This is our 200th post on the Business Librarian blog! By way of commemorating this major milestone I have decided to announce that I’ve just attended some further EndNote training, which is referencing software generally used by, although not exclusively, postgraduates and academics. At first it can be hard learning something as multi-layered as EndNote. Learning Refworks for instance, another referencing software package we subscribe to, took a little while to fully understand. Only when producing lesson plans and responding to student queries did the referencing penny finally drop and I was able to master Refworks. Following an instructor is worthwhile, but it doesn’t match a practical (let’s say problem-solving)) approach of dealing with obstacles, because making mistakes is important. Indeed there is almost entire discipline on making mistakes and it is recognised by theorists that mistakes are an integral part of the learning process and a key component in assembling self-reflective values. Why not check out Rolková & Janošková’s (2014) Employee mistakes as a necessary way of learning in companies in Proceedings of the Multidisciplinary Academic Conference if you are interested in the scholarly literature out there? I digress. Fortunately our esteemed colleague, the Academic Subject Librarian for Journalism is currently producing a guide and EndNote does own a YouTube account which holds many helpful online tutorials, one of which is a 25-minute starter called ‘EndNote on Windows’.
Whenever we run one of our Library workshops on the referencing software Refworks we always need to remember to answer the ubiquitous question ‘How do I insert page numbers within Refworks?’. Fortunately, this is precisely what Elif Varol (Electronic Resources Library Assistant) has done as part of our Just Ask facility where students ask any question to the Library team – for the answer see below for a series of step-by-step screenshots. Also, why not check out Elif’s informative Thought Cloud blog at: http://elif.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/.
Laura Pearson and Phil Assheton are running further MASH workshops in the library to help you with all your maths and stats needs.
Please Email MASH@lincoln.ac.uk to book on to any of the workshops below:
Introduction to SPSS (Beginner) – Monday 4th March 2-3pm (ul101)
This is for you if you have not used SPSS yet. It is a brief overview of what it is and how to navigate around it. By the end of this session you will know how to input various forms of data and run some analysis to gain descriptives and frequencies.
t-tests on SPSS (Intermediate) – Monday 4th March 3-4pm (ul101)
This is for you if you know a bit about SPSS, maybe had some work using SPSS in previous years and are a little rusty. By the end of this session you will know how to set up a data set for the different t-tests, to run the analysis and begin to interpret the output.
Correlations on SPSS (Intermediate) – Tuesday 5th March 2-3pm (ul101)
This is for you if you know a bit about SPSS, maybe had some work using SPSS in previous years and are a little rusty. By the end of this session you will know how to set up a data set for correlations, to run the analysis and begin to interpret the output. You will conduct both a Parametric (pearsons) and a Non-Parametric (spearmans) Correlation.
Non-Parametric Tests of Difference on SPSS (Intermediate) – Tuesday 5th March 3-4pm (ul101)
This is for you if you would like to carry out a Man-Whitney U test or a Wilcoxons T test. These are non-parametric tests for continuous data on Unrelated and Related data respectively. By the end of this session you will know how to set up data for the two tests, run them and begin to interpret the output.
ANOVA’s on SPSS (Advanced) – Wednesday 6th March 10-11.30am (ul101)
This is for you if you have used SPSS and know you would like to do an Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). During this session you will run several different ANOVA’s and given help to recognise which to use.
An Introduction To Linear Regression – Thursday 14th March 2-3PM (ul101)
This session will present a basic introduction to the process we use for finding straight-line relationships between variables. You will be given a very simple overview to help you interpret the SPSS output and understand the nature of the relationship in your data. It is expected that you should already know how to enter data into SPSS (see other workshops if you need to fill this in!).
SPSS – Bespoke Workshops
If you would like a workshop on SPSS for you and a group of your fellow students please contact us with your needs. We can run workshops at various times to suit both students and tutor.
Excel – Bespoke Workshops
These will be Student led workshops. Once again, let us know your needs and we can arrange suitable workshops once there is a fair demand.
