UHI Library Services Handbook
Contents 1. Introduction
2. Your Local Academic Partner Libraries and Contact Details
3. Finding Resources – The Library Catalogue
4. Finding Resources – E-Books 6 Searching for a specific title 6 Browsing the collections 6 5. Finding Resources – E-Journal Gateway 6.
Finding Resources – E-Collections by Subject 7 Collections useful for all subject areas 7 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 7 Business and Leisure 9 Computing and IT 10 Creative Industries 11 Education and Childcare 12 Energy, Engineering and Construction 13 Gaelic Medium Studies 14 Health and Wellbeing 16 Science and Environment 17
The UHI library service spans 13 partner sites, providing access to a huge range of physical and electronic materials that will be vital to you during the duration of your studies. Along with thousands of print items at each site, you will have access to around 40,000 E-books and over 20,000 electronic journals. Your tutors will expect you to use these resources when completing your assignments and research. The E-resources can be accessed at any time from a computer with a suitable internet connection. Although the majority of books relate to particular courses, most of the partner sites also have fiction sections and general reference collections. This guide provides an overview of the wide range of services available to you and details of who you should contact for further support. Along with general information on services that will be useful to everyone (e.g. library catalogue, e-books) there are sections highlighting the most useful E-resources for each subject area. The lists aren’t exhaustive and are intended to compliment the more detailed information and full list of resources in the library section of the UHI website. We look forward to supporting you during your studies and hope that you make use of the wealth of resources on offer. Please do not hesitate to contact the experienced staff at your local library if you require further information or help with a specific resource.
7. Accessing UHI E-Resources ‘off-campus’ 18 Access via My UHI 19 8. Finding Resources – Multisearch Plus
9. Finding Resources – Books from other Libraries 21 Intersite Loans – Libraries within UHI 21 Inter-library loans – from Libraries outwith UHI 21 10. Using other Libraries
11. Help with Referencing your work and avoiding plagiarism 23 Referencing 23 Plagiarism 24
Your Local Academic Partner Libraries and Contact Details
Finding Resources – The Library Catalogue
Opening hours listed here are for term-time only. Closure dates vary during holiday periods. Please check the UHI website or contact your local library for comprehensive opening times.
The library catalogue provides details on all of the print and electronic resources available at the 13 partner sites and many of the learning centres. It also includes details on other resources available to you such as DVDs, Audiobooks and Music CDs. It is possible to search for resources at your home library or throughout the partnership.
Argyll College UHI Stewart Road, Campbeltown, PA28 6AT Email: Liz Richardson Tel: 01631 559673
NAFC Marine Centre UHI Port Arthur, Scalloway, Shetland, ZE1 0UN Email: Ruth Priest Tel: 01595 772350
Monday to Friday 0900 – 1700 Highland Theological College High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HA Email: Martin Cameron Tel: 01349 780215
Monday to Friday 0900 – 1700
Monday to Wednesday 0900 – 1730 Thursday 0900 – 2100 Friday 0900 – 1700 Inverness College UHI 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA Email: Carol Hart Tel: 01463 273248 Monday 0830 – 1800 Tuesday and Wednesday 0830 – 2000 Thursday 0830 –1700 Friday 0830 – 1700 Lews Castle College UHI Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 OXR Email: Caroline Brick Tel: 01851 770408 Monday to Friday 0900 – 1700 Tuesday 0900 – 1900 Moray College UHI Moray Street, Elgin, IV30 1JJ Email: Linda Mutch Tel: 01343 576206 Monday to Thursday 0845 – 20.00 Friday 08.45 – 16.30
SAMS UHI Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory Dunbeg, by Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA Email: Elspbeth Norris Tel: 01631 559000 Monday to Friday 0900 – 1700
North Highland College UHI Ormlie Road, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7EE Email: Janet Parker Tel: 01847 889293/4 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 0830 – 1630 Wednesday 0830 – 1900 Friday 0845 – 1215
Shetland College UHI Gremista, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0PX Email: Ruth Priest Tel: 01595 771258 Monday, Wednesday 0900-2030 Tuesday, Thursday 0900-1700 Friday 0900-1630
