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.

Patently Useful…

trade mark by focht

As today marks the anniversary of the issue of the first US patent – way back in 1790, to a Mr Samuel Hopkins for his invention of a potash production technique, no less – what better time to remind people of our access to a broad range of useful online patent information available through our own Library Catalogue Plus?

As well as access to national databases including both the UK and US Patent Offices, you can also search more wide-ranging international patent databases such as Espacenet and Patbase.

Want to know a little more about what exactly a patent is, how the patenting process works – and how to go about using it to protect your own invention? Look no further than our comprehensive and very helpful interactive guide among our Study Skills section on Learn, Module LBA227 ‘Finding Patent Information’, written by our very own Ginny Franklin, which will fill in any gaps in your patent knowledge (please note you will need to login with your University username & password to access this resource).

Trademark image by Focht, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

New BUFVC Audiovisual Citation Guidelines


Uncertain as to how to cite audio or visual material from a DVD, CD or even YouTube for your essay or dissertation? Look no further than a new set of guidelines just published by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC).

The guidelines are applicable to a wide range of different users across all disciplines and offers helpful advice in encouraging best practice in citing any kind of audiovisual item including film, television programmes, radio programmes, audio recordings, DVD extras, film & TV trailers, adverts & commercials, podcasts, vidcasts and computer games.

A free interactive version of the guide is available to download from the BUFVC website here:

Workshop on Intellectual Property


The Loughborough Student & Graduate Enterprise Office is running a workshop this Wednesday on the subject of ‘Intellectual Property and How It Can Benefit You’.

The Intellectual Property Office ( ) is the official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom, the IPO is an Executive Agency of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (

Intellectual property concerns every aspect of our lives, and by coming along to this session you can find out all about the different types of IP and the benefits of using IP in  business. You can also find out all about  Design Registration, Trade Secrets and Patents, and how such protections can help in business.

 Venue:  Room BE025 Sir Richard Morris, School of Business and Economics

 When:  Wednesday 27th  February 2013, 1:30 to 3:30PM

Open to anyone who would like to attend, but please register for free by going to the Student and Graduate Website here:

Ten Years of Creative Commons

Creative Commons, the nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools, celebrates its tenth birthday this week.

Creative Commons (CC) provides a range of copyright licenses and tools that allow individuals and organisations to keep the copyright in their work whilst allowing others to use their work in certain ways.  There are three layers of licences which allow various level of usage.  These are explained here:

Although not a search engine, it does provides access to CC licensed material found on such sites as Flickr, YouTube and Google Images, and includes the following types of material: media, images, music, clip art and video.

To search Creative Commons click here:

Don’t forget that you can keep up to date with the latest developments in the Copyright scene via our Copyright blog.

PhD workshop on Copyright and your thesis

PhD students must comply with UK copyright law when writing or submitting their thesis. This session will explain some of the basics of UK copyright law including how to apply for copyright permission. It will also explain how you can retain your copyright when you start publishing your own work.

This course will be held on Tuesday 6th Novemkber, 10.00-11.30am.

Please register via



Confronting Plagiarism

Plagiarism is often in the headlines, for example:

  • Students do not understand what it is.
  • Students are not utilising their academic skills to avoid being a plagiarist.
  • More students are being caught plagiarisng by detection software. 

Do these headlines strike a chord with you?  What does plagiarism mean to you and how does it impinge on your teaching?

There are a great variety of approaches to dealing with issues of academic misconduct and in particular plagiarism and there is much good practice to be shared.  With that in mind, we’re running a pair of lunch-time sessions for Academic and Support staff on the theme of ‘Confronting Plagiarism’, where you and your colleagues can share ideas and approaches.

An informal buffet lunch will be provided, during which participants will be invited to circulate and compare notes with their peers. 

No lunch is entirely free, of course! Members of the Teaching Centre and Library staff will attempt to ‘capture’ your practices for future training use. We would be delighted if you will come along to share what you do too, so why not bring with you any display materials or other departmental documentation you would like to share with colleagues.  Tutorial resources and case studies from other universities will also be on show. 

For catering purposes, it would be helpful to know if you will be attending either of the two events:

  1. Monday 25th June, in Library Training Room 1 12:00 – 2:00
  2. Monday 24th September in Rutland Building Room 1.01, 12:00 – 2:00

By using the face2face booking app on Learn at:

The principal contacts for the events are:

Ruth Stubbings (Library;


Bryan Dawson (Teaching Centre,

See you there!

Copyright symbol copyright Elmorsa, reproduced under CC Licence from Flickr.

Of Cats & Copyright…

The publication last week of a ‘lost’ James Joyce short story has provoked something of a copyright storm between the publisher and the owners of the late poets’ estate.

The Cats of Copenhagen, originally contained in a light-hearted 1936 letter to the poet’s grandson and considered a sequel to his earlier short story The Cat & the Devil, has been published in a limited edition set by a small Irish firm, Ithys Press. The Joyce Foundation in Zurich immediately criticised the decision to publish without their permission, even though copyright on the Irish author’s published material expired on January 1st, and the matter looks likely to end up in court.

Copyright remains a legal minefield not just for the seasoned professionals of the publishing trade but for neophyte academics taking their first steps in research. With that in mind, the University has in place helpful copyright guidelines and adhires strictly to the terms of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) license.

For the latest word on copyright issues within the University and developments outside it, there’s a blog devoted entirely to the topic. Keep tabs with it here.

Image copyright Bianca Prime, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Changes to Ordnance Survey Map Licences

Ordnance Survey has changed the way it licenses its maps. It has decided not to offer a licence to cover copying from its maps, so you can no longer scan from your unwieldy Landrangers.

But all is not lost! The University subscribes to Digimap (you will need to register the first time you access the Digimap services), which holds an enormous number of maps, both current and historical.

The terms and conditions are generous for educational uses, so from now on, if you want to use a map in your teaching or research, you should use the Digimap service.

Making a Living from his Living Doll

Sir Cliff Richard has won the fight to have a 20 year extension on his music copyright extending it from 50 to 70 years after a new directive by the European Union.  “Cliff’s Law” is the result of a long running campaign to extend copyright on his songs, such as Living Doll, which was produced in 1959. The campaign was supported by hundreds of veteran musicians who have welcomed the extension as they will continue to benefit from royalties; however, the economic impact is less certain.

In a nutshell:

  • Music copyright will be extended to 70 years under new copyright laws sanctioned by the European Union directive made on Monday 12th September 2011.  
  • The directive is expected to be implemented by EU member states by 2014.
  • Copyright will be reinstated on recordings that had fallen out of protection but are less than 70 years old.
  • This new law will apply to performers as composers and song writers already have copyright protection for 70 years after their death. 

To find out further information about this directive please see by clicking here.