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.


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:



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.

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.


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.

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.

Don’t let your essay become a nightmare!

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!


If you want it, request it!

HoldWe 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.

The value of embedded Library sessions

We hope you all enjoyed the Library Inductions that Library staff delivered in September (and if you didn’t attend one, please talk to your module leader to see if one can be arranged!) These induction sessions are very much intended as a welcome and there is so much more that the Library can help you with.Karen F and Catherine 2017

One very effective way that you can benefit from Library expertise is by attending “embedded sessions” delivered by Librarians at appropriate points throughout the year.  Students find these sessions very relevant as they are timed to take place when they will be most useful, and the content is carefully chosen to closely tie in with students’ assignments.  Academic Librarians delivered many of these sessions in 2016-17, including:

A 1 hour presentation to MSc Accounting and Finance students from Academic Librarians Jennie Winterburn and Catherine Parkin. This focused on using the FAME database to find and analyse data on company financial ratios, and how to compare companies within a peer group. This helped students when completing their Financial Reporting assignment as they learnt the importance of using subscription databases for the information they needed, rather than relying on information found on the web, to ensure the information was accurate and up to date. They also found out how to properly cite financial resources in their assignments, in the Harvard style.

Level 6 Law students rated the “finding journal articles” sessions delivered by the same Academic Librarians very highly. These students worked together in small groups to evaluate the literature they were using for their dissertations and learnt how to effectively search databases using search terms and subject headings, in order to find high quality journal articles.

Level 6 Dance students undertake a final year module called “Publishing Project” that is focused upon the development of the students’ academic skills in reading, writing and independent critical ability. The module is designed to enable students to develop their research skills in order to produce an extended piece of academic writing. Academic Librarians Alison Park and Karen Fisher deliver a session every year as part of this module, showing the students the research process, helping them to select an area of interest for their extended essay, and assisting them in conducting their own research and enquiries.


Level 5 Architecture students were set a short critical review assignment in Semester 2, which required them to research a building allocated to them. Students were asked to research their case study in books and architecture magazines, and submit their research in the form of printed and digital copies of plans, elevations, axonometrics, collages and other visual and technical information, as well as excerpts collected from relevant sources. The aim of the assignment was to develop independent research skills by using the Library and the main printed sources of architectural knowledge, and to familiarise and practice writing critical analysis and commentary on a project/building.

Every subject has an Academic Librarian, and sessions can be delivered for all subjects throughout the year. If you are unsure who your Librarian is, check the Library Guide for your Subject.

 Catherine Parkin, Academic Librarian for Law, Accounting & Finance, Economics, Analytics and International, Leadership, Governance and People Management.

Celebrating Libraries Week

Libraries Week takes place 9-14 October and is a chance to showcase some of the amazing things that your Library offers such as:

And if you decide to take a break from studying why not listen to our latest Spotify playlist “The Great Library Songbook” full of library and literature related songs! Or come along to Leeds Beckett Book Club’s meeting on Wednesday 11 October to discuss The Famished Road by Ben Okri.