Responses to Feedback 18 September 2014

18 September, 2014

UoN119840    
I would like to suggest that our university library to install one or two iMac desktops in the postgraduate study room in the Auchmuty library. All the desktops in postgraduate study room are Dells with Windows system, I am sure there is a certain proportion of RHD students are Mac users, it would be great if students have another choice if they want to study there.
The postgraduate study room in Auchmuty library is my favourite place to study in Callaghan campus, if there were Mac computers, it will be better.

I am almost completing my RHD program, I hope this suggestion will be considered and benefit other students.

Thank you for your feedback. We will look to add a mac In the next machine replacement cycle for the Auchmuty pg room. As an interim measure students can borrow macbooks from the AIC for use.
Regards
Alison

 UoN119832    
The new web interface is atrocious! It is confusing, difficult to navigate, often doesn’t find full-text links, doesn’t recognize journals that we have online access to when browsing through google, it is not easy to use database tools etc.
PLEASE RESTORE OLD INTERFACE! THE POINT OF A WEBSITE IS NOT TO LOOK FUNKY BUT TO BE FUNCTIONAL IE., EASY TO USE AND SAVE TIME/EFFORT!
This is everything but!

Dear Professor Karayanidis
Thank you for your feedback about the new Library website and catalogue interface – NewCat+. We are sorry that you find it confusing and difficult to navigate.
The major difference between NewCat+ and the old catalogue is the ability to search most of our journal databases with a single search. This is something students and staff had been requesting for a long time. With the previous version of Newcat it was not possible to search at an article level. Instead users had to search each database individually. The introduction of this enhancement meant a shift to a new interface to accommodate article level search and some other new functions.

NewCat+ now has the ability to search across a hugely increased number and type of items and we understand that the new way of searching can be confusing at first. We have also experienced some early teething problems and will continue to implement progressive refinements to help make the system easier to use. Tips for searching are available at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/library/learn/newcat-search-tips
and staff are also available to help at the information desks and via online chat. You may also like to contact your Faculty Librarian, for further assistance. Ann Stokes, the Faculty librarian for Science is currently on leave, however Michael Carr is available to provide assistance while she is away.

Cheers,
Catherine Moffat

UoN119799    
Hi, the following link does not work for accessing the Journal of Marketing via “Full text may be available 2000 to present in American Marketing Association Journals”:
http://ezproxy.newcastle.edu.au/login?url=http://journals.ama.org/loi/…etc

which then brings up the following message for work needed by the library for this to happen:
http://ezproxy.newcastle.edu.au/login?url=http://journals.ama.org/loi/…etc

Can you please attend to this and let me know when it has been addressed?

Thanks

Hi Phillip.
The link for this has now been amended.

http://ezproxy.newcastle.edu.au/login?url=http://journals.ama.org/loi/…etc

Regards,
Erin Bright

UoN119762    
It would be helpful for Occupational Therapy students if you had the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention as an online resource for students.

Hi,
Thanks for your suggestion. I have requested details of the subscription cost of this journal, then will seek advise from the OT discipline regarding commencing a subscription.

In the meantime, you can request any required articles from this journal via ArticleReach – please see the link from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/library/borrow/borrowing-from-other-librar…etc

Thank you,
Debbie

UoN119748    
The male toilets adjacent to the Huxley Library are in need of renovation. There is always a shortage of paper towel, therefore the new Blade hot air hand dryers are preferable and reduce wasted paper towel and are there all the time so that hands can be washed and dried. this toilet facility still has the door that needs to be opened by hand to get in and out. Whats the use of washing you hands etc when yo then have to grab the dirty door handle to open the door and leave? Perhaps the Huxley toilets could be renovated to be like the toilets near the Mamaduke cafe? These toilets have a walk in/out entrance and hand dryers and multiple toilet cubicles. At the vry least please consider installing hand dryers to promote health and hygiene on the campus.

Hi,
Thank you for the feedback. The toilets in the Hunter building are maintained by the University’s Facilities Management department. I will forward your concern onto them.