Orkney College UHI The Library, Orkney College Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LX Email: Anette Andersen Tel: 01856 569272 Monday to Wednesday 0900 – 21.00 Thursday 0900 – 1700 Friday 0900 – 1630 Perth College UHI Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2NX Email: Kathleen Connor Tel: 01738 877721 Monday to Thursday 0800 – 2100 Friday 0800 – 1645 Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI An Leabharlann, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Slèite, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach, IV44 8RQ Email: Cairistìona Cain Fòn: 01471 888431/888447
West Highland College UHI Carmichael Way, Fort William, PH33 6FF Email: Library Tel: 01397 874277 Monday to Thursday 0900 – 2030 Friday 0900 – 1630
The catalogue can be accessed at dedicated computers in the partner libraries, via the UHI website or on any computer with an internet connection (http://libcat.uhi.ac.uk). Book loan periods vary across the partnership depending on demand. You can also login to your library account via the library catalogue to renew items before they become overdue. Should your books go overdue at any point you will receive an email, letter or text message reminder. Many of the partner sites charge fines for the late return of library items – please ask your local librarian for details. You can keep also track of your reading history via the catalogue, allowing you to see which books you have previously borrowed throughout the duration of your studies. Login to your library account and select “Opt in” to enable this feature.
Monday to Thursday 0900 – 1700/1730 – 2030 Friday 0900 – 1700
Finding Resources – E-Books All students have access to a huge range of e-books, accessible at home or on campus. E-books allow you to read a digital copy of the book on screen and also print or copy specific sections.
Searching for a specific title If you have a reading list and want to know if the title is available as an e-book, you should start by searching the UHI Library Catalogue (http://libcat.uhi.ac.uk/). You can search in all the usual ways, e.g. author, title, keyword, etc. If the title is available as an e-book, there will be a symbol next to the title to indicate this.
Browsing the collections This method is useful if you don’t have a specific title in mind, but just want to see what’s available on your subject – you can search using keywords. E-books are supplied by various providers. You can access the various collections at http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/libraries/ebook-collections and choose which collection to browse, e.g. Dawsons, MyiLibrary, etc.
Finding Resources – E-Journal Gateway Online journals offer you access to the latest research by subject experts and contain material often not published elsewhere. Your lecturer may have included specific journals on your reading list, but you can also browse for titles. The main way to access the online journals is through the E-Journal Gateway – go to the UHI Library page (http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/libraries/library-home), then click on ‘E-Journal Gateway’ to access it. You can search in several ways, including title, keyword and subject areas. Speak to a member of library staff if you require any help using the Gateway.
Finding Resources – E-Collections by Subject The following guide provides an introduction to a variety of E-resources that will be useful during your studies. Please note that the lists for each subject area are not exhaustive and there are many other resources in the E-resources section of the UHI website. Login methods may vary, please see the separate section for details.
Collections useful for all subject areas SCRAN: Scottish Cultural Resource Access Network Collection of digital learning resources including 360,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media. JISC MediaHub Over 137,000 multimedia items including more than 3,600 hours of film and over 50,000 images from NewsFilm Online, Film & Sound Online and the new Digital Images for Education archive. Digimap Ordnance Survey maps, Admiralty charts, Geological surveys and Historical maps as well as map data for downloading and using in GIS or CAD software. Note: First time users must register for a user account with Digimap – can take up to 2 working days.
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences EBSCO Host EBSCO provides access to a number of large collections including Academic Search Complete, Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full-Text and SocIndex. These collections cover a broad range of subjects, including various Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. InfoTrac Newspapers Full text newspaper articles from UK and International newspapers. Date coverage: 1980 to present (updated daily). Westlaw Full text law reports and legislation from UK, Europe and the United States along with many full text journals. Subject Areas: Law.
