Just Graduated? Some final things you need to know…

Congratulations on your recent graduation!

We’ve added a handy countdown to the Alumni tab in MyBeckett as a reminder of things you need to do now that you’re a Leeds Beckett Alumnus:

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  • Your MyBeckett, student email account and associated apps and P:drive (webfiles) will remain active until 30 September 2017.  Back up any files you’ll need and transfer all emails and contacts to an alternative account before then.
  • You can use Google Takeout to transfer docs, calendars and YouTube videos.  See the Alumni tab in MyBeckett for more information.
  • Creating a free PebblePad Alumni Account will enable you to keep all of your work and store it in a new personal account. Our step-by-step guide shows you how to convert your account.
  • 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.

And remember you can still ask Library staff for help if you need to.

Good Luck from us all!

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Staying on for postgraduate study

If you have a place to study on a postgraduate course here at Leeds Beckett after you finish your undergraduate degree there’s help available from the Library to keep your study skills on track:A161122-2 Library City Campus-161crop

  • Access to the Library to borrow books expires as you graduate and you’ll need to return any loans and pay any outstanding charges. However, if you want to borrow resources to help prepare for your new course you can apply for interim Guest User membership.
  • Our Academic Librarians have created a web page for people preparing for postgraduate study. This is aimed at students who have been out of education for a while but you should find some useful hints and tips and reminders of how to get the most out of the Library and continue to develop your academic skills. Each subject area also has its own page packed with links to key resources so take some time to browse these if you’re about to study something new.
  • Similarly the Skills for Learning team has grouped together some of the key resources on their website to support students studying at postgraduate level. You’ll still need your username and password to access these off campus but this should be live until 30th September.
  • The Alumni Tab on MyBeckett will appear once you finish your undergraduate course but this signposts you to lots of resources and information about being a postgraduate student if you’ve decided to stay with us.

 

We look forward to seeing you in the Library once again!

 

 

 

Don’t dice with your dissertation! Get help from the Library.

Don’t leave your dissertation or final year project to chance. There is lots of help available for you from the Library:

Skills for Learning has lots of guidance on their website and they provide a wide range of workshops and support for research. 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.

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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.

You can also use our Beckett Books Extra scheme to request a book that you think should be in stock – just fill in the form on the Library Tab of MyBeckett.

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.

Christmas in the Library 2016

The Library will be open 24/7 during the vacation – please see below for key dates:

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  • The Help and Information Points close at 12:30 on Friday 23rd December and reopen at 08:30 on Tuesday 3rd January.
  • Emails received after 12:00 on 23rd December will be replied to on 3rd January.
  • Chat with Us all through Christmas; or phone 0113 812 1000 for IT support from 24th December to 2nd January.
  • Books borrowed over Christmas are due back on 12th January; Short Loans borrowed on 23rd December are due back on 3rd January.
  • SCONUL applications and holds submitted between 23rd December and 2nd January will be processed on 3rd January.

 

If you are coming onto campus don’t forget to bring your Campus Card with you to issue or return books or use the Library overnight (from 19:00- 08:30).

If you need your PIN to borrow books or top up you can look them up on MyBeckett – your Library PIN is available via the Library tab, and your Kiosk PIN via the IT Support tab.

Before you go home:

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

  • Access your P: drive via the Files tab on MyBeckett.
  • Use Discover for fast and easy searching of our resources and access thousands of ebooks and journals.
  • Visit another University Library – the SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme enables you to access other university libraries (check they are open first).

And:

  • If you have a deadline and need to submit online over the vacation there is lots of help available on the MyBeckett Support pages.
  • If you’re revising for your post Christmas exams there are hints and tips on our exam news page.
  • If you’re lucky enough to receive a shiny new laptop from Santa don’t forget you can download Microsoft Office 365 for free as a Leeds Beckett student.

We know Christmas can sometimes be hard so there is information available via the Student Hub pages if you need any wellbeing support.

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Are you ready for your exams?

Exams start this week (boo!) but there is still lots of help available from the Library:exam Capture

  • because we’re open 24/7 you can revise at whatever time of day suits you best
  • if you need silence to revise in we can help with that too – there are silent study areas in each Library
  • if you need a PC to access your notes remember you can use the IT Labs if there isn’t a class in progress or borrow one of the self-service laptops
  • there are some past exam papers are available on MyBeckett. Click on the Modules tab and select “Exam papers online”
  • we have lots of books on exam techniques or you can have a look at our Pinterest Guide to Study Skills
  • 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
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Good luck! And remember to Contact Us if you need any help

Dissertations – don’t let them daunt you…

If you are starting to think about your dissertation or final year project there is lots of help available for you from the Library:

Skills for Learning has lots of guidance on their website and they are providing a wide range of workshops and support for research in February. They can also help if the subject you’re studying means you need to produce a dissertation based on a product.