Regards,
Leone

UoN119738    
Dear Library Manager,
After filling in the library survey and collecting my voucher,I have not been able to redeem my free “regular hot beverage” due to the fact that for me, my regular drink contains soy milk. An unsatisfactory “we don’t do extras” with no other explanation was given by cafe staff. I even offered to pay the difference for the soy milk. I then asked library staff who firstly told me they probably couldn’t do anything about it. After they went and checked I was then told that the cafe couldn’t make it as they had no button on their till to make small additions like soy milk. I found this confusing as I have always been charged for soy milk and extra shots of coffee. They are always able to add on small additions in these cases? I spoke again to library staff on Friday afternoon ( I found her very helpful) and am now emailing you in the hope of resolving this matter. I would like my free hot beverage as advertised on my voucher, or I would like my survey input to be taken out of the system please.

Kind Regards
Sally

Hi Sally,
I’m sorry you were unable to get your coffee with soy. The Library negotiated with the cafes at each campus to pay for hot drinks for students to the cost of a regular hot beverage. We thought this would mean people who wanted additions such as soy that would normally cost more than a regular drink would be able to pay the difference. However this turned out not to be the case. I believe the issue is that as the Library is paying for the free drink there is no way for the cafe to register a small extra cost separately. We will certainly take this into account for future promotions.

I’ll contact you separately via your email to work out a way to resolve the matter for you.

Cheers,
Catherine Moffat

UoN119724    
Hi,
I do love the uon libraries, and I don’t know if others have had this problem or not, but it is pretty frustration:
For some reason when using library computers the internet is non-functional.
This happens when I go to google (not sure why bing is the default search engine) and search for something,
the results come up yet when I click on a link and it tries to load the page, and it seems like it times out with the
message “IE cannot display webpage”. This problem occurs 95-100% of the time, and usually happens even when I try to access even the google home page itself.
I’m a first year student and did open foundation, and have found this happening for all of my time here,
no matter if I’m in Auchmuty, Huxley, AIC, Ourimbah..
It making internet searching/surfing non-functional, a waste of time, and leaves me with
the question what’s the point in having internet access if it’s unfunctional

Regards

Thank you for your feedback. We are aware of the network slowness problems, but unfortunately it’s not something the Library has any control over.
I have passed on your feedback to IT and am awaiting a response.

UoN119718    
I’d like to make a complaint about the Librarians in the city campus law/music library. The library is a quiet study space and the Librarians are always gossiping loudly and are extremely rude to students, especially international students. It is usually my favourite place to study in the city as it has a good vibe and is usually quiet with the exception of the noisy rude Librarians. I often have to wear earplugs to drown them out or try to get myself a spot inside one of the group study spaces. I now no longer study in there because it is getting so bad.

Thank you for your feedback . I have discussed your concerns with the City Campus Library Manager. The Library is a difficult place to zone due to its layout. The Av room is the designated silent study area and more silent spaces have been created outside in the library foyer . An additional study room has been created to assist with study needs.
Kind Regards
Alison


Responses to Feedback 11 August 2014

11 August, 2014

UoN119546    
Set-up an online payment system so library fines can be paid without coming into the university or taking a staff members time to process a transaction.

Thank you for your suggestion. We are investigating online payments.

UoN119468
I am finding it difficult to comprehend the timing of scheduling mulitiple school research classes in the library silent rooms during the last week of uni when assignments are due and exams are about to be held. There are only two spaces with computers that are silent and today both of them are used for a significant period of time with a class that perhaps could be done at either earlier or later in the semester. What is the point of coming to campus if there are no spaces to use where real work can be accomplished without listening to people inane chatter. Very frustrating

Thank you for your feedback. There are other quiet study computer labs in the Library which you can use when the Training Lab is booked for classes. If you find it hard to access one when in the Library please contact one of the Library staff and they will help direct you to a quiet area. You can also borrow a laptop from the Library and continue with your work in silent study areas downstairs that have no desktop computers. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are still having problems.

