This is a presentation which Cheryl Cliffe and I presented at the inaugural Mercian Collaboration Conference on Tuesday 12th September, covering trust and academic writing which contains some surprising and illuminating findings.
Yesterday the Academic Writing Support team (including myself) had their photo taken in preparation for the new semester which begins on Monday 18th September. Cheryl Cliffe is on the left while Judith Elkin, the AWS manager, is on the right. We hold drop-in sessions in the Learning Development room on the ground floor of the Library (starting on the 25th September) and 1-1 appointments throughout the year. Currently, we are planning some workshops for October and November which cover a range of study skills areas such as essay writing, note-taking and strategic reading (et al.)
The BRAD database , which contains newspaper circulation figures, has a new registration procedure. To gain access to this database please go to the Library website (library.lincoln.ac.uk > Find > Databases > B > Brad = First-time users need to register for access : How do I access BRAD?).
Several new books have arrived in the Library to support Lincoln International Business School students. My favourite from this list is Vaughan Evans (2016) Financial Times Essential Guides Writing a Business Plan: How to win backing to start up or grow your business because it will be of such practical use to students. It is a skill every business student ought to acquire.
Gone is the old, slightly clunky interface for FAME, now there’s an option to select the all new interface shows us that it compares to the slightly flashier interfaces of Euromonitor and Mintel (we’ve requested to permanently replace the old version on FAME).
We’re delighted that this upgrade has taken place. There’s now a help guide available, as well as being able to compare the profit and loss account of, for instance, supermarkets in the East Midlands under Pivot Analysis. Another feature is being able to see the calculations of a gearing ratio which is absolute gold dust to accountancy and finance students; comparable in usefulness to the SWOT and Porter’s Five Forces Analysis on Marketline. Unlike the old version, there’s a warning if you use the back button so you won’t lose your work. It’s certainly worth exploring in greater depth.
What’s your favourite new library book this week? Judging from the New Book list this month, mine is An everyone culture becoming a deliberately developmental organization by K
Over the past couple of weeks the FAME database has been experiencing some connectivity issues.
I’m pleased to announce that we have now a working URL via the steps below:
(or go to Fame from the Databases section of our website http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/az.php )
- Type lincoln in the Type the name of your organisation box and select University of Lincoln from the list and click Continue
- Login with your email address and your password.
Instead of embedding this YouTube video as I would normally do, I decided to embed the tweet from my @LINCLibrarian twitter account. It features the Academic Writing Support (AWS) manager, Judith Elkin, answering questions about what the services does to help students with their assignments. If you would like to book an appointment or turn up at one of our drop-in sessions then please see the AWS guide http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/aws
— Daren (@LINCLibrarian) May 16, 2017
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).
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.
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:
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.
Starting your exams today? Here are our five top tips for surviving exams courtesy of our You Tube channel.