Book EndNote Web training for easy referencing!

Student studyingThere are spaces still available on next week’s EndNote Web workshop for undergraduates and masters students.

Come along to learn how to use EndNote Web to…

  • store details of the books and articles you read
  • download references from databases such as the Web of Science
  • insert citations in your Word documents
  • build a bibliography in a style of your choosing at the click of a button

Workshop time

Wednesday 25 October, 14:00 – 15:30

Book your place

Book your place via the ‘Library course bookings’ link on the RISISweb portal. The bookings link is located in the ‘Actions’ tab if you’re a student. If you’re a member of staff click on ‘Specialist Actions’ in the ‘Specialist Actions’ tab.

This workshop is part of the Student Training and Experience Programme (STEP) and counts towards the RED Award.

Unable to make this date?

Check the EndNote training webpage for other dates when this workshop is running this term.

Sally Smith, Learning Support Co-ordinator

Video for teaching and learning – find out more at TEL Fest 2017!

Recently we posted our Info Tip about some of our great Video streaming resources that you can use in lectures and course materials to engage students and bring some variety to your teaching and learning. If you are a member of Staff at University of Reading and would like to find out more the Library will be getting involved with some of the events at this week’s TEL Fest 2017!

Tuesday 11 July, 13:00-14:00 we’ll be at the TEL Roadshow to talk informally about Box of Broadcasts and how you can use it in lectures, reading lists and BlackBoard. Come and join us in Carrington 201- no need to book, just drop in at 13:00 for a bite to eat and a chat!

Thursday 13 July, 14:30-16:00 Markeda Cole from Learning on Screen is presenting: Bob’s your uncle! Using TV & radio programmes from Box of Broadcasts to enhance T & L – more information and how to book a place on this session

So come along and get involved in the festival experience!

Natalie Guest, Multimedia manager

Can we help you keep to your New Year’s resolutions? Info tip

midnightclockAhhh, New Year’s Day, when so many of us wake up and resolve never to do *that* again! But it’s also a chance to look back over the year, and think about what we could be doing differently. If you’re resolving to change your ways this year, the Library and Study Advice can help!

Resolving to spend more time studying?

Maybe you’ve decided you really ought to spend a bit more time working? Make this extra work time a bit more pleasant by finding your perfect place and time to study. The Library has a variety of study spaces to choose from, including quiet and silent areas and spaces for group discussions. If you’re a night owl, we’re open 24 hours a day in term-time – though make sure you get enough sleep too. If you’re going to spend more time in the Library, make the most of what we have to offer by exploring our guidance on finding and using information to find the texts you need when you need them.

Resolving to spend less time studying?

If you feel like you’re spending all your time studying, you may need to think about how you can make sure you’re using your time most efficiently. Study Advice have a guide to managing your time with suggestions and strategies to make more hours in your day. To get organised, you might find our free folding year planners useful. Pick one up from the Study Advice offices in Room 103 on the 1st floor of the Library. There are also guides and video tutorials on two things that often eat up your time: reading and note-taking – see if our strategies can help you conquer these time-eating monsters!

pile of booksWant to get on top of your references?

Making sure your referencing is correct can be confusing, so if you’ve resolved to get on top of this have a look at our comprehensive guide on citing references. It has all the information you need to understand what to do and when to do it. It might also be a good time to set up a reference management program to keep track of all of your references in the future. We offer support, guides and training on EndNote, but do be aware that there are other programs you can use.

Or make sure you prepare for exams in good time?

Resolved to be more prepared for exams this year? Start by looking at the tips in the Study Advice Preparing for Exams guide on planning your revision. Get started now, and you could be the most relaxed person in the exam room! It’s also a good time to sit back and watch our brief video showing you how to place a hold on a Library book. Be the person who knows how to get their hands on the revision reading they need when they need it…

Do you want to boost your marks this year?

If 2017 is the year you’re going to get that 2.1, or that First, or another First (but this time knowing why you got it), you’ll probably find it helpful to book a one-to-one chat with a Study Adviser. We can look at how you’re studying and suggest ways to develop your skills, or go through your feedback with you to see what you might need to focus on. Or you could have a look at the Study Advice guides and video tutorials – 24/7 advice for successful studying! And while you’re getting to know us, check out how to find the Liaison Librarian for your subject; they can help you find the best resources for studying in your subject area.

And finally, if you want to make sure you stay well-informed?

Did you miss our Library photo competition this year? Or wish you’d known about our study advice seminar on writing an excellent essay? A good way to keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the Library and Study Advice is to follow us on social media. You can find Study Advice on Twitter at @UniRdg_Study, and the Library at @UniRdg_Library. The Library is also on Facebook at /universityofreadinglibrary and Instagram at @unirdg_library.

happynewyearSo, no excuses to miss all the good things coming your way in 2017. Happy New Year from all of us to all of you!