UoN119620    
I’m not sure if this is the best forum for this, but the email function on Newcat doesn’t work. I have tried many times to email lists of books to my student mail so I can print the list out and find the books on the shelves, but I have never received a single email. I have checked my spam folders and they aren’t in there.

Is it possible to get this function fixed? It is very annoying to spend over an hour tracking down books on the catalogue only to discover that I have to repeat the process from scratch once I get to uni.

Thank you for your feedback we are investigating the problem.

 


Responses to Feedback 16 June 2014

17 June, 2014

UoN119426    
I have spent a lot of time in the library and spoken to a lot of librarians over the last 3 years. My attempts to unlock to vast treasure of resources available but not often visible to the naked eye (or student) have often been immensely frustrating but always the librarian has there to help. Each one has been helpful and kind but I would like to recommend highly a particular librarian who has often aided me in cracking the code of learning. Her name is Ruth and her open personality, extensive knowledge of research and her tenacity has assisted me enormously. Thank you for having people of her standard at the desk it is an enormous help when students get stuck.
Sharon

Thank you for your feedback

UoN119335
Hello, I am an ex student which means I can still borrow books doesn’t it. I really only want to access digital info, Peter

Hi Peter
As an ex-student, you can rejoin the Library as an alumni borrower. More information is provided here: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/library/borrow/other-users/alumni

Please note that this does not include access to the Library’s electronic resources. We do, however, offer free access to a large selection of electronic resources in-Library from our Library catalogue terminals as part of our Walk-in User policy (no off-campus access). More information can be found here: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/95006/walk-in-…etc

If you require electronic access from home, the best option may be through the State Library of NSW. They offer NSW rate payers free access to their databases, etc, and you can sign up online. The PDF above has the link for the State Library included.

Hope this helps

UoN119329    
I understand that this is very expensive, even for a rare book. Still, if you knew how impoverished the library’s ethnomusicology collection – in particular its Aboriginal music collection – is, then it might not seem so bad. This is one of the three key texts on Aboriginal music, and the library holds not one of them.
If you like, i’ll get staff members from Wollotuka (Ray Kelly) and the Conservatorium (Helen English and Catherine Grant) to support the request, since they have all been involved (along with Philip Matthias) in the Aboriginal music course that is currently being run at Wollotuka. I have not (yet) been directly involved, although my own research in this area is undoubtedly going to be relevant and useful to future re-runs of the course (which i’ll be participating in at the end of this week).

Dear James,
We are purchasing the requested item
The essence of singing and the substance of song : recent responses to the Aboriginal performing arts and other essays in honour of Catherine Ellis / edited by Linda Barwick, Allan Marett, Guy Tunstill
https://encore.newcastle.edu.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3504178

You will be notified on arrival
kind regards
Ruth

UoN119450    
I have noticed for the first time that librarians are not present this weekend. I have been here both days and there has been no one to ask a referencing or research question to. This is an invaluable tool and I am dissappointed that it is not available especially during exam and assignment time

Thank you for your feedback. I am glad to inform you there is a Librarian online from 10am -3pm Saturdays and Sundays, you can email them your request or chat with them online at http://uon.altarama.com/web/public/index_with_refchatter.html. The Library has resources online that can also assist you with your referencing issues. Please check http://www.newcastle.edu.au/library/learn/referencing and you will get information on all different styles of referencing.


Responses to Feedback 29 May 2014

29 May, 2014

UoN119336  
Hello, I am an ex student which means I can still borrow books doesn’t it. I really only want to access digital info, Peter

Hi Peter
As an ex-student, you can rejoin the Library as an alumni borrower. More information is provided here: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/library/borrow/other-users/alumni

Please note that this does not include access to the Library’s electronic resources. We do, however, offer free access to a large selection of electronic resources in-Library from our Library catalogue terminals as part of our Walk-in User policy (no off-campus access). More information can be found here: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/95006/walk-in-user-guide.pdf

If you require electronic access from home, the best option may be through the State Library of NSW. They offer NSW rate payers free access to their databases, etc, and you can sign up online. The PDF above has the link for the State Library included.

