Academic Writing: the Critical Evaluation Essay video

Richard Galletly’s (an Academic English Lecturer at Aston University) excellent overview of writing an effective essay to discuss and critically evaluate different motivation theories is well worth watching. He also offers written and verbal feedback on a student’s essay on the banking crisis which is useful and answers many frequently asked questions in the process. Richard refers to Andy Gillet’s 2009 Inside Track to Successful Academic Writing book as inspiration for his video, which is available on YouTube.

More books please!

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More Books is back! The Library wants to know what resources you can’t get hold of! Let us know and we’ll buy more books and e-books.
Select the appropriate ‘More Books’ option (Undergraduate or Research) and complete the form with details of what you need on http://library.lincoln.ac.uk/home/more-books/ . We’ll get in touch with you if we need any additional information. Most books will be supplied within 4 weeks and we’ll reserve the book for you when it arrives.

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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Emphasising the need to re-draft assignments

As part of a new series of videos on study skills at Lincoln, Tracy Lamping, a senior lecturer in the Business School, volunteers some insightful advice to students in re-editing their work and proof reading what they have written to increase their grade…her top tip for academic writing at university. Employing such scrutiny may achieve the difference between receiving a 2:1 and a First! Other useful videos are in the media pipeline, and will shortly be made available across various library subject guides.

Stella Cottrell’s ‘Seven Approaches to Learning’

The undoubted guru of study skills, Stella Cottrell, author of the bestselling Study Skills Handbook, explains what “The Seven Approaches to Learning” are and how these can improve your experience as a student, particularly in meeting the rigorous challenges set by the Higher Education environment.

Finding company information

This PowerPoint video includes two videos (FAME & Marketline) that we’ve produced (in Camtasia) on finding company information. Based on an imaginary assignment on British Airways PLC and the UK airline industry, the video is designed to show students how to find financial statements, company profiles and management tool analyses. There is a full screen option on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Thomas Piketty on Economic Ineqality

The economist of the moment, Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the 21st century, is interviewed by Foreign Affairs. The interview reveals Piketty’s challenge to the logic of capitalism of increasing inequality, and an insight into his radical alternatives to escape cataclysmic financial and ideological downfall.  Pikertty’s weighty 577 page book has already sold over 200,000 copies and is clearly unnerving the economic world order. Happily, it is on order and will arrive in the University of Lincoln’s Library very soon for those eager to read more.

Piketty continues to ignite the world, and has recently received criticism from no less than the Financial Times, to which gives several ripostes in a detailed letter published online.

‘Why Minsky Matters’ radio programme

Capture MinskyFor those trying to comprehend the 2008 Credit Crunch (labelled ‘a Minsky moment’), and perhaps capitalism itself, a radio programme broadcast last night about the late American economist Hyman Minsky is certainly worth listening to. Minsky’s revealing slogan “Stability is destabilising” argued that “the seeds of the next crisis are sown as the financial sector engages in riskier and riskier lending in pursuit of profit”.  Therefore, capitalism is inherently unstable. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03yn83s

Search Find it at Lincoln (library.lincoln.ac.uk) for ‘The Financial Instability Hypothesis and Hyman Minsky’ to find out more…

 

A fix to “Could not load Chrome PDF Viewer”

Some of our users are getting problems when when trying toopen PDF documents in Google Chrome. Elif Varol, the Library (eResources) Assistant, has written a helpful blog post on rectifying this issue.

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Futures as part of Strategy, guest lecture by Graeme Leach

Futures as part of Strategy – guest lecture by Graeme Leach, 11 March Poster

new 24/7 Library opening dates

CaptureWe are pleased to announce that the Library will be open for a period of six weeks from Sunday 2nd March – Friday 11th April 2014. 

During the two weeks starting 13th and 20th April normal opening hours will apply except for 18th,  21st, and 22nd April which will be ‘short days’ owing to the Easter holiday period.

Following the Easter holiday, the Library will be open from Sunday 27th April – Friday 16th May (3 weeks), except May Day Bank Holiday, which will be a shorter day.