What will you find on ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global?


Please be advised we now have access to Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global , an addition that replaces the previous much smaller collection of Proquest Dissertations & Theses (UK & Ireland). This resource has been added to our Electronic Journals A-to-Z and Database list. The database also includes a banner of what looks like the swankiest restaurant in the world, no doubt situated in Milan or somewhere similar, and designed to attract the most discerning researcher.

You need to select the “Full Text” option in order to search for entire theses. It’s an astonishing collection: for a full text search on ‘entrepreneurship characteristics’, 43,198 results were recorded; some of which included Mercidee Curry’s Students’ perceptions of entrepreneurship at a historically black university in central Mississippi (Mississippi State University, 2012) and Susan J. Stevenson’s Entrepreneurial characteristics: The phenomenological study of the perceived characteristics that influence women to pursue entrepreneurship (Capella University, 2010). What will you find?

Proquest Dissertations & Theses (UK & Ireland) is a wonderful complement to ETHOS, which is the British Library’s collection of PhD Theses.



Guardian readers share their experiences of essay mills

Always a hot potato tossed around on the Learning Development in Higher Education Network forum, LDHEN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK, the use of essay mills by students paying someone to do their assignments, even dissertations, has hit the headlines again. According to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), there are now more than 100 essay mill websites in operation, with fees ranging from a few hundred pounds to several thousand for a weightier PhD thesis. The government is proposing a crackdown on students if they submit someone else’s work as their own, but not the essay mills themselves; effectively ratcheting up the level of what is generally labelled by universities as an academic offence. It appears as though the plagiarising student will be punished more severely, but the essay mills evade prosecution and continue their business operations, Thence, I tweeted a link to a brief Guardian article earlier about student experiences of using essay mills, which also records how puzzled some tutors are at why students thank them for obtaining them a pass or even helping them through their degree.

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Charlotte Hogg Great Minds lecture – Monday 6th March 2017

What a coup! The University of Lincoln has managed to get “the most powerful woman in the Bank of England’s 300-year history”, Deputy Governor Charlotte Hogg, to share her experiences of life at the top of England’s central bank and reflect on her amazing career in finance and banking. Prior to taking up her current position in 2013, Charlotte was Head of Retail Distribution and Intermediaries at Santander UK. She has also worked at McKinsey & Company where she was a Principal in Financial Services, at Morgan Stanley where she was Managing Director of Strategic Planning, was CEO of Goldfish Bank and then Managing Director of Experian, UK & Ireland.


Charlotte is a member of the Finance, Audit and Remuneration Committees (equivalent of Board) of Oxford University Press and is a Trustee and former chair of First Story Ltd. She was also a former Director of BBC Worldwide and member of Audit and Remuneration Committees, a former Governor of Nottingham Trent University and whilst in New York, former Board member of Partnership with Children.

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Check out our online Advent calendar today for study tips!


Check out our online and interactive Advent calendar today for our 25 study tips with the 10th advice coming from Adele Beeken, the Academic Subject Librarian for Chemistry, Engineering, Forensic Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics.

Christmas at the University Library







Christmas at the University Library

24/7 will end at Midnight on Thursday 22nd December, the opening times will then be:

Friday 23rd December                   10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Saturday 24th December              CLOSED

Sunday 25th December                 CLOSED

Monday 26th December               10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Tuesday 27th December               10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Wednesday 28th December       10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Thursday 29th December             10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Friday 30th December                   10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Saturday 31st December              CLOSED

Sunday 1st January                         CLOSED

Monday 2nd January                      10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Tuesday 3rd January                       10:00 – 17:00 – self-service only

Wednesday 4th January               8:30am – 24/7 opening resumes

Requesting books

Due to the Christmas holidays and the self-service nature of the opening times, the library will switch off online requesting of books on the 22nd December until staff are back on the 4th January.

Taking 1 week loan books home for the holidays

On Friday 16th December one week loan books will become three week loans, so that none are due back over the holiday. This will allow you to take them home without worrying that they will not renew.

Inter-library Loans

We will continue to accept ILL requests as normal but there will be a delay in processing and fulfilling requests between 9th December 2016 and 4th January 2017.

More Books and More Books for Research

Will be taking a break between 9th December 2016 and 4th January 2017. We may experience delays in supply during this period too.

Business School drop-in with your subject Librarian

Hot off the press! A new poster for my Lincoln International Business School drop-in session has just been printed to advertise when I’m sitting at one of the tables near Starbucks on the ground floor of the David Chiddick building from 10-11 am every Wednesday.




Spelling advice on the Academic Writing site

Poor spelling often discourages potential employers as the chief executive of the National Governors Association announced that some of the top schools in the UK have received high-level job applications containing mistakes of spelling and grammar.

We’re in the process of developing a spelling page on the Academic Writing Support guide which we hope allays some of the fears surrounding this most challenging area. As you’ll notice we’re also starting to buy some books to support our library collection.


