Pure: new guides available

Pure is the University’s new research information repository, replacing our previous system EHRA (Edge Hill Research Archive).

The new repository looks great and showcases the excellent research being done at Edge Hill, and you can now add your research outputs to Pure. There are a wide range of options, and some of you might not be very familiar with terminology like ‘author accepted manuscript’ and ‘ISSN’!

To help, we’ve created a range of initial guides to help you through the process of depositing your research, including complying with the REF requirements:

 

Hope they prove useful!

As always, please contact REFCompliance@edgehill.ac.uk with any questions about the process, or if something doesn’t make sense.

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.

RWG

Your route to success

Routemaster-Blog

 

 

 

 

 

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.

book online

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.

book online

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

 

Spring clean your digital skills

Staff Development Programme – Developing Digital Excellence

Calling all staff, dust off your keyboard (sorry maybe taking the spring cleaning pun too far..)

Staff from across Learning Services are delivering sessions this month around a number of themes.  There are three sessions from our Digital Practitioner series – maybe you might want to start with the essentials skills in Learning Edge and then follow up with sessions looking at enhancing the online experience for your students using podcasting and also, how you can further support your students in a very positive way by using the tracking tool within Blackboard.

Digital Practitioner

Radio Ga Ga, Host Your Own Podcast

11/04/2013 12.00 – 1.00pm

Learning Edge Essential Skills

18/04/2013 10.00 – 11.30am

Big Brother Knows: Supportive Online Tracking

26/04/2013 12.00 – 1.00pm

 

Our librarians are here to support your research and information retrieval skills, which includes searching, critical analysis, storing and recording your references and copyright and intellectual property. 

Digital Researcher

Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights for Research

09/04/2013 12.30 – 1.00pm

Advanced RefWorks

11/04/2013 10.00am – 12.00pm

Critical Analysis of Information Sources

15/04/2013 1.00 – 2.00pm

A core component of our Developing Digital Excellence programme is ICT skills.  If you or staff you manage are keen to improve their skills, there is a ECDL induction on the 9th April.  You can come along and meet Elaine Czotter, the ICT staff development trainer who can tell you more about the qualification, our ECDL test centre and the programme she delivers.

Digital Office

ECDL Induction

09/04/2013 10.00 – 11.00am

POWERPOINT 1 – Introduction to On-Screen Presentations

16/04/2012 9.30 – 11.30am

Find out more about the whole programme and future sessions in May and June via the Learning Services wiki

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

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

Developing Digital Excellence

Developing Digital Excellence – staff development and training in February

We have got a number of sessions for staff this month – many looking at some of the new ideas in the digital world, such as QR codes, data curation, and an interesting look at how you manage your digital identity.

Sessions are developed by various staff in Learning Services, utilising our skills and knowledge from our academic support librarians, learning technologists, our ICT trainer Elaine Czotter and specially trained staff from our media teams.

Digital Classroom

Sessions w/b 14th and 22nd February
Introduction to classroom equipment and lecture theatre technology
Please contact Glenn Allan direct ex 7227  or glenn.allan@edgehill.ac.uk

Digital Practitioner

12th February 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Learn and interact at the touch of a QR code

28th February 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Avoiding digital disaster in your presentations

Digital Researcher

12th February 12.15pm – 12.45pm
Web 2 and research

14th February 10.00am – 11.30am
Research data curation and sharing

19th February 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Your digital identity as a researcher

Digital Office

12th February 10.00am – 11.30am
Word – Managing paragraphs and page

25th February 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Excel – session 2

All of our training sessions are held in the staff training room, 2nd floor, Learning Innovation Centre.  You can find out more details via the Learning Services wiki, and you can book your place on line using the online booking link.

Learning Services wiki
https://go.edgehill.ac.uk/wiki/display/ls/Staff+Development

Resources special!

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Over the past few months, staff in information resources and our academic librarians have been working together to produce a newsletter dedicated to resources.

We wanted to share with our colleagues important information about our collections and how they are being used.  We have also highlighted some of the work we have been doing around reading and reading for pleasure. There is a short interview with one of our researchers in English and History where they talk about the key resources and what is important to them in terms of research resources and help and support from Learning Services.

