World Book Day Fun

To celebrate World Book Day we are bringing you a fantastic Golden Ticket competition in conjunction with Wally of Where’s Wally fame. #WBDGoldenTicket

In the run up to World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March we will be posting two images per day of Wally somewhere in the University Library with a book. In each of the books we will conceal a Golden Ticket, which can be exchanged for a fabulous literary chocolate prize at the Welcome Desk

How to enter…

From Monday 27th February to Thursday 2nd March, we will be posting 2 separate images per day, at randomly generated times, across all three of our social media platforms.

Use your skill and knowledge to search for the book on the library catalogue, obtain the class number to locate the item on the shelves, run to the shelf (making sure you don’t trip and hurt yourself 🙂 ) and claim the Golden Ticket.

Bring the Golden Ticket to the LS Chocolate Factory (i.e. the Welcome Desk on the ground floor) and we will exchange it for your super prize.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Only EHU Students and Staff are eligible to win the prize.
  2. Learning Services staff are not eligible to win a prize (that would be cheating!)
  3. There are 8 prizes. The prizes are non-transferable and have no cash value.
  4. Golden tickets will only be accepted at the Welcome Desk in person
  5. The prizes are non-transferable and have no cash value.
  6. You can Tweet, Instagram or Facebook a photo of yourself with the Golden Ticket and book for extra brownie points. #WBDGoldenTicket

 

Do you use RefMe?

If you are a RefMe user you will have received an email about 4 weeks ago all about the up and coming changes.

If you have references in  RefMe, you need to export then before 7th March 2017 and your best option is to use RefWorks.

You can Import your references into Edge Hill’s reference management software, RefWorks. Follow the instructions in this guide to ‘Exporting your references out of RefMe and importing them into RefWorks’.

 If you haven’t used RefWorks before and would like some help, please contact Learning Services.

ehu.ac.uk/askus

From 7th March 2017, RefME will become Cite This For Me and all RefME accounts will be migrated to Cite This For Me which has different functionality and may not be as suitable.

Because exporting to RefWorks will not be available after 7th March we are advising you to take action now.

FAQs from RefMe: https://refme.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb/articles/115000823509

 

 

 

 

Rachel Bury  – Academic Liaison Manager

Learning Services

 

 

Creative Expression: Art at Edge Hill 1900-2016

Art in all forms has always been a part of Edge Hill – whether in the curriculum, for personal pursuit or to reflect identity…

Therefore we’re delighted to reveal our brand new library exhibition, showing off the colourful artistic contributions of Edge Hill students and staff alongside a variety of professional art spanning the 20th and 21st centuries!

You can find the exhibition on the ground floor of the University Library, next to the group study area.

The full display includes:

  • Student artwork illustrating the 1930s curriculum
  • Informal art from friendship books of the First World War period
  • Personal paintings of the campus by a former Principal
  • Commissioned work reflecting the developing campus
  • Current art from primary trainees including examples from the book bench project

The exhibition begins in February and runs right through to the end of March – come and take a look!!

Box of Broadcasts : Valentines Playlist – You had me at Hello…!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Shops are full of roses and pink and red gifts, Krispy Kreme have released their heart shaped doughnuts and the TV is full of adverts for romantic compilation albums. This means it is the perfect time to get in the romantic spirit with our Valentines Playlist on BoB!

Laugh along with the trials and tribulations of Bridget Jones as she tries to find someone who can cope with her oversized knickers, dreadful cooking skills and interfering mother. The laughs continue with romantic comedies including He’s Just Not That Into You, Bride Wars and 10 Things I Hate About You.

You will need a box of tissues for The Notebook as you follow the love story of rich girl Allie and mill worker Noah. Keep the tissue box close at hand for tearjerkers Titanic, PS I Love You and The Time Travellers Wife. There are plenty of classics in the playlist too – from Pretty Woman to Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

It isn’t all films either! In the mix you will find popular TV show First Dates, where singles experience a blind date in front of cameras in a fancy London restaurant, along with a documentary about the stories behind romantic comedies, and a radio show with the poetry of Roger McGough.

To view the playlist, simply follow this link to Box of Broadcasts. When prompted to sign in, select Edge Hill University as your home institution and log in using your Edge Hill username and password.

Keep an eye out for our Awards playlist featuring films from a range of academy and award winning movies – coming soon!

