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Wed 7 Oct 2020
15:00 - 16:00

Provided by: Department of Chemistry


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Chemistry: IS1 Library Orientation

Wed 7 Oct 2020


This compulsory session is intended to welcome new graduate students to the Department of Chemistry Library service in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The session will briefly cover how the physical library space can be used and, most importantly, give you practical information on how you can access the wide range of electronic resources available to you remotely. It will also cover the services available to you from other Cambridge libraries.

This session is intended to set you up so you can start to do your research as efficiently and effectively as possible.

  • Once booked onto the course, you will receive a link to pre-register on Zoom.
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 - and now reflects COVID-19 changes
  • 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, but it may help to attend to learn about COVID-19 changes
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Wed 7 Oct 2020   15:00 - 16:00 15:00 - 16:00 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 an hour
  • Several times a year
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