Issue: 2021 - 11

The Fall semester is quickly passing, and the midterms are just around the corner! Our libraries are ready to assist you in your research and provide you with the ideal atmosphere for studying! Suna Kıraç Library is open 24/7, please click on the Fall 2021 Library Rules to find the updated rules. Click on each library to find out the working hours and visiting rules of the Health Sciences Library, ANAMED, AKMED and VEKAM Libraries. All sources are just one click away! Find out more about library services, resources and news in our latest newsletter!

Virtual Reference Services (VRS)

Get support from Librarians via Virtual Reference Service! Suna Kıraç Library’s Virtual Reference Service (VRS) is just another way that the Library is providing online support for students and faculty members during the semester! This service is providing drop-in virtual reference hours. Join us for virtual reference sessions via Zoom to learn more about research, citation, locating online materials, using Library resources, etc. Screen share option will help you to easily follow the steps that the librarian goes through.

You do not need to make an appointment. Just like in the library building, you will get support on first-come, first-served basis. You will be first taken to a “waiting room,” and then the librarian will admit you to the Zoom session shortly. Drop-in any time during the working hours provided below and click here for accessing the zoom link.

Virtual Reference Desk Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 12.00 / 13.00- 16:00

Zoom Zone for Virtual Classes

This fall, Koç University students can use a brand-new Zoom Zone! This is a designated area located in the library building where students can log in to virtual classes and lectures. Suna Kıraç Library has designated the study hall inside the library, located on the right side of the Ground Floor as Zoom Zone area for students. You are encouraged to bring your own computers/devices, headsets and microphones to attend virtual classes in this area. The Zoom Zone is available on a first-come, first-served basis and students must wear mask and use headphones at all times. It is important not to disrupt other students who may be attending a class. Come and study at the Library’s brand-new Zoom Zone!

Juliopolis Collection

The Juliopolis collection was created in 2020 as an output of the Bioarchaeological Study of the Human Skeletal Remains of the Ancient City of Juliopolis Project. The stakeholders of this project were VEKAM as well as the Hacettepe University and Anatolian Civilizations Museum. In total of 764 graves were excavated at the excavations directed by the Presidency of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. The excavations were carried out for 12 seasons between 2009-2020 in the Ancient City of Juliopolis, located in the Çayırhan Town of Ankara. The collection includes images of these tombs, artefacts and information about the remains of the people found in the tombs. The collection is now open for access at the Digital Collections webpage. We would also like to inform you that the collection will continue to grow in the upcoming years with the addition of different types of archival data sets!

Library Infographics: Research Data Services

Research data management (RDM) refers to the organisation, storage and preservation of data created during a research project and Suna Kıraç Library continues to develop its services in this field! Suna Kıraç Library has launched some new services related to RDM for the KU community. In this context, our Reference Librarians are supporting KU researchers to prepare their data management plans for research projects; offering an open access research data repository for trusted, long-term data storage; organizing trainings/events and provide counselling about RDM processes working together with Research Data Management Working Group at the university.

Click on the Library Infographic: Research Data Services to find out more about the RDM Services provided by the Suna Kıraç Library. For accessing support from the library please open a Library Trackit Request.

Treasure Gallery Series 3 – Daily Life in Byzantine Istanbul: Artisanship

The Daily Life in Byzantine Istanbul theme is continuing in November with a full program specialized on artisanship in Byzantium. This November you will learn about ceramic, silk, mosaics, and metals productions and the effect of the artisans on the Byzantine society, especially in Istanbul. On Wednesday November 17, a talk entitled “Daily Life in Byzantium: Artisanship” will take place with three distinguished speakers, Gülbahar Baran Çelik (İstanbul Archaeology Museum), Meryem Acar Eser (Sivas Cumhuriyet University) and Dilek Maktal Canko (Ege University). Also, two podcasts will be made available this month! The podcasts are with Gang Wu on “Byzantium Silk Industry”, Elvin Akbulut Dağlıer on “Byzantium Mosaics”. Follow us the news on Suna Kıraç Library’s social media accounts (Instragram, Twitter) and stay tuned for all the events!

SKL Book Club

Dear booklovers of KU Community, this November we are reading “İçimizdeki Şeytan” [The Devil Inside Us] by Sabahattin Ali. Unfortunately, there is no English translation of this novel yet. Therefore, this virtual talk will be held in Turkish. This novel is about love, inner conversations and reckoning of important characters named Macide and Ömer. The author, Sabahattin Ali shows us the pressure of the social agenda on personalities and the 'trapped' of the weak. If you want to find out more about this book, you may join us on 18th of November at 2 pm.

To register please click here. To find out the book list of 2021 please click here.

