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Are you getting ready to start your dissertation?

Here’s an opportunity to learn some new information searching skills at a time and a place that suits you.

Not finding the results you require when searching online, on the library catalogue or journal databases?

Grab a cuppa and find yourself a nice comfy chair and watch this online session to gain some new skills which will improve your search strategy. You can even watch and listen while travelling on the bus or train to and from university.

The session is called “Finding information for your dissertation” session and ran online using Blackboard Collaborate, on 19 February 2014.

Finding information for your dissertation – next live webinar:

If you would like to attend the next live webinar, view the calendar which details all the sessions coming up in Routemaster – Steps to Success – Semester 2. Click on a date to make a booking. You can book any session up to 2 weeks in advance.

We will look at why information skills are important, systematic planning for conducting a search and managing the search process and results. This will be demonstrated via application sharing and web tours.

Do you have feedback or suggestions about delivering skills in this way?

Are there any other sessions you would like to see delivered as an online webinar?

Helen Miller  Helen Miller

 

Routemaster – Steps to Success – Semester 2

Routemaster2In semester 1 Learning Services ran sessions on developing academic skills and employability skills for all students. Following their success a new set of sessions are running for semester 2.

Academic skills topics include writing for your dissertation, referencing and academic writing. There is even a Collaborate online session on locating resources which you join remotely from your computer. The academic skills session take place February – April 2014.

The employability sessions take place May 2014, when you may be thinking about employment, and cover topics such as your digital tattoo, your online presence, finding information in the workplace and an introduction to the ECDL.

To view the calendar which details all the topics covered, go to Your Route to Success and click on any date to make a booking. You can book any session up to 2 weeks in advance (3 weeks for Collaborate).

Look out in the Library for the printed Routemaster brochure which also gives full details of all sessions.

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Assistive Technology

Do you know?

 Inspiration mind mapping and Read & Write Gold assistive technology is networked to support assignment writing

Pick up an instruction leaflet from the ASK desk

(1st floor of the library)

Inspiration

This is a visual tool for planning and developing ideas through the creation of concept maps. The map is easy to construct; information can be added by clicking on relevant branches and use of colour makes a distinction between different areas/topics.  In addition: notes, pictures, diagrams and links to internet resources can be built-in.  Once the map is complete it can be put into linear form in preparation for structuring the assignment.

It can be accessed by clicking on the start button and typing the word ‘Inspiration’ into the search box.

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Read & Write

This is software that reads text and assists when constructing or proof reading written work.  It can read from most documents (Word, PDF, web pages), alternatively resources can be scanned in.  There are features that help with spelling, grammar and study skills; also, predictive text or voice activation can be used.  There are instruction video clips for each feature.

It can be accessed by clicking on the start button and typing the word ‘Read & Write’ into the search box.

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#EHUGetConnected Taking Your Devices to the Next Level!

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After the success of all the previous #EHUGetConnected events held in 2013, we are happy to announce more upcoming dates across different venues and locations for the coming weeks ahead:

  • 11am – 2pm Friday, 31st January 2014 (HUB, Ormskirk Campus)
  • 9am – 1pm Tuesday, 4th February 2014 (FOHSC Foyer, Ormskirk Campus)
  • 9am – 1pm Wednesday, 5th February 2014 (FOHSC CPD, Aintree Campus)

If you’ve never come along to one previously then you are in for treat! #EHUGetConnected gives you the chance to speak to our team of knowledgeable staff to help get the best out of your technology and the learning resources at your disposal.  Every year there are new and exciting upgrades to our systems, pushing the boundaries of online learning and communication.  In 2014 we will again be promoting and showcasing our favorite selection of mobile apps, campus WiFi connectivity and our learning resource ‘hall of fame’. This time we will be featuring the new Community Engagement upgrade within Learning Edge and show you how it can enhance your online learning practice.

Here are just a few examples of questions we can help you with:

General ‘How can I…?’

  • connect to WiFi on campus?
  • find a PC to use?
  • book a study room?
  • forward my Edge Hill emails to a personal account?

On my mobile (eReader/laptop/phone/tablet) ‘how can I…?’

