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 make sure you 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. Please note, many Universities do not 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 your email, 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. eduroam_120pix You can however access the eduroam wireless network in other universities so you will still be able to access Leeds Beckett electronic resources, the Library website and MyBeckett. You need to connect to eduroam and log in 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.

 

Getting organised for Semester Two

As Semester Two gets underway we thought we’d pass on some reminders about making the most of the Library and being organised in your studies:

Get extra help in essay writing, finding information, referencing, analysing data or IT Skills via the Skills for Learning  programme of free workshops – just book via their website. Alternatively you could watch or listen to one of their recorded workshops or podcasts or take a look at their web resources.

If you’re searching for information for your assignments or dissertations take a look the Subject Guides on the Library website. These will direct you to the right information for your topic and if you still need help you can book a one-to-one appointment with your Academic Librarian.

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Connect your mobile devices to eduroam for the fastest and most secure access to the internet when you’re on campus and  download Microsoft Office 365 and SPSS so you have the software you need wherever you are working. But always save and back up your work so you don’t lose it and have to do it all again!

 

Don’t leave sorting our your references and bibliographies until the very end of your piece of work – keep a record as you go along and use Quote Unquote as a guide.

If you ever get stuck with MyBeckett or Turnitin we have online guides to talk you through finding your way around and submitting assignments and when it comes to submitting your Semester 2 Turnitin assignments, remember to check your file type and file size against Turnitin’s rules and requirements before submitting.

Searching for information, writing and printing your assignments can often take more time than you think – use the Assignment Calculator to help you plan. And book your Student Meeting Room in plenty of time to get together to discuss any group assignments.

If you’ve forgotten your Library PIN or you’re not sure how to collect a Hold or access an eBook our YouTube Library Shorts will give you quick and easy guidance on using the Library and all the services and support available to you.  But remember you can always Contact Us for help as well.

 

Welcome to 2017!

Welcome back to the Library – we hope you had a wonderful Christmas break.

We know lots of you have exams in January but we’re here to help as much as we can – here’s a reminder of everything that is available – from silent study space to motivational playlists.

If you feel you’ve done enough revising and want to focus on a new resolution or find new things to do have a look at our Resolutions Pinterest Board.

And if you were lucky enough to receive a shiny new laptop or mobile don’t forget to connect it to Eduroam as soon as you’re back on campus and download Office 365.

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As always, Contact us if you need any help.

 

Going home for Easter? Did you know you can study in another university library?

sconulAs a student or staff member of Leeds Beckett University you can use other university libraries via the SCONUL Access scheme, and you might be eligible to borrow books. You can apply online via the SCONUL website http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access – watch our short video to see how.  You just need to make sure you pay any outstanding fines on your Leeds Beckett Library Account before you apply.  Visit the SCONUL website to find lots of useful information about the scheme, and check out which University Libraries you can visit.

Once you have applied, Leeds Beckett Library staff will authorise your application by email within 3 working days.  You can then take your Campus Card and the authorised email, and off you go to the libraries of your choice. You don’t need to print the email – you can show it on your phone or mobile device.

Your email will tell you whether you have reference access or borrowing rights. SCONUL Access doesn’t automatically give you access to PCs and electronic resources – check this beforehand with the library you’re visiting. eduroam_120pix You can however access the eduroam wireless network when visiting other university libraries; before you go make sure you configure your device here and log in to eduroam with your Leeds Beckett login.

It is also worthwhile to plan your visit beforehand; check the website of the library you intend to visit for opening times, guest user facilities and any possible restrictions. You are representing our University when you do visit, so please respect the other institution’s code of behaviour.

And don’t forget if you are looking for specific resources we can help here at Leeds Beckett Library – contact your friendly Academic Librarian, they are always happy to help you find the key resources you need for your subject.  You can find a link to your subject pages here http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/subject_support

Best wishes for your visit – bon voyage!