Support for Staff


If you are new to the University please complete the online registration form so that we can set up a Library Record for you. 
Please take this opportunity to book an appointment with your Information Specialist.  
As well as the information available here, we would recommend you access the following LibGuides:

The University has a subscription to SensusAccess software for all Aston University staff and students to convert files to more inclusive and accessible formats: 

If you are a member of staff we have a range of information to support your research

The quality and diversity of information sources are wide ranging. From search engines to subject gateways to electronic databases, students have a vast amount of information before them. Library Services (LS) can help provide students and staff with the information literacy skills they need to successfully identify and use these services in support of their assignments and project work.

To make information skills sessions work for you and your students they should be:

  • integrated into the course through careful planning
  • appropriately timed to ensure that the skills acquired can be put into practice immediately
  • focused on the subject content relevant to students at that point in their course
  • structured to ensure progression to more complex sources and services
  • designed to provide students with the skills to critically evaluate the information retrieved

LS can help you achieve these things. We offer a successful induction programme which reaches over 90% of new students. We also aim to ensure that our research and information skills sessions reach larger numbers of students too. Information literacy sessions can help improve research and critical skills. They can help students to improve their marks and provides invaluable experience for future professional careers.

LS can provide you and your students with tailored information skills sessions. Examples of what we do include:

Introductory sessions

Using Library SmartSearch – find books, journals, electronic resources and general library information.

Research and project skills

Using Library SmartSearch.

  • Develop systematic search strategies (keywords, Boolean logic, strategies to refine and focus search results etc.)

  • Know how to use full-text and/or bibliographic databases.
  • Find company and market information, scientific and technical information, foreign language services, statistical information.
  • Citation searching using the citation Indexes.
  • Using full-text newspapers (online and WWW).
  • How to use search engines, subject gateways and evaluate Internet resources.
  • Recognise plagiarism and reference correctly.

Current awareness

  • Keeping up-to-date using current awareness services

Managing bibliographic references

  • Bibliographic referencing software
  • How to cite references

As students progress through their course, formal sessions can be supplemented with drop-in sessions, refreshers on specific services, etc.


Planning information skills sessions into your course/module

Information skills sessions can be readily incorporated into the courses/modules for which you are responsible. Please do contact your Information Specialist, who will be pleased to work with you to tailor sessions to the needs of you and your students.

  • Please use any browser other than Internet Explorer. 
  • You can look for the module code or the name of the module in the search box. 
  • Select the current academic year (e.g. 2019-20) to ensure you are looking at the most recent version       

Each Blackboard module now has a Readings menu item which creates a one stop shop for Academic and Library staff to manage reading lists in a consistent way, and for students to access them easily via My Module Reading Lists.

Please log in to the Module Reading List system via MAP or here and update your lists annually. 

Information on how to do this can be found on the Aston TLC website. Adding new books to the list will alert Library staff to purchase them. Journal articles and web pages can also be linked to directly.  Digitised documents for your Blackboard module can be requested via the Reading Lists system (Talis), or via your Information Specialist.

For more information about these services, or if you would like any help in finding books for your module, please contact your Information Specialist.

If you would like to recommend a book for the Library to purchase, please complete the online form or email your Information Specialist.  Our Information Specialists will purchase any books which are in support of the teaching, learning and research needs of the University depending on budgets available and whether or not the item is still in print.  If the book you have requested is not yet published, the order will be kept on file and processed once publication is confirmed.

When you ask Library Services to order books please remember the following key points:

  • On average it will take a month from Library Services ordering a book to it being on the shelf.

  • Truly urgent orders can be obtained much faster – please tell us if this is the case.

  • Give requests to Library Services as far in advance as possible.  

Further information on book supply times.

Following links to resources via these routes will direct you to a login page for on and off-campus access.

You can borrow 35 books.

Further information is available about returning, renewing, reserving, and our Inter-library Loans service.

Copyright is important because it protects the interests of those who create so you need to take care in referring to others' work to avoid plagiarism or infringements.  Please check the guidance.

Aston University is a member of the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme, which allows full-time postgraduate / postgraduate research students, academic staff, and part-time, distance learner or placement students to visit most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland and use or borrow books.

We are a member of the Mercian Collaboration, a professional network formed from SCONUL higher education libraries in the East and West Midlands of the UK. 

Find out more about our policies, regulations and performance standards

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