Hello to the new library catalogue


We launched our catalogue on Monday 1st June after a period of almost 12 months planning and testing.

The new catalogue is just part of a suite of changes you will see over the coming months but if you have any questions or you can’t find what you need in the catalogue or our tool ‘Discover More please tell us so we can help you.

Please take a look at the Ask us service for help, support and ways to get in touch.

We hope you like the many new features of the catalogue, here’s some information about what’s new:

  • A powerful search tool for all print and electronic resources resulting in more resources at your fingertips
  • Seamless access to your library account from within the VLE so no need to leave the Blackboard environment to view your checked out items
  • Fairer fines for all and an automatic book renewal service – the library will renew items for you so you can get on with other things, fines will only be charged on items reserved by other borrowers

For more information about the changes or your resources in Blackboard, please contact your subject librarian.

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager Quality, Marketing and Communication



Do you need to discover more?


It has come to that time of year when you will be researching for assignments or exams. One of Learning Services’ key resources to support you with your research is Discover More.

We have recently upgraded the tool and there are lots of new features which we hope will help you as you search for information – whether that be books or journals.

Some of the new features of the tool include:

  • Refining your results to books in the library and library location ( you can quickly see books on the subject and which library holds them)
  • Database recommendations – you can see at the top of your results page which database Discover More has found the most results in
  • You get a quick view of the item – hover over the title and check out the panel on the right
  • You can refine by discipline – this is really easy to use and will help you focus more; it also provides you with details of how many results there are so you can see if this is area to focus on

There is short guide which takes you through the basics of searching, refining and then saving and exporting your results.  Take a look at the guide or come and see a member of staff at one of our help desks.  Your subject librarian is also a good contact to have!  Take a look at the Learning Services webpage for your subject, there are full contact details of your librarian.  Your subject resources tab in Learning Edge is also a great starting point – your main databases and journal collections are recommended and also quick links into   the library catalogue and Discover More


Rachel Bury

Learning Services

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

Award-winning Student Assistants!

Have you noticed our award-winning Student Assistants, resplendent in their red sweatshirts answering enquiries in the library?

At the Employability Awards Evening organised by the Careers Centre on Tuesday 23 April, the Student Assistant team who work in the University Library, Ormskirk won the Student On-Campus Employee Team Award.

This award celebrates students or teams of students who work within their university or college including those working in students’ unions or other departments on campus.

In presenting their awards, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Steve Igoe commended them for their professional and committed attitude and their relaxed, informal style which is communicated to the enquirer.

He also mentioned the unforeseen advantage to employing students in this way is that the organisation has also benefited from their valuable insights into how our services and resources are organised and perceived.

The Student Assistants are based at the ‘Ask’ desk on the first floor of the University Library, Ormskirk. They deal with a range of with basic enquiries including finding books and journals, demonstrating eResources, referencing, navigating Learning Services web pages, using reprographics equipment and ICT issues.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Michael Stores

Michael Stores

Academic Liaison and Skills Librarian

For more information please contact michael.stores@edgehill.ac.uk



Achieving Assignment Success







We know this is a very busy time for students, the next 6 weeks is crucial to everyone finishing assignments, and preparing for exams.

We have created a top 10 tips around how to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively use information.

1. Use the right information source for what you are trying to achieve.

Oxford Reference Online contains dictionaries, handbooks and encyclopaedias. Searching this will help you understand the terminology of your subject and think of alternative search terms.

Think about other forms of media that might be useful.  For example most things in the arts, social sciences, health and education will have relevant newspaper articles.  Newsbank contains current news reports. Newsvault contains historical news items.

Can’t find the right books in the library – try our eBook collections.  Ebrary has 66,000 ebooks.  You can use the books you need and then save them to your bookshelf once you have created an ebrary account.

Aren’t sure which resources we have for your subject? Please use our subject web pages.  They will help you find the right eResources or you can start your basic searching using Discover More.

2. Search Terms. Think carefully about the words you use to search for your information. Be specific rather than just using broad general terms. It is keywords that you use and this is the most important thing to get right when you search a database.

3. Search Tips.  Link keywords using AND, OR, NOT. AND narrows a search, OR widens a search NOT excludes the term.

4. Scope. Target the coverage of your topic to a specific date or geographical region and be consistent with your searches in relation to this.

5. Finding the actual article. The PDF full text of the article will be located within most of our eJournal collections and databases but if the full text isn’t there, search by the title of the journal you need in the library catalogue to check Learning Services’ access to a particular journal.

6. Evaluate the information you find. Is the article relevant?  think about how you can use it.

7. Manage your search results using the options available this often includes that you can print, save or email yourself the article.

8. Collect the details for your bibliography and reference list  as you find the information. If you are using  Harvard referencing there is a guide on the Learning Services web pages.

9. Save your assignments in more than one place and read through your assignments to check spelling, grammar, and referencing before you submit  them.

