Friday, 31 January 2014

Library workshops filling up fast!

 Some of our Library workshops for this term are filling up fast:
  • There are only 13 places left on the LION/MLA workshop on 8th Feb - more information
  • There are only 10 places left on our Web Of Knowledge workshop on 15th Feb - more information
  • There are only 3 places left on the Online image database workshop on 1st March - more information

Book your place here

See what previous participants have said about our workshops:
"This was a really very well delivered clear workshop "
"Very very good session - will be really useful"
"Very well-structured, thought through and practical workshop "

We look forward to seeing you at a workshop.

Library services on strike day - Thursday 6th February 2014

Due to industrial action on Thursday 6th Feb the Library will be open from 10.00 to 18.00, self-service only.

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.

Additional support

 Please remember to bring your Birkbeck ID/card with you as no Day pass or affiliate application will be processed on that day.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Dawsonera eBooks service disruption 1 February 2014

Due to maintenance work on Saturday 1st February at 4:00 pm there will be a short outage affecting some of our eBooks.

The Dawsonera site may be down for up to 30 minutes.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Maintenance on Web Of Science personalisation options and EndNote Online this weekend

We have received the following warning of intermittent downtime for Web Of Science personalisation options and EndNote Online this weekend:

Maintenance - Web of Science Personalisation - Sunday 26 January 12.00 - 14.00 access intermittent.

Please be advised that there may be intermittent access issues to Web of Science personalization, EndNote Online, ResearcherID, and InCites during the period of Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 1200 GMT through 1400 GMT. We apologize for any interruption this may cause.

Note: This may also affect users signing in with their 'email address sign in accounts' to authenticate to the above resources and Web of Science during this time.

New name and new interface for the Web Of Knowledge

As you may have noticed, the Web Of Knowledge platform has had a major makeover recently. One of the main changes is that it is now called Web Of Science. This is despite the fact that it includes large databases on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities!

The Web Of Science Core Collection is:
We also have access to two life sciences databases via this platform:
Here's a video introducing you to the main changes to the interface  and if you'd like some hands-on practice with these databases, please sign for up for our Library workshop on Saturday 15th Feb - book online here

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Thursday, 16 January 2014

National Student Survey

national student survey logo

The National Student Survey...

    is an opportunity to feedback on your undergraduate student experience at Birkbeck.
    Who can take part? Undergraduate and certificate students who have been at Birkbeck 3 or more years. If you’re eligible, you’ll already have been contacted and asked to take part in the survey.
    Find out more about the National Student Survey here

    Noise disruption in the Library this weekend

    On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th January, there will be some noise disruption in the Library whilst essential electrical work is undertaken.

    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Library early closure 17th and 18th Jan

    Due to essential fire alarm maintenance throughout the main building the Library will close at 22.30 on:
    • Friday 17th January
    • Saturday 18th January
    The main Malet Street building & extension will be closed for the following times:
    • 11pm on Friday 17th January until 6am on Saturday 18th January.
    • 11pm Saturday 18th January to 6am Sunday 19th January
    We have been informed that, for Health & Safety reasons, nobody will be permitted to enter the building during these times.

    Tuesday, 14 January 2014

    Library Saturday workshop programe now available

    Our Saturday workshop programme for this term is now available and the workshops start on Feb 8th.

    We will be showing you how to make the most of some of our major electronic resources - LION/MLA, Web of Science and image databases such as ArtStor, as well as how to keep up to date in your subject area (useful if you are doing a long project or dissertation).

    There are also two workshops on protecting and promoting yourself on the internet and social media - Who Am I? My Digital Footprint and Manage Your Online Reputation.

    Book your place at

    All sessions will take place in the Library seminar room on Level 1 of the Library. We look forward to seeing you at a workshop.

    Friday, 10 January 2014

    Library Catalogue Downtime - Tuesday 14th January

    Library Catalogue Downtime - Tuesday 14th January The VuFind Library catalogue will be unavailable for a short time between 09.00 and 10.00 on Tuesday 14th January whilst we do an essential server update. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Maintenance work affecting access to electronic resources

    We will be carrying out an essential server update to our EZProxy authentication service on the morning of Tuesday 14th January.

    During this work there will be a short break in service affecting access to ejournals and databases.

    The work will take place between 9.00 and 10.00 in the morning. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Studying literature, poetry, drama, language or linguistics?

    Calling all students studying literature, poetry, drama, language, linguistics and related subjects!

    Our first Saturday workshop of this term is on Getting the best from Literature Online (LION) and MLA International Bibliography, on Saturday 8th Feb. 11.30am - 1pm in the Library seminar room.

    Come along and learn to use these two major resources for your subject area in this workshop that will include some hands-on practice.

    LION contains more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, as well as criticism and reference resources. LION has recently been given a new look so this session will also be relevant for students who have used the database before and want to familiarise themselves with the new interface. The MLA International Bibliography is an index to books, book chapters and journal articles on literature, language and linguistics.

    Book your place and see other Library workshops at the link below

    Thursday, 9 January 2014

    Downtime and a major new look for Web Of Knowledge

    The Web Of Knowledge databases will be intermittently unavailable from Sunday January 12, 2014, 2pm and ending by Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2am.
    This downtime is to allow for a major upgrade to the interface, which will be completely redesigned.

    More details on the changes to follow next week, but here's a sneak preview

    Wednesday, 8 January 2014

    New Student?

    Are you starting a course with us in January?

    Welcome to Birkbeck!

    Find out what the Library offers by watching our video or trying our Library and Information Skills Moodle module.