Hope this helps

UoN119239
Hi, I log in to Get It, and it displays my name, but when I try to request something it tells me I’m not logged in or my session has expired. (it hasn’t) It is hard enought to find Get It, and when I do, it doesn’t work. :-( PS What is the differene between Bonus and Get It? why have 2 systems?

Hi Sally,
Firstly ensure that you are accessing Get It from our new link which is located on the Borrowing from Other Libraries page (see link below)

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/library/borrow/borrowing-from-other-libraries

Ensure you are not accessing the Get It service using an old bookmark as we have had a recent upgrade to the program, if you require a bookmark make sure that you delete the previous on and re-bookmark it from the link given above.
The problem of timing out and remaining logged on is a persistent vendor issue that we are currently investigating, this seems to affect all browsers and has not yet been resolved. The best way to end your session is shut down your browser and clear your cache and cookies, (see instructions in link below)
http://www.newcastle.edu.au/library/access/clearing-your-cache-and-cookies

In answer to your question of why we have BONUS and Get it,

BONUS is a free book only requesting service that allows University of Newcastle Staff and Students to access the book collections of 13 participating libraries across Australia and New Zealand. We have a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the participant libraries which means that the books requested through this service incur no cost to request.

Get It is our InterLibrary service, this can be used to request Books as well as Copies of Journal Articles and Chapters from books from any other Library nationally or internationally. This service incurs a cost which is imposed on the requesting institution by the supplying institution, this cost is covered by the Faculty that requester belongs to.

We also have a third service called ArticleReach (this is on the Borrowing from Other Libraries page), which functions in principle like BONUS (its free, it has 13 , different, libraries that have a reciprocal borrowing agreement with us) yet this service is only for Journal Articles and the articles are sent as electronic documents to your MyLibrary.

The best way to get the most out of these services is to use BONUS and ArticleReach first for Books or Journal Articles, respectively and if your item(s) is/are not available on those services then log into Get It and complete the form.

Any other questions please contact the Resource Sharing Team on
ilsout@newcastle.edu.au


Responses to Feedback – 28th April 2014

7 April, 2014

UoN119104
I am having trouble with ARL article reach again. I can’t tell if my request has gone through.

To check the progress of an ArticleReach request login into your My Library account and requested items will listed under ArticleReach requests (on Left Hand side of screen) and a progress statement will be against the title. For further information see the ArticleReach LibGuide.

UoN119103
You say we are online chat now but there is no response. How frustrating

I am sorry that you had a disapointing experience with our online chat service. We operate the service between 10 – 4 Monday – Friday. Will follow up with staff monitoring the service.

Thank you for your feedback.

UoN119020
The new catalog is not user friendly when searching for specific articles which is a major part of my library work. It will not find papers within journals and offers a confusing layout when searching. An improvement on the old one? Not for my work.

Dear Sir/Madam,
The new version of the Library’s catalogue (NewCat+) does in fact allow users to search for journal articles by the specific article title. This is the first time searching by journal article titles has been possible using the Library catalogue and is a major improvement over the previous version of the catalogue.

Please note that when you search by journal article title it is important to ensure that spelling is accurate. It is also useful (but not essential) to enclose the journal article title in double quote marks “xxxx xxx xxxxx” as this ensures you are searching for an exact matching phrase.

Extra search Tips for NewCat+ can be found @ http://www.newcastle.edu.au/library/learn/newcat-search-tips

Kind regards,
Information Service

 

UoN118996    
Just wanted to show my appreciation for the prompt reply in response to an administrative query. Good job on getting back to me so quickly so I could be off on the right track.

Thank you very much for your feedback.
Information Service

UoN118989
(1) Contradcitory information under Borrowing: “Staff are not subject to fines…” is followed by “All staff receive fines…”. Maybe that “not” should be “now”? (2) Wrong word used on a page NewCat + Tips: The heading “Alternate Spellings” should be “Alternative Spellings”. (Alternate means to swap from one to the other. Alternative means another choice.)

Thank you for your feedback.

