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Update on Library Services Offered During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The following communiqué was issued to the Campus Community by the Officer in Charge of the Sidney Martin Library, Judith Toppin.

During this period of closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Sidney Martin Library and all Cave Hill libraries are aware how important it is for you to have access to resources to support your studies and research. To assist you during this difficult period, the library has added new services and expanded online access to others. Information on our services is provided below.

COVID-19 Subject Guide:

The Library has prepared a subject guide on the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide includes documents from local, regional and international organizations along with ministerial addresses, legislation, seminars, communiques and resources which support future research on the socio-economic impact of the pandemic on local and regional economies. Update of the guide is ongoing.  To view the subject guide click on the following link

New Resources:

We have signed up for a free trial to the database Academic Search Ultimate and have established free access to the New England Journal of Medicine for the Faculty of Medicine until June 30th.

UWISpace has been added to the Databases A-Z section of our website. UWISpace is UWI’s Institutional Repository which provides open access to the digital intellectual output. Through UWISpace, users can view electronic abstracts of theses and some audio-visual material.

Instruction Tutorials:

New instruction tutorials have been added to provide assistance on Using eBooks, and on Searching Databases. Tutorials on using the Search All and Articles by Subject features when searching UWILinC continue to be available on the library’s website.

Thesis Consultation Service:

Postgraduate students will now have the opportunity to make an appointment with a librarian to obtain assistance with formatting their thesis. Students can fill out and submit a Thesis Consultation Form from the library’s web page. Their liaison librarian will contact them to set an appointment for consultation.

Online Reference:

A virtual reference service via email, through the “Ask a Librarian” service continues to be available to students.
UWILinC, the libraries information portal is fully functional and continues to provide online access to resources through the library’s webpage. . Searches to be performed for both hard copy and electronic resources. Through the Find Databases option, users have uninterrupted online access to the full text of scholarly journal articles, eBooks, electronic theses as well as some digitized audio-visual material. You are encouraged to contact your faculty or departmental liaison librarian for support and research assistance. Contact information for the liaison librarians can be found under the Liaison librarians tab under Services on the webpage.

Social Media Resources: 
I encourage you to follow and like our Facebook Page-Cave Hill libraries. We will continue to post updates on activities of all Libraries of the Cave Hill campus and provide information on areas of interest for libraries, research and the academic community.

Please do not hesitate contact the librarians for assistance. We are willing and ready to help.
Best wishes with your research and studies and continue to stay safe.

The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus
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