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.
In an era of ‘fake news’ reliable sources are needed more than ever. Trawling through business-related content often means considering non-academic but useful sources. The web according to WorldWideWebSize (2022) ‘estimates that there are more than 60 billion pages’. Fortunately, Kirkwood’s (2020) encyclopaedic Strauss’s handbook of business information: a guide for librarians, students, and researchers is now available as an eBook in the Library is here to help. Strauss’s handbook of business information (Kirkwood, 2020) attempts to solve the riddle of navigating the labyrinth of business resources with a wide range of chapters on print resources, databases, newspapers, journals, company and industry information, statistics, economics, investments, stocks, bonds, real estate, et. al, and any dutiful researcher trying to find credible business-related information is bound to find this book extremely insightful.
Kirkwood, H. P. (2022). Strauss’s Handbook of Business Information: a Guide for Librarians, Students, and Researchers, 4th Edition. ProQuest Ebook Central. Available from: http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/ulinc/detail.action?docID=6271081 [Accessed 27th April 2022].
WorldWideWebsize. (2022). The size of the World Wide Web (The Internet). Available from: https://www.worldwidewebsize.com/ [Accessed 11th May 2022].
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
It’s finally here. Ten new (2019) outstanding Lincoln International Business School dissertations have been added to the Library Dissertation Showcase. These are part of a pilot where we’re learning all the time to improve what is proving to be an excellent resource for University of Lincoln students. At the moment these are undergraduates dissertations, but there may be scope to include postgraduate dissertations further down the line; as well as adding other schools to upload their top ten dissertations. More to follow soon. Will keep you posted on developments in this exciting area.
I am delighted to announce that Martin Osborne and I (Daren Mansfield) will be supporting Human Resource Management from September onwards. As a direct result, the libguide for this subject has been updated to include ourselves as the main contacts for research and referencing. Please contact us for 1-1 support, enquiries and anything else library related.
The RNIB bookshare provides the reader with the opportunity to:
- Listen to books with high quality text-to-speech voices
- Hear and see highlighted words on screen
- Read with digital braille or enlarged fonts
- Create physical braille or large print
- Read directly from your Internet browser
- And more!
We’re always looking at ways to innovate the Library at Lincoln. Our fantastic new project, The Library Dissertation Showcase, went live three weeks ago and has already attracted an amazing response from users. Our User Evaluation Survey aims to investigate how the site is performing and meeting your needs in reading some of the best dissertations in the Lincoln International Business School. It is a pilot so we would welcome your feedback at this stage (and in future, but it’s more than crucial right now!).
At the University of Lincoln we are proud to celebrate student success. All of the dissertations on this showcase achieved 75% or more. These are exclusively undergraduate dissertations from the Lincoln International Business School, and is running as a pilot to identify any issues and improve what promises to be a highly popular resource. Our longer aim (post-pilot) is to involve all other schools within the university and champion student achievement.
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:
These new books have recently arrived in the Library for the Lincoln International Business School, and there’s always an eye-catching title that inspires further reading. This week it is Scheinbaum & Close’s (eds.) (2018) The dark side of social media: a consumer psychology perspective. What one would you choose?
— Daren (@LINCLibrarian) March 20, 2018