10. Use the Learning Services web pages for help with information,  eResources and assignment help.  Or come and see us at the Ask desk in the University or drop us an email librarian@edgehill.ac.uk

We have created this short guide as a PDF document so if you would like to print  and keep, here it is.

or call Learning Services help line 01695 584286

Resources special!







Over the past few months, staff in information resources and our academic librarians have been working together to produce a newsletter dedicated to resources.

We wanted to share with our colleagues important information about our collections and how they are being used.  We have also highlighted some of the work we have been doing around reading and reading for pleasure. There is a short interview with one of our researchers in English and History where they talk about the key resources and what is important to them in terms of research resources and help and support from Learning Services.

The back page of the newsletter is dedicated to an article written by Lisa Mclaren which is entitled ‘Forbidden resources?’ and provides a very well researched and interesting look at the role of Google Scholar (GS) and Wikipedia.  Lisa looks at some of the advantages GS has over more traditional databases, and then asks the question about how can librarians address the rise in usage of GS by academics undertaking their research?

In the next resources newsletter, we might have to include a letters page based on the response we get to Lisa’s look at forbidden resources!

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and you will share with colleagues and students information about our excellent eResources and Discover More.  If you would like to look more closely at how students are using your subject resources (both print and electronic), please get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian.

If you would like to get involved with the debate around GS or comment about strategies to embed resources, please leave us a comment.

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication


Freshers Fair 2012

Learning Services gives a warm, (but damp) welcome to everyone, both new freshers and returning students.

As you will know, the 2012 Student Union Freshers Fair is taking place in the HUB on 26th September.  We will be there throughout the event promoting some of our exciting new developments and resources.  Come and find out about the Blackboard mobile app, our mobile library catalogue, see our subject librarians who will be there to help you with any resource questions and also showcase the brand new Learning Services subject web pages.  The SpLD support team and Inclusive Services will also be there to give help, advice and guidance for students with any disabiltiy questions or concerns.

We have some nice things to give away – post it notes, pens and pencils and a competition every hour to win 1GB USB wrist bands.  Our competition is free to entry but we would like you to sign up to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

We would love you to sign up for our social media … you will hear all about our new resources, help and support sessions and important news first!

We have also got some library tours going on during the day – you can join us in the foyer at 12.00pm, 1.00pm or 4.00pm for a tour.

Hopefully see you all in the HUB

Rachel Bury Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

Steps to Success: Referencing and citations – 26th January 12 – 1pm

Would you like some help with referencing and citations?

This session will help you to understand:

Why referencing is important.
How to use Harvard Referencing.
Common referencing problems.

Referencing is the acknowledgement of all the sources you have cited in your assignments, whether you have quoted directly or paraphrased.

Many students find referencing confusing so this is an opportunity to get a better understanding of this important skill.

Remember, you can pick up marks for well laid out work with high quality referencing.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to raise specific issues.

You can book a place at:

Please get in touch to learn more about the Steps to Success programme:
In person: 1st Floor Ask Desk, University Library, Ormskirk

Steps to Success: Literature Searching 23rd January 12-1pm

Make the most of the academic information accessible to you via Learning Services.

You can book a place at


It will be an opportunity to use the electronic books and electronic journals in the comfort of your own library.

Organise your search terms, refine or expand your searching all these skills can help you find relevant information effectively and quickly. Fully utilise the library catalogue to find relevant academic information and explore finding journal articles. This will all be covered along with the new Discovery Tool.

To find out more about the Steps to Success series why not get in touch.

Email: librarian@edgehill.ac.uk

In person: ASK desk 1st floor of the University Library (Ormskirk)


Don’t fall through the gap…

Just a quick reminder that  we start our Bridging the Gap drop-ins on Tuesday 6th December.   

We are here to help you improve your research and writing skills and be me more confident.

Drop in with your questions. How do I …….

…. find a journal article?

…..reference an e-book?

…..plan an essay?

…..structure an essay?

All your (library) questions answered! Ask about finding books, e-books, journal articles for your subject area. Get handy hints and tips on where to search and how to find relevant researched based information. Think quality and use the information that is available for you through the university’s library catalogue. Librarians will be on hand to answer your research based questions.

We want to provide support now that you are getting going with your assignments. Structuring an essay and referencing can be a bit daunting when you are new to it. Drop in and ask.  Avoid the common pitfalls, Academic Skills Advisors will be promoting appropriate ways to tackle you assignments and help you bridge the gap.

Bridging the Gap
Drop-ins in the University Library, Ormskirk
Tues 6th Dec 1.30pm -2.30pm
Thurs 8th Dec 2.00pm -3.00pm
Thurs 8th Dec 6.00pm -7.00pm (Twilight)- Sheila’s baking mince pies.
Covering help with research, writing, referencing including online support.

‘Ask’ area first floor of the University Library -no need to book -just drop in!





Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Health