This answer was also entered onto the Just Ask forum available on the Library website.
The comprehensive Library International study books reading list was compiled by Josh Zhang, our former Library International Student Coordinator. Its four sections consist of English Language support (6 items), Academic Writing (23 items), Study Skills (9 items), and Learning a different language (12 items). As it’s a Talis reading list, all items link to the library catalogue. We hope that it will prove a useful tool in supporting international students in their study at Lincoln.
We will be launching a new library management system to be hosted by Capita in order to improve the student experience. We will be moving our library services to a cloud enabling students to locate resources in different systems from a single search box (see screenshots below). A web-based interface from Capita, known as Soprano, will support staff in the library and may be used for stock management, reservations and general library tasks, such as quickly responding to student enquiries. University librarian Ian Snowley noted that the user satisfaction is critical if the university wants to attract students: “Capita’s LMS will enable the library to deliver a great experience for our students by making it easier for them to search for and find the resources they need” ….“it will also equip staff with the tools to deliver excellent customer service.”
Search results can appear colourful, clear and much like the functionality employed by a famous American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
The following links are examples of other university libraries using Capita (Prism):
In this blog post I want to outline the process of conducting a literature review on a chosen topic, such as ‘buyer behaviour and ethical purchase intentions’. My main advice whilst carrying out this type of research is to be open-minded and explore ideas as though it’s the first time you have come across this topic.
Literature searching and the art of reviewing literature
(indebted to Stella Cottrell’s ever popular Study Skills Handbook, 2008). Making study easier. Incidentally, Stella’s now PVC for Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement at the University of East London.
For a more detailed overview of a literature review I found it a pleasure to read the University of Leicester’s Student Learning Development webpage on Doing a Literature Review. http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ld/resources/writing/writing-resources/literature-review which contains invaluable advice on structure, editing, remaining focused, amongst other gems. Reviewing literature can be overwhelming and it is a skill in knowing where the boundaries lay (i.e. what to leave in, what to leave out) and is a cause of many a student headache so it’s worth to remember the valuable advice from Rudestam and Newton (1992:49) when they said to ‘build an argument, not a library’.
Cottell, S. (2008). Study Skills Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Rudestam K. & Newton R. (1992). Surviving your dissertation. London:Sage.
It’s at this time of year when students start browsing the dissertation collection to find out more about structure, particular topics, useful bibliographies and general layout; how contents pages and appendices are managed are also typical enquiries. Half way down the ground floor of the Library is our dissertation collection, just past the binding area, with undergraduate dissertations located on the right-hand side of the entrance and postgraduate dissertations on the left. So, if you’re looking for a particular subject just type ‘BA management‘ or another award into the search box of the Library catalogue; a list of University of Lincoln dissertations will then appear in date order. The dissertations are arranged by subject and then by surname on the shelves.
Promoting dissertations gives me another chance to eulogise the merits of another great source of information, the database called EThOS which contains over 400,000 doctoral theses. You can download instantly for your research, or order a scanned copy quickly and easily. I’ve found EThOS extraordinarily helpful at supporting students at all levels of study. It saves time in the long run to use these resources, plus you don’t have to read the whole document.
Further to enquiries about getting the RefWorks catalogue search working again, our esteemed colleague Elif Varol has written an excellent step-by-step guide, with screenshots, on using the catalogue search.
There’s more information on the Thought Cloud blog: http://elif.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/tag/refworks/
To make it easier to find FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy) we have added the database to the electronic journals a-z on the Library Catalogue. Search for the financial information of over three million companies in the UK and Ireland by going to the Library Catalogue and selecting Electronic Journals A-Z:
You will be able to access the database from here: