‘Careers on tour’: 22 Nov: Atos

studentsongroundfloorCall in to the University Library Ground Floor foyer next Tuesday 22 November, 12:00-14:00, to chat to the team from Atos, a leading international IT services company. They are brought to you by UoR Careers, who are  ‘on tour’ across campus this term and drop in to the Library most Tuesday lunchtimes.

Atos

Atos say, “At Atos we power progress. We’re more than just a global leader in digital services.

We help organisations fulfil their potential. We listen to our clients and use genuine technical understanding and strategic business acumen to produce innovative answers to our clients’ business challenges. We bring together people, technology and business to power progress.

Open, informal, flexible — the communication skills of our business technologists set the tone for our company. We understand that our progress is powered by our people. That’s why we employ 93,000 people in 72 countries, bringing their expertise to clients across the globe.

Whether you’re working towards your degree, or you’ve already graduated, your journey is just beginning. We have a range of schemes for graduates and interns of all disciplines, so whether you decide to take a technical or business focussed route, we’ll be with you all the way, nurturing your talent, developing your potential and powering your progress.”

Further information

UoR students can find further information at the Careers Centre’s My jobs online website. For more news from Careers follow UoR Careers on Twitter . (UoR Job Shop covers news of part-time or vacation work).

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
Isabella Masciaga, Careers Events Assistant

Referencing headaches? Online tools can help – info tip

Laptop, book and glassesDo you struggle with referencing? Have you been marked down for incomplete or inconsistent references? There are some online tools that can help!

Why use online referencing tools?

  1. You can use them to store accurate details of publications to use in your assignments.
  2. They can save you time compiling, checking and correcting references – just insert the citation and a bibliography is created automatically. You can also reformat your citations in a different style at the click of a button.
  3. You can add notes to your references, to remind yourself of specific parts you might want to use.
  4. Some allow you to store PDFs of the sources with your references, so that everything is together and in most cases available on any computer.

If you use an online tool you still need to know when to include a citation, and understand the principles of referencing. You can find help on this in the referencing guide or from the referencing video tutorials. You also need to be aware of which style your department requires you to use – consult your course handbook for details.

Which one should I use?

If you are an undergraduate or masters student…

… we would recommend using EndNote Web. This online resource can be used on any computer and is free to use.

You can get accurate reference details into it by: using the Online Search facility with the Library catalogue; the export option from Web of Science or EBSCO resources; or by importing records from Summon and other databases.

Once the EndNote toolbar is installed in Word, you can insert citations from EndNote Web into your assignments and it will automatically build the bibliography at the end. Select from a list of common referencing styles (including the University’s own ‘Harvard for Reading’ style) to format your bibliography.

EndNote Web is fully supported by the Library, so if you need 1-1 help, there will be someone here who can help.

To get started, come along to a workshop, try our step-by-step guide to using EndNote Web, or watch an introductory video.

If you are a research postgraduate or member of staff…

… we recommend using Desktop EndNote. This can be installed free of charge on any University-owned computer, and is already available on most campus PCs. A personal copy can be purchased at the discounted price of around £75.

References can be easily captured from many databases, and you can use the ‘Find full-text’ feature to automatically attach article PDFs to those references. A very large number of referencing styles are provided, including those for specific journals. You can also download other ones from the EndNote website, or create your own by editing existing styles. It is also possible to share your EndNote library by synchronising with an EndNote Web account – useful for collaboration.

Find out more by coming along to a workshop, trying our step-by-step guides, or watching a brief introductory video.

Other options

There are a number of other referencing tools available, including Mendeley, Zotero and Word’s own referencing facility. Although we do not provide support for these, we have provided links to online guidance and videos via our Managing references guide.

Help

If you need help with using EndNote, or with any aspect of citing references, contact your subject liaison librarian who will be happy to help.

