More books please!

 

More Books is your chance to tell the Library what resources you need for your academic study.  More Books is an easy and straightforward way for you to influence what we buy.

We sometimes hear that there aren’t enough books in the library, but we need more specific information to act on.  Are there resources that you can’t get hold of because there aren’t enough copies on the shelf or it is missing?  Or is there a book on a module reading list that the library does not have?  Have you found a book you need for your dissertation but the library does not have it? If the answer is yes to any of these please tell us via More Books!

More Books includes a form for you to complete and gives us the details of the book and the reasons why you want us to buy.  From this information we can then purchase either the book or ebook and we will reply to you to tell you what we have done.

More Books is launched today (Monday the 13th January) and will run for a limited period only and so please make your requests as soon as possible.  It is only available to students and so will reflect your academic needs.

Click on the link to fill in the form and submit it: http://library.lincoln.ac.uk/home/customer-information/more-books/

 

Factiva log in improvements

The database for predominantly used to research international news sources, Factiva, has recently improved its log in access.

This means no more “network\” for this database; it also means that the A-to-Z/Find it at Lincoln will link directly to a specific journal title rather than just to the database homepage.

Example: the Lincolnshire Echo – http://lncn.eu/cky6

You can still find the database listed under http://www.library.lincoln.ac.uk > more resources > databases > F > Factiva…

And, if you didn’t already know, Factiva contains a Financial Times archive, alongside the ABI Inform database .

 

 

Extra SPSS Workshops

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 mash@lincoln.ac.uk 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.

New Business School Distance Learners Guide Now Available!

Cartoon Student Grades

 

Helen Williams, our colleague in the Business School has put together a Library guide to help distance learning students. The link to the guide is here: Distance Learner subject guide.

We now have a tab on the Business School subject guide that redirects users to the Distance Learner guide.

As usual if you have any problems using or accessing our resources, contact Daren or Martin via the Business Librarian email.

New Business School Library website

It’s hot off the web press – the all-new Business School website for Library resources.  It includes many illuminating sections on recommended books, journals and websites, as well as new helpguides.  This site replaces the old subject pages formerly located on the Portal.

We are always interested in your feedback so there is an interactive poll located on the homepage – feel free to comment!

SPSS Workshops

Announcing Laura Pearson’s SPSS workshops:

Statistics in IX Grade IX Grade

 

Beginners SPSS Workshop – 24th Oct, 4-5pm – UL101
Intermediate SPSS Workshop – 31st October 4-5pm UL101
SPSS for all Workshop – 7th November 4-5pm UL101
Please email Laura on lpearson@lincoln.ac.uk or mash (aka Laura) on mash@lincoln.ac.uk to book a place.

Tourism Help Guide

An updated guide to help you locate useful tourism information including local statistics and web specific information.

Finding Information for Tourism 12 13

Euromonitor International – Passport GMID is now live!

The Library has recently upgraded Euromonitor International to the Passport GMID version, which means you can access daily industry news, select relevant articles and analyse the latest business and marketing information. You are also able to access all the daily country and consumer articles and detailed reports by accessing any of the homepages within the countries and consumers tab.  A useful feature is to compare various products in a number of countries, and choosing factors like currencies, exchange rates, and year-on-year growth (%). Such data would greatly enhance your marketing research.

There are a variety of help videos available to enhance your understanding of GMID .

If you need any support in using this database then please email: businesslibrarian@lincoln.ac.uk

Passport GMID User Guide

Book of the Month: Stephen Bailey’s Academic Writing for International Students of Business (2011)

For international students, it’s sometimes hard to understand UK academic culture when beginning their studies.  October’s Book of the Month, Stephen Bailey’s Academic writing for international students of business (2011) proposes a logical framework from which to draw success from academia. Often the simplest methods are the most successful. Indeed, there are formulas available for anyone willing to incorporate them into their personal writing style, such as identifying problems and finding solutions (problem > solution A > arguments against solution A > solutions B and C….).  Acquiring these easy solutions that are liberally peppered throughout the book, would not only help international students, but boost UK students (and staff) writing styles too.

