Should Goldsmiths Library stay 24/7? Have your say…


EDIT – 20/12/12

We have taken out the links in this post as the survey has now closed. Thank-you so much to everyone who responded, we had an unprecedented response.  In the New Year we shall let you know what you all thought.

We would really like to hear your views on 24/7 opening – both good and bad. The Library is currently open 24/7 apart from some college closure days (Christmas and Easter) for a pilot period until June 2013.

We need your feedback to help the College to decide whether to continue with this service 

We will be giving away a £50 Amazon voucher in a prize draw.
We will never share any personal information about you with anyone outside the team running this survey. When we share the results of the survey the data will be anonymised.

To complete the survey online click here, or click on the owl on the Library web pages

Help the library and have your say!


Essay Writing Checklist

1. Finding items in the Library

Make sure you know how to use Goldsmiths library catalogue to find the  resources you need for your essay. You can always ask a librarian at the  library enquiry desk if you need help or check our VLE page,, for links to interactive resources such as ‘Deadline at  Dawn’, a detective themed Library guide.

2. Library Subject Guides

Have a look at the subject guides on the library web pages. There are subject guides for each academic department or programme which list useful online
databases and journals you can use for your research.

3. Subject Librarians

If you need extra help finding information and researching your essay topic you can make an appointment with your subject librarian. Each department has one. There may also be a scheduled teaching session run by your subject librarian. Find out who to contact on the subject guide pages.

4. Other Libraries

Make sure you know which other libraries you are able to use, in case you need specialised material we don’t hold at Goldsmiths. All Goldsmiths students can join Senate House Library, the main University of London Library. You can also ask for a SCONUL card at the Library enquiry desk. This allows you to use other academic libraries who participate in the scheme. For more info see our pages on Using Other Libraries.

5. Help with Academic Writing

Check your course handbook for advice from your department. For extra help with academic writing skills, such as structuring and planning your essay, you can go to The Centre for English Language and Academic Writing (CELAW).  CELAW hold drop in sessions every Thursday 4-5pm (RHB307) and Friday  2-3pm (RHB353). There are useful online writing guides on CELAW’s pages. The Library also stocks books on academic writing. Ask at the enquiry  desk for details or search the catalogue.

6. Referencing and Citations

Check whether your department have a recommended referencing style. There are lots of different systems to choose from, e.g. Harvard, APA for Psychology, MLA….  For online style guides use the ‘Research Skills and Referencing Link’ on the Library VLE, Books on referencing are at the shelf number 029.6. Cite Them Right by Richard Pears and Graham Shields is particularly clear and easy to use.

7. Saving your work

Remember to save and back up your work regularly in a compatible format (not .docx). Work saved on your desktop could be lost if the computer crashes. If you are using a USB stick write your name on it. Lost USB sticks are often handed in at the Library helpdesk. Check your course handbook for formatting requirements such as line spacing, printing single or double sided.

8. Printing and Binding your essay

Finally, you can print and bind your essay in the library but remember it could be very busy around hand in time so make sure you leave plenty of time. For more details see the IT Services printing pages.

Essay SOS Week

Next week (Monday 26th – Friday 30th) the library will be offering support and advice on using the library and its resources when researching for essays and assignments.

Essay SOS Helpdesk

A special essay help desk will be open next week. Here you can get a few tips for using the library and pick up handouts and a special essay writing checklist to get you through your first few essays.

Where? Library foyer

When? Monday–Friday 26th – 30th November 2012 12 – 5pm

Subject Librarians

We also have a team of specialist Subject Librarians available to help you with more complex questions about searching for resources. They will be available in room 003 (right next to the essay helpdesk) at these times:

Where? Room 003 Library

When? Mon–Wed & Fri      1 – 3pm

      Thur   3 – 5pm

Don’t worry if you miss these times, you can always ask the Librarian at the enquiry desk.

Academic Writing

Help is on hand for academic writing, with drop in sessions in the library offered by Goldsmiths’ Centre for English Language and Academic Writing (CELAW), again in room 003.

