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									eLibrary – Quick Guide

Note – This is a basic guide to using the               of all eJournal titles that start with the
eLibrary. See the full eLibrary guide for               letter A.
more details about how to get the most              •   Once you have found the journal you
from the eLibrary system
                                                        want, click               to see or
                                                        which years each provider offers
view the demo
                                                        access to
mo.                                                 •   Click      to go to the journal, or enter
                                                        any date, volume or issue information
If you have any problems using the                      you may have to go straight to a
eLibrary please contact your Subject                    specific volume (please note that not
Advisor                                                 all journals provide this service).
support                                             Every journal also has a    next to it.
                                                    When you click on this button the journal is
What is the eLibrary?                               added to your eShelf in the My
The eLibrary is the gateway to all the              Favourites tab.
electronic resources the University of
Birmingham subscribes to. These                     Using Quick Search
resources include full-text journals,
searchable databases and web based                  From this page you search within
resources. The eLibrary allows you to               QuickSets. A QuickSet is a collection of
search the resources and view or save               resources that can be searched at the
results in a number of different ways. If the       same time and have been specifically
university has a subscription you will be           selected as being most useful to a
able to link to the full-text by using the          particular research area.
                 button.                            • Select the subject set you are
                                                        interested in
How to access and log into the                      • Just enter a search term and eLibrary
eLibrary?                                               will retrieve a set of articles for you.
Either navigate from the University                     (Please note the university may not
homepage, go in via the portal (under the               have access to all articles retrieved)
Library & Computing tab), or go to                  • You can also click directly on a and enter your                  QuickSet to see which resources it
University username and password.                       contains, and then click on the
                                                        resource title to go directly to the
How to find and access an online                        resource itself.
                                                    How to find and access an eResource?
•   Log into eLibrary and choose the Find
    eJournal tab. This option allows you            •   Choose the Find eResource tab. This
    to search the University’s range of                 allows you to search the University’s
    online journals                                     range of online databases and other
•   Enter the journal title into the search             electronic resources
                                                    •   You can also browse the A-Z list - for
    box and click    .
                                                        example clicking A will bring up a list
•   You can also browse the A-Z list - for              of all resources that start with the
    example clicking A will bring up a list             letter A.

•   Once you have found the resource                 Problems
    you need you can click on its title and
    you will be taken to its search screen.          If you have any problems with any journals
    The screen opens in a new window so              or resources contained in the eLibrary
    to return to eLibrary just close or              then please report it at
    minimise the resource screen.          

How to browse by subject?                            Symbols used within eLibrary

•   If you are unsure which resource you                              - Shows which providers
    need, go to Browse By Subject                    give access to the title, and what years are
•   Select your subject from the list on the         available
    left, and select a sub-category then
    click     .                                         - Extra information is provided about
•   This will bring up a list of resources           the title
    your subject advisor has selected as
    being of most importance to that area.                                    - Important access
•   To view a resource just click on its title       information is contained in the information
    and a new window will open. You are              field and should be read before accessing
    still logged into eLibrary, and to               the journal or resource.
    continue using the Browse subject
    option just close the window of the
                                                         - Adds the title to your eShelf for easy
    resource you were viewing.
                                                     future access
•   Some resources have           next to
                                                         - Resource can be searched directly
    them. If you click this you will go to a
                                                     from the eLibrary
    search screen which will search the
    resource you have selected for your
    search term, and bring the results
    back into eLibrary for you to read and
    save to your eShelf as necessary.

My Favourites

This is the area of eLibrary which is
personal to you. You can save links to a
journal or a resource by clicking the
next to the title, or when an article is
retrieved within a Quickset, it can be
saved in your eShelf by clicking the trolley
next to the article. You can also create
folders to manage your saved resources.
For more detailed information on the
functions in your eShelf please see the full
eLibrary guide
( or
the online demonstration

    All Library Services documents are available in other formats, please contact
    Library Services on 0121 414 5828 or
                                  for information

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