In response to your first point re: ‘Staff are not subject to fines for late return of University of Newcastle items. All staff receive fines for non return of University of Newcastle items and late return of BONUS+ materials.’

The information we wanted to convey was that while staff don’t get fined for late return of UoN items, they do have to pay fines on late return of BONUS books (books belonging to other libraries). As well as this, if staff keep a book permanently and never return it to the library, (sadly this does happen), as well as being billed for the cost of the item, they will be subject to additional fines. Thanks for your feedback – we’ll work on a clearer way to say this.

Re your second point re alternate/alternative: the Macquarie Dictionary provides ‘alternative’ as one of the definitions for ‘alternate’ but does also include a note to say it is ‘still a disputed usage but increasingly common’. As it is causing you annoyance we’re happy to go with the alternative and change it to alternative.

 

UoN118942
In my respectful opinion, there was nothing wrong with the old NEWCAT.

Dear Mr Boland,

Thank you for your recent feedback about the new Library catalogue.
Our new library catalogue, NewCat+ is a major enhancement and now includes both our library catalogue and most of our journal databases (over 300 sources in fact), making it possible to retrieve an extensive selection of resources with just one search, including journal articles.

Due to the vast coverage of this new search interface, there have been and will continue to be progressive refinements to improve the performance of the system, including ranking of search results and ease of use.
We have written a set of useful search hints and tips which are available on our website. Of particular relevance to you may be the following information: To retrieve the most relevant set of results, use quotation marks to search for a phrase or specific title (book, journal title, journal article etc).
For example, “citizen emperor napoleon in power”

From your initial set of results, it is important to select either ‘Library Catalogue’ or ‘Journal articles’ from the ‘Limit By’ links on the left hand side of the screen.

• Choose ‘Library catalogue’ to display our traditional library holdings – books, ebooks, journal titles, DVDs etc;

• Choose ‘Journal articles’ to display results from our journal databases, including full text articles.

From there, if you need to use them, you have a number of other limiters or ‘facets’ that you can use to pinpoint the results you want – for example, location, format or publication date. For further search tips, please have a look @ http://www.newcastle.edu.au/library/learn/newcat-search-tips
If you would like further help and assistance I’d be happy to talk with you.

My contact details are listed below.

Kind regards,
Michael Carr

 

UoN118882
The new library catalogue system is impossible to negotiate. It makes searching for an item much, much more difficult. Please, please, please bring back Newcat. The new system makes absolutely no sense.

Dear Professor Dwyer,

Thank you for your feedback about the new Library catalogue. Our new library catalogue, NewCat+ is a major enhancement and now includes both our library catalogue and most of our journal databases (over 300 sources in fact), making it possible to retrieve an extensive selection of resources with just one search, including journal articles.

Due to the vast coverage of this new search interface, there have been and will continue to be progressive refinements to improve the performance of the system, including ranking of search results and ease of use.

We have written a set of useful search hints and tips which are available on our website. Of particular relevance to you may be the following information: To retrieve the most relevant set of results, use quotation marks to search for a phrase or specific title (book, journal title, journal article etc).

For example, “citizen emperor napoleon in power”

From your initial set of results, it is important to select either ‘Library Catalogue’ or ‘Journal articles’ from the ‘Limit By’ links on the left hand side of the screen.

• Choose ‘Library catalogue’ to display our traditional library holdings – books, ebooks, journal titles, DVDs etc;

• Choose ‘Journal articles’ to display results from our journal databases, including full text articles.

From there, if you need to use them, you have a number of other limiters or ‘facets’ that you can use to pinpoint the results you want – for example, location, format or publication date. For further search tips, please have a look at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/library/learn/newcat-search-tips

If you would like further help and assistance I’d be happy to talk with you.

My contact details are listed below.

Kind regards,
Michael Carr


Responses to Feedback – 5th March 2014

5 March, 2014

UoN118727
The posters we have had all last year in the toilets advertising the library are cute but I find it very confronting having a child look at me in shock every time I go to the toilet. I know they are meant to look in shock because of the question given but their faces are like a reaction to what I am doing in the toilet. I may be sensitive but please change your advertising pictures…I loved the book ones you had the previous year e.g. how to knit with dog hair… No more kids in the toilet please.
Thank you for your feedback we will investigate the situation.

