It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Or it will be once your assignments are handed in and you make a head start on that January revision!

To help you on the way to success the University Library is open non-stop right up to midnight on Friday 18th December and we only close for Christmas on the 24th December.

During the festive period we will be offering additional opening hours to ensure you have somewhere peaceful to escape the leftover turkey and have some quality study time.

Closed: 24th – 27th, 31st December and 1st – 3rd January – for more information visit our opening hours pages.

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 200,000 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 ready to face life outside your pyjamas just yet you can always visit us virtually…

  • eResources are available via our Learning Services web pages and Library Catalogue – you can access 97,000+ eBooks, 40,000+ eJournals and specialist subject resources 24/7.
  • Contact Learning Services via our 24/7 Live Chat
  • Search our Learning Services knowledge base Ask Us for the answers to many common queries including using Turnitin, Harvard Referencing and much more.
  • Get support with academic writing, assignment planning, critical thinking and much more via our Uni Skills offer.
  • Give us a call 01695 650800 during our opening hours.

The University Library normal opening hours will resume 8am on Monday 4th January straight into midnight opening and our 24/7 hours begin again Monday 18th January – what more could you ask for this Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Learning Services 🎄


Step up to Harvard referencing: find out how with Steps to Success

If you’re still getting to grips with using Harvard referencing, come along to the session on Tuesday 20 March as part of the Steps to Success series which has been designed to help you to improve your academic skills.

You can find out how to reference some commonly used (and some less commonly used!) sources in your assignments including books, journals, reports and websites and you can also learn more about different ways to reference by using direct quotations and paraphrasing.

You can book a place at:

Tuesday 20 March 2012  12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Development Room S7, 2nd floor, LINC building



Struggling with Harvard referencing?

If you’re still getting to grips with using Harvard referencing, you may like to know that there is a new guide to Harvard Referencing which may help. The new guide is a revised version of the existing document but is now easier to read and has been updated with more contemporary examples. It will demonstrate how to reference the more commonly used sources in your assignments, such as books, journals and websites and will also provide you with explanations about the different ways to reference such as using direct quotations and paraphrasing.

Don’t worry though if you’re using (or even continue to use) the previous guide issued in September 2011; the new guide does not change any of the principles or conventions for referencing, we just think it is a better format for helping you to navigate the rules of referencing.

Sharon Pieroni
Iain Gannon
Academic Skills Advisors