Think of dictionaries and you may consider browsing  Oxford Dictionaries online (available via library.lincoln.ac.uk > Find > Databases > O > Oxford English Dictionary Online), which contains some useful spelling advice.














What are “The 7 Approaches to Learning”?

Stella Cottrell, author of many books including the seminal Study Skills Handbook, explains what the 7 Approaches to Learning are in this short video, and covers what independent learning is all about such as devising active learning when you’re studying outside of the classroom so you become a successful and productive student.

Reading textbooks efficiently during your 1st year (and beyond!)

During your first year at university you’re probably wondering: How am I going to get all this reading done and still eat and sleep?

Managing to read textbooks efficiently means targeted reading with a strategic plan of how manageable chunks of information are clearly understood . This system may prevent us from being overwhelmed by the task of large amounts of reading. Better organisation means that reading can harvest much more information rather than ploughing through a pile of textbooks with no plan other than to reach the end.

Some use of an ‘aspirations board’, which is a collection of images or other reminders of what that person would like to achieve in their life, acting as a visual reminder of what they are striving for and helps them to focus on their end goal and relieves the boredom factor. You might consider:

  • adding colour or images
  • changing the font
  • using a different pen
  • going to a different location to study
  • standing up if you usually sit down or moving around
  • undertaking some sort of physical activity
  • making it more challenging by setting yourself a time limit to see how much you can get done within a given time frame
  • allowing yourself to explore a particular area in more detail
  • watching a YouTube clip that illustrates the subject matter
  • thinking of ways in which a particular process could be streamlined
  • drawing or doodling a picture that visually summarises what you have read

Want fast, efficient reading skills? Try targeted reading…

The US comedian and film director Woody Allen once quipped: “I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.” How to read a pile of journal articles efficiently. It’s a conundrum. The Library is a wealth of information but how do you read fast without missing any of the detail? Andy Gillett’s useful website ‘Using English for Academic Purposes: A Guide for Students in Higher Education’ says that reading involves way more than the use of the eyes and the brain. To read fast, you need to use more of your brain. Reading fast means reading efficiently which means not wasting time and using your eyes and brain together well. To do this, you need to read with purpose and interactively. What Andy means is that we need targetted reading to be successful readers at university. To read more see: http://www.uefap.net/reading/reading-efficiently/reading-efficiently-introduction


Getting started with the Library

Getting started

How do I find a book?

The quickest and easiest way to find a book is to search for it on the Library website http://library.lincoln.ac.uk.

Enter the title of the book into the search box.  Make sure the ‘Find books’ aerial button is selected. If the Library has the book, click on the title link to see information about how many copies there are, where they are located (the shelfmark) and whether they are available.

Make a note of the shelfmark and go to the relevant floor (depending on the number):

  • 001 – 599 are located on the first floor
  • 600 – 999.99 are located on the second floor
  • 340s, oversized and the local history collection are located on the third floor

If all copies are checked out you can request a copy by clicking on the ‘Reserve this item’ button.

How many books can I borrow and how long can I have them?

Undergraduate and postgraduate students can borrow up to 30 items.  How long you can borrow them depends on their loan status.  The Library currently has the following loan types, which can be identified by a sticker on the spine of the book:

  • Reference
  • One week loan
  • Four week loan (no sticker on spine of book)

How do I borrow books?

Your student ID card is also your Library card. You will need this and your Library PIN to be able to use the self-issue machines that are located on each floor of the University Library.

How do I renew items? 

Unless the item is reserved by another user or returned we’ll renew it for you automatically.

The item will not renew if:

  • Another user has reserved it via the library website;
    • One week loans: you will receive an email 2 days before the item is due letting you know that it will not renew. The item must be returned promptly.
    • 4 week loans: you will receive an email letting you know the item has been recalled. You will then have 7 days to return it.
  • you owe £10 or more in fines and/or charges;
  • it is a laptop;
  • it is a dissertation;
  • it is an inter-library loan

Where do I get my PIN?

You can set your Library PIN through the Library website http://library.lincoln.ac.uk Go to the Help menu and select Reset your Library PIN.  Your PIN is required for:

  1. Borrowing books via the self-issue machines
  2. Laptop loans

How do I find journal articles?

You can search for journal articles by entering your keywords into the Library website http://library.lincoln.ac.uk Make sure the ‘Find books and articles’ aerial button below the search box is selected. For a more comprehensive search, select the ‘Advanced search’ option.

If you would like help with searching or using the library website, click on the ‘Help’ tab on the Library website.

Where can I get help and support?

If you would like to talk to somebody about searching for books and journal articles you can either make an appointment with your Subject Librarian or drop in to Learning Development: http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/asl 


How do I change my pin number?

If you go to the Library website and then to the Help tab you can easily reset your pin number. Once you’ve done this you’ll receive a confirmation email (check your student email address):








This answer was also entered onto the Just Ask forum available on the Library website.