We want to pick your brains!

iDiscover feedback

We’ve now made the move across to iDiscover, and hopefully you will be getting to grips with using this platform to manage your Homerton Library books, and search the catalogue.

Understandably, people will have varying levels of experience with iDiscover. Some of you may already be familiar with it from your use of other Cambridge libraries, but to help anyone who is just beginning to use iDiscover as their main search platform, we would like to run some informal drop-in sessions on Monday afternoons. The aim of these sessions will be to demonstrate some of the key things you can do on iDiscover, and also to show you how to get the most from your searching.

Before we begin the iDiscover Sessions, we would like to pick your brains. We want to know what you think of the platform; how easy you find it to use; where you come unstuck, and what you would like to change. We’re also interested in the positive aspects. Has it made your searching easier? Do you like seeing everything in one place? Do you find it very intuitive?

In the library we have created a bright-orange feedback box for you to post your comments. You can leave them anonymously, or jot down your contact details and we will send you a response. We may not be able to fix all of the issues for you – although we will always try! – but we will build this feedback into our drop-in sessions, helping us to target the most pressing areas. We will also pass on your feedback to the developers for consideration.

So grab a pen, and scribble down your thoughts. You can post them in the box, or email them to library@homerton.cam.ac.uk. We’re looking forward to reading them!

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The Future’s Bright

studyingTake it from us, we know that you’re really busy, and that life sometimes feels like a tricky balancing act, with lots of demands on your time. We know that adding an extra task to that long list you’ve been trying to ignore is probably the last thing you want to do. That’s why we want to tell you about the latest FutureLib project that’s signing up participants right now.

FutureLib run regular programmes that help to shape the way Cambridge’s libraries evolve to give you the best experience of studying during your time at the university. Their latest – the Digital Diary Study – kicks off on Monday 5th February, and runs for just 3 weeks. The great thing about this project is that you are already doing the hard work! The aim is to get a clearer picture of the study habits and patterns of students at Cambridge, with a view to improving support and services available to you, tailored to the things you really think matter. And to gather this information they just need you to spend 2-3 minutes a day recording your observations on a mobile app. Simple.

Taking part will of course give you the inside track on your own study habits, allowing you to get the most from your studying, find out what works and what doesn’t work for you, and realize just how much you’ve accomplished each day! It also has the added bonus of benefiting your fellow students, both present and future.

And if that wasn’t enough, everyone who completes the project gets a £25 Amazon voucher to spend as they wish. Perfect.

But don’t take it from us. This is what past participants say:

“It has been a pleasure participating in this innovative research. I don’t usually keep a diary (apart from typing on and off about some personal experiences), so it felt good to step into the shoes of a diarist with a particular theme in mind.” (Education PhD student)

“For me this study has opened my eyes to how important a sociable working environment is for me.” (History PhD student)

“Conducting this study has made me realise how much of a set routine I have! Also how dependent I am on making lists.” (Chemistry postdoc)

If you would like to know more about the project, or sign-up, please contact FutureLib at: futurelib@lib.cam.ac.uk or check out their website http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/futurelib. Alternatively, have a chat with staff, we are very enthused!


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The eagle has landed!


It has taken many months of work and preparation, but we can finally announce to you all that we have made the switch to the new library management system!

So what does this mean?

Heritage will shortly become unavailable for catalogue searching, and you will be unable to renew your books or place requests through it. Instead, this can all be done on the latest version of iDiscover, keeping all your library accounts in one place. Please use iDiscover from this point onwards.

Availability information should now be accurate on iDiscover, including Homerton’s holdings. Over the last couple of days we have been busy loading on all of the loan data for everyone, and aside from a handful of anomalies, we are now up to date, so if iDiscover says the book is available, it really is!

You may find that the way we get in touch with you about overdue books, or requests, is different. The new system sends out automatic notifications, and these apply to all of the library accounts you have across sites. So communication will be changing, but if you want to talk directly to staff at Homerton, the usual channels are still available (library@homerton.cam.ac.uk).

