Subject Guides News!

plasma screen subject guides publicity DTBehind the scenes some subject areas have moved into different guides.

Watch this 1 minute video that explains which guides have changed and also reminds you of some top tips for finding resources in your subject area

Please let us know if you have any questions about the changes.

Make your dissertation behave in Word (bitesize)

appleIt’s assignment time of year – and you may have long Word documents/dissertations that are driving you crazy!

Help is at hand – a practical workshop session which includes

  • making your text behave
  • using styles – titles, headings and subheadings
  • editing your styles
  • headers, footers and page numbering
  • layout – portrait to landscape to portrait
  • generate an automatic contents page

Tuesday Feb 21- 12:00pm Adsetts 6624 Book here

Tuesday Feb 21- 3:00pm – Collegiate Learning Centre CC106 Book here

RefME is changing!

RefME online referencing tool and app change from 28th February open-book-585864__340

Have you been using the free online tool and app RefME to help you with your referencing?

RefME has been acquired by another educational company and will become Cite This For Me

Your accounts and citations will automatically be transferred to Cite This For Me

You’ll be able to log in using the same details to access all your work until 1st June 2017 – giving you access to your account and bibliographies for free on Cite This For Me.

From 2nd June you’ll need to subscribe to Cite This For Me for access to access all you work. There’s more info is here RefME transition to Cite This For Me FAQs. 

There are many different online tools and apps available to help you with your referencing. Have a look at our guidance on this page Choosing the right tool or app for you
You can also consider using RefWorks an online referencing tool paid for by SHU.                                                        
Find out all you need to know on the referencing library guide 


Borrow a Chromebook!

keyboard-943748__340We understand the pressures of trying to find free PCs during busy periods. To help manage this we’re trialling a new service where you can borrow a Chromebook while you’re studying in the library.

The new Chromebook loan service starts 

11.30am Monday 13 February

You’ll find them

At Adsetts – near the main stairs on level 3

At Collegiate – in the main room on the ground floor C001

Chromebooks are different to traditional laptops and many students find them better for studying than laptops or PCs. They’re faster connecting to the internet, working with files online and also have a longer battery life.They can be used for printing in the University and will work with USB memory sticks.

They are great devices for many types of work but don’t contain the full suite of  software and can’t be taken out of the library.

Advantages of Chromebooks

  • faster start up times (there’s no Chromebook-image-2software installed – all applications work in the cloud)
  • 8 hour battery life
  • saving happens automatically so you won’t lose your work if something happens to the computer and you don’t need to use a memory stick to store files
  • you can easily pick up where you left off working if you change to another device
  • you’ll be able to use the Office 365 Online Apps (like Word, Excel, OneNote and OneDrive) and your SHU Google Apps as well as other cloud-based software
  • easy access to shuspace/blackboard and the Library Gateway

Advantages of laptops

  • there’s more software installed and you can use AppHub
  • laptops have the full version of Microsoft Office installed which supports more features than the online version
  • better for complex documents which include equations, graphics etc
  • you can take them out of the library (Chromebooks need to stay in the library)
  • you can borrow some laptops for up to 7 days

More information about the Chromebook loan service

Give them a try and tell us what you think!

Bitesize help – formatting a long document…

appleIt’s assignment time of year – and you may have long Word documents/dissertations that are driving you crazy!

Help is at hand – come along to a 45 min practical session which includes

  • making your text behave
  • using styles – titles, headings and subheadings
  • editing your styles
  • headers, footers and page numbering
  • layout – portrait to landscape to portrait
  • automatic contents page

Tuesday Feb 7th 1:00pm – Adsetts 6624 Book here

Tuesday Feb 7th 3:00pm – Collegiate Learning Centre CC106 Book here

Feeling fiction!

feeling fiction

This is a new reading group where you can escape strictly academic texts but still explore the themes of health and wellbeing. muffins-1844458__340

Each month a new book will be discussed by staff and students over lunch (please bring your own) and cake (provided by the group)!

Books and cake – what’s not to love!

January 26th 2017 – 1pm – 2pm Collegiate library room C106

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt – a lonely observer, Theo has lived with his skittish, bohemian and – to him – utterly adorable mother in Manhattan since his deadbeat fantasist of an ex-actor dad finally walked out. During a visit to a special exhibition of Dutch painting at the Met that features “The Goldfinch”, an attack by “homegrown” bombers kills her and plunges Theo into a slow-mo nightmare, staged with all the virtuoso illusionism of those pictures. In the bomb’s aftermath, he steals the painting, catches sight of the bewitching Pippa, and succours a dying man, her courtly uncle, who gives him both a ring, and an address. (review from the Independent)

And to follow…

February 23rd 2017 – 1pm – Ham on Rye – Charles Bukowski

The character of Henry Chinaski, deeply flawed and abused by his father and by the awful kids at school, grows up to be a cynical drunkard who likes being alone and is well-read on DH Lawrence novels: normally, a character like that is detestable and labeled off as a “useless bum.”

Bukowski, however, is able to strike at the real core of the character, and of himself, to show us the truth: no matter the character’s faults or flaws, he just wants to be loved and to be free from this conforming, controlling society. At the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want? (Maybe with not so much drink, but the point still stands.)

The novel comes off as poetry, and just startles you with its pace. One minute, you’re diving into the first few chapters, and the next, you’re done. It’s that kind of book that reminds you of why you love literature, without all of the pretensions and artificial attempts at “deep revelations.”

