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1 Using library resources for research Paul Johnson Bedford Library

2 The size of the literature problem Total world science journals –about 100,000 Royal Holloway Library –about 1,500 print and 8,000 online University of London – about 6,000 print titles over all the colleges Science Citation Index (within Web of Science) –about 5,000 titles covered

3 Aids to help with the problem Bibliographic databases Electronic resources Library collections

4 Library Services At Royal Holloway In the University of London In M25 area H.E. institutions SCONUL Access scheme At the British Library By Inter-Library Loan

5 At Royal Holloway ALEPH web catalogue SFX button –links to online resources & other catalogues MetaLib –gateway to the library’s electronic resources

6 Electronic journals All Royal Holloway subscriptions are listed on the Aleph library catalogue and on the MetaLib service Click on SFX for years covered and links Password free from campus network Most accessible off-campus with College/Library barcode and PIN Campus Anywhere allows further access

7 Science Citation Index Available on ISI’s Web of Knowledge service data back to 1970, abstracts from 1991 about 5,000 science journals covered –core journals, those which are heavily cited –citation indexing, trace research through time –save searches for re-use SFX button in full record for RHUL users

8 Scopus Claims to be the “largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources” Covers 25 million abstracts from over 14,000 titles across 4,000 publishers Rival to Web of Science!

9 ZETOC Coverage from 1993 About 20,000 journals on all subjects About 16,000 conference proceedings Indexing service with some abstracts Alerting service

10 MathSciNet Comprehensive database of world mathematical literature from 1940 to date Online version of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications Includes abstracts

11 Electronic Full Text Databases ScienceDirect service for full text of all Elsevier journals since 1995 JSTOR journal archive for major science journals Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Springer series – includes Artificial Intelligence and Bioinformatics sub-series)

12 Other Electronic Databases Online newspaper collection –for items of topical interest Business Source Premier –includes current affairs weeklies, such as Newsweek, Economist Oxford Reference Collection –includes dictionaries of computing, physics, astronomy and mathematics

13 In the University of London Good Computer Science holdings at: –Imperial College –University College Catalogues on the web Full access to read and copy journals

14 Union List of Serials (journals) Shows all journal titles and holdings held at any College in the University. Searchable from the SFX button –your Aleph search is automatically copied over –press + to see the full holdings of a title

15 M25 Web Guide M25 Web Guide at – –search by subject strengths –union search engine for books –direct links to opening hours, access arrangements and online catalogues

16 Other library catalogues Comprehensive union catalogues include: –COPAC: combines the catalogues of 24 major academic research libraries in the UK and Ireland –WorldCat: millions of bibliographic records from libraries worldwide

17 SCONUL Access SCONUL Access card allows all research postgraduates and academic staff access and borrowing rights at most UK university libraries Card obtainable from Royal Holloway library enquiry desks Card also now available for Masters level students

18 The British Library At St Pancras Library of last resort Complete holdings of U.K. print publications Good holdings of journals, but not all in London Catalogue on the web - check before applying

19 Inter-library loans Vouchers available from department Submit to library help desk or online via library catalogue (my account)

20 Resources on the Web Useful links from the Library’s MetaLib resources pages Intute gateway for science, engineering and technology: BUBL catalogue of internet resources for computing: Google Scholar: “a simple way to search for scholarly literature”: Scirus: “the most comprehensive science-specific search engine available on the Internet”: http://www.scirus.com

21 RefWorks Web based bibliographic software package that allows you to –Organise your research –Include citations while you write your paper –Build a bibliography in a variety of formats –Import references from many data sources Guides to citing internet resources at: –

22 Contact details –Paul Johnson, Information Consultant –Room 2-08 Bedford Library –01784 414424 –

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