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

This tip was written by Jackie Skinner, Library Web Manager & Liaison Librarian

‘Careers on tour’: 15 Nov: USA summer jobs

American flagFind out for yourself what America will be like next summer! Call in to the University Library Ground Floor foyer next Tuesday 15 November, 12:00-14:00, to meet two companies offering temporary employment in the US leisure sector: USA Summer Camp and Resort Leaders. They are brought to you by UoR Careers, who are  ‘on tour’ across campus this term and drop in to the Library most Tuesday lunchtimes.

USA Summer Camp

USA Summer Camp say: “Fancy spending the summer in the American sunshine? Want to have the best day of your life, every single day for 3 months? Want to make memories, travel the US and meet some lifelong friends? YOU CAN – and USA Summer Camp are here to show you how. We are a summer camp recruitment company, working with over 500+ camps all over America to recruit camp counsellors and support staff who will spend the summer working in the States. Our camps are looking for counsellors to coach everything from horse riding to science, singing to archery, and everything in between – which means regardless of your interests and passions, we will be able to find you the perfect placement at a camp which is just right for you. This presentation will show you the benefits of spending the summer at camp, both for your personal life and your professional life too, as well as the different options you have for your placement, how the application process works and ultimately, how we can get you to America for the best summer of your life. Come along and learn about what a summer in American can do for YOU – and let’s get planning how we can change your life.”

Resort Leaders

Resort Leaders say: “If you’re looking to take the next step in your hospitality or culinary arts career, then Resort Leaders is perfect for you! We offer a range of placement and internship opportunities at a collection of 4 and 5* resorts right across America, presenting you with the opportunity to live and work in one of the world’s most incredible countries, renowned for its hospitality. Working with an incredible selection of high end resorts, we can offer a placement or an internship across a range of hospitality and culinary arts job roles, from waitressing to bar work, lifeguarding to reception management. Whichever your chosen area, we can find you a placement in a resort which is perfect for you. We work with over 25 partner resorts, offer 24/7 application and placement support both from the UK and the United States, cover your J-1 Visa sponsorship, offer 90 days medical insurance with 30 days available to travel after your placement. Our applicants will earn a minimum of $330 a week, and have the opportunity to progress within the role and earn promotions and additional wages, as well as tips! Not only will a placement or internship in one of America’s finest resorts be exceptional for work experience and improving a candidate’s CV, but it offers the incredible opportunity to work and live abroad, meet new people, experience a different culture and travel too. Our placements start from three months, and our internships are for a year. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.”

Further information

UoR students can find further information at the Careers Centre’s My jobs online website. For more news from Careers follow UoR Careers on Twitter . (UoR Job Shop covers news of part-time or vacation work).

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
Isabella Masciaga, Careers Events Assistant

 

Cite it right – and avoid unintentional plagiarism! Info tip

standing on the shoulders of giantsYou may think that advice on avoiding plagiarism doesn’t apply to you, because you’re not planning to buy an essay from the internet, or copy someone else’s work. But you may not be aware that it is possible to plagiarise unintentionally if:

  • you’re not aware of the differences between referencing at university and any referencing you may have been used to doing previously;
  • you haven’t been meticulous about keeping records of your reading;
  • you don’t know how to use references in your academic writing to support your discussion and critical analysis.

It’s important to take referencing seriously and not just guess, or assume that you know how to do it. The consequences can be serious with marks deducted and even lead to accusations of academic misconduct.

However, it can be confusing when you have advice and guidance on referencing from so many different sources. It’s tempting to just Google it! But that’s far less likely to give you the right answer than guidance produced at your own university. You should always check your own Course Handbook first for advice (it will be on Blackboard).

Our Citing References guide combines previous guidance from the Library and Study Advice to cover the why, what, when and how of referencing in a single place. Study Advice video tutorials on referencing are embedded in the guide, which includes:

You could also look at The Academic Integrity Toolkit, which shows how understanding referencing is an important part of studying at university and ‘becoming a graduate’ generally. The Toolkit includes tips, explanations and exercises (with answers) to help you develop your understanding of essential skills including:

The guidance below focuses on three important points to help you avoid unintentional plagiarism.

