Put your studies on track for success with a series of webinars for Master’s students working on their dissertations! The Master’s Dissertation Fayre, run by the Library’s Study Advice and Liaison teams, is back after the success of last year. Students loved our range of topics covering all elements of dissertation planning and writing, from choosing a research methodology to writing your literature review. This year, we’re offering all that and more!
Webinars are running online at 11am and 2pm each day from Monday 7 – Friday 11 June. These friendly and helpful sessions are open to all Master’s students, and you can book a place online.
- Critical writing
- Avoiding plagiarism
- Systematic literature searching
- Finalising your research question
- Using company information databases
- Writing your literature review
- Literature searching tips
- Reference management tools comparison – Endnote vs Mendeley
- Writing your discussion
- Using primary sources/archives online
- Finding statistical sources
We’re looking forward to seeing you virtually, and hearing your feedback.
Academic Liaison Librarians and Study Advisors
Thank you to everyone who has helped keep the Library a safe place to study by following the procedures we’ve put in place. Now that we’re getting used to a second lockdown it’s even more important to take extra care and carry on following all the guidance to stay safe.
The Department for Education guidance for using libraries and study spaces underpins our hygiene measures and asks that you:
- Maintain social distancing
- Wear a face covering
- Wash your hands frequently, or use our sanitiser
- Clean your work area with our wipes
- Study independently
We’ll get through this together!
Your Library Team
There’s a new online reading lists feature – you can now report a broken link to an e-book or online journal article directly to the Library from your reading list. A report is sent to the Library E-resources Team who will investigate the issue.
How to report a broken link
If the link fails when you click the ‘View Online’ button on an online resource included on your reading list, return to the reading list and click the menu option on the right to see the ‘Report broken link’ option.
You can choose to provide more information about the error message and, if you want the E-resources Team get back to you to let you know the resolution, leave your contact details. If you prefer, you can click ‘Report’ without leaving your email address.
You will find your online reading list in your module information in Blackboard.
Please be aware that not all items on online reading lists are available as e-resources.
Kim Coles, Academic Liaison Team Manager
This term the Library purchased access to the Kanopy Video Streaming service – it’s a huge collection of online videos including documentaries, films, and instructional videos. You can watch Kanopy videos online, on- and off-campus, and they’re all accessible through the Library here: https://www.reading.ac.uk/library/eresources/image-sound/lib-kanopy.aspx
What have you been watching?
Since the start of Spring Term, 874 of you have watched a total of 247 hours of content – mostly on Sunday or Monday nights… we won’t ask why!
Most Popular Films
These are the top 5 films that you’ve been watching, and their summary from Kanopy.
- Tongues Untied
Marlon Riggs’ essay film TONGUES UNTIED gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization.
An iconic piece of challenging 1960’s cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L’AVVENTURA concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily.
Stationed in a secluded Bulgarian village in 1943, Walter, an artist and sergeant in the Wehrmacht, lives an almost idyllic life far away from the war. Then one day a transit camp is set up for Jews arriving from Greece.
- Definite Articles and Nouns
Learn the gender of Spanish nouns by practicing each new noun with its masculine or feminine definite article.
- Type Hunters
This film plunges us into the “typographic cauldron” of the great modern metropolis.
What else will you discover?
There’s a wide range of films available, as you can see from the list above. Take a look for yourself! You can browse by subject or topic, or search for a filmmaker or subject area to see what Kanopy has to offer.
Kim Coles, Liaison Team Manager