Online tutorials for Library resources

Introductions to the library services and resources

* To see the captions for the tutorial, when it is running click on the notes tab.

* Flash is needed to run these tutorials. You may need to download the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

Databases and other resources

Many database and resource providers now produce their own online tutorials and materials to help you use their resources. The library has compiled a list of some of the training tutorials that we have found including a number of tutorials for the Web of Knowledge databases. Click on the name of the database in the table below to be directed to tutorials or any other training materials that we have identified.

Note: Some tutorials may be generic for the provider or platform on which the database is hosted.

You may find some useful guides on using databases, aimed specifically at your subject area, on your subject pages. If you would like more help with the databases included in the list below or any other library resources - then please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian

If you have any problems using any of the tutorials on this page please let us know libenqs@soton.ac.uk

AIDS and Cancer Research Abstracts Aluminium Industry Abstracts AMED-allied and complementary medicine American Bibliography of Slavic & Eastern European Studies (ABSEES)
ARTbibliographies Modern Arts & Humanities Citation Index Arts Abstracts ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
Biological Sciences BIOSIS Previews Biotechnology and bioengineering abstracts
British Standards Online
Ceramic Abstracts/World Ceramics Abstracts CINAHL Compendex Computer and Information Systems Abstracts
Conference Papers Index Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science Copper Technical Reference Library Corrosion abstracts
DAAI: Design and Applied Arts Index
Ecology abstracts EconLit EIS: digests of environmental impact statements EBSCO e-journals
Embase EndNote EndNote Web Engineered Materials Abstracts
Environmental engineering abstracts Environmental sciences and pollution management

ERIC - via CSA

Fame
GeoBase GeoRef Google / Google Scholar
IEEE Explore i-law Inspec International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
Journal Citation Reports Justis
Lawtel Lexis Library Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
Materials Business File MathSciNet Mechanical Engineering Abstracts

Medline - via CSA

Medline - via EBSCO

Medline - via Ovid

Medline - via WOK

METADEX MLA International Bibliography Music Index
National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Nexis
Oceanic abstracts
PILOTS Database Plant Science Pollution abstracts PsycARTICLES
PsycINFO PubMed
Reference Manager RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Risk abstracts RISM Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600
Science Citation Index Expanded ScienceDirect Social Sciences Citation Index Social Services Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts Solid State and Superconductivity Abstracts SPORTDiscus
Teacher Reference Center Textile Technology Index TOXLINE Toxnet
Water resources abstracts Web of Knowledge Web of Science
Zetoc

Databases (provider with individual databases listed) / resource Online tutorials Other training materials
British Standards Online

Narrated tutorials with captions. Flash is needed to run these tutorials. You may need to download the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

other online tutorials available from the British Standards Online website.

Academic user guide (pdf document)

Other online user guides available from Bristish Standards Online

ProQuest Databases

  • AIDS and Cancer Research Abstracts
  • Aluminium Industry Abstracts
  • ARTbibliographies Modern
  • ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biotechnology and bioengineering abstracts
  • Ceramic Abstracts/World Ceramics Abstracts
  • Computer and Information Systems Abstracts
  • Conference Papers Index
  • Copper Technical Reference Library
  • Corrosion abstracts
  • DAAI: Design and Applied Arts Index
  • Ecology abstracts
  • EIS: digests of environmental impact statements
  • Engineered Materials Abstracts
  • Environmental engineering abstracts
  • Environmental sciences and pollution management
  • ERIC
  • GeoRef
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
  • Materials Business File
  • Mechanical Engineering Abstracts
  • MEDLINE
  • METADEX
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts
  • Oceanic abstracts
  • PILOTS Database
  • Plant Science
  • Pollution abstracts
  • Risk abstracts
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Solid State and Superconductivity Abstracts
  • TOXLINE
  • Water resources abstracts
  • Zoological record plus

Narrated tutorials via YouTube. Captions available.

Basic search

Advanced search

These and other tutorials are available from the ProQuest playlist on YouTube.

  • Quick reference guide (.pdf document)
  • User guide - more detailed (.pdf document)
  • These and other training materials are available from the ProQuest website.

    EBSCOHost

    • American Bibliography of Slavic & Eastern European Studies (ABSEES)
    • Arts Abstracts
    • CINAHL
    • EconLit
    • E-Journals
    • GreenFILE
    • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
    • MEDLINE
    • Music Index
    • PsycARTICLES
    • PsycINFO
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
    • RISM Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600
    • SPORTDiscus
    • Teacher Reference Center
    • Textile Technology Index

    Generic tutorials in a range of formats for the EBSCOHost platform including:-

    • Basic Searching: academic libraries
    • Advanced Searching with guided style
    • Advanced Searching with single find field
    • How to create search and journal alerts
    • EBSCOhost Mobile
    User guide [Word document]
    EndNote See our seperate webpage for further information on EndNote online tutorials and training support
    EndNote Web See our seperate webpage for further information on EndNote Web online tutorials and training support

    Engineering Village

    • Compendex
    • GeoBase

    Tutorials for all databases

    These tutorials are .wmv files, you may need to download software (e.g. QuickTime, RealPlayer, Windows Media Player or similar) to be able to view them.

