Researching an essay
The HKU Library catalogue
Most of your research for first-year essays and assignments will be done in the University Library catalogue. But did you know that HKU library has its own web site? Here are some of the things you can do without even setting foot in the library building.
Unfortunately, you still have to go to the library to read or borrow most books and journals.
The are several ways to access the HKU Library catalogues. Here are some useful links to bookmark.
Dragon only contains references to books, journals and audio-visual materials. It does not contain references to articles in books or journals.
If you have a list of references for a course or an assignment, you can find the book references either by searching for the author or the title.
To look for a reference to an article in a book, you must search for the author or title of the book. Here is an example:
To find this article, search for the author 'Leung BKP' or the title 'Social Issues in Hong Kong'.
To look for a reference to an article in a journal, you must search for the title of the journal. Here is an example:
To find this article, search for the title 'Bulletin of the Hong Kong Psychological Society'. You will need to know the call number of the journal and the volume number (16/17) to find this article on the shelf.
Tip: The titles of books and journals are often put in italics in bibliographical references. If you see a title in italics, this is what you should search for.
There is one exception to these rules on finding articles in books or journals. Some lecturers place photocopies of articles in the Reserve Book Room. In this case, the author and the title of the article will be in the Dragon catalogue.
If you are searching for information on a topic, you can search for keywords in Dragon. Here is a tip to speed up keyword searches if you already have one reference for your topic.
Let's say that you are looking for references on abnormal psychology and you have this reference already:
Search for this reference in Dragon and display the details of the book. Then scroll down until you can see the keywords for the book. You will see that 'abnormal psychology' is not a key word in Dragon. The keywords for this book are 'Psychology, pathological' and 'Mental illness'. Click on the link for 'Psychology, pathological' to find more references on this topic.
You can also use Dragon to build up a collection of references that you can save on your computer or email to yourself.
Then follow the instructions on the screen to save your references on your computer or email them to yourself.
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