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Fri 31 Jan 2020
10:15 - 10:45

Venue: Library

Provided by: Department of Chemistry


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Chemistry: IS1 Library Orientation

Fri 31 Jan 2020


This is a compulsory session which introduces new graduate students to the Department of Chemistry Library and its place within the wider Cambridge University Library system. It provides general information on what is available, where it is, and how to get it. Print and online resources are included.

You must choose one session out of the 9 sessions available.

Target audience
  • First year chemistry postgraduates
  • If you were a chemistry undergraduate last academic year then it is still important that you attend one of these library orientation sessions. The content will be slightly different, as it is aimed at postgraduates.
  • If you were a chemistry MPhil student last academic year and attended one of these library orientation sessions then you do not need to attend another one this academic year
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Fri 31 Jan   10:15 - 10:45 10:15 - 10:45 Library map C.M. Castle
Topics covered

This session covers finding your way around the print collections of Chemistry and other libraries and practicalities of borrowing within and outside Cambridge, as well as accessing subscribed electronic resources, and includes:

  • The structure of Cambridge Library system, Cambridge University Library as host of online resources, and links to other libraries
  • Locating Chemistry Library print resources, using IT facilities and services such as document supply for items not available in Cambridge
  • Demonstration of and advice on how best to find the journal articles and books that you need, whether in print or online, using the online library catalogue, iDiscover, and other search engines available
  • Request and renew functions on iDiscover
  • Self-issue system and borrowing accounts
  • Introduction to the Chemistry Library website and social media accounts

After attending this session participants will be able to:

  • Access full-text online journals, e-books and electronic databases
  • Search for books and journals using the online library catalogue, iDiscover
  • Interpret results
  • Use catalogue renewal and account functions
  • Set up a borrowing account and use the self-issue system to borrow and return books
  • Locate print resources in the Chemistry Library and other libraries within the Cambridge Library system
  • Print, photocopy and scan items using the library‚Äôs multifunctional device
  • Make requests for resources not available in Cambridge
  • One session of half an hour
  • Several times a year
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