Reference books – where to find them

books-2158737__340Lots of reference books like dictionaries and encyclopaedias are available online now but there a still a few that are only available in print, so we’ve been thinking about what to do with them.  There aren’t enough any more to make it worthwhile keeping them separate from the main book collection, so you’ll find them on the shelves in the libraries with everything else. 

As with all of our books, you can use Library Search on the Library Gateway to find the ones you need.  Ask at the Helpdesk if you can’t find something.


Books by You!

Books-by-You-screensaversHave you heard about or seen a great book that would be perfect for your course – but we don’t have it in the library?

Books by You! is your chance to make suggestions about ‘titles’ you’d like the library to buy. You can make as many suggestions as you like up to and including 31st March, so get involved and start making your suggestions!

It’s NOW, it’s LIVE, it’s HAPPENING

MAKE YOUR SUGGESTIONS HERE! or on the link on the Library Gateway

Here’s how it works…

  • we’ll buy an e-book version of your suggestion if it’s available/suitable and we don’t have it already, (not all books are available as e-books). Or alternatively we may buy a single copy of a book
  • we’ll let you know if we order it and if not why not
  • when the book arrives we’ll place a copy on request for you and email to let you know when it’s ready to collect

#suggestatitle #booksbyyou #shulibraryhys

Hold the front page

Following a recent survey about newspaper usage the library has decided to cancel a newspaper-154444__340number of printed newspapers.

Newspapers are available online – the primary source is Nexis

This covers about 2,500 publications from across the world, including most major UK newspapers. Coverage varies between publications, but commonly extends from the late 1990s to the present day. There’s more information available on the Journalism, PR and Media subject guide on the Library Gateway.

The money saved on not buying newspapers is going towards ‘Books by You!’. This event will take place in March and means you’ll be able to make your own suggestions about the books we buy. We’ll be telling you more about this very soon!

Newspapers cancelled include

  • Daily Telegraph
  • Financial times
  • Guardian
  • The Times
  • Yorkshire Post
  • Sheffield Star
  • Sheffield Telegraph

Please note  – Sheffield Public Library still takes local newspapers (to assist with job hunting)


Feeling fiction!

feeling fiction

This is a new reading group where you can escape strictly academic texts but still explore the themes of health and wellbeing. muffins-1844458__340

Each month a new book will be discussed by staff and students over lunch (please bring your own) and cake (provided by the group)!

Books and cake – what’s not to love!

January 26th 2017 – 1pm – 2pm Collegiate library room C106

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt – a lonely observer, Theo has lived with his skittish, bohemian and – to him – utterly adorable mother in Manhattan since his deadbeat fantasist of an ex-actor dad finally walked out. During a visit to a special exhibition of Dutch painting at the Met that features “The Goldfinch”, an attack by “homegrown” bombers kills her and plunges Theo into a slow-mo nightmare, staged with all the virtuoso illusionism of those pictures. In the bomb’s aftermath, he steals the painting, catches sight of the bewitching Pippa, and succours a dying man, her courtly uncle, who gives him both a ring, and an address. (review from the Independent)

And to follow…

February 23rd 2017 – 1pm – Ham on Rye – Charles Bukowski

The character of Henry Chinaski, deeply flawed and abused by his father and by the awful kids at school, grows up to be a cynical drunkard who likes being alone and is well-read on DH Lawrence novels: normally, a character like that is detestable and labeled off as a “useless bum.”

Bukowski, however, is able to strike at the real core of the character, and of himself, to show us the truth: no matter the character’s faults or flaws, he just wants to be loved and to be free from this conforming, controlling society. At the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want? (Maybe with not so much drink, but the point still stands.)

The novel comes off as poetry, and just startles you with its pace. One minute, you’re diving into the first few chapters, and the next, you’re done. It’s that kind of book that reminds you of why you love literature, without all of the pretensions and artificial attempts at “deep revelations.”