  • sync my emails?
  • easily log into Learning Edge?
  • get the course notifications I want?
  • access my lecture notes?
  • search the library catalogue?
  • download journal articles and eBooks?
  • annotate journal articles or lecture notes?
  • save shortcuts to the library and my subject pages?
  • watch videos or listen to podcasts?
  • find useful apps?

In the library ‘how can I…?’

  • search for resources?
  • find online journals and articles?
  • access my reading list?
  • reserve a book?
  • build a reference using the Discover More ‘cite’ tool?
  • save a link to an eResource so I can go straight back to it later?
  • work out which databases are right for my subject?

In Learning Edge ‘how can I…?’

  • change the way my course list is displayed?
  • subscribe to discussion forums/threads so I know when a post has been made?
  • set up my own online blogs/discussion forums/podcasts/social or study groups?
  • find my grades and feedback?

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Events taking place in the Faculty of Health and Social Care are tied in with the Faculty enrollment and induction day for the newest cohorts, but all current students and staff are welcome to come and ask any burning questions you may have about your devices, gadgets or gizmos.  If you’re not at any of the campus locations on the day to speak to us in person, we have got that covered too!  You can contact us during the event (and beyond) via our social media channels using the #EHUGetConnected hash-tag:

FB  https://www.facebook.com/EHULearnService

twitter  https://twitter.com/EHULearnService or https://twitter.com/LTDatEHU

We would be delighted to talk to you about technology; let us demystify some of the things you’ve heard about but don’t know how to use, and let us help you get started using technologies maybe you haven’t even heard of yet!

See you there!

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Learning Technology Development Officer

Dissertation – A professional finish

Do you want your dissertation to stand out from the rest?

Do you want to present a professional document that reflects your skills and knowledge?

Then why not attend the bite size learning session ’Dissertation – A professional finish’.

This workshop is available to all students and is included in the ‘Steps to Academic Success’ sessions. It will deliver practical experience in using features of MS Word to ensure you have a consistent approach to titles and sub titles, can format text and pages in different ways and use automated features for tables of contents and figures. All of which will save you valuable time when word processing and enhance the presentation of the finished document.

The workshop is just an hour long so, book direct for the next session on 5th February

If you cannot attend a session then navigate to our guide and try out the features in the self-paced assignment. You can work on it anywhere! What you learn here you can take to the workplace too, to ensure that all your documents have a professional finish.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

 

 

Bookings are now open!

Struggling with reading academic texts and articles?  If you are, come along to our Routemaster session about reading which takes place next Tuesday (22 October). Aimed at developing your understanding of yourself as a ‘reader’ of complex texts, we’ll also consider some strategies that can help you to engage more fully with the reading you do as part of your course.

There are 10 places available and bookings can be made online at: ehstudyskills2013.eventbrite.com

 

Your route to success

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Have you heard about our Routemaster programme?

This year Learning Services are running two strands within our student support programme. We have sessions within Steps to Academic Success and new this term, Steps to Employability.  We are calling the programme Routemaster – Your route to success.

Steps to Academic Success

These sessions are aimed at helping students progress by developing effective study and research techniques.

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Steps to Employability

These sessions have been developed to enhance student’s digital skills.  This includes managing your digital footprint, using social media for your career and using ICT in the workplace.

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We have a printed timetable which you might have seen at our help desks, and the full programme and booking information is available online.  The timetable for both strands gives you details of the sessions in semester 1.  We do offer a number of repeat sessions if one date isn’t convenient.  Each session has 10 places which are released 10 days in advance, so keep an eye out for details and announcements or speak to a member of staff at the Ask desk, 1st floor University Library.

If would like to book a bespoke session for your students, please get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian or myself

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

 

Award-winning Student Assistants!

Have you noticed our award-winning Student Assistants, resplendent in their red sweatshirts answering enquiries in the library?

At the Employability Awards Evening organised by the Careers Centre on Tuesday 23 April, the Student Assistant team who work in the University Library, Ormskirk won the Student On-Campus Employee Team Award.

This award celebrates students or teams of students who work within their university or college including those working in students’ unions or other departments on campus.

In presenting their awards, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Steve Igoe commended them for their professional and committed attitude and their relaxed, informal style which is communicated to the enquirer.

