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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.

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    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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    Welcome to 5 days of EndNote.

    EndNote is a tool that can help you store and organise the references that you find during your research. This reference information can then be used to automaticaically insert citations and a fully-formatted reference list into your Word documents.

    Today we are going to set up an EndNote Online account and add a reference.


    EndNote Registration is free and available to all staff and students at Swansea University.

    • Go to
    • If you are on campus you can select IP authentication, if off campus you will need to choose ‘Institutional (Shibboleth) Authentication’ and then log in with your normal university log in details.
    • Click on sign-up.


    • On the next screen enter your:
      • Swansea University email address
      • create a password
      • provide your name
    • Your password must meet the following criteria:


    You can link your Facebook or LinkedIn account to EndNote so that you can log in using them in future. Here are instructions for facebook sign-up and linkedin sign-up.

    Now that you have an account, let’s get some reference information in EndNote. We will start by learning to add a reference manually. You won’t need to do this very often: most of the time you will import the references as you find the information. It is useful to learn how to add a reference manually because occasionally you many use resources that you have not found online. Understanding how to add a reference manually will also help if you ever need to edit a reference that you import.

    Entering references manually

    • Click the Collect tab then click New Reference
    • Use the drop down menu to change the Reference Type to book.
    • Enter the following reference using the text in boxes:


    Top tips for manually adding references…

    • When you start to type, a larger box will open which allows you to use formatting such as bold, underline, etc. It is not usually necessary to do this as EndNote will format your references when needed but it can be useful if you want to do something different from a standard style, such as stressing a particular word in the title.
    • Do not put a full stop at the end of the title – EndNote will add punctuation when needed.
    • You always need to enter basic information (such as author, title and publication date) which you would need to include in a reference. There are also optional fields (such as keywords, call number, notes, etc) which you can use if you find them helpful.

    EndNote will automatically save your reference as you go along but you need to click the Save button to finish.

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

    Tomorrow we will learn how to import reference information from iFind.

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    ‘5 days of EndNote’ is an open online course for Swansea University students. The course will run between the 27th November and the 1st December.

    How the course will work

    Each day there will be a new blog post that will talk you through using EndNote Online. We will start with the basics of creating an account, but by the end of the week you will be able to use EndNote to insert citations and references lists in your word documents.

    The course will cover:

    • Creating an EndNote Online account
    • Entering references manually
    • Importing references
    • Organising and sharing your references
    • Creating bibliographies/references lists
    • Using EndNote with word to insert citations and reference lists

    How to join in

    Please sign up to follow this blog by email (click on the little follow icon at the bottom right of this page) to join the course! If you are already logged into, you will need to sign out to get the “email” sign-up option or use a different browser.

    Any questions? Email Allison (

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  • Assignments – Survive and thrive

    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.

    Today 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: and you can also arrange an appointment with a Subject Librarian through Library Guides.

    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.

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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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