In my previous post I was disappointed to find so little information or help about keeping current / current awareness in the library websites for the University of Aberdeen, University of St Andrews and Abertay University. No actual current awareness services, and little or no advice – barely even a mention of Zetoc, a very important UK service for researchers.
And I’m still getting “404 – File or directory not found.” when I try to search the Abertay University Library website from their home page (I also notice that it doesn’t actually say what it is searching (or rather not searching), either), and from some pages (e.g. A-Z Online Resources, even clicking on the Library Home page link doesn’t work because it requires authentication.
I am now hoping that I’ll experience a more user friendly and informative experience at the other library websites for Scottish universities. I’ll try Information Services at the University of Stirling.
Immediate success! I searched the IS site for ‘Zetoc’ and found Keeping up to date. This page has some useful information, explained in a fairly user friendly way. It’s a pity that it is not particularly up-to-date itself (JournalTOCs today includes over 26,000 journals, rather than over 20,000 as stated). And when I checked the Subject Research Guides, I found that many, but not all of them have a Keeping up to date section. I wonder why some of them don’t.
No 404s, a Search which works, authentication not needed in order to find basic help, and advice (sometimes) on keeping up to date. Well done Stirling University Library.
Now for Dundee. At the top of the University of Dundee Library & Learning Centre website there’s a Search box and a Search tab.
There are three Search links on the Library & Learning Centre home page (circled in red, above). The one in the top right hand corner, as we have seen, doesn’t search anything. The other two link to exactly the same page, and the search box, to the left of the ‘Search Library’ searches all types of academic content including the catalogue, ebooks, licensed journals, newspapers and more.
Despite this obsession with search, I don’t think it is possible to search the Library & Learning Centre’s website. I’ve looked at many sections of this website and I haven’t so far found anything about Keeping current / current awareness. Scrolling down the Search your Library page, under ‘Databases’ I see a link to Full list of databases, which does not include Zetoc, but this ‘Full list’ does include services such as Medline and SCOPUS. Yet, when I go to the Resources for Life Sciences page, listed under Internet Databases are Medline, SCOPUS and ZETOC. But Zetoc is not mentioned on some of the other Subject Resources pages (e.g. Education, and Geography). What’s going on? This is all confusing.
But I finally found a very brief mention of Keeping up to date, on the Resources for Computing page, and it mentions Zetoc, and there’s a page for Zetoc, and Zetoc is also on the A-Z list – So why isn’t it mentioned in many of the Subject Resources pages or in the Full list of databases?
I don’t find this website consistent or very helpful, and there’s actually very little advice on keeping current.
I’m going to continue looking at other Scottish university library websites in Part 3.