References in a footnote1.Know when to include a reference

Whenever you include an idea that you have gained from your reading in an assignment, you must ensure that you reference it correctly, both in the text and at the end in your reference list or bibliography. If you use the original words you have found in your reading, you must mark them with quotation marks, even if you only use part of the sentence. It is not enough to give the details of where the words came from; they must be marked out, or it will look as if you are claiming them as your own words. If you are writing the idea up in your own words, don’t be tempted to just change a few words. If you use quotations inadequately or paraphrase badly it will certainly be viewed as poor academic practice and may subject your work to penalties. It may even be seen as plagiarism.

Watch this brief video tutorial on using paraphrases.

See Library and Study Advice guidance on using quotes and paraphrases.

2. Develop good note-taking practices

Ever looked at your notes and thought, “I wonder where that came from?” or “I wonder if those are my words or copied from the text?” It’s frustrating when you can’t be sure – but it could cause you problems if you use the material without being able to reference it accurately. To avoid this, make it a habit to have good record-keeping practices. Always note the details of each text you use (author, title, year) when you start writing notes on your reading; include page numbers as you go along, even if you are not copying text directly but writing the ideas in your own words; have a system of markers to indicate if something is a quote (put in quotation marks), an idea explained in your own words, or a query or new idea stemming from what you’re read (perhaps an asterisk *). The Study Advisers have guidance on effective note-taking and a brief video tutorial on Critical note-taking with more suggestions.

If you’re using an e-book, you may be able to make notes electronically as you’re reading the text. See the section in our LibGuide on Studying with e-books for more information. If you have an online reading list, you can also make brief notes on this – our LibGuide page on What else can I do with my list? has details.

You might also consider using reference management software to keep details of your reading including all the bibliographic information. EndNote Web is a basic tool that works with Word to add citations to your written work and constructs a bibliography at the end. It is free too.  If you have a large number of references to manage you might choose the more sophisticated Desktop EndNote. For advice on which version to use, and for self-paced training guides on EndNote, or book a place on a training workshop, see the Library’s web pages.

3. Know what to do if you can’t find all the details of a reference

bibliographic details screencast screencapIf you have a quote but don’t know where it came from, try typing it into Google. You may find it’s better to use a short phrase rather than the whole quote; try to find a grouping of words that is less common. If you have some details of the text, you could try looking at your reading list or searching the Library catalogue. You can also look back through your Library account to see the titles of books you’ve borrowed. If you have the author and title of a journal article or even just the title of the journal and a date it may be possible to find the complete reference in Summon or one of the Library’s databases. What you must never do is invent details, or include things in your assignment if you cannot be sure about the source. This may lead to accusations of academic misconduct.

For more help watch this brief video tutorial on how to find bibliographic details.

Need more help?

If you’re still confused, or you have a specific question about referencing that isn’t answered in our guide, you can always contact your Liaison Librarian or the Study Advice team to discuss this in person. Just remember to do it in plenty of time – the day your assignment is due to be submitted is not ideal!

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

This tip was written by Helen Hathaway, Library Head of Academic Liaison and Support and Dr Kim Shahabudin, Study Adviser.

Post ‘love #UoRLib’ pics for prizes!

Library travel mug, bag, pens, stationery etc on a table

Win one of these goodie bags by sending us your favourite ‘Love #UoRLib’ photo

Show us what you love about your University Library! Send us your favourite Library photo or selfie  on social media by midnight on Sunday 6 November and you could be in with a chance to win one of three Library goodie bag prizes!

Include the tag #UoRLib and either:

Please be aware that by entering the competition you consent to the Library sharing your photographs on our social media channels.

We look forward to seeing you!

