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.

 

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Welcome!

It’s lovely to see lots of new students arriving at Bay Campus, and we’re looking forward to seeing returning students back soon. We’ll be giving away freebies in the library on Monday (26th September), so come along and say hello!

New students will attend a library induction next week. You will be scheduled to attend one of the following sessions:-

Tuesday 27th September  

11.00-12.00         Great Hall room 043

14.00-15.00         Great Hall room 043

Wednesday 28th September

12.00-13.00         Great Hall room 043

Thursday 29th September  

11.00-12.00         Great Hall room 043

15.00-16.00         Great Hall room 043

If you have any questions in the meantime, just ask the staff in the library or email your librarians at buslib@swansea.ac.uk. We’ve also set up an online space for you to ask questions – just go to https://www.sli.do/home and enter the event code #8891. This is open until the 7th October. We’ll look at this during the induction sessions and make sure you have all the information you need!

One of the best places to go for the material you need is our Library Guides. Bookmark the page now as this is where you’ll find guides on using the best resources for your assignments, help with referencing and contact details for your librarians.

Welcome to Swansea University! We look forward to meeting you soon.

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Your librarians – Giles, Philippa, Michele and Naomi

The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management

We’d like to introduce you to one of our newer resources – The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. This online encyclopaedia brings together over 700 individually commissioned entries and a further 85 signposts, written by leading academics and practitioners. The entries define and explain theories and concepts in the field of strategic management, including general management, leadership and organizational behaviour.

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You can use the encyclopedia to create a list of topics for your revision and you’re able to bookmark any articles that might be of interest.

There are a number of ways to navigate around the encyclopaedia:

  • Search by keyword, title or author
  • Browse an A-Z list of entries
  • Browse by themes

You can access the encyclopedia on campus by navigating to http://www.palgraveconnect.com/esm

You can access the encyclopedia off campus by searching iFind.swan.ac.uk and log in, when prompted, with your Swansea University username and password.

If you’d like more information you can access a guide to using the encyclopaedia here.

 

Library resources over Easter vacation

Easter vacation is almost here and we hope you enjoy your break. If you are planning to do some studying over the holidays, though, you’ll be pleased to know that in most cases your books will be automatically renewed until Wednesday 13th April 2016. There are some exceptions to this, so if you’re not sure, please check with the Library Desk in person, over the phone (01792 295697) or by email (library@swansea.ac.uk).

Bay Library is open 24 hours a day over Easter vacation, but staffed hours at the Library Desk may vary. You can check the information on the Opening Hours page of the Library website.

Daffs Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Beyond Books: Loanable Laptops available at the Bay

Do you know that you can check out more than books at the Bay Library? We also have laptops available for you to borrow.

We have 50 laptops which you can take out of the library for up to two weeks. These laptops are available for you to borrow at any time from the library desk.

We also have 30 laptops that can be accessed from our self-service machine and these can be used within the library, for as long as the battery lasts.

Laptop self-service

These laptops are available for you to borrow between 8am and 8pm. The self-service machine will display how many laptops are currently available.

Laptop counter

Once you have finished using the laptop you can simply return it to the self-service machine, which will indicate the correct door to return it to.

Don’t forget to bring your student card with you, as you’ll need it to borrow laptops from the library.

What do I do next? Finding careers advice in Bay Library

My name is Gareth Smith and I am a part-time Senior Service Advisor at the Bay Library. I’ve previously worked at the Miners’ Library and the LIC at Singleton Campus. I’m excited about working in a brand new library on a brand new campus and all the challenges and experiences that will arise as a result of that. I’m also looking forward to the great view that we will have (for our three annual days of sunshine).

I’ve chosen Careers to feature in this blog because it’s something that both new and returning students will need to familiarise themselves with in the Bay Library to make sure that they’re making the most of the library’s career services.

Though new students will likely not want to be thinking about future careers yet, second and third year students might want to consult the literature we hold on the topic in the library. It’s located directly in front of the study well in the central area and contains books such as The Graduate Jobs Formula: How to Land Your Dream Career, Put Your Mindset to Work and (bizarrely) What Color is Your Parachute?. As well as these, there is a wealth of bilingual information sheets offering advice and guidance on CV writing, completing job applications and looking for part-time work. You’ll also find lots of information and advice on the Careers and Employability Service web pages.

If you have a more complicated query or would like to discuss your career prospects, bookings with a career advisor can be made either online or at the Library Desk. (The link to booking an appointment can be found under the ‘Careers’ tab of your MyUni page, or follow this link: https://myuni.swan.ac.uk/careers/). It’s particularly helpful for you to state your specific reasons for wanting the appointment during the booking process, as this helps the advisor tailor the session to your needs and ensure it is valuable and relevant.

Appointments can be made either on the day you book or on the following day, between the hours of 09.00 and 16.00. The Career Advisor at the Bay Library, Gareth Hill, will be here for appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The sessions normally last half an hour and will be conducted in one of our interview rooms. These are located in the North Wing of the building and are signposted outside. Gareth will also be running drop-in sessions on Wednesdays between 14.00 and 16.00 for general queries with no appointment necessary.

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How are we doing? Let us know!

Have your say! ISS (the library, IT and SEA – Swansea Employability Academy) would like to hear about your experience using our service. Please let us know what you think by filling out our short survey in English or Welsh. It should only take a few minutes and will help us shape our service for the future.

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