A full, clickable list of all the UHI E-Resources can be found at http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/libraries/e-resources/a-z-online-resources/all
General OneFile A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily. Coverage: From 1980. Cambridge Journals Online Full-text resource of over 600,000 articles from 223 Cambridge University Press academic journal titles. Subject areas include Social Studies, Religious Studies, History, European Studies and more. JSTOR Full-text archive of academic journals providing access to back issues of over 1200 journal titles. Subject areas: Arts; Social Sciences; Life Sciences. Literature Online (LION) Digitised collection of primary literary works of poetry, drama and prose in English from the eighth century to the present day of works by British, Irish and American authors. It includes 350,000 literary works from over 17,500 authors together with the full-text of over 240 specialist literature journals. Date Coverage: British, Irish and American poetry are covered from their beginnings to the present day; British prose up to 1900; British and American drama up to 1915; American prose fiction to 1875. SpringerLink Includes over 1,200 peer-reviewed journal titles. Full text for the majority of journals available from 1997 onwards. The collection also provides access to a large number of E-books published from 2005 onwards. ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts Contains over 375,000 abstracts and records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US. Access: Off campus via MyUHI ATLA Religion Full text articles in the fields of Church History, Pastoral Counselling, Theology. Material dating from 1949 onwards. More than 266,000 journal articles and book reviews.
A full, clickable list of all the UHI E-Resources can be found at http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/libraries/e-resources/a-z-online-resources/all
Business and Leisure Business Source Premier Business research resource containing full text articles from over 2,150 full text journals. Additional full-text, non-journal content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses. Subject Areas: Accounting; Banking; Business; Finance; Management; Marketing. EBSCO Host Provides the following resource collections: Academic Search Complete; ATLA Religion; Business Source Premier, Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text; GreenFile; Regional Business News; SocIndex with Full Text. General OneFile A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily. Coverage: From 1980. Emerald Management Plus Full text articles of more than 200 high quality business and management journals. Backfiles provide full text articles as far back as 1899. Westlaw Full text law reports and legislation from UK, Europe and the United States along with many full text journals. Subject Areas: Law JSTOR Archives of leading academic journals in full text interlinked by millions of citations and references. Please note, articles published in the last 3-5 years are excluded. Scotbis A guide to over 3,000 of the best business resources on the web as well as to the company and industry resources of the National Library Of Scotland. No username and password required. A full, clickable list of all the UHI E-Resources can be found at http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/libraries/e-resources/a-z-online-resources/all
Computing and IT
Academic Search Complete Multi-disciplinary resource of academic journals and popular magazine articles in broad range of subjects, including Computing.
JSTOR Archives of leading academic journals with full-text access, interlinked by millions of citations and references. Subject areas include Arts and Music. Please note, articles published in the last 3-5 years are excluded.
General OneFile Over 7,800 full text titles and 3,600 refereed journals. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. SpringerLink Full-text resource of over 1,200 fully peer-reviewed journal titles, including a large number relevant to computer science. Also contains a large selection of E-books published from 2005 onwards. Science Direct Abstract and huge number of full-text articles from peer-reviewed journals in a broad range of subject areas, including computer science. Full-text articles from 2001 onwards. If using off campus, select login via your institution. Cambridge Journals Online Full-text resource of over 600,000 articles from 223 Cambridge University Press academic journal titles, including a large Computer Science collection. ACM Digital Library Full text of articles published by ACM and bibliographic citations from major publishers in computing. Please note that if you’re accessing this resource off-campus you will currently have to login via the MyUHI service. Access: Off campus via MyUHI
A full, clickable list of all the UHI E-Resources can be found at http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/libraries/e-resources/a-z-online-resources/all
General OneFile Over 7,800 full text titles and 3,600 refereed journals. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Good source for articles on Artists and exhibition reviews. Coverage: From 1980. Oxford Music Online Includes: Grove Music Online; The Oxford Companion to Music and the Oxford Dictionary of Music. Contains over 50,000 articles, including 30,000 biographies and over 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments notation, music genres. Project Muse Full-text access to articles from 140 journal titles. Date coverage: Varies with individual journal titles but mainly from 1993 onwards. Rock’s Backpages Rock’s Backpages is a database of full-text rock music articles from the 1960’s to the present day. It also includes mp3 audio files of exclusive artist interviews. Subject Areas: Music.
