Updates for Guides and Hints on Using the Library

Advice for low-bandwidth or connectivity problems - UPDATED ADVICE

If you live in these regions and have network issues (e.g. a white page, “connection reset/ refused” error), you may need to try the following –

You should ensure you comply with local regulations when using VPN or similar applications.

Note – Opera browser (v.60 onwards) has removed the “Turbo” setting, see alternative advice below for connectivity problems.

Also see further guidance on resolving technical problems.

if you are experiencing ongoing problems accessing the Library please contact your librarian as soon as possible for advice.



New Referencing Support site

The Library’s Referencing Guide has been updated to improve access support resources, such as our online referencing textbook, Cite them Right, the site also now provides access to our new online skills development platform, Skills for Study. These platforms provide advice for referencing and detailed guidance on the referencing style required on your programme.

You can see all referencing PDF guides under the Referencing tab of the Library for Online Programmes with additional videos and support materials linked on the Library’s Referencing Guide. If a PDF you require is not shown on the Library’s Referencing Guide, please check the Referencing tab on the Library for Online Programmes.

Online staff are advised to use permalinks to Library guides when linking in online modules or Web pages, a list of all permalinks is shown on the Library for Online Programmes staff page.

Interactive Resources: Box of Broadcasts, Biblioboard, Henry Stewart Seminars

Box of broadcasts provides archival video from the UK BBC telivison programmes, including a wide range of educational, scientific, health-related, management, humanities and other subject coverage. You can see a link to Box of Broadcasts in the E-Resources > E-Journals > A-Z of databases or see the ‘Subject Highlights‘ area of the Library for Online Programmes Note – users outside the UK will need to use our Web Apps or UoL VPN client to access Box of Broadcasts, see our login help page for advice.

The Henry Stewart Seminars provide a wide range of scholarly and professional online presentations and video on a range of subjects ranging from health, education, management and the humanities. You can see a link to the Henry Stewart Seminars in the E-Resources > E-Journals > A-Z of databases or see the ‘Subject Highlights‘ area of the Library for Online Programmes:

Biblioboard provides archive materials, including textbooks, archival papers, images and commentary arranged by topical themes on a range of subjects ranging from health, education, management and the humanities. You can see a link to Biblioboard in the E-Resources > E-Journals > A-Z of databases or see the ‘Subject Highlights‘ area of the Library for Online Programmes:

For further help or advice on these databases please see the online help provided within these platforms or contact your Librarian.

WorldCat International Libraries Search

You can now see an icon shown in the Library for Online Progammes for WorldCat Worldcat allows you to search worldwide libraries for local physical library content in your area:

You may find this service useful to quickly search for a specific physical book or journal held at public or academic libraries in your locality:

When searching WorldCat, you can provide your location details:

either perform a search, then follow a link to an item, then enter your location details:

…or create a profile on the WorldCat site and set your location:

When you select a search result/library item you will see a list of locations shown a little way down the page:

Note – users in the UK can additionally use the COPAC catalogue of academic libraries

For further help using WorldCat, use the ‘help’ tool or contact your librarian 

Library survey for your feedback on the Library

Please be aware you can complete our ongoing Library Feedback Survey at any time during your studies to provide your views on the Library for Online Programmes. You can access the survey in the right menu of the Library for Online Programmes The survey will remain online throughout your studies and allows the Librarian to continually read your views and develop the Web site and Library service.

You can use the Feedback Survey to identify areas where you feel the Library can be improved or areas which you think are working well. If you have identified an area which is causing problems or an area for development please describe this issue using comment box provided in the survey, you can also suggest possible solutions or ways we can overcome the issue.

Please note – the survey is not an enquiry form, if you need to contact your Librarian please use the Contact options shown on the Library Web pages.

For more information or questions about the survey please contact your Librarian.

Refmobile - collect/store/cite your references using your mobile device

Manage your research wherever you go, whatever you do with RefMobile. All you need is a Web-connected mobile device: mobile phone, smart phone or PDA.

Refworks Support Centre/ Online Help Browser

Please see the Refworks Support Centre to browse for advice on using Refworks:

Manage your References with Refworks - Updated Step by Step Guide

Please see our updated step-by-step guide to using the Refworks application to manage your references.

RefWorks is a reference manager used to gather and manage your references and create bibliographies from your list of references. Refworks can also import references automatically from many databases/platforms such as Discover. Refworks runs entirely in your Web browser.

You can find this guide under the Referencing area of the Library for Online Programmes or see the “Refworks Guides/ Video” icon in the right menu of the Library for Online Programmes.

Journal/ Author Ratings new Web site area

Please see our new “Journal/ Author” Ratings area within the Library for Online Programmes, you can use either Web of Knowledge or SCOPUS to view journal, author or publication ratings (bibliometrics) to indicate the popularity (impact) of journal content according to papers published, number of citations in other publications and other models for assessing impact.

The following page provides guidelines, video and tutorials for demonstrating how to use journal impact tools:

Video and Tutorial Highlights

See the “Video and Tutorial Highlights” browsable selector from the front page of the Library for Online Programmes for new or recommended video or interactive training materials