Thursday, 22 May 2008

Would you like to be notified when new information in your subject area is published?

Subscribe to an alerting service and you will be informed when newly published material is added to a database or website.
- some alerts have a pre-defined topic, for example, the latest news, marketing articles etc.
- some databases allow you to customize your alert to cover your topic or a journal's latest contents page.

Alerts can be set up for receipt by E-mail or RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication)

To access more information go to Find Journal Articles (Databases) and select the menu option: how do I set up alerts?

Please leave a comment to let us know whether this service is useful.

What do you think about ebooks?

ECU library has recently been expanding its collection of eBooks (electronic books - books available online). This strategy supports an already extensive online journal collection and is part of an ongoing initiative to assist with the students need for flexible access to library resources. Some eBooks are bought as individual titles and others are selected as part of a package. Some are purchased in addition to print copies. Through the current trial with EBL, access to eBooks is available on a pay by use option, where the book is purchased after a number of usages.

If you haven't used one, then try a search in the library catalogue. Use the keyword option and type in a keyword ebook, for example health ebook.

We would love to know what you think about ebooks. Good or bad, please leave your comment or ask a question if you prefer. We will respond to the Blog.

Extended Study/Exam week opening hours

For students convenience, during study and exam weeks, the library will be extending its opening hours.

From Monday 26th May until Friday 20th June, the library will be opening until 10.00pm Monday to Thursday. In addition the library will open at 10.00am on Saturday mornings.

Friday and Sunday openings will remain the same.

Monday, 12 May 2008

New look JSTOR

JSTOR has a new interface. Now ECU staff and students can set up their own profiles within JSTOR. This allows saving citations to individual JSTOR accounts, where they will be stored indefinitely. Citations can also be exported to EndNote, or sent via email. JSTOR now offers its articles in a single PDF for printing and the new thumbnail images of articles makes it easier to see articles at a glance, and to select particular pages within articles.

JSTOR stands for “Journal Storage” is a trusted digital archive for scholars, preserving over 1000 academic journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences. JSTOR doesn’t usually include the most recent issues of journals (3 to 5 years) Each journal issue included, is scanned in its entirety, from Volume one, Issue one and retains all interesting art, illustrations and graphs. The oldest content in JSTOR was published in 1665. Definitely worth looking at!

Friday, 9 May 2008

EndNote XI training

An EndNote Xl training session for beginners will be offered in the Joondalup Campus Library Training Room Level 1 on the 20th May at 11.00am.

To register,sign-up on the sheet at the Loans desk or email Lynette Hirsch to register interest.

Library priorities document available

The Library and information planning priories for 2008 - 2010 have been outlined in a document just made available today.

Our long term goals are to:-

(1)Continually improve library and information services, increasing student and staff satisfaction and enhancing library support for learning and research.

(2)Improve support for Edith Cowan University’s research by developing efficient systems and processes and enhancing the collection.

(3)Maintain strong partnerships with local schools, community partners, the professions and the wider Edith Cowan University community.

(4)Continue to develop our people with skills, ability and knowledge to equip them to provide flexible services that meet the expectations of our stakeholders.

(5)Build a relevant and accessible collection that provides strong support to the learning and research goals of the University.

Read the complete document here

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Google Scholar links to full text held at ECU

It is automatic if on campus. Off campus users need to change your Google preferences to Edith Cowan University Library to set up a library link in Google Scholar which lets ECU staff and students link directly to full-text journal articles and books held at ECU.

Follow these steps to set up Library Links in Google Scholar on your own computer:

Click on Scholar Preferences

Type Edith Cowan University Library in the Library Links text box

Check the box next to Edith Cowan University Library - Find It@ECU

Click Save Preferences

Next time you search Google Scholar, you will see a SFX Find It@ECU link below the results. This will take you directly to ECU Library's SFX link to resources.