Education and Childcare
Energy, Engineering and Construction
Academic Search Complete A multi-disciplinary resource of academic journals and popular magazine articles in broad range of subjects. Full text of articles from over 4,000 journals with summaries and abstracts from over 8,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers. Many of these are relevant to child psychiatry, human development, child protection, welfare and social work.
BSI Online BSI British Standards is the National Standards Body of the UK responsible for the development and publication of technical standards and standardisation of products and services. BSI online provides access to the full-text of over 20,000 BSI publications including standards, specifications, interpretive guides and codes of practice.
The British Education Index Full-text resource of significant journals, internet resources, conference proceedings and grey literature published in the UK relating to all aspects of education. 150,000 records including journal articles, conferences and conference papers, research reports and electronic texts.
Science Direct Abstract and Full-text database offering articles from peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in a broad range of subjects and includes almost 10 million articles from 250 journal titles and 11,000 books. Subject areas include Energy, Engineering and Mathematics. If using off campus, select login via your institution.
ERIC Index to educational related literature produced by the US Department of Education. Contains 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles, books, book chapters, reports, policy papers, conferences and dissertations. Project Muse Full-text access to articles from 140 journal titles. Date Coverage: Varies with individual journal titles but mainly from 1993 onwards. Research Web for Scotland Full-text database of documents relevant to the social work profession within Scotland. Documents include: Scottish Government publications on social welfare, research reports, policy documents and websites of welfare-related Scottish organizations. A partner resource to Social Care Online. Subject areas: Social Care, Social Welfare and Social Work.
ICE Virtual Library (JISC Journals Archive) Full text access the journals archive of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE). Contains over 18,000 illustrated papers and original diagrams and pictures from 1836-2001. Part of the JISC Journal Archives Collection. IHS (formerly Technical Indexes) Provides the following resource collections: Construction Information Service; Engineer-it Enhanced; Occupational Health and Safety Information Service; Specify-it Enhanced. Subject areas: Construction; Engineering; Health and Safety. Emerald Engineering Database Full text articles from 19 of the foremost, international journals in the field. Backfiles provide full text articles as far back as 1929. Subject areas: Engineering.
SpringerLink Includes over 1,200 peer-reviewed journal titles. Full-text is available for the majority of journals available from 1997 onwards. The collection also provides access to a large number of E-books published from 2005 onwards. Subjects include Child Psychology and Education.
Academic Search Complete A multi-disciplinary resource of academic journals and popular magazine articles in broad range of subjects. Full text of articles from over 4,000 journals with summaries and abstracts from over 8,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Internet Archive The National library of Scotland has added their collection of Gaelic texts to the archive. Sabhal Mòr Library Access to digitised collections and useful links to Gaelic related materials. SGRUD Research Research and census analysis on the Scottish Gaelic language. SpringerLink Over 1,200 peer-reviewed journal titles. Full-text for the majority of journals from 1997 onwards. Large range of E-books, published from 2005 onwards. Subject Areas: Various, including Civil, Power and Mechanical Engineering. Knovel Engineering Library Collection of full-text Science, Engineering and Technology references, containing over 1,000 resources from more than 40 international publishers and societies. Includes a selection of interactive data analysis tools together with an engineering specific search engine.
Gaelic Medium Studies LearnGaelic A one-stop web portal for anyone and everyone interested in learning Scottish Gaelic. Scottish Gaelic Learners’ material on the Internet Tobar an Dualchais Thousands of archive sound recordings of Gaelic and Scots from the School of Scottish Studies, the BBC, and the Canna Collection. Am Baile An online learning and research resource of digitised archives for the language, culture and history of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Scran Digital materials, many Gaelic related, representing Scotland’s material culture and history. Gaelic Resource Database A searchable database including indices to the journals Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness and Gairm.
