Don’t get lost on your way to the perfect dissertation

There are many steps in writing the perfect dissertation and Library staff are on hand to help you on your journey, especially if you’re just starting out.

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Skills for Learning are running a themed week of workshops 19 – 23 February covering topics such as Finding Information for your Dissertation, Organising your Research using Pro-Study, Referencing Refreshers, Word for dissertations and Introduction to SPSS.

And we’ve added extra sessions to our existing programme:

Wednesday 21 February 12:00 – 13:00 Critical Thinking Workshop Headingley JG123

Wednesday 21 February 13:00 – 14:00 Literature Reviews Workshop Headingley JG123

Thursday 22 February 14:00 – 15:00 Dissertation Workshop City (room to be confirmed)

As well as workshops Skills for Learning has lots of guidance on their website and they can also help if the subject you’re studying means you need to produce a dissertation based on a product. Their Dissertation IT Kit provides a really good guide on how to produce a professional looking document and avoid the potential formatting errors.

The Library website includes information about finding past dissertations in the Library or obtaining Interlibrary Loans if you need to read something as part of your literature review that isn’t available in the Library.

Or use our Beckett Books Extra scheme to request a book that you think should be in stock – just click Recommend on the web page.

Searching Discover gives you access to thousands of resources for whatever topic you pick or you can use the Subject Guides to point you in the right direction. These are created by your Academic Librarian who has expert knowledge of all the journals, databases and other material available to you.

You can book an appointment with your Academic Librarian for one-to-one support on finding resources for your dissertation or project – see their contact information on your subject guide. And, of course, you can always contact the Library 24/7 and we’ll do our best to help.

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Should I use ResearchGate?

ResearchGate is a popular social media tool that can help you connect to other researchers, follow developments in your subject area and get your own research to a wider audience. However, there are copyright and privacy issues that you need to know about before investing your time in this or similar websites. You also need to make your research REF eligible, but the good news is that there are Leeds Beckett systems and teams to help you do both. Our Research Services Team explain further…

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“Websites like ResearchGate aim to be easy to use and attempt to pull information from other online sources to save you having to input data manually. Whilst convenient in the short term, this automation lessens the ease of control you have over your data.

A simple solution is to link your ResearchGate profile to your Leeds Beckett staff profile. Having this single source of truth means you won’t need to upload anything to ResearchGate or spend time replicating information there. This will save you time and ensure that your publication list is up to date, providing you’re already using the University’s systems.

Even more importantly, if you use Symplectic to save your publications in the Leeds Beckett Repository within three months of acceptance they will be REF compliant. Your work will be Open Access but we’ll ensure copyright law and publisher rules are upheld, a service ResearchGate doesn’t provide.

Questions remain about the business model of ResearchGate and this should be of interest to anyone using it. The site is free to use and has had $85 million+ of investment from some big hitters of the technology world. Being free to use is great, but when are those investors expecting a dividend and where is it going to come from? If you’re using such sites, you (your contact details, demographic information and the content you upload) may be the product on offer. Therefore, you should be aware of the privacy implications and make sure you’re happy with the terms and conditions before signing up.

In summary, ResearchGate could be beneficial to you personally, but activity on social media doesn’t help you comply with the key mandate placed on the University – the REF. Therefore, we recommend you use the Leeds Beckett Repository (via Symplectic) and then link any social media, such as ResearchGate, to your staff profile.”

What to do next –

  • Decide if you have the time and interest to keep an account up to date, respond to requests and connect with others
  • Ensure your research is REF compliant by uploading accepted manuscripts in Symplectic within three months of acceptance. See our webpage for details
  • Contact the Research Services Team if you need more information.

Getting organised for Semester Two

As Semester Two gets underway we thought we’d pass on some reminders about making the most of the Library and being organised in your studies:

Get extra help in essay writing, finding information, referencing, analysing data or IT Skills via the Skills for Learning  programme of free workshops – just book via their website  or take a look at their web resources.

