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  • Breakfast Bites: Research Methodologies

    Tuesday, 15th May 2018
    8:15 am in the Bay Library

    Are you working on your dissertation or a research project?  SAGE Research Methodologies is a fantastic resource to answer your research methods and statistics questions.  It contains information on qualitative and quantitative methods, practice datasets, case studies and books and encyclopaedias on research topics.

    Our breakfast bites on the 15th May will look at the functionality of this excellent resource.

    Breakfast Bites photo

    Breakfast Bites workshops are held once a week in Bay Library’s PC Room 2 from 8.15am until 8.50am. The sessions are open to all staff and students. No need to book, just come along on the day!

    For further information please contact the Engineering team on

    The Bay Library
    Swansea University
    T +44 (0)1792 505500

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  • Breakfast Bites – Keeping up to date


    This session will look at the functionality within the library resources to enable you to keep up to date with information.  This session is useful for those doing longer research projects and their dissertations.  Remember if you are unable to make this session you can book a 1-2-1 session with your subject librarian in the Bay library.

    For further information, please contact the Bay library team:

    Engineering Library Team:
    The Bay Library
    Swansea University
    T +44 (0)1792 505500

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  • Breakfast Bites – Referencing your dissertation

    Are you writing your dissertation or research project? Do you know how to reference:

    • Conference papers
    • Journal articles
    • Information you’ve found online
    • Data and statistics…

    We can help you to reference all this and more! Come to our Breakfast Bites session this Thursday morning. Suitable for undergraduates and postgraduates

    Breakfast Bites sessions are held 8.15am to 8.50am in PC Room 2 of Bay Library. You don’t need to book – just come along!

    Photo of an open notebook and pencil on a desk surrounded by a laptop, glasses, a smartphone and a plant.

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  • Engineering Reference Collection in Singleton Park Library

    Floor Plan of Level 1 East

    We appreciate that a lot of Bay students live closer to the Singleton Campus and in response to demand we have now created an Engineering Recommended Reading collection.

    This collection is reference only, so that they are always there for people to use, and can be found in East Level 1 (at the end of the A-Z sequence).

    If you wish to loan items, it is still possible to request items to be picked up from the other campus. You can do this by signing into iFind (highlighted below).

    iFind Sign In screenshot

    Selecting Request from the Library details and completing the request form.

    A screenshot of iFind Request

    You have the item sent to your preferred pick-up location.

    iFind pick up Location Screenshot

    More information on the Engineering Reference Collection can be found in our Engineering Library Guides at

    If you wish to recommend a text for this collection please contact the College of Engineering Library Subject Team


    Telephone: +44(0)1792 606038



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  • Plagiarising parrots and better references with Endnote

    Are you worried about accidental plagiarism? Would you like some advice from your librarians? Call in to Bay Library between 11.30 and 13.30 today and tomorrow to meet Pryderi the parrot and to find out about good academic practice from your subject librarians. We also have a drop in Breakfast Bites session on Accidental Plagiarism from 8.15 to 8.50 tomorrow in PC Room 2.

    Photo of Pryderi the parrot, a soft toy, reading a book

    If you would like some help managing your references and inserting citations in your assignments, sign up for 5 Days of Endnote this week. Just follow the blog: You will learn how to create an Endnote account, export reference details from iFind and insert references and citations in Word.

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  • Breakfast Bites – Searching for Information for Your Dissertation

    Are you starting work on your dissertation or research project? Are you working on a literature review? Our Breakfast Bites session on Thursday (1st March) could be just what you need! Come along and try our 3 Minute Search Strategy to develop your understanding of your topic and to make your literature searching more efficient.

    Breakfast Bites workshops are held once a week in Bay Library’s PC Room 2 from 8.15am until 8.50am. The sessions are open to all staff and students. No need to book, just come along on the day!

    If you can make it to the workshop, but would like some help with literature searching, please email us at  or use the Book a Librarian calendar on our Library Guide for Engineering or for Sports Science to make an appointment.

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    Day 1: Create an account and add a reference

    Welcome to 5 days of Mendeley

    Mendeley is a free tool that can help you store and organise the references that you find during your research. This reference information can then be used to automatically insert citations and a fully formatted reference list into your Word documents.  Mendeley also contains a great social media community designed for researchers.  However this five days of Mendeley will concentrate on referencing.

