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Using e-journals

Using the Library catalogue and accessing ejournalsBirkbeck Library

Outline of sessionSearching the Library catalogueFinding items on the Library shelvesReserving booksChecking your Library accountFinding a specific ejournal articleFinding articles on a relevant topicAccessing ejournals from outside College

Using the Library catalogueAccessing the Library catalogueGo to the Library web site:

Searching the Library catalogueYou can search the catalogue for:BooksebooksDVDsVideosPrint journals Note: ejournals are not listed on the catalogue.

Live demo: search for Boddy, David (2011). Management: an introduction. 5th ed. Harlow: Prentice Hall.

boddy management

9 results

Show how to sort by year

Show top record the print copy of the 5th ed. Tell them about the RRC. Point out the collection, shelfmark & status info and availability.Show record 3 e-copy and access.WARN students that there is not an e-copy of every book and the ebook collection is currently small!

5Browsing by subjectDont have a specific book in mind? Search for your topic instead.Use the word cloud to find related terms or spelling variations.The results are displayed by relevance.Sort your results by date to get the mostrecent publications.

Live demo:

cell biology

6Finding items in the LibraryMake a note of the shelfmark.Books are grouped by subject.Newer material has a number reference.Older material has an alphabetical reference.Go to the relevant floor of the Library.Level 1: 001 745.Level 2: 745 865.Level 3: 865 999 and A Z.

Live demo:

cell biology

7Finding items in the LibraryShelfmarks are found onthe spines of the books,videos and DVDs

Live demo:

cell biology

8Reserving booksIf the book you require is out on loan, you can request it.All copies of the book must be out on loan.Enter the barcode from your College ID card.As soon as a copy is returned, the Library will email you.You have 5 days to collect the item from the issue desk.

Reserving books

Checking your Library accountUse the My account facility toSee what items you have on loan.Find out when your items are due back.Renew items already on loan.See if your reserved books are awaiting collection.Check to see if you have any fines.

Checking your Library account

Accessing ejournalsWhat are journals / ejournals?Magazines with academic content.Usually published monthly or quarterly.Contain current research usually primary research.Useful for up-to-date information.Useful for getting a range of different opinions about a subject.Ejournals are online versions of print journals.

Understanding a journal referenceHow can you tell the difference between a book and a journal article when looking at your reading list?Book references usually include the place of publication and the name of the publisher.Journal references include volume and issue details and the page numbers that the article appears on.

Understanding a journal referenceWindsor, D. (2006). Corporate social responsibility: three key approaches. Journal of Management Studies. 43 (1): 93-114.AuthorDateArticle titleJournal nameVolumeIssuePage numbersFinding a specific journal articleMake a note of the name of the journal.Go to the Library web site at and select eLibrary.Type the name of the journal in the ejournal search box.If the Library subscribes, a link to the ejournal will appear.Select the year, volume and then issue that you require.Demonstrate finding Windsor, D. (2006). Corporate social responsibility: three key approaches. Journal of Management Studies. 43 (1): 93-114.17Didnt find the article?Make sure you entered the name of the journal, not the article title.E.g. Novak, S. (2008) How does outsourcing affect performance dynamics? Management Science. 54 (12): 1963-1979.

Didnt find the article?Make sure the date of your article falls within the date range for the link you have selectedE.g. Novak, S. (2008) How Does Outsourcing Affect Performance Dynamics? Management Science. Vol. 54 (12): 1963-1979.

Didnt find the article?If you have checked the title and date and still get a no results message, Birkbeck Library does not subscribe to the journal you require.

Check the Library catalogue for print access.If no print access, contact the Help Desk about using other libraries or interlibrary loans.

Using other librariesSCONUL Access Scheme gives reference access to over 170 Higher Education institutions. Postgraduates often have borrowing rights. Hand in the application form to the Library Help Desk. Union List of Serials searches journal holdings of University of London libraries. articles on a relevant topicIf you dont have a reading list or want to read further, you wont necessarily know which journals to use.Use our ejournal packages to search by keyword(s) to find relevant articles.Go to the Subject Guides at to see lists of resources that are best for your subject.Show a Subject Guide and the list of databases but do not demonstrate22Accessing e-journalsYou need an IT Services username/password To log on to computers inside College.To access e-resources outside College.

Available from IT ServicesHelpdesk, ground floor, Malet Street.Tel: 020 7631 6543Email:

23Accessing ejournals from outside CollegeRegister your PC by setting a cookie.One-off process.Lasts 18 months.Login in with your ITS username and password.


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HelpContact the Library Help Desk.Open 10am 10.30pm Monday Friday.Open 10am 6pm Saturday & Sunday.Tel: 020 7631 6063 Email:

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