Sign-in to check your library
record, request items, create
lists, save searches and create
Click on ‘Sign-in’,
Library Search: Finding information
….type your search terms
(keywords) into the
search box e.g. Project
Management and click on
the ‘search icon’.
Library Search automatically searches for ‘All resources’ (print and
electronic) i.e. books, journal titles, journal articles etc. Use the
drop-down menu to focus your search or select ‘Available online’
You may be able to
access the full-text here
e.g. this is available on
Create an alert for your search,
so you can keep up-to-date
with new publications.
Link to MDX resources: > Settings > Library Links > Search for MDX and save.
Google Scholar: Useful features
Full text available
Uni and/or other
Click on author’s name (if underlined)
to view profile and check for more
research by the author on the same
Click on ‘Cited by’
to see other articles
that have cited this
‘All versions’: The same article
on other websites – sometimes
useful for getting full text if not
available from MDX.
Create a Harvard
More to life than Google
• Go to: https://padlet.com/hendonmdx/Maths
• Have a look at the resources
• Vote for favourites
• Add a comment
It’s not in the Library!
MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Inter Library Loans
• Highlight and back-up relevant points and facts
• Demonstrate that you have read widely
• Give credit to the author/creator
• Achieve a better mark or grade
• Reader can locate original source used
• Avoid plagiarism.
Adapted from: https://www.citethemrightonline.com/Basics/what-is-referencing
Cite Them Right Online
myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > C
Moller, V. and Waddington, I. (2015) Routledge
handbook of mathematics. 2nd edn. London:
Library Search reference
Cite Then Right reference
Moller, Verner. & Waddington, Ivan., 2015
Routledge handbook of mathematics. 2nd ed.,
Using Cite Them Right Online: Books
Referencing top tips
• Create references using Library Search
• Use Cite Them Right Online
• Be consistent
A ‘Referencing basics’ guide is available to download from:
Opportunity to explore some of the resources provided for you by the library, plus some open access resources. These resources give you access to quality information which you can trust and use in your academic work.
We will also briefly look at referencing – the reasons why we need to reference and how to create perfect references.
You can access library resources and services by logging on to MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary.
The library provides access to thousands of books, journals, magazines, conference papers etc, many of which are available electronically.
The main way of searching for and accessing this information is to use Library Search.
Library Search is our resource discovery tool which allows you to search all of the resources located in the library, but also available online. Beside books and journal articles, you can also find newspapers, magazines, conference papers and lots of other resources.
You can also search for information using journal databases such as MathSciNet.
I’ll be referring to some of these resources and services during the session which can all be accessed from MyLibrary.
Library Search: This is the main way for you to search for information for your academic work. Library Search is our resource discovery tool which allows you to search all of the resources located in the library, but also available online. Beside books and journal articles, you can also find newspapers, magazines, conference papers and lots of other resources.
Databases: Access to Subject specific collections of journals etc, specialist collections of information, individual resources and training/skills resources. You can also search for information using journal databases such as IEEE Xplore or Science Direct.
MySubject Library Guides: Use these to find what resources and support are available for your subject area
Inter Library Loans: Not a resource, but a way of getting hold of material that the library doesn’t hold or provide access to electronically.
Library Search allows you to search all the resources that the library provides, either in the library or available online including books, journals and conference papers etc.
Its very easy to use, but remember to sign in first as this allows you to do lots of things including accessing the full text of our eresources, create lists of useful resources, save searches and create alerts, so you will know when a new item of interest becomes available.
When you need to find information type your search terms (keywords) into the search box e.g. Project Management and click on the ‘search icon’.
Library Search will automatically search for resources that are ‘Available online’ unless you choose another option. If you want to find all resources (print and electronic) then choose ‘All resources’.
It is possible to refine your search by using some of the options on the left hand side of the screen. For example you can refine your search by type of resource, so if you just want journal articles, select ‘articles’ under ‘resource type’. You can also limit by publication date which is useful if you want up-to-date information, and by ‘Full text only’. However it is possible for us to obtain electronic copies of journal articles from the British Library, so finding references to print journals is not necessarily a waste of time. More later. If a book is only available in print format, then we can post a copy to you. More later.
As you search, you can also save items to your ‘Favourites folder’ which is located at the top right of the screen. You can only do this if you have signed in.
