ProQuest Downtime for Essential Maintenance

proquestThis Saturday, February 13th, ProQuest will be performing critical maintenance across its platforms. The downtime window is scheduled to begin at 10:00 PM EDT and will last for 6 hours.

During this time, access to all ProQuest products will not be available, and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

ProQuest apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Referencing Software Q & A Session

Lecture 01Working on a piece of coursework, a dissertation or a research project? Need to keep track of all the references you have found? Overwhelmed by the range of bibliographic software tools available, and don’t know which one to use? Then why not come along to the question & answer session we’re running next Tuesday (16th February) in Seminar Room 2 from 1-2pm.

Bibliographic software packages can help you to create and manage a database of references, and can help you create bibliographies in a variety of different referencing styles.

Before attending this session you must prepare by watching the videos on Refworks, Mendeley and RefMe available here:

Choose your favourite from these three tools, and get started, then come to this session if you have any further questions. This session is suitable for anybody interested in using bibliographic software to organise their references whether for a final year project or thesis.

To ensure everyone gets a chance to come to these popular courses, we are asking you to book your place. Please go to Learn module: Get the Know-how LBA001 .

Get Learning – Bite-Sized Study Tips

Pilkington library after refurbishmentNeed some fresh idea for your studies? We’ve set up a new module on Learn called Study Tips, where we’ve put together some of our favourite tips for studying, researching and searching.

There’s also link for students to add their own tips too, so feel free to add your own bright ideas too!

You can find the module here:

Library ‘Extreme Reading’ Instagram Competition


Every year the Library holds a photography competition and this year we would like your Instagram photos that capture your take on ‘extreme reading’.

Whether it be on the beach, with the family cat, or (like Pilky) whilst doing a handstand, we want to see your pics! All we ask is that whatever you’re doing, please take care. This is about being imaginative, not putting yourself in danger – for example, as Katie demonstrates, if you’re going to get yourself pictured with a dinosaur, make sure it is extinct first!


Our 2016 competition will run from 27th January to 11th March 2016

  • Entrants can submit up to 3 of your own Instagram photos.
  • Each entry must have a title.
  • There are no restrictions in the use of any digital enhancements.
  • The competition is open to Loughborough University employees and students.
  • Entrants must obtain permission from anyone appearing in their entry.

When Instagram photos are submitted, entrants to the competition should provide their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and also their position in the University and where the photo was taken. The University Library will only ever use your personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without your permission.

We will select a number of Instagram photos to go on our Facebook page and then the University Library marketing group will make the final decision. Selection will take place after 11th March and a message will be placed on our Facebook page.

The 3 best entries will receive £50 Amazon vouchers each.

Entries should be sent as a link to the Instagram photo to by 11th March 2016.

Full details of terms & conditions can be found via this link:

Best of luck!

Help Us Celebrate National Libraries Day This Weekend

Tomorrow is National Libraries Day, a countrywide celebration of the wonderful world of libraries. To mark the occasion, we’re running a little stand of our own in the lobby, where we’re asking you tell us what the Library means to you by jotting a few words on a Post-It and popping it on our very own Library tree. In return, you can help yourself to one of the freebies laid out on the table.

If you need any more encouragement (as if!), here’s Pilky to demonstrate…

Pop Along to the Wolfson Pop-Up!


The Wolfson Pop-up Library will be starting tomorrow and running every Thursday in term-time from 12.30pm – 1.30pm in the Wolfson cafe.

Come and ask your friendly neighbourhood Academic Librarian Becky Laing any engineering, science and mathematics questions you may have. She also knows lots about classic television series and knitting. What better way to spend a lunch time!

Angels of Mercy!

A couple of weeks ago when exam fever was at its height, a young lady had the misfortune to take a turn for the worst while studying on Level 3 and fainted. Fortunately, three other young ladies – Frances, Katrina and Frankie – were studying near by with both presence of mind and first aid abilities to take immediate charge of the situation until the arrival of Campus Security and a paramedic.

We’re happy to report that the young lady who was taken ill has since made a complete recovery, and in recognition of the swift assistance rendered by the three students, Catherine Moore of the University’s Health & Safety Service was very pleased to award the girls a small token of appreciation for their timely intervention and assistance.

Frances Stephens Katrina Duncumb (2)

Francesca Durbin (2)

Frances, Katrina and Frankie all visited the Library recently to accept their awards and graciously allowed us to take their pictures. Thanks again girls!

Anyone and everyone can learn first aid – it’s a simple set of mostly common sense skills that are very easy to learn and just as easy to remember. And while the University has approximately 300 members of staff across campus who have been first aid trained, including four members of staff who work in the Library, it’s the kind of ability that everyone should find useful – it probably wouldn’t look bad on a CV either!

For instance, did you know that the Student Union run their own First Aid Society? Well, you do now! Why not contact them to find out more.

RefWorks Technical Issues – RESOLVED

RefWorksThis issue now appears to have been resolved. Please let us know if you experience any further issues.

At present RefWorks appears to be suffering from a technical issue which appears to be prevent users from importing references into their accounts. This issue has been reported by several other institutions including ourselves and is being looked into as a matter of urgency.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing.