New to Referencing Software? Get the Know How!

This May we’re running a couple of training sessions introducing students to the wonders of referencing software. With essays and deadlines looming, it’s the perfect time to find out about a crucial element in obtaining a good mark.

On Wednesday 10th May in Seminar Room 2 (2-3.30pm) we’re running a session Introducing Mendeley. This introductory practical workshop will explain the purpose of referencing software, help you to set up a Mendeley account,  add references to it and organise them into folders. You will also learn how to export references into a document and create a bibliography.

If time is of the essence and you need a more bite-sized introduction, then why not book a spot on our Introducing Referencing Get the Know session on Thursday 11th May, also in Seminar Room 2, between 12-12.50pm. This session will demonstrate all the referencing products available as well as Mendeley.

Please note that both workshops are aimed at new or novice users of Mendeley and referencing software in general and will not cover advanced features.

To book your place, visit the links below:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/eventsandworkshops/listing/referencing-software–introducing-mendeley-3.html

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/eventsandworkshops/listing/kh-introducing-referencing-software-7.html

Mendeley Update: Migration to the Institutional Edition

As we progress with our transition to Mendeley, our site-wide referencing software package, we will be migrating to Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE). This means that anyone with a Mendeley account with an email/username ending in ‘lboro.ac.uk’ will be moved automatically onto the new MIE. This process will commence week beginning 3rd April.

What does this mean in practice? You will not notice any change to your Mendeley account, it will look and remain the same. However, the MIE gives you additional, hidden benefits summarised below:

  • increased personal storage space (from 2GB to 100GB)
  • improved shared Library storage space (from 100MB to 100GB)
  • ability to set up unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators
  • alumni access
  • greater customer support service

These enhanced features make Mendeley a more effective collaborative tool and a useful resource for researchers. Full details on MIE can be found at:

https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/mendeley/Mendeley-Institutional-Edition

If for any reason you do not want your personal account or group migrated to MIE please contact your Academic Librarian:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/about/librarystaff/

Mendeley Workshops and Drop-In Sessions

Anticipating the switchover in referencing software from RefWorks to Mendeley, the Library is running a series of workshops and drop-in sessions during March and April to support the migration.

The workshops aim to introduce users to Mendeley, while the drop-in sessions are aimed at those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here:

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

Online guidance, including help sheets and videos, can be found on the Managing References module on Learn:

http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3539

If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/about/librarystaff/

Referencing Software Update – Workshops Available

As part of a Library and IT Services review of referencing software packages, the Research Committee has endorsed the recommendation that the University change its site-wide licence from RefWorks to Mendeley. It is envisaged that the switch over to Mendeley will be complete by the start of the new academic year 2017/18.

Our site-wide licence gives us access to the Institutional version of Mendeley which allows:

  • documents in PDF format to be added effortlessly to Mendeley
  • social networking and collaborative benefits
  • increased storage space (from 2GB to 100GB)
  • ability to set up unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators

In the fast moving environment of referencing software there have been ongoing concerns within Higher Education about the long term stability of the RefWorks package and problems regarding the latest version of plugins. The decision to move to a more established package, Mendeley, was taken after rigorous assessment.

We will be completing our transition to the Institutional version of Mendeley in the coming month. We will send out further details, including a summary of all the benefits, nearer the time.

To support the migration to Mendeley we are delivering a series of workshops introducing users to Mendeley. We are also offering drop-in sessions for those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here:

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

Online guidance, including help sheets and videos, can be found on the Managing References module on Learn:

http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3539

If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/about/librarystaff/

Give Your Library Skills a Boost for Semester 2 – Get the Know How!

All set for Semester 2? Well, in case you’re thinking you’re not as academic battle-hardened by Semester 1 as you ought to be, let us give your skills a boost through one of our range of ever-popular Get the Know How sessions at the Library.

Ranging from handy tips on essay & report writing to finding information more effectively, referencing & citation explained and introductions to bibliographic software, there’s something for every academic occasion that will stand you in good stead for the duration of your course.

Each session runs for between 50 – 90 minutes, depending on the subject matter, and they’re hosted mainly in either of the two Library Seminar Rooms. However, as these courses have always proved extremely popular in the past, we are asking that people register for them first via Learn Module LBA001. To do that – and to look at exactly what courses are on offer and when – visit this link:

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

New Resource – The Business & Management Collection

bmcThe Library now has full subscription access to The Business Management Collection, a collection over 950 specially recorded, animated lectures and case studies by more than 850 contributing editors and speakers from commerce, industry, the professions and academia.

New talks are issued every month. Lectures and case studies, or extracts from them, are easy to integrate and embed in courses to enrich the teaching and learning experience. They are all compatible with Moodle and particularly appropriate for distance and blended learning courses and flipped classroom education.

The collection is divided into six broad subject areas – Finance, Accounting & Economics; Global Business Management; Management Leadership & Organizations; Marketing & Sales; Strategy and Technology & Operations. Lecturers and presenters are leading academic experts and practitioners from commerce and industry.

