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.
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.
Understanding 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.
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.
If the first snow and cold weather of the year means you don’t want to move from your room and a constant supply of warm drinks…you can still access a huge range of resources and all you need is an internet connection!
Many of your academic resources are available online. Discover allows you to get going with your research, and searches most of your online resources for you. Need an introduction to Discover? Check out our 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, research databases and journals.
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, and renew any loans you already have.
Want to catch up with the news? PressDisplay has a huge collection of local and national newspapers.
If you’re looking for a film or TV show for a ‘snow day’ or relaxing evening in, Box of Broadcasts and Leeds Beckett Media Player have over 1 million programmes.
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.