Library information service

UoN118787
I am also frustrated by the new library catalogue. Why is it so slow at night when I expect not many people are using it. And I am unable to locate a book I know is in the library. Could you please provide a sensible answer to my question. Your response to other feedback has been dismissive and unhelpful. Thank you for your attention.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Thank you for your additional feedback about the new Library catalogue.

Our new library catalogue, NewCat+ is a major enhancement and now includes both our traditional library catalogue and most of our journal databases (over 300 sources), making it possible to retrieve a selection of resources with just one search, including numerous journal articles.

Due to the vast coverage of this new search interface, there have been and will continue to be progressive refinements to improve the performance of the system, including ranking of search results and ease of use.

 Of particular relevance to you may be the following information:

 To retrieve the most relevant set of results, please use quotation marks to search for a phrase or specific title (book, journal title, journal article etc).

 For example, “themes and conventions of elizabethan tragedy”

 From your initial set of results, it is important to select either ‘Library Catalogue’ or ‘Journal articles’ from the ‘Limit By’ links on the left hand side of the screen.

 • Choose ‘Library catalogue’ to display our traditional library holdings – books, ebooks, journal titles, DVDs etc;

• Choose ‘Journal articles’ to display results from our journal databases, including full text articles.

 From there, if you need to use them, you have a number of other limiters or ‘facets’ that you can use to pinpoint the results you want – for example, location, format or publication date.

 For further search tips, please see the Search Tips webpage @

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/library/learn/newcat-search-tips

Unfortunately, I cannot comment on the “slowness” of response times at night as this will depend on several factors which include the traffic on the University network, the specific search terms used and now many “hits” found in the catalogue as well as the 300+ databases simultaneously searched, as well as the capacity of your local (off campus) internet service provider.

With kind regards,

Library Information Service

UoN118841   
Lack of support for Undergraduate Honours students in terms of access to the same facilities as Postgraduate research students. Both entities of students are conducting research under the University of Newcastle. There are swipe-card accessible rooms with desk space, computer, printing and locker facilities available to Postgraduate students across the University. At the present time these facilities (Huxley Library Room HC109 specifically) appear underused (empty). Would it be possible for Honours students, by application, to have access to these, or similar facilities? I understand that ‘silent study zones’ and desk access is plentiful in both libraries, however, for a student conducting research full time it is difficult and tedious to establish routine, concentrate and use time effectively when significant portions of the day are spent setting up and packing up and finding space to work. Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.  

Hello,

Your enrolment at the university determines the type of student you are and what you are able to access when on campus. Therefore, on our library system your access to library services and resources is as an undergraduate student.

Huxley post graduate room is very small, 3PCs and 1 Mac. This room is used heavily by post graduate students during semester and even if you were able to access the room, it may be very difficult for you to use the room as regularly as you need. There would be post graduates waiting for you, to vacate your chair.

One of the problems with Huxley library is there isn’t enough space to accommodate the many thousands of students we have each day. We do have lockers in our post grad room for use for the post graduate students to store their documents, research etc. in the lockers. Due to space issues at Huxley, we are unable to place the lockers anywhere else. Lockers are available at the Auchmuty library in the AIC (Auchmuty Information Common) but I do understand it may be difficult for you to walk with your books over to Auchmuty.

 I am very sorry I am unable to offer you a solution. Have you checked with your school or your supervisor to see if Medical Radiation provides a study space or spare rooms that may be available for you to use?

 Also, it might be worth suggesting to your supervisor that your course of study be looked into to see if they can change your student status so you are able to gain access to other areas on campus for students conducting research.

