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  • The Library Detox: Tip 6

     

    Tip Six: Ask a Librarian (Online Chat)

    Have a question? Need some help? Use our online chat to ask any research or library-related question.

    Swansea University Subject Librarians are available to chat from Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

    Out of the above hours you can email your subject team and we will get back to you the next working day. The Bay library is manned 8.00 am to 12.00 am during term time and our Customer Service Team are able to provide advice and guidance on non-subject specialist library matters.

    For further information please contact your library team:

    Engineering and Sport Science Team: engineeringlib@swansea.ac.uk
    The Bay Library
    Swansea University
    T +44 (0)1792 505500

    Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SwanseaUniLib

     

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  • The Library Detox: Tip 5

    Our library guides can be found at http://libguides.swansea.ac.uk. They have been created by your librarians to help and support students, staff and researchers to use the library and find subject specialist resources.

    It is from these pages that you can find out more about your subject team and how to contact us, find a link to our library catalogue and hints and tips on getting the most of our resources. The Engineering Subject Guides can be found here.  The Sports Science Subject Guides can be found here.

    For further information please contact your library team:

    Engineering and Sport Science Team: engineeringlib@swansea.ac.uk
    The Bay Library
    Swansea University

    T +44 (0)1792 505500

    Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SwanseaUniLib

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  • The Library Detox: Tip 4

    The Academic Survival Kit (ASK) can be found at http://ask.swan.ac.uk. 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: engineeringlib@swansea.ac.uk
    The Bay Library
    Swansea University
    T +44 (0)1792 505500

    Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SwanseaUniLib

     

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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: engineeringlib@swansea.ac.uk
    The Bay Library
    Swansea University
    T +44 (0)1792 505500

    Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SwanseaUniLib

     

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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: engineeringlib@swansea.ac.uk
    The Bay Library
    Swansea University
    T +44 (0)1792 505500

    Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SwanseaUniLib

     

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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: engineeringlib@swansea.ac.uk

    The Bay Library

    Swansea University

    T +44 (0)1792 505500

    Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SwanseaUniLib

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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: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/library/studyspace/

    Availability of PCs: http://labstats.swan.ac.uk

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  • USING ENDNOTE WITH WORD. DAY 5 OF 5 DAYS OF ENDNOTE

    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.

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    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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  • CREATING A REFERENCE LIST: DAY 4 OF 5 DAYS OF ENDNOTE

    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).

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    • 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.

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    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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