    It is important to note that as a free tool Swansea University cannot offer technical support for the resource and any problems with the resource need to be reported directly to Mendeley. Swansea University subscribe to Endnote, which is a referencing tool with technical support available. However due to the high number of enquiries regarding Mendeley the desktop version is available from the unified desktop along with the Word plug-in. This five Days of Mendeley has been created in response to a number of enquiries about the referencing tool and it is not intended as a substitute for Endnote.

    It is important to note that Mendeley has fewer citations styles than Endnote and does not, at the moment, include the Vancouver (Swansea) style.  It does include APA and standard Vancouver in its referencing library.

    For further information about Mendeley and Endnote please email

    This first day will look at creating a Mendeley Account and necessary software installations (if not connected to the unified desktop).  The instructions below are to create the Desktop Application and also an account.  You can use just the online version of Mendeley.  However syncing is extremely easy and does give you more control of your references.

    • Go to:
    • Select Download Desktop App and the file will download.

    Image Download Desktop App

    •  Once downloaded click on Run (it might be hiding on the bottom-left of your screen).

    Running Mendeley

    • You will then be prompted to register with Mendeley and Elsevier.

    image screenshot of registration box

    You maybe able to skip this step if you have already registered with Elsevier or an Elsevier product such as Scopus or ScienceDirect.

    Registering with Elsevier Window                  Registering with Elsevier Window

    Although it is not necessary to add the citation plug-in at this point, you will also be prompted to add the citation plug-in for reference output.

    • If you wish to complete this step then click on Install now.


    Entering References Manually

    • Click on the button on the top left of the screen. Select Add Entry Manually.
    • A new Document Box will appear (it defaults to Journal Article). Use the drop down arrow to select your media and then complete relevant information.

    image. Adding an item manually into Mendeley

    • The reference that you have added will be listed in My References.

    Tomorrow we will learn how to import reference information from our library catalogue,  iFind.



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  • Breakfast Bites – Using Images in your Assignments

    Do you use images, diagrams, graphs and charts in your assignments? Did you know that you must check if you have permission to re-use images you find online or in books and journals? You also need to make sure images, diagrams, graphs and charts are referenced correctly when you use them in your own work. Come along to our Breakfast Bites session on Tuesday 20th February to find out more. The session is open to all staff and students. No need to book, just come along!

    Breakfast Bites workshops are held once a week in Bay Library’s PC Room 2 from 8.15am until 8.50am.

    There is more information about using images on our Copyright Library Guide. You can also book an appointment with one of your librarians by emailing or using the Book a Librarian calendar on our Library Guide.

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  • Breakfast Bites – Be prepared: using the library to enhance your employability

    The jobs market is a competitive one. Whether you’re looking for a weekend job to bring in some extra income while you study, or thinking ahead to your future career, you need to make sure you show your prospective employer that you’re the best person for the job. Did you know that library databases can help you to prepare for job applications and interviews?

    Come along to PC Room 2 in Bay Library tomorrow (Tuesday 30th January) 8.10-8.50 am to find out how you can easily access information on companies, industries and markets. No need to book, just turn up on the day. Make sure your employers know you’re the sort of person who does their research and comes prepared!

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  • The Library Detox: Tip 10

    Every week during term the library run breakfast sessions. These are short sessions designed to enhance your studies and improve your information literacy and digital literacy. This semester these are:


    Tuesday, 30th  January Be Prepared: using the library to enhance your employability
    Wednesday, 7th February Referencing Tools – Endnote
    Monday, 12th February Mendeley
    Tuesday, 20th February Using Images in your assignment
    Thursday, 1st March Searching for Information for your dissertation
    Tuesday, 6th Open Data (Others)
    Wednesday, 14th March Research Methodologies
    Wednesday, 21st March Accidental Plagiarism

    They are open to all and booking is not necessary. More information on the content will be available closer to the date.  Our next session ties in with Employability Week:

    For further information please contact your library team:

    Engineering and Sport Science Team:
    The Bay Library
    Swansea University
    T +44 (0)1792 505500

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