Harvard Referencing Guide – Update Jan 2017

The Library has updated the Harvard Referencing Guide to expand the guidance on using in text citations.

The referencing style is unchanged.  There is no change in how to compile your reference list and you will still choose the Harvard British Standard 2010 GCU Library output style in Refworks.

For more help contact your librarians.


NVivo for beginners available on Lynda.com

NVivo is qualitative data analysis software for researchers.  This course explores how to use NVivo Starter for collecting and analyzing text-based research data.

Nvivo software is available from the GCU app store to GCU staff and students.

To view the course go to the Library homepage and log into Lynda.com from the Database A-Z.  The first time you login you will be asked to fill in a short form. Search for Nvivo in the top bar and click on the course you require.


Lynda.com is a comprehensive set of online learning resources that can be utilised by all GCU students and staff to build business, software, technology and creative skills.

Accessing Lynda.com quick guide.


Companies and Industry Information (Key Note and IBISWorld)

We are happy to announce that the library recently added IBISWorld to our collection of eresources.

IBISWorld is the UK’s most comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research and Industry Risk Ratings. Users can find extensive and up to date information on hundreds of UK industries, as well as global industry reports and Brexit impact statements. This resource will be of particular use and interest to users who are familiar with the Key Note resource, which was retired in July 2016.

You can access this resource directly from our Database A-Z by logging in with your domain username and password. For more information about IBIS World please visit the Companies, Business and Enterprise subject guide. If you require assistance using this resource please contact your librarian.


Exporting results to Refworks

Glasgow Caledonian University is currently supporting the legacy version of Refworks.

To ensure you can export your results successfully please login to your Refworks account before you begin a search using Discover or a library database.

During the export process you will see the screen below








Select the legacy Refworks option.

Contact the academic librarians on 0141 331 3333 or the library desk staff library@cu.ac.uk if you have any problems.

Using Write-N-Cite 4 (WNC4) on university computers

We are now using the new version of Write-N-Cite in Refworks.  Write-N-Cite is a tool which allows you to add citations in any referencing format whilst writing essays and assignments using Microsoft Word.  It works by creating a link between your Refworks account and Microsoft Word so that you have access to all of your Refworks folders and citations from within the Word programme.

Previously we were able to install Write-N-Cite into the Word programme across all of the public computers in the university.  We cannot do this with the new version but the process of installing it yourself is very straightforward.

write n cite 4 plug inWhen you want to use Write-N- Cite, from the Start menu on the computer, choose Load Write-N-Cite plugin.bat and this will start the process automatically.


When the plug in has downloaded a pop-up box will prompt you to launch Microsoft Word which will open with the plug-in installed.


If you want to use Write-N-Cite on your own (home) computer, you can install it and should only have to do this once.  Follow the download instructions from the Tools menu within Refworks.

Contact the academic librarians on 0141 331 3333 or the library desk staff library@gcu.ac.uk if you have any problems.  Alternatively, check the guides on the library’s Refworks pages for more information.

Printing from Westlaw

There is currently a printing problem on the Westlaw platform. This is causing problems for academic sites using Shibboleth and Westlaw are working to fix this for the next update of the platform. In the meantime, we have a workaround which you can use. You will need to create a My Westlaw UK Profile for this. You will also have to use Chrome as your internet browser.

• Access Westlaw (from the catalogue, Law subject guide or our database A-Z page).
• Log in with your domain details.
• You will see a default prompt to log in to your my Westlaw account. Under the log in boxes, choose Create Profile to create your account:

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• You will be prompted to add your First name, Last name and an email address. Please use your @gcu or @caledonian email address.
• Click the button to Create your profile.
• You will receive a temporary password in an email from Westlaw. Use this to log in to your MyWestlaw UK Profile where you will be prompted to create a new password.
• When logged in to Westlaw with your profile, you can add items to a folder. You can print, email or download items from a folder.
• The Add to folder option is at the top of each page:

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• When you add the item to your folder you can print the items off from there. To do this choose My Folders from the top toolbar:

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• Click to open the relevant folder. All of the items you choose to add to your folder will be shown with a check box to the left. Select the items you want to print by checking the box and then from the Delivery drop-down box choose Print:

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Monday 16th Nov Academic Librarians unavailable

Please note that due to a staff event there will be no appointments, drop ins or late night service on Monday 16th November 2015.

The Library Desk on Level 1 of the Saltire Centre will be open as normal.  The Academic Librarian service will resume on Tuesday 17th November.

Please email us lib-ebe@gcu.ac.uk / lib-hls@gcu.ac.uk / lib-gsbs@gcu.ac.uk to ask a question or make an appointment.

