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  • The Library Detox: Tip 4

    The Academic Survival Kit (ASK) can be found at This fantastic and very comprehensive resource offers advice and guidance in planning and writing for your assignments. It also features a useful calendar to help you plan and schedule your work.


    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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  • The Library Detox: Tip 3

    There are many tools available to help with the referencing process. For those managing a large number of references, Swansea University Library subscribes to Endnote which is available from the Swansea University Unified Desktop.

    Endnote is a professional reference management software package used to manage references and bibliographies. It is a fantastic resource for collecting and managing references from our subscribed databases as well as free resources.

    A Word plug-in, also available from the unified desktop which allows for easy output of in-text citations and the reference list.

    Combined with EndNote Web, a web-based implementation of EndNote, the product offers mobility of resources as it not only manages references it can also manage the pdf attachments. As part of the Library Detox and the ‘Breakfast Bites’ we are running a short Endnote session on Wednesday, 7th February 2018 at 8.15 in the Bay Library.

    The following week on Monday, 12th February 2018 we will be looking at Mendeley.  Mendeley is a free referencing software, and therefore not supported by the library. It is an excellent resource which also works well with our subscribed resources.  It also has the ability to annotate PDFs and offers a platform to manage, showcase and connect to researchers worldwide.

    For those with less references to manage there is citation tool within iFind. Within each record you can get to the Citation in the Actions drop-down menu (see example below). This can then be copied and pasted into your work.  It isn’t always accurate and you will need to follow the guidance in your school’s handbook, but it certainly helps by providing the information needed to cite and reference your work.

    Likewise, the majority of our subscribed resources have citation tools.   Again, as with most referencing tools, it is important to check against your school handbook.

    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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  • The Library Detox

    The Bay Library Subject Team are Naomi, Alasdair, Giles, Philippa, and Allison.

    We are here to help you find information for you assignments and reference the information that you use.

    You can book a face-to-face or Skype appointment with the librarians.  The book a librarian calendar can be found on the homepage of your subject specialist library guides.  For Management the link can be found here.  You are also more than welcome to email to book an appointment.

    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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  • The Library Detox

    Happy New Year and Happy New Semester and welcome to the Library Detox. This is a series of blog posts to promote good information literacy.

    Each day there will be a new blog with a simple tip to help you improve your information literacy and make managing your information cleaner and easier for your studies and research in 2018 and beyond.

    Over the last few months, Swansea University Information, Services and Systems have been working towards creating an Information Literacy framework. The framework is built on seven skillsets: Identify, Scope, Plan, Gather, Evaluate, Synthesise and Present and it is these skills that the Library Detox will address.

    Further information is available from your subject specialist support. If you haven’t already, please sign up to our blog.

    For further information please contact your library team:

    Engineering and Sport Science Team:

    The Bay Library

    Swansea University

    T +44 (0)1792 505500

    Find us on Facebook at

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  • Finding additional study space and campus PCs

    As you are aware, our Swansea University Libraries are very busy at the moment. If you are looking for somewhere to work, you can check our webpage for Additional study spaces to find rooms which are available outside the library on Bay and Singleton Park campuses.

    If you are looking for a PC, the College of Engineering IT team have a website which shows live, real-time updates of the number of free computers in the Bay Library as well as in select labs in School of Management, College of Engineering and Singleton Campus. The website is accessible from university PCs and via Eduroam, but is not accessible off-campus. Please be aware that there may be times when the PC labs are not free for use (when they are being used for teaching) and some labs may not be available to you (for instance the Engineering labs are only open to College of Engineering students). The website is still in development, so please be aware that it is not yet perfect. For instance, the PC lab in Nanhyfer is not yet included, though the intention is to add it in the future.

    Please ask for advice at the Information Desk in the library if you are having difficulty finding a place to study.

    Additional study spaces:

    Availability of PCs:

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    EndNote’s Cite While You Write feature allows you to use the references stored in your EndNote online library to create citations, footnotes and reference lists in a Microsoft Word document.


    On Swansea University open access machines you will need to run the EndNote plugins (online) icon which you will find in the Common Apps folder of the Unified Desktop.

    If you are using your own PC rather than a university one, you will need to download EndNote plugins for Word. To do this log into Endnote Online and then select  Downloads.

    Once you have the EndNote plugin you will have an EndNote tab in Word. If you do not have the EndNote tab please contact the library for help.

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    • Open Word and create a new document.
    • Go to the EndNote tab and click Preferences.
    • Click the Application tab and change this to EndNote Online. (It may have the EndNote Online tab already showing in which case you don’t need to do anything). If you do not have an EndNote tab at all, close Word and double click the EndNote plugins icon in the applications window to install it.
    • A dialog box will ask you for your e-mail address and EndNote password – enter these.

    Now you can use EndNote to add citations as you write.

    • Type the following:

    This book was useful during my studies

    • Click Insert Citations. Type marshall in the search box and click Find. Highlight the reference “How to study and learn” and click Insert. EndNote will insert a citation (author and year) into your text and add the full reference at the end of your document.
    • Type:

    I also found the following useful

    • Click Insert Citations and insert another reference that you have saved in EndNote.

    Each time you insert a citation the reference will be automatically added to a reference list at the end of the document.

