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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Bay Library – your questions answered

Last week, we held some library induction sessions for School of Management students. Thanks to all of you who turned up –it was good to meet you! Thanks too to those of you who asked us questions via Slido, and to those who took part in the polls when we asked you questions. Click on the image below to see the interaction statistics for the week’s sessions.

The stats also show the most popular questions which were asked last week, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to answer these again on the blog for anyone who missed it last week. Here they are:

  • If I fall asleep in the library will you kick me out?

If you fall asleep in the library, a member of staff will wake you up and suggest you go home to get some rest if you can’t stay awake! Bay Library is open 24/7, but the library space is for studying, reading and relaxing, not for catching up on your sleep, please.

  • I like Harry Potter, are there any Harry Potter books?

We do have some Harry Potter books, but they’re written in German! (They’re for the language students at Singleton Park Campus.) Singleton Park Library does have a range of fiction that you might like to read, and Bay Library has a Book Swap in the self-service café that we encourage you to use, but for a bigger range of fiction which does include the Harry Potter books, why not join Swansea public libraries?

  • Big up Giles

A shout out here to one of our subject librarians, Giles Lloyd-Brown! You can find contact details for Giles and the rest of the team on the front page of our Library Guide for School of Management.

  • Can you bring takeaways in the library?

You can, but please eat them in the self-service café area. Drinks and cold food are allowed in the main study areas of the library, but please take hot food to the café.

  • Will I get a follow back on Twitter?

Maybe! You can follow the School of Management library account at @SUBusLib.

If you missed your library induction last week, you’ll find the presentation, handout and a lecture recording on the New Students tab of our Library Guide. If you have any questions at any time, please come to the library or email us at buslib@swansea.ac.uk.

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Click the image to see more stats from the library inductions

Welcome back returning students!

Welcome back to our returning students! We hope you enjoyed your summer break. There have been a few changes to Bay Library while you’ve been away:

In response to student feedback, we have brought together the library printers in a new Print Zone in the central area of the library. You can now go straight to the Print Zone for any printing, photocopying or scanning you need to do instead of searching the whole library for a printer that’s available.

8 more PCs have been installed in the library.

We have rearranged the library slightly to create 36 extra study spaces overlooking the study well in the central area of the library. We also have some new mobile tables to create a more flexible study space.

The Wellbeing Collection and our newspapers have moved to a new corner by the Group Pod. There is also some careers information in this area. The area is for quiet reading and relaxation.

The Book Swap has moved to the self-service café area. Please help yourself if you see something you’d like to read, but try to bring a book back to replace it!

We hope you like the changes. If you have any comments or feedback, please let us know. There is a suggestion box in the library, or our contact details are available on the library website.

Using library resources to help you get a job

Today there is a Part Tme Jobs Fair on the School of Management Atrium (12.00-15.00).

Did you know that the library has quality academic and business resources that are great for researching companies before you apply, or go for interviews. You will be able to find

  • Company Information
  • Current Awareness
  • Employer Information
  • Financial Information
  • Market Research

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You can access these resources via our Library Guide http://libguides.swansea.ac.uk/management/howtofind

Your librarians are here to help you access the information you need and can provide quality advice about getting the best out of the resources available. Come and talk to us at the Jobs Fair today or use the contact details here to get help at any time.

Croeso/Welcome to our new students!

Arrivals weekend is here and we’re really pleased to welcome new School of Management students to Bay Campus. Croeso! (That’s Welsh for ‘welcome’.) We hope you settle in well and that the weather stays nice enough for you to enjoy our beautiful beachside location!

Bay Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so please do come in and have a look around as you explore your new home. Staff are available at the Information Desk from 8am till midnight Monday to Friday and 10am till midnight at the weekends, so please ask us if you have any questions. For a full introduction to the library, come along to one of the following sessions during Welcome Week:-

Monday 25th September
16.00-17.00 Great Hall 049 (undergraduates)
Tuesday 26th September
13.00-14.00 Great Hall 049 (undergraduates)
Wednesday 27th September
12.00-13.00 Great Hall 043 (postgraduates and direct entry students)
15.00-16.00 Great Hall 043 (postgraduates)
Thursday 28th September
15.00-16.00 Great Hall 043 (undergraduates)

Your subject librarians will also be at the fayre in the School of Management Atrium from 11.00 till 15.00 on Friday 29th September. Come and say hello!

