Digital Tools for Learning

If you’re on campus next week, why not visit our ‘Digital Tools for Learning’ stands in the Library, James France and the Student’s Union between 12-2pm. Come and tell us what your favourite digital tool is and give us feedback about your experience with Learn – don’t forget to grab a freebie from us too! Below are the details of the dates and locations for the Digital Tools for Learning stands:

  • Monday 23rd – Library
  • Tuesday 24th – Students Union
  • Wednesday 25th – Library
  • Thursday 26th – James France
  • Friday 27th – Library

If you can’t make it to any of the stands, you can still contribute by answering a simple question here about your favourite online resources.

That’s not all! The library is hosting a workshop on ‘Learn Smart with Lynda, Digital Tools and Apps’ on the 27th April from 12-1pm. Click here to book now.   This session will introduce you to a range of web tools and apps which will help you with your studies:

  • Learn about the free online video tutorials available from Lynda.com
  • Discover a variety of apps which will help with all sorts of tasks from communicating and collaborating to problem solving and analysis

Learn Smart with Lynda, Digital Tools and Apps

Have you met Lynda yet? Why not acquaint yourself at our introductory session next week.

Lynda.com is a learning platform which has over 5000 video tutorials used to develop creative, software, technology and business skills for learning and teaching. Available to all students and staff, Loughborough University has purchased a subscription from Lynda.com to enhance your digital skills and personal development. Normally costing £250 for an individual annual subscription, you can use Lynda.com for free right now.

This session will introduce you to a range of web tools and apps which will help you with your studies.

  • Learn about the free online video tutorials available from Lynda.com
  • Discover a variety of apps which will help with all sorts of tasks from communicating and collaborating to problem solving and analysis

The session will be taking place next Friday, 27th April, in Library Seminar Room 1, between 12-1pm. To book your place, log in to Learn module LBA001.

New Semester Resolutions

As we approach Semester 2 now a great time to reflect on how the past semester went and how you might be able to develop your academic skills. We will be holding an event in the Pilkington Library on Tuesday 6th February and Thursday 8th February looking at how you can improve your academic skills. We’ll share some areas where the library can support you in your development.

Do you have any tips you’d like to offer your fellow students on how you can improve your grades? Share your thoughts on twitter using #lboroNSR or on Facebook @lborolibrary. We’d love to hear what you think.

Open Access Week 2017

It’s Open Access Week, and to mark the occasion we’re running a host of events across the week plus a competition to win some great prizes.

The theme for this year’s International Open Access Week is “Open in order to…”. This theme is designed to be an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realised by making scholarly outputs openly available.

There are three ways you can get involved this week:

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/

Important! Last Chance to Save Your RefWorks References

Are you a RefWorks user? If so, it is important that you act now in order to ensure that you do not lose any of your work.

From the end of October 2017 the University will no longer be supporting RefWorks; so it is vital that you make provision to migrate any references you have in RefWorks to a new platform.

The University is now recommending Mendeley as our chosen referencing software. If you choose to use Mendeley migrating your references from RefWorks to Mendeley is a simple process, details of which can be found on the Referencing Software pages on Learn:

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

These pages have further details about Mendeley, with videos and guides, informing you about the functionality of Mendeley and how to get started using it.

The Library is also running an introductory workshop on 9th November, 2-3.30pm.

Go to the Library website to book your place:

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

Alternatively contact your Academic Librarian for further details about workshops and Mendeley:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/staff-researchers/about/librarystaff/

Get the Most Out of Your Library – Get the Know How

We start a new semester with a new season of our popular Get the Know How sessions aimed giving students a gentle but effective introduction into some of the finer points of studying and learning here in the Library.

Our first session – Getting the most out of your Library – is next week, Thursday 12th October, from 1pm to 1.50pm in Library Seminar Room 1. This session will introduce you to the various Library services and facilities available to help you get the most of your studies at University.

Owing to the popularity of these sessions, we require that people reserve their place online. Please follow the link below in order to book.

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/eventsandworkshops/listing/getting-the-most-out-of-your-library.html

Important Information for RefWorks Users

Do you use RefWorks as your favoured referencing software? If so, it is important that you act now in order to ensure that you do not lose any of your work.

From September 2017 the University will no longer be supporting RefWorks; so It is vital that you make provision to migrate any references you have in RefWorks to a new platform.

The University is now recommending Mendeley as our chosen referencing software. If you choose to use Mendeley migrating your references from RefWorks to Mendeley is a simple process, details of which can be found on the Referencing Software pages on Learn:

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

These pages have further details about Mendeley, with videos and guides, informing you about the functionality of Mendeley and how to get started using it.

The Library is also running introductory workshops throughout the Summer:

  • 27th June; 9.30-11am
  • 12th July; 2-3.30pm
  • 24th August; 9.30-11am

Go to the Library website to book your place:

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

Alternatively contact your Academic Librarian for further details about the workshops and Mendeley:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/staff-researchers/about/librarystaff/

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 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/