The BRAD database , which contains newspaper circulation figures, has a new registration procedure. To gain access to this database please go to the Library website (library.lincoln.ac.uk > Find > Databases > B > Brad = First-time users need to register for access : How do I access BRAD?).
Gone is the old, slightly clunky interface for FAME, now there’s an option to select the all new interface shows us that it compares to the slightly flashier interfaces of Euromonitor and Mintel (we’ve requested to permanently replace the old version on FAME).
We’re delighted that this upgrade has taken place. There’s now a help guide available, as well as being able to compare the profit and loss account of, for instance, supermarkets in the East Midlands under Pivot Analysis. Another feature is being able to see the calculations of a gearing ratio which is absolute gold dust to accountancy and finance students; comparable in usefulness to the SWOT and Porter’s Five Forces Analysis on Marketline. Unlike the old version, there’s a warning if you use the back button so you won’t lose your work. It’s certainly worth exploring in greater depth.
Instead of embedding this YouTube video as I would normally do, I decided to embed the tweet from my @LINCLibrarian twitter account. It features the Academic Writing Support (AWS) manager, Judith Elkin, answering questions about what the services does to help students with their assignments. If you would like to book an appointment or turn up at one of our drop-in sessions then please see the AWS guide http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/aws
Ever wondered whether online grammar checkers really work? There’s been limited research on this area, so a recent post on the learning development in higher education network (LDHEN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK) is welcome news.
There’s a link to this article https://lnkd.in/gauCJbd which suggests that students found the Grammarly site useful and helped to improve their assignments, as well as increasing their confidence; though as with everything academic, there has to be a healthy dose of critical evaluation. Nothing’s foolproof after all.
Coping with exams this week? Try out this video on Conquering Exam Stress: Lessons From Our Bodies examining the physiology of stress and how to take control. This neatly coincides with the start of Mental Health Awareness week, where we are encouraging everyone to be aware of any problems and talk when they need to.
If you want to use the web version of Office 365 and Refworks then unfortunately, Refworks is not compatible with cloud-based programs. This also applies to Write-N-Cite and EndNote. To use Refworks, you will need Word installed on your PC or laptop which you can download for free from Office 365’s installation button:
If you still wish to use MS Word on Office 365 then you could still create a bibliography from Refworks but you would need to copy and paste the final bibliography into your Office 365 Word document.
Can’t find an article in the Library? You can always submit our Inter Library Loan form. It only takes 3-4 days to arrive and it’s free http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/find/ills. If you’re not already registered then it only takes moments to fill in the form. Just wait for the confirmation email and submit as many details as possible about your request.
Our database this week in our long-running theme is Mintel.
If you’ve ever wondered what the database Mintel is capable of then this short video is a neat overview. There’s an amazing amount of UK-based information covering a wide range of sectors, categories (from austerity and value to social media) to demographics (which includes millennials). You can download a range of data from spreadsheets, and then convert them into graphs for your assignments, as well as creating impressive reports.
For instance, there’s an impressive report on mobile phone, only just published, that has not only a report but a databook where the hyperlinks on the spreadsheet, once clicked, provides options like what operating system consumers are using as well as their age range.
Why not spend a few minutes selecting various options and seeing what it can do. If you need any help then please contact me and I’m more than happy to meet you, or advise you via email.
Although it is officially Spring, I’ve chosen a couple of books about decay for books of the month – I particularly love the cover featured below. Our new Library books this month for the Lincoln International Business School includes the beautifully titled ‘Curated decay: heritage beyond saving‘ by DeSilvey (2017) and ‘Dirty Secrets: How tax havens destroy the economy‘ by Murphy (2017). Please find the time to read these books before the end of April (we’re still 24/7), because we’ve got loads more interesting books on order that we should all investigate in May.