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Wed 23 Oct 2019
13:15 - 13:45

Venue: Library

Provided by: Department of Chemistry


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Chemistry Library Orientation for Chemistry Undergraduates

Wed 23 Oct 2019


This session introduces new undergraduate Chemistry 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.

Target audience

NST Chemistry Part IBa, IBb, II, and III undergraduates.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Wed 23 Oct 2019   13:15 - 13:45 13:15 - 13:45 Library map C.M. Castle
Topics covered

Library orientation.


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.

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.

Presentation and demonstrations.


One session of thirty minutes.



Undergraduate Library Services

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