Over half a million what?

Did you know the Library Catalogue can be used to access over 17,000 E-Journals?

In the last academic year (2010/2011) you downloaded over half a million articles.

The favourite databases with the top downloaded usage by faculty were:

Faculty of Health and Social Care  Proquest Nursing Journals  57,064 full text articles

Faculty of Arts and Science  Sports Discus  29,779 full text articles

Faculty of Education   Education Resource Collection  19,029 full text articles

If you are interested in the usage figures for your specific resources, please contact your Faculty librarian or e-mail  librarian@edgehill.ac.uk

Remember you can find your specialist database collections on the Learning Services web pages under Subject Resources

Sheila Murphy

Academic Liaison Librarian


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

Did you know….. how we manage your reading lists?

Each year Learning Services requests that academic staff  submit their reading lists for checking and ordering. A brief summary of the process follows:

  • Academic staff email us their reading lists which should include student numbers and module semester dates
  • Information Resources staff check the reading lists against the library catalogue
  • Book suppliers web sites are checked for the most up to date edition of the book and to see if the book is available electronically
  • This enables us check we have enough copies in stock 
  • We can digitise a chapter of a book if an ebook is not available.  There are certain copyright restrictions on this service so do check with your academic liaison librarian
  • Your academic liaison librarian makes the final decision as to how many copies to buy and in which format
  • The module code is added to the bibliographic record in the library catalogue

 How will this help the students?

  • This process ensures we purchase the correct stock
  • Students can type their module code into the library catalogue and bring up their reading list
  • Teaching staff can embed a URL into the VLE which will take the students directly to the reading list
  • The reading list can contain links to electronic journals, ebooks, online databases and past exam papers

Academic Staff can send the reading lists to:

Faculty of Arts & Sciences fasreadinglists@edgehill.ac.uk
Faculty of Education foereadinglists@edgehill.ac.uk
Faculty of Health fohreadinglists@edgehill.ac.uk

Colette Hughes – Information Resources Manager

Maureen Richardson – Electronic Resources Manager

Learning Services in Manchester

New Centre..New Library

 Development of Learner Support at Armstrong House- Manchester

Learning services have been working in collaboration with colleagues from the Faculty of Health to develop facilities and resources in Manchester

The new library and learning space on the ground floor has:

             Help and Support desk for library and information queries

             Self Issue and Return

             New study space with extra tables and chairs

             Casual seating for group discussions

             Library space and shelving for books and journals

             PCs and printing


 4th Floor ICT Suite and Student Social Space has:

             26 brand new PCs and printing

             New study space with extra tables and chairs

             Casual seating for group discussions


 A new team of staff are providing help and support with library and information skills, study skills, using the library and materials, IT queries and getting the most from Learning Services. 

This is an exciting opportunity for us and the student feedback we have had so far has been very positive.  If you are a Manchester based student, please gives us your feedback.