I know it’s been database of the week before but FT.com is addictive reading at the moment. You can use the site free of charge when you register via https://library.lincoln.ac.uk/ > Find > Databases > F > FT.com. Use the account within 90 days otherwise you’ll need to re-register. There’s no risk of that, of course. I read it daily. The analysis, market insights, and other features like the famed Alphaville section is superb. At South Mimms service station on Saturday, I noticed that the Weekend version cost £4.30p. To you (as a student or member of staff) it is free. That’s the best deal possible.
Everyone may have a favourite database to use when they embark on their research journey. What are your favourite go-to databases when you receive an assignment? FT.com? Statista? Emerald Insight? Or…Taylor & Francis? It’s not even (strictly speaking) a business database, but I use Taylor & Francis on a regular basis to check if there’s anything written about a particular topic in business; whether a research idea is viable in other words. It hasn’t failed me yet! Like this one entitled ‘Bridging corporate social responsibility and social impact assessment’ in the journal Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. Added to that, the accessibility feature of an immersive reader (a text-to-speech tool) is the cherry on top of the cake: I can scroll over the article and play it back without even looking at the screen, saving physical tiredness (you may find reading electronic material like eBooks or electronic journal articles increases eye strain). Such an aid alleviates weariness and sustains periods of concentrated research.
There are loads more outstanding dissertations being published this week from a range of schools, including the Lincoln International Business School (LIBS). Which one would help you carry out your research? Plenty of choose from: either undergraduate or postgraduate – feel free to take your pick!
We always get asked about the grades on the showcase. As an apposite reminder, the purpose of the dissertation showcase is to promote outstanding student work as exemplars of best practice: https://library-showcase.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/. The dissertations in the showcase represent the “Top Ten” undergraduate dissertations selected by participating Schools within the University of Lincoln. These will normally have achieved a First Class degree and represent a range of subject areas. Over a hundred of them belong to LIBS!
However, it is worth noting that some dissertations cannot be made available for reasons due to commercial sensitivity or that contain un-redactable personal information.
Do you have 2020 vision? For the adventurous and no doubt supremely organised, why not book in advance? We have appointments available for the first three weeks of the year. More to follow!
We’re back in 2020. If, as a @UoLBusiness student, you want to plan ahead and book a 1-1 appointment with me https://t.co/8aM5J2NtzZ or Martin https://t.co/3k7y31fTzo to discuss research and referencing in then we as @GCWLibrarians are happy to see you @GCWLibrary pic.twitter.com/Qc20piQKKL
— Daren (@LINCLibrarian) December 18, 2019
It’s certainly been a hectic year – our new bookable appointments have been an enormous success with all but a couple of slots fully booked up. It’s been a real pleasure to meet with so many business school students throughout the year and we look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.
Martin and I (me, Daren) @UoLBusiness @GCWLibrarians wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We are looking forward to support students in 2020 after the festive break. pic.twitter.com/77KVdSXuju
— Daren (@LINCLibrarian) December 17, 2019
It’s raining outside. Take shelter in the Library and check out our new books. The new academic year is fully underway, and @GCWLibrarians are busy buying new titles, new editions, et al. (us included). Martin and I have compiled a fascinating new library book list which lets you know what has arrived in the Library over the past week…Here @ bit.ly/2IGtNLW.
The list includes Simon Lindgren’s (2017) splendid Digital media & society which covers new analysis of the contemporary media landscape, and central theories of the digital society, and the hot topics and key research methods in the field. Plus much more. Sounds interesting? It’s available now @ bit.ly/2oSgwbr
Talis Reading lists has upgraded to a ‘New List View’ today (ahem, Wednesday 16th January 2019). This is designed to improve usability for all users, which includes images of the front cover widely considered as the most obvious change. Here is an example of the ‘New List View’, if you would like to take a look:
As part of our subscription we have full access to the FT ePaper – an exact digital replica of the FT Newspaper. The FT ePaper is now even easier to use on your computer, tablet and phone. The FT have upgraded it with great new features and functionality, including:
- Offline access, without needing to download a pdf
- Pinch-and-zoom viewing, for easy reading on your mobile
- A clear, streamlined contents menu, making it easy to choose and click on articles
When you access the ePaper the on-screen tool tips will guide you through what’s new, or just click on the ? icon in the top menu. Why does this matter? Just check out this video ‘Punk FT – EU models for a post-Brexit UK‘ as a real gem available online about the options for the UK post-Brexit. This question ultimately revolves around the free movement of labour versus goods, as the UK considers a journey without trade agreements with the remaining EU members.
We’re often asked how many books do we have in the Library. Happily that question is answered in this blog post. We currently have 202,827 ejournals and an amazing 64 laptops available for loan, over 4000 DVDs to hire, nearly 8000 ebooks to view and well over 240,000 books in the collection. The ejournals available today have increased fourfold in just a couple of years.
Now the summer has arrived (or almost) it’s time for a refresh of the Business & Law Librarian blog. I hope you like it. I’ve gone with the blend of a metropolitan skyline at night (Brisbane, if you’re wondering) and of course, a library-themed background. Studying for the future leitmotif. I like it as it looks fresh and colourful (well, I would say that as I designed it!)