He also mentioned the unforeseen advantage to employing students in this way is that the organisation has also benefited from their valuable insights into how our services and resources are organised and perceived.

The Student Assistants are based at the ‘Ask’ desk on the first floor of the University Library, Ormskirk. They deal with a range of with basic enquiries including finding books and journals, demonstrating eResources, referencing, navigating Learning Services web pages, using reprographics equipment and ICT issues.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Michael Stores

Michael Stores

Academic Liaison and Skills Librarian

For more information please contact michael.stores@edgehill.ac.uk

 

 

Revision and exams – some useful signposts

If you spending some time over the Easter holidays preparing for exams, and finishing those last pieces of work, we would like to signpost you to some valuable help and support.

We have 128 past exam papers as digital items within our library catalogue. If  a department has made past papers available, we have scanned the exam paper and placed it as a digital item in the catalogue. We have just added a number of papers from 2012.  Most of the subjects are from within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences but please have a look, there may be something which helps you prepare.

We have 30 subjects or programmes and within those subjects, 128 papers.  Papers range from those used a few years right up to those we have just added from 2012 exams.

How to find them in the library catalogue

Either

Do a ‘Title’ search for ‘Exam Papers’ and you will have a subject list.

Or

Search for your ‘Module Code’ and if there is one for that module,  the title of the exam paper appears in the reading list in alphabetical order.

In both cases the icon is an orange jigsaw piece so it is quite noticeable.

As with all our digitised items, to access an exam paper you will need to log in to authenticate as a Edge Hill staff or student.

If you are trying to find research, both for revision purposes or finishing assignments, we have created a top 10 tips around how to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively use information.  We have created a PDF document so if you would like to print  and keep, here it is.

Remember we have guides on our web pages to help with academic writing skills.

If you would like a one to one session for revision skills or a group of you would like a support session please get in touch via the Ask desk, 1st floor University Library or email librarian@edgehill.ac.uk

Learning Services and the University is closed until Wednesday 3rd April 2013 but there is lots of help and support on our web pages, especially around academic skills and using eResources so please take a look.

Rachel Bury

Achieving Assignment Success

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We know this is a very busy time for students, the next 6 weeks is crucial to everyone finishing assignments, and preparing for exams.

We have created a top 10 tips around how to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively use information.

1. Use the right information source for what you are trying to achieve.

Oxford Reference Online contains dictionaries, handbooks and encyclopaedias. Searching this will help you understand the terminology of your subject and think of alternative search terms.

Think about other forms of media that might be useful.  For example most things in the arts, social sciences, health and education will have relevant newspaper articles.  Newsbank contains current news reports. Newsvault contains historical news items.

Can’t find the right books in the library – try our eBook collections.  Ebrary has 66,000 ebooks.  You can use the books you need and then save them to your bookshelf once you have created an ebrary account.

Aren’t sure which resources we have for your subject? Please use our subject web pages.  They will help you find the right eResources or you can start your basic searching using Discover More.

2. Search Terms. Think carefully about the words you use to search for your information. Be specific rather than just using broad general terms. It is keywords that you use and this is the most important thing to get right when you search a database.

3. Search Tips.  Link keywords using AND, OR, NOT. AND narrows a search, OR widens a search NOT excludes the term.

4. Scope. Target the coverage of your topic to a specific date or geographical region and be consistent with your searches in relation to this.

5. Finding the actual article. The PDF full text of the article will be located within most of our eJournal collections and databases but if the full text isn’t there, search by the title of the journal you need in the library catalogue to check Learning Services’ access to a particular journal.

6. Evaluate the information you find. Is the article relevant?  think about how you can use it.

7. Manage your search results using the options available this often includes that you can print, save or email yourself the article.

8. Collect the details for your bibliography and reference list  as you find the information. If you are using  Harvard referencing there is a guide on the Learning Services web pages.

9. Save your assignments in more than one place and read through your assignments to check spelling, grammar, and referencing before you submit  them.

10. Use the Learning Services web pages for help with information,  eResources and assignment help.  Or come and see us at the Ask desk in the University or drop us an email librarian@edgehill.ac.uk

We have created this short guide as a PDF document so if you would like to print  and keep, here it is.

or call Learning Services help line 01695 584286