Tutorial on plagiarism

When you’re a student information is everywhere. Plagiarism can be problematic when compiling lots of information from several different places, but it is something every student needs to be aware of. Thankfully, this plagiarism tutorial was produced by the Library and explains what plagiarism is and how to carry out good practice. You can test your knowledge at the end.

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Top three tips for starting Library research

My three top tips for research using the Library are:

  1. Don’t take notes to start with. See what literature is out there and get to know the subject first. This will give your writing more confidence and inform your assignment structure.
  2. As an advocate of slow reading, I recommend that you find one or two decent articles and slowly read what they say. Skim reading is effective at finding the right sort of information, but less effective when trying to know a subject inside and out. Don’t accumulate hundreds of references that you haven’t properly read simply because it looks good.  There’s a temptation at the university to retrieve lots of articles because it’s easy to do, but do they accurately respond to the assignment question?
  3. After getting to know the subject well enough, design a mind map to consider each bubble as a paragraph or theme you want to explore. Writing the assignment will be easier because you’ll have a ready-made structure. No doubt this will evolve, but it will be starting point for your work.

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Summer improvements to the Library

The University Library implemented a new system in the summer, alongside several improvements to the Library service. Together this is the biggest change to the Library in over a decade.

We have worked closely with students to understand what they want the new library system to do, what extra services they require, and how this can enhance their academic journey.

Benefits and changes

  • Search the Library – it is easier to find material across the physical and digital collections.
  • Automatic renewal – if a book is not requested, the system will renew your book for you.
  • Recalls – you can recall books that are on loan.
  • Simplified loans – we have reduced the number of loan types.
  • We have increased the amount you can take out of the library.
  • There is an improved requesting system.
  • We have better notifications and personalised communication.
  • There is the ability to manage your library account on mobile devices.
  • You can see your full loan history.
  • There is a new search facility.

Frequently asked questions, and answers, about Using the Library are available:

http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/about/using-the-library/home

Recalls, Requests and Automatic Renewal

We have introduced recalls, requests and automatic renewal.

  • Automatic Renewal. If a book is not in demand by another student or member staff, books will automatically renew. This will reduce fines and increase access to books.
  • Students and staff are encouraged to request books on loan. If a book is on loan, students and staff can request the book and it will be recalled to the library.
  • Books will be recalled by the Library if they are in demand by other students or staff. If a borrower has a book that has been recalled, they will receive an email asking for the book to be returned to the Library within 7 days.
  • Fines are only charged if a book has been requested by another user and it is not returned by the due date given.

The Library reviewed how the collection was used in the year before the new system was implemented.  This information was used to determine the loan types.  An analysis of high demand books, for example, ensured that we have a reference copy in the library of the books that are most popular with students. We also examined three day loans that had not been borrowed in a year, and these were changed to one week loans to encourage greater use.

One week loan items remain unchanged. High demand normal loans have become one week loans to ensure students do not need to wait for books. Other books now have a four week loan period to encourage use by students. The aim is to simplify loans and encourage more students to borrow more books.

What does this mean for me?

  • Your account information has moved to the new system including all books on loan.
  • Your account log on details remain the same.
  • Your loan limit has increased: all internal borrowers will be allowed up to 30 items.
  • If no one else wants the book you have out on loan, it will automatically renew.

Loan periods are simplified. In line with student feedback wanting books for longer, we have removed the 24 hour and three day loan categories. Normal loan books have become 4 week loans.

In addition the new system allows us produce better management information about how staff and students use the collection. This will better enable us to acquire books and change loan types based on staff and student data. The library will become more dynamic based on how it is used by students and academic staff.

Searching the Library

Books and journal articles can be found by searching on the home page of the Library website: http://library.lincoln.ac.uk

It is also possible to access individual electronic databases and electronic journals from the ‘Find’ menu on the Library website.

Other new developments in the Library:

  • A new Library Counter
  • New printers
  • New entry gates and self-service,
  • New ‘smart’ MiFare cards
  • 3D maps,
  • Upgraded TV screens in seminar and group rooms (UL110, UL102, Group Room 3)

Feedback

We are confident that we are continuing to improve our services for you. We hope you agree and we would be interested in any feedback (library@lincoln.ac.uk).

