Subject Guides News!

plasma screen subject guides publicity DTBehind the scenes some subject areas have moved into different guides.

Watch this 1 minute video that explains which guides have changed and also reminds you of some top tips for finding resources in your subject area

Please let us know if you have any questions about the changes.

Take the Library with you


As a Sheffield Hallam student, you can still use the University’s library resources no matter where you are in the world (as long as you have internet connection, that is).

To make sure you can get access to electronic books, journal articles, and more, the best place to start is shuspace.  Go to and log in using your University username and password, then click on the Library Gateway link at the top of the screen.

Link on shuspace

A new window will pop up.  Click on ‘Login as SHU students and staff’, that will give you access to all of our library resources.

Library Gateway login options

Finally, the Library Gateway will open, with Library Search and all the other features you’re used to when you’re working on campus.

Arrrgh it won’t work!

If you’ve followed the steps above and still can’t get access to something, try repeating the same steps but in a different browser.  The Library Gateway works in most browsers, including Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.  We’ve noticed a few problems with Edge so best not use that.

If you’re stuck, get in touch.  Click on the ‘Contact’ link at the top of the Library Gateway to see the different ways you can reach us.  If you’re telling us about library resources that you can’t access, we’ll need to know:

  • as much information about it as possible – title, author, date of publication, etc
  • the web address of the page you were on when you got stuck (copy it from the browser address bar and paste it into email or chat)
  • who you are so we can help you – make sure you tell us your full name and student number (it’s on your SHUcard).

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.

Filter your results in Library Search

Photo of many smarties

Photo credit: ‘Smarties’ by eismannhans via Pixabay (Public domain)

When you’re using Library Search to look for things to read, make sure you use the filters on the search results page.  If you don’t, you’ll be scrolling through pages and pages to find what you’re looking for.  Here’s a quick explanation of how some of the most popular filters work.

Across the top

Screenshot of filters across the top of the search results page

  • Peer reviewed journals – this will display only the highest quality publications, which have been approved by experts in the subject.
  • Available Online – useful if you want to see what’s available without coming into the library. This will show just electronic resources in your results list.
  • Available in the Library – shows you physical books on the shelves right now in Adsetts and Collegiate Libraries. This is useful if you’re in the library and want to know what you can borrow here and now, straight away. Clicking this filter will hide all the useful books that are on loan at the moment though, which is a shame because you might want to request some of them to read in future.

Down the side

  • Content type – this is where you pick the format of what you’re searching for.  If your lecturer asks you to find a journal article on a particular topic, this is where you can click to show just ‘Articles’ in the list of results.
  • Publication date – if there are several editions of the same book, it’s best to get the newest one. Use the slider to show search results that were published at a particular time, such as from 2013 onwards. If you want to read the most recent literature on a topic, you can use this filter to hide all of the older material.
  • Subject terms – for every search you do, you’ll get a list of sub-topics and related topics. This can be really useful to help you decide what to search for next. It’s a bit like the ‘Customers who bought that also bought this…’ feature found on a lot of shopping websites.
  • Library location – we’ve got two libraries and you can use this to select the one you want to use. For example, if you’ve got lectures at City Campus, you might want to go to Adsetts Library. Use this filter with caution though: if you click on ‘Adsetts Library’ and all copies of a book that you need are kept at Collegiate, you won’t see any of them in your results.
  • Language – it’s a way of choosing which languages you want to appear in your search results. If you speak a language other than English, you can choose it and see resources related to your search words in that language. If you want to hide publications that aren’t in English, you can do that as well; just click ‘English’.

When you click on ‘More options’
If there are lots of options for a particular filter, only the most popular will show up on the Library Search results page.  Click on ‘More options’ underneath that filter to see them all then click on the ‘Include’ tick box next to each option to show those results.

Screenshot of Content Type More Options

After applying one or two filters, you should have a much more manageable number of search results to look through.  Hopefully, they should be more relevant, too.

Photo of a few smarties

Photo credit: ‘Smarties Grundfarben’ by Anna reg via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 AT)

Happy searching and, if you’re not sure about something, click on the ‘Contact us’ link at the top of the Library Gateway to see all the various ways you can get in touch.

Referencing – your questions answered!

APA digital signage 1jpgWhy has referencing changed?

Essentially to make referencing as easy as possible for you!

How is APA easier?

APA a consistent style worldwide and, if you find ‘APA 6th edition’ in any referencing tool, you can be confident that you’re using the right style.

I’m in my 2nd year – do I have to change to APA?

You can continue to use Harvard SHU during 2016/7 if you like, or you can start using APA straight away. APA will be the ‘standard’ referencing style for the academic year 2017/18

  • Watch a short video to find out what you need to know about the chances to referencing as a returning student
  • Try using the free online tool RefME at
  • There are also a range of short RefME videos you can watch on the Library Gateway, Help with Referencing, Online tools and apps, RefME web

I’m in my 3rd year – do I have to change to APA?

Again it’s up to you and you can always check with your tutor. If you are used to using Harvard SHU and you’re in your final year you may prefer to use the style you are most familiar with.

What if my tutor has asked me to use a different referencing style?

Make sure you know which style your tutor prefers and use that.

You can find guidance on Harvard-SHU here

What about…?

Here are some useful links if you have any more questions…

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!


Look for videos in Library Search

lynda_logo3k-d_144x is an online library of video tutorials on IT-related topics.  Do you wanted to improve your Photoshop skills?  Or understand search engine optimisation? Or even learn how to develop mobile apps?  Lynda could give you the knowledge you need.

Start by going to the Library Gateway and typing the skill you want to build or the product you’d like to learn how to use into Library Search.

Library Search screenshot

When the search results appear, click on the ‘Audio / Video’ filter on the left-hand side to filter out everything apart from video and audio resources.

Audio / Video filter

If you look at the search results that are left, you’ll see that some of them are videos from  When you’ve found one that you’d like to watch, click on the ‘’ link underneath to open it up. link

Now all you’ve got to do is decide which one you want to watch first!

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Log in to shuspace and you can do all sorts of things…

  • check your University email
  • view your timetables
  • use the Library information pages to find answers to your questions
  • go to the Library Gateway – follow the link at the top of the page in shuspace

If you’re not sure where to find information about something in shuspace, use the search box. All the library help guides – including the referencing and skills guides – are searchable from there.

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