    You can change the referencing style. Word will pick up the referencing styles that you have added to your favorites in EndNote. If the one you want to use is not listed in Word you need to select the style in EndNote Online. Do this by clicking on the Format tab and then Bibliography, followed by Select Favorites. There are some Swansea University approved styles :

    • APA 6th Swansea (an  author date style)
    • Vancouver Swansea (a numbered style)
    • MHRA Swansea (a footnotes style)

    If you have added a new style to your Favorites you will need to close Word and reopen it to pick up the styles that you have added.

    When you change the reference style in Word the in-text citations and reference list will update automatically.

    We have reached the end of ‘5 days of EndNote’. I hope that you have found it useful and can see how EndNote can help you. This course has been designed to give you enough information to ‘get started’ using EndNote. However, if you would like to find out more, there is further information available in our Library Guide for EndNote and you can contact your library subject team for help and advice.

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  • Database of the Month – Knovel

    Knovel is an engineering database containing technical and reference information used by academics and industry professionals. It contains searchable books, reference items, encyclopaedias and dictionaries alongside a powerful, interactive and detailed equation calculator.

    In October Knovel introduced its new platform and interface for Knovel with emphasis placed on smarter searching, personalisation and accessibility.

    The home screen is simple and intuitive with two tabs along the top, a prominent search box below and a persistent toolbar on the left-hand side of the screen. On the bottom of each pages there is an “Explore this page” link  with more information or help on the product.

    A general search for the whole resource can be entered straight into the search box whilst the popular Property Search is accessible from both the top tab and the toolbar.

    Also situated on the toolbar is the “My Knovel” which increases personalisation of the resource, “Equations” to access the equations tool and a very comprehensive “Unit Converter”.

    Most information can easily be exported to other applications including Excel spreadsheets with reference information compatible with both Endnote and Mendeley.




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    This post explains how you can easily create a list of your references using EndNote Online. Our pervious posts covered creating an account, adding reference information to your EndNote account and organising that information.

    To create a reference list

    • Click the Format tabYou will see the screen below (The Bibliography option on this tab is selected by default).


    • Next to References: select the group you created. You can select any group or all your references.
    • Next to Bibliographic style: this is where you need to select the reference style you want to use. If the style you need is not in the list follow the next three steps.
    • Click the Select Favorites
    • From the All list on the left select the style that you want to use.

    There are some Swansea approved styles; APA 6th Swansea (an author date type style), Vancouver Swansea (numbered) and MHRA Swansea (footnotes).

    • Click Copy to Favorites. They will then be added to the list of styles you see in the drop-down list for bibliographic style.


    Once you have the selected the referencing style that you wish you use

    • Select RTF from the File format drop-down list. This format can be opened in any word processor and gives a nicer format than plain text.
    • Click the Save You will see a message asking if you want to save or open the file.
    • Choose Open and you should see a formatted list of the items in your group.

    Today you have quickly and easily create a list of your references in your chosen referencing style. Tomorrow you will learn how to use EndNote with Word to insert citations and references as you write your assignments.

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    Over the last two days we have entered references manually and imported some references from iFind. You should now have several references saved in EndNote. Today we will look at how you can organise and share these references.


    In EndNote Online you can collect related references in groups. You could have a group for a specific topic, or for each chapter of a dissertation. Putting a reference in a group does not remove it from your list of My References, so a reference can be in more than one group.

    To create a group:

    • Go to Organize
    • Select New Group
    • A window will open; enter a name for your group.

    To add references into your new group:

    • Go to My References
    • Select some referenes by ticking the check box next to the reference.
    • Just above your list of references you will see an Add to group drop-down menu.
    • Select your group.

    The selected references will be added to the group. At the left of the screen you will see a My References box listing the groups you have in your library. You should see the group you created with a number of references next to it.

    • Click on the group name link to see the references in this group.

    You can share specific groups with other EndNote users. This may be useful if you are working on a collaborative assignment.

    • Click the Organize
    • On the Manage My Groups page, click the box in the Share column to tick it.


    • Click the Manage Sharing button for the appropriate group. On the next screen click the link that says Start sharing this group. A pop-up window will appear where you can enter the email addresses of anyone you wish to share the group with. You can also decide to give Read & Write or Read Only

    Tomorrow’s post will teach you how to create a simple bibliography/reference list.

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    Yesterday we set up an EndNote Online account and entered a reference manually. Today we are going the have a go at importing references.

    You can import references from iFind and most academic databases including Web of ScienceScopus, and ScienceDirect.

    We are going to find some journal articles in iFind and import the reference information into EndNote.

    • Go to iFind and select the ‘Articles & more’ search option.


    • Search for a topic that you are interested in.
    • Chose an article that you would like to save in EndNote.
    • Click on the details tab and then select EndNote from the actions drop-down list.

    details dropdown

    EndNote Online will open in a new window. Once logged in to you will be taken to a page called Import references page and should confirm that 1 reference has been imported from Primo (Primo is the system that runs iFind).

    You can import references for multiple items by saving them to you favourites and then sending them to EndNote.

    • Go back to your list of results in iFind.
    • In the results list click on the star next to the title. This adds the items to your favourites.
    • Add several items to you favourites by clicking on the star icon.
    • Now go to you Favourites list. You can access this buy clicking on Favourites (top right of the screen)
    • From your Favourites list select all of the items you went to send to EndNote.
    • Select Push to EndNote from the drop-down list and click on Go.


    You should now have several items in EndNote, which you can view by selecting My References.

    You can find instructions for importing references from other sources EndNote library guide or simply ask the library staff for help.

    Tomorrow we will learn how to organise and share the references that you have saved in EndNote.

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