Struggling to revise? Mnemonics explained

Struggling to revise? Remember important facts and linking ideas? The idea of “The Forgetting Curve” was pioneered by Hermann Ebbinghaus in 1885 who discovered that without frequent review of the information that we are trying to remember, we will forget half of what we learned within the hour, and people forget 40 percent of what they learn after the first 20 minutes and retain only 30 percent of the information after six days.

Why share a video about mnemonics? It’s because I’m studying a course on dyslexia and mnemonics is an effective way of linking words or symbols to remember facts. This video is courtesy of Western Sydney University via YouTube.

UOL Library Getting started: Some basic info on the library

In anticipation of the forthcoming induction / Welcome Week we have produced a useful slideshow on how to use the library using Prezi (presentation software,  if you’ve never come across it before). We hope you find it informative and like the novel way the answers appear and retreat when using the arrows.

Information for new students using the Library

Induction week is less than a month now and we’re getting everything in place for new students. As a result, a new guide has been set up to direct new students on how the use the Library effectively and how the Library can help students throughout their studies. The Library is the central place of study for students at the University of Lincoln, and was rated 92.21% by our students agreeing that the Library met their needs on the latest National Student Survey.

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New library books (all subjects)

A new list has been created that contains all the new books for this month (and every month!) so you can keep up to date with our latest purchases at Lincoln. Unlike my regularly updated list, this one covers all subjects and genres.

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Finding Journal Articles using the new library system

How do I find journal articles on a topic?

To find articles on a topic, search the Library website http://library.lincoln.ac.uk.  Enter your keywords into the search box.  Make sure the ‘Find books and articles’ aerial button is selected.  Once the results are displayed, select ‘Academic Journals’ on the left hand menu to ensure that only journal articles are displayed.  Click on the article title or ‘check availability’ to view more details.

Click ‘View Online’ to obtain the full text.  You will need to log in, if you haven’t done so already, to view the full text.  Click ‘View Abstract’ if there is no ‘View Online’ option.  It is possible to ‘Request this item through interlibrary loan’ if the full text isn’t available.

Journal articles can also be found by searching individual electronic databases.  To access these go to the ‘Find’ menu on the Library website and click on ‘Databases & journals’.  If you are unsure of which databases to search for your subject, use the drop-down ‘subject’ menu on the databases page.

I have a reference for an article – how can I get the full text?

Type the article title into the search box on the Library website.  If the required article is retrieved, click on the title or ‘check availability’.

Click ‘View Online’ to obtain the full text.  You will need to log in, if you haven’t done so already, to view the full text.  Click ‘View Abstract’ if there is no ‘View Online’ option.  It is possible to ‘Request this item through interlibrary loan’ if the full text isn’t available.

If you haven’t found the article, go to the ‘Find’ menu on the Library website and click on ‘Databases & journals’.  Select Electronic Journals (on the right hand side of the screen).  Enter the title of the journal (not the article title) into the search box.  If the journal is available electronically the title will be displayed.  To locate the article enter the title in the ‘search within publication’ box.  Alternatively, click ‘Full Text Access’ for details of databases that provide access to the journal and the dates available.  Click on a database name to access the full text.

I can’t find the article electronically – how can I find the full text?

Check if a print version of the journal is held in the Library.  Enter the journal title (not the article title) into the search box on the Library website.  Make sure the ‘Find books’ aerial button is selected.  If the journal is in the Library, details of the holdings will be displayed when you click on the title.  Print journals are shelved in alphabetical order of title on the 3rd floor of the University Library at Lincoln.

I can’t find the article either electronically or in print – how can I find the full text?

The inter-library loan service enables you to request copies of articles which are not held by the Library.  For more details and to make requests go to http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/find/ills

For assistance with finding journal articles, contact your Academic Subject Librarian (http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/asl).

Adding references to Refworks using the new library system

Step 1. To add references to the new Library system it is best to log into Refworks first.

Step 2: Elect a separate tab and open the Library website then run a keyword search such as ‘change counselling’.

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Step 3: Choose Refworks from the list

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Step  4: Import references

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Step 5: Import references to New Folder or existing Folder

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More Books for Research now reopened

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We really want to know what resources you can’t get hold of!

Let us know what they are and we’ll buy more books and e-books. Select the appropriate option and complete the form with details of what you need.

The decision to purchase requests is made on a case-by-case basis. In some cases costs may be prohibitive but we’ll get in touch with you if we need any additional information. Most books will be supplied within 4 weeks and we can reserve the book for you when it arrives.

If you require books for teaching purposes please contact your Academic Subject Librarian.