Steps to Success: Referencing and citations – 26th January 12 – 1pm

Would you like some help with referencing and citations?

This session will help you to understand:

Why referencing is important.
How to use Harvard Referencing.
Common referencing problems.

Referencing is the acknowledgement of all the sources you have cited in your assignments, whether you have quoted directly or paraphrased.

Many students find referencing confusing so this is an opportunity to get a better understanding of this important skill.

Remember, you can pick up marks for well laid out work with high quality referencing.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to raise specific issues.

You can book a place at:
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/1820072947?s=4818699

Please get in touch to learn more about the Steps to Success programme:
In person: 1st Floor Ask Desk, University Library, Ormskirk
Email:librarian@edgehill.ac.uk

Steps to Success: Literature Searching 23rd January 12-1pm

Make the most of the academic information accessible to you via Learning Services.

You can book a place at

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/1820072947?s=4818699.

It will be an opportunity to use the electronic books and electronic journals in the comfort of your own library.

Organise your search terms, refine or expand your searching all these skills can help you find relevant information effectively and quickly. Fully utilise the library catalogue to find relevant academic information and explore finding journal articles. This will all be covered along with the new Discovery Tool.

To find out more about the Steps to Success series why not get in touch.

Email: librarian@edgehill.ac.uk

In person: ASK desk 1st floor of the University Library (Ormskirk)

 

Don’t fall through the gap…

Just a quick reminder that  we start our Bridging the Gap drop-ins on Tuesday 6th December.   

We are here to help you improve your research and writing skills and be me more confident.

Drop in with your questions. How do I …….

…. find a journal article?

…..reference an e-book?

…..plan an essay?

…..structure an essay?

All your (library) questions answered! Ask about finding books, e-books, journal articles for your subject area. Get handy hints and tips on where to search and how to find relevant researched based information. Think quality and use the information that is available for you through the university’s library catalogue. Librarians will be on hand to answer your research based questions.

We want to provide support now that you are getting going with your assignments. Structuring an essay and referencing can be a bit daunting when you are new to it. Drop in and ask.  Avoid the common pitfalls, Academic Skills Advisors will be promoting appropriate ways to tackle you assignments and help you bridge the gap.

Bridging the Gap
Drop-ins in the University Library, Ormskirk
Tues 6th Dec 1.30pm -2.30pm
Thurs 8th Dec 2.00pm -3.00pm
Thurs 8th Dec 6.00pm -7.00pm (Twilight)- Sheila’s baking mince pies.
Covering help with research, writing, referencing including online support.

‘Ask’ area first floor of the University Library -no need to book -just drop in!

 

 

 

 

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Health

Bridging the Gap for Students – Drop In and Ask…

Come & fill those gaps!
Research and write with confidence.

Drop In with your questions. How do I …….

…. find a journal article?

…..reference an e-book?

…..plan an essay?

…..structure an essay?

All your (library) questions answered! Ask about finding books, e-books, journal articles for your subject area. Get handy hints and tips on where to search and how to find relevant researched based information. Think quality and use the information that is available for you through the university’s library catalogue. Librarians will be on hand to answer your research based questions.

We want to provide support now that you are getting going with your assignments. Structuring an essay and referencing can be a bit daunting when you are new to it. Drop In and Ask! Avoid the common pitfalls, Academic Skills Advisors will be promoting appropriate ways to tackle you assignments and help you bridge the gap.

Bridging the Gap
Drop-ins in the University Library, Ormskirk
Tues 6th Dec 1.30pm -2.30pm
Thurs 8th Dec 2.00pm -3.00pm
Thurs 8th Dec 6.00pm -7.00pm (Twilight)- Sheila’s baking mince pies.
Covering help with research, writing, referencing including online support.

‘Ask’ area first floor of the University Library -no need to book -just drop in!

 

 

Discover More

Ever spent time searching and searching not really finding that bit of information that will back up what you are writing about.

Try Discover More it has something for everyone.

One quick and easy search finds information for those subject terms from lots of library resources. You can find the location of books, book reviews and peer reviewed journal articles all from one search.

