Library News

News from the University of Surrey Library

New Reading List Catalogue

Save valuable time by checking the Reading List Catalogue before leaving home!

Over the last two years, the University Library has been adding module reading lists to our new Reading List Catalogue.

There are direct links between this and the Library Catalogue, so you can quickly and easily link directly from a book or journal on your reading list to the information about that particular item held within the library catalogue.

You can then check the book’s availability, and note the shelfmark before going to the library, or make a reservation if it is already on loan.

New UniS Library Catalogue

Our new Library Catalogue has just been launched, and it has lots of advantages…

The interface searches exactly the same database as it always did; just the appearance has changed to make it easier to use, with some additional features:Searching:


Minimum browser requirements for using the new catalogue interface (TalisPrism) are Netscape 4.5 and IE 5.5. Netscape 7.0 and IE 6.0 are recommended.

Please note:

Netscape 4.7 has caused some problems not uniquely associated with TalisPrism, and this version of Netscape is not recommended.

  • See details of your historic Loans, Reservations or Inter Library Loans (for the last 6 months).
  • Renew several loans at once.
  • Print, email or download search results in various formats (Brief, Full, CSV).
  • Library information is linked from the Welcome (Search) and Library Info pages.
  • Email comments to the Library from the “Library Info” page.
  • There is online context-sensitive Help from wherever you are in the system.
  • Sort your results by title, author or date (up or down).
  • Search sources (databases) other than the UniS library catalogue (in Advanced Search). Sources currently available are TalisList (UniS Reading Lists), xRefer (a reference database), BL (British Library), COPAC (major university library catalogues), Google, Amazon and RDN (Resource Discovery Network, for good Web sources).
  • Combine search terms of any type (in Advanced Search), e.g. the names of two authors.
  • New Electronic Journals listing

    The new A-Z list of Electronic Journals is now available.

    As well as being able to quickly find out whether we subscribe to an e-journal by browsing an alphabetical list, you can:

    • Link directly to the e-journal listed
    • Search for an e-journal by title keyword
    • Search for all e-journals within specific subject areas
    • Link to the library catalogue to check whether a title is also available in print
    • Browse and search all of the IEEE standards and conferences by title

    The new system should offer a more accurate picture of our electronic holdings (over 9,000 e-journal titles, nearly 6,000 conference proceedings and over 600 standards). However, if you find any problems or have any feedback, please contact .

    Major new database and e-journal subscriptions

    The library is committed to extending access to digital information, and has recently subscribed to the following major online resources:

    • GMID (Global Market Information Database)
    • Amadeus (Europe’s top 200,000 companies)
    • Dissertation Abstracts 1981-
    • JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collections II, III, IV, and Complement (adding hundreds of e-journal titles to our existing JSTOR Arts & Sciences I collection)

      All of the above can be accessed both on and off campus, using your Athens password.
      For more information and links to the resources, please go to our
      Online Databases web page.

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