Where? Room 003 Library

When? Thur  29th November 2012          4 – 5pm

               Fri     30th November 2012          2 – 3pm

We look forward to seeing you in the library next week – please ask a member of library staff if  you have any questions. If you can’t make it into the library, watch out for the Essay Checklist on the blog on Monday!

Periodicals: the basics

What are periodicals?

Periodicals are an important part of academic study in any subject, and are often also referred to as journals or serials. They’re published regularly, just like weekly or monthly magazines.

Academic journals are a type of periodical, and are different from other magazines because they are written by academics and peer-reviewed for quality. They were first developed as a fast way of disseminating knowledge as they are quicker to publish than an academic book. Your tutors may recommend particular academic journals to you, or suggest you read a specific article from one.

Periodicals are normally published in volumes, with each volume split into different issues. So you might see a reference that says Vol.21, no.3, or 21(3).

Periodicals are now commonly available electronically, and these are often referred to as ‘e-journals’. Goldsmiths has subscriptions to hundreds of periodicals, including those available in print only, those available electronically and in print, and those only available electronically.

Finding Periodicals on the catalogue

You can search for periodicals on the catalogue by choosing the ‘journals’ search page and entering the title of the periodical. You won’t be able to search the catalogue by individual article, which is why it is important that you understand the reference you have been given to know the title of the periodical. Our induction video on the VLE, Deadline at Dawn, shows you how to do this (You will need to log in). Or you can watch a quick screencast of searching for periodicals on the catalogue.

Electronic periodicals can be accessed straight from the catalogue by clicking on the ‘findit@gold’ button. If you’re off campus you will need to log in with your IT username and password.

Print Periodicals in the Library

The print periodicals are classified in Dewey Decimal, just like the books, and have their own section on each floor. That means all you’ll find the periodicals most relevant to your subject on the same floor as the books on your subject.

  • 001-699 First Floor

  • 700-999 Second Floor

For many print periodicals, the most current issue is on display while the older issues are on the shelves. The periodicals on the second floor are split into two sections, with the current display issues and all periodicals from 700-770 in the Art Journals room, and the rest in the main sequence near the oversize and CD collection. Remember to check the ‘Holdings’ of the journal to make sure we have the issue you’re looking for, and to check where they are. If you find a journal with a location ‘reserve stack’, just ask at Special Collections and they will fetch it for you.

Periodicals on display in the 2nd Floor Art Journals Room

Top tips:

  • Remember we have both print and electronic journals, so if you don’t find what your looking for in one format, check the other!
  • Check out your subject guides for links to periodical databases and indexes specific to your subject, you can use these to find individual articles or their references by keyword, which is really useful when researching a topic.
  • If you get stuck with finding periodicals, ask at the Enquiry Desk for more help.

An introduction to Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts, or BoB as it is generally referred to, is an off-air recording and  media archive service. Their website is This TV scheduling service allows you to record TV and radio programmes that are scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of recorded channels. You can watch any programme (including films) that has been recorded since it started, so that is around 6 years worth of programmes.

It works a lot like i-player, and 4OD so if you can work them you will be able to use this. On BOB you can view recordings from the extensive archive, create playlists, watch playlists from other users, and create short video clips which are great for presentations.

Getting started

To log-in you first need to enter the name of your institution. If you start typing in Goldsmiths it will appear in the box below for you to select. Once you have done this you will be presented with the Shibboleth log-in screen. Here you need to enter your I.T. username and password (the one that is on your Goldsmiths card).

The first time you log-in you will have to create an account. Do not worry we can not know what you are watching, so feel free to watch every episode of Made In Chelsea from the beginning. After you have created your account, you will only need to put in Goldsmiths and log-in in the future.

Video Tutorials

We could give you long explanations on here about how to do things, but thankfully BOB has some excellent video tutorials if you ever get stuck.

As BOB is used by so many institutions, there is a very good chance that most things will be recorded. As whatever you put on record somebody from Aberystwyth University can watch; and you can watch whatever somebody from Winchester University records!

If you have any questions just ask at the Enquiry Desk in the library, or email Kevin Wilson at Please also contact Kevin if you’re searching for television programmes that you can’t find on BoB, as we might be able to source it elsewhere.