Finding Tourism statistics on Marketline

Having trouble finding historical Tourism statistics? Marketline on the e-library section of the Portal might well be what you are looking for. You can download spreadsheets of really useful information from this database with archives going back twenty years. If you wish, you can select the full screen option to play this audio video at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

Compare currencies on Factiva

If you’re wondering how to compare currencies then Factiva (Portal > Library > E-Library > Factiva) will provide you with some answers:

Go to Companies / Markets and choose currencies. Then choose from the drop-down menus the currencies you want to compare. You can obtain the current quote or the historical quote, daily, weekly or monthly price, and choose the date range (anything up to 2 yrs) then ‘get quote’. 

 

Results are shown in a spreadsheet or (scroll to the bottom of the screen) in an interactive chart. I compared daily prices between the US dollar with the Belize Dollarper for the past three months:

  

24/5 is coming!

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The library will be opening 24/5 from 4 March – 30 March and 22 April – 11 May (to cover the revision period).

This means that from noon on Sunday until 10pm on Friday the Library will be open continuously to give you more time to study, use resources or just find a quiet place to take some time out.

 

 

Request TV and radio programmes from BoB

Box of Broadcasts is a shared off-air recording and media archive service where subscribers (the University of Lincoln is this case) can record forthcoming television and radio programmes as well as retrieving programmes from the previous week.

You can set up an account to request programmes and create clips to embed into Blackboard. Logging into the site on the Portal is slightly unusual – for details see Paul Stainthorp’s blog post:

http://paulstainthorp.com/2010/12/20/logging-on-to-bob/

Zenith Television Set, 1977

Book of the Month: Eats, Shoots and Leaves (2003) by Lynne Truss

Struggling with grammar? Do you know the difference between present and third person indicative’?

Anyone who has watched Monty Python’s The Life of Brian (1979) may know the reference. The brilliant sketch (Romanes Eunt Domus) between a pedantic Roman soldier (John Cleese) and the luckless Brian (Graham Chapman), when Brian is reprimanded after daubing Latin graffiti on a Jerusalem wall, acknowledges the baffling and occasionally obsessive idiosyncracies of proper grammar. Fortunately the surprise bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves (2003) by Lynne Truss humorously covers grammar, a subject typically described as the driest place on earth. In Truss’s (2003: 47) efforts to salvage the apostrophe from the dustbin of history she refers to the late, great Keith Waterhouse’s Association for the Abolition of the Aberrant Apostrophe in the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, printing ‘hundreds of examples of apostrophe horrors, my all-time favourite being the rather subtle, “Prudential – were here to help you”, which looks a bit unsettling until you realise that what it’s supposed to say is, “Prudential – we’re here to help you”.  I found the chapter on ‘The Tractable Apostrophe’ most useful; it was good to refresh my memory, particularly when advising students on grammar as part of Learning Development. The book is available at 421.1 tru on the first floor of the University Library, with plenty of copies furnishing the shelves.

For more definitive guides on English usage, refer to Fowler’s Modern English book, or the useful A Student’s Grammar of the English Language, both stocked in the Library.

Q. What should Brian have written on the wall, instead of Romanes Eunt Domus?

Deskside Training Service

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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!

New University Library Opening Times Pilot!

Starting on Monday 30th January the Library will be opening earlier:

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8am Mon to Fri
9am Sat and Sun

The closing times remain the same, and so do desk services during the week, however at weekends the desk will open at 9.15.

This is a pilot scheme to see how the service is used during these extra times.

Book of the month: The British on Holiday: Charter Tourism, Identity and Consumption (2011) by Hazel Andrews

The British on Holiday: Charter Tourism, Identity and Consumption (2011) by Hazel Andrews is considered to be a unique ethnographic study of tourists in the Palmanova and Magaluf resorts on the island of Mallorca (incidentally a Catalan spelling of Majorca, it’s more popular name), a predominantly British package holiday destination.

Characterised by fast food outlets with a bawdy reputation as a ‘party’ island and 18-30 club activities, the British have exerted massive cultural influence upon Mallorca typified by pub names like ‘Nutters’ and ‘Diana Beach Bar’. Keenly looking beyond impact of previous studies, Andrews (2011) reflects upon the holiday as a search for a more satisfying life and the aspect of tourist motivation. She discusses the ‘sacred’ ritualisation of the holiday experience as though it is a pilgrimage seeking paradise, even regarding souvenirs as sacred relics. Understanding the regressive childlike behaviour displayed by some tourists, Andrews (2011) explains that their lack of inhibition lends itself towards a Freudian interpretation; a theory which is allegedly supported by travel literature.  Andrews (2011) also explores the notion that someone’s hedonistic fantasy can be another’s Hell, with some sleep deprived tourists wanting to return home early owing to so much noise on the island.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, particularly in trying to understanding the bizarre, and exclusive, concept of Britishness abroad (the supposedly innate need of some tourists to wave the Union Jack on hotel balconies, etc) and Andrews (2011) mega-theory of consumerism and nationalism, deliberately exploited to produce a sense of belonging in British charter tourists. It is amusing (some tourists were not sure if Mallorca was an island!) and thought-provoking because of her interpretation of a wide range theories underpinning tourism studies.

It is available as ebook on the Library Catalogue or as a hard copy in the Library at 910.941 and on the second floor.

Q. Mallorcans have an exceedingly rich history of cuisine; but what is an Arros Brut?

New Learning Development Workshops for Semester B

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

Harvard referencing

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

 Advanced RefWorks

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

Harvard Referencing Guide

Harvard Referencing Guide

Workshops for Level 1 Accountancy and Finance students next week

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

Blackwell’s bookshop re-opening on 9th January

Owing to last year’s success, Blackwell’s bookshop will be returning to the Library on Monday 9th January.  Students recieve 5% discount from any purchase.

Core textbooks are stocked as well as secondhand titles.

mad.co.uk changes

Owing to recent subscription changes, we no longer have access to mad.co.uk on the e-library but we retain subscription to its journals, Design Week (available in Business Source Complete and Centaur Communications Limited) and Creative Review  (Business Source Complete and Centaur Communication Limited).