Academic Writing Support service

As this time of year is especially busy with tight hand in dates and dissertation research, our new Academic Writing service is proving very popular in the Library. Managed by Judith Elkin and staffed by Cheryl Cliffe and myself, the AWS service is held in the Learning Development room on the ground floor of the Library at various times throughout the week. So, if you have queries about how to get under way with essay planning or start an assignment then why not go along to one of our drop-in sessions and bring along a draft or essay plan, or email aws@lincoln.ac.uk to make a 1-1 appointment?

 

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We also have bookable calendars for students to reserve an appointment with an Academic Subject Librarian.

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1st June subject split

From 1st June 2015 subject support for the Business School will be split along the following lines:
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Daren will support…Accountancy and Finance, Advertising and Marketing, Economics, Events Management, International Business, Languages, Tourism, Lincoln College.

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Martin will support…Business, Business & Management, Management, MBA, Professional Development, North Lindsey.

Both Daren and Martin will continue to work closely together as they remain part-time. A range of libguides will shortly be published to support these various subjects.

 

What new books are in the Library?

At the University of Lincoln we are fortunate enough to use Talis reading lists which links books in our collection to specific modules, enabling students to easily identify where print books are located in the library as well as giving them access to journal articles and ebooks off campus. Likewise, on this blog I like to showcase the past three months’ worth of newly acquired books that support the Business School.  This interactive reading list is updated every week to illustrate what new titles and additional copies are available in the Library, so it’s worth checking the Business Librarian blog regularly.

 

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Adopting a systematic approach when researching

When carrying out a literature search you may be wondering where to start. Often students start making notes and this automatically becomes their essay, but if you adopt a systematic approach to research then your study experience will be a whole lot easier. If your essay is constructed from notes then you may not be aware of themed paragraphs and a logical argument or thread, and you might encounter a problem with structure. I would recommend the following approach when carrying out a literature review so you are properly organised and thorough:

1. carry out database research (see library.lincoln.ac.uk)

2. read abstract before saving document

3. compile list of keywords

4. consider themes for potential paragraphs

5. read articles and take notes

6. consider and reflect upon potential arguments

7. start drafting main body of your essay under themed headings

8. delete headings if necessary.

 

Drop-in sessions in the Library

Are you aware that the Library holds drop-in sessions and workshops throughout the year to support your studies?  Drop-in sessions range from Academic Writing Support (Monday 11-1, Wednesday 12-2pm, Thursday 2-4pm),  Academic Subject Librarians  (held at various times through the week), Maths and Stats help (Monday 1-4pm, Tuesday 10-1pm, Wednesday 1-4pm, Thursday 10-1pm), and IT support in the Library (Tuesday 2-3pm, Friday 2-3pm).  The Learning Development room, where these drop-in sessions take place, is located on the ground floor of the Library.  No need for an appointment – just turn up!

 

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New Library international student guide

Josh Zhang, our Library International coordinator, has developed a library guide for international students.  The range of information includes learning development drop-in sessions, services like Academic Writing Support, Maths and Statistics support, et al. If you have any feedback or suggestions on this new guide please email jzhang@lincoln.ac.uk.

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http://guides.library.lincoln.ac.uk/c.php?g=210643&p=1390424&preview=c67371d7a99cb4c3a08b612a0dc6e3d5

New library books

Several new books and additional copies have arrived in the Library to support Business School students. I add them to a talis reading list which is a tab on this blog (see below) and includes the past three months of recent additions. If you would like any more books then please visit our More Books page.

http://lists.library.lincoln.ac.uk/lists/B265CE16-325F-E59A-9290-4D9FEEE7D94A.html

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Drop-in sessions every Wednesday morning

Do you need 1-1 help with finding information such as company accounts, accessing scholarly articles or searching  journal databases?

Or would you like help with essay writing, presentation skills, referencing, exam preparation and revision techniques or advice on your dissertation research?

Why not come to our drop-in session held every Wednesday morning  from 9.30-11.30 on the ground floor of the Business & Law building, opposite Starbucks? No need to book an appointment. 

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Martin Osborne & Daren Mansfield

(Academic Subject Librarians for the Business School)

New Library chat service – Just Ask!

#YourLibrary has officially launched a new service – Just Ask!

Just Ask allows students to find answers to questions using our FAQ list, talk to a member of staff using live chat* or submit a question about Library services.

Anything from questions about ebooks to opening times to printing! Just Ask!

The website can be found on ask.library.lincoln.ac.uk

*Please note: Live Chat will operate between 10am-5pm, weekdays only.

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Welcome to the Library video

Please view our Library video for Welcome Week, which starts next week. The video covers everything from borrowing books to printing, as well as new developments like online reading lists.

FT.com now available

 

1 2We are delighted to announce that we have access to the Financial Times online via FT.com across the University, set up in conjunction with the Business School. This means that the invaluable graphics supplied by FT.com are available across the University for the first time. The FT.com site access is in addition to our existing access to full-text articles from the Financial Times via the ABI Inform and Factiva databases.

Users can either log in to FT.com via the Library’s website (library.lincoln.ac.uk) and locate it under the ‘databases’ section or create their personal account directly from a University of Lincoln computer.  

 

International student library guide

We are pleased to launch the Library Guide for International Students (for business students) which covers matters like finding books and journals and links to the English Language Centre, a library glossary and frequently asked questions. The helpguide section contains interviews with academic staff on their top tips for academic writing is being developed, and further videos will appear over the next few weeks and months as well as being announced on this blog!

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English Language Centre Library drop-in sessions

The English Language Centre will be running their drop-ins for international students in the Learning Development room on the ground floor of the Library every Friday during August from 12.30-14.00.

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