For instance, I found the section on organising paragraphs the most useful, whilst earlier chapters seemed light and too practise-centred, but that, as they say, is all in the design, structurally planned to hook the reader into digesting the entire book.  Organising paragraphs into topic sentence > example 1 > Example 2 > might sound mechanical, too formulaic, un-natural even, but it’s a good beginners technique; building blocks on which to build more sophisticated techniques later on.  Dealing with a single topic, constructing a paragraph of no less than for or five sentences, understanding the visual appeal of a well-determined structure, offering the first sentence as introducing the topic, while adding definitions, examples, information, reasons, restatements and summaries; guiding the reader through clearly presented arguments, are keys to unlock your academic potential.

Planning and precise note-taking is central to organising an effective, clearly presented essay. Having the patience and dedication to craft this technique no doubt becomes easier with practise.  Take the art of summarising a topic by drawing an idea-packed mindmap or spider-gram, cohesively linking key ideas together into a readable structure, makes writing effective. Likewise, organising an argument around defining potential drawbacks > benefits > discussion > economic > ethical > social > discussion is another useful formula. Creating balance of impersonal phrases (‘it is widely accepted that’) versus minority viewpoint (‘some people believe that’), adding counter-arguments and your personal position without sounding too subjective, to add colour and interest weaves depth into an academic critique.

If you would like to read more, and perhaps develop your academic writing, then copies are available at 808.06665 bai on the second floor of the GCW. The Library has a large established, and perhaps under-used, collection of essay writing on the second floor (808 on the second floor). I certainly have benefitted from occasionally using the collection and appreciate it as a rich source of guidance, both for myself (well, you be the judge!) and supporting students in their studies. To develop your creative writing beyond Bailey’s book, then I would recommend Fairfax and Moat’s marvellous The Way to Write (1981), a beginners guide to good writing skills found at 808.066 fai. For an entertaining read,  the great Keith Waterhouse’s Waterhouse on Newspaper Style  is well worth reading for an insight into British journalism. There are plenty of other invaluable books in the academic writing section to expand your writing skills, like Derek Soles ‘The Academic Essay’  available at 808.066 sol.

 

Finding Business information help guide

Finding Information for Business 12-13

This updated Business guide includes all the major resources at The University of Lincoln, referring in particular to the new Library website found at http://library.lincoln.ac.uk. We are currently upgrading all our help guides for the Business School to incorporate the changes listed in an earlier blog post called ‘What’s new in the Library‘.

What’s new in the Library?

What’s New in the Library

This is a short PowerPoint presentation about the summer developments in the Library, including the new Learning Development room, a new Library search engine, extra study spaces and speedier PCs, et al.

Accountancy and Finance Workshops

Daren and myself will be running a series of drop in workshops next week, w/c 24th Sept in arrangement with Siobhan Goggin.

The times are:

Mon 24th Sept – 9 til 10 and 11 til 12

Tues 25th Sept – 11 til 12 and 12 til 1

Weds 26th Sept – 9 til 10, 10 til 11 and 11 til 12

Fri 28th Sept – 9 til 10, 10 til 11 and 11 til 12.

We will be covering the new ‘Find it at Lincoln’ search engine, demonstrating FAME and Marketline Advantage, as well as showing you where to find company reports and journal articles.

A folder has been placed behind the main library desk, so please book on as soon as possible as places are strictly limited to 20 students per session.

The help guide to accompany this session is below:

Finding Information for Accountancy and Finance 12-13

Business School Library presentation

Standard Induction 2012a

Welcome to the University of Lincoln if you’re new, and welcome back if you’re returning to Lincoln to continue your studies! This informative presentation outlines what the Library offers, plus some new things for the returners…Martin and I are appearing at various times throughout Welcome Week to deliver inductions based on this PowerPoint presentation. We will be running workshops soon, and look forward to meeting you either in your groups or individually.