As this time of year is especially busy with tight hand in dates and dissertation research, our new Academic Writing service is proving very popular in the Library. Managed by Judith Elkin and staffed by Cheryl Cliffe and myself, the AWS service is held in the Learning Development room on the ground floor of the Library at various times throughout the week. So, if you have queries about how to get under way with essay planning or start an assignment then why not go along to one of our drop-in sessions and bring along a draft or essay plan, or email email@example.com to make a 1-1 appointment?
We also have bookable calendars for students to reserve an appointment with an Academic Subject Librarian.
From 1st June 2015 subject support for the Business School will be split along the following lines:
Daren will support…Accountancy and Finance, Advertising and Marketing, Economics, Events Management, International Business, Languages, Tourism, Lincoln College.
Martin will support…Business, Business & Management, Management, MBA, Professional Development, North Lindsey.
Both Daren and Martin will continue to work closely together as they remain part-time. A range of libguides will shortly be published to support these various subjects.
Our updated (2nd edition) of the Harvard Referencing guide is now available for download: http://library.lincoln.ac.uk/learning-teaching/referencing/harvard-referencing-guide/ and as an app:
There are nine minor amendments to the revised edition which are:
- Introduction The first sentence of the second paragraph should read as follows:A bibliography lists all the sources of information that you have consulted, including the items in your reference list.
- 3.4 Book without a named author
Amendment to reference list example:There should not be a full stop after the title of the book
- 5 Conference papers
Amendment to in-text citation example:You should not give the author(s)’ initials
- 9.7 Amateur film and 9.8 Trailer
Amendment to in-text citation:Director’s name should not be in italics
- 10.1 Broadcast
In the diagram:The title or description of the programme should not be in italics
- 11.1 Journal articles
Amendment to reference list example and checklist:Add a comma after the volume number ONLY if there is no part/issue/month/season
- 17.2 Facebook
Amendment to reference list example and checklist:Facebook should be capitalised
- 17.4 Twitter
Amendment to reference list example and checklist:Twitter should be capitalised
- 26.1 Personal author
Amendment to reference list example:There should not be a colon after “Available from”
At the University of Lincoln we are fortunate enough to use Talis reading lists which links books in our collection to specific modules, enabling students to easily identify where print books are located in the library as well as giving them access to journal articles and ebooks off campus. Likewise, on this blog I like to showcase the past three months’ worth of newly acquired books that support the Business School. This interactive reading list is updated every week to illustrate what new titles and additional copies are available in the Library, so it’s worth checking the Business Librarian blog regularly.
Please view the Library’s new tutorial on how to avoid plagiarism, which includes advice on good note taking and accurate referencing:
When carrying out a literature search you may be wondering where to start. Often students start making notes and this automatically becomes their essay, but if you adopt a systematic approach to research then your study experience will be a whole lot easier. If your essay is constructed from notes then you may not be aware of themed paragraphs and a logical argument or thread, and you might encounter a problem with structure. I would recommend the following approach when carrying out a literature review so you are properly organised and thorough:
1. carry out database research (see library.lincoln.ac.uk)
2. read abstract before saving document
3. compile list of keywords
4. consider themes for potential paragraphs
5. read articles and take notes
6. consider and reflect upon potential arguments
7. start drafting main body of your essay under themed headings
8. delete headings if necessary.
Are you aware that the Library holds drop-in sessions and workshops throughout the year to support your studies? Drop-in sessions range from Academic Writing Support (Monday 11-1, Wednesday 12-2pm, Thursday 2-4pm), Academic Subject Librarians (held at various times through the week), Maths and Stats help (Monday 1-4pm, Tuesday 10-1pm, Wednesday 1-4pm, Thursday 10-1pm), and IT support in the Library (Tuesday 2-3pm, Friday 2-3pm). The Learning Development room, where these drop-in sessions take place, is located on the ground floor of the Library. No need for an appointment – just turn up!
Josh Zhang, our Library International coordinator, has developed a library guide for international students. The range of information includes learning development drop-in sessions, services like Academic Writing Support, Maths and Statistics support, et al. If you have any feedback or suggestions on this new guide please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several new books and additional copies have arrived in the Library to support Business School students. I add them to a talis reading list which is a tab on this blog (see below) and includes the past three months of recent additions. If you would like any more books then please visit our More Books page.