Acquiring report writing skills is such an important element of work and study. During the preparation for this library workshop I came across The University of Leicester’s Hate Crime Project and the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, which are groundbreaking reports demonstrating how important they are in today’s society. Not only that, they are examples of best practice which we all hope to aspire to. No small task though.
This presentation is a compendium of various sources from Oxford Brookes University to University of Reading, et al.
There’s loads of mini workshops taking place in the Library this week, please take a look at our Upcoming Events section on the Library Website. No need to book, just arrive promptly as these sessions will only last a maximum of 15 minutes.
Whenever we run one of our Library workshops on the referencing software Refworks we always need to remember to answer the ubiquitous question ‘How do I insert page numbers within Refworks?’. Fortunately, this is precisely what Elif Varol (Electronic Resources Library Assistant) has done as part of our Just Ask facility where students ask any question to the Library team – for the answer see below for a series of step-by-step screenshots. Also, why not check out Elif’s informative Thought Cloud blog at: http://elif.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/.
I’ve just attended some preliminary training on the referencing software EndNote, which would ideally suit researchers and those committed to longer-term research projects and developing specialisms. You can use EndNote to search for keywords, retrieving results and viewing the abstract. The references are then stored under tagging (‘labels’) and establishing themed groups. It is similar to our other referencing software, Refworks but is probably more aimed at higher level students or researchers. I was particularly impressed by the way a user could find freely available pdfs within the collated references, rating the article, the flexibility it offered, the use of ‘sticky notes’, and an easy keyword search within the references. You can find EndNote on university pcs (start > all programs > EndNote). There are some videos from endnote.com that will help you if you want to use EndNote.
Based on a postgraduate workshop that took place last week, this worksheet about finding UK and international newspapers focuses mainly on the databases Lexis Library and Factiva, but also includes a few others for historical research.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
If you would like to learn more about revision techniques in preparation for your forthcoming exams, then you may be interested in attending our workshop taking place on Monday from 2-3 in UL102, on the first floor of the Library. We have uploaded the presentation for this workshop as a taster for the session…
As part of the workshop you are encouraged to complete a learning styles questionairre. Everyone has a dominant learning style, to a varying degree, that will help your revision and alleviate some of the stress involved.