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Presentation for research students

Introduction for new research students at SOAS

Beth Clark

on 30 September 2015

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regional collections
subject collections
China & Inner Asia
Japan & Korea
Ancient Near East, Semitics & Judaica
Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica
South-East Asia
South Asia
Art & Archaeology
Humanities and Social Sciences
Audio-visual materials
Finding materials in the Library
Archives & Special Collections
Library layout
(Serials, Periodicals)
over 3,500 print journal titles
access to over 40,000 electronic journals
Music & spoken word, vernacular languages,
feature films and documentaries
Welcome to SOAS Library & Information Services
Sound & video recordings
Borrowing books
Long Loans (3 months) 25p per day
One Week Loans 75p per day
CDs & DVDs 75p per day
Beth Clark - Head of Electronic Services and Deputy Head of Teaching & Research Support (LIS)
Joanne Ichimura - Archivist, Archives & Special Collections
Log in
On-campus access is automatic for most databases
Many can be accessed off-campus using your
SOAS ID and password
Access to other libraries
All SOAS students have full access to
Senate House Library
- borrowing books, access to research space &
remote access to e-resources
University of London libraries & wider
Join SCONUL Access to join other libraries
British Library

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 9am to 11.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 10.30am to 11.30pm (during term time)
Self-service only evenings & Sundays
Earlier closure during Summer vacation
100,000+ e-books on ebrary
Individual e-books to support teaching e.g. Brill, Cambridge & Dawsonera
Search Library catalogue or Full Text Finder for ebooks
Subscriptions e.g. Oxford Scholarship Law
40,000+ e-journals
Search Ejournal & Ebook Finder for titles
Use EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) to search for journal articles
70+ research databases
Bibliographies & indexes
News & data
Law & finance
Sound & images
Chinese, Japanese, Korean
Finding materials in other libraries
Getting hold of materials
Order on inter-library loan
Visit Library in person
Find online - use Google
Recommend Library purchase
From you to us...
Please help us to help you by completing the researcher postcard
Managing your references
Finding Theses
SOAS theses
Search SOAS Library catalogue and SOAS Research Online http://eprints.soas.ac.uk
UK & Ireland theses
Search Index to Theses
Search EThOS for digitised theses http://ethos.bl.uk
Other countries
Search ProQuest Digital Dissertations & Theses
DART Europe E-theses http://www.dart-europe.eu/‎
Don't forget to complete your postcard so we can contact you...
Research students up to 50 items
Long loans for 3 months
4 items can be DVDs or CDs (3 day loans)
Library catalogue
Digitised card catalogue (older material)
Archives catalogue
Special Collections Reading Room - Level F
At SOAS we have a range of subject and regional specialist librarians who are here to help you make the best of the resources SOAS Library has to offer.

Please complete the back of this card and hand it in at the end of this session so we can learn more about you.

We wish you a very successful time at SOAS
The SOAS Library
Teaching & Research Support team
Dear SOAS Research Student,
Use COPAC to search major research libraries in UK & Ireland

Use WorldCat to search libraries world-wide
Full list of all useful catalogues available from Library web-site:
Use self-issue & return machines
on Level E but remember to wait for the clunk!
Renewing books
Books can be renewed up to 10 times
3 day loans cannot be renewed
Renew online at
Via telephone on 0207 898 4197
how to pay fines...
Pay at Issue Desk (cash or cheque)
Phone Finance Office on 020 7074 5030 during office hours 9am – 5pm to pay by card
Research students can join and borrow books from over 160 academic libraries
Zotero - training for Research students will be offered through academic year.

Opening hours
Mon-Tues & Thur-Fri 9am - 5pm
Library Services
Accessing databases, e-books and e-journals
Library subscribes to a wide range of databases, e- journals, and e-books

Accessible on or off campus
Use bibliographic management software to collect, manage and cite your resources
Help and training
Subject Librarians
Research-based enquiries
1 to 1 training
Online subject guides:

Enquiry desk and IT help desk- Level E of Library
helpdesk@soas.ac.uk (IT) ext. 4950
libenquiry@soas.ac.uk (Library) ext. 4163
Training & Events
open PDF file here
Humanities & Social Sciences
Lee Periodicals
South Asia
Art & Archaeology
Carrels for PhD/MPhil students
PC Suite
Carrels for PhD/MPhil students
China & Inner Asia
South East Asia
Ancient Near East, Semitics & Judaica
Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Pacific Islands
Archives & Special Collections
Periodicals & mobile stack collections
PC Suite
find subject
librarians here
E-theses at SOAS
Candidates are required to deposit a print and an electronic copy of their thesis.
The electronic copy will be deposited in the School’s online institutional repository (SOAS Research Online) and may be made publicly accessible
Need to consider issues with 3rd party copyright, data protection & confidentiality throughout research.
Guidance on Copyright and E-theses:
Research Postgraduate Access to LIS

SOAS ID/Library card
SOAS email address
SOAS network login – carries on for 3 months after completion
Printing allowance (initial £20 credit)
"Follow me" printing
Scanning available from SOAS printers
Wifi: eduroam network. Connect devices on SOAS Set-Up.
Use at other institutions with eduroam
Backing up data

Study Spaces

Group and silent study in the Library
Bookable study rooms for research postgraduate students
Open access computer labs
Research/ specialist labs
Research Postgraduate Centre – 53 Gordon Square & R301

for list of available computer labs
Moodle Skills for Success: Information & Digital literacy
Find in-depth guide on using Zotero

Use login to renew your books/check your record
Enter details of books or topics

Check the class mark and location in the Library - you'll need this to find the book on the shelf
Check the loan status. You can recall books which are on loan.
Download word plug-in from Zotero website. It will appear in a plug-in tab in Word. Click on tab for Zotero functionality.
Use these icons to create Zotero citations and bibliographies. Click on the far left button to insert a citation in the text.
When you click on the icon to insert citation this search box will appear. Search for the citation you would like to include. Select from the list in your library and press return.
Click on the list icon to insert a bibliography based on your citations. Click on the cog wheel (Settings) to change the format of your citations e.g. Harvard, Chicago etc.
Click on the icon in the address bar to add a reference or group of references to your Zotero library
An information box will appear when a reference is being added to your Zotero library.
Click on "Z" in the tool bar to see your Zotero library
Your Zotero Library will appear in the lower part of the screen. From here you can view and organise your saved references and create new ones
Zotero Training for Research Students
Select Articles and more tab to search e-resources
If there is no direct link to a PDF click on Check full text to see if the article is available online
New for 2015!
Interlibrary loans from the British Library are free for postgraduate students. Other loans cost £3.
Click on the folder or document icon next to the "Z" to add individual or multiple references to your Zotero library
Training will be provided on e-theses issues in term 2.
Click on pull down menu for more
search options
Login with your name and barcode on ID card
Catalogue: http://archives.soas.ac.uk/CalmView/
Blog: http://blogs.soas.ac.uk/archives
Tuesday 20th October 12:00-14:00
Tuesday 27th October 13:00-15:00
Sessions will be advertised by email & Doctoral School website
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