November 2011

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Handwritten citationNot sure how to reference? Come to a workshop this Wednesday February 27 in S@iL room 108 in the Library from 14:00 – 14:45.

There is still time to book your last-minute place at the Ground Floor Information Desk in the University Library or email library@reading.ac.uk

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Search results on Enterprise, showing the narrow results options on the rightTry out the Enterprise catalogue! This new, joint catalogue allows you to search across several University collections to find all the sources you need.

Enterprise includes…

  • materials held in the University Library, including books, journals and DVDs
  • the University’s special collections of rare books and archives
  • the book, archive and object collections of the Museum of English Rural Life

Search tips

Unlike the Unicorn catalogue, the Enterprise search is forgiving of misspellings and typos - if you mistype a word Enterprise will guess what you mean and still return some results.

Results are ranked by relevance. Hopefully the most relevant item will appear at the top of the list.

Use the facets in the ”Narrow your results” options on the right of the screen to make your results more specific. You can limit your results in a number of ways including by:

  • Library location – selecting “University Library” will exclude all the archives and objects
  • whether the item is online
  • format – select this if you are only interested in one type of publication, eg you can just view archives
  • publication date – date ranges are created dynamically based on your results
  • language

Future developments

A new release early next year will feature an improved search engine, the ability to search on specific fields (eg Title), the facility to narrow your results by excluding as well as including facets, and the ability to select multiple facets to narrow your search. The My Account functionality currently in Unicorn will also be added.

We hope to add other University collections in future.

Feedback

We welcome your views on Enterprise, especially as we are planning to replace Unicorn with Enterprise next summer. What do you like? Is there anything you dislike? Do you prefer it to Unicorn?

We are also hoping to make Enterprise as easy to use as possible by holding some usability testing next term. Let us know if you would like to be involved.

Please send your comments, or requests to be involved in the usability testing, to Library Systems Manager, Ruth Salisbury: email: r.m.salisbury@reading.ac.uk.

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Need to look something up? Your Library gives you access to many different respected resources - both in print and online - like dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Here is just this month’s list of new reference works!

New printed reference works

Poisoning and toxicology handbook / Jerrold B. Leikin, Frank P. Paloucek.
New York ; London : informa healthcare, 2008.
2ND FLOOR REFERENCE–615.9-POI 

The Arthurian annals : the tradition in English from 1250 to 2000 / Daniel P. Nastali and Phillip C. Boardman.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004.
3RD FLOOR REFERENCE–809.93-NAS

For more reference works, look up individual titles on the Unicorn catalogue.

New online reference works

All this month’s new additions listed below can be found on Credo Reference

Exemplary Economists: North America
Exemplary Economists: Europe, Asia and Australasia
Pocket Guides: Narrative
The Environmental Debate: A Documentary History
The 2011 Annual Register: World Events 2010
Encyclopedia of New Jersey
Key Concepts in Public Health
Key Concepts in Anti-Discriminatory Social Work
Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia
Key Concepts in Governance
Key Concepts in Social Research
The National Gallery Companion Guide
Pocket Guides: Myths & Legends
Globalization: Encyclopedia of Trade, Labor, and Politics
Eastern Europe: An Introduction to the People, Lands, and Culture
Collins Greek-English Dictionary
Collins English-Greek Dictionary
Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political, Social, and Military History
Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia
Poverty and the Government in America: A Historical Encyclopedia
The Handbook of Political Sociology: States, Civil Societies, and Globalization
The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language
A History of South African Literature
A History of Feminist Literary Criticism
Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary of Key Concepts
Key Concepts in Nursing
Key Concepts in Education
Encyclopedia of Archaeology
The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
Key Concepts in Sport & Exercise Sciences

New editions of :

The Hutchinson Chronology of World History
Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History
Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation

To find existing titles go to our Online dictionaries and encyclopedias page  or search the Unicorn catalogue.

Other new resources

Other new books and new e-books are listed on the Unicorn catalogue.

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