Google to Microsoft Switchover – the Countdown has Begun!

The upgrade from Google to Microsoft services is now in process. Emails have already moved to Microsoft Outlook, and we are now fast approaching December 1st, when full access to remaining Google services through your Loughborough student account will be removed. This includes Google Drive, Google Calendars, and Google Photos, among others.

Now is the time to back up your Google data to ensure it is not lost when access is withdrawn. The initial backup process is straightforward, and instructions can be found here: www.lboro.ac.uk/it/returners.

Please keep your data safe by storing it in a location of your choice. IT Services encourage you to make use of your new OneDrive for Business account, as it has unlimited storage and will allow you to access your files and data anywhere, on or off campus.

If you require further help, please visit the PC Clinic in the library, or email IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk. PC Clinic will also be hosting drop-in sessions near the end of the month, dedicated to walking you through the back up process. Details of the sessions will be posted on IT Services’ Twitter page (@LboroITServices) and ITS Announcements on the IT Services Website.

Spotlight on… resources for your assignment

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Reality hits as your assignment deadlines approach!  Quality information resources are one of the foundations of highly marked assignments, so come along to the stand to discover how to:

  • identify the sorts of resources you will need for your assignment
  • discover which databases can help you find high quality resources quickly in your subject
  • search the databases or sources effectively
  • evaluate which books or articles would be appropriate for an academic assignment

When: Tuesday 7th November, 12-2 and Thursday 9th November, 2-4

Where: Pilkington Library foyer

Find out more via this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=364CfEeMrmk&rel=0

Struggling with the Academic Scholarship Test?

If you have been struggling to answer the questions in the Academic Scholarship Test or have reached the stage where you have failed to reach the pass mark on 5 occasions and it won’t let you attempt it again, help is at hand.  Not only can you revisit the support that your School has provided within the relevant module, you can also visit the Library’s Learn page on ‘Avoiding Plagiarism’ to:

  • Watch a lecture capture of the Library’s Know How session on ‘Plagiarism and how to avoid it’
  • View the slides from a session on ‘Plagiarism and how to avoid it’
  • Read an advice sheet on ‘Understanding Plagiarism’
  • Visit the complementary section for advice on ‘How to reference’.

Once you feel confident enough to have another go at the test, contact your tutor or module leader (it varies according to your School) to ask if the test can be reopened for you.  Please note that each School will have its own procedure for this.

Got Any Books You Don’t Want? Donate for a Better World!

A new initiative has been launched this week encouraging students and staff to donate any unwanted books to the Library as part of the Better World Books charitable scheme.

Better World Books is an initiative which collects unwanted books from organisations such as universities and libraries, to then sell on to generate funds for literacy initiatives around the world. For every book sold, a book is donated to someone in need. Better World Books also provide literacy grants of up to £1000 to non-profit organisations and libraries within the UK and Europe.

The Library will be accepting any unwanted books from both staff and students and small amounts can be dropped off to us at the Pilkington Library reception. If you have a large amount of books to donate, please email library@lboro.ac.uk in advance so we can make the necessary arrangements.

All genres of books are welcome. In particular, the scheme is looking for:

  • Academic non-fiction and all other non-fiction
  • Children’s books
  • Education/Technical/Vocational books
  • Ex-library books
  • Hardback/Paperback fiction
  • Travel books
  • University and Secondary textbooks and study guides
  • Other books used in University and Secondary classrooms

Please note that we cannot accept any journals, magazines or periodicals.

By donating books, you are supporting the University’s current campaign, ‘Waste… let’s get it sorted’ by reusing rather than sending to landfill. Any books not sold by Better World Books will either be donated or recycled – no book is sent to landfill.

For more information about the scheme, visit the Sustainability webpages.

Online Daily Newspaper Access

While our daily newspaper deliveries have been temporarily suspended, what better time to remind people that you can still catch up with the latest news via Nexis UK.

The Nexis UK database provides a wide range of UK, European and U.S. newspapers online, on the day of publication. You can find all of the UK national papers as well as a wide range of regional titles.

Nexis UK can be found via the Library Catalogue, you just need your Athens username and password.

http://www.lexisnexis.com/uk/nexis/auth/athensredirection.do

Spotlight On… Your Library

The Library is here to support all new and returning students in their learning and research needs. Come along to our stand to find out:

  • What we can provide
  • How to use e-books
  • What types of information resource you might need to use
  • How to find the books, articles and other resources you need
  • Where the resources are in the building or online
  • Who can help you throughout your time at Loughborough

When: Tuesday 17th October, 12-2pm and Thursday 19th October, 2-4pm.

Where: University Library foyer, Loughborough campus.

Why: Find out in this short video (https://youtu.be/BEQx1MmZ_yY)

Get the Know How Sessions, 16th & 17th October

Next week we will be running two more of our ever-popular Get the Know How study skills sessions here in the Library.

On Monday 16th October we will be presenting advice on Plagiarism and how to avoid it. This workshop explains what plagiarism is, why people plagiarise and offers help on how to avoid plagiarising.

On Tuesday 17th October we will be running the session Referencing and citation explained. Do your referencing and citation skills need improvement? Good quality bibliographies and correct referencing in your assignments can lift your assignment marks. Come and learn how to cite different types of resource for your assignments.

Both sessions are being held in Library Seminar Room 1 between 1-1.50pm. Owing to the popularity of these sessions we recommend that you book your place in advance. To do that, please visit the link below:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/eventsandworkshops/