Library Support for Teaching and Research

Library resources

Find out information about our extensive holdings of print materials, e-journals, e-books and other resources to support your teaching and research.

  • Find@HKUL helps you discover the HKUL collection through a single search box in one go. The default setting is Books + Articles which will search both Dragon catalogue and a huge cross-disciplinary article database for books, articles, conference papers and theses, etc.
  • Dragon Catalogue provides information on what are available in the University Libraries, as well as seamless access to the HKALL (Hong Kong Academic Library Link) catalogue through which direct requests may be made on monographs held in our partner libraries in Hong Kong.
  • Electronic Resources/Databases is the gateway to access electronic resources by subject, format or title.
  • Explore the Subject Guides which cover diverse disciplines including Architecture, Arts, Business & Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Music, Science, Social Sciences. Each guide comes with course/core resources, Internet resources, and other pertinent links to help with your research.
  • If your research is performed over an extended period, it would be a good idea to set up alerts in article databases or the library catalogue. You will then be regularly informed of new research information on your topic. In many databases, article alerts can be set up within a few simple steps. Similarly, you can also set up alerts for new library books via Dragon (HKUL Catalogue).

   IMPORTANT:  Read special Tips on accessing via a publisher’s website, PubMed or Google Scholar.

 

Course readings

Course reserves

The Reserve service facilitates student access to recommended readings or materials of high demand. The reserve collections housed on 1/F Main Library and in Branches are on shorter load periods from 2 hours to 7 days. Such collections are searchable in Dragon (HKUL Catalogue) by Instructor or Course. Fill in the appropriate form below to set up a reserve collection under your course:

Alternatively, simply email the course reading list to the Audio Visual and Reserve Collection. The course reserve will then be set up for you.

 

 

Print coursepack

The Libraries provides coursepack service on the request of the faculties. A “course pack” is a compilation of learning materials, such as journal articles, book excerpts, in support of student learning for a course. AV & Reserve staff can help obtain copyright permission through the Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society (HKRRLS). License fee is payable to HKRRLS. Through this service, students will be able to possess a copy of the course pack legally and instructors can distribute photocopies of licensed materials to students without infringing copyright. For more details on the guidelines and procedure, please visit the Print Course Pack website.

 

Linking to E-resources

To facilitate learning, you can establish links to recommended e-books and e-articles throughout a Moodle course, or in one’s blog or any web pages of your choice. To facilitate seamless access to these e-resources, please check if the URL is a persistent link with the EZProxy prefix – “http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=”.  Otherwise, it would be necessary to add this EZProxy string before the URL of the e-resource.  With this, the e-resources vendor would know that the requester is a HKU user and therefore would activate the HKUL authentication screen.

 

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Check out the Copyright in teaching and learning website at HKU website to know more about related legislation and guidelines adopted within the University.

 

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If you wish to give others the right to share, use, or even build upon a work that you have created, Creative Commons (CC), the international system of intellectual property rights management, provides copyright licenses through which copyright terms can be changed from “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.” Creative Commons Hong Kong (CCHK) works with Creative Commons International to localize and promote the use of Creative Commons licenses in Hong Kong.

 

Managing student papers / Originality check for student papers

 

Turnitin and GradeMark

Turnitin offers Originality Checking on students' work for proper citation or potential plagiarism in the University of Hong Kong. Grademark is an online tool for grading papers and rubrics. With the Moodle-Turnitin-GradeMark integration, teaching staff can set up student assignments in a Moodle class, mark the papers and perform originality checking under the same platform. More details are available at Turnitin@HKU.

 

Getting materials available elsewhere

 

HKALL

The Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL) is a book delivery service among all 8 Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC) funded libraries. If a book is not available at Dragon, HKUL Catalogue, either it is not found or has been checked out, you can click on the HKALL button at the right hand side from the Dragon result page to check the library holding and request it online if the book is available in other libraries at that moment. More information is available at /general/hkall_overview.html.

 

Interlibrary Loans

For journal articles not available in the HKU Libraries or books not available via HKALL, you may wish to request for Interlibrary Loan Service online via ILLiad at http://lib.hku.hk/cgi-bin/illiad/hua/sso_oclc. Terms of Service I staff, Research Staff or Research Assistant will be given a quota of 40 items each academic year. If the number of requested items exceeds the quota, a cost recovery basis charge will be applied.

