Using Library Resources Remotely

While you are studying away from the university, you still have access to an extensive collection of ebooks, online journals, academic research databases, films, TV programmes and magazines. Everything we subscribe to is linked from the Library Services main web page and you may also find direct links to essential reading from the reading list in your Canvas modules.

The libraries are now closed until further notice. If you need help to use library resources when working away from the university, we are running a remote enquiry service and the Contact Us web pages have all the contact details.

Print books you have on loan
Holds and recalls on all items have been suspended and all your loans will be renewed automatically. If you are continuing your studies at LJMU in the next academic year, please keep hold of your books and return them in person when our libraries reopen.

If you are based in the UK and have not already left Liverpool, please take your library books with you when you do so. We are currently working on a process for you to be able to return the books to us from home. We will confirm details of this as soon as we are able to. If you are leaving the UK before our libraries reopen please contact our library service for further advice using the online form.

Discover search engine
Enter authors, titles or keywords into the Discover search box on the main web page and you will be presented with a list of academic resources that can be refined using the filters on the right-hand menu. Discover can also help you to manage your research – sign in to review your Library Account and check your borrowing history, pin/save items to your Favourites list, export references to EndNote and create search alerts. The Discover Guide provides more information on all the features available.

Authentication
When working off campus you may need to provide your LJMU username and password more often to get to the full text. We use the Open Athens authentication system – look for this option and select Liverpool John Moores University as your home institution, then enter your username (in the format lstjblog) and your password.

Electronic Library
Not all of our electronic resources can be searched via the Discover search engine, and sometimes you may wish to go straight to a particular e-journal or academic database. The Electronic Library provides alphabetical lists of e-journals and databases, and links to other tools such as Browzine (an app for creating your personal e-journal library) and Box of Broadcasts (an online archive of UK TV programmes).

Document request and suggestions for purchase
If you find a reference to a journal article that is not available, use the Find A Reference service. The electronic document delivery service is still running at present and you will be sent a pdf of articles located. Inter-library loan requests for print books are currently suspended but you can still suggest that we purchase a copy for the library using the purchase request form. Ebooks can be delivered as usual but print books will be delayed until the libraries re-open.

Referencing
When writing up assignments you may need some advice on referencing and compiling your bibliography. We have guides and tutorials on the Referencing and Endnote web page to help with these, and our liaison librarians can provide more detailed help during our enquiry service hours.

Skills@LJMU
On the Skills@LJMU web pages we have guides and tutorials for Academic Writing, Maths and Statistics, English for Academic Purposes, Library Skills and IT Skills. The Academic Achievement team  and the Liaison Librarians also run online tutorials and appointments which are advertised in the Skills Training Calendar each week. The FeedForward service is also available via email – the Skills Tutors can provide advice and feedback on aspects of your work before you submit it.

And finally…
Some of the resources we subscribe to are of general interest and may help you to relax during breaks from your academic work:

Press Reader is an online library of newspapers and magazines covering popular topics and hobbies as well as more mainstream academic journals. Download the app to read on a tablet or phone.

Kanopy is a streaming service of feature films and documentaries.

Box of Broadcasts is an online archive of UK free-to-air TV programmes.

Rosetta Stone is our online language learning platform with 24 languages to choose from.

Liverpool Central Library also has an excellent collection of ebooks, magazines and audio books  on the Read Liverpool web pages. The service is free to join online.

Athens problems – alternative access to electronic resources

We are having issues with Athens but you will be able to access a majority of LJMU electronic resources if you first log in to Off Campus Applications, sign into Discover and then use Databases A-Z if you wish to search a particular database. This way you can access many of our resources without having to first log in to Athens.

Apologies for the inconvenience while Athens is unavailable.

Looking for business information?

With premium full-text content and peer-reviewed business journals, Business Source Complete is an essential tool for business students. It covers all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and more.

  • More than 2,000 active full-text journals and magazines
  • More than 1,200 active, full-text, peer-reviewed journals
  • 760 active, full-text, peer-reviewed journals with no embargo
  • 830 active full-text journals indexed in Web of Science or Scopus

To access the resource:

From within the University, go to Business Source Complete in the Databases A-Z, follow the link from there, and you will be automatically logged in. Alternatively you can search for it in Discover:

From off-campus, you will be directed to an OpenAthens login page, go to Find Your Organisation and search for Liverpool John Moores University. You will then be asked to enter your LJMU username (in the format username@ljmu.ac.uk)  and password.

New Library Room Booking system now live

We have now changed over to a new Library Room Booking system. In case you have never used it before, this system allows you to book one of over thirty study rooms across our three Libraries.

