Are you feeling exam ready?

3571102858_54d5b5f58c_zHave you started to prepare for your exams? 

Would you like some handy tips to get you going?

Look no further, we can help get you started here…

  • How do you like to study – in slience? Which library? Do you prefer to be warmer or cooler?

Take a look at the library study options available as well as topics on the ‘you say, we say’ pages on the ‘have your say’ site

Top tip – if you’re studying in a silent or quiet areas and you have ‘noisy neighbours’ you can report disturbances from Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm via library chat

Comments are passed to security who will go and walk round the reported area and talk to anyone if necessary.

Between 5pm and 9am and weekends (and any other time if you prefer), please report directly to security staff at Reception desks. They are available 24/7

 

  • Are you likely to study overnight?

You need food for the brain and plenty of hydration! There are water fountains situated on each floor of Adsetts and on the ground floor at Collegiate. There are new vending machines in both libraries or remember to bring your own snacks.

Top tip – fill up your drinks containers or top up snacks for free, there’s hot water available 24/7 in café areas.

 

  • Need to brush up on your exam skills – on your own or with others?

Here are the top 10 exam tips! on the Bridge

Check out the Exam Resources on the Bridge

Top tip – want more? Try the brand new Exam and Revision workshop – you can book via the Bridge booking page

 

  • Know where you’re going and what you need?

Top tip find out all you need to know on the Exam Information page on shuspace

 

  • Finally – remember to take a break!

Health, happiness and academic success are all linked so it’s very important to look after yourself. Healthy Hallam explains the 5 ways to wellbeing

Top tips – when we asked students to share their thoughts on how to cope during stressful times, here’s what they said…

‘keep calm and utilise the universities resources’

‘always talk to someone if you feel you can’t cope with work’

‘manage your time well and make sure you still have some fun’

‘set time aside to de-stress’

‘allow time for yourself, mental health is really important’

GOOD LUCK!

Hold the front page

Following a recent survey about newspaper usage the library has decided to cancel a newspaper-154444__340number of printed newspapers.

Newspapers are available online – the primary source is Nexis

This covers about 2,500 publications from across the world, including most major UK newspapers. Coverage varies between publications, but commonly extends from the late 1990s to the present day. There’s more information available on the Journalism, PR and Media subject guide on the Library Gateway.

The money saved on not buying newspapers is going towards ‘Books by You!’. This event will take place in March and means you’ll be able to make your own suggestions about the books we buy. We’ll be telling you more about this very soon!

Newspapers cancelled include

  • Daily Telegraph
  • Financial times
  • Guardian
  • The Times
  • Yorkshire Post
  • Sheffield Star
  • Sheffield Telegraph

Please note  – Sheffield Public Library still takes local newspapers (to assist with job hunting)

 

Not a Chrome coloured book but…

We thought we’d make it super obvious where the Chromebooks are located in the libraries!
In Adsetts – you’ll find them on level 3 near the main stairs

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At Collegiate – they’re in the main room C001 on the ground floor (on your left as you walk in)

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Pick up a Chromebook today and let us know what you think.

More info on using them can be found on shuspace.

 

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 March 7 – 12:00pm – Adsetts 6624 Book here

Tuesday March 21 – 12:00pm – Adsetts 6624 Book here

Tuesday April 4 – 12:00pm – Adsetts 6624 Book here

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

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

Tuesday April 4 – 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!

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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 examiner.com)

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 https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/thebridge/academic-skills/