Essay writing slides

It was one of the Eureka! moments, when reading study skills books over the summer, I found simple formulas to write well-crafted essays.  These formulas can be employed to structure the skeleton of an essay. It may sound simplistic but you can build on it by weaving scholarly material into your assignment, and may be the secret of your academic success. These slides are uploaded from an essay writing workshop presented earlier today, referring in part, to Stephen Bailey’s brilliant Academic Writing for International Students of Business available at 808.06665 bai on the second floor of the GCW .

Introduction to Essay Writing

More books please!

 

More Books is your chance to tell the Library what resources you need for your academic study.  More Books is an easy and straightforward way for you to influence what we buy.

We sometimes hear that there aren’t enough books in the library, but we need more specific information to act on.  Are there resources that you can’t get hold of because there aren’t enough copies on the shelf or it is missing?  Or is there a book on a module reading list that the library does not have?  Have you found a book you need for your dissertation but the library does not have it? If the answer is yes to any of these please tell us via More Books!

More Books includes a form for you to complete and gives us the details of the book and the reasons why you want us to buy.  From this information we can then purchase either the book or ebook and we will reply to you to tell you what we have done.

More Books is launched today (Monday the 13th January) and will run for a limited period only and so please make your requests as soon as possible.  It is only available to students and so will reflect your academic needs.

Click on the link to fill in the form and submit it: http://library.lincoln.ac.uk/home/customer-information/more-books/

 

Extra SPSS Workshops

Just to let you know that Laura Pearson, our maths and stats colleague has added some more SPSS workshops to the MASH website.

Please email Laura at mash@lincoln.ac.uk to book you place

SPSS For Beginners –  28th November, 4-5 pm, Room UL101 in the Library

This is for you if you know SPSS is going to be part of your course and you’d like a brief overview of what it is and how to navigate around it. By the end of this session you will know how to input various forms of data, run some analysis to gain descriptives and frequencies.

 

SPSS For Intermediates – 5th December, 4-5 pm, Room UL101 in the Library

This is for you if you know a bit about SPSS, maybe had some work using SPSS in previous years and are a little rusty. By the end of this session you will know how to set up a data set for the different t-tests, to run the analysis and begin to interpret the output.

New Business School Library website

It’s hot off the web press – the all-new Business School website for Library resources.  It includes many illuminating sections on recommended books, journals and websites, as well as new helpguides.  This site replaces the old subject pages formerly located on the Portal.

We are always interested in your feedback so there is an interactive poll located on the homepage – feel free to comment!

SPSS Workshops

Announcing Laura Pearson’s SPSS workshops:

Statistics in IX Grade IX Grade

 

Beginners SPSS Workshop – 24th Oct, 4-5pm – UL101
Intermediate SPSS Workshop – 31st October 4-5pm UL101
SPSS for all Workshop – 7th November 4-5pm UL101
Please email Laura on lpearson@lincoln.ac.uk or mash (aka Laura) on mash@lincoln.ac.uk to book a place.

Euromonitor International – Passport GMID is now live!

The Library has recently upgraded Euromonitor International to the Passport GMID version, which means you can access daily industry news, select relevant articles and analyse the latest business and marketing information. You are also able to access all the daily country and consumer articles and detailed reports by accessing any of the homepages within the countries and consumers tab.  A useful feature is to compare various products in a number of countries, and choosing factors like currencies, exchange rates, and year-on-year growth (%). Such data would greatly enhance your marketing research.

There are a variety of help videos available to enhance your understanding of GMID .

If you need any support in using this database then please email: businesslibrarian@lincoln.ac.uk

Passport GMID User Guide

Book of the Month: Stephen Bailey’s Academic Writing for International Students of Business (2011)

For international students, it’s sometimes hard to understand UK academic culture when beginning their studies.  October’s Book of the Month, Stephen Bailey’s Academic writing for international students of business (2011) proposes a logical framework from which to draw success from academia. Often the simplest methods are the most successful. Indeed, there are formulas available for anyone willing to incorporate them into their personal writing style, such as identifying problems and finding solutions (problem > solution A > arguments against solution A > solutions B and C….).  Acquiring these easy solutions that are liberally peppered throughout the book, would not only help international students, but boost UK students (and staff) writing styles too.