We are waiting for some final set-up processes to take place in the library, so you may find that during staffed hours, you have to take your books out at the enquiry desk. This will only be a temporary measure, although you are of course welcome to bring your books to us any time. We’d like to thank you for being patient with us while we negotiate the new system. If we look a bit bemused, don’t worry, we are very determined to get to grips with this as quickly as possible, and to work out the teething problems.

Lastly, we want to urge you all to get in touch. Please do let us know if anything odd is going on with your library account; or if you’re having any difficulty finding your way round iDiscover. We are very happy to talk you through these resources, and tell you more about the changes that have been taking place. So, don’t be a stranger.


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Good things come to those who wait.


We promised you there would be a big switch-over in January as we migrate across to iDiscover, and wave goodbye to Heritage. It wasn’t a fib, honest! But like many good things, sometimes there is a bit of a wait to get them right.

We expected to ‘Go live’ last week, with minimal disruption for the beginning of term, but sadly that plan has had to be delayed slightly. This means that we are expecting the switch to take place at some point this week – date to be confirmed. A big team of staff is working very hard to get this switch-over right for us, and we are aware that this leaves a degree of uncertainty for everyone. We think it’s worth the suspense and delay to make this as seamless as possible, and are happy to answer your questions, and help you make the move across.

You may experience some downtime in other libraries, and some issues with iDiscover as data is moved across. At Homerton, you can still borrow and return books 24/7, and at present Heritage is still available for you to renew your Homerton items. We will shout loud and clear when this is about to change, so keep an eye on our social media feeds (Twitter @homlib and Facebook /homertonlib).

If you need to contact any libraries directly to renew books or ask questions, you can look them up here: Libraries Directory.

Thank you to everyone for your patience.


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The world is your snowball – see how it grows!


Christmas is a time of little traditions; moments that shape our celebrations. Many of these traditions we hold in common, like leaving a carrot and mince pie out for Father Christmas and the reindeer, to speed them on their way on Christmas Eve.

The Library team were discussing their Christmas traditions and found several festive themes. We like to play board games with our families at Christmas, and enjoy stretching our legs on a winter’s stroll to walk off that Christmas lunch. Some reveled in Christmas music every morning in December, whilst others postponed the Christmas exuberance until closer to the big day. Some recalled getting up early every year to watch a Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas morning; whilst others partook of Boxing Day bagatelle tournaments. And there was debate about the distribution of presents – whether each should be unwrapped consecutively, to allow everyone to savor each moment; or whether a simultaneous Christmas unwrapping frenzy was best.

There is one Christmas tradition that we would love to weave into our Christmas narratives however: Jolabokaflod!

This Icelandic tradition involves the gifting of books on Christmas Eve, at which point the grateful recipients retire to a cosy corner and eat chocolate and read for the rest of the evening! Sounds like a librarian’s dream come true! The Jolabokaflod (Christmas Book Flood) accounts for a huge surge in Icelandic publishing in the run-up to Christmas, with hundreds of new books being released in what must feel like a magical literary festival.

So in the spirit of this newly coveted tradition, we raise our cup of hot chocolate to you and wish you all a superb Christmas, and a very happy New Year!


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

xmasIt’s finally here. The last day of term is upon us, and we can hardly believe it!

The library is looking all festive, in a homemade, spangly way, and we want to thank those of you who have added to the paper snowflakes that are be-decking Tracy the Library Plant. She looks much more jolly now! It’s not too late to get creative, so why not add to the festive display, or leave a Christmas message on the board?

Vacation loans have now kicked in, so anything you take out now will be due back on 19th January 2018. It’s a great opportunity to catch up on some leisure reading, or to indulge in a film or two over the holidays.

Don’t forget there will be some changes in the New Year. Heritage Online will be replaced with iDiscover as your go-to site for catalogue searching, and managing your library account. From January 9th, the availability information will be live, so you can trust that if iDiscover says the book is here, it really will be! If you have any queries about these changes, or notice anything odd going on, please do talk to library staff. We are doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make this transition as smooth as possible, and are more than happy to help.

We hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing break. Well done for your hard work this term, and for those of you who were new to Homerton, we hope you had a great start with us.

See you in the New Year!360H



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Heritage and iDiscover – The Big Switch


There have been rumblings for many months now, and a frenzy of behind-the-scenes testing, planning and contemplation. Now the time has finally come to make the switch to a new library system, and it will be arriving, shiny and fresh, with the New Year. You see, it’s time for Heritage to hang up its hat, leaving us to migrate over to iDiscover alongside our fellow libraries across the university.

So, what will this mean for you?

Hopefully, a seamless switch to iDiscover after Christmas, where you will be able to manage your library accounts for all of the libraries you use, in one place. You will no longer have to switch between catalogues to search for Homerton items; and from January, the information on iDiscover will be updated to reflect the true availability of books in our library. Renewals and reservations will all happen in one place, and there will be the option to pay charges online. So far, so good.

Counting down the days…

In the final countdown to the switchover, there are just a couple of things to keep in mind. Firstly, personalisation such as saved searches and pinned items will disappear from iDiscover around Christmas time, in preparation for the relaunch in January. These won’t be automatically restored, so if you need to hang on to this information, please do follow the instructions on the iDiscover homepage to print or export these details.

Secondly, the ‘behind-the-scenes’ parts of the library system are changing dramatically, so please do bear with us as we move across. All of the staff-side functions will be different, and whilst we are swotting up in readiness, there may still be some adjustments in the New Year. We will do our best to make sure the switchover happens with minimal disruption to our readers – but let us know if you notice anything out of the ordinary.

Find out more.

You can keep track of this switchover here on our library blog, and also on our library Facebook (@homertonlib) and Twitter (@homlib) pages. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to get in touch.

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Sssh! The Silent Books are here!

October is a special month here in the library, as we host the IBBY Silent Books collection, for you to peruse and pore over.

The books in the collection may be wordless, but they certainly have lots to say! Originating from over twenty countries, the stories offer a peek into a multitude of different cultures, but it is perhaps their similarities that speak out the loudest. From the joy of a day at the beach; the warmth of a hug; the journey of a tiny balloon; to adventures that transcend the world as we know it – there is something here that speaks to everyone. There is a power in the narrative that eclipses language and cultural difference, and celebrates the world around us with a strong sense of fun.

This is perhaps unsurprising when we consider the origins of the collection. Established in 2012 in response to the refugee crisis on the island of Lampedusa, its purpose was to provide a collection of stories for local and migrant children on the island. Language could no longer be a barrier. Experience had to be shared. Wordless picture books were the perfect fit, offering narratives that the reader could infuse with their own discussions and ideas, and take pleasure from regardless of their home.

One set of books in the Silent Books collection became a travelling set, touring the world, and will be staying with us for the rest of October. It is a treasure and we urge you to take some time out to enjoy it. There are over one hundred books, and you may not have time to look at them all, but just dipping into one or two can brighten the dullest autumn day.

The books are on display from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday, and there will be a special seminar about them on Thursday 26th October in MAB G06/G07.




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Finding your feet


A warm welcome to all of our new PGCE students who have arrived this week. We’re looking forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks, and have been pleased to see people popping in already to get their bearings and use the library.

There are no formal library induction sessions for PGCEs, simply because there is so much for you all to fit in. However, we urge you to come in and register to use the library. Your university card will give you door access, but in order to borrow books, you will need to speak to a member of staff to get signed up. It’s a quick and painless process, taking less than ten minutes, but will open up a wealth of resources to you. Once registered you can come in for a quick induction when it suits you, giving you the best chance to make the most of the library’s resources.

To get you started, there a few practical things to know…

  1. You will need your Raven login details to get access to the computers and printing.
  2. You will need to buy printing credits from the Common Balance Print eCredit website: https://ecredit.ds.cam.ac.uk/ You can do this remotely or on a library computer. Talk to staff if you’re unsure.
  3. The library is open 24/7 and staffed from 9:00-17:00 on weekdays.
  4. Once registered you can borrow and renew books on the self service machine at any time. You can borrow up to fifteen items at once.
  5. There are two library catalogues. Use Heritage http://heritage.homerton.cam.ac.uk/ to search for items in Homerton Library. Use iDiscover http://www.idiscover.cam.ac.uk to search all other libraries in Cambridge University.
  6. Above all else – talk to us! There’s no such thing as a stupid question, so have a chat with staff if you’re unsure.

Good luck to everyone with their studies!

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Change is a coming…

We’re busy getting ready to welcome back our new and returning students over the next few weeks. Hopefully you’ve had a relaxing summer break and will be raring to go for the new term!

There are some changes on the horizon here in the library. From January 2018, the library will be operating a new system, which will allow you to manage your library account, and search the catalogue, all in one place. Further details about these changes will be released as term progresses, but in preparation for the switch-over, we have made some minor tweaks to the current system.

Firstly, you can still borrow up to 15 items, with a loan time of 2 weeks, however you can now renew your books as many times as you like, within a maximum period of 56 days.

Secondly, any items you request will now be held in the library for collection for 4 days, giving you more time to come in for them.

Lastly, if your library book is overdue, you will now be able to renew it, thus putting a stop to automatic reminder emails.

To manage your account, you still need to login at: http://heritage.homerton.cam.ac.uk/ and staff will be happy to talk you through the changes – just come and have a chat with us if you’re unsure.

We have also launched the new Homerton College Library Facebook page, and will be publicizing library news and updates on there.

Check it out at: https://www.facebook.com/homertonlib/

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The Great Summer Book Shuffle

With most students away over the summer, we have been rolling up our sleeves and having a book reshuffle. Sometimes this task seems like a Tetris-like feat of shelf engineering, but it’s certainly worth it to give the books a little bit more breathing space. Plus it’s a great way for librarians to tone their biceps.

You may notice a slight shift in the location of your subject’s resources, and we will be adding extra shelf guiding to make this easier to spot. Rest assured though, we are always happy to help you track things down.Shelves of books

We’ve also been pleased to see students from the International Summer School popping in to spend some time perusing the books and newspapers. We hope you make yourselves at home during your visit.

For those of you sticking around in Cambridge over the summer, don’t forget you can still use the library as a quiet space, or borrow from our fiction and DVD collections, with holiday loans running until 10th October. It’s a great opportunity to catch up on some leisure reading.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in the autumn, and hope you’re all enjoying your summer break.

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It’s oh so quiet…

Annually during Easter term, a couple of changes occur to make the Library a pleasant environment for everyone to revise and study. With more people than usual using the Library during the Easter vacation, we have introduced these changes slightly earlier than normal in the hope that even more people feel comfortable using the Library.

Silent space: The Library is always kept as a quiet space throughout the year, but we are always especially keen to promote this during Easter term and the Quiet Period at Homerton. Posters have appeared in the Library as an added reminder to ensure your phones are on silent mode, message notifications are switched and conversation is kept to a minimum.

24 hours slips introduced for leaving books and papers on desks: Three-day ‘in use’ notes are being replaced with 24 hour notes, so we can monitor and clear desks more quickly, and prevent desk hogging. We also ask that you keep papers, books, folders etc tidy when using a slip, and leave room on a desk for someone else to use it whilst you are not there.

Back by popular demand, squash and biscuits will appear during full term so that you can take a break and refresh yourselves! Posters will appear soon giving full details.

