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Absolute Beginners - Finding books, articles and other materials in the Library

How to get started for anyone new to tracking down resources, and a refresher for those who have already mastered some of the skills.

I want to find books on a certain topic

The best way to look for a book on a certain topic is to use LibrarySearch.
There are links to this on the side bar of the main library page, and on the MyDay Portal. If you are in BRIGHTSPACE, go to the Library Resources dropdown menu at the top of the page and select Library Homepage, then LibrarySearch from the sidebar. 
  • If not already signed in, sign in at the top of the page using your usual UHI username and password
  • In this example we are going to look for books about the Vikings. If I put that in the search bar, it comes back with 32,977 results! That is because it looks in all the print book records, ebook text, journal articles etc, anywhere in UHI's huge number of holdings. We need to narrow it down.
  • Let's say we only want to see print books. You would scroll down the side bar (or if on a smartphone, click on Group and Refine this Search, and scroll down to format, selecting print books)
  • That has narrowed it down to 235 - more manageable, but still too many. If we then ask it to just show us what is available at our nearest library, in this case Inverness UHI, it brings it down to 37. To do this scroll down to Held by Library and check the box for your campus library, this brings us a healthy 37 print books.

  • Decide from the list which title you want. If there are lots of returns with the same title you can filter the list further by year, language, location of copies, and so on. To select a book, click on the title. If you only want to see print books, select that button, or the same with  the ebook button.
  • See the I found the books in Library Search - now what? tab to see what to do next.
  • Aug 2, 2022