We’re keen to get feedback from our students about how you use the Library website.
Do you find it easy to find the information you need? Do you use our FAQs? Or do you get lost in a maze of pages and struggle to find what you’re looking for?
It doesn’t matter if you go directly to the website, get there via a web search or use the Library tab in MyBeckett we’d still like to hear from you.
We’re looking for volunteers to provide feedback on their experience of using our web pages. The information we gather will feed into plans to update the website and will hopefully make it easier to navigate and use.
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!
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. Our Youtube tutorial shows you how to find eBooks and we also have a step by step tutorial of how to access an eBook.
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. Or catch up with the news via PressReader which has a huge collection of local and national newspapers.
If you 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. Remember that our autorenewal system also means we’ll renew any books that you borrow (unless they are requested by another user – if so you will still have a few days to return it so hopefully the thaw will have set in by then!).
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.
University Mental Health Day 2018 takes place on Thursday 1st March. This year’s theme is community, and we all have a part to play in cultivating a positive mental health community at university. The Library offers lots of support for students experiencing mental health problems.
Both Libraries are open 24 hours a day seven days a week, so you can choose your preferred time to study, for example you may prefer to visit at less busy times. We recommend you take regular breaks and stay hydrated while you study; water fountains are on the first, second and third floors of Sheila Silver Library and just outside JG250 in Headingley Library.
Standard loan library books now renew automatically for up to 6 months, so you don’t have to worry about remembering to renew them; we will email your University email account to let you know if you need to return your items.
If you have mental health problems which make it difficult for you to come in to the Libraries in person, you can place books on hold and collect them from the High Demand Area near the entrance on the ground floor. You can also access a wide range of electronic resources from off-campus.
If you are worried about your academic skills, Skills for Learning can help. They offer advice and workshops on various topics such as time management, presentations and referencing. You might also benefit from some of the assistive software available in the Libraries, for example mind mapping software can help you to record and organise your ideas, and Pro-Study can help you keep track of research sources for assignments.
Our friendly and supportive Library staff are available to help in person 08:30 – 19:00 Monday – Friday and 11:00 – 17:00 Saturday – Sunday, so please come and speak to us if you need any advice. You can also phone us, email us or chat with us, if you feel more comfortable contacting us in these ways. Library staff have received training in mental health awareness, to help us support students with mental health problems effectively.
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…
“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
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 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 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.