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  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.

 

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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:

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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.

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.

What’s new for 2017?

As always we’ve been busy over the summer improving our services to help you make the most out of studying in the Library. So, what’s new for 2017:

  • From October 2017 we’ll renew any books that you borrow to save you having to remember to do so. You’ll only have to return them when someone else needs them; see our news item for full details about how this works.
  • The changes to accessing Sheila Silver Library that we introduced in response to your feedback during the May exams are now permanent. This means you’ll need your Campus Card most of the time to enter the Library and at some times of the year, such as exams, only Leeds Beckett Card holders will be able to come in. You’ll also still need your Campus Card to access Headingley Library from 19:00-08:30.
  • We’ve introduced a peer mentoring scheme to enable new students to become more confident in their academic work with support from an experienced student.
  • MyBeckett has a new look log in page and has renamed some of the tabs. IT Support is now IT; Employability is Opportunities and Help is Support.
  • You can access the full Microsoft Office 365 suite including free copies of Office Online and up to ITB of cloud storage on OneDrive. You can download up to 5 copies onto PCs and MACs and also have access to the mobile apps.
  • Your University email account is now available via Outlook rather than Google with 50GB of storage. We’ve moved all your files and contacts across though so you don’t need to do anything. And you can still access Google Drive.
  • Turnitin’s new Feedback Studio makes it easier for you to find and navigate your originality reports, online marks and feedback. View our new guides for more info.
  • PebblePad has been redesigned with a clean, modern look and feel so that you can easily create great looking portfolios and blogs to evidence and reflect upon your work. Again, take a look at our guides for more info.
  • We’ve added Pro-Study software to all our PCs to help you collect and manage your research.
  • You no longer need to confirm your booking when you book a Student Meeting Room although the first time you do so this year you’ll need to log in.

As always if you need any help using any of our services just Contact Us.