Academic Misconduct Workshop

The university takes academic misconduct very seriously and it can have a serious and detrimental effect on your results.

On Wednesday 8th February a workshop, to help you avoid academic misconduct, is being held in the Bay Library from 14.00-15.00 in PC room 2.

During the workshop we’ll look at:

  • What constitutes academic misconduct.
  • The definition of plagiarism, collusion and the commissioning of work.
  • Why it’s so important to reference.
  • How to reference and common mistakes.
  • Where to find help with referencing.
  • Tools that can help you reference.

There’s no need to sign up, you can come along on the day.

Please return your library books!

Do you still have library books that you borrowed last term? Do you still need them? If not, please return them as soon as you can to give other students a chance to use them.

Exams are over and you’ve submitted your assignments. A new term of teaching starts next week, so you probably have a new set of module reading lists to look at. Make some room on your library card by returning books you no longer need. It’s easy to check which books you have on loan – just Sign In to iFind and go to My Account.

Are you still using the books you borrowed last term? Don’t worry, our automatic renewal system means it’s ok to keep them for now. Please remember to check your student email account regularly, though. If another student needs a book you’ve borrowed, you’ll get an email that asks you to return the book to the library. If you don’t bring it back on time, you could be charged a fine! There’s more information about automatic renewals and overdue books on our website.

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Don’t let your library books pile up at home! Return the ones you don’t need. (Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Database of the month – FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy)

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This month we are highlighting an excellent database of company information – FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy). Use FAME to find financial data on UK and Irish companies with a turnover of £1.5 million or more. This includes information about:-

  • Financials
  • Adverse filings
  • Directors and Managers
  • Financial strength metrics such as credit scores and CCJs
  • M&A deals and rumours
  • Industry descriptions, SIC codes and research
  • News
  • Accounts and Documents as filed at Companies House and Companies Registration Office in Ireland

Accessing FAME

You can access FAME in two ways:-

  • Go to iFind and search for Financial Analysis Made Easy
  • Follow links from the online Library Guides, where you’ll also find guides to using FAME

Getting help

If you need any help using FAME please email us on buslib@swansea.ac.uk or come to see us in person.

 

 

RefME becoming Cite This For Me

We have important news for users of the popular free referencing tool RefMe. It has been announced today that RefMe will be changing to Cite This For Me on February 28th 2017. Full details on this news can be found on the RefMe website.

If you have a RefMe account you will still have access to your account and saved Reference lists until June 1st, 2017, but you will need to export them before this date or you will lose them.

If you want to create an account for Cite This For Me it will cost £6.99 a month but you are able to generate a reference list without creating an account. However without an account your reference list won’t be saved for future use.

There are a number of reference management tools on the market and Swansea University’s supported solution is EndNote. This comes in a free online version and the full desktop software, which is available on open access PCs in the library. As well as storing all your bibliographic references, EndNote can find and store PDFs plus it integrates neatly with Word to insert and format references. If you’d like to find out more about EndNote please look at our EndNote Library Guide.

 

Extra study space for exam period

Are you looking for a quiet place to revise for your exams? Room 117 and room 128 in the School of Management building are both available for silent study Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 18.00 until the 27th January.

If you live close to Singleton Campus, please also check the extra study space that is available there.

This is in addition to the usual study space in the library. Bay Library is open 24/7 as usual. There are silent study rooms available in the North Wing if you need to work somewhere without distractions.

Please look out for our friends from the Students’ Union who will be handing out free tea and coffee at prearranged times in the library as part of Study Aid 17.

Good luck with your exams!

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Shhhh! Silent PC Room in Bay Library

In response to student feedback, Bay Library’s PC Room 2 will be for silent study from today. We will trial this for the term, so please send your comments to buslib@swansea.ac.uk to help us decide if this should be a permanent arrangement. You can also fill in one of our comments cards, which are available near the entrance of the library.

PC Room 2 is in the South Wing, closest to the beach. It is available to those who would like to work quietly on a PC. Signs are on display to show that it is for silent study only. If you are working on a group project or would like to talk to each other, please find another space in the library to work at. We ask that all students cooperate with this during the trial period.

The two silent study rooms in the North Wing are also still available. There are no PCs in these rooms, though there are plugs and USB ports available to connect your devices.

If you have any questions please email buslib@swansea.ac.uk or ask at the Information Desk.

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Floor plan of Bay Library. PC Room 2 in the South Wing is now for silent study only.

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.

On Friday 25th November 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!

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Don’t forget that you can contact your Subject Librarians at any point during the year by emailing: buslib@swansea.ac.uk 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.