Content is presented in four different formats (click on the hyperlink to view example):

  • Traditional format lectures with high quality graphics. The entire lecture as well as extracts can be embedded in course notes and online learning systems.
  • Case Study Interviews. They are designed to explore how different participants in commerce and industry, from start-up entrepreneurs to large corporation executives, confront the challenges they encounter. Additionally, all videos are accompanied by suggested topics for discussion and individual and group projects.
  • Extended form case studies. These accounts of real world experience describing what was done, how, when and with what consequences have proved especially useful in preparing students for in-class discussions.
  • Bite-size case studies. These short descriptions of real world commercial activities come with suggested topics for consideration and discussion. Subscribers have found that they stimulate thinking and assist is developing the ability of students to question, analyse and appraise. They are often set as pre-classroom preparation and in-class discussion

The collection offers institution-wide access enabling all faculty, students, Executive Education, alumni and distance/online programs unlimited and unrestricted access to the entire collection. You will automatically be authenticated on campus; for off-campus access, you may be required to enter the following details:

Username: Lboro  Password: Member.

Pop In for the Pop Up!

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Stuck for which books to choose for your topic? Don’t know what databases to use for researching your project? Struggling with referencing and citing your work? Let our wonderful team of Academic Librarians help!

For the rest of term the Academic Librarians will be running a Pop-Up help desk in the Library foyer where you can ask for specialist help with your course work or research project.

The first stand is running today, 11am-12pm, and then next Wednesday, 16th November, between 3pm-4pm, and then alternate Mondays and Wednesdays for the rest of term.

Library Skills Workshops – Get the Know How this Autumn

sem1aNew to the wonderful world of academic study? Need to freshen your study skills after your summer break? Want some help and advice in searching for and handling information and in how to study more effectively for the year ahead? Then look no further than our autumn season of ‘Get the Know How’ workshops starting this October.

Ranging from handy tips on essay writing to revising more effectively, referencing styles and bibliographic software, there’s something for every academic occasion that will stand you in good stead for the duration of your course.

New students will certainly find our introductory building tours especially useful over the coming fortnight – a perfect introduction to what the Library can offer you, even at this early stage in your degree.

Each session runs for between approximately 50-90 minutes, depending on the subject being discussed, and they’re hosted in Library Seminar Room 1. However, as these courses have always proved extremely popular in the past, we are asking that people register for them first via Learn. To do that – and to look at exactly what courses are on offer and when – visit this link:

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

Please note you don’t have to book to come on one of our Library tours – just turn up!

Welcome to the Library!

Library staff groupSo, you’ve made it to Loughborough – congratulations! At the University Library we take great pride in how we support all our new users – if you ever have a question about how we can support you, ask one of our friendly staff.

As a new student you are automatically enrolled as a member of the Library. your student ID card is also your Library card. Don’t lose it as you need to swipe in through the barriers to enter the Library and to use our self-service machines to borrow your books.

Getting the most of out of your Library

Academic Librarians will be out in the schools during induction week – look out for the Library session in your timetable. You don’t have to wait for the session to use us though – feel free to pop in when you arrive and have a look round.

Get the Know How Library workshops

During the autumn term Library staff will be running workshops offering helpful guidance on a wide variety of academic practices including essay writing, note taking, time management and presentation skills. You can find more information about these workshops on our webpages.

Using the Library

Enquiry Desks

The Library offers an Enquiry Desk Service across all levels of the Library during standard office hours (Monday – Friday 9AM to 5:30PM).  User Services staff will be able to help you with most of your enquiries and if necessary will refer you to a colleague with more specialist knowledge.

The Enquiry Desks are staffed by a smaller team of Library staff until 10pm on weekdays, and throughout opening hours on Saturday and Sunday. The staff will be able to help you with most of your enquiries but may need to refer you to a daytime member of staff for detailed assistance.

Finding Information

For specialised help in finding information in your subject area, each School has its own Academic Librarian to offer support and guidance.

Academic librarians are available to assist all University staff and students to find and use information resources effectively, develop library collections to meet your needs and to be your contact point for any information related enquiry.  They have all developed expertise in the subject areas of their Schools and are very happy to help.

Study Spaces

The Library has a range of different study spaces, from silent and quiet spaces to group and social areas. There are also a number of spaces that you can book online including grpup study rooms, bookable booths on Level 4 and individual study carrels on Levels 1 & 2 . Ask at the Enquiry Desk to be shown how to book these rooms yourself.

IT Facilities

There are 250 PCs (excluding those dedicated to accessing Library Catalogue Plus) available in the Library with the majority of these located on Levels 3 & 4. The Library also has a wireless network throughout the building, enabling users to connect to the University’s network from their laptops.

The Library provides basic A4/A3 monochrome and colour printing/copying facilities. Before being able to print or copy you will need to purchase printer credits. You can pay for this at the main Enquiry Desk on Level 3 of the Library.

PC Clinic

The Student PC Clinic is now situated on Level 3 of the Library and is available to help with any IT queries you may have. It is staffed during standard office hours through until 6PM (Monday – Friday) and is open 12pm-2pm at weekends.

Leisure Reading

Here at the Library we’re championing leisure reading! Why? Well, not only is reading for pleasure a great mood enhancer, it’s also strongly linked to academic achievement. So, if you want to give your grades a boost, why not come and browse our dedicated Leisure Reading Collection? The Collection comprises a broad range of genres including contemporary fiction, graphic novel, biography, memoir, crime, fantasy, horror and science fiction – something to suit all tastes!

Student Book Club

For anyone who talking about books, we run our very own book club launched  exclusively for students. If you enjoy reading novels and exchanging views in a friendly and relaxed environment we meet during term time in the Library, dates will be confirmed soon. For more information email Sharon Reid.