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Welcome to the Library . References and what they mean How to find out what the library has Where your books and journals are Electronic books and journals Borrowing and returning. Finding Academic Literature. Rowena Stewart Liaison Librarian Tel: 0131 650 5207.

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Welcome to the Library

References and what they mean

How to find out what the library has

Where your books and journals are

Electronic books and journals

Borrowing and returning

Finding Academic Literature

Rowena StewartLiaison 0131 650 5207


Which Library holds the Counselling print Collection?

The Main Library holds the print collection for Health in Social Science (also Medicine and most of the Arts and Humanitites Collections).

There is the department library: Psychology & Philosophy Library in the Psychology Building (7 George Square)



Library card is your swipe card.

The barcode on the front is the library bit.

Your library number is beneath and starts 20150…

Self issue and return machines


HUB Collection – ground Floor

Other books – levels 2 and 3

library catalogue e journal pages
Library Catalogue & e-journal pages

The library catalogue tells you the books and journals in the University’s libraries.

  • The library catalogue does not need any login details
  • you can get to it from any web connection.
  • For some journals the library pays for full-text on the web.
  • The library catalogue tells you if we have a book or a journal in print or in electronic format.

Library catalogue only machines – no login required

book reference

Looks like:

i) Author (year) Book title, Place:publisher

ii) Chapter author, Chapter title, in: Book (ed), Book title, Place:Publisher, pages

Bond T. (2010) Standards and ethics for counselling in action, London:SAGE.

Macaskie J. (2008) Working with transference in counselling, in: Dryden, W, & Reeves A.(eds) Key issues for counselling in action, Los Angeles:SAGE pp147-159.

On the library catalogue or ejournal web pages look for the:

Author (or editor) of the whole book

Titleof the whole book

The rest of the information helps you decide if what the library has is exactly the same book and which chapter or pages of the book to read.

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

borrowing books1
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
article reference

Articles report the methodology, results and conclusions of a piece of recent research in a specific area of study

A reference to an article looks like:

Article author (year), article title, journal title, volume, issue, pages

Saxon, D., Ricketts, T. and Heywood, J. (2010) Who drops-out? Do measures of risk to self and to others predict unplanned endings in primary care counselling? Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 10(1), 13-21.

On the library catalogue or ejournal web pages look for the: Journal title

The rest of the information helps you decide if the library has the issue of the journal you need and where in that issue to find the article you want to read.

off campus access to online collection
Off-campus access to online collection
  • Through EASE (authentication) / MyEd (portal)
  • VPN – access to University network + wireless access
inter library loan ill for what we don t have
Inter-Library Loan (ILL) for what we don’t have

Visiting Other Libraries

National Library of Scotland, Other University Libraries, etc

Check with them before you go:

  • What you need to get in,
  • Whether they have what you need/are open when you want to visit
  • Whether they need prior notice to fetch what you what

via ILLiad -

£5 per request received

payment – e-payment request

Intra-library loans – free

examples for learning about the library catalogue and what it tells you
Examples for learning about the library catalogue and what it tells you

Mearns, D. & Thorne, B. (2007) Person-centred counselling in action (3rd ed) London:SAGE, pp242.

  • How many copies are there?
  • On what floors of the Main Library would you find the copies?
  • What is the shelfmark you need to find the book on the shelf?
  • Are there copies of the earlier edition(s) available?

2) Can you find any books in the library which would help you on the topic “interpersonal process recall”?

  • 3) Wills, W. (2006) Cognitive therapy: a down-to-earth and accessible approach, In: Sills (2006) Contracts in counselling and psychotherapy, 2nd ed, London:Sage, pp187.
  • Page 54: The first condition is met when two people are in sufficient contact ‘that each makes some perceived difference in the experiential field of the other’ (Rogers 1957b: 96).
    • What would you look for to read more of what Rogers was proposing?
    • Does the library have it?

Bennetts, C. (2003) Self-evaluation and self-perception of student learning in person-centred counselling training within a higher education setting, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 31(3), 305-323.

Rogers, C.R. (1957) The necessary and sufficient conditions of therapeutic personality change, Journal of Consulting Psychology, 21(2): 95-103.

finding academic information
Finding Academic Information

Knowing what you’re looking for

Catalogue vs bibliographic databases

Reading the full-text

Citing references

I’ll just Google it

what information do you need
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

Information Sources to help you

  • What you know already, friends, colleagues, supervisors…
  • Books – overview to date of publication.
  • Dictionaries and Encyclopaedia – don’t cite Wikipedia
  • Websites – specialised sites, general search engine
  • Abstracting and Indexing/Bibliographic Databases

Study spaces in the Libraries

There are variety of study areas.

Some can be booked via the MyEd “Student Study Space” channel

There is a Postgraduate study area on the 5th floor of the Main Library.

academic literature databases
Academic Literature databases

Library catalogue and e-journal pages tell you what journals we have, eg Aging and Mental Health

But, not who has published what in those journals, eg Ho’s article ‘A peer counselling program for the elderly with depression living in the community in 2007.

The Library buys access to academic literature databases because they are designed for this.

  • 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

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

Choose the subject guides to go to pages with databases and more.

Searcher for quick searches and probable full-text

A-Z list and databases by subjects

finding academic literature
Finding academic literature
  • If you are not finding anything to read use broader words and phrases from your brainstorming exercises. Also:
  • use what you find to add to your search terms
  • read the appropriate references in useful papers

Using Google to find things to read is fine but…

…assess the information before you use it in your work, for:

  • Currency - Can you tell when the information was posted/produced? Does it matter?
  • Relevancy
  • Accuracy - Is there information included you know is inaccurate?
  • Authority - Do you trust the author of the information? Is it produced to the level you need for the work you’re doing.
  • Objectivity - Is there bias? What are the author's alliances and affiliations?

Academic literature databases let you skip some steps because they provide access to academically or professionally approved material.

 you just have to decide if what you’ve found is relevant.

citing references
Citing References
  • Provide enough information for someone else to find what you have read and present the information consistently. To:
  • Allow those reading the record of what you’ve done, to read the sources you have read.
  • Credit and show you have read the key relevant work and are able to use it to support your arguments/move on.
  • Avoid plagiarism.
  • There are conventions and styles to help you do this. Follow the examples your supervisor/lecturers request.
  • There is reference management software which may help, eg EndNote.


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.



Rowena Stewart, rm1406 JCMB

Tel: 0131 650 5207


Subject guide for Nursing

ISiskills –

IT and Information Skills –


Boolean logic for combining search terms

Raspberry ice cream (1)

All foods with raspberries (100)

All flavours of ice cream (100)

Ice cream AND raspberries (1)

raspberries OR ice cream (199)

Ice cream NOT raspberries (99)