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Getting Started in SOAS Library

Introduction for new students at SOAS

Beth Clark

on 1 September 2016

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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 (2 weeks) 25p per day
One Week Loans 75p per day
DVDs & CDs 75p per day

Beth Clark - Head of Electronic Services/Deputy Head of Teaching & Research Support (LIS)
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
All SOAS students have access to University of London libraries
Postgraduate students can join other libraries under the SCONUL Access scheme
Undergraduates have reference access under SCONUL during vacation time
British Library (mostly postgraduate students)

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
70+ research databases
Bibliographies & indexes
News & data
Law & finance
Sound & images & film
Chinese, Japanese, Korean
Finding materials in other libraries
Getting hold of materials
Order on inter-library loan (£3 charge for undergraduates and loans from outside UK)
Visit Library in person
Find online - use Google
Recommend Library purchase
Managing your references
Undergraduates & taught postgraduates up to 20 items
Research students up to 50 items
Long loans for 2 weeks
DVDs/music CDs for 3 days
Library catalogue
Digitised card catalogue (older material)
Archives catalogue
Special Collections Reading Room - Level F
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
Renewing books
Books can be renewed up to 10 times
DVDs/CDs cannot be renewed
Renew online at http://library.soas.ac.uk [Login]
Via telephone on 0207 898 4197
how to pay fines...
Pay at Issue Desk with cash
Phone Finance Office on 020 7074 5030 during office hours 9am – 5pm
RefME http://www.refme.com
Zotero - training for Research students will be offered through academic year.

Opening hours: Mon-Tues & Thur-Fri 9am - 5pm
Email: docenquiry@soas.ac.uk
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
itservicedesk@soas.ac.uk (IT) ext. 4950
libenquiry@soas.ac.uk (Library) ext. 4163
Training & Events
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
IT Basics

SOAS id card
SOAS email address
SOAS network login
Printing allowance (limited free credit)
Scanning available from SOAS printers
Terms of use & copyright
Wifi: eduroam network. Connect devices on SOAS Set-Up. Once set up can use at other institutions with eduroam
Security: do not share passwords!
Backing up data

Study Spaces

Group and silent study in the Library
Bookable study rooms for research postgraduates
Open access computer labs
Research/ specialist labs
Postgraduate centre – 53 Gordon Square

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

Skills for success: Information & digital literacy skills

Remember to wait for the "clunk"!
100,000+ e-books on ebrary
Individual e-books to support teaching e.g. Brill, Cambridge & Dawsonera
Search Library catalogue or Ejournal & Ebook 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
open PDF file here
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
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.
Click on pull down menu for more
search options
Use login to renew your books/check your record
Login with your name and barcode on ID card
Click on title to see full details and copies
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