There is plenty more you can do with BoB as well…

Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education and can even be cited in your assignments. The academically-focused system enables students and staff to record from over 65 free-to-air channels including BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4, Film4 and more! You can also search an extensive archive of over 2 million broadcasts from last night all the way back to the 1990’s!!

Available across all desktop, android and iOS devices you can watch live, request or record programmes. What’s more you can even create clips and themed playlists of your own! It has an easy to search format that provides detailed citation data to help you with academic referencing.

BoB is intuitive and simple to use so you may find you can start straight away. However, if you need a bit of help, take a look at our online guide or watch a video tutorial

 


Heather Johnston,
Staff Digital Capability Development Coordinator

 

UniSkills Academic Support Workshops: Semester 2

After a successful Semester 1, we’re delighted to announce the new Uni Skills workshop line-up for Semester 2!

Between September and December last year, we saw a whopping 229 students at our lunchtime workshop series!! We asked for your feedback and we had some fantastic responses:

We listened to your workshop suggestions and as a result we have introduced new workshops into the programme to support you on the topics where you feel you need it most (such as presentation skills for that all-important assessment or formatting long word documents to give them that professional-looking finish!)

If you haven’t attended one of our workshops before, there’s no better time to join! Workshops take place during lunchtime hours and are open to everyone no matter what your course, or year.

The full Semester 2 programme covers a range of key topics including:

  • Planning Your Assignment
  • Academic Writing
  • Harvard Referencing
  • Critical reading and critical analysis
  • Dissertations
  • Finding the right sources
  • Using eResources
  • Proof-reading strategies
  • How to stop putting things off and start getting things done
  • Mastering your exam revision

***New for 2016-17***

  • Powerful presentations
  • Working with long documents

If we don’t offer a workshop that you would like to attend, why not make a suggestion.

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How to book your place:

Registration for each workshop will open 2 weeks in advance. Places are limited so don’t forget to book your place online through the My Library tab in Learning Edgevia the UniSkills webpages or via www.ehu.ac.uk/workshops

If a workshop is full or you can’t make the date, simply register your details on the event page (waiting list) and we’ll get in touch should we receive a cancellation for the scheduled session (remember, it’s fastest finger first!)

Note: This Semester we are using a new booking system. The first time you log-in, you may be asked to select some preferences for the Careers Service, we advise you to complete the preferences and then you will automatically arrive on the UniSkills workshops page every time you visit via one of the methods outlined above.

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Questions?

If you need any help booking your place or have any workshop requests, don’t hesitate to contact us via email librarian@edgehill.ac.uk or visit us in person at the Ask Desk (1st floor, University library).

The Great Textbook Giveaway

It’s back… and it’s bigger!

Yes! The great textbook giveaway is going to be held again on the 25th January between 12-2pm in the Hub.

Everybody loves a freebie and we have over 700 of them!


Don’t miss out – see you there!
#everylittlehelps   #passthebook

Student Suggests

There are a number of existing ways you can access resources from the library, and our new Student Suggests initiative allows you the chance to recommend books for the library to buy that would benefit your course.

Perhaps you’ve stumbled across a hidden gem while you’ve been researching, or noticing everyone on your course wants that must-have book for longer!

This is your chance to enhance the library collection, by suggesting a title and posting it in at your library. Simply fill out the postcard and return it to your library. Our Student Advisors will then source the item and purchase it for the library.

Look for the postcards and return them to your library!

Look for the postcards and return them to your library!

Speak to a Student Advisor

Based at the Ask Desk on the 1st floor of the University Library, our Student Advisors are available 11am-4pm Monday-Friday, and can support you with…

  • Searching the library catalogue and Discover More
  • Using eResources for your subject
  • Locating books
  • Navigating Learning Edge
  • Submitting your assignments
  • General IT queries
  • Printing, scanning and photocopying
  • …and for any Student Suggests queries

Offering peer-to-peer support, Becca, Jemma, David, Jodie, Chelsie and Bella are here to support you.

Any questions or for more information please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/student-suggests or contact Librarian@edgehill.ac.uk

Happy Holidays at the University Library… 🎄

As much as we are all looking forward to the festive feasts (and post-feast naps) ahead I am sure many of you are not looking as forward to the approaching deadlines and revision…but fear not as the University Library will be open during the Christmas period so you can access all you need to succeed!