 

BRO/ Suggesting materials for purchase

Academic staff can recommend books for purchase in HKU Libraries via Book Recommendation Online (BRO). The request will be considered by the relevant faculty or branch librarian. For other borrowers, please access BRO at http://lib.hku.hk/general/e-form/eform_book.html instead.

 

Knowledge exchange

The HKU Libraries collects, preserves, and disseminates in digital form, the intellectual output of HKU faculty and researchers through the University’s institutional repository, the HKU Scholars Hub. Through this open access repository, the Hub strives to make HKU authors and their research visible, with the goal of increasing all forms of collaboration. The Hub and the Libraries team developing this resource have won the University’s Knowledge Exchange Award (Non-Faculty Unit) 2012 for the value they add to the HKU community.
Deposit your research publications or papers in the HKU Scholars Hub to make them discoverable and start networking with researchers and peers world wide. View a sample ResearcherPage on the Hub, or write to the Hub to find out more.

 

Establishing your research network

 

Conferences

Academic Conferences Worldwide: ConferenceAlerts provides a convenient website for locating conferences under your research area or by region. You can also set up alerts so that you will be notified when there are conferences matching your area of interest.

All Conferences.com offers a global conference directory to locate conferences, conventions, trade shows, exhibits and events under various business or area of interest.

 

Scholarly societies

Scholarly Societies Project helps you acquaint yourself with academic associations under your research interest. It is an efficient channel to stay abreast of the latest news and events within your research network.

 

Publishing your research

 

Selecting a journal for publication

Identifying the appropriate journal for paper submission is one of the immediate considerations when publishing. Impact Factor, a common indicator adopted to measure the standing of a journal, might provide some insight in your selection process. There are two major databases subscribed at HKUL that would provide such data:

 

Getting published

Throughout the publication process, you might need to hone your skills in authorship and other issues.  Visit the following resources to help you get started:

  • Early Career Resources by Elsevier offers advice on how to plan a successful research career, tools to help you identify relevant scientific information and how to improve your chances of getting published.
  • Online Guide to Getting Published by Emerald where you will find support materials and insider’s guide for authors.

 

 

Assessing research impact

An issue of interest is publishing with impact. Although how this is measured might differ across disciplines, citation analysis is a commonly adopted measure for benchmarking and evaluation of a piece of work or a researcher. A number of citation databases subscribed by HKUL offer this bibliometric data:

Researchers may sometimes require a citation report in support of award applications. The Libraries offers a citation certification service at a fee. For details, please approach the Information Services Division.

 

Staying organized with Endnote

Endnote is a reference management tool that would help you get organized with your readings. It will also facilitate the citing of appropriate sources when you begin writing your papers. Visit the Endnote@HKU website where you can download a copy of the software on your computer. The site licence covers current HKU staff and students. To learn how to use Endnote, you can either attend one of our workshops or visit the online learning materials.

 

Information skills

 

DOW - The Library Skills Tutorial on Moodle

DOW (Discover, Organize and Write) is a library skills online tutorial for HKU staff and students. DOW gives you a general background on the information resources available through the library. Whether it is setting up alerts to new publications, plagiarism check, or identifying high impact journals, the tutorial offers help on developing search skills essential in your teaching and research. Each bubble in the tutorial leads you to a short video, a simple PDF guide or a website.

 

Workshops, classes and demonstrations to guide your students

The Libraries offer information skills sessions on library resources as well as trainings on research strategies in the digital environment. If you would like to schedule a session for your students tailored to your specific courses, fill in the form and we will contact you to confirm and finalize the details. Requests are accepted for groups of more than 15 staff/students.

For a complete list of open sessions currently on offer in the Libraries, check our Training page.

 

Contact us

 

Ask a Librarian

The HKU Libraries provides scholarly information and relevant services in support of your teaching and research at the university. For any questions on finding information or using our services, please feel free to Ask a Librarian.

 

Faculty Librarians & Branch Librarians

Faculty Librarians and Branch Librarians help develop collections for assigned subject areas and serve as the Libraries' liaison to your faculty. Please feel free to contact your Subject Specialists if we could provide any further assistance.