We’ve made some slight changes to the silent study spaces in Bay Library. From now on, the North Wing will be a silent study zone. You’ll find three study areas in the North Wing:-
- PC Room 1 – this is now the silent study computer room
- Silent Study Rooms – these have individual desk spaces with power sockets and USB connections for you to plug in your devices
We ask that you respect your fellow students and work silently in these areas. If you need to talk while you work, you can do so in the Central Area or the South Wing, but please consider other library users and keep noise to a minimum. (Please note, PC Room 2 in the South Wing was previously the silent PC study space, but you can now talk in this room.)
To help you during the exam period, there is some extra silent study space available in the Great Hall from the 22nd May to the 16th June. Here are the details:-
09.00-18.00 Monday (excluding bank holiday)
Great Hall 043 & 049
Great Hall 043
Great Hall 043
Great Hall 043 & 049
Great Hall 043 & 049
Good luck with your revision and in your exams. Pob lwc!continue reading
Get plagiarism advice all next week in Park and Bay libraries – lunchtime week beginning 27 March 2017
- Take Pryderi’s Plagiarism Challenge
- Get support and advice from your librarians
- Book one to one session for in depth queries
Watch out for Pryderi the Plagiarising Parrot!continue reading
This month we want to tell you about ScienceDirect, an excellent database that covers a range of subject areas including:-
- Engineering and physical sciences
- Sports sciences
- Business, management and accounting
Use your keywords to find top quality, full-text academic journal articles for your research. Articles are available in PDF form, so it’s easy to download them or print them out. Get suggestions of other articles you might be interested in and set up a ScienceDirect alert to find out about new articles for your topic.
Have you used Scopus recently? The interface has been refreshed, giving it a generally less cluttered appearance. ‘Alerts’ and ‘Lists’ are now in the toolbar at the top of the page. Other functions have been moved to what Scopus are calling a “spine” – a sidebar which is activated by clicking a three-line menu icon familiar from many mobile apps.
One particularly interesting new feature is a link on an ‘Author Details’ page which exports an Author’s Scopus profile into SciVal.
A summary of these changes can be found on the Scopus blog.continue reading
Are you looking for a quiet place to revise for your exams? Room 117 and room 128 in the School of Management building are both available for silent study Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 18.00 until the 27th January.
If you live close to Singleton Campus, please also check the extra study space that is available there.
This is in addition to the usual study space in the library. Bay Library is open 24/7 as usual. There are silent study rooms available in the North Wing if you need to work somewhere without distractions.
Please look out for our friends from the Students’ Union who will be handing out free tea and coffee at prearranged times in the library as part of Study Aid 17.
Good luck with your exams!continue reading
This month we are highlighting a new resource for those of you studying Sports Science. SPORTDiscus with Fulltext is the world’s most comprehensive source of journal articles for sports & sports medicine, providing access to full text articles for over 550 journals. Subjects covered include
- Sports sciences
- Coaching and education
- Consumer health
- Exercise science and fitness
- Health education
- Occupational health and safety
- Physical education
- Physical therapy
SPORTDiscus allows you to find high quality journal articles quickly and easily. But don’t just take my word for it. Here are some comments that we received when we provided trial access to the database.
BSc Sports Science Students said…
Camilla Knight, Senior Lecturer in Sports Science said…
How to access SPORTDiscus?
There are two ways you can access SPORTDiscus.
- Go to iFind and search for SPORTDiscus. Click the database title from your list of results and follow the links to access the database. Or…
- Follow the links on the Sciences Science Library Guide.
If you are off campus you will need to log in with your Swansea University username and password.
Want to find out more?
You can find out more about SPORTDiscus on the Sports Science Library Guide. Visit the Key Resources page to access a guide and watch a short video that will help you search effectively.
Help from the library
If you need any help using SPORTDiscus email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the Bay Library.continue reading
In response to student feedback, Bay Library’s PC Room 2 will be for silent study from today. We will trial this for the term, so please send your comments to email@example.com to help us decide if this should be a permanent arrangement. You can also fill in one of our comments cards, which are available near the entrance of the library.
PC Room 2 is in the South Wing, closest to the beach. It is available to those who would like to work quietly on a PC. Signs are on display to show that it is for silent study only. If you are working on a group project or would like to talk to each other, please find another space in the library to work at. We ask that all students cooperate with this during the trial period.
The two silent study rooms in the North Wing are also still available. There are no PCs in these rooms, though there are plugs and USB ports available to connect your devices.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask at the Information Desk.
With coursework deadlines looming this can prove to be a stressful time of year. We’d like you to know that your Subject Librarians are available to support you. We can provide advice and guidance on devising a search strategy, conducting literature searches, evaluating information sources and managing your references.
On Friday 25th November your Subject Librarians will have a stand in the Bay Library with lots of useful resources to help you survive and thrive, while you’re completing assignments. We’ll be on hand to answer any questions you have and we’ll have plenty of useful information and guides for you to take away with you. There will also be lots of free chocolate available, to help keep you going while you work!
Don’t forget that you can contact your Subject Librarians at any point during the year by emailing: email@example.com and you can arrange an appointment with a Subject Librarian through the Engineering Library Guide or the Sports Science Library Guide.
You’ll also find one of your Subject Librarians sitting in the Bay Library every Thursday afternoon from 12.00-17.00, where we’re on hand to answer any questions you have.continue reading
The library is now providing access to Knovel; a database of technical reference information for engineers.
• technical information • material and substance properties data
• best practice insights • validated equations
Use the basic search to search for specific terms, books or authors. A basic search will find text sections, interactive tables, conference proceedings, interactive graphs and more. To find out more watch this short video.
Use the data search (just below the basic search box) to find specific materials and properties. Your search results will be displayed in an interactive table that you can modify within Knovel or export into Excel.
Interactive equations provides access to calculation examples relevant to engineers working in the areas of chemical process engineering, civil engineering, electrical, electronics and mechanical engineering, HVAC, metals and metallurgy, oil and gas and more. Here is an example of an equation in the Equations Solver Interface.
You can access the interactive equations from the Tools menu or by using the filters in any relevant basic search results.
You can sign up to My Knovel using your Swansea University email address. This creates your personalised Knovel account where you can save searches, tables and equations, create alerts and share informaiton.
How to access Knovel
You can access Knovel directly from this link, if you are off campus you will need to log in with your Swansea University username and password.
Use the comprehensive help available in the Support Center in Knovel or contact the engineering support team in the Bay Library using EngineeringLib@Swansea.ac.ukcontinue reading
The library has a range of resources to help you find the best scholarly information for your studies. Your librarians can help you to find the information that you need. If you have questions about referencing or would like to know how to find and use the best resources for your subject, please email us or arrange an appointment. We have a number of options if you would like to meet with a librarian:-
Come to our drop in on Thursday afternoons
From today, we will are trialling a drop-in ‘Ask a librarian’ service every Thursday this term. No need to book in advance, just come to Bay Library between 12.00 and 17.00 and a librarian will be available to help you. You’ll find us in the Central Area of the library.
Book an appointment through our calendar
If you prefer, you can book a one-to-one appointment through the Book a Librarian calendar on our library guides for College of Engineering and Sports Science. Please note, bookings close two hours before the scheduled appointment time.
If there are no suitable appointments showing in our calendar, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to meet a librarian at a more suitable time. The email is monitored Monday to Friday during office hours. You can also email us with any questions that you have.
Ask at the Information Desk in the library
If you need help while you are in the library, you can ask staff at the Information Desk to find out if there is a librarian available to see you. We can’t promise to see you straight away as we may already have other appointments scheduled, but one of us will meet you if we can.continue reading