you to study in if you find the building works in the Library too disturbing.

The room has been block booked for this purpose from 9am to 5pm every day.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Improvement works going on over the summer

We're improving things over the summer.

Unfortunately, that means there will be some work going on in the Library. From Monday 22nd July, contractors will be carrying out electrical work on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the library to install power points at all study desks. This will involve loud drilling and will last until the end of August.

The good news is that you will be able to plug your laptop in at those desks once the work is complete.

We are also sprucing up our appearance - new carpet will be laid on Level 1 during the same period.

We apologise for any disruption this will cause

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Possible noise from filming nearby

There will be filming taking place from 9pm nearby, in Malet Place, tonight and over the next two evenings involving vampires, fires & explosions! You may hear some noise from 9pm tonight. From tomorrow we will be closing at 8pm so the noise won't disturb us.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Library support for your research

Starting research this summer? Take a look at the Researching a topic section of our Library tutorial, LIFE, and find more online tutorials here. Find out about the support the Library can offer for research and how your subject librarian can help you.

Find out about tools to help you manage your references - EndNote and Zotero

Friday, 21 June 2013

Summer Opening Hours

Summer is coming ...
and the Library opening hours are changing:

Until the 4th July we will be open 10.00 - 18.00 at weekends and 8.30 - 23.45 on weekdays (self-service before 10.00 and after 20.00).

On 5th July we will be open for self-service only 10.00 - 20.00.

From 6th July we will be open on weekdays 10.00 - 20.00 and on weekends 10.00 - 18.00 (self-service only).

Our full Summer schedule of opening hours can be found here.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Keeping up to date in your subject area

Are you doing a final year project, masters dissertation or a PhD? You will need to know how to keep up to date with the latest journal articles that are published while you are carrying out your research.

There are still three places available our Saturday workshop on Keeping up to date using current awareness services this week - grab a place while you can! Book here:

If you can't make it on Saturday, have a look at one of our most useful current awareness resources - ZETOC
On this page you'll find online tutorials and videos to help make sure you are keeping up to date.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Finding Newspaper articles online

   Our Library workshop this week is on Finding Newspaper articles. It's fully booked I'm afraid, but if you're interested in finding newspaper articles, have a look at our list of online newspaper databases here

You'll find resources covering historic and present day newspapers, as well as a cartoon archive and a database of video news from ITN and Reuters.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Using EndNote to manage your references

Our Saturday workshop this week is on using EndNote, reference management software, to organise your references. Unfortunately it's fully booked now but, if you're interested, there are some self training videos on YouTube.
More information on EndNote is here and there are also guides to using EndNote on this page.

Friday, 31 May 2013

UEL Stratford Library closure

Important news for Birkbeck Stratford students and any others who use UEL Stratford Library. The UEL Stratford Library campus will close for relocation to the new Library on Saturday 8th June and will re-open on Monday 24th June.
Please see Services during the UEL Library relocation for information about what subject support will be available to Stratford students during this period.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Workshop on Web of Knowledge/Web of Science

Our workshop this Saturday on the Web Of Knowledge databases is already fully booked, but you can add yourself to the waiting list for any last-minute cancellations here

If you'd like to find out more about searching these powerful multi-disciplinary databases, which can help you find articles on any subject and track any future citations of articles you have already found, take a look at some of these links:
Or just try it out here

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

There are still two places left on our workshop this Saturday (1st June) - Introduction to the Web of Knowledge

This workshop is an introduction to searching the Web of Knowledge/Web of Science databases (Science, Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities Citation Indexes) with time for some hands-on practice. It will run from 2pm - 3.30pm in the Library seminar room and will be led by one of the subject librarian team.

Get one of those last places by visiting

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Workshop on Finding and Accessing Theses

Do you need to find PhD theses for your research? There are still 6 places left on our Saturday workshop this week (25th May)
This session will cover how to identify and obtain copies of PhD theses using the Library catalogue, Index to Theses and the Ethos service.


Studying over the Bank Holiday weekend?

Studying over the Bank Holiday weekend? We are open - check our opening hours at the link below.
We have been told that there will be some work going on in the foyer of the main building, on the flooring, but that this shouldn't affect Library access.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

New Books

You may have noticed a new feature near the help desk on Level 1 - our new books display. Staff are selecting titles from the new books bought by the Library and putting them out on display.

You can borrow these books, so be the first to get your hands on them!

Friday, 3 May 2013

No Study Spaces???

The Library gets very busy at this time of year, so we thought it was a good time to remind you of some of the less busy places in the Library where you might be able to find a seat.

Study Spaces:
·        Levels 1 to 4 - Torrington Square side. There are spaces in front of the windows on each floor and also extra tables on levels 3 and 4. It’s usually less busy on the higher floors.
·        The area around the corner from the photocopiers.
·        The Reading Room. At the far end of Level 1, this room also has a mezzanine floor – the stairs are through a door in the corner. No laptops are allowed in this area.
·        If you don’t need a desk, try our free-standing chairs with book/tablet rests that are dotted around the Library.