The other really useful feature is the ability to create a reference using a variety of referencing styles.
You can access guides to using Library search’ at the link on the screen. These guides can talk you through the process of using library search to find information for your assignments, as well as searching specifically for books and journal articles, and creating references.
The library subscribes to a range of databases which can be accessed from MyLibrary. Once you are in the list of databases you can either use the drop-down menu to see a more focused list of resources relevant to your subject area, or click on the 'alphabet' if you know the name of the resource you require.
These databases allow access to a varied range of information including:
Subject specific journal databases i.e. collections of journals, but often including other types of information such as book chapters, conference papers and research papers in a particular subject area e.g. 'MathScinet' (Maths and statistics literature) and 'Science Direct' (Science literature)
Individual resources such as 'Britannica Online' (Encyclopedia)
Training/skills databases such as 'LinkedIn Learning' and 'Cite Them Right Online'.
In the following sections we will look at some of the most useful databases for your programme.
MathSciNet® is an electronic publication offering access to a carefully maintained and easily searchable database of reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature. Over 100,000 new items are added each year, most of them classified according to the Mathematics Subject Classification. Authors are uniquely identified (by their MR Author ID), enabling a search for publications by individual author rather than by name string. Continuing in the tradition of the paper publication, Mathematical Reviews (MR), which was first published in 1940, expert reviewers are selected by a staff of professional mathematicians to write reviews of the current published literature; over 80,000 reviews are added to the database each year. Extending the MR tradition, MathSciNet® contains almost 3 million items and over 1.7 million direct links to original articles. Bibliographic data from retrodigitized articles dates back to the early 1800s. Reference lists are collected and matched internally from approximately 550 journals, and citation data for journals, authors, articles and reviews is provided. This web of citations allows users to track the history and influence of research publications in the mathematical s
'Science Direct' is a full text database which you can use to search for peer reviewed journals, journal articles, book chapters and more within the physical, life, health and social sciences subject areas. 'Science Direct' includes nearly 1,400 mathematics publications, so is another useful resource for maths and stats students.
'Britannica Online' is an encyclopedia which includes over 100,000 professionally edited, researched and peer reviewed articles in all subject areas
It includes a dictionary, images, videos and access to over 800,00 external full text journal and magazine articles plus ebooks and primary sources. A great resource if you need an overview of a subject, background information or history.
However, using Google is not all bad.
'Google Scholar' is another resource that you can use to find information. It is open access, so available to everyone, not just Middlesex University students. It enables you to find journal articles, theses, books, and more, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites across all disciplines.
Not everything on 'Google Scholar' is full text, but you can link it to our library resources by changing the settings as shown in the image below. You only need to do this once on your own laptop/device, but you will need to be logged on to MyUniHub.
More useful is finding material which is not accessible through Middlesex University Library i.e. articles, books and papers etc which are on open-access on the Internet.
'Google Scholar' is good, but there is limited ability to combine different keywords or to refine your search as you can with 'Library Search'. However it is possible to set up alerts using a Google account to keep up-to-date with recent developments in any area of research, and save material found to a personal library.
Google Scholar is good, but there is limited ability to combine different keywords or to refine your search as you can with Library search and our journal databases.
Also older articles can appear first in results, so use the date limits on the left hand side of the screen.
There are a few useful features on 'Google Scholar' including:
If an author’s name is underlined, you can click on it to discover other things that they have written. These may be useful sources of information for your research
Click on the "speech mark" icon to create a reference in various referencing styles including Harvard
See how many times an article has been cited by other authors by clicking on 'Cited by...'. This gives an indication of how influential the article has been.
Web’s most extensive mathematics resource.
MathWorldTMis the web's most extensive mathematical resource, provided as a free service to the world's mathematics and internet communities as part of a commitment to education and educational outreach by Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica.
MathWorld has been assembled over more than a decade by Eric W. Weisstein with assistance from thousands of contributors. Since its contents first appeared online in 1995, MathWorld has emerged as a nexus of mathematical information in both the mathematics and educational communities. It not only reaches millions of readers from all continents of the globe, but also serves as a clearinghouse for new mathematical discoveries that are routinely contributed by researchers. Its entries are extensively referenced in journals and books spanning all educational levels, including those read by researchers, elementary school students and teachers, engineers, and hobbyists.