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.

You can also use our Beckett Books Extra scheme to request a book that you think should be in stock – just fill in the form on the Library Tab of MyBeckett.

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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. One, of these, Laurence Morris, who looks after many of the health courses, gives us an insight into his role in this Library Behind the Scenes article.

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.

Welcome back to the Library

We hope you all had fantastic summers and are ready for your next year of studies. We thought it might be useful to give you a quick update on what’s been happening in the Library and let you know about changes for 2016-17:

The first floor of the Sheila Silver Library is being refurbished and will be reopened fully by October. This also means that the books on the ground floor and in G28 and G29 will move up onto the first floor,  with the labs available for teaching once again.

DSC_0210 aAt Headingley Library there is new adjustable seating at all PC study carrels and group study tables as well as a clearly defined social seating area, which includes a newspaper stand and book displays.  Quick reference has been streamlined to ensure core texts are easily accessible and moved nearer to the student study space. The Student Meeting Rooms also have whiteboards to help you with your group work.

In response to your feedback we’ve extended our “overnight” hours so that only Leeds Beckett staff and students can use the Library from 19:00 (instead of 21:00). This means that you will have to have your Campus Card with you if you’re using the Library between 19:00 and 08:30.

Library PCs now have Windows 10 installed and the wi-fi across the campus has been upgraded. This may mean that you’ll need to reconnect but there will be plenty of staff on hand to help with this.

We’ve worked really hard alongside your lecturers to get as many reading lists as possible into MyBeckett so that material for your course is just a couple of clicks away. Select Resource Lists from the left hand side menu once you are in your module.

The Home tab on MyBeckett has been replaced with a Course tab containing all the SU tabinformation you need for your course and School, including key contacts and access to key Library resources and there is a new tab for information from the Students’ Union. Access to your timetables is no longer via Google Calendar; we’ve got a new system called CMISGo which lets you sync your timetable to your smartphone calendar.

Oh, and you can now pay by Contactless if you’re buying a binding kit or paying Library fines and charges.  And, as always, if you need any help just Contact Us!

What’s new in MyBeckett

MyBeckett has now been upgraded which means new features and functionality for you!  Here are the changes you need to know about:

New Tabs and Content:

  • Get Started:  Use this tab during the first few weeks of term to access and download everything you need to get you started at Leeds Beckett University.

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  • Course: The Home tab and Groups tab have been replaced with the Course tab, which contains all the information you need regarding your specific Course and School, including who to contact for what, social media, jobs, Library resources and course evaluation tools.
  • Students’ Union:  The new SU tab will help you find out about upcoming events, get involved with campaigns and volunteering, join or set up clubs and societies, get confidential advice, and rate or submit student Bright Ideas.
  • Academic Integrity Tutorial: this is now located in the Assessment section of your modules, explaining what plagiarism is and giving advice on how to avoid it.

A New Timetabling System:

  • CMISGo: you can sync your timetable to your smart phone calendar using a new system called CMISGo, or view it on a PC.

System Tweaks:

  • Emails you receive via MyBeckett now display the name of the sender rather than ‘VLE Notification’.
  • MyBeckett is now fully supported by Microsoft Edge
  • Discussion threads now allow you to navigate easily from thread to thread

Help and Support:

  •  The student guides produced by the Learning Systems team have moved and are refreshed and ready for the new academic year. The new MyBeckett Support pages contain guides to MyBeckett, Turnitin, PebblePad, Google Apps and more.

MyBeckett upgrade 2016

It’s not just the Library that’s improving over the summer – MyBeckett will be undergoing its annual upgrade, which means new features and functionality for you!

Work to upgrade the system will take place between Wednesday 3rd – Thursday 4th August 2016.

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What does this mean?

This means MyBeckett will be taken down between the 3rd and the 4th August 2016 and will be unavailable during this time. This is necessary to complete the upgrade and test it to ensure MyBeckett is in full working order for when it comes back online on Thursday 4th August

What if I need to access links I normally get through MyBeckett?

You won’t be able to access your Modules and their content during this time, but there are still plenty of University Services which will be fully available so you can still gain access to important links and other information you would usually get through MyBeckett:

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What happens after the upgrade?

When upgrade period is over, the normal login page will be displayed and you will be able to log in and access MyBeckett as normal.