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.

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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!

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Good luck with your assignments!

5 Days of Referencing: Day 4. Formatting your reference list

Over the last 3 days we have looked at the 3 main information sources you will be using in your assignment, academic books, journal articles and online documents/websites.  It is important that your reference list provides all the information in order for your lecturers to be able to find the source if they wanted.

It is also important that it is formatted in the correct APA style.  This is sometimes where students struggle and spend a long time manually formatting their lists; however there are a number of tools in word that can make this process quicker and easier for you.

Key points

  • The reference list should start on a new page.
  • Your reference list should include everything you have cited in your assignment NOTeverything you have read (which is called a bibliography).
  • It should be alphabetical according to author’s surname.
  • It should be double-spaced and indented.

If we use all the resources we have looked at over the last 3 days my reference list would look like this:

A reference list in APA format

To do this is 3 easy steps in word, firstly highlight the reference list, then select the icon A-Z from the options, then to double space and indent the list choose the small arrow next to paragraph and from the options choose Special>Hanging, then Line spacing>double.

Screenshot of the options to choose when formatting an APA reference list in MS Word

Here’s a short screencast to show you how to format the list using the tools in Word.  

Questions?

If you have any questions so far let us know using the comments section in the blog or via twitter using #su5dor. You can also email buslib@swansea.ac.uk.

 

Tomorrow we’ll look at tools that can help you reference.

5 Days of Referencing: Day 3. Websites and online documents

Remember what we said on day 1? The key to referencing well in an assignment is firstly to use good reliable sources.  Make sure you evaluate anything you find online using the WWWW method:

Who – Who wrote the information?
Why – 
Why is this information there (Is there a bias?)
When – When was it published (is it current enough?)
Where – 
Where is it from (clues in the URL ie: .com, .ac.uk)

The main sections you need to make a note of in order to reference a website or online document correctly are:

  • Author(s) (personal or corporate)
  • Year of publication
  • Title of website/document
  • Date of retrieval (only needed if the source is likely to be updated)
  • Direct working URL

Very often some bits of information will not be available with online documents; a common one is no date – in this case you can do the following:

  • No date? – use (n.d.) instead

You can find further advice on pages 19 – 21 of our APA referencing guide.

In the reference list
Here are a few examples:

Websites
You only need to include a date of retrieval in the reference list if you think a website maybe updated (it’s difficult to know this sometimes).

Tesco PLC. (n.d.). Our businesses. Retrieved March 10, 2017,                   from https://www.tescoplc.com/about-us/our-businesses/.

Online publication
This reference links to the PDF version of the code which has a published date, therefore it does not need a date of retrieval.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. (2016). Annual report and accounts 2015-16. Retrieved from https://www.cipd.co.uk/Images/annual-report-2015-16_tcm18-16632.pdf.

 In text citation
A good tip if you are going to use the same citation a few times in your assignment is to use acronyms.  You must explain the acronym in full the first time you use it, followed by the acronym so it is clear to your lecturer what is stands for.

First citation:
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD, 2016, p.18) a “healthy, happy and engaged workforce is an important indicator of our success”.

Or

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD, 2016) a “healthy, happy and engaged workforce is an important indicator of our success” (p.18).

Or

A “healthy, happy and engaged workforce is an important indicator of our success” (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), 2016, p.18).

Second citation
Because you explained the acronym in the first citation you can now just use the acronym on any subsequent citations in text.

Engagement in ongoing training and development is “the key to a successful career” (CIPD, 2016, p.18).

Or

The CIPD (2016) state that employees should engage in ongoing training and development as it is “the key to a successful career” (p.18).

Questions?

If you have any questions so far let us know using the comments section in the blog or via twitter using #su5dor. You can also email buslib@swansea.ac.uk.

 

Tomorrow we’ll look at formatting your reference list.