Is there a book that you’d like us to purchase?

Is there a book that you’d like us to purchase?

We’d love to hear to hear your suggestions on what books you’d like us to purchase. Maybe you’ve spotted a gap in the collection or there’s a new book that you think would benefit other students.

You’ll find a book suggestion box in the foyer of the Bay Library, where you can write your suggestions down on paper and there will be a post box for you to post your suggestions in. We’ll then review every suggestion that we receive.

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If you’d rather email your suggestion to us please email buslib@swansea.ac.uk and include the title and author.

 

 

 

Shhhh! Silent study space in Bay Library and in Great Hall

We’ve made some slight changes to the silent study spaces in Bay Library. From now on, the North Wing will be a silent study zone. You’ll find three study areas in the North Wing:-

  • PC Room 1 – this is now the silent study computer room
  • Silent Study Rooms – these have individual desk spaces with power sockets and USB connections for you to plug in your devices

We ask that you respect your fellow students and work silently in these areas. If you need to talk while you work, you can do so in the Central Area or the South Wing, but please consider other library users and keep noise to a minimum. (Please note, PC Room 2 in the South Wing was previously the silent PC study space, but you can now talk in this room.)

SIgn on the wall reading 'You are now entering a silent study zone'

You’ll see some new signs in the North Wing  Sign on the wall reading 'Silent Study Zone'

 

To help you during the exam period, there is some extra silent study space available in the Great Hall from the 22nd May to the 16th June. Here are the details:-

09.00-18.00 Monday (excluding bank holiday)

Great Hall 043 & 049

09.00-18.00 Tuesday

Great Hall 043

09.00-18.00 Wednesday

Great Hall 043

09.00-18.00 Thursday

Great Hall 043 & 049

09.00-18.00 Friday

Great Hall 043 & 049

Good luck with your revision and in your exams. Pob lwc!

We want your help

We know that you are all very busy with assignments and exam preparation at the moment, but I’d like to ask a favour.

You may be aware of our Library Guides which were introduced last summer. They’ve been available for almost a full academic year now and we think they have been useful, but we’re sure we could make it better.

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We want you to help us improve the Library Guides. We’re looking for volunteers to come to the library and perform a few short tasks to help us judge how easy it is to find information on the library guides. We expect this to take an hour at most and we will give a power bank to each volunteer. (Power banks let you charge your mobile phone or other portable devices on the move. Very useful on long journeys!)

If you are able to help email buslib@swansea.ac.uk and we can arrange a time that is convenient for you to come into the library

If you have some feedback about Library Guides but you aren’t able to come in to the library, please do email your comments to us or complete the short survey available at the bottom of each Library Guides page.

Database of the month – SAGE Research Methods

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This month we’re highlighting SAGE Research Methods Online. 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. The site contains 504 book titles, including the QASS (aka Little Green Book) series, 6 dictionaries, 4 encyclopaedias and a Major Work containing journal articles.

If you’re working on your dissertation or research project Sage research methods can give you the information that you need to select and use the your research method/s. It provides the theory and practical experiences of reserch methods.

Access this resource by searching for ‘SAGE research methods’ in iFind.

Sage have produced this comprehensive guide to using the resource, so if you need any help check it out. You can also access this user guide in Library Guides for SAGE Research Methods.

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

Meet your new Subject Librarian

Allison JonesAllison Jones has recently joined the team of Subject Librarians for the School of Management and the College of Engineering. Allison will be based in the Bay Library.

Allison has previously worked as a Subject Librarian for Business, Engineering, Sports, Health and Outdoor Education at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Allison has previously been employed at Swansea University and is a graduate from Swansea University.

Allison’s role will include teaching information literacy skills and one-to-one support, amongst other things. She has an extensive training background and has worked with disadvantaged communities and individuals with specific needs.

She has a Masters in Information and Library studies from Aberystwyth University, is a Chartered member of the Charted Institute of Library and Information Professional (CILIP) and is also a training member for the Information Literacy Group within CILIP.

Database of the month – Zephyr: M&A deals and rumours with integrated company financials

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This month we are highlighting an excellent database which focuses on mergers and acquisitions – Zephyr. It contains information on M&A, IPO, private equity and venture capital deals & rumours. It’s updated hourly, so you’ll always get the latest information!

We’ve made a short screencast to show you how you can search Zephyr.

Accessing Zephyr

You can access FAME in two ways:-

  • Go to iFind and search for Zephyr
  • Follow links from the online Library Guides, where you’ll also find guides to using Zephyr

Getting help

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

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5 Days of Referencing: Day 5. Useful tools

There are a wide variety of tools which are freely available to help you with citing and creating reference lists, however none of them are perfect which is why it is important you know the basics of APA referencing and the key points to be aware of.

iFind, the library catalogue has a tool which recommends how books and journal articles should look in the APA style of referencing. (We looked at this briefly on Days 1 and 2.) Click on Library, then Actions then Citation to view this. You can view a short screencast of this online.

Screen clipping of a book record on iFind. Arrows show how to reveal the Citation option by clicking on the Library tab and then the Actions drop down menu.

Always check this! The tool is good but it will make some mistakes therefore you need to know which bits of information are required.

Some databases also have a tool that formats a reference for you. We have produced short screencasts of how to do this in Business Source Complete and in Proquest Business Collection. You must remember to check that the information is correct, though!

Referencing using word (Manage sources)
Word has a referencing tab on the tools bar which can be useful if you use the same laptop or computer to write assignments.  It will manage your sources and input in the correct APA style. We have produced a short guide to help you.  Take a look at the help pages available on the Microsoft Office site for more details on using this tool.

Endnote Online
Endnote is the tool Swansea University subscribes to, there is a desktop version for PCs on campus but the online version is very useful as you can use it anywhere that you have access to the internet. You can create your own library of sources and use the Cite While You Write feature in Word which will format your references in the APA style.

The library has produced an online guide to the web version of EndNote. We can provide further training if you would like to use it. Look out for 5 Days of EndNote (#su5doe) next week. You can sign up to learn about EndNote Online in short, bite-size chunks.

 

Thanks for participating in 5 days of referencing (#su5dor) remember referencing help and advice is always available from your School of Management librarians. You can book a one-one appointment (also available via skype), email us, or call in the Library to speak with one of us. 

Now that you’ve mastered APA referencing, look out for our plagiarism event running next week in the library:-

  • Take Pryderi’s Plagiarism Challenge
  • Get support and advice from your librarians
  • Book one to one session for in depth queries

Watch out for Pryderi the Plagiarising Parrot!

Photo of Pryderi the toy parrot reading a 5 Days of Referencing blog post.

Good luck with your assignments!