Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Top geeky techie tips required!

Philip Sadler has asked for a blog post to collate top techie tips. So all you techie geeks out there comment away and let's see how many top tips on using Library eResources we can get :-). Or alternatively why not come and demo your Uber Geek dances to the Library Assistants at the Library Counter ;-) To start you off here is a repeat of Phil's tip, on how to add a new tab in MUSE.


Maybe we could have a blog on these pages for ideas like this?

TIP for “book-marking” databases in MUSE

You only have to log in to MUSE rather than Athens now, but you still have to navigate to your favourite database start page (OVID SP in my case) via the library indexes, so here’s a geeky trick that you might want to try if you want the OVID page to come up when you first open MUSE.

1. Go the page you’d like to access quickly and copy the address from your web browser,
(in my case it was the OVID page
2. Login to MUSE and click the “Customise Layout” link
3. Click the “Add New Tab” button.
4. Add a name for your tab in the “name the tab” box and select the “Framed - URL:” radio button and add the address you copied in step 1 to the box, then click the submit button
5. Now you will see a page that has all your tabs on so click on the link for the name you used in step 4. On the next page and click “Make this the default Active Tab”. Finally click the “back to …” link at the top right to get back to the tab you just created.
6. Cheer at your IT prowess and do the dance of the Uber geek ;-)

When you next login to MUSE that tab will be the first thing you see!

You can add several database pages as tabs by only using steps 1-4 without changing your default page

Geekily yours



  1. Good idea Phil - a bit of help for the technologically impaired!

    Any chance someone could illuminate me/others on how to post things clearly on the Minerva e-ILA nightmare pages. Everything I write ends up as one big long paragraph that is very hard to follow - any techies out there who can explain how to use HTML properly?

  2. Hi Claire,

    HTML can be a bit of a pain and even I just copy and paste from a word document. Most of the time, Minerva is kind and will just copy all of your formatting over without fuss but disasters can occur with cleverly formatted word documents so be warned!

    Try experimenting with the example eILA document on minerva
    Hit edit as normal
    Select the text you want from a word document with your mouse, use “control-c” to copy it, then click on the page on the browser and use “control-v” to insert it - this should copy formatted stuff over without too much fuss

    If you really have the urge to use HTML here’s a brief primer

    HTML uses to format text and space it out

    - gives you a line break
    starts bold ends it
    starts italic ends it

    Cut and paste the example below into Minerva with the HTML box ticked and then see what it looks like in normal text by unticking the HTML box

    Anything between these is bold
    This text is normal and has two line breaks at the end
    My bold italic title
    Some more normal text

    Always save your work elsewhere before submitting it on Minerva!!

    Hope this gives you some idea ;-)


  3. ooops!

    looks like the blog has been clever and converted my code examples to formatted text - ive tried to get past it but if the below looks like it is written in some alien script then you can always have a peek at this link

    for more HTML basics

    <br> - gives you a line break
    <b> starts bold </b> ends it
    <i> starts italic </i> ends it

    <b>Anything between these is bold</b> <br>< br>
    This text is normal and has two line breaks at the end<br>< br>
    <b>My bold <i>italic</i> title</b> <br><br>
    Some more normal text

  4. Problems with Microsoft office 2007 files?

    The university seems to be using word 2007 now and documents are no longer .doc but .docx !
    If you are downloading one of these but don’t have 2007, the nifty file converter from here will serve you well once it is installed.

    There are a few problems however. If someone saves a word 2007 file as a .doc, the converter wont recognise it! So you have to rename the extension from .doc to .docx for it to make any sense.

    If you cant see files extensions then from the file explorer window go to the "Tools" menu, select "folder options" and then hit the "view" tab on the box that comes up.
    Clear the tick box on the “hide extensions for known file types” option then hit "okay"

    All the files extensions will then come into view and you can edit the file extension from .doc to .docx

    Happy geeking!