Wednesday, 30 September 2009

WebCT related queries sorted!

Following on from the success of the drop-in sessions for WebCT during induction week, there will be a WebCT drop-in session held henceforth on a weekly basis.

In October, these will take place every thursday at 12.15-14.15 in Room 1:127 and the first one is tomorrow.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Proud achievement...

Each year all University libraries across the UK are asked to fill in a quesitonnaire about their services and facilities. The Learning Resource Centre at Queen Margaret University did particularly well in the latest survey, which covered the academic year 2007/2008.

One question asked for the percentage of overall library space devoted to IT provision. QMU scored the highest percentage in Scotland at 40% and we came joint third across the whole of the UK. The average for the 'new' universities in the UK was 19.6%!

Another question asks for the number of open access workstations. QMU was third highest in Scotland at 605 - just behind Edinburgh and Glasgow. The average for the 'new' sector was 414. Our LRC's study spaces were open for 47,493 hours in 07/08 - only Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities' figures were higher!

We also issued more items in 2007/2008 than three much larger Scottish Universities.

We are proud of our Learning Resource Centre - we hope you are too.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Parliamentary Papers now available online

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers are now accessible via our Databases A-Z page (skip/scroll to H rather P like I did!). Access has been made possible by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) for all UK Higher Education institutions.

What this means is that you can access over 200, 000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 up to the 2003/4 session with supplementary material dating back to 1688. The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) website delivers page images to and searchable full-text for each paper along with detailed subject indexing. Further information can be found here.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Welcome to our new students

Hello and welcome to our new students. We're very busy this week with inductions and meeting lots of new people. We realise it's a lot to take in so here are a few highlights:

The Library Services home page is where you will find links to resources that you will find most useful during your time here. Our Library Toolbar has a set of quick links that will take you to:

  • iLink - the traditional library catalogue
  • QUEST - the interactive library catalogue
  • renewals - renew your borrowed items online
  • databases - an a-z list of over 100 databases
  • subject resources - key resources for your subject area
  • eJournals - an a-z list of over 16,000 electronic journals
  • eBooks - links to our collections of over 41,000 electronic books

Workshops are scheduled at various times of the year. If you need help finding resources for your coursework, are struggling with searching databases or are not sure what an eJournal is then there will be a workshop to suit you. Click here to see what's coming up soon.

Monday, 7 September 2009


For those of you not in the know, we subscribe to Netanatomy. It's a database that covers three of the major disciplines of Human Anatomy including Gross Anatomy, Radiographic Anatomy and Cross-sectional Anatomy.

You can access Netanatomy via our Database A-Z list on-campus or via Remote Access if you are off-campus.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Staff accounts

Calling all QMU academic staff - please remember that your LRC membership will expire on the 31st October 2009.

Come along to the Service Desk and you can now get it renewed until 31st October 2010. It won't take long and while you're here, pick up your free copy of the new edition of 'Write and Cite'.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

New feature on eTheses

You can now browse by degrees in eTheses, our online respository. It's an open access collection of our PhD theses and selected MSc dissertations by QMU staff and researchers.

Theses are an underutilised but significant information resource. The relatively restricted access to printed copies is the predominant reason for their underutilisation. Making the full-text available digitally, from any networked computer world wide, will greatly increase access and availability to this primary research.