Thursday, 30 October 2014

myResource Lists

The Library provides an online reading list service, myResource Lists, with links to electronic resources such as journal articles, ebooks and websites in addition to items physically held in the library. You can search for your reading lists by course, lecturer and department. For more information, please see our short introductory video on the myResource Lists homepage.

How do I access myResource Lists on & off campus?

You can access these in the following ways:
  • Via the Reading List link in your MOLE course menu
  • Via the My services menu in MUSE
  • From the Library web pages, under the A to Z link
  • From the StarPlus homepage

What do I do if I have any problems, or can’t find a myResource list for my course? Email: 

Friday, 24 October 2014

StarPlus for all: basics and more

StarPlus, the Library catalogue, can be accessed from your MUSE account (under My services) or from the Library webpages at:

Remember to sign in by clicking on the University members link at the top of the page. This will give you full access to resources and features including the e-Shelf and your online Library account.

Search under the University Collections tab to find: books, ebooks, journals, theses and multimedia.  Enter keywords into the search box then refine your results later.

Use the Articles and More tab to search for journal articles from databases.  All results shown will be available for you to access. However, you can also choose to include results without full text online access.

Top tips

  • Use quotation marks when searching for a phrase, e.g. “global warming”.
  • Use an asterisk at the end of a word to represent alternative endings.  For example, educat* will search for: education, educating, educational etc.
  • Use the e-Shelf to organise, print, email and push your search results into reference management software. Add search results to your e-Shelf by clicking on the star icon (located on the left of each search result).
  • To request a book that is out on loan, click on the Get It tab and then click Request (top left of window).
  • Look at the Subject Guides to identify the key databases and online resources for your subject area. Link to the Subject Guides from the home page of StarPlus.
  • Search for and connect to databases from the University Collections tab.
  • Take a look at our StarPlus tutorial to learn more.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Searching for your research project

Need to search for literature for a research project?

Start with a search for books on the StarPlus University Collections tab.

Then move onto searching for journal articles. The Articles and More tab in StarPlus defaults to search Primo Central- a general, multidisciplinary database. This will give you quick, quality results. Make sure you have signed into StarPlus by clicking University members at the top of the page.

For a more specific search, use databases. Find the databases useful to you on your Subject Guide: Subject Guides also give links to other relevant information sources.

Search tips: Make sure you think about your keywords and any alternative words or spellings that could be used. Learn more about constructing your search here:

Use the Find It buttons in databases to check access (Print and electronic) to articles of interest.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Planned Industrial Action at the British Library (St Pancras and Boston Spa)

A one day strike will be taking place at the British Library’s buildings at St Pancras and Boston Spa on Wednesday 15 October 2014.  There is likely to be significant disruption to the Reading Room Services at St Pancras. The Boston Spa Reading Room is planning to be open but there may be disruption to the services.  There might also be a delay in the delivery of some collection items to St Pancras Reading Rooms on Thursday 16 October.

It is advisable to check any changes to opening hours and available services.

For further information and updates please see here

Updates can also be found on Twitter: @britishlibrary