14,000+ words seems like A LOT, but subject librarians are here to help

What’s my role as an Academic Subject Librarian?

Along with Martin Osborne I support all the subjects in the Lincoln International Business School, apart from distance learning subjects which are covered by Helen Williams, another academic subject librarian. My role consists of supporting you with research and offering advice on Harvard referencing.
Researching the library online has never been easier. During the lockdown we are purely delivering electronic resources, with an emphasis on e-books and electronic journals.
An important aspect of my role is to help you find good quality resources, which could be peer-reviewed articles from esteemed publications or choosing broadsheet newspapers like the Financial Times.
My number one piece of advice is to only start writing when you fully understand your assignment question. This means reading as much as you possibly can around the topic. There are no short cuts.
If you have any questions to do with research or referencing you can contact me via email (dmansfield@lincoln.ac.uk) or via Microsoft Teams (Office 365).
I am also a member of the Writing Development team in the Library. In this capacity you are welcome to send me a draft of your work and I will provide you with general feedback.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Book a 2020 appointment with a LIBS librarian

Do you have 2020 vision? For the adventurous and no doubt supremely organised, why not book in advance? We have appointments available for the first three weeks of the year. More to follow!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Martin and Daren

It’s certainly been a hectic year – our new bookable appointments have been an enormous success with all but a couple of slots fully booked up. It’s been a real pleasure to meet with so many business school students throughout the year and we look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.

New Library books for LIBS

It’s raining outside. Take shelter in the Library and check out our new books. The new academic year is fully underway, and @GCWLibrarians are busy buying new titles, new editions, et al. (us included). Martin and I have compiled a fascinating new library book list which lets you know what has arrived in the Library over the past week…Here @ bit.ly/2IGtNLW.

The list includes Simon Lindgren’s (2017) splendid Digital media & society which covers new analysis of the contemporary media landscape, and central theories of the digital society, and the hot topics and key research methods in the field. Plus much more. Sounds interesting? It’s available now @ bit.ly/2oSgwbr

New outstanding dissertations added to the LIBS showcase

It’s finally here. Ten new (2019) outstanding Lincoln International Business School dissertations have been added to the Library Dissertation Showcase. These are part of a pilot where we’re learning all the time to improve what is proving to be an excellent resource for University of Lincoln students. At the moment these are undergraduates dissertations, but there may be scope to include postgraduate dissertations further down the line; as well as adding other schools to upload their top ten dissertations. More to follow soon. Will keep you posted on developments in this exciting area.

Taking over HRM

I am delighted to announce that Martin Osborne and I (Daren Mansfield) will be supporting Human Resource Management from September onwards.  As a direct result, the  libguide for this subject has been updated to include ourselves as the main contacts for research and referencing. Please contact us for 1-1 support, enquiries and anything else library related.

RNIB UK education collection for print-disabled learners

The RNIB bookshare provides the reader with the opportunity to:

  • Listen to books with high quality text-to-speech voices
  • Hear and see highlighted words on screen
  • Read with digital braille or enlarged fonts
  • Create physical braille or large print
  • Read directly from your Internet browser
  • And more!

If you would to use the fabulous RNIB bookshare service please contact your Academic Subject Librarian who will set up an account on your behalf.

Library Dissertation Showcase User Evaluation Survey

We’re always looking at ways to innovate the Library at Lincoln. Our fantastic new project, The Library Dissertation Showcase, went live three weeks ago and has already attracted an amazing response from users. Our User Evaluation Survey aims to investigate how the site is performing and meeting your needs in reading some of the best dissertations in the Lincoln International Business School. It is a pilot so we would welcome your feedback at this stage (and in future, but it’s more than crucial right now!).

Dissertation showcase

At the University of Lincoln we are proud to celebrate student success. All of the dissertations on this showcase achieved 75% or more. These are exclusively undergraduate dissertations from the Lincoln International Business School, and is running as a pilot to identify any issues and improve what promises to be a highly popular resource. Our longer aim (post-pilot) is to involve all other schools within the university and champion student achievement.

 

New reading list look – today! 

Talis Reading lists has upgraded to a ‘New List View’ today (ahem, Wednesday 16th January 2019). This is designed to improve usability for all users, which includes images of the front cover widely considered as the most obvious change. Here is an example of the ‘New List View’, if you would like to take a look:

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New Database Types – Trial & Video

How do you find what current database trials are on offer at the Library?Well, the Library has added a new Database Type – “Trial” – so you can now easily filter by trials, as shown below. We have also added the “Video” type to distinguish Lynda.com and Dance Online: Dance in Video as containing video content. This includes our current trail to Bloomsbury Fashion Central. 

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New library books (October release)

Autumn is fast catching up with us and teaching is well underway. New business books have recently been shelved for the first time in the library. These may be of some interest to you, covering a good range of subjects.  October promises to be a busy month for new books arriving in the GCW, so watch this space! Or posts…

Meet your Academic Subject Librarians

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Welcome to the University of Lincoln! Daren Mansfield and Martin Osborne are your Academic Subject Librarians (well, if you are studying Accountancy and Finance, Advertising and Marketing, Business and Management, Economics, Events Management, Fashion Management, International Business, Modern Languages, Sports Business Management, or Tourism). They are here to support you with your research and referencing throughout your studies. If you would like to see eithet one of them then go to the profile section of your subject guide and either email or ‘book an appointment‘.

On Wednesdays they run a drop-in session from 10-11.30 on the ground floor of the David Chiddick building to answer any questions you may have about the library.

Warc.com database factsheet

Warc.com is, of course, the one-stop shop for advertising and marketing research which covers a vast range of data and information useful for all assignments. The database is found via library.lincoln.ac.uk > Find > Databases > W > Warc.com. Case studies are the most practical way of linking theory to practice. Theory, when treated in isolation, does not serve its true purpose without being tested in the real world. Warc.com is able to show you whether it does work or not.

WARC database factsheet by Daren Mansfield on Scribd