Scottish Affairs Journal on contemporary Scottish political and social issues including Gaelic. Searchable article database with free full-text access. Gaelic Spellchecker Gaelic OpenOffice Am Faclair Beag Dictionary Dwelly online Fully searchable web version of ‘the great Gaelic dictionary’, the great opus of Gaelic lexicographer, Edward Dwelly. Gaelic Thesaurus Education Scotland Educational support materials in Gaelic including history, folklore, music and place-names. Gaelic Orthographic Conventions Bòrd na Gàidhlig The National Gaelic Agency supporting and strengthening the language throughout Scotland, full-text access to the National Plan and other useful information about the language. Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig Resource for parents with children in Gaelic Medium Education. Research on Gaelic language policy and language planning. Texts of seminars hosted by the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Health and Wellbeing
Science and Environment
EBSCO Host Provides access to various collections, including Academic Search Complete, SocIndex with Full Text. See under each individual collection for description and content details. Broad range of subjects, including Health and Wellbeing.
Science Direct Abstract and Full-text database offering articles from peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in a broad range of subjects and includes almost 10 million articles from 250 journal titles and 11,000 books. If using off campus, select login via your institution.
BioOne Collection of full-text of more than 750 research articles from 150 titles.
EBSCO Host Provides the following resource collections: Academic Search Complete; ATLA Religion; Business Source Premier, Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text; GreenFile; Regional Business News; SocIndex with Full Text. See under each individual collection for description and content details.
Cambridge Journals Online Full-text resource of over 600,000 articles from 223 Cambridge University Press academic journal titles. Subject areas include Medicine, Nutrition and more. Oxford Journals Full-text of all academic journals published by OUP. Includes all current and back-copies of 230 journal titles from 1996 onwards and full-text of over 90 open-access titles, many relating to Medicine. Science Direct Abstract and full-text articles from peer-reviewed journals in a broad range of subjects and includes almost 10 million articles from 1900 journal titles. Full-text available from 2001 onwards. Health Sciences areas covered includes material for the Nursing and Health Professions. If using off campus, select login via your institution. SpringerLink Full-text resource of over 1,200 fully peer-reviewed journal titles. Full text for the majority of journals available from 1997 onwards. Large range of E-books, published from 2005 onwards.
JSTOR Full-text archive of academic journals providing access to complete collections of back copies of over 1200 journal titles. Web of Knowledge Collection of research databases providing a single route of access to a number of significant bibliographic and citation databases including: Web of Science; Science Citation Index Expanded (1970-present); Social Sciences Citation Index (1975-present); Arts and Humanities Citation Index (1975-present); ISI Proceedings: International conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions; Science & Technology (1990-present). Links to full-text via â€œExternal Collections Resultsâ€? tab. SpringerLink Full-text resource of over 1,200 peer-reviewed journals. It includes a large number relating to various science subjects and the environment and also a variety of E-books published from 2005 onwards. Knovel Engineering Library Collection of authoritative full-text Science, Engineering, Environment and Technology references, containing over 1,000 resources from more than 40 international publishers and learned societies. Includes a selection of interactive data analysis tools together with an engineering specific search engine.
Cambridge Journals Online Full-text resource of over 600,000 articles from 223 Cambridge University Press academic journal titles, including areas on Environmental Studies; Ecology and Conservation; Acquatic Science; Biology and more.
UK Access Management Federation
ProQuest Aquatic Science Collection Over 300 leading full-text aquatic journals from around the world are included and indexes over 1.5 million figures, graphs and tables. Subject Areas: Aquatic Sciences Access: Off campus via MyUHI
Accessing UHI E-Resources ‘off-campus’ When you use UHI E-Resources on a computer at your local Academic Partner or Learning Centre, you will usually be prompted to enter your UHI Username and Password, before being taken to the journal, collection or e-book requested.