For instance, I found the section on organising paragraphs the most useful, whilst earlier chapters seemed light and too practise-centred, but that, as they say, is all in the design, structurally planned to hook the reader into digesting the entire book.  Organising paragraphs into topic sentence > example 1 > Example 2 > might sound mechanical, too formulaic, un-natural even, but it’s a good beginners technique; building blocks on which to build more sophisticated techniques later on.  Dealing with a single topic, constructing a paragraph of no less than for or five sentences, understanding the visual appeal of a well-determined structure, offering the first sentence as introducing the topic, while adding definitions, examples, information, reasons, restatements and summaries; guiding the reader through clearly presented arguments, are keys to unlock your academic potential.

Planning and precise note-taking is central to organising an effective, clearly presented essay. Having the patience and dedication to craft this technique no doubt becomes easier with practise.  Take the art of summarising a topic by drawing an idea-packed mindmap or spider-gram, cohesively linking key ideas together into a readable structure, makes writing effective. Likewise, organising an argument around defining potential drawbacks > benefits > discussion > economic > ethical > social > discussion is another useful formula. Creating balance of impersonal phrases (‘it is widely accepted that’) versus minority viewpoint (‘some people believe that’), adding counter-arguments and your personal position without sounding too subjective, to add colour and interest weaves depth into an academic critique.

If you would like to read more, and perhaps develop your academic writing, then copies are available at 808.06665 bai on the second floor of the GCW. The Library has a large established, and perhaps under-used, collection of essay writing on the second floor (808 on the second floor). I certainly have benefitted from occasionally using the collection and appreciate it as a rich source of guidance, both for myself (well, you be the judge!) and supporting students in their studies. To develop your creative writing beyond Bailey’s book, then I would recommend Fairfax and Moat’s marvellous The Way to Write (1981), a beginners guide to good writing skills found at 808.066 fai. For an entertaining read,  the great Keith Waterhouse’s Waterhouse on Newspaper Style  is well worth reading for an insight into British journalism. There are plenty of other invaluable books in the academic writing section to expand your writing skills, like Derek Soles ‘The Academic Essay’  available at 808.066 sol.

 

Finding Business information help guide

Finding Information for Business 12-13

This updated Business guide includes all the major resources at The University of Lincoln, referring in particular to the new Library website found at http://library.lincoln.ac.uk. We are currently upgrading all our help guides for the Business School to incorporate the changes listed in an earlier blog post called ‘What’s new in the Library‘.

What’s new in the Library?

What’s New in the Library

This is a short PowerPoint presentation about the summer developments in the Library, including the new Learning Development room, a new Library search engine, extra study spaces and speedier PCs, et al.

How to locate databases on the new Library website

By way of explanation, I’ve produced a step-by-step guide on how to find resources, such as business databases, on the new Library website. It’s a slightly different approach than last academic year, but it is easy to use and should enhance your research.

Simply go to the website address at:

http://library.lincoln.ac.uk/

On the right hand side of the screen you will see ‘Find it at Lincoln’

Within this box you can either search for research material such as journal articles and books, or just search the library catalogue (just tick the box underneath the search box). If you want to search specific resources then select ‘more resources’ below the search box. On the left hand side of the screen you will see ‘Resources’:

 

 

 

From the Resources section you will be able to search for a journal title (via the electronic journals a-z) or investigate databases, such as FAME or Mintel, by following the relevant links.

Welcome from your Academic Subject Librarians

This short introductory video of Martin Osborne and Daren Mansfield, Academic Subject Librarians for the Business School, took an incredible 18 takes to complete – which is the reason why we’re celebrating at the end! You may have to raise the volume on your computer…

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Join the communication revolution and get tweeting to the Library! I’ve added the rolling Twitter account as a widget on the Business Librarian blog page if you would like to tweet….

Herzlich willkommen!

It was very good to meet several German students from the distance learning centre at Hamburg for a library induction yesterday.  They are studying in Lincoln for two weeks only, with another cohort arriving at the end of the month.

As Academic Subject Librarians for the Business School, Martin Osborne (on the left) and myself, Daren Mansfield (the other chap), wish you Viel Glück on your course!