If you have any questions about the 24 hours slips or have any suggestions to ensure the Library meets everyone’s needs, please email us at library@homerton.cam.ac.uk or speak to a member of staff.

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Springtime at Homerton Library

Spring has certainly arrived with daffodils appearing next to the Library and the ducks wandering past on their way to the pond. There has definitely been a daffodil theme to our recent Springtime Library display!

Despite the warm weather outdoors, the Vacation period has been busy in terms of Library use. Postgraduate students who typically work at a distance from Homerton are taking the opportunity to use the study spaces 24/7 to get work done before term time starts. Other students are finding their favourite seat and beginning to ‘nest’ so that books, stationary and piles of notes create their ideal study spaces. As during term time, 3 day desk slips are being used so make sure to fill them in so Library staff don’t re-shelve your books. After Easter, we will switch to 24hr desk slips so we can give all students the opportunity to use the desk spaces and book stock for exams.

Thank you again to everyone who completed the Library survey! It has provided us with great feedback with which to improve the Library facilities and services to benefit all staff and students at Homerton. We will be using a whiteboard in the Library to provide some feedback from the survey but more detailed response from staff will appear on the blog- watch this space!

Here are just a few of the new books that Alys and Robin have been busy cataloguing and labelling to get them ready for the next term:

Fenwick, Helen. Text, cases and materials on public law and human rights.  342 FEN

Dunn Cavelty, Myriam. Securing the homeland: critical infrastructure, risk and (in)security. 363.325 SEC

Squire, Michael. The art of the body: antiquity and its legacy. 709.38 SQU

Innes, Christopher. Modern British Drama, 1890-1990. D822.9 INN

Lots of books are bought from your requests so please continue to fill in the ‘Suggest a Book‘ form on the blog and we will get back to you!


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Want to borrow items over the Easter vacation? Of course you can!


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Homerton Library Survey 2017

amazongiftPlease take a few moments to participate in the Library survey, and get the opportunity to win a £20 Amazon voucher in the survey prize draw!

The survey will give you the opportunity to tell us about your experience of using Library resources and facilities and give the Library team the chance to act on your feedback. With your input we can help to ensure that your use of the Library is successful and rewarding.

The survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete. Please click the link below to go to the survey website. Paper copies of the survey are also available at the enquiry desk. All responses are confidential.

Link: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_89dNF98hqP9EHRj

The survey will be live until 3rd March, which hopefully should give everyone (Homerton and external students, staff, Fellows) a chance to complete it, whether you currently use the Library or not.

Should you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact the Library team at library@homerton.cam.ac.uk or speak to a member of staff.

We will post any feedback from comments given in the survey on this blog – watch this space!








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Meet Sidgbox

20170117_132342A new book dropbox has recently appeared on the Sidgwick site as part of the FutureLib ‘Intraloans’ project and is managed by @eflcam and @MMLLib. Named Sidgbox, the new  drop-box allows you to return books from any of the libraries located on the Sidgwick Site in one place.

Sidgbox will be emptied on  Monday – Friday at 10.00 am and 3.00 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3.00 pm (term only). All books from Sidgwick site libraries will be returned to their home library by 5.00 pm.

Just remember, this is a trial project for Sidgwick site books and libraries only so no College books can be returned there. Short term loans should also be returned directly to their correct library rather than using the box.

You can also follow the many adventures of Sidgbox on Twitter!

If you have any comments about using the dropbox or the project, please contact the FutureLib team: futurelib@lib.cam.ac.uk


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NEW Children’s Literature Libguide!

Library staff from Homerton College and the Education Faculty have been working together to create a wonderful new guide for Children’s Literature at Cambridge.


We hope it will provide a directory for children’s literature collections across the University as well as highlighting the main prizes, awards & organisations in the field. Interesting snapshots of collections from the Education Faculty, Homerton, Lucy Cavendish, Newnham, Scott Polar Research Institute and the University Library all feature in the guide alongside information about how to access the collections.