    Tutorials and product tours from the Engineering Village website

    Product tour of GeoBase click run to start the tutorial (also features GeoRef but this is not applicable for the University of Southampton as we access GeoRef via ProQuest)

    FAME The full user guide is only available when you are logged in to FAME. The user guide is under the support section.
    IEEE Explore

    Narrated tutorials with captions. Flash is needed to run these tutorials. You may need to download the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

    All from the IEEE website

    IEEE Xplore Search Tip Sheets:-

    i-law

    A short silent demonstration which covers:

    • Searching - simple and advanced
    • Refining search results
    • Setting up alerts for publications and/or your search terms
    • Using i-law folders to store your research

    Taken from the i-law.com home page, which also offers a User Guide and FAQs.

    Justis

    Justis web demo provides a quick tour of Justis, with visual demonstrations and text boxes (no narration). Flash is needed to run these tutorials. You may need to download the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

    Advanced guides:-

    All from the support and training section of the Justis website

    Quick start guides (pdf files):-

    All from the support and training section of the Justis website

    Lawtel

    Lawtel tutorial with with visual demonstrations and explanatory text to the right of the screen images (no narration). Includes sections on:-

    • Navigating the homepage
    • What do you want to do?
    • The Help pages

    These are taken from the Help section on the Lawtel website.

    LAWTEL user guide (pdf file)
    Lexis Library

    Narrated tutorials with captions. Flash is needed to run these tutorials. You may need to download the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

    Tutorials from the Help section of the Lexis Library website (you may need to be using a computer on campus or via the VPN service to be able to access these). Also available as iLearning Modules from the Training Resources section of the LexisNexis Academy website

    MathSciNet

    MathSciNet interactive tutorial from the library.

    Tutorials provided by the American Mathematical Society

    Nexis

    The narrated tutorials with captions. Flash is needed to run these tutorials. You may need to download the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

    iLearning Modules (approximately 10 minutes):-

    iKnowledge Modules (approximately 90 seconds) includes:-

    Tutorials from the Help section of the Nexis website (you may need to be using a computer on campus or via the VPN service to be able to access these). Also available as iLearning Modules from the Training Resources section of the LexisNexis Academy website

    Ovid databases

    • AMED-allied and complementary medicine
    • Medline

    • Embase

    Narrated tutorials (no captions). Flash is needed to run these tutorials. You may need to download the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

    Tutorials from the training section of the Ovid website

    User guides in a number of different languages.

    PubMed

    PubMed Tutorial

    Quick tours - Brief animated tutorials with audio for using PubMed. Includes tutorials for searching PubMed and saving searches. Flash is needed to run these tutorials. You may need to download the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

    PubMed Basics leaflet (pdf file)

    PubMed online help manual

    Reference Manager See our seperate webpage for further information on Reference Manager online tutorials and training support
    ScienceDirect

    Interactive tutorials in a number of languages but no audio available. Flash is needed to run these tutorials. You may need to download the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.Topics include:-

    • Registering and logging in
    • Performing an advanced search
    • Reviewing search results
    • Browsing publications
    • Using alerts

    Tutorials available from the Quick start tools section of the SciVerse ScienceDirect website

    User guide (pdf file)
    Toxnet TOXNET Training Manual (this is a pdf file)

    Web of Knowledge

    • BIOSIS Previews
    • Inspec
    • MEDLINE
    • Web of Science
      • Science Citation Index Expanded
      • Social Sciences Citation Index
      • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
      • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science
    • Journal Citation Reports

    Flash is needed to run these tutorials. You may need to download the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

    Web of Knowledge

    A new interface to Web of Knowledge (WOK v5) is currently under development, recorded training for the new interface is available.

    BIOSIS Previews

    Inspec

    MEDLINE

    Web of Science

    Journal Citation Reports

    Tutorials and support materials from the Thomson Reuters website select the database you are using and then click on the Recorded Training tab

    BIOSIS Previews Quick Reference Guide (pdf file)

    Inspec Quick Reference Guide (pdf file)

    Web of Science Quick Reference Guide (pdf file)

    Westlaw

    Interactive tutorials with optional self-tests.

    Westlaw UK Workouts - 40 minute online training sessions. Registration required.

    Tutorials from the Westlaw UK website and also when using the resource by clicking on the Training Tutorial tab.

    Student user guide (pdf file)
    ZETOC

    Quick reference guide to using Zetoc (pdf file)

    Zetoc Alert quick reference guide (pdf file)