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Yesterday the Academic Writing Support team (including myself) had their photo taken in preparation for the new semester which begins on Monday 18th September. Cheryl Cliffe is on the left while Judith Elkin, the AWS manager, is on the right. We hold drop-in sessions in the Learning Development room on the ground floor of the Library (starting on the 25th September) and 1-1 appointments throughout the year.  Currently, we are planning some workshops for October and November which cover a range of study skills areas such as essay writing, note-taking and strategic reading (et al.)

 

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Please excuse the somewhat stern-looking face on the poster, but don’t miss my drop-in today. I’m a friendly person and moreover interested in how I can help with your research. It’s raining outside (where else would it be?) and it’s taking place opposite the Book & Latte, so why not grab a coffee and chat about your latest assignment?

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Now the summer has arrived (or almost) it’s time for a refresh of the Business & Law Librarian blog. I hope you like it. I’ve gone with the blend of a metropolitan skyline at night (Brisbane, if you’re wondering) and of course, a library-themed background. Studying for the future leitmotif. I like it as it looks fresh and colourful (well, I would say that as I designed it!)

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One of the most common questions we receive about Refworks is how do I find the full text (whole article) if it saves only the reference? Fortunately the Refworks Community has produced a video answering just that question (you add them as attachments to the reference). The video will it explain it better – see for yourself:

For anyone interested in using Refworks, the referencing software, you may be wondering about where to download some helpguides, or receive a paper mountain of step-by-step how to guides. In the interests of the environment (last month was the hottest April on record) I thought it was a good idea to highlight where to find even better help if you have any questions (you can, of course, email refworks@lincoln.ac.uk). On the Refworks webpage (library.lincoln.ac.uk > resources > Refworks) at the top right-hand corner of the screen you will find a link to the Refworks Community, ideal for the inquisitive reference organiser where an assortment of videos is stored.

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Our new database, International Business Online, is a brilliant resource for examining many aspects of business with its collection of videos, located on the Library website under resources > databases. To find such videos you would need to explore Search all Content > Disciplines > Social Sciences > Business & Economics. Then you have the choice to explore several fields of interest:

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There’s also a transcript  I’ve searched and listened to several of these videos and I’m really impressed with the content. One of these I watched was the fascinating Psychology of Prejudice, produced by Robert Broadhurst (New York, NY: Insight Media, 2008), which discusses important research into prejudice, such as stereotypes, integration and several related studies.

 

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We often get asked about the modern day paradox of being able to retrieve thousands of articles from the fabulous Library website, but not having the time to read more than a handful. Are there any tips we would recommend to, erm, speed up the process…Happily, Sutz & Weverka (2009, 10) have produced their ‘Speed reading for dummies‘ book (also available an ebook), which contains some valuable information such as noting what ‘eye fixations’ are (‘when your eyes stop moving at different points in a sentence as you read it’). Invaluably, the important points to know about speed reading are:

✓ You read several words in a single glance. Unless you’re encountering words you don’t know or haven’t read before, you don’t read words one at a time.

✓ You expand your vision so that you can read and understand many words in a single glance. A very good speed reader can read, see, and process 10 to 14 words in a single eye fixation.

✓ You expand your vision to read vertically as well as horizon- tally on the page. As well as taking in more than one word on a line of text, speed readers can also, in a single glance, read and understand words on two or three different lines. Check out Chapter 6 for more on expanding your reading vision, and head to Chapter 15 for some exercises that help you do just that.

(Sutz & Weverka: 2009, 10)

Speed reading is about expanding your vocabulary, which makes comprehension easier, being familiar with the subject matter, focused concentration and making those strategic selections in choosing the text you want to digest. Sitting position is also important. Because it’s an emphatically practical book, there are helpful exercises at the end of each chapter.

The print book is available in the library at 428.432 sut on the 1st floor.

 

We’re often asked about strengthening our print book collection by purchasing more copies and make them more available, such as placing them on short-loan or supplementing a title by acquiring an ebook. I use a New Library Books for Business School Talis reading list as a news bulletin to keep students and staff aware of our latest additions, either as new titles or as additional copies.  It is interactive containing the past three months’ worth of newly acquired books that support the Business School, and is updated every week to illustrate what new titles and additional copies are available in the Library, so it’s worth checking out the Business Librarian blog regularly.

