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  • Change to Bay Library opening hours – 13th and 14th October 2017

    This Saturday (14th October), there will be an Open Day and a visit by Hillary Rodham Clinton to Bay Campus. In order to facilitate the large number of expected visitors and to maintain security, there will be some changes to parking, bus routes and building access at Bay Campus this weekend. This includes access to Bay Library, which will close at 5pm Friday and re-open by 9pm on Saturday. Please check library Twitter and Facebook accounts for further updates.

    We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. Our other libraries remain open as usual, though please do remember the Open Day includes Singleton Park Campus, so the library and campus may be busy with visitors. If you are traveling to or from Bay Campus or Singleton Park Campus on Saturday, please check the Open Day travel information.

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  • Welcome back returning students!

    Welcome back to our returning students! We hope you enjoyed your summer break. There have been a few changes to Bay Library while you’ve been away:

    In response to student feedback, we have brought together the library printers in a new Print Zone in the central area of the library. You can now go straight to the Print Zone for any printing, photocopying or scanning you need to do instead of searching the whole library for a printer that’s available.

    8 more PCs have been installed in the library.

    We have rearranged the library slightly to create 36 extra study spaces overlooking the study well in the central area of the library. We also have some new mobile tables to create a more flexible study space.

    The Wellbeing Collection and our newspapers have moved to a new corner by the Group Pod. There is also some careers information in this area. The area is for quiet reading and relaxation.

    The Book Swap has moved to the self-service café area. Please help yourself if you see something you’d like to read, but try to bring a book back to replace it!

    We hope you like the changes. If you have any comments or feedback, please let us know. There is a suggestion box in the library, or our contact details are available on the library website.

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  • Croeso/Welcome to our new students!

    Arrivals weekend is here and we’re really pleased to welcome new College of Engineering students to Bay Campus. Croeso! (That’s Welsh for ‘welcome’.) We hope you settle in well and that the weather stays nice enough for you to enjoy our beautiful beachside location!

    Bay Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so please do come in and have a look around as you explore your new home for the next few years. Staff are available on the Information Desk from 8am till midnight Monday to Friday and 10am till midnight at the weekends, so please ask us if you have any questions. There are introduction to the library sessions scheduled for new students on Friday 29th September. Your subject librarians also have a stand in the library Monday to Friday from 11.00 till 15.00 during Welcome Week, so come and say hello!

    Alasdair, Giles, Allison and Philippa – your librarians

    Staff at the Information Desk can help with IT and library enquiries

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  • Database of the month – Web of Science

    This month we want to tell you about Web of Science which is a scientific citation indexing service that provides a comprehensive citation search with over 1 billion cited reference connections indexed from high quality peer reviewed journals, books and proceedings. Subject areas include engineering and business.

    Web of Science gives access to multiple databases that reference cross-disciplinary research, which allows for in-depth exploration of specialised sub-fields within an academic or scientific discipline.

     

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  • Shhhh! Silent study space in Bay Library and in Great Hall

    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.)

    Sign on wall reading 'You are now entering a silent study zone'

    You’ll see some new signs in the North Wing

    Sign on wall reading 'Silent study zone'

    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

    09.00-18.00 Tuesday

    Great Hall 043

    09.00-18.00 Wednesday

    Great Hall 043

    09.00-18.00 Thursday

    Great Hall 043 & 049

    09.00-18.00 Friday

    Great Hall 043 & 049

    Good luck with your revision and in your exams. Pob lwc!

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  • Parrots and plagiarism

    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!

    Photo of Pryderi the toy parrot reading a book

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  • Database of the month – ScienceDirect

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    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
    • Psychology
    • 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.

     

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  • A new look for Scopus

    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.

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  • Extra study space for exam period

    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!

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  • Do you need high quality Sports Science articles?

    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
    • Kinesiology
    • Nutrition
    • 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…

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    Camilla Knight, Senior Lecturer in Sports Science said…

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    How to access SPORTDiscus?

    There are two ways you can access SPORTDiscus.

    1. 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…
    2. 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 engineeringlib@swansea.ac.uk or pop into the Bay Library.

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