Bukowski, in this novel, reminds us of being, first and foremost, human beings living together; no more, no less. (review from

March 23rd 2107 – 1pm – Child of God – Cormac McCarthy

Suspenseful, spare, a quick and compelling read, Child of God is at the same time McCarthy’s most extreme challenge to the limits of propriety, perhaps outdoing even Blood Meridian in its chronicling of individual depravity. Its hero, Lester Ballard, is a murderer and necrophile, expelled from the human family and eventually living in underground caves, which he peoples with his trophies: giant stuffed animals won in carnival shooting galleries and the decomposing corpses of his several shot victims, male and female. This is the child of God. Yet McCarthy’s meditation on this lost soul is restrained, even delicate, in its images of his grievous acts. There are fewer graphic assaults on the reader’s imagination than in either Suttree or Blood Meridian. And his treatment of Lester is more sympathetic than of comparable beyond-the-pale characters, Culla Holme in Outer Dark and the kid in Blood Meridian, perhaps to the reader’s discomfort. (review from McCarthy’s website)

Meet Toni!

She’s one of our team of new ‘roving’ staff already helping students! roving

From Monday 31 October, we’re trialling a new roving service available on our library floors until the end of semester one.

At Adsetts the team will be out and about on level 4 and at Collegiate they will be working on the ground floor and first floor.

They can support a range of services including

  • your library questions
  • self-service – issue/return and print top up machines
  • library gateway/catalogue including directing more complex queries to the Helpdesk
  • printing and photocopying
  • directional queries
  • MyPC bookings

So if you’re stuck at a printer, can’t locate that book, need help booking a pc etc – keep a look out for them!

We’ll let you know how the trial goes.

Make it easy with eBooks

eBook penguin

Electronic books – or eBooks – are an online version of the print books that you’ll find on the shelves in the libraries. You can read them by going to the Library Gateway and using Library Search; type in the topic that you’re interested in, the title of the book if you know it, the author’s name, or any combination of these.

On the search results page, use the filters to narrow down the results to eBooks. First, click on Available Online at the top of the page and then click on Books/eBooks under Refine My Results.

Available Online

Click on Books / eBooks filter

This will update the list of search results and show any eBooks that are relevant to your search. If you find an eBook that looks useful and want to read it, click on Find Online underneath the book details and then on the view full text link.

Click on Find Online and then on view full text

For some eBooks, it’ll have the name of the supplier (e.g. MyiLibrary or ScienceDirect) instead.  Either way, click on the link and a new window will open, giving you options to read the eBook online or download it.

It’s better to read online instead of downloading. You can do more things, including:

  • Search for a key word that you’re interested in and you’ll get a list of places where that word appears in the book.
  • Click on chapter titles and be taken straight to the page where that chapter begins.
  • Make notes on particular pages – not allowed in print books!
  • Zoom in to view the text in a bigger size if you’re struggling to read it.
Top tip!

If you’re viewing an eBook online and it keeps logging you out (which can happen occasionally), do download a copy to read instead.

Have a look at: eBooks help page

Referencing – just got easier!

…and here’s what you need to know – ‘APA 6th ed’ is the new SHU Harvard!APA digital signage 1jpg

APA 6th ed. is now the main referencing style used at SHU – replacing Harvard-SHU

But don’t worry – if your department uses a different style such as OSCOLA, MLA, etc. then there’s no need for you to change.

Here are 2 good reasons to use APA refme

  1. You can quickly and easily generate correctly formatted references in APA style from Library Search and Google Scholar
  2. You can choose from a wide range of free apps and online tools such as RefME so you can quickly generate accurate APA style references e.g. scan a book barcode to automatically generate the correct reference.


If you are used to Harvard-SHU you can continue using it during 16/17 if you want to.

Find out more about easier referencing at or pick up a leaflet in the Library.

Referencing just got easier with APA!


Travelling books

Two libraries can be confusing, but it helps that you can hand your City or Collegiate books in at both. The books travel a lot, boxes of them moving between the libraries every day so it doesn’t matter where you hand yours in; they will get to their spot on the shelf by the next day.

Requested books can also be collected from Adsetts or Collegiate Library.

If you want more information, the staff at the Helpdesk are always happy to help. Or you can look on shuspace:

 – A guest post from Evie, our work experience student