New Evidence Based Practice resources available from the library

Evidence based practice – access for NHS and Higher Education across Scotland

We are delighted to announce that a range of clinical evidence summary resources are now available here at GCU until 6th July 2016. These resources combine support for direct patient care and for education, through evidence-based and problem-based approaches to learning about best clinical practice, and linking quick guidance to deeper knowledge for self-directed study.

Selection of these resources (procured via tender by NHS Education for Scotland) is based on extensive consultation with practitioners and a rigorous evaluation process which considered scope, access and usability, delivery channels, evidence-based methodology, and design for education.

The resources available are as follows:

BMJ Best Practice

Aimed at:  UG & PG nurses and allied health professionals .

What is it? A point of care instant access resource outlining information from diagnosis to treatment.


  • Information detailing diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention
  • Drug information
  • Treatment guidelines (including NICE guidelines)
  • Patient information leaflets
  • Image bank

Dynamed Plus

Aimed at: UG & PG nurses and allied health professionals .

What is it?  A point of care resource giving instant access to the most current evidence based clinical evidence


  • overviews and recommendations
  • comprehensive drug content
  • graphics and images

Nursing Reference Center Plus:

Aimed at: UG, PG & post qualification nurses and midwives.

What it is: A point-of-care resource which gives the best available and most recent clinical evidence on conditions and diseases.


  • Summaries on key topics such as using the latest evidence, statistics and references.
  • Quick lessons: nursing overviews covering Description /etiology, symptoms & signs, assessment and treatment.

Rehabilitation Reference Center:

Aimed at: UG, PG & post qualification allied health professionals – particularly physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists.

What it is? Evidence based rehabilitation information often used at the point of care.


  • Clinical reviews for disease or conditions detailing: causes, risk factors, examination & tests, assessment or care plans, outcomes & outcome measures & maintenance or prevention including references to the evidence.
  • Drug information,
  • Patient education materials
  • Exercise images

UK Data Service – webinars for students & researchers

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The UK Data Service, which launched in 2012 and brings together key data for research is offering a comprehensive timetable of webinars over October and November which you may want to take advantage of.  Some brief information for each webinar is given below with a date and sign up link.

The webinars are wide ranging (from introductory to practical tips) and include material which will be of value to researchers at all levels.  You can take advantage of the webinars from your desk , in a lab or at home. There are also recorded webinars that you can access from the UK Data Service website.

Introduction to the UK Data Service  6th October 2015 , 3pm http://bit.ly/1KD9rcs

The UK Data Service holds the UK’s largest collection of digital research data. Participants will learn about the different types of quantitative and qualitative data we hold, how to find those data collections using our online resource discovery tools, and how to register to access datasets in a number of different formats. We will also demonstrate how some of our data collections can be viewed and analysed online, as well as providing an overview of our support and training resources for students, researchers and teachers.

Finding and accessing data in the UK Data Service  14 October 2015, 3pm  http://bit.ly/1PB60rk

This webinar is intended for anyone who wants to know more about finding data from the UK Data Service. Participants will be given a practical overview, focusing on the Service’s Search and browse portal, Discover, which allows users to find datasets, variables, qualitative extracts, support guides, case studies, ESRC outputs, and more. Hints and tips on how to get the best out of Discover will be provided, as well as an overview of the portal’s growing content

Getting started with secondary data 22 October 2015, 3pm http://bit.ly/1KDcIZh

Participants will learn about key issues in secondary analysis, including understanding the context and sampling strategies, exploring data documentation to understand variables and key issues such as missing values. The ethics of reusing data will also be addressed. Participants will find this webinar most useful if they have some experience with quantitative or qualitative methods.

Data management basics 5th November 2015, 3pm http://bit.ly/1KDcqSh

Data management is essential to make sure that well organised, well documented, high quality and shareable research data result from your research project.  We will guide you through: documenting your data; formatting and organising your data; storing your data, including data transfer, encryption, and file sharing; ethical and legal issues in data sharing and handling confidential information; writing a data management plan for research grants.

International Macrodata 8 October 2015, 2pm http://bit.ly/1MtPrgb

This webinar is intended for anyone who wants to know more about the international macrodata available from the UK Data Service. The UK Data Service provides access to a range of international macrodata data including those produced by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Key data: Qualitative and mixed methods  11 November 2015, 3pm http://bit.ly/1Jtl1pN

This webinar is intended for anyone who wants to know more about the qualitative or mixed-methods data available from the UK Data Service. The UK Data Service provides access to a range of qualitative and mixed-methods data including Peter Townsend’s Last Refuge and Neighbourhood Boundaries, Social Disorganisation and Social Exclusion.

Data sources for research students 28th October 2015, 3pm http://bit.ly/1LaBre2

This webinar is likely to be of particular interest to final year undergraduate students and masters students who are considering doing a research degree. It will discuss the range of major data sources available within the UK, both within and outside the UK Data Service that are available for reuse by research students.

If you have any questions feel free to contact your librarian.

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