The Library has lots of useful resources that can help you with your dissertation or Honours’ Project.
Planning your search strategy
We have a range of books that can help you get started with your literature review and with your dissertation or project more generally (for example here, here and here). Additionally our online training package SMILE has lots of tips that will improve the quality of your research. Continue reading
Through the library’s subscription with the publisher Springer, GCU authors can benefit from the Springer Compact open access agreement. This allows staff and research students at GCU to publish articles open access in over 2000 journals, at no cost.
GCU authors can gain from publishing open access in a number of ways. These include increased visibility of your research worldwide, compliance with funder and REF open access policies, and enhanced impact and public engagement of your work.
The list of eligible journal titles can be found here. Once an article is accepted for publication in a journal from this list, the publisher will contact the corresponding author to confirm the institutional affiliation.
The Springer Compact agreement is available to staff until December 2018.
For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
edShare@GCU, the University’s educational resources repository, has now been updated to include an embeddable HTML5 player for all video and audio content. An example record can be accessed via this link: https://edshare.gcu.ac.uk/873/.
This means that instead of embedding a specific derivative, staff will now be able to embed an HTML5 player which selects the correct derivative to play depending on what browser or device is being used. To facilitate this update the abstract page for video and audio files has changed, specifically the tabs located under the player. The system now generates three tabs for each file. Continue reading
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 email@example.com if you have any problems.
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.
When 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems. Alternatively, check the guides on the library’s Refworks pages for more information.
We’re currently encountering difficulty downloading British Standards via the Firefox browser. The following action is recommended as BSOL seek to remedy the issue:
- Click on the standard number from the search results. This navigates to the item’s bibliographic data.
- You will then get the option to open or save the file:
Internet Explorer and Google Chrome are the recommended browsers for accessing BSOL. The above steps, however, allow standards to be downloaded with Firefox at this time.
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:
• 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:
• 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:
• 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:
Our library self-service machines on Level 1 can now be used to pay cash for outstanding fines. All you need to do is:
- Touch the screen to select ‘My Library Account’
- Place your student/staff card on the reader icon
- From the options displayed, choose ‘Pay charges’ and follow the instructions to pay your fine
- Select ‘Finish’ to end the session
To find out more about the library self-service machines, read this blog
The Library no longer supports or updates the GCU Harvard (also known as School of Health Harvard) output style on RefWorks due to multiple versions being in use throughout the university. However, a legacy version of GCU Harvard is still available for those who wish to use it. Instructions for adding GCU Harvard (Legacy version) are given below.
The instructions below show you how to use the Output Style Manager to add the legacy version of GCU Harvard to your output style favourites list in RefWorks. Alternatively you may want to find out more about the new Harvard British Standard Referencing Guidelines available from the library.
To add GCU Harvard (Legacy version – no longer updated or supported) to your Output Style favourites:
1. Visit the Bibliography menu and select Output Style Manager.
2. The Output Style Manager will open.
3. The List of Output Styles in the left-hand column shows all of the output styles available in RefWorks. The right-hand column shows the styles which will show in your list of favourites.
4. Search for GCU Harvard using the Search box. You will be offered GCU Harvard Legacy version (no longer updated or supported), you can “move” this style into your Favorites list by selecting the style name in the left-hand column and clicking on the Add to Favorites green arrow icon.
5. You can remove a style from your Favorites by selecting the style and clicking on the Remove from Favorites green arrow icon . You can remove all styles in your Favorites by just clicking on the Remove All button.
6. Close the Output Style Manager to return to your previous page.
Need further help? Contact your librarian.
The academic librarians have created guidance for Harvard referencing based on the current British Standard (BS ISO 690:2010). Our web pages have comprehensive guidance and examples of widely used sources of digital and print information. You can download the full guide as a PDF or use the quick links on the web site for specific examples.
We have followed the style of references in the current standard (BS ISO 690:2010) to create our Harvard guide but students should check their module handbook or with their lecturer for the style they are required to use. The library also provides links and support for other referencing conventions.
If the type of material you want to reference is not included in our guidance or if you want to suggest we cover another referencing style please let us know and we will consider this for future guidance.
The library website is the authoritative source for the current guide. We will review the guide annually to include any required changes and to reflect the current British Standard.
Users of RefWorks should choose the Harvard British Standard 2010 output style which is consistent with our guide. The Library will no longer support or update the GCU Harvard (also known as School of Health Harvard) output style on RefWorks due to multiple versions being in use throughout the university. However, a legacy version of GCU Harvard will still be available for those who wish to use it. Instructions for adding GCU Harvard to your favourites in RefWorks are available here.
Please contact your academic librarian for help or to give feedback on these changes.