Spaces with PCs:
·        Level 1 – Malet Street side.  In front of the windows and a cluster at the end.
·        Level 1 – Seminar Room. Opposite the photocopiers – open for students when not booked for teaching (timetable on door).
·        Level 1 – Room 109. This will be accessible from the Library from Tuesday 7th May to Sunday 16th June.
There are also computer rooms outside the Library on the 4th and 5th floors of the main building.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

eJournals on VuFind

We are pleased to say that it is now possible to search for our eJournals via VuFind as well as via the eLibrary page on the library website. The records are very simple consisting of the title, the ISSN where avaialble, and a link to the page giving the holdings we have for a particular journal and the links to the publishers or providers.  If you want to see all 37348 titles click here

eJournals are clearly linked with the following icon as well as having the format label "eJournal".

We have also added a couple of other icons for books and print journals but you will still see our little owl for some material where we do not have a cover image.

There is one small issue which has resulted in two Institution labels appearing. This will sort itielf out on Sunday when the system is updated.

As usual we are happy to have any comments on this new development - use the feedback link on VuFind.

Saturday workshops - starting soon

Our programme of Library Saturday workshops starts soon, on May 11th. You can see the programme and book places here

The first workshop is on Improving your search skills.
Learn to get the best out of your searches on Library catalogues, databases and the web. Learn useful search tips like the use of truncation and wildcard characters, proximity searching and how to identify the best search terms. There will be some time for hands-on practice.

The workshop will be held in the Library Seminar Room on level 1 of the Library.
Book your place here (only 7 places left!)

Future workshops include:
Who am I? - My digital footprint
Finding And Accessing PhD Theses
Introduction to the Web of Science/Web of Knowledge
Finding Newspaper articles online
Keep up to date using current awareness services (only 4 places left!)

We look forward to seeing you at a workshop.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Web of Knowledge/EndNote Web maintenance this weekend

We've been informed by Thompson Reuters that maintenance on the Web of Knowledge service will take place this weekend, beginning on Saturday, 27 April 2013 at 2200 GMT and ending by Monday, 29 April 2013 at 0100 GMT.

Web of Knowledge (including Web of Science and EndNote Web) may not be available during this period.

Thomson Reuters would like to apologise for any interruption this may cause.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Plagiarism Education Week

It's Plagiarism Education Week this week, so here are some resources to help you find out more:

The Plagiarism Education Week website

Birkbeck's pages on plagiarism

Don't Cheat Yourself - some great online tutorials from Leicester University for specific subject areas

A tutorial with exercises and quizzes from Cardiff University

Friday, 19 April 2013

Improve your search skills

Want to improve your search skills?
Come along to our Saturday workshop on May 11th.
Learn to get the best out of your searches on Library catalogues, databases and the web. Learn useful search tips like the use of truncation and wildcard characters, proximity searching and how to identify the best search terms.

Book your place now at the link below - just 13 places left!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Filling up fast ...

There are just 8 places left on our June 22nd workshop on Keeping up to date using Current Awareness services.

Keep up to date with the latest journal articles in your field by using current awareness services such as ZETOC. Find out how to set up email alerts for the latest tables of contents from your favourite journals and how to save your database searches to receive any new results by email. Especially useful for final year projects and postgraduate students.

To book your place, click on the link below.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Only three places left ....

.... on our EndNote and EndNote Web workshop in June - to book go to the online workshop calendar at the link below asap!

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Have Your Say ...

... about studying at Birkbeck.

Complete the survey to be in with a chance of winning a £200 Amazon voucher.

Find out more about the NSS here

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Saturday workshops for the Summer term

Our Saturday workshop programme for the Summer term is now available. The workshops this term are aimed at postgraduates but all are welcome. Improve your search skills, learn to make better use of the Library's online resources. find and access PhD theses, keep up to date in your subject area and monitor your 'digital footprint' - all the details are at the link below. We look forward to seeing you at a workshop this term.  

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Open over Easter ...

Just a reminder that the Library is open throughout the Easter period - see our opening hours at the link below for details:

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Last Saturday workshop of this term

Database: Zetoc logoOur last Saturday workshop of the term is on Keeping up to date using Current Awareness services. It's fully booked, but if you're interested in this, have a look at one of our main current awareness services - ZETOC - which allows you to set up various email alerts and RSS feeds.  
There are more details on ZETOC here

Keep a lookout for next term's programme of Saturday workshops, which will be listed on the Library web site and the Academic Workshop calendar shortly.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Easter is nearly here ...

... and you can spend it in the Library if you wish. We will be open throughout the Easter vacation - please see our opening hours page here

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Manage your references with EndNote and EndNote Web

Do you need a way to manage your lists of references? EndNote and EndNote Web can help you. Our Saturday workshop on EndNote Web this weekend is fully booked, but there is a lot of information about these packages on our web site.

Take a look at where you'll find a comparison of the two packages, guides, training videos and a link to purchase the full EndNote program at the student discount.