If you can’t remember what you have on loan or when things are due back, have a look on My Library Account. Go to the Library Gateway and click on the ‘My Library Account’ link in the top, right-hand corner of the screen.
If you’re on a mobile phone or tablet, click on the menu button to get to the link.
You’ll be asked to sign in, so use your University username and password. It’s the same details you use to log into shuspace or a University PC.
After that, you’ll be in My Library Account and you can go into the different areas to see information related to your borrowing.
Loans – all the library books, DVDs, and other things you have on loan will be listed alongside their due dates. Items will renew automatically but not if someone else requests them, so it’s a good idea to check My Library Account regularly. You will get an email to your University account as well if someone requests an item and it won’t be renewed. Some things aren’t renewable at all, like laptops and Document Supply books.
Requests – if you’ve made any requests, you can see them here with information about whether they’re ready for you to collect. There’s also an option to cancel a request that you don’t need any more, which will take you out of the queue and make sure it’s passed along to the next person who requested it.
Fines and fees – hopefully, you won’t be using this area very often! You can see a list of any fines and pay them from here as well.
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 shuspace.shu.ac.uk and log in using your University username and password, then click on the Library Gateway link at the top of the screen.
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.
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).
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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
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.
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.
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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.
…and here’s what you need to know – ‘APA 6th ed’is the new SHU Harvard!
APA 6th ed. is now the main referencing styleused 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
You can quickly and easily generate correctly formatted references in APA style from Library Search and Google Scholar
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.
Lynda.com 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.
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.
If you look at the search results that are left, you’ll see that some of them are videos from lynda.com. When you’ve found one that you’d like to watch, click on the ‘lynda.com’ link underneath to open it up.
Now all you’ve got to do is decide which one you want to watch first!