Library staff have created a variety of videos to help you use our services.
These range from the Welcome video we offer to new users, to specific help with searching for information and how to use subject specific online databases to find journal articles.
To view the videos on this page in full screen, click on full screen in the bottom right hand corner.
This video will show you how to navigate the MMU Library website.
This is the library homepage which can be accessed from the URL onscreen.
here you can find the library’s email address and phone number You can also start an instant messenger chat with library staff for any queries that can’t be solved by the following webpages.
If you need to find resources including books, journal articles and newspaper articles, the library search box in the middle of the page enables you to find these via the Library Catalogue.
Simply type a keyword to start searching.
The advanced search link under the box allows you to carry out more complex searches.
And if you click on databases A-Z you can access databases or search engines to find journal articles on a specific topic.
Click on the ejournals link…
…to browse journal publications.
The subject guides link…
…allows you to access a help guide for your subject area.
Your guide will contain links to subject databases which contain relevant journal articles, videos and provide help with finding books.
You can also contact your librarian to ask for advice on how to research your assignments.
If we return to the library homepage we can explore the reading list link.
Or click on “My library account” to reserve and renew books and pay fines. You can ring or email the library for your 4 digit PIN to log in.
The library catalogue allows you to search for books and eBooks and place reservations if a book is on loan. Click on the Help link to access generic guides on EndNote or Referencing for example.
At the top of the page you can also access information by clicking on the menu boxes.
Click on ‘In the library’ to find our opening hours and floor plans, information about photocopying, printing and scanning. You can also check PC availability at both our Manchester and Crewe campuses online.
Click on ‘services for different library users’ …
…to access help and information for disabled users, distance learners, external students and new library users.
By selecting the “Loans” tab, you can find out more about borrowing books and also about our laptop loan service.
The resources tab…
…includes the links that are also accessible from underneath the Library search box such as Subject Guides and Reading lists.
In addition, you can access a Help guide for Library search which provides access to an introductory video and you can access all of our guides via an alphabetical list.
Click on Topic guides…
…and this will show you information about accessing eBooks, boosting your employability, newspapers, statistics sources and more.
From the resources tab you can also access a help guide for Endnote, get instant answers searching our FAQs and get help with logging into our resources. You can also click on Infoskills to book onto workshops to help you with Referencing, Endnote and dissertation preparation.
You can access an Infoskills online tutorial and view our full video collection from this guide by selecting “library videos”.
Click on referencing to access resources designed to make this easier.
The final box at the top of the homepage, ‘About’ provides you with contact details for library staff, allows you to provide feedback about the library service and access the latest library news.
Finally, you can click on the social media icons on the right hand side to stay up to date with the library and access more help videos via our YouTube channel.
For more help and information please ask a member of staff in the Library.
Looking down the new list of results, we can see that they are all eBooks with full text online.
If you haven’t done so previously, you will be asked to log in using your network ID and your password.
This will bring back a list of all the pages where your term occurs and you simply click the page number to be taken directly to that page. Your search term will be highlighted.
Google is by far the most popular search engine on the internet. You are probably familiar with its basic search function. Yet, most of us are unaware of the advanced search function offered by Google. Google’s advanced search allows users to have more control over their searches and in this video; we will look at how it can be used to retrieve better results.
For example, when researching a topic like TECHNOLOGY BASED LEARNING you may have trouble finding relevant information. The first thing to do is enter your keywords into the basic search and click enter.
By just using these key words, Google has found over 110 million results. Not all of these results may be suitable sources of information to use for an assignment. Therefore, I am going to use the advanced search function to see if I can get results that are more relevant. On a Desktop PC or Laptop, the advanced search link is easily accessible via the box in the top right hand corner with a cog on it. By clicking on this, you will find several search settings including the link to the advanced search.
If you are using a mobile or tablet to carry out your search, the way you access the google advanced search menu is slightly different. There is no cog. Instead scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the settings button. After clicking on this you will see the advanced search link.
Google advanced search allows you to narrow down and refine your search. In this instance, one tool that works particularly well is the site or domain function. This will limit the search to results from a certain domain. This field is excellent when required to use information from government (.gov.uk) and educational (.ac.uk) sites. In this case, we are going to search using .gov.uk. The final field I am going to use is the “file type”; this limits the search to a particular type of document. By limiting this field to “Adobe Acrobat PDF”, I should only get PDFs in my results, which is the most common format for published documents. Now when I click the advanced search button I will see a big difference in the results found.
As you can see, the results have narrowed down from over 110 million to just under 70,000 and my results only contain links straight to PDFs, which are all from the government.uk websites. You can improve your search further by customising the results to within a certain timeframe. Firstly click on search tools and a drop down menu will appear. Next, select the anytime dropdown and then custom range
As it is usually best to search for up to date research for assignments, I can customise the date range to search for information published within the past five years, to do this I will enter 2011 in the from box and then select Go.
My results now range from information published on the internet from the 1st of January 2011 up to the present date.
For more help and information please ask a member of staff in the library or visit the library website.
This video will inform you how to locate statistical resources via the Library website. From the statistics web page, there are several links to freely available statistical resources. These include . . .
The CIA World Factbook which provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transport, military, and transnational issues for 267 countries.
Eurostat, which is the statistical office of the European Union and provides information on general and regional themes; economy and finance, population and social conditions, industry, trade, agriculture, transport, environment and science across the EU.
The Office for national statistics which provides UK data on all aspects of Agriculture and the Environment, Business and Energy, Children education and skills, crime and justice, economy, government, health and social care, the labour market, people and places, population and travel and transport.
And several other resources are linked to on this page including The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s statistics site, UK social trends and regional trends, and the UK data service.
Each of these statistical resources are quite simple to use and generally have the option to search by country, . . . Or by theme Or by keyword . . .
In addition to the resources listed on the Library’s Statistical Information page, you may also be able to locate some statistical content via the Library’s subscribed subject databases….
These are available by clicking on the ‘Databases A-Z’ link from the Library home page.
For more help and information, please ask a member of staff in the library or visit the library website.