Rachel Redrup. Marketing Co-ordiator

Challenge yourself to maximise your library and study skills in Week 6 – info tip

Student studyingWant to make sure you get the best possible marks by working smarter not harder? Week 6 is the perfect time to review and develop the skills you need to succeed and work effectively in your studies. The Library and Study Advice teams have guides and videos that will help you achieve just this. And why not take one of our challenges and learn a new skill that will make your studying more successful and help you to find excellent resources?

What do you need to develop?

Everyone starts from a different place and progresses through their studies at a different pace, so you will need to consider what your own needs are and how they are best met, but the suggestions below should have something for you.

Ten challenges to try something new

  1. Pick up a free year planner from Study Advice and get control over your deadlines.
  2. Learn how to access and use an e-book.
  3. Sign up to Evernote or Remember the Milk to keep yourself organised.
  4. Use Summon to find a newspaper article or book review that’s related to your subject.
  5. Try a new learning technique – video or record yourself talking for three minutes on a topic from your course.
  6. Set up an EndNote Web account to store your references.
  7. Start a reading diary to record your reflections on what you’ve read (use a paper notebook or set up a private blog).
  8. Find a map that will help with your subject – they’re not just for Geographers!
  9. Watch a video tutorial on an aspect of study that you need to develop.
  10. And finally, take a break from studying and use Enterprise to find and borrow a film on DVD – we’ve lots to choose from.

Alarm clock“I don’t have time to develop my skills!”

It can be hard to develop new skills when you’re already busy using the old ones – but it’s worth doing to save lots of time in the future. If you don’t have much time, try these quick ideas:

If you’ve got 5 minutes…

If you’ve got 10 minutes…

  • Record yourself recapping the main points of your last lecture – it’s more effective than rewriting your notes.
  • Open an EndNote Web account to manage your references, then bookmark our guides and training sessions to find out how to use it.

If you’ve got 30 minutes…

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

This tip was written by Helen Hathaway, Head of Academic Liaison and Support, Kim Shahabudin, Study Adviser and Sally Smith, Liaison Librarian.

‘Careers on tour’: Library: Tuesday 25 October

UoR Careersstudentsongroundfloor is on tour across campus this autumn term. Most Tuesdays, 12:00-14:00, they come to meet you in the University Library Ground Floor foyer .

Tuesday 25 October brings you your very own Careers team! Visit our Careers Ambassadors to find out more about the services available to you including:

For more news from Careers follow UoR Careers on Twitter . (UoR Job Shop covers news of part-time or vacation work).

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
Isabella Masciaga, Careers Events Assistant

Linking to resources at risk evening of Sat 29 October

Computer keyboardFrom 17:00 until midnight on Saturday 29 October it may not be possible to link to resources via Summon, the Item Finder, and the E-journals Finder. This is due to ProQuest upgrading some of their products and services which means links to journal articles and other online resources may not work.

During this period if you know which journal you need to use, try going directly to that journal via a search engine – if you are off-campus you will need to look for an institutional login option to gain access. If you have found an interesting book chapter on Summon, but can’t link to it, try searching for the book title on the Enterprise catalogue and then browsing the e-book for the chapter you need.

Lucy Ardill, E-resources Team

Goodbye ‘old-style’ Athens access

Eduserv, the company who provide the Athens service, are decommissioning this access route on the 31 October 2016. They will no longer be providing this service for any institution. Those with long memories might remember the news three years ago regarding the move from old-style Athens to Institutional login for accessing e-resources. Since then we’ve continued to work on ensuring your access and authentication to our resources is as simple and seamless as possible, and with IT have enabled access for the majority of them via the Single Sign On (SSO) page.

Almost all of you will be used to going via the SSO page, so the news that the old-style Athens login is finally being removed should have no impact at all. However we are aware there are a few people still logging in via the old Athens sign-in page:

Athens login screen

You might have reached this page either because you have an old bookmark for a resource, or because you have found the University of Reading listed under ‘Login via Athens’ options on resource websites. After 31 October you will no longer find us listed here, we will only be listed via the Institutional login options, often shown on the same pages.