If you’re searching for information for your assignments or dissertations take a look the Subject Guides on the Library website. These will direct you to the right information for your topic and if you still need help you can book a one-to-one appointment with your Academic Librarian.

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Connect your mobile devices to eduroam for the fastest and most secure access to the internet when you’re on campus and  download Microsoft Office 365 and SPSS so you have the software you need wherever you are working. But always save and back up your work so you don’t lose it and have to do it all again!

Don’t leave sorting our your references and bibliographies until the very end of your piece of work – keep a record as you go along and use Quote Unquote as a guide.

If you ever get stuck with MyBeckett or Turnitin we have online guides to talk you through finding your way around and submitting assignments and when it comes to submitting your Semester 2 Turnitin assignments, remember to check your file type and file size against Turnitin’s rules and requirements before submitting.

Searching for information, writing and printing your assignments can often take more time than you think – use the Assignment Calculator to help you plan. And book your Student Meeting Room in plenty of time to get together to discuss any group assignments.

If you’ve forgotten your Library PIN or you’re not sure how to collect a Hold or access an eBook our YouTube Library Shorts will give you quick and easy guidance on using the Library and all the services and support available to you.  But remember you can always Contact Us for help as well.

 

Welcome to new students

Welcome to new students joining the University for Semester Two.

The Library opens 24/7 every day so you can study whenever suits you best. We offer both silent and group study spaces plus bookable Student Meeting Rooms so you can also choose the type of study space that suits your needs.

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If you’ve brought a mobile device with you to University you’ll need to get it set up on the wireless network, eduroam, and you can also download Microsoft Office 365 for free. If you don’t have a laptop you can borrow one for use in the Library.

Please take some time to explore our Library website as it is full of information about all our services and the thousands of resources available to you on and off-campus. We also have dedicated information pages for international students and students studying part-time. And MyBeckett provides access to your modules, reading lists, timetables, student email and much more. Take a look at the Get Started tab to do just that!A161122-2 Library City Campus-105

You should have a Library induction in the first few weeks of your course where you will meet your Academic Librarian and find out more about all the help available to you, such as your Subject Guide and our Skills for Learning workshops and resources.  But please just contact us if you have any questions at all.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library before long.

Welcome to 2018!

Welcome back to the Library – we hope you had a wonderful Christmas break.

If you were lucky enough to receive a shiny new laptop or mobile for Christmas you need to connect to eduroam as soon as you’re back on campus and download your free copy of Office 365.

We know exams are not the best way to start a new year but there is plenty of help available for you – with extra study space, motivational playlists and hints and tips.

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And don’t forget that if you want a book that is on loan to someone else you need to put a hold on it so that they are prompted to return it. Otherwise it will be automatically renewed under our new system. If you’re not sure how to do this have a go with our interactive tutorial.

We’ve made it easier for you to access the hundreds of databases we subscribe to with a one-click link from the Library website to the A-Z Databases List, which now includes some helpful FAQs. And new for 2018 is an online subscription to the weekly journal Nature, with coverage since February 1999.

Please contact us if you need any help.

Exam success

There is lots of help available from the Library and University to support you during your exams:

  • because we’re open 24/7 you can revise at whatever time of day suits you best
  • if you need silence to revise we can help with that too – there are silent study areas in each Library
  • if you need a PC to work on remember you can use the IT Labs if there isn’t a class in progress (see the timetables outside the rooms) or borrow one of the self-service laptops
  • we have lots of books on exam techniques (see our display on the ground floor of the Library)
  • have a look at our Exam Success Wake for advice and links to help you with your revision
  • you can request a tutorial to help you revise and prepare for exams and there are also resources on exam preparation and revision and time management on the Skills for Learning website

But please:

  • find out where your exam takes place (and what time!) before the day so that you know where you are going – there is information on the Student Hub pages, plus advice on what to do if you are ill and what you need with you for the exam
  • make sure you take regular breaks – water coolers in each Library can help you keep hydrated
  • look after your wellbeing – see our Pinterest Board for ideas or listen to our relaxing music playlist plus a motivational list too for you to listen to depending on your mood!
  • don’t chat when others are working in silence
  • don’t use the PCs for social networking when others need to work
  • and don’t “save” study spaces by leaving your belongings on them

Good luck! And remember to Contact Us if you need any help

Access to Google student email after 15 December

From 15 December 2017 you will no longer be able to access the archived copy of your Gmail account. This is because in September 2017 the University introduced new Microsoft student email accounts for all students.

