Guides and Online Help

Guides and Online Help
  • Guides and Online Help

    This section includes subject and other guides to help you use library resources effectively.

    Use the Subject Menu on the Left to find guides relevant to your subject.

    If you are unsure where your subject fits in, try the pull-down menu below: 


  • Referencing

    RefGuideThe guidelines have been extended for the 2014-15 session and now appear in an open module - UWS Referencing Guide - on the university's VLE.  [Alternatively, go to Moodle, select the Services dropdown then Library, UWS Referencing Guide. You may have to select the "login as a guest" option.]


    New tool

    Are you at Level 7 or 8 and struggling with referencing?

    RefMe logoThere is a new website called RefME, which can help you use UWS Harvard referencing. Once you have signed up, there are 3 easy steps...


    • Open a project,
    • Select "Harvard: University of the West of Scotland" as a style,
    • Add the items you want to reference - pick a format (e.g. journal article, website) and follow the prompts to enter the details of each item.

    When your list is complete,

    • Copy & paste it into your document – can be Open Office or Microsoft Works as well as Microsoft Office.
    • Do a quick check against UWS Referencing Guide to ensure it matches the requirements.


    There’s even a bonus!
    Download the smartphone app (available for Apple and Android), scan a book barcode and the reference will be generated automatically!

    Note: is an external company offering a free service to UWS and other academic institutions so while the Harvard style on offer is largely compatible with the UWS Referencing Guide, there is no guarantee that references/ lists will comply.


  • EndNote

    What is EndNote?

    EndNote is a type of reference management software. If you are new to EndNote, find out more about it by viewing  this short introduction.

    EndNote Desktop

    Installing EndNote X7 at home - Windows

    Installing EndNote X7 at home - Mac  

    EndNote Web

    • For use off and on campus
    • Free for UWS staff and students
    • Register OR
    • Register via ISI Web of Knowledge (for an easier password)
    • Download Cite While You Write plug-in for use with Microsoft Word (ICT install on campus)
    • Save your EndNote Web connection details on EndNote desktop : Edit/Preferences/EndNote Web/
      Enter url [] ,email address and password

    Transfer references between EndNote Web and EndNote

    In EndNote desktop library use left hand Groups panel and scroll down to EndNote Web. Select the references or group that you want to transfer and click on Transfer.

    EndNote References

    • Open or create an EndNote library [.enl]
    • Create reference manually OR
    • Direct export references from databases OR
    • Import references using filters: Edit/Import Filters/Open Filter Manager [or New Filter to create a filter]
    • Do not use EndNote connect (Tools/Online search) to go onto databases to search. Access the databases via the normal routes but have your EndNote library open so you can export references
    • Define style of reference in the Style Manager: Edit/Output Style

    Using Microsoft Word

    • Use the EndNote Tab
    • Use Preferences/Application to tell Word whether you are using EndNote or EndNote Web
    • Save your EndNote Web connection details on Word: EndNote tab/Preferences/Application/
      Enter url [] and email address and password [tick remember my address and password]

    Configuring EndNote X7 Find Full Text to get UWS Subscriptions

    To get journal articles that require a UWS subscription:

    • In EndNote X7 go to Edit/Preferences
    • Click on Find Full Text
    • Tick the OpenURL box. In OpenURL Path type:
    • In Authenticate with type: 

    Endnote Guides

    Adding UWS Harvard Style to EndNote

    Adding UWS Harvard Style to EndNote  

    • Go to the Library module on Moodle and download the UWS Harvard file.
    • Save it to your EndNote styles folder [EndNote is likely to be in your Program Files folder and the EndNote folder is called Styles].
    • Open EndNote and you should now have this style as a selectable option.

    What is SFX?

    SFX helps you find full-text journal articles. You can use SFX to:

    • check if a journal is available online.
    • get the full text of articles found via database searches.

    Checking online availability

    SFX lists most of the electronic journals purchased by UWS Library. You can find this list at SFX covers journal titles, but not the content of journals: if you need to find journal articles about a subject you should use an online database such as those listed on this page.

    Getting journal articles from database searches

    In online databases click on the "full text" or "PDF" link to read journal articles.

    If there is no full text/PDF link in the database use the SFX button to check if the journal article is available from a different source.

    Article not available electronically

    The message “no electronic fulltext available for this item” means that UWS does not purchase electronic access to the article. You should click on the “Holdings in University of the West of Scotland catalogue” link to check for paper copies of your article.

    If the article is not available electronically or on paper university staff, postgraduates and some undergraduates can use the Inter Library Loan service to obtain copies of articles.

    I am being asked to pay for an article

    I am getting a blank screen

    Turn off your pop-up blocker. Advice on how to do this is available on the library blog.

    SFX is unable to find my article

    Try using the electronic journals list to find the journal homepage, and navigate to your article from there.

    I need help finding journal articles about my subject

    Any other SFX problems

    Use the “link not working” option on the SFX webpage.

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