SKL Podcast

In this month’s Suna Kıraç Library “İstanbul'u Dinliyorum” Podcast, we hosted Pınar Üre for a discussion entitled "İmparatorluk Çağında Rus Tarihçilerin Gözünden İstanbul". In this episode, we talked about various subjects such as the Russian Archaeological Institute in Constantinople -which was operating between 1895 and 1914-, the studies of Russian Byzantine historians in Istanbul, how the history of Istanbul was studied in Turkic studies. If you want to learn more about the archaeological studies in Istanbul operated by Russian archaeologist and the activities of the Russian Archaeological Institute in İstanbul, this podcast is for you! You may access our monthly podcast serie from the Suna Kıraç Library Spotify account.

ANAMED Library Talk

ANAMED Library Talks, jointly organized with the ANAMED Library and the History Foundation is continuing with Vildan Yarlıgaş (Istanbul Central and Regional Restoration and Conservation Laboratory Directorate) on November 2, 2021. This month’s talk is entitled, Saklı Kalmış Bir Hazine: Hadi Tamer - Hayatı, Çalışmaları, Eserleri [A Hidden Treasure: Hadi Tamer- His Life, Studies, Works]. The Hadi Tamer Documents Collection, which is now available on the Koç University Digital Collections, will be discussed within the scope of this talk. By introducing the documents in this collection, Hadi Tamer's life, work, and scientific conservation approach will be discussed. His never-ending passion research and self-development that set an example for everyone working in the field of conservation will also be introduced. Mustafa Ergül (Koç University Suna Kıraç Library) will be the moderator of the talk. You can click here to register for the talk.

ANAMED Podcasts

In October’s ANAMED Library Podcast: Burada Konuşmak Serbest, we hosted Vafa Mammadova from ADA University Library. We had a very pleasant conversation about how her love of reading led her to libraries, what should be done for the progress and development of librarianship, and the understanding of librarianship in Azerbaijan. You may find the reflection of Vafa Mammadova's passion for the profession, in this conversation. For accessing the podcast click here.

ProQuest Top Dissertations & Theses Global

The ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database is the world's most comprehensive curated collection of multi-disciplinary dissertations and theses from around the world. PQDT has more than 2.7 million of titles, including hundreds of thousands of titles published before 1997. If you wonder about the dissertations and theses that are accessed most by researchers, you may find them here, PQDT Top Dissertations and Theses. Below you may find out the top 10 most accessed dissertations and theses by KU Community!


Intention Perception and Meaning,

by Ray Andrew


Characterization of the ezrin-Chloride Intracellular Channel 4 interaction,

by Mendoza Martin III


Architecture for a New Age Imperial Ottoman Mosques in EighteenthCentury Istanbul,

by Rustem Unver


Statistical Study of Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections with Strong Magnetic Fields,

by Murphy Matthew E


At the threshold of the heavens: The narthex and adjacent spaces in Middle Byzantine churches of Mount Athos (10th-11th centuries)- Architecture, function, and meaning,

by Stankovic Nebojsa


Keystone of an epidemic Pennsylvanias urban experience during the 1918-1920 influenza epidemic,

by Higgins James E


MEMS Scale CMOS Compatible Energy Harvesters Using Piezoelectric Polymers for Sustainable Electronics,

by Toprak Alperen


The endurance of redistributive institutional structure: The role of institutional rigidities in the Ottoman case,

by Unsar Seda


Advanced Analysis and Visualization of Space Weather Phenomena,

by Murphy Joshua J


Late Roman and early Byzantine floor mosaics in Cilicia,

by Tulek Fusun

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New Features of Scopus: Preprints are on Scopus Author Profiles

Early this year Preprint was added to the Scopus Author Profiles as a content type. At the initial stage, preprints from the areas of Physical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences were added. Now Social Sciences (SSRN) preprints are being added to Scopus Author Profiles! The target is to add 250,000 SSRN Preprints dating back to 2017. With this latest addition the number of preprints on Scopus Author Profiles will reach 1.4 million!

Access Databases from Home

Access all library resources from home! Upload the Pulse Secure client to access the KU VPN. Log-in to the Pulse Secure client before opening any e-books, e-journals and databases from the Suna Kıraç Library’s website. In this way you may enjoy doing research as if you were in the library!

Room Reservations

Suna Kıraç Library Group Study Rooms can now be used as Individual Study Rooms. Within the scope of Fall 2021 Library Rules, you may use these rooms to attend online classes. There are 13 rooms available as Individual Study Rooms and they can be reserved for maximum of 2 hours per day. There is an online reservation system for room bookings. To check-out the room key, the person who placed the booking must present their University ID card at the Reserve Desk. For more details you can check out new our new video entitled Room Booking in 5 Steps .

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