Extended Weekend Opening Hours – Trimesters A & B

You asked, and we listened!

We received feedback asking us to extend opening hours in the library at the weekend to offer greater flexibility for students with caring or work commitments. We are delighted to say that from now on for Trimesters A and B, we will be open from 10am until 11pm on Saturday and Sunday. In Trimester C the library will be open until 6pm at the weekend.


Migration of edShare repository

Work will commence to migrate GCU’s edShare open educational resource repository from an on-site server to a cloud hosted solution on Monday 23rd January 2023. This will provide improved system performance, greater scalability and streamlined upgrades. After the migration, no existing edShare functionality will be lost. We have scheduled the migration work to take place during the Trimester A 2022/23 Inter Trimester Break to minimise service user impact. We will endeavour to ensure any system downtime is kept to a minimum and apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

The migration will begin on Monday 23rd January and is expected to take up to three days. During this time resources hosted in edShare may be unavailable, including those embedded in GCULearn and the GCU website, and you will not be able to log in to edShare. Full access to the system and resources is expected to be restored by Thursday 26th January at the latest. The library team will then undertake an exhaustive testing programme with the aim of resolving any migration issues by Monday 30th January.

If you have any queries regarding the migration please email edshare@gcu.ac.uk.

SPORTDiscus – new online resource

The library is happy to announce access to a new online resource, SPORTDiscus with full text.

Banner logo reading "SPORTDiscus with full text, powered by EBSCOhost" and the image of a stylised arm throwing a discus.

SPORTDiscus with Full Text is an EBSCO database which provides bibliographic and full-text content for 660 sports and sports medicine journals. The subjects covered in the database include:

  • Athletic training
  • Coaching and education
  • Exercise science and fitness
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Orthopedics
  • Physical education and therapy
  • Sociology of sports
  • Sport psychology
  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation

Users can find SPORTDiscus directly on the Library’s Discover platform, by searching for “SPORTDiscus” in the Database A-Z or by clicking here.

If you have any queries about using SPORTDiscus, please contact the Academic Librarian team. If you have any issues accessing the database, please contact the Electronic Resource Team at ertenq@gcu.ac.uk

Business Source Premier – New online resource

The library is happy to announce that it has now upgraded to the online resource Business Source Premier.

Banner logo that says "Business Source Premier, Powered by EBSCOhost" in blue text on a blue banner.

Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text access for more than 2,300 journals, including for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. This database also provides access to 8,225 business case studies, over 14,000 company profiles, 7,353 industry reports, over 75,000 videos and 5,298 SWOT analyses.

Users can find Business Source Premier directly on the Library’s Discover platform, by searching for “Business Source Premier” in the Database A-Z or by clicking here.

If you have any queries about using Business Source Premier, please contact the Academic Librarian team. If you have any issues accessing the database, please contact the Electronic Resource Team at ertenq@gcu.ac.uk

Author event – Rossie Stone

Author event - Rossie Stone QR code to scan to sign up, picture of the author and caption stating: Meet Rossie Stone (founder of Dekko comics) at our free workshop to find out how comics can help you to study better.

The creator and founder of Dekko Comics, Rossie Stone, will join us on the 9th of December from 4 pm till 6 pm for a live workshop focused on practicing alternative ways to learn.

You will gain useful tools for being better engaged in your learning environment. This workshop will be based on the fundamental technique on which Dekko Comics is built, which comes from Rossie’s experience of struggling at school with dyslexia and low self-esteem and how he overcame it.

This will be highly a practical, interactive workshop where Rossie will share his own story and teaches the art of transforming a distraction into a solution. 

Scan the QR code to sign up!

Business of Fashion Professional – new resource

The library is happy to announce access to the online resource Business of Fashion Professional.

Logo of the Business of Fashion website, the letters B, O and F in bold font.

The Business of Fashion is recognised around the world for its authoritative, analytical point of view on the $2.5 trillion global fashion industry. Their mission is simple: build fashion’s global membership community to open, inform and connect the industry.

Serving members in more than 125 countries, BoF combines independent, agenda-setting journalism with practical business advice, online learning, career-building tools and immersive events and experiences, powering positive change in fashion and the wider world.

Users can now access unlimited articles on the BoF website, as well as their case studies and online courses and more.

Users can find Business of Fashion directly on the Library’s Discover platform, by searching for “Business of Fashion” in the Database A-Z or by clicking here.

First time must users register here using their GCU email address. Users must choose Glasgow Caledonian University as your company when registering for an account in order to access the subscription.

If you have any queries about Business of Fashion, please contact the eresource team at ertenq@gcu.ac.uk


Technical issue [Westlaw]

The library is aware of intermittent issues with the online database Westlaw currently, this is due to problems with the website at the publishers end. Westlaw error message displaying an error that says "your profile contains no valid registration keys. Contact your administrator for assistance or sign in to OnePass to manage your profile.If any users are trying to access the Westlaw database and see an error message that states, “Your profile contains no valid registration keys”, please contact the library team at ertenq@gcu.ac.uk immediately. We will then investigate this issue on your behalf.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Resource Lists at GCU drop in sessions

The Resource List team will be running a series of drop in sessions for staff in the run up to Trimester B resource list submission deadline (16 December).

Resource Lists at GCU Drop in sessions, Come and ask us a question, We can help with: Creating and updating your resource list Duplicating your list Updating your module codes

If you have any questions about using the resource list platform, creating or updating your resource lists or would like to know more about how the library can help, please drop by. The sessions will be held on MS Teams and will run at the following dates and times:

  • Friday 18 November at 10am – 11am
  • Thursday 24 November at 2pm – 3pm
  • Monday 28 November at 3pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday 7 December at 11am -12pm
  • Tuesday 13 December at 12pm -1pm

You can join the drop in here: join the drop in now

If you would like to learn more about the Resource Lists at GCU service, please visit our website. Alternatively, you can contact the resource list team directly at resourcelists@gcu.ac.uk

New trial resource – SciVal

The library is currently running a trial to SciVal, available to all users.

SciVal: New database for researchers – Library News

SciVal enables you to visualize research performance, benchmark your research relative to peers, develop collaborative partnerships and analyse research trends. You can find out more about the SciVal tool on their website.

The trial is running until 18 December 2022. You can find the SciVal by searching the Library’s Database A-Z or by clicking here.

We encourage users to send us feedback on this trial directly via our Twitter or by email at ertenq@gcu.ac.uk

Read&Relax book club

On Thursday 17th November, at 4 pm, join us for the first meeting of our themed book club Read&Relax in the Relax&Renew area.

Every month, we will choose a theme/topic and read books about it and discuss them at the following meetings.

The reading group is aimed at boosting international students’ English skills through reading, however we encourage any English speaker to join us, as we believe that the best way to learn is through collaboration and shared knowledge.

That is to say that EVERYONE is welcome to join us! All you need is to think of a book that you really liked, so that we can start from there together. We will play bookish games and fun activities to learn together.

Feel free to bring your own snack and drink.

Click here to register.

Read&Relax book club poster

Do you like reading and talk about the latest books you have read? Join our monthly book club: Read&Relax Thursday 17th November at 4pm. In the library – Relax&Renew area.