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To add GCU Harvard (Legacy version – no longer updated or supported) to your Output Style favourites: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 You will be offered GCU Harvard Legacy version (no longer updated or supported), you can “move” this style into your Favorites list by selecting the style name in the left-hand column and clicking on the Add to Favorites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.
We are pleased to introduce our new library self-service machines. A total of 6 machines have been installed throughout the library:
• 2 on Level 1
• 1 each on Levels 0,2,3,4
The new library self-service machines have more functionality than the old models, you can now:
• Borrow and return books in one easy transaction – you can stack all your books on the machine shelf, there’s no need to place one book at a time as the improved functionality scans all of your books.
• Check your account details – gain immediate access to your account and renew books there and then, check and change any items you have on hold
NB: Staff who want to use the new machines please visit the Library Desk for further instruction.
There are a number of measures used for journal quality, article impact and assessing your personal research output.
You may find lists of quality journals designated by experts in particular fields. For example, the Association of Business Schools (ABS) publishes a guide on journal quality which uses citation data, peer review and expert opinion to provide a list of academic journal titles for management and business researchers. Thomson Reuters publishes annual Journal Citation Reports (JCR) which provide impact factors and quality rankings for academic journals. The library provides access to the current JCR Social Sciences and JCR Science editions (log in with your Domain username and password).
Altmetric provide article level metrics to researchers. They collect data on citations within social media sites, government papers and newspapers as alternative counts to the academic data in JCR mentioned above. There is a free bookmarklet for researchers.
In 1995, Jorge E. Hirsch proposed the H-index as a measure of the output of individual researchers. This is still used widely within academia (and you will find many articles discussing it). Google Scholar provides H-index measures for articles and scholars. See their metrics pages for details. You can also find or calculate your own H-index using Journal Citation Reports or Google Scholar.
The academic librarians are here to support you in your research and can offer tailored workshops for groups or one-to-one support. Please contact us if you want to follow up on anything or if you want to arrange an appointment. See our contact details.
HIRSCH, J. E., 2005. An index to Quantify an Individual’s Scientific Research Output. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102(46) pp. 16569-16572.
As an existing Refworks user you need to follow the steps below to retain access to your account. This is a necessary step as we are moving to domain username and password for the library’s online resources – the one you use for GCU Learn or a GCU computer.
- Click here to begin
- Log in with your domain username and password
- Click on the link ‘Link an existing Refworks Account to this Shibboleth Account’ DO NOT enter your email address here or you will create a new account.
- You will need your RefWorks code which has been sent to you in an email from email@example.com
- Enter Refworks Code: which starts with RW_2223_********************************** and password ChangeMe
- Click on Link Account
- In future login to RefWorks by visiting the RefWorks homepage and then click on ‘My Institutions Credentials (Shibboleth)’ and not Athens user.
Any questions or issues please email your librarian – firstname.lastname@example.org.