Thinking about where to start your search just use Discover More!

When you are looking to do a more in-depth or systematic search the key resources on your subject pages should help take you that step further with reviewing the literature on your selected area of research.

Get in touch, we would really like to hear from you. librarian@edgehill.ac.uk

 

 

 

Hidden Gems

If you are studying education and are unsure as to which databases to use, here are details of five “hidden gems” to get you started:

Education Research Complete
This database is recommended if you are looking for journal articles related to education as all the journals in the database relate to education. It covers all educational levels and specialism’s and contains over 2,300 journals, of which 1,400 are full-text.

Intered
This database contains books, and articles from journals, published by MA Education Ltd. It is fully searchable or journals can be browsed by age group and it covers early years, primary and secondary education.

Childlink
A database which provides information on legislation, policy and practice concerning children, young people and families. Childlink contains information on a number of different topics, including education.

Education Image Gallery
This is a database of over 50,000 copyright cleared images which has been designed for use in Higher Education. The database is fully searchable and images can be downloaded free of charge for use in learning, teaching and research with appropriate accreditation. Images from a large number of subject areas are available, including geography, sport, music, plus many more.

British Education Index
This contains information on articles from over 300 education journals, as well as reports and conference papers about every aspect of education. Although it is an index, full-text is sometimes available. It is especially useful if you are conducting a research project.

All these databases can be accessed from the library catalogue and further information is available from our education resource pages. http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/resources/education/

Emerging Technologies

On the 29th March the Learning Technology Development Team are offering their second staff information exchange session in this series:

Coming of Age: Professionalising the Blog

EdgeHill News 21Mar11 screen captureDo you have an image and message you need to get out to a wider audience? Are you a blogger or thinking about starting a professional blog that focuses on aspects of academic practice?

Blogs are now a mainstream social media tool used to promote the ‘business’ of Edge Hill.

As an information/education tool blog owners are increasing concerned with blog ‘etiquette’, editorial guidelines where there are multiple authors and finding better ways of improving ‘discoverability’ and impact.

This session will bring together current and prospective bloggers to discuss the pros, cons and pitfalls of starting, maintaining and promoting your own blog.

To join the discussion staff can follow this link to reserve a place on the session:

Tuesday 29 March 2011, 13:00 – 14:00 in LINC IT 2

Holy grail found by librarians?…

Four weeks into the trial of two discovery services, EBSCO and Summon,  which offer a single box to search our databases, e-books, full-text journals and the library catalogue, and opinion is divided on which of the two will best meet our needs. 

The tools provide the best of both worlds: the ease of a google-type search facility combined with results from academic resources subscribed to by the university.

What isn’t in doubt though, is the enthusiastic reaction from academic staff and students to what librarians consider to be the holy grail of  library resource searching.   

‘It is absolutely brilliant!’

‘A great starting point for a search’

‘This is the way forward for the future. 10/10 – A must for Edge Hill’

‘Much better than searching through different databases’

While we have had a great reaction so far, we would welcome further opinion and feedback from you so that we can make an informed decision on the benefits of purchasing a discovery service in the future. 

The trial continues until the end of May.

Find out more, access the resources and give your feedback at http://library.edgehill.ac.uk/screens/discovermore.html 

If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Richardson (richardm@edgehill.ac.uk)

Dawn McLoughlin

Academic Support Manager

E-asy does it!

Did you know that Learning Services provides 60,885 electronic books and 16,304 electronic journals for students and staff across all areas of study?

All our e-resources are easily accessible 24/7 through the Library Catalogue, whether you’re on or off campus – so you can do your research whenever and wherever you like.  And because they’ve been chosen by Edge Hill tutors and librarians, you can be sure these e-resources are high quality and appropriate for academic study (unlike those you might find through Google).

In 2010, our e-books were accessed 1,103,873 times and there were 482,877 downloads of e-journal articles.  So next time you’re researching a topic why not make use of our electronic resources – there’s a wealth of information out there waiting for you.

To find out more about e-resources relevant to your subject, take a look at the Resources section of the Learning Services web pages: http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/resources/