Christmas Opening Hours

Full help desk services will be available during opening hours but please note it will be self-service facilities only on Friday 30th December.

So why not visit us between Christmas and New Year to take advantage of all we have to offer…

  • Networked PCs, loanable laptops and free eduroam Wi-Fi
  • Access to over 265,000 items including books, journals and audio-visual resources
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Bookable individual and group study rooms
  • A range of study zones – group work, quiet work and silent study
  • Access to help and support – staff will be available at the welcome desk
  • 24/7 access to PCs in the LINC – available 365 days a year!

Of course if you aren’t quite ready to leave the house just yet you can always visit us virtually…

Merry Christmas from us all at Learning Services 🎄

Online Assignment Submission: Final checks ✔

This week the Learning Technology Development team posted its annual ‘Keep Calm and Submit’ post on the Learning Edge blog, highlighting the latest tips and good practices to ensure your online submissions over the next week go as smoothly as you could possibly wish for.

As an additional treat for all students we’ve also put together 4 simple steps to help with some of the pre submission checks you might not have thought about before clicking the submit button.

Step 1 – Did you rememeber to add your frontsheet or SpLD coversheet?

If you are required to submit your assignment with a specific frontsheet/coversheet for academic or SpLD needs, please ensure you have added this before submitting. General frontsheets are usually supplied within your module/programme area on Blackboard. Please contact your tutor if you are unsure of its location online.

If you have a SpLD coversheet, this would have been compiled and provided by the SpLD Support Team prior to any online submission. If you are unsure or need further support with the SpLD cover sheet you have been provided with, please contact the SpLD Support Team:

  • In Person: Ask desk, 1st floor, University Library
  • Email: SpLD@edgehill.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 01695 584372

Step 2 – Is your file the correct type?

Any assignment submission through Blackboard accepts a wide range of file types for both Turnitin and the standard Assignment tool. You can find details of the accepted file types for each submission tool in the links provided below:

If you submit any other file types (or files with the incorrect file extension) you will receive an error message and will need to re-save your assignment in one of the permitted formats and begin the submission process again.

Step 3 – Is your browser up to date?

Another top tip is to always ensure that your browser is up-to-date. We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome upgraded to the latest version gives the best experience. If your laptop or PC uses Windows 10 as its operating system, be aware that the default browser may be set to ‘Microsoft Edge’  – perhaps OK for general surfing on the net – but when it comes to activities such as assignment submission please avoid using this browser. So, please if you havent already – download and install Firefox or Chrome and use one of these browsers when submitting your assignment(s) online.

Step 4 – Do you have a good internet connection?

Before uploading your work, you will need to have a good internet connection within a location that doesn’t have any security barriers such as ‘pop up blocker’ for your browser or a security firewall that’ll prevent you from uploading any data to the internet.

Pretty much all standard home Broadband connections are fine, but if you don’t have internet access at home please be mindful of submitting your work from a location such as a school or NHS Trust (placement setting) as you might run into problems due to security settings.

We know that when that deadline is approaching it’ll be stressful enough without unexpected niggles, so try not to leave your submission till the last minute. This echoes all points above but if done correctly will ensure the final moments before you click ‘Submit’ will be as stress-less as possible. Remember, if you have any problems Keep Calm and Ask Us!

Good luck with your assignments!

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Mark Wilcock
Learning Technology Development Officer

Twelve Tips of Christmas #FindYourFeet

LS0571 Find Your Feet PlasmaAs part of our #FindYourFeet campaign, we are sharing Twelve Tips of Christmas to help you find your feet around the library and make the most of our services!


Tip #1: Print Anywhere

Did you know you can register your UniCard to one of our MFD printers? To register swipe your UniCard against an MFD and manually enter your student username and password (you only need to do this once) and then simply swipe to print, copy or scan at any machine!

Card not chipped? If your UniCard is blank on the back then you may have a temporary non-chipped card. Please take it to the FM Helpdesk at the Durning Centre who will swap it for a free replacement chipped card.

printingTop up print credit online by logging into GO and selecting Add printer credits here from the Printing tab. You can instantly load £1 to £20 using a credit or debit card. Top up with cash at the library Help Desk during desk opening hours.

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Tip #2: Self Service

Issuing and returning has never been easier – all you need is your UniCard and the item(s) you wish to loan! There are two self-issue and one giant returns machine located in the library foyer that will guide you through each step…watch this video to find out more!


