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New books this month includes Laasch’s Responsible Business (2016) and books on employability amidst those about sustainability.  Why not check out our new Lincoln International Business School library books list on Talis.

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Do you need  Lincoln International Business School revision books for the forthcoming exam period?

We are developing a small collection of core text books – please ask at the Library desk for details. These are borrowed for a 2-hour period.

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Blackwell’s Bookshop will be returning to the ground floor of the Library the week commencing September 18th 2017. The following offers are available for staff and students, and include details of the additional services that departments may wish to take advantage of for their students:

Student Price Match Guarantee

The Student Price Match Guarantee will be continuing for the next academic year.  To make Blackwell’s the most cost effective place for students to buy course books, all titles are price matched against other retailers including Amazon. If a student finds a title cheaper at another retailer they simply need to show this price in the shop and the lower price will be charged.  

 10% discount for University of Lincoln Staff

All University staff are entitled to 10% discount in the Book shop on full priced items.   Just show your staff ID card in the shop.  This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or SPMG.

Reading Lists

If there is a particular book which is a core title for the new Semester and you wish to ensure it is in stock at the bookshop, please e-mail Katie Chapman, the Bookshop Manager at katie.chapman@blackwell.co.uk with the following details:

  1. Title, Author, ISBN
  2. Module name and number
  3. Year of Study
  4. Estimated student numbers

Book Bundles

Where more than one book is recommended as a compulsory book for a course, Blackwell’s may be able to put together a book bundle, which would then be further discounted for students, and offer a more convenient way for students to purchase all of their books.  Bundles are dependent on student numbers and the titles included, so please contact Katie Chapman directly if you wish to discuss a bundle for your course.

E-Book multi-buy

E-Book multi-buy offers students a flexible approach to studying with print or eBooks.  Students purchasing the printed textbook have a choice to add the eBook for just a few pounds extra. Multi-buy allows students to use their books at home, then load the eBook onto a tablet or laptop to conveniently take it to and from lectures.  E-Book multi-buy is only available on selected books, so again, please contact Katie Chapman directly if you would like your course book included. 

To find out more information regarding Blackwell’s eBooks please visit www.learn.blackwell.co.uk 

More than Books

Blackwell’s also stock and supply Stationery, lab coats, molecular sets, Art Materials – if there is a particular product outside of books which your students need please let Blackwell’s know and they will try to source it.

Pre-arrival communication, e-flyers, and flyers for welcome packs

Blackwell’s are able to supply e-flyers for core books which can be sent out as pre-arrival communication, helping students prepare for their course, alternatively these can be shown during lectures or sent out when students arrive at University. Flyers are available to give out to departments about the shop and price match offer. 

Department orders

University departments receive 19% discount on department orders.  We currently also have an offer on Study Skills books with additional discount of up to 30% and free branding of books with your departments logo.  If you are looking to supply books for your staff, or fund books for your students, contact notts.cpi@blackwell.co.uk  for a quote

Lecturer information

Lecturer information packs are also available which give full details of Blackwell’s services, and include case studies and feedback from customers.  Please e-mail Katie Chapman if you would like one posted to you.

If you have any further questions regarding any of the above please contact Katie Chapman, the Blackwell’s manager Katie.chapman@blackwell.co.uk

Ever wondered if you could use SPSS on your computer? Well, you can now (if you’ve got a University of Lincoln account). Gone are the days when you had to borrow a CD from the Library desk.

This facility is available from the Maths and Stats guide on the Library website.

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You may not know but we have access to the Times Higher, the much-sought after news source of all things university-related, plus their awards are the most sought-after in the sector.

We have access to this newspaper via Lexis Library (library.lincoln.ac.uk > Find > L > Lexis Library > Sources > UK newspapers > select Times Higher Education).

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You may have read in the press today about Peking University’s acquisition of the splendid 19th century manor house to the eighth earl of Berkeley. Incidentally, the elite Beijing institution was once the career path of  Mao Zedong who once worked there as a librarian, in 1918. Other famous librarians include Golda Meir and J.Edgar Hoover.  And they say it’s a quiet profession!

 

My favourite book from the latest arrivals for the Lincoln International Business has got to be Stephen Wearing, Stephen Schweinsberg and John Tower’s (2016) Marketing national parks for sustainable tourism – what yours? This gem is located at Main 363.68068 WEA on the 1st floor of the Library.

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For a wide-ranging database try using Scopus for your research (library.lincoln.ac.uk > Find> Databases > S >). I’ve added it to my subject guides (Accountancy and Finance, Advertising and Marketing, Economics, Events Management, HRM, International Business, Modern Languages and Tourism). To test the search, I entered ‘entrepreneurship community social’ which elicited over 1000 results, which included eye-catching article titles like ‘Community energy and social entrepreneurship: Addressing purpose, organisation and embeddedness of renewable energy projects’ and ‘Financial social innovation to engage the economically marginalized: insights from an Indian case study’ (N.B. you’ll have to log in to read these articles). See what you can find on this database and deepen your research still further.  Carrying out this kind of research not only gives you ideas but exercises the imagination too.

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Need an advertising case study? Warc.com (library.lincoln.ac.uk > Find > Databases > W >) could be just what you’re looking for. Say if you need to investigate the eco, hybrid, electric cars market, as an example.

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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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Are you struggling with your assignment? Why not visit our Academic Writing Support drop-ins from Monday to Thursday:

Monday 11.00 – 13.00
Tuesday 12.00 – 13.00
Wednesday 9.00 – 10.00
Thursday 14.00 – 16.00

If you bring along your assignment draft, we can give you advice on matters like whether you have:

  • managed to answer the question
  • the structure flows well
  • applied critical discussion throughout

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This is the team: Cheryl, Daren, Judith. The drop-in sessions take place in the Learning Development room on the ground floor of the Library.

Amongst our notable additions to our library collection this week is the Big Short (2015), a film about the sub-prime housing market in the US and the fall from grace of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) when the takeover by U.S. Treasury split the financial world.

Creating graphs yourself can be a lengthy process, especially if you’re struggling to meet a deadline. At the University of Lincoln we have the Snipping Tool software that enables you to capture images, which you can then either paste it into your document or save it and upload the image onto a web-based platform, such as a blog.

First decide on what image you want to capture, and have the graph ready to capture on your screen (this one is about the worth of global marine ports & services 2007-11 from the Marketline database). Always remember to properly reference though!

  • Start > all programs > accessories > launch Snipping Tool
  • File > New (the box disappears and  a cross appears)
  • Hold the left-hand side of the mouse down and drag a square or rectangle over you image
  • Release the mouse and the image you have captured appears
  • copy image and paste into your document
  • OR to save the image > File > Save As

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Marketine (2012, 8).

Reference

Marketine. (2012). Global – Marine Ports & Services. Figure 1: Global marine ports & services market value: $ million, 2007–11. [industry profile] Available from: http://advantage.marketline.com/Product?ptype=Industries&pid=MLIP0408-0001 [accessed 27th March 2017].

A systematic review is a type of literature review that collects and critically analyses multiple research studies or papers.  In the University of Lincoln Library we are mainly supporting PhD and Masters level students with the process of defining their question and developing criteria for searching and then how they should conduct their searches. Oonagh Monaghan, the Psychology and Sports Subject Librarian, has just launched a useful guide on systematic reviews.

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It is the Holy Grail of understanding student progress: whether tutors can predict student outcome. It was, until recently, more unusual to use textbooks as a method of assessment but the digital era has changed all that. Now academic achievement progress can be pinned down to percentages, charts and reports throughout the year.

The advent of digital textbooks is a relatively new phenomenon that is revolutionising the publishing world, as authors go straight to electronic format, before any print books are published. This gives the publishers some indicative analysis whether they’re going to sell or not, and inform the decision to publish in hard copy.

Digital textbooks are also an ideal platform to uncover a plethora of learning analytics (which is the “measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs” according to Siemens 2010, cited in Junco & Clem, 2015, 54) such as formative assessment. How do they work? Naturally, reading textbooks is an integral part of study, but the particular gift of digital textbooks is that they record quiz scores, student engagement (completing exercises, et al), significantly the number of annotations and highlighting, time spent reading outside of office hours, and time spent re-reading (i.e. the retention of knowledge). Their interactivity provides a welcome contrast to a traditional assessment model that is primarily summative; marking essays at the end of the term, or taking exams and so forth. It is a form of academic monitoring, particularly understandable in the context when electronic registers for seminars are so commonplace, and electronic surveillance is routine.  More research needs to be carried out to find reliable data on learning analytics and digital textbooks, but I find it a fascinating area and one that will no doubt become more and more popular across universities as tutors become more aware of their capability. Where does that leave libraries? Hopefully involved.

Reference list

Junco, R. & Clem, C. (2015). Predicting course outcomes with digital textbook usage data. Internet and Higher Education. Vol. 27, 54–63.

Siemens, G. (2010). 1st international conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge. Available from: https://tekri.athabascau.ca/analytics/. [accessed 21st March 2017].