Referencing Software Q & A Session

Lecture 01Working on a piece of coursework, a dissertation or a research project? Need to keep track of all the references you have found? Overwhelmed by the range of bibliographic software tools available, and don’t know which one to use? Then why not come along to the question & answer session we’re running next Tuesday (16th February) in Seminar Room 2 from 1-2pm.

Bibliographic software packages can help you to create and manage a database of references, and can help you create bibliographies in a variety of different referencing styles.

Before attending this session you must prepare by watching the videos on Refworks, Mendeley and RefMe available here:

http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=5792

Choose your favourite from these three tools, and get started, then come to this session if you have any further questions. This session is suitable for anybody interested in using bibliographic software to organise their references whether for a final year project or thesis.

To ensure everyone gets a chance to come to these popular courses, we are asking you to book your place. Please go to Learn module: Get the Know-how LBA001 .

Get the Know How for Semester 2

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With Semester 1 almost over (hasn’t the time flown?!?) what better time to remind you that we begin our next range of ever-popular Get the Know How information skills sessions from the start of Semester 2 in February.

Ranging from handy tips on essay & report writing to revising more effectively, referencing & citations and 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 – some may be taking place at the Stewart Mason Building. 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/events/

Bite-Sized Study Tips – New Module on Learn!

Pilkington library after refurbishmentCheck out our bite-sized study tips! We’ve created a new module on Learn to post some of our favourite tips.

This month – as it’s the exam season, after all! – we’re highlighting tips on revision and exams. Got a tip to share? Then click on the feedback link in Learn via the link below:

http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=11494

Referencing Software… the Movie!

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Working on a piece of coursework, a dissertation or a research project? Need to keep track of all the references you have found? Overwhelmed by the range of bibliographic software tools available, and don’t know which one to use?

Bibliographic software packages can help you to create and manage a database of references, and can help you create bibliographies in a variety of different referencing styles.

To help you out further, our clever Academic Librarians have created a collection of helpful videos showing you how to get the best out of referencing tools including RefWorks, Mendeley and RefME, where they’re available to view via Learn here:

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

To accompany these videos, we’re running a referencing software question & answer session this coming Friday (6th November) here in Library Seminar Room 2 between 1-2pm. As we expect demand to be high for this session, you will need to book your place via this link:

http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=5792&edit=1&sesskey=ve8ZPfra9q#sectionblock-1

European Day of Languages

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As today is European Day of Languages, what better time to let people know of some of the fantastic services offered by the University’s English Language Support Service.

The English Language Support Service offers a range of high quality English language support to home and international students who are already studying at university, as well as to international students who wish to study at Loughborough University. They offer a broad range of workshops throughout term time, as well as online courses and support available via the Library’s own ‘Get the Know How: Skills to Succeed’ Learn module LBA001.

The European Day of Languages is the result of the success of the European Year of Languages hosted in 2001, jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union, was successful in involving millions of people across 45 participating countries. Its activities celebrated linguistic diversity in Europe and promoted language learning. The Council of Europe subsequently declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th of September each year.

The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:

  • Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding.
  • Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered.
  • Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.

To find out more, visit the campaign’s website here.

Give Your Learning Skills a Boost – Get the Know-How!

knowhowNew 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 month.

Ranging from handy tips on essay & report writing to revising more effectively, referencing & citations 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 ‘Getting the most out of your Library’ workshops especially useful next week – a perfect introduction to what the Library can offer you, even at this early stage in your degree.

New this year are practical workshops on Referencing software. These question and answer sessions are designed to deal with any problems students or researchers are experiencing using one of the popular referencing software packages – RefWorks, Mendeley or RefMe.

Each session runs for approximately 50 minutes, and they’re hosted mainly in Library Seminar Room 1 – some will be taking place at the Stewart Mason Building. 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/events/

Want to Impove Your Exam Performance? Get the Know How!

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With the exam season looming, why not give your exam skills a boost by attending one of our ever-popular know-how workshops we’re running at the start of term about revising effectively and exam techniques.

Revision plays a key part in ensuring you have all the information to hand on the day.  Come and learn how to enhance your revision strategy for an improved performance by booking into one of the workshops on Revising Effectively that we’re running in Library Seminar Room 1 on Tuesday 29th April 2014 (12 pm-12.50pm) and Wednesday 7th May 2014 (1 pm-1.50pm).

Or why not learn how to interpret exam questions, develop an exam plan and be able to recognise possible problems and how to overcome them by attending one of our workshops on Effective Exam Techniques, that we’re running in Library Seminar Room 1 on Thursday 8th May 2014 (12 pm-12.50pm) and Tuesday 13th May 2014 (1pm-1.50pm).

To book your place on either course, you need to login to Learn via this link:

Get the Know How LBA001

Put the Spring Back in Your Studies and Get the Know How

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Need to freshen your study skills after a hard winter’s toil? 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 spring range of ‘Get the Know How’ workshops starting this month.

Ranging from handy tips on essay & report writing to revising more effectively, referencing & citations and 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 approximately 50 minutes, and they’re hosted in the Library’s new and improved 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/skills/workshops/index.html

Mid Term Blues? Feeling Stressed? Look No Further!

 

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As today is National Stress Awareness Day, and as we’re at that tricky halfway point in the first term where deadlines (and exams!) are looming, what better time to remind you of the many & various ways we can help you beat the dreaded ‘S’ word.

Here in the Library we have a wide range of books aimed at combatting stress and its causes. We’ve also prepared our own advice sheet offering helpful tips on how to minimise stress, and one of our Academic Practice modules, ‘Getting Organised’ is tailored towards helping you avoid stress by improving your study style.

And if you’re getting stressed about finding information for your coursework, don’t panic – ask your Academic Librarian! Not only are they specialists in the knowledge areas for your particular Schools, they’re also very friendly and just love being asked questions!

The University also provides specialist help with the mental rigours of academic life courtesy of the University Counselling Service, which offers a broad range of services ranging from one-to-one meetings with their experienced staff of fully trained counsellors, to online self-help resources and workshops tackling a variety of issues and topics including homesickness and meditation.

National Stress Awareness Day raises awareness about stress, how to prevent it and how to manage it once it occurs. Their emphasis is on promoting psychological wellbeing of people at work so that they can perform at their peak. Further resources on beating stress can be found via their website here.

(We also heartily recommend our own preferred method of stress-busting – settling down with a good book from our Leisure Reading Collection on Level 4!)

English Language Support Service Workshops

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The English Language Support Service is running a pair of free workshops over the next couple of weeks specifically aimed at Loughborough native English-speaking students.

The first workshop, Grammar & Punctuation, on Wednesday 23rd October and repeated on Wednesday 30th October, is aimed at students who wish to refresh their grammar and punctuation skills for academic writing purposes.

Secondly, on Thursday 24th October and repeated on Thursday 14th November, Coherence in Writing aims to help students review how to organise their writing logically, write coherent paragraphs and link their main points together effectively.

Please go to Learn module Get the Know-How LBA001 for more information about either course.