Friday, 21 March 2014

StarPlus tools for learning - more than a library catalogue!

StarPlus is now established as the University Library resource discovery service and catalogue, providing access to digital and print resources in the Library and beyond. 

StarPlus also includes a number of tools to support collaborative learning and resource sharing, as well as enabling individuals to organise and personalise content they discover.

You can add favourite items on StarPlus to your personal e-Shelf. These can then be organised into folders, printed, emailed or added to reference management software. You can also add notes to individual items or folders on your e-Shelf. 

It’s also possible to add tags, reviews and ratings to all items on StarPlus. These will be visible to other users, and are a means of enabling collaboration and sharing in resource discovery. Facebook users can use the Like button to tell their followers about something they’ve found on StarPlus.
If you have a look at the popular tags on StarPlus at the moment, you’ll see that some users have started to use module codes as tags. 

You’ll see a link to StarPlus on your Services menu in MUSE, and before you get started, remember that to access these tools, you must sign in to StarPlus by clicking the link marked University members in the top right corner. To find out more about using StarPlus effectively, have a look at the guide in the Information Skills Resource.

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