Have you tried the library discovery service yet?

EDS1The library subscribes to EDS discovery service, a search engine that provides access to over 15,000 full-text journals and 10,000 ebooks made up of the electronic content that the library has purchased or leased from information suppliers.

The library catalogue is also linked to EDS, therefore all textbooks that are available for loan to library patrons are referenced. Real-time availability is supplied showing the location and status of the material.

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Thus EDS could be a great place to start your article or topical research. Access is made easy through the single field on the library website.

Note that not every database to which the library subscribes is indexed in EDS. Market studies or financial databases do not have the “bibliographic metadata” — author, title, publication info, subject, and so forth — required to be indexed in the Discovery Service. Please use the thematic browsing of subscribed databases for such resources.

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Research Apps for your mobile device

With the growing use of mobile devices in both daily and academic life, databases and other online resources are increasingly providing mobile access or developing applications to support their platforms.

Two recent examples of this are:

  • Emerald
  • Ebsco

Emerald  is a leading publisher of journals and books in the business and management domains.
Few month ago, Emerald has released a free application for iPad and iPhone which provides access to 100 000 journal articles, available from the app store.

Here’s how:

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Open the app store and search for ‘Emerald’
Select and download the free app

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 Once downloaded, open the application.

You will be met with the home page, as below

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 You can search for articles using the simple search field. 

Your results will be displayed in the form of icons depicting each article title.

NB:  If you are connected to the HEC Wifi network you will also be able to get the PDF full text for each article.

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The “Read Full-Text” icon will take you to an article summary page (redirected via your browser) with the option to view the article in full, PDF format in the tool bar on the right hand side of the screen.

 

 

 

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The app also allows you to :

  •  browse journals by title, by tapping the ‘Browse Journals icon’ to view all available journals alphabetically (as shown below)

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EBSCO

EBSCO uses a platform via your browser to offer mobile access to articles

To gain access, go to the HEC Library website –> Electronic Resources –> Databases A-Z
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croll down alphabetically to find an EBSCO database, for example Business Source Complete, and touch Access EBSCO databases on your mobile device

 

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Tap the EBSCOhost Mobile application is tailor-made for the smaller screens of mobile devices icon

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 Select one or several databases on the list by ticking the relevant boxes on the left hand side, before selecting ‘continue’

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Perform your search as you would normally, providing key words in the search boxes and drop down menus

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From the list of results, you can get access to an article summary, or to the full text by tapping ‘PDF full text’

 

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The article will appear on your screen, as below

 

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For further information on any of the above, do not hesitate to contact the library 😉