You may need to update your links

If any of your favourites or bookmarks for resources take you to the page above, you will need to replace them with up-to-date links that direct you to login via the SSO page. To find an up-to-date link:

  • Go to our Databases A-Z list.
  • Locate your resource and click on the link for it.
  • On the next page, click on the off-campus link to the resource. This should take you via the SSO page.
  • Enter your University username and password and click on log in.
  • You should now be in the resource and you can favourite or bookmark this page.
  • The next time you use your new favourite link it will automatically route you to the SSO page so you can login.

Alternatively, if you are trying to access a specific book or journal, just follow the links from the Enterprise catalogue.

Need help?

If you have any problems accessing a specific resource please fill in our e-resources problem report form and a member of the E-resources Team will investigate your issue.

Jackie Skinner, on behalf of Sue Egleton, Head of Systems & User Services

Find items on your reading lists fast – info tip

Woman using laptopMany lecturers issue students with a reading list containing references to books, journal articles and other useful materials to help with assignments. There’s lots of help available to ensure you find what is on your reading list and so successfully complete your work.

Some reading lists can be very long. Check the Study Advice guide on managing academic reading for help on reading in a focused and selective way.

Online reading lists

To improve your learning experience, the University has invested in an online reading lists system. This session many more academic staff are taking up the use of the Reading Lists system which allows tutors to create annotated reading lists, accessible online via Blackboard or the internet. These lists give you real-time availability of University Library print material and links to online resources such as e-books, e-journal articles, external webpages and embedded multimedia. You will also be able to access scanned extracts of key readings directly from your reading list.

For a quick guide on how to get the most out of your online reading list, watch our video.

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How to find the items on your reading list (paper or online): start with the catalogue!

Start with our advice on understanding your reading list. This guide explains how to identify the different kinds of references and successfully search for them on Enterprise, the Library’s catalogue.

Tips!

  • If you cannot find a book you might have mistyped your search – check the spelling of your search terms.
  • There might be a mistake, or typing error on the reading list – try searching for a few key words from the title.
  • If you have an online reading list, click on the title of the item to find real-time information about availability and where in the Library the item is located.

If you need further help searching Enterprise for a reading list item, ask at a Library information desk, or get in touch with you Liaison Librarian.

 

Getting hold of the books you need

When books are in high demand there are several ways you can ensure you get hold of the books you need by:

  • Placing a hold on a book
  • Booking an item in Course Collection
  • Accessing e-books

Placing a hold on a book

If a book you want is out on loan to someone else you can place a hold on (reserve) the book using Enterprise. To find out more about how to place holds watch our video below.

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You can see your place in the queue, if there is one, and can cancel your hold by logging into your account on Enterprise.

You will receive an email when your hold is available. You can then collect your hold from the Holds area within the Course Collection on the ground floor of the Library. There are detailed instructions on the Library website.


Booking an item in Course Collection

If a book you need is in the Course Collection, you can book it to ensure that you can use it at a time convenient to you.

You can book up to two Course Collection items for the 10:00, 16:00, and weekend slots (16:00 on Friday). You can book up to seven days ahead. When your booking time arrives just collect the book from the shelves and issue it on the Self-Service Point. Make sure you keep a note of the Call Number so that you can find the item on the shelves. You will have one hour to collect the item from the start time of your booking – no one else can borrow the item during that time.

More detailed instructions on how to book a Course Collection item are available on the Library website.


You don’t always have to borrow a print copy: accessing e-books

e-book search filterThe Library provides access to many e-books and these can be found through Enterprise, in the same way as print books. You can filter your search results to only show e-books by selecting the ‘Online’ access and ‘Book’ format options from the menu on the left hand side of the screen.

To read the e-book click on “Click here for online access to this book” and then just log in with your University username and password.

 

What if something on my list isn’t in the Library?

The Library contacts all departments to request reading lists before the start of each course. When lists are sent to us, we try to ensure we have all the items on the lists. A lecturer may recommend you buy your own copy of a book, or it may be readily available to you elsewhere, such as in a departmental resource centre.