You will need to scroll down the list of UK academic institutions to University of the Highlands and Islands, and proceed. At this point you will be asked for your UHI username and password. You should then be able to get the same access as if you were on-campus.
Access via My UHI
The UHI uses a system called Shibboleth. This checks with your institution that you are entitled to use the resource and alerts the supplier that you are okay to proceed. UHI purchases subscriptions to these resources under licence, which means we can only make them available to registered students and staff, hence this extra step.
We are constantly updating access to our e-resources, however certain E-Resources can currently only be accessed off-campus via My UHI, the virtual UHI desktop available on any internet connected computer. Once logged on to My UHI, the E-Resource supplier will recognise you as coming from a UHI computer. Collections that are currently only available this way include Cambridge Histories Online, Proquest, ACM Digital Library and Rock’s Backpages. You should note that all the E-Resources can be accessed in this way, and it is often an easier method when off-campus than finding a way to log in via Shibboleth.
Different journals, collections and e-books might ask you to show who you are in different ways, for example:
Please contact your local academic partner library staff for further help accessing E-Resources off-campus.
When you are off-campus, at home or on a computer at your work or public library for instance, you will often need to go through an additional step to show that you are entitled to access the resource.
Log in via Shibboleth
Log in via your Institution
Finding Resources – Multisearch Plus Multisearch Plus is our new library search engine. It provides a ‘Google-like’ way of searching many sources at the same time. The process of finding information from both the physical and digital parts of the library has become so much simpler.
Finding Resources – Books from other Libraries Intersite Loans – Libraries within UHI Along with borrowing books from your home library, you can request books from other UHI partner sites through the Intersite loan (ISL) scheme. Once you have found a book you want to borrow in the library catalogue, please make the request via your home library, either by email or in person. Requests should include the following details: •
Your name and student number • The book title and author • The shelfmark and barcode • The college where the book is located Please note there are a couple of conditions where it is not possible to request a book: With just one search box you can discover material from all the following sources: •
UHI Library catalogue • Newspaper articles • E-journal articles • E-books • Conference proceedings The results will be listed in order of relevance – taking you straight to the most useful material. You can use the side bar to refine your search by publication date, content type, location, language, subject terms and so on. When you find anything that interests you, just click on the link. If the material is online, you will be asked for your UHI login then taken to the article or E-book in question. If the item is a book, the full catalogue details will appear. You can also use the Advanced Search option to make your search very specific – by combining author, title, date etc. This is especially useful when using very common search terms. You’ll find Multisearch Plus on the Library pages of the UHI Website (http://uhi.summon.serialssolutions.com/).
If your home library already has its own copy, even if it is currently out on loan • An electronic copy is already available in the library catalogue Loans are usually sent by second class post and take a few working days to arrive. It is usually possible to renew ISLs as long as the item is not required at the home library. If you require a renewal you should contact your home library and as with standard loans, ISLs may be subject to late fees at many of the partner sites. Unless you have agreed alternative arrangements, books should be returned to the site you collected them from.
Inter-library loans – from Libraries outwith UHI When a book or journal article is unavailable at any of the partner sites or via the E-resources, it may be possible to request a loan or copy from elsewhere via the Inter-library loan scheme. This allows us to request items from the British Library and other HE institutions that participate. Your local librarian will be able to identify whether or not a resource can be obtained. Please note that there is usually a small fee payable for any loans or photocopies requested. Please contact library staff at your home institution if you require any further information.
If you need help getting the most out of Multisearch Plus, contact your Academic Partner library staff.
Using other Libraries Information for UHI students, staff and researchers UHI is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme, a co-operative scheme which supports the learning resource needs of distance learning, part-time and placement students in the UK. As a UHI student you can access other libraries within the scheme. • • • • • • •
To join, visit www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access Complete Step #1 by selecting what kind of user you are and Step #2 by selecting the name of your institution and click on find You will then see a map of libraries you can apply to Click on the red marker on the map of the chosen institution and click on apply for access Complete the online library access application form and submit You will then receive an email to confirm your application has been sent Once your application has been approved you will receive an email which you must print off and take with you to the institution along with your home university library or ID card.