Resource Booker imageThe same policies will apply as on the previous system; you can book a room for up to 4 hours and bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance. Bookings are limited to LJMU students.

All bookings that were made in the old system have been transferred to the new system but this had to be done manually so apologies if any have been missed.

The system received very positive feedback in student testing and we hope that you will find it intuitive and be able to use it straight away. However we would be pleased to receive any feedback that you do have. Just speak to a member of Library staff or Contact Us online.

New Library Room Booking system goes live Tuesday 3rd March

We will be changing over to a new Library Room Booking system on Tuesday 3rd March. In case you have never used it before, this system allows you to book one of over thirty study rooms across our three Libraries.

Resource Booker imageThe same policies will apply as on the previous system; you can book a room for up to 4 hours and bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance. Bookings are limited to LJMU students.

All bookings that were made in the old system will be transferred to the new system ready for Go Live.

The system received very positive feedback in student testing and we hope that you will find it intuitive and be able to use it straight away. However we would be pleased to receive any feedback that you do have. Just speak to a member of Library staff or Contact Us online.

Spotlight on resources: Digital Theatre+

Did you know we have access to Digital Theatre+, the world’s leading platform for performing arts education?

  • Digital Theatre+ allows you to watch world-class theatre wherever you are, 24/7.
  • A resource for English and Drama students, and anyone who loves theatre and the performing arts.
  • Stage productions are filmed in high-definition for streaming exclusively through the DT+ platform.
  • Includes access to many additional academic resources.

What’s included?

  • Plays & Productions
    Video and audio performances performed and recorded specifically for DT+, e.g. King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Macbeth, A Doll’s House & Far From The Madding Crowd, plus many additional productions from partner institutions such as the BBC.
  • Practice & Practitioners
    Interviews with actors, practitioners, academics and experts, plus documentaries and lectures.
  • Theory & Criticism
    Academic resources: documentaries, teaching plans, workshops, study guides.


To access the resource:

…From within the University, go to Digital Theatre Plus in the Databases A-Z, click on the link and you will be automatically logged in. Alternatively you can go straight to: https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/education. Again, you will be automatically signed in.

…From off-campus, click on ‘Sign In’, then select Liverpool John Moores University from the drop-down list of institutions, and click on ‘Sign In With My Institution’. Then enter your LJMU username (in the format username@ljmu.ac.uk) and password when prompted.

Journal article access made easier

We understand that researching is tricky enough without trying to navigate the different journal publishers’ webpages.

A product called LibKey Nomad is a browser extension for Google Chrome that automatically provides links to full-text content of articles courtesy of John Moores University Library as you do research on the web and come across articles.

LibKey Nomad consults the Library’s holdings data – and open access alternatives – to determine the best place to source the article from.

Heather Da Vanzo, Digital Content Team Leader, explains: “We know from listening to students that the journey from finding the details of an article to getting the full text presents plenty of challenges. Sometimes you can get lost, there are too many clicks and you might get frustrated that the article isn’t easy to find, or worse assume that LJMU don’t have access to the article. In an attempt to improve the situation we hope the LibKey Nomad extension will make finding the full-text of journal articles hassle-free for researchers.”

Help and support

See the FAQ on how to install LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad supports Google Chrome version 76.x and newer. It requires a ‘once only’ installation process.

We’ll keep working to improve information discovery and access to research materials.

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on resources: BBC Monitoring

BBC Monitoring is a fully searchable digital current affairs resource from the BBC. It observes, understands and explains media throughout the world, providing an accessible and relevant account for you to make better, more informed decisions.


Content and key features

1. Global media monitoring
Reports, news alerts and round-ups

2. Expertise and Research
Media guides for given countries
Biographies and guides to governmental and administrative bodies, social and political organisations, and military and law enforcement forces.

3. Search
Powerful search offers detailed filters so you can find content by source, by subject, by country or language, and more.

4. Feeds & Notifications
Any search can be saved as a Feed, which will notify you when new content is added that matches that search.

5. Global and Regional Stories
The region and country pages present content specific to those areas, including a full reference section.

6. Bookmarks
Save pieces for later by bookmarking them – from the curated pages, search results, or from the article itself.

7. Help and Guides
Find more information, in-depth guides and FAQs in the comprehensive Help section.


To access the resource:

From within the University, go to BBC Monitoring in the Databases A-Z, follow the link from there, and you will be automatically logged in. Alternatively you can go straight to: https://monitoring.bbc.co.uk. Again, you will be automatically signed in.

From off-campus, click on Sign In (the person icon), then ‘Login via academic institution’. Select Liverpool John Moores University from the list of institutions, then enter your LJMU username (in the format username@ljmu.ac.uk) and password.