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FindIt@Bham: e-shelf basics

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Managing your e-shelf

Library Account and pesonalized features

You need to sign in to access e-shelf and other personalized features

Having signed in, click on the Library Account link at the top of the screen on the right to acccess personalized features, including your e-shelf and saved searches.

Benefits of signng in

When you sign into FindIt@Bham, you are able to do the following:

  • Set preferences for your current and future sessions. You can set your preferences so that they reflect the way you usually search, and save them for future sessions.
  • Add items you found and queries you submitted permanently to your basket. You can save items from your results list to your basket and you can save queries that you have performed for future use.
  • Set alerts for your queries. You can set a query to become an alert, that is, to run automatically and send you email notification once it locates new items answering your search criteria.
  • Access external licensed resources. The institution offers licensed information resources to its users. Once you sign in, you can search and retrieve items from these additional resources.
  • Use library services. You can benefit from library services such as requesting or recalling items.

Why Should I Sign Out?

You should sign out of FindIt@Bham so that your searches remain private and your personal settings and basket are not tampered with by anyone else.

Library Account and personalized settings

Library Account enables you to view the contents of your library card and perform library services, such as renewing a book or canceling a request. In addition, it lets you define your personal FindIt@Bham settings. To access Library Account, click the Library Account link, which appears at the top of each page in FindIt@Bham.

Personal Settings

You can tailor the FindIt@Bham user interface so that it reflects the way you usually search. For example, you can specify the default language, the maximum numbers of search results per page, your default e-mail address, and your cell phone number. To set your preferences, click the Personal Settings option on the left side of My Account.

To keep your settings for future sessions, you must sign in and save your preferences.

Using e-Shelf

e-Shelf allows you to save and organize items that you find during your FindIt@Bham session. To access e-Shelf, click the e-Shelf link at the top of the page.

Saving Items to e-Shelf

When you select the Star icon for an item in the search results, the system highlights the icon and adds the item to the Basket folder in e-Shelf.

You must sign in to save items in e-Shelf for future sessions.

Removing Items from e-Shelf

To remove an item and all of its copies in the various folders in e-Shelf, select the highlighted Star icon next to the item in the search results.

If you do not want to delete all copies of an item in e-Shelf, you must remove each copy directly from e-Shelf.

Viewing Items Saved in e-Shelf

To view items that are saved in e-Shelf, click the Basket folder or any of its subfolders. From the list of items, click the item that you want to display.

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