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.
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.
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
- 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
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 portal.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding 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.
You might think (or hope!) that essay writing was something just for school but lots of university assignments require you to write an essay in some form; defined by Skills for Learning as “an extended piece of writing which attempts to answer a question or respond to a statement”.
To tie in with Halloween the Library will be offering help with essay writing so that it doesn’t become a nightmare for you. Look out for us in Headingley Library from 11:00 on Monday 30th October and in the Rose Bowl on Tuesday 31st also from 11:00 where we will be helping you overcome your fears by telling you all about the support available. Here’s a sneaky peak of the help on offer – if you’re scared of spiders, skeletons (or essays!) you may want to watch with a friend!
Also during the week there will be Skills for Learning workshops on essay writing, finding information and referencing to help you get started with your assignments. You can find lots of material online, pick up a book in the Library (or read an e-Book from under the covers!) or make an appointment with your Academic Librarian. There is even a Little Book of Essay Writing with lots of useful hints and tips, and software such as Inspiration or Pro-Study on the Library PCs to help you organise your work before you start writing.
In addition, Academic Librarian, Karen Fisher, will be in the Cultural Studies social learning space in Broadcasting House on Wednesday 1 November 11:30-12:30 offering extra help to students based there.
We also asked Holly Phillips, Academic Skills Tutor for her advice: “The most important thing is that you take a clear position in response to the question that is being asked, then the rest of the essay focuses on the evidence to support that position. Ultimately, the essay is an argumentative genre of writing where the author is trying to get their reader to accept their position. Make your case clearly, directly, and support it using the very best evidence you can find!”
Worth following to turn your nightmare essay into a dream high mark!
We introduced our new automatic renewal system in October, meaning that we’ll keep renewing for up to 6 months unless someone else needs the item or you finish your course. So if you want to borrow something that’s already on loan you need to request it by putting a Hold on it.
But what happens when you place a hold on something?
If the item is already on loan an email is sent to the University email of the person who has it asking them to return the item, as it has been requested by another user. They then have 7 days to return the item (Offsite students and students with disabilities have slightly different arrangements – see their web pages for more information).
Once the item has been returned our Hold teams step in! They process the item and put it on the shelves for you to collect. If you’ve requested to collect your book at another Leeds Beckett Library, they put it in a box ready to be delivered.
Once your hold has been processed by the team, you will receive an email notification to your student email account to let you know that the book is ready to be collected!
If you’re not sure how to place a hold, there is a handy step by step tutorial available that allows you to place a hold on something you need as you work through it. Or, you can watch our Library Short: How to place a hold.
If you have a queries, speak to Library staff and please tell us what you think about this new system.