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.

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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.

Don’t get lost on your dissertation journey

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.

Skills for Learning are running a themed week of workshops 20-24 November covering topics such as Finding Information for your Dissertation, Organising your Research using Pro-Study and Referencing Refreshers.

25DE18F2-E049-441F-9BF0-291BC29A8F95As part of the week Library staff will be out and about offering advice, support and signposting help on all aspects of writing your dissertation. There will also be a chance to win a £20 Blackwell voucher.

On Tuesday 21 November Academic Librarian, Karen Fisher, will be in Broadcasting Place 13:00-15:00.

On Thursday 23 November  Karen Croft from the Skills for Learning team will be in Headingley Library from 11:30 – 13:30.

One of our Information Services Librarians, Karen Carney, will also be on hand to offer advice and support.

And there are lots of Library staff not called Karen who can also help you!

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.

You can also 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.

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.

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.

Those scary essays!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our Halloween stalls the other day, where our (hopefully not too scary) staff asked you what’s the scariest thing about writing essays.halloween HY

Some of you found the most frightening part getting started and acknowledged leaving it to the last minute. Our Little Book of Time Management might help with that.

The majority of you said that finding information was the scariest bit so you’re in the right place with the Library! Your Academic Librarians and the Skills for Learning Team offer tutorials and workshops in finding information and writing literature reviews. The Library website has subject guides to get you started and Discover gives you access to thousands of resources.  Our YouTube tutorials help you make the most out of this fantastic tool.

essaysUnderstanding the question and planning and structuring the essay can also be tricky. The Skills for Learning website has information to help with this and the Essay Writing workshops cover it in more detail. You’ll also find hints and tips in one of our essay writing books.

Not surprisingly referencing and concerns about plagiarising or using Turnitin can be scary too. Make sure you have a copy of Quote Unquote to help you out and take a look at our online guides to using Turnitin.

Remember that you can always ask Library staff to send you in the right direction for all aspects of writing your essay and help avoid all those ghouls and ghosts.