 Thank you for your feedback

 Library Information Service


Responses to Feedback 9th October, 2013 – 3rd February, 2014

3 February, 2014

UoN118677

what have you done to your catalogue? The catalogue I now have to use on the website is TERRIBLE!!!! IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND WHAT I NEED. I RELY ON THE CATALOGUE TO BE EASY TO USE AND ABLE TO FIND WHAT I NEED.AT THE MOMENT GOOGLE WORKS BETTER THAT THIS.PLEASE BRING BACK TO OLD CATALOGUE PLEASE BRING BACK TO OLD CATALOGUE PLEASE BRING BACK TO OLD CATALOGUE PLEASE BRING BACK TO OLD CATALOGUE PLEASE BRING BACK TO OLD CATALOGUE PLEASE BRING BACK TO OLD CATALOGUE

Thank you for your email.

Please refer to the following information re the Library’s new Catalogue, NewCat+ with kind regards.The Library is pleased to announce the launch of its new search platform, NewCat+ – so much more than just the library catalogue.Accessed from the search box on the Library’s homepage, and incorporating both the library catalogue and the majority of the Library’s subject databases, NewCat+ will enable you to find results from a large collection of library resources with a single search.No longer will it be necessary for your students to identify and individually search several subject databases in order to find good quality scholarly articles for their essays. With one quick keyword search, they will have a wealth of reliable academic resources at their fingertips.The NewCat+ search interface works in a similar way to Google Scholar – it is simple and straightforward to use, and results lists can be narrowed down using “facets” such as publication date, format, location and peer reviewed status. And with Newcat+ there is the added benefit of knowing that the students will not have to evaluate the quality of the sources they are searching – all the databases included in NewCat+ are good quality, academic, reliable information sources. Of course, NewCat+ incorporates all of the existing information
from the library catalogue, and also includes the Course Reserves reading lists (formerly short loans online), all searchable from the Library’s homepage.No more excuses for unreliable Wikipedia references – recommend NewCat+ as the easiest and best place for your students to begin their research.If you currently include links to, or information about the library catalogue or Course Reserves (short loans online) in your course outlines, please update the relevant sections to reflect these changes.See our Course Reserves
web page for more information about Course Reserves (Short Loans), including adding new Course Reserves items and linking to Course Reserves from your Blackboard course More information about NewCat+, including details of the main features and search tips is available from the Library website.

UoN118678

The new library catalogue is not working again. It is 7:30 at night but as a busy academic I use this time to work on my research. This has been happening frequently in the last few weeks.Mr Anderson – what are you and your team doing? I have always relied on the Library to be the shining light of the uni but it now seems you are slipping. Library staff tell me that NEWCAT is not available anymore and we must use this new version from now on. But it is not working, your staff are polite with me but they also seem frustrated.

Thank you for your email.

Please refer to the following information re the Library’s new Catalogue, NewCat+ with kind regards.The Library is pleased to announce the launch of its new search platform, NewCat+ – so much more than just the library catalogue.Accessed from the search box on the Library’s homepage, and incorporating both the library catalogue and the majority of the Library’s subject databases, NewCat+ will enable you to find results from a large collection of library resources with a single search.No longer will it be necessary for your students to identify and individually search several subject databases in order to find good quality scholarly articles for their essays. With one quick keyword search, they will have a wealth of reliable academic resources at their fingertips.The NewCat+ search interface works in a similar way to Google Scholar – it is simple and straightforward to use, and results lists can be narrowed down using “facets” such as publication date, format, location and peer reviewed status. And with Newcat+ there is the added benefit of knowing that the students will not have to evaluate the quality of the sources they are searching – all the databases included in NewCat+ are good quality, academic, reliable information sources. Of course, NewCat+ incorporates all of the existing information
from the library catalogue, and also includes the Course Reserves reading lists (formerly short loans online), all searchable from the Library’s homepage.No more excuses for unreliable Wikipedia references – recommend NewCat+ as the easiest and best place for your students to begin their research.If you currently include links to, or information about the library catalogue or Course Reserves (short loans online) in your course outlines, please update the relevant sections to reflect these changes.See our Course Reserves
web page for more information about Course Reserves (Short Loans), including adding new Course Reserves items and linking to Course Reserves from your Blackboard course More information about NewCat+, including details of the main features and search tips is available from the Library website.


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