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How do I find a book?

The quickest and easiest way to find a book is to search for it on the Library website http://library.lincoln.ac.uk.

Enter the title of the book into the search box.  Make sure the ‘Find books’ aerial button is selected. If the Library has the book, click on the title link to see information about how many copies there are, where they are located (the shelfmark) and whether they are available.

Make a note of the shelfmark and go to the relevant floor (depending on the number):

  • 001 – 599 are located on the first floor
  • 600 – 999.99 are located on the second floor
  • 340s, oversized and the local history collection are located on the third floor

If all copies are checked out you can request a copy by clicking on the ‘Reserve this item’ button.

How many books can I borrow and how long can I have them?

Undergraduate and postgraduate students can borrow up to 30 items.  How long you can borrow them depends on their loan status.  The Library currently has the following loan types, which can be identified by a sticker on the spine of the book:

  • Reference
  • One week loan
  • Four week loan (no sticker on spine of book)

How do I borrow books?

Your student ID card is also your Library card. You will need this and your Library PIN to be able to use the self-issue machines that are located on each floor of the University Library.

How do I renew items? 

Unless the item is reserved by another user or returned we’ll renew it for you automatically.

The item will not renew if:

  • Another user has reserved it via the library website;
    • One week loans: you will receive an email 2 days before the item is due letting you know that it will not renew. The item must be returned promptly.
    • 4 week loans: you will receive an email letting you know the item has been recalled. You will then have 7 days to return it.
  • you owe £10 or more in fines and/or charges;
  • it is a laptop;
  • it is a dissertation;
  • it is an inter-library loan

Where do I get my PIN?

You can set your Library PIN through the Library website http://library.lincoln.ac.uk Go to the Help menu and select Reset your Library PIN.  Your PIN is required for:

  1. Borrowing books via the self-issue machines
  2. Laptop loans

How do I find journal articles?

You can search for journal articles by entering your keywords into the Library website http://library.lincoln.ac.uk Make sure the ‘Find books and articles’ aerial button below the search box is selected. For a more comprehensive search, select the ‘Advanced search’ option.

If you would like help with searching or using the library website, click on the ‘Help’ tab on the Library website.

Where can I get help and support?

If you would like to talk to somebody about searching for books and journal articles you can either make an appointment with your Subject Librarian or drop in to Learning Development: http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/asl 

 

How do I find journal articles on a topic?

To find articles on a topic, search the Library website http://library.lincoln.ac.uk.  Enter your keywords into the search box.  Make sure the ‘Find books and articles’ aerial button is selected.  Once the results are displayed, select ‘Academic Journals’ on the left hand menu to ensure that only journal articles are displayed.  Click on the article title or ‘check availability’ to view more details.

Click ‘View Online’ to obtain the full text.  You will need to log in, if you haven’t done so already, to view the full text.  Click ‘View Abstract’ if there is no ‘View Online’ option.  It is possible to ‘Request this item through interlibrary loan’ if the full text isn’t available.

Journal articles can also be found by searching individual electronic databases.  To access these go to the ‘Find’ menu on the Library website and click on ‘Databases & journals’.  If you are unsure of which databases to search for your subject, use the drop-down ‘subject’ menu on the databases page.

I have a reference for an article – how can I get the full text?

Type the article title into the search box on the Library website.  If the required article is retrieved, click on the title or ‘check availability’.

Click ‘View Online’ to obtain the full text.  You will need to log in, if you haven’t done so already, to view the full text.  Click ‘View Abstract’ if there is no ‘View Online’ option.  It is possible to ‘Request this item through interlibrary loan’ if the full text isn’t available.

If you haven’t found the article, go to the ‘Find’ menu on the Library website and click on ‘Databases & journals’.  Select Electronic Journals (on the right hand side of the screen).  Enter the title of the journal (not the article title) into the search box.  If the journal is available electronically the title will be displayed.  To locate the article enter the title in the ‘search within publication’ box.  Alternatively, click ‘Full Text Access’ for details of databases that provide access to the journal and the dates available.  Click on a database name to access the full text.

I can’t find the article electronically – how can I find the full text?

Check if a print version of the journal is held in the Library.  Enter the journal title (not the article title) into the search box on the Library website.  Make sure the ‘Find books’ aerial button is selected.  If the journal is in the Library, details of the holdings will be displayed when you click on the title.  Print journals are shelved in alphabetical order of title on the 3rd floor of the University Library at Lincoln.

I can’t find the article either electronically or in print – how can I find the full text?

The inter-library loan service enables you to request copies of articles which are not held by the Library.  For more details and to make requests go to http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/find/ills

For assistance with finding journal articles, contact your Academic Subject Librarian (http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/asl).