MathWorld continues to grow and evolve with the assistance of thousands of contributors. Careful oversight of all aspects of its content and interface by creator Eric Weisstein provides an exacting level of quality, accuracy, and consistency. As a result, MathWorld is considered not only the clearest and most readable online resource for mathematics, but also one of the most reliable.
MathWorld is actively developed and maintained. The site is updated daily, thus achieving extremely rapid communication of new and extended results--many of which are provided by outside contributors--while at the same time maintaining a degree of editorial oversight and consistency across (and among) the site's nearly 13,000 entries that is simply not possible for other sites.
MathWorld currently features a number of innovative interactive elements that enhance its usability for a variety of different readers. These features include:
The MathWorld Classroom, which provides a set of pop-up "capsule summaries" for more than 300 mathematical terms.
Extensive citations to books and journal articles, many of which are active hyperlinks.
Thousands of downloadable Mathematica notebooks.
Several types of interactive entries, including LiveGraphics3D applets for interactive three-dimensional geometry.
A powerful full-text search engine with both basic and advanced searching capabilities.
Dublin Core and Mathematics Subject Classification metadata in the HTML headers of each page.
Special information for Mathematica users.
The technology behind MathWorld is heavily based on Mathematica. In addition to being indispensable in the derivation, validation, and visualization of MathWorld's content, Mathematica is used to build the website itself, taking advantage of its advanced mathematical typesetting and data-processing capabilities.
The MathWorld team welcomes your feedback. Please visit the extensive set of Q&A pages where you can find answers to many common queries. If you have comments, please use the comment form to send a message to the MathWorld team. Contributions of new entries are especially appreciated and, after editorial review, appear on MathWorld with grateful attribution to their authors. Please also note that there are a number of things you can do to help support MathWorld as a free public resource. Finally, feel free to add links to MathWorld entries to your own pages.
On behalf of the MathWorld team and Wolfram Research, thanks for using MathWorld. We hope that you find it helpful in your mathematical journeys, and we look forward to continuing building--with your help--what has become one of the world's great internet encyclopedias.
Lets have a look at some of the resources available through our database list i.e. provided by the library, plus a couple of open access resources.
Go to: https://padlet.com/hendonmdx/Maths
Have a look at the 6 resources – all provided by Middlesex University except for Google Scholar and Wolfram Mathworld
Vote for the ones you like using the ‘thumbs up’ icon
Add a comment – how might they be useful/what you like about them
You’ve got about half an hour
If the material you require for your studies or research is not held by the University's campus library or available electronically, the Inter-library loans service is here to help you.
There is usually a charge of £3 per request for this service, but it is free for the duration of the library closure.
The library is currently closed, so it is not possible for you to obtain books which are physically located in the library unless you are able to come and collect them from the library using our ‘Request and Collect’ service. However if you find a print book which looks useful and you are not local to the campus, then email me and I will see if it is possible to make an electronic version of the book available. I’ve give you my email address at the end of the session.
Once you have found information and have used it in your work, we need to think about referencing.
Ask students why they need to reference?
Take their feedback and then click to show the info below:
Highlight and back-up relevant points and facts that you have made in your assignment (i.e. establish the credibility and authority of your ideas and arguments) by quoting, paraphrasing or summarising from the original text.
Demonstrate that you have read widely on the subject by providing evidence of your research
Give credit to the original author/creator i.e. Distinguish between your own ideas and opinions and those of others.
Achieve a better mark or grade: marks are often awarded for the accuracy of your references.
Enable the reader (your tutor) to locate the original material you used.
Bits that needed changing are highlighted in colour.
Create references using Library Search
Use Cite Them Right Online to make them perfect
Be consistent – make sure you use the same referencing style (Harvard) all the time.
There isn’t time to go in to too much more detail about referencing in this workshop, but there is an exercise in your workbook which includes referencing to complete in your own time.
There is a link on the screen where you can find a Harvard referencing guide on the screen – Referencing: The basics. I have also sent this guide to Hannah the ML and it should be available in your module area.
Also refer to referencing and plagiarism guide – URL on screen.
This is the end of the workshop which I hope you found useful. If you have any questions, then please contact me – my email address is on the screen email@example.com - or visit the relevant Library Guide from the web address on the screen.