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Library Introduction. Finding what you want to read in the library Getting what the Library doesn’t have. Rowena Stewart, Liaison Librarian Tel: 0131 650 5207. Which Library holds your print Collections?.

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Library Introduction

  • Finding what you want to read in the library
  • Getting what the Library doesn’t have

Rowena Stewart, Liaison 0131 650 5207


Which Library holds your print Collections?

The Main Library holds the print collections for Health in Social Science and Medicine (plus most of the Arts and Humanities Collections).

  • Western General and RIE have libraries too.

Intra-library loans for material in other sites

  • There are department libraries, eg Psychology & Philosophy Library in the Psychology Building (7 George Square)

Finding what you want in the Library

Library Catalogue

  • print and electronic resources
  • renew books on loan

Electronic Journal webpages

 Electronic journals only

 slightly more up to date than the library catalogue

When you have a reference (or citation) for what you want to read, use:

which library
Which Library?

On the Library homepage at

Library Catalogue

  • print journals and (online or print) books
  • renew books on loan

Library tab on MyEd

which bits of a reference to use
Which bits of a reference to use?
  • Burnard, P. (2011) Nursing research in action: developing basic skills (3rd ed) Basingstoke:Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Peters, L. and Sellick, K.(2006) Quality of life of cancer patients receiving inpatient and home-based palliative care, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 53(5): 524-33.
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Which bits of a reference to use?

Book - use title or author.

Journal article - use the journal name.

  • Don’t type in The or An etc from the beginning of a book or journal title
borrowing books
Borrowing Books
  • 40 books (including up to 3 Reserve books)
  • Standard loan = 12 weeks.
  • Short loan = 1 week
  • Reserve books = up to 3 hours or overnight
  • Most books (excluding Reserve books) may be renewed up to 5 times

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Borrowing Books
  • Fines for overdue books
  • - 20p per day for standard books
  • - 50p per day for short loan books
  • - £1 per day for overdue recalled books
  • (- 2p per minute for overdue reserve books)
  • 5 days grace applies to overdue standard loan books
    • on day 6, fine is added at cost of 6 days overdue.
    • no grace period for overdue recalled books
  • For books you want to read but which are on loan:
  • Ask library staff to recall them for you
online collection
Online Collection
  • Many thousands of journals online
    • Not always bought from every available host site
    • Not always bought for access from volume 1 to now
  • Check electronic journals pages – not the default tab

e journals

In the e-journal pages you can search, browse or look at subject groupings.

The library catalogue takes you to the journal or a page from which to choose the link you need.

off campus access to online collection
Off-campus access to online collection

Through EASE (authentication) / MyEd (portal)

If you’ve not logged in and can’t get full-text you can try this… …but better information via Library tools.

University of Edinburgh EASE

VPN– access to University network + wireless access

Eduroam – JANET Roaming Service – secure internet access from eduroam-enabled institution around the world.

Use eduroam not central to connect to “normal” campus network.

inter library loan ill for what we don t have
Inter-Library Loan (ILL) for what we don’t have
  • 20 free per year
  • [30 for research postgraduates, 5 for undergraduates]
  • then £5 per request received

  • “Intra-library loan” - get material from other UoEdinburgh libraries sent to KB
  • same form
  • FREE
finding academic information
Finding Academic Information

Catalogue vs bibliographic databases

Reading the full-text

Citing references

bibliographic databases
Bibliographic databases

Library catalogue and e-journal pages tell you what journals we have, eg Journal of Advanced Nursing

But, not who has published what in those journals, eg Shahoei et al’s article ‘Safe passage’: pregnant Iranian Kurdish women’s choice of childbirth method in the current (Oct11) issue.

Bibliographic (or abstracting and indexing (A&I)) databases are designed to do this; they have the content and the functions and features.

  • Contain information about the contents of a range of publications (abstracts, journal articles, book chapters, reports and standards). Often subject specific.
  • Perform sophisticated searches with strong search functions


Bibliographic databases provide references/citations for material and often abstracts or summaries as well but only link out to full-text

databases for reviewing the literature
Databases for Reviewing the Literature

You will need at some stage to find out what has already been published in your research field:


  • Information on articles from thousands of nursing journals.

Cochrane Library

- full-text of Cochrane systematic reviews and citations to other review articles.


  • National Library of Medicine’s database of articles from thousands of medicine and related journals and other academic literature.


  • references to articles from thousands of psychology and related journals, conference proceedings, etc.

The Knowledge Network – NHS Scotland portal to ejournals and databases


Reading the Full-text

  • Try any links which seem as if they will give you full-text.
  • Treat like a normal reference and use the library catalogue

Because we may have what you want:

  • online from a different site
  • In print

Inter-Library Loan (ILL) for material we don’t have at all

where to find out about databases
Where to find (out about) databases

Searcher (default tab) for quick searches and probable full-text

Subject guides to go to pages which include this presentation.

A-Z list and lists by subject

suggest the library buys something
Suggest the Library buys Something


Journals – me (Liaison Librarian)

or library rep: Jilly Taylor

citing references
Citing References

What information do you need?

Think what you need to read about and identify the major subjects areas.

  • Think of words and phrases associated with these major subjects.


  • acronyms, synonyms and alternative spellings.
  • formal and informal terms (myocardial infarction and heart attack)
  • broader and also more specific terms

There is reference management software which may help, eg

EndNote, RefMan



Printing and photocopying - paid via your Print account which you can top up via the machines, asking library staff and via MyEd’s Online Print Credit channel.

uCreate provides multimedia and specialist IT facilities on a self-service basis including printing posters.



When you start thinking about the literature review for your dissertation, please get in touch if you would like a run through of the resources available to you and how you can get the best out of them.

Rowena Stewart, rm1406 JCMB, The King’s Buildings

Tel: 650 5207


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