There may be some restrictions on the types of materials you can borrow, such as books in high demand at that particular institution. You should also appreciate that local libraries, even academic ones, may not stock books or journals relevant to your area of study.
Help with referencing your work and avoiding plagiarism Referencing When you submit work for assessment it is important that you credit where the ideas and information you have used originated. This could be from books, journals, websites, lectures, television programmes and so on. Most of the courses at the University of the Highlands and Islands require you to use the system called Harvard Referencing. Harvard Referencing is a two-part system where you indicate briefly in the text of your assignment that you are using someone else’s idea (an in-text citation), and then provide a List of References at the end of your work, giving full details of everything you have cited. You need to do this not just when you quote directly, but also when you summarise or paraphrase ideas attributable to someone else. We have learnt from feedback that this is an area of study that causes students a lot of stress. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools and information to help: •
The UHI Quick Guide to Referencing is a simple to use ‘How To’. As well as explaining when and how to credit your sources properly, there are easy to follow examples of the most common types – books, journals and websites. It can be downloaded in English or Gaelic as a PDF from the Referencing page on the UHI website.
The UHI Student Referencing Guide is a comprehensive document covering the When, How and Where of referencing all sorts of sources, from the everyday (books, websites) to the more obscure (items in an exhibition, performances of a play). It can be downloaded in English or Gaelic as a PDF from the Referencing page on the UHI website.
Referencing Harvard Style is an interactive tutorial that will bring you up to speed on the Harvard system. You will find it on the Referencing page on the UHI website.
The Librarian at your local UHI Academic Partner Library will also be able to help, and may offer workshops or classes.
RefWorks is an online resource available through the University of the Highlands and Islands that you can use to collect and store your references. As well as keeping them all in the right format, it comes with an additional tool that will automatically create your List of References from the citations you have in your assignment. The effort spent in setting up your Refworks database is well worth it if you are using large numbers of sources, such as in a research project. RefWorks can be accessed through the UHI A-Z Online Resources.
Note that licensing agreements usually restrict access to electronic databases to staff and students enrolled in that particular university or college. Be prepared to abide by the rules of the library you wish to use. You will be responsible for any fines or replacement costs incurred.
Sources, Citations and Referencing Leaflet (Discovery Series no. 7), prepared by the Learning and Information Services section of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Paper copies are available from your local UHI Academic Partner Library or downloaded from the UHI website.
Some departments within the University have permission to use alternative referencing systems. Your tutors/lecturers will advise you if this is the case.
Plagiarism Plagiarism in an academic setting, occurs when a writer uses someone else’s language, ideas or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source. This applies to texts published in print or online, to manuscripts, and to the work of other students. Students who knowingly submit work containing plagiarised material are guilty of academic misconduct. Avoiding plagiarism is easy as long as you adopt good referencing practice, since it not using other writers’ material that constitutes the offence, but failing to acknowledge the source. To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use: •
Another person’s idea, opinion or theory • Any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings that are not common knowledge • Quotations of another person’s spoken or written words • Paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words Strategies for avoiding plagiarism: •
Put quotations marks when using anything that comes directly from the text • Paraphrase, but be sure you are not just rearranging or replacing a few words • Check your paraphrase against the original text to be sure you have not accidentally used the same phrases or words • Always acknowledge facts, diagrams and original thought The contents of this section are taken from the Copyright and Plagiarism leaflet (Discovery Series 6), prepared by the Learning and Information Services of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Paper copies are available from your local UHI Academic Partner Library or downloaded from the UHI website.
This handbook was produced by the UHI Library Team. If you would like to provide feedback, or want to see a specific topic covered in a future version, please email: Ruth.Priest@uhi.ac.uk August 2015 24
Published on Sep 18, 2013