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New Resource – International Business Online ( Alexander Street Press)

International Business Online – http://search.alexanderstreet.com/ibus will be shortly added to our Library resources collection. I found the best way of searching the archive was to go the top left-hand corner of the screen and select ‘search all content’ then select one of the subjects, as well as search all content > browse disciplines. This database not only supports International Business, but contains many other disciples too, for an extended trial period until 30th April, including:

  • Art & Design
  • Diversity
  • Asian Studies
  • Black Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • LGBT Studies
  • Women’s Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Literature & Language
  • Music & Performing Arts
  • Personal Interest
  • Psychology & Counseling
  • Science & Engineering
  • Social Sciences

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As no doubt you are aware if you regularly read this blog, I’ve radically changed the appearance of the Business Librarian blog to make it look, well, more cosmopolitan. Spring has finally arrived; there was a glorious sunrise this morning; out with the old, in with the new, etc. For all those keen Word Press bloggers out there, I’ve chosen the spring-like Press Row template, added a new city banner to show an international business theme, and a note-taking (pencil & notepad) background to illustrate the study environment here at the University Lincoln. I hope you like it. And it proved easy to do. If you’re a blogger, why not welcome the new season with a re-vitalised blog?

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We  are delighted to now have the database Nexis, as part of additional funding. It is a long-awaited addition to our library research sources as it contains not only company profiles and industry reports, but major world newspapers too.  This new database is found within library.lincoln.ac.uk > resources > databases > N > Nexis.

Here is a very brief description of the wonderful scope and content of this resource:

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As it’s International Women’s Day  today I have the pleasure to add this as a topical search term in addition to Fawcett (Society) in this screenshot:

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CapturestepsIn this blog post I want to outline the process of conducting a literature review on a chosen topic, such as ‘buyer behaviour and ethical purchase intentions’. My main advice whilst carrying out this type of research is to be open-minded and explore ideas as though it’s the first time you have come across this topic.

 

 

 

 

 

Literature searching and the art of reviewing literature 

  1. Allow yourself time to browse the library catalogue (library.lincoln.ac.uk > resources > Library catalogue…) http://catalogue.library.lincoln.ac.uk/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=
  2. Search for relevant material on your chosen topic.
  3. Search for ‘BA marketing’ for instance as this will bring up undergraduate dissertations. (282 titles matched)
  4. Search Find it at Lincoln on the Library webpage (on Find it at Lincoln you can ‘add to folder’ which makes it easier to collate your research, and send it via email then save on your student drive, memory stick, et al).
  5. Search the Advertising and Marketing Library subject guide: http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/advertisingandmarketing for relevant databases like Warc.com and ABI Inform using keywords like ‘buyer behaviour and ethical purchase intentions’ (ABI Inform has some 7, 154 results).
  6. Identify key articles, conference papers, quality newspapers (check out the Lexis Library database), and interesting chapters relevant to your topic.
  7. I might amend my searches by adding ‘motivation’ or ‘actual’ to refine my research .
  8. Explore some ideas and focus your reading, BEFORE writing any draft (but be adaptable, open to change as your literature review may veer from its original course).
  9. Critically evaluate what you read; don’t take things at face value, look deeper. It is healthy to question everything but remember to be objective to form a balanced opinion.
  10. Look for ‘chains’ (they will make the structure easier) when you design the essay plan. How does one piece of research or set of ideas influence the next? Use a mind map or flow chart if necessary.
  11. Write brief notes about the development of the research over time
  12. Note the key 5-10 pieces of research that most influenced the subject. Briefly chart how each piece of research influenced others in the chain.
  13. Identify how your research will follow on from previous research. Will it add to knowledge about the topic or methods? Add this to your introduction.

(indebted to Stella Cottrell’s ever popular Study Skills Handbook, 2008). Making study easier. Incidentally, Stella’s now PVC for Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement at the University of East London.

For a more detailed overview of a literature review I found it a pleasure to read the University of Leicester’s Student Learning Development webpage on Doing a Literature Review. http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ld/resources/writing/writing-resources/literature-review which contains invaluable advice on structure, editing, remaining focused, amongst other gems. Reviewing literature can be overwhelming and it is a skill in knowing where the boundaries lay (i.e. what to leave in, what to leave out) and is a cause of many a student headache so it’s worth to remember the valuable advice from Rudestam and Newton (1992:49) when they said to ‘build an argument, not a library’.

References

Cottell, S. (2008). Study Skills Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rudestam K. & Newton R. (1992). Surviving your dissertation. London:Sage.