This is a presentation which Cheryl Cliffe and I presented at the inaugural Mercian Collaboration Conference on Tuesday 12th September, covering trust and academic writing which contains some surprising and illuminating findings.
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.)
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
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.