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Now is the time to back up your Google data to ensure it is not lost when access is withdrawn.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

Problems accessing Mendeley?

Mendeley are in the process of transitioning their log ins to a different server, which means that access via the usual web address: http://www.mendeley.com can be unreliable. If you try to log in via this address and receive a message: “We’re sorry but we can’t sign you in at the moment. Please try again later”, please log in via: https://mendeley.com/sign/in/plus instead. Once the transition process has been completed the usual Mendeley address will be working again. Mendeley apologise for the inconvenience.

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/

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:

Database Trial – CEEOL (Central and Eastern European Online Library)

Our latest database trial is likely to be of great interest to social science, politics and world history students, the Central and Eastern European Online Library.

CEEOL is a leading provider of academic e-journals and e-books in the Humanities and Social Sciences from and about Central and Eastern Europe. In the rapidly changing digital sphere CEEOL is a reliable source of adjusting expertise trusted by scholars, publishers and librarians. Currently, over 600 publishers entrust CEEOL with their high-quality journals and e-books. CEEOL provides scholars, researchers and students with access to a wide range of academic content in a constantly growing, dynamic repository. Currently, CEEOL covers more than 1.100 journals and 350.000 articles.

To begin searching go to www.ceeol.com – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 17th November 2017.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk  – with your comments.

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.

Database Trial – Victorian Popular Culture

Take a trip back in time to the smoky world of music halls and circus tents with our latest database trial courtesy of Adam Matthew Digital.

Victorian Popular Culture is a portal comprised of four modules, inviting users into the darkened halls, small backrooms, big tops and travelling venues that hosted everything from spectacular shows and bawdy burlesque, to the world of magic, spiritualist séances, optical entertainments and the first moving pictures…

To begin searching go to www.victorianpopularculture.amdigital.co.uk

Access is via IP address and the trial runs to 15th December 2017. Please note that PDF download options are not available during this  trial.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk  – with your comments.