The guide is available here: http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/childrensliterature

We would welcome any feedback about the guide, so please just email either  library@homerton.cam.ac.uk or library@educ.cam.ac.uk with any comments or suggestions.

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Trial access is now available to the world’s leading classical music channel, medici.tv, “the closest thing to a classical Netflix” (New York Times).

The trial runs to 9 February 2017 and is available on and off campus via the following link:


We need to know whether this trial was useful to you and if so why – please send your feedback to Pendlebury@mus.cam.ac.uk

Some of the highlights of medici.tv are:

The largest on demand library of classical music, medici.tv’s library features over 1,800 programs (3,000 original works), including: – concerts and archived historical concerts; – operas; – ballets; – documentaries, artist portraits and educational programs; – master classes

An international platform available on all devices, medici.tv is available in English and French on all screens: PC, Mac, mobiles, tablets (iOs and Android) and television via Apple TV, AirPlay or Chromecast.

The glasses of Franz Schubert The glasses of Franz Schubert

Almost 150 live events…

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The Baker Boys are on the Case!

The Baker Boys are on the Case!

iDiscover, the new University discovery service, is here, and it’s got a couple of really cool features, like pinning to lists, exporting citations, and filtering by including or excluding items. But wait! What about Heritage? How is iDiscover going to affect my college library’s catalogue? Why are you adding to my list of new things to learn!?

Rest easy Homertonians, because Homerton College Library’s online catalogue, Heritage, is just as it’s always been (http://heritage.homerton.cam.ac.uk/). If you have any questions or comments about Heritage, please come in and see a librarian during staff hours or email us at library@homerton.cam.ac.uk.


iDiscover is an upgrade from LibrarySearch and LibrarySearch+, which you may have been using previously. Instead of having to use two different search sites, you now just need to use the one. Makes things a bit easier, we think.

It handles catalogues for the University Library, and faculty and departmental libraries such as the Education Faculty Library or Squire Law Library.

*If you’re searching for books or electronic journals, be sure to first login to iDiscover. This way you’ll be able to save your favorite citations using the Pin option as well as access e-resources quickly.*

Searching for books: 

When searching for a book, you can search by subject, author, or title. It’s important to remember to spell your search correctly, as iDiscover doesn’t auto-correct, though it does provide a suggestion drop feed, like Google.

Searching on iDiscover

Searching on iDiscover

  1. You can start filtering your search right away by selecting ‘Homerton College’ in the right hand drop down feed by the search bar.
You can also use filters to the right to narrow down your search results.

When searching for a book, be sure to check ‘books’ as resource. ‘Availability’ shows both print and digital resources.

If you want to expand the search results again, you can either click the X by an active filter or ‘reset filters’ to start back with the original search results.

You can mange your filtered results by removing a filter (clicking on the X) instead of clicking the back button.


2. You can also use filters to the right to narrow down your search results.


3. If you want to expand the search results again, you can either click the X by an active filter or ‘reset filters’ to start back with the original search results.




Once you’ve selected a title to look at, there are a lot of features you can use:


Just a heads up: at Homerton, we do not take book requests. You can recall a book out on loan but in general, we do not reserve books available on the shelves. If you have any questions, please email or come talk to us!

  1. You can ‘Pin’ the citation to a list you’ve made. The lists are very helpful to keep track of which materials you are reading for which topic.
  2. ‘Citation’ lets you copy and paste the correct citation into your bibliography.
  3. ‘Permalink’ gives you the web link for this record.
  4. ‘Print’ gives you an option to print out a quick summary of the citation, including subject headings and locations.
  5. ‘Email’ lets you email the citation to yourself, a friend, your tutor, whomever! The email will come from Primo, not you, so be sure to add a note if you are sending citations to someone other than yourself. The email has the same information as the print out.
  6. ‘Check request options’ allows you to check if you can reserve the book. This is a tricky option, as nearly all libraries have a different policy about how they allow readers to request books. Best policy: contact the library you want to borrow from to ask about their reserving policy if anything seems unclear.

If you have any questions about a record found on iDiscover or Heritage, please email or come talk to us.

Searching for e-journals:


Tourism in Space…who knew!

By using the filters ‘Full Text Online’ and ‘Articles’, you are able to see only the type of material you want.

You can then continue to narrow the results using the Subject filter by including or excluding filters, as needed.

When searching for digital materials, be sure to exclude 'Books' from your filters

When searching for digital materials, be sure to exclude ‘Books’ from your filters.

Just like with a book entry, you can use the same icons to copy, print, or email the citation. You can also ‘pin’ the article to a list for later viewing.

See, now all I can think about is the first library in space…maybe it’ll will be a lending library on the first cruise ship to the outer planets. What a job!

  1. As this is an e-resource, you will see it says ‘View Online’. Here is where already being logged into iDiscover really comes in handy, as it should go straight to the article. Otherwise, a box will come up to have you log in using your Raven ID.
  2. Click on ‘Link to Online Resource’ to view the article online in a new tab.
  3. To the right hand side of the screen (not shown), you can see suggestions for other related readings. As you are already logged in, once you click on a title, you’ll go direct to a new screen and a new article. Very handy!

And that’s iDiscover in a nutshell! It’s worth having a wander around, see how iDiscover can best work for you. If you have further questions or would like a mini tutorial, please come and see a librarian at Homerton College Library. We’d be happy to help!

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Introducing Megan

Hello! I’m Megan Kelly, the new part time Library Assistant at Homerton College Library.

I’m easy to spot as A: I am at the front desk and B: have a North American accent. Makes me hard to miss! I hope you’ll come by and say hello! I’m closest to the computers, so am able to help sort out most printer issues. I also have IT on speed dial, which helps enormously. I try to be in first thing in the mornings, and am happy to help right away. I may have graduated in 2012 but I remember how stressful it was! Remember to take time for rest and relaxing as well! All the librarians here have wide reading and film tastes, so we’re bound to find something fun to send you home with, be it a book or a movie.

I’m originally from Seattle, Washington and moved to England in March of this year.


Seattle: home of Sherman Alexie, Neil Stephenson, Isaac Marion, and many others

I have a bachelor degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. Librarianship came later when I realized how cutthroat publishers were. Terrifying! I completed my masters up in Scotland and as much as I love living near Cambridge, I do miss Glasgow. To be honest, I’m just glad to be back in a country where getting a decent cup of tea is the norm!

You can find me at the front desk four days a week (Monday, Wednesday – Friday). On Tuesdays I go up to the main University Library (UL) to work at the Reader Service Desk. I really enjoy working up at the UL as it’s such a different type of library. It’s a legal repository, which means it gets over 2,000 books a week….I’m a bibliophile but even that’s a bit much! The UL is a great study space as well as having unique resources. If you have any questions about the UL, I’m happy to talk about how to get registered, how to get there, and the yummy lunches the tea room offers.

On Monday afternoons, I go up to the Office of Scholarly Communications, which handles, amongst other things, the legal digital repository, copyright issues, and Open Access (OA). If you have any questions about copyright and/or OA, I’m happy to help.

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Favourite book: (I always feel like I should apologize to my bookcases but…) Neverwhere bygaiman Neil Gaiman. I’ll never look at the Underground in the same way again…or Harrods or doors….

Currently reading: I always have at least three books on the go (one for the train, one beside the bed, and one just floating around). The main one is Mary Beard’s SPQR. I’ve been lucky enough to meet her (well, more like say hello as she whipped past) at the UL a few times now. If you’re interested in Roman history, try any of her books.

What I do in my spare time: When I’m not reading, I’m knitting (almost done with my first pair of socks!), making things out of paper (flowers currently), or pretending I’m preparing for the Bake Off (bread and I are not seeing eye to eye at the moment).

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