Please tell your Liaison Librarian if an item on your list is not held in the Library and your list does not indicate it is available elsewhere.

If the item you need is in the Library, but there is high demand for it and you feel there are not enough copies, contact your Liaison Librarian, who can arrange for copies to be placed in the Course Collection. Your Liaison Librarian may also purchase extra copies, if appropriate, or an e-book version, if available.

Alternatively, consider going beyond your reading list by searching Enterprise for a particular topic or looking on the shelves for books with similar call numbers.

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

This tip was written by Kerry Webb, Course Support Co-ordinator.

 

The Library website – your gateway to information – info tip

Spider's webThe Library website contains a wealth of help and information to support your studies.

Where to find what…

Use the menu on the left of every page to explore the site.

  • Using the Library – information on facilities and services, including borrowing, opening hours, floor plans and photocopying
  • Finding information – help and guidance on finding information, including details of resources in your subject
  • E-resources – links to e-journals, e-books and databases, and information about accessing them
  • Contacts & support – people, sites and services
  • About us – policies, facts and figures
  • Libraries beyond UoR – using other libraries or getting items via inter-library loan

Up front

Library homepageThe things you want most frequently are on our homepage.

  • Enterprise catalogue search box – most people come to the Library website to search the catalogue, so it takes centre stage
  • Summon search box – our new discovery service allows you to find online journal articles and book chapters on a topic
  • Opening hours – this week’s opening hours are on the homepage, enabling you to check them quickly and easily
  • Subject resources – jump straight to our subject guides to find the most relevant resources and information for you
  • E-resources – quick links to our databases, e-books and e-journals; all available 24-7
  • Library news – keep up-to-date with the latest Library news (or follow us on Twitter or Facebook)

Scroll to the bottom of our homepage for more useful links, including guidance for specific groups of Library users, and links to related services.

Enterprise – more than just books…

Enterprise is the Library catalogue. Use it to find items in the Library including books, journals, DVDs, theses etc. You can also search Enterprise to find our e-journals and e-books – so you don’t even need to set foot in the Library to make use of our resources! Just search for a book or journal as you usually would and you may find a record that links you to the online version.

You can also use Enterprise to check your account to find out when your books are due and to renew your loans. Just login with your University username and password.

Enterprise also covers many of the collections held across the University, including those at the Museum of English Rural Life and the Special Collections Service (archives and rare books) – a one-stop-shop to find out about the wealth of materials you could use for your dissertation.

To find out more about Enterprise, and tips on using it, go to our Help using Enterprise.

Summon online materials for your studies

Search results on SummonThe Summon discovery service to enables you to easily find full-text articles and book chapters on any subject.

Everything you find should be available to read as the results are limited to articles and chapters covered by the Library’s subscriptions.

You will also find definitions from reliable encyclopedias and dictionaries related to your topic. Other materials covered include newspaper articles, standards, conference proceedings, government documents, trade publications and book reviews.

To find out more about Summon, and tips on searching it, go to our Help using Summon.

Hidden depths

Some pages you might not have discovered…

  • Jargon buster What does ‘folio’ mean? I need to use an ‘Institutional login’ – what is it? What is a ‘hold’? Answers to these and more in our Jargon buster
  • How to… – quick links to answers to our most frequently asked questions
  • Wikipedia alternatives – online dictionaries and encyclopedias you can rely on

Can’t find what you are looking for?

  • Site search – use the search box at the very top of the screen, or to limit your search to pages on the Library site use the ‘Site search’ Useful link at the bottom of the page
  • Site index – this ‘Useful link’ gives an alphabetical list of what’s on the website

Any comments?

If you have any comments about the Library website, or suggestions for improvement, just fill in the Website comments form or contact the Library Web Manager Jackie Skinner.

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

This tip was written by Jackie Skinner, the Library Web Manager.