Electronic Library Resources: Going beyond our Library Buildings

Besides the physical items found on our shelves (printed books and periodicals, CDs, DVDs, Videos, etc.) the library also gives access to electronic online information.

The library subscribes to the following four databases:

  1. EBSCO Academic Search Ultimate and EBSCOhost eBook Collection;
  2. Emerald;
  3. Weblinks Online; and
  4. Skillport

To access the above-mentioned databases:

  • log in into your online My Library Account (if not yet created, you can do so by following the instructions on the same web page);
  • click on Logins/Passwords on the side menu; and then
  • click on the respective database link and enter the login details required.

Some other useful free websites are the following:

  1. A+ Research and Writing;
  2. DART-Europe;
  3. DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals);
  4. Electronic Content to In-house Subscribed Periodicals in Print Form;
  5. Elsevier;
  6. Google Scholar;
  7. Hairdressing Training;
  8. ResearchGate;
  9. SpringerLink;
  10. Teach with Movies;
  11. United States National Agricultural Library; and
  12. Wiley Open Access Journals.

Brief Information about the Subscription-based Databases

 EBSCO Academic Search Ultimate offers students an unprecedented collection of peer-reviewed, full-text journals, including many journals indexed in leading citation indexes.  The combination of academic journals, magazines, periodicals, reports, books and videos meets the needs of scholars in virtually every discipline ranging from astronomy, anthropology, biomedicine, engineering, health, law and literacy to mathematics, pharmacology, women’s studies, zoology and more.

EBSCOHost eBook Collection consists of around 3,300 e-books which can be read online.  Note that at present the e-books available are general ones. In time study related e-books will start becoming available.  To access these two powerful databases go to search.ebscohost.com

Emerald is a global publisher linking research and practice.  The MCAST library subscribes to journals in the fields of management and engineering. You can access this content from here.  In addition, the Student Zone web page provides useful resources for students in helping them develop their research, writing and referencing skills.  The Teaching Zone web page on the other hand, provides lecturers with useful resources, such as, teaching insights, case studies, interviews with leading figures, etc.

Weblinks Online is a searchable online database of thousands of teacher-reviewed, approved and annotated websites useful for College students and lecturers.  This can be accessed from here.

Skillport is MCAST e-Library Services Portal providing 23,000 full text e-books at pre-University and University Levels; covering areas such as, business skills, compliance, desktop skills, engineering, government, IT skills, well-being, and certification.  This can be accessed from here.

Brief Information about the Free Access Websites

 A+ Research and Writing provides tips on how to research and write assignments.  The website has now closed permanently and it will no longer be updated.  However, the content is still available for use.  It can be accessed from http://research.cis.drexel.edu/IPLWebsite/div/aplus/aplus.htm.

DART-Europe is an E-theses portal that provides researchers with a single European portal for the discovery of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs).  Dart-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses.  It can be accessed from http://www.dart-europe.eu/basic-search.php.

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.  It aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.  The directory can be accessed from https://doaj.org/.

Electronic content to in-house subscribed Periodicals in Print form. The MCAST Library subscribes to some periodical publications in print form.  Electronic content, either as full-text or summaries of main articles of many of these publications can be found on the respective websites.  The MCAST library online catalogue provides a direct link to these websites.  Click on the ‘Advanced Search’ of the catalogue and choose ‘Shelf Mark’ from the ‘Search In’ field and type ‘P’ in the ‘Search Terms’ field.  The search can then be further restricted by choosing any of the other fields:  Library, subject, class, etc.  Once the periodical required is identified, click on the title, and the ‘MCAST Library-View Item’ web page is displayed.  Clicking on ‘Digital (www)’ will display the respective periodical website from which the electronic content, if any, can be accessed.

Elsevier offers free access to archived material in 130 journals. Articles featured in the archives are free for everyone to read and download and are made available after an embargo period.  These can be viewed here.  Please note that the library will not process any requests for the purchase of any journal articles for which access is against payment.

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.  From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other websites.  This can be accessed from here.

Hairdressing Training provides videos, quizzes, guides and activities that are free to use, with no restrictions. The content is mapped to the NVQ, SVQ and VRQ hairdressing/barbering curriculum and aligned with the latest National Occupational Standards (NOS). The resources act as a useful reference point to aid revision for students and enhance the overall learning experience, backed by the credibility that every resource has been validated by hairdressing teachers and practitioners in UK FE colleges.  This can be accessed from http://hairdressing.ac.uk/

ResearchGate’s mission is to connect the world of science and make research open to all.  You can access it from here.

ScienceDirect – Over 900,000 articles are open access articles.  These are peer-reviewed and made freely available for everyone to read, download and reuse in line with the user license displayed on the article.  They can be accessed from here.  Please note that the library will not process any requests for the purchase of any journal articles for which access is against payment.

SpringerLink provides open access (that is, free) to a number of journal articles, e-books and protocols in various disciplines.  This material can be accessed here by unticking the Include Preview-Only content box at the bottom of the page, before pressing the Search button.  Please note that the library will not process any requests for the purchase of any journal articles or e-books for which access is against payment.

Teach with Movies provides lesson plans and learning guides based on movies and films; full length and snippets (video clips) for classes in English, Health, Science and the Arts.  This can be accessed from here.

The United States National Agricultural Library holds more than 3.5 million items covering all aspects of agriculture and related sciences. The depth and richness of the collection make it a unique resource, with many materials not available anywhere else in the world. It can be accessed from here https://www.nal.usda.gov/collections.

Wiley Open Access Journals publishes authoritative peer reviewed open access journals across many research disciplines.  All research articles published in Wiley Open Access journals are immediately freely available to read, download, and share.  Wiley Open Access publishes a number of online journals across biological, chemical and health sciences.  These can be accessed from here.

 

Last updated:  7th November 2019