Tip #3: PC Availability App

PC AppThe PC availability app is a quick and easy way to locate free PCs in the University Library and LINC building – it updates every 5 seconds so you’ll always be kept in the loop! We even have a screen in the library foyer for quick viewing or check it out here ehu.ac.uk/computers


Tip #4: Student Advisors

The Student Advisors, who are based at the Ask Desk on the first floor of the University Library, are current Edge Hill students who provide flexible support in and around the Library (and sometimes the wider campus too!) look out for the purple t-shirts!

From quick queries when looking for your course books to more in-depth support using Learning Edge or referencing the team are available to share their experiences to help you Monday to Friday (11am – 4pm).


Tip #5: Media Students & Media Kit

Media students* did you know you can loan media equipment from the library?

To access the wide range of professional broadcast quality media equipment head to the Learning Services webpages and complete the online form providing three working days notice. Requested equipment is collected from the library Help Desk, loaned for two days at a time and must be returned before 9pm weekdays or before 6pm weekends. Watch this short video for more info.

*Please note media kit is restricted access to Media students only.


Tip #6: Study Room Bookings

Did you know you can book a study room at Ormskirk University Library?

There are 4 bookable group rooms on the ground floor, 10 individual study rooms on the 1st floor and 10 individual study rooms on the 2nd floor. You can book up to 3 hours in any room on any one day and up to 2 weeks in advance.

Simply visit Room Bookings and log in…or alternately visit the My Library tab in Learning Edge and follow the Book a room link on the right hand side of the page.

Choose which type of room you wish to book and select 1, 2 or 3 hours. It’s as simple as that!

If you no longer require your room please cancel your booking ASAP to allow other people access.

Please note booked rooms will be offered to other students, and your booking for the remaining hour cancelled, if you are later than 15 minutes for your booking.


Tip - ReservationsTip #7: Reservations

If an item you are looking for is not available on our shelves then you can place a reservation. As soon as a copy is available you will recieve an email to your University email account.

When placing a reservation if you cannot see Ormskirk on the drop down ‘deliver to’ menu this means a copy is available on the shelves…you can come in and pick this up immediately, so why wait!


Tip #8: Laptop Loans

laptop loan3We have 36 laptops avalable for loan 24 hours a day from the self service unit in the library foyer. Loaning couldn’t be easier, all you need is your UniCard – tap borrow on the screen and follow the simple directions! If you need any help just ask the Help Desk staff.


Tip #9: Finding Books & Reading Lists

The University library contains over 370,000 books and ebooks which can be found by searching the library catalogue.

When you have chosen a book, make a note of the location (e.g. University Library 2nd Floor) and shelfmark including any letters (e.g. 006.696 MEN). Use these details to find the book on the shelf – this short video will show you how…

Reading Lists Online provides access to the reading lists for your courses and modules, as provided by your lecturers. Find your lists by searching for module names, module codes or even by your lecturer’s name…or just try browsing! Your online reading list will take you to the Library Catalogue or will link through to the full text for many eBooks & eJournals.

Still not sure? Watch a quick demo about finding and using your reading list.


Tip #10: UniSkills

Uniskills blogUniSkills is a package of workshops, hands-on support, interactive toolkits and online guides created to help you develop a range of essential academic skills and to enable you to produce high quality University assignments. UniSkills covers core academic skills such as planning your assignment, referencing, academic writing, finding academic resources, dissertations and more!

Have a look at our Uni Skills video trailer or visit our UniSkills webpages to find out more!


Tip #11: Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education and can even be cited in your assignments! It enables you to record from over 65 free-to-air channels including BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4, Film4 and more! You can also search an extensive archive of over 2 million broadcasts from last night all the way back to the 1990’s!

Available across all desktop, android and iOS devices you can watch live, request or record programmes. bobBoB is intuitive and simple to use so you may find you can start straight away. (We’ve even put together a Winter Watching playlist for you to tuck into!) However, if you need a bit of help before you start, take a look at our online guide or watch a video tutorial.


Tip #12: Study Apps

Whether it’s note taking, assignment planning or trying to read as many articles as possible for your assignment, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by your ever increasing workload. Why not try these handy Study Apps to help you along the way – they’re all free to download and easy to use…

For more information on how to use the above apps, download this handy Apps handout


If you’ve any top tips of your own please feel free to share them too! @EHULearnService