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(updated on 9 December 2014) RSS


Library Opening and Counter Service Hours for Semester Break (Semester A, 2014/2015)

Please note that during the semester break, the opening and counter service hours of the Library will be as follows:

  Counter Opening Hours
21 Dec 2014 Sun Closed 08:30 - 23:00
22 - 24 Dec 2014 Mon - Wed 08:30 - 18:00 08:30 - 23:00
25 Dec 2014* Thu Closed Closed
26 Dec 2014* Fri Closed 08:30 - 23:00
27 Dec 2014 Sat 08:30 - 17:00 08:30 - 23:00
28 Dec 2014 Sun Closed 08:30 - 23:00
29 Dec 2014 Mon 08:30 - 20:00 08:30 - 23:00
30 - 31 Dec 2014 Tue - Wed 08:30 - 18:00 08:30 - 23:00
1 Jan 2015* Thu Closed Closed
2 Jan 2015 Fri 08:30 - 20:00 08:30 - 23:00
3 Jan 2015 Sat 08:30 - 17:00 08:30 - 23:00
4 Jan 2015 Sun Closed 08:30 - 23:00
5 Jan 2015 Mon 08:30 - 20:00 08:30 - 23:00
6 - 8 Jan 2015 Tue - Thu 08:30 - 18:00 08:30 - 23:00
9 Jan 2015 Fri 08:30 - 20:00 08:30 - 23:00
10 Jan 2015 Sat 08:30 - 17:00 08:30 - 23:00
11 Jan 2015 Sun Closed 08:30 - 23:00

* Public Holiday

From 12 January 2015 (Monday) onwards, the regular Library opening and counter service hours will resume.

(9 Dec 2014)

BrowZine for Android Smartphones is Available Now!

BrowZine for Android Smartphones is Here!

The library is pleased to announce that BrowZine for Android smartphones is available now! CityU staff and students using Android smartphones can now enjoy the convenience of browsing, reading and monitoring Library's scholarly journals via this user friendly app, just like what users of iPad/iPhone and Android tablets have experienced.

With BrowZine, you can:

  • Easily browse journals from various publishers by subject, review tables of contents, and download full articles via a simple interface.
  • Create your own bookshelf of favourite journals and be notified when new articles are published.
  • Save articles for off-line reading.
  • Export articles to DropBox, RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, and more to keep all items related to your research in one place.

Missed the release of BrowZine before? Do try it now! Getting started is easy. From your iOS/Android mobile device, find BrowZine in the App Store, Google Play or Amazon Appstore and download it for free. You may refer to the BrowZine Quick Start Guide for the instruction on setting up BrowZine on your device and for an overview of the app features. To learn more, please visit:
http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/eres/browzine/

Happy browsing!

For enquiries, please visit the Reference Desk, call 3442-6415 or email to lbinf@cityu.edu.hk.

(25 Nov 2014)

Library Opening Hours — Revision and Examination Periods (Semester A, 2014/15)

In the forthcoming Revision and Examination Periods from 30 November to 20 December 2014, both dates inclusive, please note that the Library area on 3/F (excluding Information Space & FYW Building) and 2/F Library will continue to open from 08:30 till 01:00. In addition, the Information Space, together with 3/F FYW Building will become the 24-Hour Access Area. However, the Innovation Commons inside 3/F FYW Building only opens during office hours.

Library Opening Hours
Date Library Area on 3/F (excluding Information Space & FYW Building) and 2/F Library 24-Hour Access Area
(Information Space and 3/F FYW Building except Innovation Commons)
30 Nov - 1 Dec 2014 Sun - Mon 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00
2 Dec - 19 Dec 2014 Mon - Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 24 hours
20 Dec 2014# Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 23:00 00:00 - 23:00
Circulation Counter / Semi-closed Collection / Media Resources Collection Service Hours
Date Service Hours
30 Nov 2014 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
1 - 5 Dec 2014 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 23:00
6 Dec 2014 Sat 08:30 - 19:00
7 Dec 2014 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
8 - 12 Dec 2014 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 23:00
13 Dec 2014 Sat 08:30 - 19:00
14 Dec 2014 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
15 - 19 Dec 2014 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 23:00
20 Dec 2014# Sat 08:30 - 19:00

# Last day of Examination

Points to Note:

  1. Access to the 24-Hour Access Area must be via the side entrance of the Information Space (near Lift 7).
  2. There are about 260 seats in the 24-Hour Access Area, of which 100 seats with PC workstations are within the Information Space.
  3. Only CityU staff and students (including SCOPE smartcard holders) can stay beyond 23:00 on the University campus. External users will be invited to leave by 23:00. Users left behind may be subject to ID checks.
  4. Between 23:00 - 07:00, the rest of the University Campus will remain closed except the Late Reading Centre managed by CDFO. Access to the Library must be via the Pedestrian Subway or the curved staircases on its two sides and then through the red doors.
  5. Students are reminded:
    1. to ensure transport availability (e.g. taxi, bus, private car) when leaving the Library after midnight at time when MTR is not available.
    2. to return to the student hostels with company and avoid going home alone. If necessary, students may seek help from the security guards.
    3. not to reserve seats with unattended property.
    4. to take good care of their personal belongings to prevent theft while studying inside the Library.
    5. to help maintain a quiet environment and refrain from engaging in any behaviour that interferes with the normal use and operation of the Library.
    6. to observe Library Regulations and be a responsible user.
(19 Nov 2014)

Partial Access Arrangement - External Users - Revision and Examination Period, Semester A 2014/15

Each year when the examination period is approaching, there will be a high demand for study space. Therefore, during the forthcoming Semester A Revision and Examination period, we will impose the Partial Access Arrangement whereby access to our Library by certain categories of external users will be limited to non-busy hours of the day only. Affected users include the following:

  • Holders of Alumni Library Ticket - Reader (those with reading privileges only)
  • JULAC Card Holders - Reader / Borrower (students only) from other UGC institutions
Partial Access Period: 1 - 17 December 2014*
  Non-accessible Time Accessible Time
Mon - Fri (except Public Holiday) 00:00 - 17:00 & 23:01 - 24:00 17:01 - 23:00#
Sat, Sun & Public Holiday 00:00 - 14:00 & 23:01 - 24:00 14:01 - 23:00#

* For the last three days of the Examination Period (18 - 20 December 2014), all restrictions will be lifted. Normal access will resume.

# Only CityU staff and students can stay beyond 23:00 on the University campus. External users will be invited to leave by 23:00. Users left behind may be subject to ID checks.

Notes to JULAC Card Holders - Borrower (students only) from other UGC Institutions:

If you need to borrow books, return books or collect recalled items during the affected period, please note the following:

  • Instead of borrowing books from us in person, you may consider using HKALL borrowing services or interlibrary loan services of your home library.
  • To return books, you may bring them to your home library and use the JULAC Book Return Service instead.
  • If you want to return books in person, use the bookdrops located outside our Library. For books with accompanying fragile materials such as CD-ROMs, please pass them to our security guards at the entrance who will return them for you.
  • To collect recalled items, you may come during accessible time. If your schedule only allows you to come during the non-accessible time, you have to show your book pickup notice to the security guard in order to gain access into the Library.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused to users concerned. The partial access arrangement is only temporary. From 18 December 2014 onwards, normal access will resume. For affected users who have genuine need to use our Library during the non-accessible period, they are welcome to contact us for special arrangement. Any enquiries can be directed to lbasprs@cityu.edu.hk.

(14 Nov 2014)

Talk @ the Library: Get an Insider's Tips on Publishing Your Work!

The Library is pleased to announce the upcoming talk — Get an Insider's Tips on Publishing Your Work – Emerald Guide to Getting Published.

Being a leading publisher of management research, Emerald Group Publishing Limited publishes nearly 300 journal titles and over 2350 book series volumes in the fields of business, management and more. This talk will provide you with an "insider's" tips on academic publishing and highlight best practices for submission of research papers to international, peer-reviewed journals and books.

In this talk, you will learn about:

  • Emerald – an introduction to its history
  • Publishing processes and peer review
  • Choosing a publication
  • Structuring your paper
  • Publishing ethics
  • Dissemination and promotion of your work
Speaker: Mr. Mark Moreau, Publisher, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Date and Time: 17 November 2014 (Monday), 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room

The medium of instruction is English. All staff and students are welcome!

For enquiries, please call 3442-6415, email lbinf@cityu.edu.hk or visit our Reference Desk.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(10 Nov 2014)

Talk @ the Library: Publishing with BioMed Central and Open Access

The Library is pleased to announce the upcoming talk - Publishing with BioMed Central and Open Access.

BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of over 270 peer-reviewed open access journals. The portfolio of journals spans all areas of biology, biomedicine and medicine. This talk provides a great opportunity for you to learn from a leading open access publisher about how to get published in open access journals. It will include insider’s information about:

  • What editors and reviewers look for in a manuscript
  • Choosing a journal
  • Things to consider before submission
  • Publication ethics
  • Open access publishing
  • BioMed Central
Date: 5 November 2014 (Wednesday)
Speaker: Dr. Maria Kowalczuk, Deputy Biology Editor, BioMed Central
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room

The medium of instruction is English. All staff and students are welcome!

For enquiries, please call 3442-6415, email lbinf@cityu.edu.hk or visit our Reference Desk.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(27 Oct 2014)

Library Workshop - Using Gartner: A Source for Technology-related Research and Insight

The Library is pleased to announce the upcoming workshop, Using Gartner: A Source for Technology-related Research and Insight. Students and faculty members who are interested in IT-related research, technological development and global IT industry are invited to attend this workshop!

Instructor: Ms. Venus Chan, Account Executive, Gartner.
Date and time: 4 November 2014 (Tuesday), 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room

Gartner is an IT research and advisory company delivering technology-related research and insight that are useful for evaluating technology vendors, products and emerging trends. With CityU’s campus subscription, CityU students and faculty can access the IT research and reports compiled by Gartner’s research analysts and consultants. Our subscription includes special reports that are time-sensitive IT research reports focusing on key issues in technology. The Hype Cycles provide a graphic representation to the maturity and adoption of technologies and application, and how they are potentially relevant to solving real business problems and exploiting new opportunities. The Magic Quadrants and Marketscopes reports give a wide-angle view of the relative positions of competing players in the major technology markets.

Hype Cycle for Mobile Applications and Development, 2014 Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce

In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • The new My Gartner interface - its design and basic navigation
  • How to explore Gartner resources like Magic Quadrants, Hype Cycles and many more
  • How to do advance searching and set up Gartner Alerts for your research needs

The workshop will include hands-on experience, and the medium of instruction is English.

For enquiries, please visit the Reference Desk, call 3442-6415 or email: lbinf@cityu.edu.hk

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(27 Oct 2014)

Library Opening Hours — Prior to Revision and Examination Periods (Semester A, 2014/15)

  Opening Hours# Counter Service Hours
3 Nov 2014 Mon 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
4 - 7 Nov 2014 Tue - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
8 Nov 2014 Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 19:00
9 Nov 2014 Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 12:00 - 18:00
10 - 14 Nov 2014 Mon - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
15 Nov 2014 Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 19:00
16 Nov 2014 Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 12:00 - 18:00
17 - 21 Nov 2014 Mon - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
22 Nov 2014 Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 19:00
23 Nov 2014 Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 12:00 - 18:00
24 - 28 Nov 2014 Mon - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
29 Nov 2014 Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 19:00

Please watch out for Library announcement on opening hours for the Revision and Examination Periods (30 November - 20 December 2014).

# Only CityU staff and students (including SCOPE smartcard holders) can stay beyond 23:00 on the University campus. External users will be invited to leave by 23:00. Users left behind may be subject to ID checks.

(22 Oct 2014)

Online Learning Opportunities @ the Library!

If you missed our Library’s workshops offered during the beginning of the Semester, or if you simply want to learn more about how to improve your research skills and utilize our Library’s resources, there are a variety of ways that you can do so efficiently at your own pace.

For enquiries, call 3442-6415, email: lbinf@cityu.edu.hk, or come and visit us at the Reference Desk in the Library!

(17 Oct 2014)

Library Workshop: Introduction to Finding Business Information

The Library is pleased to announce the upcoming workshop, Introduction to Finding Business Information. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to a range of Library subscribed databases including ABI/INFORM Complete and Business Source Complete.

Users will learn how to locate:

  • Case studies
  • Market and brand share data
  • Industry reports
  • Company information
  • Economics forecasts
Date and time: 21 October 2014 (Tuesday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
23 October 2014 (Thursday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room

The two sessions are identical. Participants will be able to have hands-on practice. The medium of instruction is English.

For enquiries, please visit the Reference Desk, call 3442-6415 or email: lbinf@cityu.edu.hk

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(13 Oct 2014)

Library Workshop: Advancing Research and Innovation with the Web of Science

The Library is pleased to announce the upcoming workshop, Advancing Research and Innovation with the Web of Science. Faculty members and postgraduate students are invited to join this session to learn how to make use of the Web of Science databases (including Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index) to carry out research more effectively.

