Make the most out of your library’s resources

Image link to the library's Academic Skills page.
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/subject-support/

Key resources

Do you have an assignment or research question and don’t know where to start? Search no further, your subject-specific LibGuide is only a few clicks away.

Follow the link above and then choose the Faculty and relevant School. Once you are there you will see the key resources that are provided for you:

Image of the navigation menu displayed in subject guides. It contains a home page, books and e-books, resources for online learning, journals and databases, subject specific resources, special collections and archives, subject help and news.

Navigate to the ‘Journals and Databases’ tab. This will display the databases where you can search for the journal articles that you need. Don’t know how to use this avalanche of links? We have instructions:

Image displaying the contents of the middle tab in the Journals and Databases section. It contains a list of PDF workbooks with instructions to databases.

From the Databases tab, click on the next tab along, in the centre of the screen that reads ‘Journals and Database Help’.

One-to-one help

Is the information too vast and you feel like you’ve hit a wall? You can ask your liaison librarian team for help. From the same navigation menu on the left side of the screen, click on ‘Subject Help and News’. There, you can find the team’s contact details and further down the page, you can request to book a one-to-one consultation with a member of the team.

Academic skills

Do you feel that your academic skills need to be polished a little? Don’t hesitate to look at our Academic Skills page from the Subject Support page:

Image link to the Subject support page displaying the links to guides for the three faculties and Academic Skills.

You will find more guides on this page relating to how to find academic information, reference it, using EndNote, distinguishing between real information and fake news and many more: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/subject-support/faculty.php/?f=other.

Academic Writing

You can also get one-to-one help from the Writing Development Centre if you are struggling with study skills or academic writing.

Library Help

Do you have any specific questions? Please contact us via Library Help where we monitor your live chats and emails or have a look through our FAQs: https://libhelp.ncl.ac.uk/.

Passport market research database – new content available

The Passport database is a key resource for international market research data. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic they have added new relevant content for researchers.

NEW Economic Scenario Model: Explore various coronavirus scenarios that vary by degree of severity to understand the corresponding effects on indicators such as real GDP, disposable income, consumer industries and travel.

Price and Availability Tracker: Analyse data from our pricing intelligence tool, Via, to identify the number of stock keeping units (SKUs), the % of out of stock items and median price index on product categories most impacted by COVID-19.

Analysis and Multimedia: Review expert analysis and listen to our perspective on the pandemic’s impact across industries,
economies and consumers.

Passport Market Research

Access Passport via Library Search.

Gartner Core Reports and Insights

​​​​The Gartner CEO has released a statement regarding the work they’re doing to support students and researchers during these challenging times. They have launched the new COVID-19 Resource Center so you can get regular updates on what is happening with the virus.

They are putting an additional emphasis on critical topics including navigating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, business continuity planning, supply chain management, managing a remote workforce, and financial impacts.
In addition, Gartner have expanded access to include relevant content across the enterprise – HR, Supply Chain, IT, Finance and more.

For help and advice on finding information relating to your research, please contact your Liaison Librarian as we remain available to support you remotely.

Resource in focus: FAME for company information

Why use FAME?
Use it to look for any company related information for assignments, reports or career related research.
Provided by Bureau van Dijk, FAME covers UK and Irish companies. Search for individual companies and create a peer comparison based on a range of criteria. Data in FAME includes company accounts, ratios, activities, ownership and management for the largest 1.9 million UK and Irish companies, summary information for a further 900,000 smaller businesses.

What’s new in FAME?
With a new updated interface, FAME now has integrated and much more user friendly tips and guidance via the Help menu. Embedded support while conducting a search or analysis enables you to become more familiar with how the database works.

The ‘Walk through’ function guides you through each step of your search or analysis as you are using the live system.

There are useful demo videos for each function.

If you have used FAME on the old platform and want to transfer your settings and data, use the new Migrate my data tool to do this.

To access FAME, go to our Company information guide.

As always, your feedback will be very welcome: you can either email it, or leave a comment on this blogpost.

Resource on Trial: Global Consumer Survey

The Statista Global Consumer Survey offers a global perspective on consumption and media usage, covering the offline and online world of the consumer. It is designed to help marketers, planners and product managers understand consumer behavior and consumer interactions with brands.

This resource covers more than 50 industries and topics and includes a tool which allows you to analyse data from different topics and customise them.

To access this resource, click on the link here.

For guidance on how to use it effectively, please see the online tutorial here.

The trial is available until 3rd May 2020. As always, your feedback will be very welcome: you can either email it, or leave a comment on this blogpost.

If you are off-campus, please login to RAS first of all, and then access Global Consumer Survey from a browser within RAS.

The Student Text Collection

The Student Text Collection (or otherwise known as the STC) is the Library’s collection of high-use/popular texts, located on level 2 of the Philip Robinson Library…just on the left as you come in the main entrance:

These texts are normally titles that are popular, core readings, recommended by academics or they are rare texts that we only have one copy of in the whole library.  Either way, there should be one copy in the STC for you to consult or borrow (if not, contact your Liaison Librarian).

Student Text Collection (STC) items are usually issued for 4 hours, and you can borrow a maximum of 3 items at any one time. If the item has already been booked (see below re booking STC) then it might be issued for less than 4 hours – always check the receipt!

At the Philip Robinson Library, STC items can be borrowed until the following morning after 6pm (Monday to Thursday), after 5pm(Friday) or after 4pm (Saturday & Sunday).

At the weekends Walton STC overnight loans start at 5pm. Walton STC items cannot be booked.

Remember, if the only copy left in the library is the STC copy, look to see if an eBook version is available, or an older edition (there is normally very little difference between editions), or maybe a similar text.

Why book an item in the Student Texts Collection (Philip Robinson Library only)?

Booking an item allows you to reserve it for a particular time, then you can borrow it for four hours (or overnight, see above).

To book an item in the STC login to Library Search and follow the Request link next to the item you are looking for (remember to sign in to LibrarySearch first): 

Overdue charges

There is an immediate overdue charge of £1 plus £1 per hour or part hour after that.

Self-issue/return

Philip Robinson Library has a self-service unit in the STC so you can issue your own books (either STC or General loans).

Walton Library has a self-service unit in the STC room for the loan and return of STC items only.

Please remember to take the receipt from the machine which shows the date and time the book is due back. All STC books should be returned on the unit in the STC area (not on other self-issue/return units in the library).

Help on Student Text Collection

Check out our FAQs on the STC or contact us via Library Help if you have any further question.