New Online Reading Lists

IMG_20170320_113336081We are moving our online reading lists to a new system which will have a new look and feel (but still accessible via MyBeckett) and make it easier to customise and navigate.

Because of this you won’t be able to access your current list from 9 July to 17:00 7 August. We appreciate that this may impact you if you are studying on accelerated and distance learning programmes and have therefore recommended to teaching staff that they create a Word version of the list for you to use during this time.

Academic Librarian(s) or LLIResourceLists@leedsbeckett.ac.uk are able to help staff do this and can also answer any queries. Staff should also continue to send requests for new resources to Academic Librarian(s) throughout this period as this will ensure that resources are ordered before the start of Semester One.

Thank you for your patience as we move to our new system which we’re sure will improve the student experience. Once the system is available we will provide more information about how to use it.

 

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Using the Library over the Summer?

We’re open 24/7 during the vacation if you want to come in and study.  However because of essential maintenance Sheila Silver Library will be closed briefly:

  • Sunday 26 August Sheila Silver Library, City Campus, will be closed 06:00-13:00

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Work to refurbish the ground floor of Sheila Silver Library is now complete but the refurbishment of the ground floor and student meeting rooms of Headingley Library is still ongoing so there will be some disruption to those areas.

Remember to have your Campus Card to enter Sheila Silver Library during the day and both Libraries overnight.

If you’re at home you can still access your work on your P: drive via the Files tab in MyBeckett and use Discover for fast and easy searching of our books and journals. You can also visit other university libraries via the SCONUL Access Scheme (connect to the eduroam wireless network before you leave Leeds so you can use your laptop when you go).

If you don’t need your books over the summer vacation return them to the Library. Any item that you still have on loan will continue to renew every week unless another student reserves it, or it reaches the maximum number of renewals.  We’ll email your University email account if we need you to return your books so please remember to check it regularly. You’ll then have 7 days to return the item.  Please also remember to cancel any Holds you have so that other students can use the stock.

If you are graduating this year you should have returned all your books by 30 June, if you still have books on loan please Contact Us.

And if you want a break from studying take a look at our School’s Out! Pinterest board or listen to our Summer Spotify playlist  for inspiration.

If you  need help you can: Visit Us at the Advice Points (we’re available 08:30-17:00 during the Vacation), Email Us or Chat with Us, Phone Us on 0113 812 1000, or Follow Us on Twitter@BeckettLibrary.

Have a wonderful time however you spend the summer!

 

 

Graduated this Summer? Things you need to do before 30 September

Summer is flying by and you may already be putting your new skills to good use in the world of work, but there are a few things you should do before 30 September:James graham angle B&W

  • Your MyBeckett, Microsoft student email account, P:drive (webfiles) and G Suite (Google Apps) will remain active until 30 September 2018.  Back up any files you’ll need and transfer all emails and contacts to an alternative account before then.
  • Your Microsoft Office 365 account will remain active until 30 September 2018, after that access to the full version will end and any installed software will become read-only. You will also lose access to your OneDrive on 30 September 2018, so make sure you move any saved work to a different storage location before then.
  • You can use Google Takeout to transfer docs, calendars and YouTube videos. The Alumni tab will appear in MyBeckett within five days of your award being confirmed and this will give you more information.
  • Creating a free Pebblepad Alumni Account will enable you to keep all of your work when you leave and store it in a new personal account. Our step-by-step guide shows you how to convert your account. If you want a PebblePad alumni account, please create it before 30 September 2018.
  • Our After Leeds Beckett web page directs you resources such as open access journals, websites and professional organisations that can help you in your professional practice or in securing that all important first job.
  • As a Leeds Beckett alumnus you can apply for Guest User Library membership at a reduced rate.
  • Make sure your personal data is up-to-date .

There’s lots of information on the University website about becoming an alumni but get in touch with the Library if you have any questions.

Find your space

A161205-1 Library HC-15cropWe know how busy it gets in the Libraries at the end of the academic year when everyone is working on final assignments and revising for exams so we’re doing all we can to help you find the study space you need:

  • Both Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries are open 24/7, for details of when staff are here to help see the Opening Hours page. Please bring your Campus Card to access the Libraries.
  • We’ve worked with the University to make extra rooms available for revision, so if it is too busy in the Library you can head over there. You can also use the study tables in City Campus Students’ Union and the Living Rooms on both campuses.
  • We’ve added information to our website to tell you about the most popular times and spaces are in Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries to help you choose your study space.
  • Timetables outside the IT Labs tell you when there isn’t any teaching taking place and if they are available for you to use. You can check PC Availability on the plasmas as you come into the Library or on the Leeds Beckett App to find out where there are free PCs.
  • You can contact us if other students aren’t respecting the study environment – please quote the number of the study space so we know where to find you. If you are working in the silent study areas and people are talking you can text us on 0113 320 7594 and we’ll get someone to investigate.