In this workshop, you will learn about:

  • Connecting the dots in your research
  • Efficient research workflow using Web of Science
    • Starting your research topic with understanding of the big picture
    • Assisting funding application and finding collaborators with Web of Science
    • Decoding Impact Factors: Which journal should I submit my paper?
    • Cite while you write: Bibliographic management with EndNote
  • Identifying author and article impact - ResearcherID, Citation report, and more.

The workshop will include hands-on experience, and the medium of instruction is English.

Instructor: Dr. Ning Ning, Solution Consultant, Scientific & Scholarly Research, Intellectual Property & Science, Thomson Reuters
Date and time: 16 October 2014 (Thursday), 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room

For enquiries, please visit the Reference Desk, call 3442-6415 or email: lbinf@cityu.edu.hk

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(9 Oct 2014)

Library Workshops: Finding Dissertations and Theses and Citation Made Easy - Using Citation Management Tools

Information Skills Workshops @ CityU Library =

bulletQuality information for assignments
bulletBetter research skills
bulletSearch tips and tricks too good to miss
bulletResources and services to support your academic success

Registration for the "Finding Dissertations and Theses" and "Citation Made Easy - Using Citation Management Tools" workshops is now open! These workshops are for students and staff who have experience in searching Library Databases and the Library Catalogue.

  • Finding Dissertations and Theses
    Date and Time: 14 October 2014 (Tuesday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    17 October 2014 (Friday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Citation Made Easy - Using Citation Management Tools
    Date and time: 17 October 2014 (Friday), 2:30 pm - 5:15 pm
    20 October 2014 (Monday), 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
    24 October 2014 (Friday), 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Venue of the workshops: User Education Room, Library
Medium of instruction: English

The sessions of each workshop are identical. Hands-on experience will be included! For more information, please visit: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/instruct/course/isw/. The Library reserves the right to cancel any session with less than 5 registrants.

For enquiries, please call 3442-6415, email lbinf@cityu.edu.hk or visit our Reference Desk.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(8 Oct 2014)

Training Session on SciFinder Scholar

SciFinder Scholar logo

SciFinder is a research discovery tool by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) that allows scientists and researchers to access a wide diversity of research from many scientific disciplines, including biomedical sciences, chemistry, pharmacology, biotechnology and more.

SciFinder Scholar includes the following content:

  • References to journal articles, patents, conference proceedings, dissertations, technical reports, books, and more, covering literature from 1800, combining references from CAplus and Medline.
  • Chemical substances found in journal articles, patents, chemcial catalogs, and reputable web sources from the early 1800s to the present
  • Reaction information for single- and multi-step reactions from 1840 to present
  • Chemical source information, including supplier addresses and pricing nformation with purchasing options derived from current chemical catalogs and libraries
  • Regulatory information from international sources, including substance identity information, inventroy status, sources, and compliance information

To help you become familiar with this database, the Library has organized the following training session:

Date: 7 October 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room
Instructor: Ms. Windy Wu, CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) Representative (Trainer)

The training session will cover:

  • Introduction to the interface, content and features of SciFinder
  • User registration and personalization tools
  • Searching scientific literature by research topic, author and organization
  • Structure search for substance and reaction information
  • Analyzing and refining the answer sets to get the most relevant information
  • Retrieving important information from the records, for example, the key point of research finding, synthesis pathway, substance properties, spectral data and reaction conditions

The medium of instruction is English.

For enquiries, please contact the Library Reference Desk at 3442-6415 or lbinf@cityu.edu.hk

(28 Sep 2014)

Conditions of Use and Licensing Restrictions for Library-subscribed e-Resources

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

The Library has subscribed to a large number of electronic resources, such as databases, e-journals and e-books, to meet your learning and research needs. We would like to remind you of your responsibility of using these e-resources.

As these are copyrighted materials, please be reminded to comply with the conditions of use and licensing restrictions and refrain from prohibited actions such as:

  • Systematic/excessive downloading from an e-resource
  • Archiving of downloaded materials on local servers without permission
  • Posting downloaded materials to a listserv, on a website or to an email list
  • Redistributing downloaded materials to or sharing passwords with unauthorized users
  • Reselling, redistributing or republishing of any journal text or search results in any medium

When violation of license agreements such as excessive downloading is detected, the vendors may cut off the entire University community from accessing the e-resource concerned. Violators are fully responsible for any legal consequences.

Thanks for your cooperation.

For further enquiries, please contact the Library at 3442-6415 or lbinf@cityu.edu.hk.

(19 Sep 2014)