Ever wondered whether online grammar checkers really work?

Ever wondered whether online grammar checkers really work? There’s been limited research on this area, so a recent post on the learning development in higher education network (LDHEN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK) is welcome news.

There’s a link to this article https://lnkd.in/gauCJbd which suggests that students found the Grammarly site useful and helped to improve their assignments, as well as increasing their confidence; though as with everything academic, there has to be a healthy dose of critical evaluation. Nothing’s foolproof after all.

As a matter of note, the site is tested against the framework of the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) which grades ease of use, and the research surveyed the Australian College of
Applied Psychology (ACAP) and Navitas College of Public Safety (Melbourne, Australia).

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Conquering Exam Stress: Lessons From Our Bodies

Coping with exams this week? Try out this video on Conquering Exam Stress: Lessons From Our Bodies examining the physiology of stress and how to take control. This neatly coincides with the start of Mental Health Awareness week, where we are encouraging everyone to be aware of any problems and talk when they need to.

Office 365 and Refworks

If you want to use the web version of Office 365 and Refworks then unfortunately, Refworks is not compatible with cloud-based programs. This also applies to Write-N-Cite and EndNote. To use Refworks, you will need Word installed on your PC or laptop which you can download for free from Office 365’s installation button:

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If you still wish to use MS Word on Office 365 then you could still create a bibliography from Refworks but you would need to copy and paste the final bibliography into your Office 365 Word document.

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Can’t find an article? Use our free Inter Library Loan service

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 . 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.

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Searching market data on Mintel

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.

To access this database just go the library page > Find > Databases > M > Mintel.

What’s your favourite Library book this month?

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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Celebrate Spring with our new Library books this month

Although it is officially Spring, I’ve chosen a couple of books about decay for books of the month – I particularly love the cover featured below. Our new Library books this month for the Lincoln International Business School includes the beautifully titled ‘Curated decay: heritage beyond saving‘ by DeSilvey (2017) and ‘Dirty Secrets: How tax havens destroy the economy‘ by Murphy (2017).  Please find the time to read these books before the end of April (we’re still 24/7), because we’ve got loads more interesting books on order that we should all investigate in May.

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Need Lincoln International Business School revision books?

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 – offers & services

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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 multibuy 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

Downloading SPSS onto your computer

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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Read the Times Higher Education via LexisLibrary

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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!

 

What’s your favourite textbook from this month?

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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Scopus database added to subject guides

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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