But please help your fellow students too:

  • Don’t chat if you’re in the silent study areas and remember to turn your phones to silent.
  • Don’t “occupy” spaces with your belongings and disappear for hours on end (we know most of you only take short breaks – and that’s a good thing – but if you do need to leave for more than 20 minutes please take your things with you).
  • Don’t use PCs or laptops just for social networking when others need to use them for work.
  • Remember to cancel your Student Meeting Room booking if you don’t need it.

As always please ask staff if you need any help.

 

Printing and Binding

It’s time to stop amending and re-reading and commit to getting those final pieces of work printed!

But before you do remember to save and back up all that hard work.

A161205-1 Library HC-194The Library web pages have detailed information and videos about how to print your work, including locations of printers. We have printers all floors of the Library so don’t waste time queuing on the ground floor. You can also use ones in the social learning spaces and Student Hub.

And did you know that you can send your work to print from your own device rather than having to log on to a University PC? Our YouTube video shows you how.

Make sure you have enough money on your Campus Card before you start to print – you can top up at the Kiosks on the ground floors of the Libraries or online. But if you’re graduating this year only add small amounts as all credit on your i-Print account will be cleared when you graduate.

Don’t let binding your work become a bind (!) – you can:

  • bind it yourself at the City or Headingley Library. Buy a binding kit (binding comb, black card rear cover, clear PVC front cover) from Library staff for £1, and follow the instructions in our video
  • or, from £2.50 the Print Room based at Headingley Campus will bind most assignments for you.  Contact 0113 8123510 or Email: theprintroom@leedsbeckett.ac.uk (James Graham Building JG13) for more info. You will need to pay for this service in cash or by credit/debit card. You are not able to use the credit on your i-Print account.DSC_9026

And, like everything else to do with using the Library just Contact Us if you need any help.

Using other University Libraries

Leeds Beckett students and staff can use other university libraries via the SCONUL Access scheme. For full-time undergraduates this is for reference only but other students and staff can usually borrow as well. sconul

Apply online via the SCONUL website – watch our short video to see how – but pay any outstanding fines on your Leeds Beckett Library account beforehand.  The website also lists the university libraries you can visit, their opening hours and any restrictions. However, many universities don’t allow access during busy periods such as exams so make sure you check before making a trip.

Leeds Beckett Library staff will authorise your application by email within 3 working days. Once you have received this, take it (either in print or on your mobile) plus your Campus Card to the library you want to visit. Your email will tell you whether you have reference access or borrowing rights.

SCONUL Access doesn’t usually give you access to PCs and electronic resources but you caneduroam_120pix access the eduroam wireless network in other universities so you’ll still be able to access Leeds Beckett electronic resources, the Library website and MyBeckett. Remember to connect to eduroam before you leave Leeds Beckett.

If you’re looking for a book or journal that Leeds Beckett Library doesn’t have in stock you might want to visit the British Library or apply for an Interlibrary Loan. This service is mainly for final year and postgraduate students, but please contact your Academic Librarian if you’re not in your final year and can’t find what you need in the Library. You can also use the Beckett Books Extra scheme to recommended material for stock – just fill in the form in the Library Tab of MyBeckett.

Ask staff if you need any help.

 

Happy Easter to “ewe”!

The Library will be open 24/7 over Easter, self service only over the Easter weekend with IT support (including password resets) available on 0113 812 1000 or you can Chat with Us. sheep 2

If you are coming onto campus don’t forget to bring your Campus Card with you.  You need this to access Sheila Silver Library at all times and to use Headingley Library 19:00-08:30.

If you’re studying at home over Easter you can:

We’ll continue to automatically renew your loans on loan over the Easter Vacation but we’ll also ask you to return an item if it is needed by someone else so please remember to check your emails. You’ll still have a few days to return the item and you can post it to us if you can’t get back to campus.

Happy Easter from the Library!

Do you Write Right?

The Library and the Students’ Union Advice Service are offering support and information to ensure you “Write Right” to develop good academic practice and maintain your academic integrity.

Look out for stalls at both campuses during w/c 12 March, alongside Skills for Learning workshops on Academic Writing, Avoiding Plagiarism, and lots of Referencing Refreshers and Referencing Surgeries over the next few weeks.

The Library website also has lots of information on avoiding plagiarism and referencing correctly, including a link to the indispensable Quote Unquote and other useful Skills for Learning resources. You can also access an online tutorial on academic integrity via the Assessment section of your modules in MyBeckett, get help from your Academic Librarian, or book a Referencing Help Appointment.

 

Avoiding the Beast from the East!

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.  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.

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.