 

This is one of a series of tips to help save you time and effort finding or using information.

This tip was written by Kim Shahabudin, Study Adviser and Amy Rippon, Trainee Liaison Librarian.

 

‘Finding your way’ workshops continue this week

Library workshopNot sure how to use the Library? Don’t panic! There are still places available on our one-hour ‘Finding your way’ workshops. They will continue to run during Week 1 of Term (26 September – 30 September).

Workshops cover:

  • searching the Enterprise Library catalogue to find books on your reading lists
  • interpreting your catalogue search results, so you know where to find the item you need
  • going to the shelves to find a book
  • borrowing and returning books
  • plus other tips on making the most of your Library

Take the opportunity to find your way to the books you need before your reading starts to pile up!

Book your place via the ‘Library course bookings’ link, located in the ‘Actions’ tab on the RISISweb Portal.

Sally Smith, Learning Support Co-ordinator

Pay your fines online!

Staff and students with campus cards! You, (but only you) can pay Library fines online! If you haven’t tried this before, here’s a guide on how to do it.

Step 1: Logging in 

Go to the University of Reading Campus Card Portal at cardfinance.reading.ac.uk and login with your University username and password.

Step 2:

Click on the ‘Library Fines’ link on the left side of the page.

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This page will display how many fines/bills you have to pay and what available funds you have. Before you tick the box, the text below will be orange. Tick the box to select your fines.

Step 4:

Now the box is ticked and your fines are selected, the text will turn green. Beside the ‘Pay Now’ button, you will see the total amount you are about to pay. Click the ‘Pay Now’ button to confirm the transaction. The total amount will be deducted from your available funds.

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Step 5:

Once the transaction is complete, red text will tell you how much in total you have paid. Your fines should now be clear.

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You can pay fines at either the Ground Floor Information Desk or Self-Service Point fines payment machines; or by payment card over the telephone (0118 378 8770) for amounts over £5.00.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Changes to Library printing and photocopying

close up of photocopierNew printer/copier/scanners have been installed in the Library as part of the new University-wide Managed Print Service. The new multifunctional devices allow you to print, copy, and scan to email anywhere on campus, often in colour as well as black and white. We apologise for any inconvenience during transition to the new system.

Where are the Library devices?

You can now print, copy or scan on more Library floors than before! Public devices are located on:

  • 4th Floor – north side
  • 3rd Floor – north side
  • 2nd  Floor – north side
  • 1st Floor (Rooms 105, 108, 109 and large PC area)
  • Ground Floor (Course Collection)

How do I use them and pay?

Print queues to select include:

  • FollowMe-BW on uorprint.rdg.ac.uk
  • FollowMe-Colour on uorprint.rdg.ac.uk

Students: Devices are activated using your Campus Card – hold it against the white ‘card in a circle’ sticker – or login with your username and password. Pay via your online account – top up online or with £1/£2 coins or £5 /£10 notes at the new Library Top-up Kiosk.

Staff: you also need your Campus Card to activate devices – ask in your department about permissions.

Visitors:  Please buy a £1.50 copy card from the Ground Floor Information Desk and top up with cash at the Ground Floor Top-up Kiosk. (If you still have an ‘Off the Glass’ card from our previous system, please exchange it for a new one, free of charge, at the Ground Floor Information Desk. To transfer an existing balance to your new copy card please email campuscard@reading.ac.uk quoting both card numbers.)

When can I use them?

Throughout Library opening hours, but please be prepared to complete copying/printing 15 minutes before closing time.

What are the costs?

Prices initially remain as before but revised prices will be advertised shortly.

Problems?

All faults with any device should be reported directly to IT quoting the Konika number on the front. Phone 0118 378 6262, use the Self Service Help Desk at www.reading.ac.uk/it or email it@reading.ac.uk

Rebecca Ashley, Library User Services and Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Help finding project information with ‘LibLearn’

Girl studying with laptop in LibraryLibLearn, our self-paced Blackboard course, has expanded and now has an additional tutorial:

LibLearn 3: searching databases for your project/dissertation

This tutorial covers selecting databases; working out search strategies; and, how to search effectively.  Like the other tutorials, it is accessible to all users with a  University of Reading username and password; and, there are quizzes to test yourself on what you have learnt.

Find out more about LibLearn

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Need help with referencing? Workshop this Wednesday!

Handwritten citationNot sure how to reference? Come to a workshop this Wednesday February 27 in S@iL room 108 in the Library from 14:00 – 14:45.

There is still time to book your last-minute place at the Ground Floor Information Desk in the University Library or email library@reading.ac.uk

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