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Staff at the Information Desk in the library are here to help you

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Naomi, Philippa, Giles and Allison – your subject librarians!

Database of the month – Proquest Dissertations and Thesis

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There have been a few queries lately regarding finding dissertations and thesis. Our database of the month is Proquest dissertations and thesis however this blog will also look at other resources that can be used to search relevant dissertations and theses.

Proquest Dissertations and Theses

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Proquest Dissertations and Theses is a searchable database of Masters and PhD-level dissertations and theses from universities around the world. Most of the dissertations within this resource are available full-text and downloadable.

This database, which can be found searching for Proquest dissertations and theses in iFind. This resource is useful for those still looking for inspiration on their dissertation project or those searching for information on existing research on the chosen topic.

The Proquest search screen is simple and intuitive. Just type your keywords into the search box to find results. Selecting the Full Text option on the left of the screen enables you to limit your results to full PDF version.

It is also worth using the Advanced Search screen within this resource. Options, including limiting by university, to a specific language(s) or finding results within a particular date range.

Other resources that are useful when it comes to searching for dissertations include Ethos and Open Access Dissertations and Theses.

Ethos

http://ethos.bl.uk – Useful for UK Doctoral Research Theses

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EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. There are over 450,000 thesis catalogued on Ethos with over 160,000 of these available as full-text pdf. Every month around 3000 new records are added and an additional 2000 full text theses become accessible.  You can limit your search to only available items (just below the search box). However…

A digitisation on demand facility is a unique feature of EThOS. Users can order a copy through digitisation on demand. There is a turnaround time of up to 6 weeks and there may also be a charge for the scanning process (currently £47.70 + VAT £9.54 = Total £57.24). Once digitised the theses becomes available as a full-text pdf for all to use.

Open Access Dissertations

https://oatd.org/ – Useful for Worldwide Graduate Theses and Dissertations

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OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 3,895,905 theses and dissertations.

If you have any questions please do get in touch with us at buslib@swansea.ac.uk.

SAGE Research Methods

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SAGE Research methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process (SAGE, 2016).

Whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate, researcher or staff there is excellent content relating to research methodologies within this resource.  From encyclopaedia references and book chapters that will help you understand the research process through to video clips and data sets that can be used in the classroom.

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool, linking Sage’s research methods content with search tools to help researchers answer their research methods questions.

From designing your research project, understanding your chosen methods, identifying new methods, conducting your research or writing up your findings there is good quality content available within this resource.

Sage Research Methods has valuable content in a clear, easy to navigate and visually appealing interface….

Research Methods homepageTo expand a little on content. SAGE Research Methods includes the Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences (QASS) series aka the ‘Little Green Books’ series. This series is excellent for short explanations on Quantitative Methodology and Research Methods. The package also includes the Qualitative Research Methods series, “Little Blue Books”.  There are 1000s of other titles (also searchable separately via iFind) and videos written and complied by academics on various topics surrounding the research process.

Sage Research Methodology also contains datasets taken from real research projects, but edited and cleaned for teaching purposes. Each dataset is accompanied by a short, clear narrative description of the data and easy-to-follow instructions on how to apply the research method.

One lovely feature is the Mind Map.  This is useful for defining terms and importantly it also links to contents within the resource.  It is a good starting point for those with little experience in research methodologies:

 

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There is also a nifty little planner to guide you through the different stages of your research project.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about SAGE Research Methods yout can email the team with any questions you have at buslib@swaansea.ac.uk.  We’re happy to arrange appointments via Skype or over the telephone.

If you prefer to chat with a librarian online you can do so via our Ask a Librarian chat service which is accessible via  Library Guides.

Don’t forget that the Management Library Guide  contains a range of useful information including referencing guides and links to relevant databases.