Please email MASH@lincoln.ac.uk to show interest in any of these workshops.
If you have not found the workshop that you were hoping to, please email us with your workshop suggestion.
It was one of the Eureka! moments, when reading study skills books over the summer, I found simple formulas to write well-crafted essays. These formulas can be employed to structure the skeleton of an essay. It may sound simplistic but you can build on it by weaving scholarly material into your assignment, and may be the secret of your academic success. These slides are uploaded from an essay writing workshop presented earlier today, referring in part, to Stephen Bailey’s brilliant Academic Writing for International Students of Business available at 808.06665 bai on the second floor of the GCW .
Daren and myself will be running a series of drop in workshops next week, w/c 24th Sept in arrangement with Siobhan Goggin.
The times are:
Mon 24th Sept – 9 til 10 and 11 til 12
Tues 25th Sept – 11 til 12 and 12 til 1
Weds 26th Sept – 9 til 10, 10 til 11 and 11 til 12
Fri 28th Sept – 9 til 10, 10 til 11 and 11 til 12.
We will be covering the new ‘Find it at Lincoln’ search engine, demonstrating FAME and Marketline Advantage, as well as showing you where to find company reports and journal articles.
A folder has been placed behind the main library desk, so please book on as soon as possible as places are strictly limited to 20 students per session.
The help guide to accompany this session is below:
Introducing a new 1-to-1 training service we offer…enhance your library skills without having to leave your desk!
- Save time by improving your searching skills
- Keep up-to-date with resources specific to your research area
- Get advice on managing your references
- Want some library input to your research project/proposal?
The Deskside training service from the Library is a new service for academic staff and research postgraduates from your Academic Subject Librarian.
Contact us to save time using electronic resources and other services for your research and teaching. I look forward to hearing from you!
The new season of Learning Development workshops are now available. As before you do not have to book, just come along to the relevant session.
Finding journal articles for your assignment
30 January 11:00-11:50 in UL101
15 February 12:00-17:50 in UL101
2 March 14:00-14:50 in UL101
15 March 12:00-12:50 in UL101
24 January 13:00-13:50 in UL102
3 February 12:00-12:50 in UL101
20 February 15:00 -15:50 in UL102
9 March 14:00-14:50 in UL102
RefWorks: the basics
2 February 12:00-12:50 in UL101
14 February 12:00-12:50 in UL101
23 February 12:00-12:50 in UL101
16 March 12.00-12:50 in UL101
27 March 14:00-14:50 in UL101
29 March 17:00-17:50 in UL101
Introduction to essay writing
26 January 13:00-13:50 in UL102
1 March 12:00-12:50 in UL102
9 March 12:00-12:50 in UL102
Understanding your assignment title
13 February 14:00-14:50 in UL102
Overcoming your fear of presenting
31 January 14:00-14.50 in UL102
7 February 14:00-14.50 in UL102
The Literature Review: What is it? Why do I need one? How do I do it?
6 February 16:00-16.50 in UL102
27 February 16:00-16.50 in UL102
15 March 16:00-16:50 in UL102
An introduction to NVivo Qualitative Data Analysis Software
17 February 14:00-15:00 in UL101
28 March 10.00-11:00 in UL101
Revision and exam preparation
16 April 14:00-14:50 in UL102
30 April 14:00-14:50 in UL102
We are running workshops for first year Accountancy and Finance students, particularly focusing on Harvard Referencing and finding good quality journal articles.
There’s no need to book – if you are interested in attending, then please just pop along to UL101, the IT lab on the first floor of the Library at the following times:
Monday 23 January 11 – 12
Tuesday 24 January 11 – 12
Wednesday 25 January 11 – 12
Thursday 26 January 11 – 12
- 10 -11, 11-12, 12-1 and 1-2 on Mon 26th Sept
- 10-11, 11-12, 12-1 on Tues 27th Sept
- 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 on Weds 28th Sept
What will be covered?
Finding company information, financial statements and researching journal articles.
Please book at the Library desk – places are limited to 20 students per session.