The back page of the newsletter is dedicated to an article written by Lisa Mclaren which is entitled ‘Forbidden resources?’ and provides a very well researched and interesting look at the role of Google Scholar (GS) and Wikipedia.  Lisa looks at some of the advantages GS has over more traditional databases, and then asks the question about how can librarians address the rise in usage of GS by academics undertaking their research?

In the next resources newsletter, we might have to include a letters page based on the response we get to Lisa’s look at forbidden resources!

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and you will share with colleagues and students information about our excellent eResources and Discover More.  If you would like to look more closely at how students are using your subject resources (both print and electronic), please get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian.

If you would like to get involved with the debate around GS or comment about strategies to embed resources, please leave us a comment.

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

 

New skills for a new year – January Staff Development

The Learning Services staff development programme – Developing Digital Excellence begins again in January.

We have got a wide range of sessions covering all 4 strands of the programme which will support staff across the university in their use of technology and hopefully enhance their knowledge and skills – and maybe learn something brand new.

Here’s the detail of what we have got coming up in January

 

  • Digital Classroom

HD TV Studio – have a tour and overview of the TV Studio and HD technology (top floor Learning Innovation Centre)
16th January 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Introduction to classroom and lecture theatre technology
W/B 21st January and W/B 29th January.

Please contact Glenn Allan direct to discuss suitable rooms and dates – ex 7227

  • Digital Practitioner

When is it and what did you say? – using the VLE to improve communication and organisation
18th January 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Help my mobile is smarter than me! – we all know how this feels!
28th January 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Technology road show and clinic – this is both for staff and students.  Please spread the word to your students about this road show
31st Jan The Hub 11.00am – 2.00pm.

No need to book, just come and see us in the Hub

  • Digital Researcher

Effective information search strategies – getting the best results when you search
15th January 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Research information feeds – make life easier by getting automatic feeds of all the things you are interested in
21st January 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Introduction to Refworks – a great training session to start your research project with
29th January 10.00am – 12.00pm

  • Digital Office

Folders and File management
15th January 10.00am – 11.00am

Powerpoint an introduction
17th January 9.30am – 11.30am

Advanced features of Word
28th January 2.00pm – 4.30pm

You can find out more about these sessions and also what we have coming up throughout the year via the Learning Services wiki

https://go.edgehill.ac.uk/wiki/display/ls/Staff+Development

You can see at a glance the sessions we are delivering across all these areas and by using the link on the page, link through to book direct on the HR wiki.

All sessions, unless mentioned otherwise, take place in the Learning Innovation Centre (LINC) development room which is located on the top floor of the building. Teams across Learning Services can also deliver bespoke sessions to teams if there is something you would like to develop your skills in.  Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Rachel Bury
ext. 7757

 

 

Support for Research

The library offers individual assistance and support to staff and students engaged in research.

This includes advice on:

  • Locating information resources
  • Literature searching
  • Using electronic journals and databases
  • Current awareness
  • Managing bibliographic data
  • Academic writing.

Your academic liaison librarian can offer help on finding information relevant to your subject area.

For full details of the services available to researchers, or to contact the research librarian, see http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/research/help-training-and-support/

Final year dissertation – pulling it all together

For our final year students and masters’ students, that final piece of work is looming…

Our session will cover the structure and construction of a good dissertation.

Thursday 2nd February 12.00 noon – 1.00pm

Thursday 9th February 12.00 noon – 1.00pm

Staff Development Room 2nd Floor LINC

We will discuss the importance of specificity of topic and originality in your research work.  The structure of the dissertation, looking at introductions and conclusions; how to write them and what they should include.

The session will also consider what a literature review should and should not do and the importance and constitutional parts of the methodology chapter: such as sample, validity, limitations and ethics.  What the findings and discussion chapters should and should not do and how they fit within the overall structure of the dissertation.

The session aims to be an informal seminar where you can also bring your own work if you want to.  However, the session works in generalities, if you want specific 1 to 1 support for your dissertation, then please go to the Ask desk (1st Floor of the University Library) and request a dissertation 1 to 1 with me.  Every dissertation should be a unique piece of research so 1 to 1 sessions are the preferred method of support: however this session can provide a taster of the broad basic issues that every student needs to pull together their final year dissertation.

It’s easy to book, go to

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/1820072947?s=4342301

Craig Collinson