We moved all your content (including contacts and email categories) to your new account at that time. If you re-started your course after 31 October you’ll need to contact Student IT Support for help to move content from your old Gmail account.

To access your Microsoft email account login with your University email address and usual login details via the Office 365 portalOffice365 square

If you’ve not yet set up your devices to receive your emails or are encountering any problems please see our IT Support pages for help.

You can still use all the other Google applications including Google Drive.

 

MyBeckett Upgrade 2018

The MyBeckett upgrade is now complete. If you have any problems please Contact Us 

We upgrade the system every year to make sure it’s in the best shape possible to support you and we need time to complete the upgrade and to test the system so that MyBeckett is in full working order when it comes back online for you to use.

We usually carry out the upgrade over the summer to minimise disruption during the teaching year. This was not possible last summer as we had to postpone our annual MyBeckett upgrade, originally scheduled for week beginning 31 July 2017, in order to allow time for us to work with colleagues and suppliers to resolve a technical issue with the new version which emerged very late in the usual upgrade timeline.

Unfortunately, we are unable to postpone the upgrade beyond the 15th January 2018 due to a major risk to the functionality of the system if we do not upgrade before this date.

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What if I need to access links I normally get through MyBeckett?

Although you won’t be able to access Turnitin or your Modules and their content during this time, there are still plenty of University services which will be fully available:

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What happens after the upgrade?

When the upgrade period is over, the login page will display as normal and you will be able to access MyBeckett.

Having a snow day?

As the cold weather arrives and you don’t want to venture outside, you can access a huge range of resources from the comfort of your room!

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Many of your academic resources are available online. Discover allows you to get started with your research, and searches most of your online resources for you. If you need an introduction to Discover there are videos on our YouTube Channel. There are lots of other useful tutorials on there too.

The Resources section of the Library website has quick links to online resources such as eBooks, subject specific databases and journals.

Need a print book? You can access the Library Catalogue online, so you can place a hold on books for next time you’re in the Library. Not sure how to do this? There’s a step by step guide. Our new autorenewal system also means we’ll renew any books that you borrow (unless they are requested by another user) to save you having to remember to do so.

And don’t forget we’re acquiring more eBook titles all the time. Our Youtube tutorial shows you how to find eBooks and we also have a step by step tutorial of how to access an eBook.

Want to catch up with the news? PressReader has a huge collection of local and national newspapers.

You can also use video research tools such as Box of Broadcasts and Kanopy, to access high quality TV programmes or video content to support your learning.

If you have need help with accessing resources, you can contact the Library 24/7. Phone us on 0113 812 1000 or Chat with us. If you prefer to email us, we’ll respond within 3 hours between 08:30 and 18:30 Monday-Friday or within 24 hours overnight and at weekends.

Don’t miss important University information

You need to check your University email account regularly to make sure you’re not missing out on important information.

If you’re a new student please set up your student email account on your devices. If you previously had a University Gmail account you’ll need to update your devices to ensure they now access Outlook.

Please note: from 15 December you’ll no longer be able to access the archived copy of your Gmail account.

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Our IT Support pages offer advice on how to do this, plus information about forwarding your University emails to another account if you prefer to do that and FAQs to help troubleshoot any problems you might have. In addition please Contact Us if you need more help.

In addition to a Microsoft student email account you have access to a ITB OneDrive account and 5 free copies of Microsoft Office to download to your personal computers or laptops. More information is available on our website.