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.
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.
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:
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.
As part of the transfer process of Martin and I splitting subject support on the 1st June we have discontinued the email@example.com email. If anyone wants to contact us please email firstname.lastname@example.org for Daren Mansfield or email@example.com for Martin Osborne. We continue to share our subject support until the transfer date when we take on separate subjects within the Business School.
An exciting new service for advice on academic writing has recently started in the Library with staff able to advise on a range of writing skills from grammar to structuring an assignment. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a 1-1 appointment and bring along a draft assignment. To support this initiative there is a new libguide about the Academic Writing Support available at guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/c.php?g=133466 complete with informative tabs. You can drop into any of our sessions in the Learning Development room at the end of the ground floor of the Library during the times listed below:
Monday – 11.00 – 13.00
Wednesday 13.00 – 15.00
Thursday 14.00 – 16.00
Running from left to right, our team consists of Judith Elkin, myself (Daren Mansfield) and Cheryl Cliffe.
I have added subtitles to the screencast video I recorded yesterday about report writing structure, which is a clever facility available on YouTube (select the CC icon once you play the video). I hope to record another screencast video on writing reports nearer the end of February. Please note that this video does not include a literature review, but the previous post does.