Bukowski, in this novel, reminds us of being, first and foremost, human beings living together; no more, no less. (review from

March 23rd 2107 – 1pm – Child of God – Cormac McCarthy

Suspenseful, spare, a quick and compelling read, Child of God is at the same time McCarthy’s most extreme challenge to the limits of propriety, perhaps outdoing even Blood Meridian in its chronicling of individual depravity. Its hero, Lester Ballard, is a murderer and necrophile, expelled from the human family and eventually living in underground caves, which he peoples with his trophies: giant stuffed animals won in carnival shooting galleries and the decomposing corpses of his several shot victims, male and female. This is the child of God. Yet McCarthy’s meditation on this lost soul is restrained, even delicate, in its images of his grievous acts. There are fewer graphic assaults on the reader’s imagination than in either Suttree or Blood Meridian. And his treatment of Lester is more sympathetic than of comparable beyond-the-pale characters, Culla Holme in Outer Dark and the kid in Blood Meridian, perhaps to the reader’s discomfort. (review from McCarthy’s website)

Next assignment due? Are you putting it off?

correcting-1870721__340Starting a new piece of written work can sometimes be quite daunting. One of the most important stages is to develop a clear assignment plan.

You might find a printable chart a useful tool to help you on your way. The Bridge website has an editable Word document (along with tips for using it). Just look under Resources where you’ll find loads more top tips and guides.

Alternatively  why not come along to an Assignment Planning Forum?

Collegiate – Friday 20th Jan 9am

Adsetts – Tuesday 24th Jan 10am

The forums are designed to help you get started with a new assignment. These informal, small group sessions will allow you to test out your initial ideas & approaches, and help you to generate your draft assignment plan, all under the guidance of the Academic Skills Tutor.

All you need to do is to bring along your assignment question & assessment criteria on a USB stick and you will have the opportunity to discuss your initial ideas with the other participants and the tutor.

The sessions are bookable on Unihub, via the Bridge website and are designed to complement our Writing Forums.

For further information please see


As Sherlock would say…

silent quoteIt’s exam time for many of you and we’d like to remind you about the best areas to study if like Sherlock to need a bit of peace and quiet to concentrate…

Everyone likes a different environment and if you happen to be one of those that cherishes the silence – here are the best places to study…

At Adsetts

There is a silent study room on level 2 or there’s a quiet study room on level 4

At Collegiate library

The silent study room is on the first floor, you’ll find it to your left in the quiet study room. There is another quiet study room on the ground floor in the foyer area too

Please help us to keep the silent areas silent – it really is crucial for some!

If you need to report a disturbance between 9am – 5pm you can do this online via chat. Library staff will alert security staff who will come and walk round the reported area. From 5pm to 9am (and at any other times if you prefer), please tell security staff at the Reception desks about any disturbances, again they will come and have a walk round or talk to anyone as necessary.


Are you exam ready?

book-1845356_960_720All sorts of factors contribute to how well you do in exams and there’s also a lot you can do to give yourself the best chance of success. Revision isn’t just down to the time you put in, it’s about how well you use your time! Check this quick video out to get you started.

Here are our top tips…

  • make sure you know when and where your exams take place – and add it to your calendar or diary (see exam venues below)
  • your exam will be based on topics you have covered during the semester – take a look at your lecture notes and hand outs
  • identify your main study topic – then divide your time into small chunk and allocate the time available
  • summarise the information you have gathered and identify the key points – remember to include examples and evidence for each topic
  • make sure you understand the information when you make notes – it may work better to present the information as a chart or mind map
  • re-reading your notes is not always effective – try walking around your room, ask yourself questions and answer them
  • to practise writing an exam question sketch out a rough outline in ten minutes – then go back to your notes to see what you’ve missed

Have you got more questions?

Check out our exam resources on the Bridge website or come along to an Exam Surgery – where you’ll meet our Academic Skills Tutor as part of a small group to develop your exam technique. To book a place at an Exam Surgery visit the bookings page here.

Before, during and after your exams

Exam venues

ID required for exams

What can I take into my exams?

And finally Hallam Students’ Union can help with exam stress relief – they have put on two weeks of activities to help you ‘Keep Your Cool’

Take the Library with you


As a Sheffield Hallam student, you can still use the University’s library resources no matter where you are in the world (as long as you have internet connection, that is).

To make sure you can get access to electronic books, journal articles, and more, the best place to start is shuspace.  Go to and log in using your University username and password, then click on the Library Gateway link at the top of the screen.

Link on shuspace

A new window will pop up.  Click on ‘Login as SHU students and staff’, that will give you access to all of our library resources.

Library Gateway login options

Finally, the Library Gateway will open, with Library Search and all the other features you’re used to when you’re working on campus.

Arrrgh it won’t work!

If you’ve followed the steps above and still can’t get access to something, try repeating the same steps but in a different browser.  The Library Gateway works in most browsers, including Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.  We’ve noticed a few problems with Edge so best not use that.

If you’re stuck, get in touch.  Click on the ‘Contact’ link at the top of the Library Gateway to see the different ways you can reach us.  If you’re telling us about library resources that you can’t access, we’ll need to know:

  • as much information about it as possible – title, author, date of publication, etc
  • the web address of the page you were on when you got stuck (copy it from the browser address bar and paste it into email or chat)
  • who you are so we can help you – make sure you tell us your full name and student number (it’s on your SHUcard).