Business information on the go…

Business Source Premier from EBSCO is our new Business database and includes loads of journal articles, trade publications (such as Management Week), Industry Profiles, Country Reports and SWOT Analysis reports.  If you already use Discover you’ll find it easy to use.  There’s a simple search box but we advise that you go straight to the Advanced page as you can combine keywords, company names and other terms to find the best results. Want very recent information?  Limit your search by date. If you just want case studies, product reviews, or industry reports, select your preferred option from the the source / publication type to select your preferred option.  If you want UK information, click on the Geography option and choose Great Britain and England.

Click here to access Business Source Premier.  You will need your IT username and password to access if you are off-campus.

BSP

BSP is available as a mobile-friendly site, and can also be accessed via an app.

  1. Find the app in Google Play or iTunes.
  2. Log in to Business Source Premier from here
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link to iPhone and Android apps
  4. Enter your email address
  5. Open the email using your mobile device
  6. Follow the simple instructions to use BSP

You can use to app to search the full content of the database, save searches, and read, save and email articles.

For a helpsheet, click here.  For a video on searching EBSCO databasesclick here. For more information or a demo, call into the Library on Floor 2 of Hockney Building, or email us on [email protected]

 

Feed your knowledge with Feedly

Having taken part in the excellent 12 Apps of Christmas (view an interview with the creators), I finally got round to re-visiting some of the resources we looked at. As someone keen on current awareness (I read the news on my phone obsessively), I love this simple news aggregator, quaintly named Feedly. Basically you can easily follow any websites of organisations, youtube channels, companies and news sites using RSS feeds, and view their most recent content in one place.

I use Feedly in the simplest way possible. I went to the website at Feedly.com  – which you can also download as an app – and looked for my favourite news websites using the search box.  As a Law Librarian, the first sites I added were Times Law and the Guardian Law.  To keep up to date with Business news, I added Harvard Business Review and one of the many Economist feeds. I follow THE for education news and a friend’s WordPress blog for fun.  It’s very quick to set up and very easy to check.

Feedly blog

The menu on the left hand side is a list of all the sites I am following – I can click on them individually to see their recent content, or click on the Today button to see all sites that were updated today. The search box in the middle allows you to search by topic or for a specific site, or you can browse by clicking on one of the subject options – although the results lean towards US material.

Feedly content
Feedly page for HBR

The site is clear and uncluttered, and you can click on the links to go directly to the original page.

There are lots of additional features – you can save directly to Evernote or OneNote,  recommend or share sites, send links to colleagues or students, tweet articles… glancing through all the latest stories and updates can take as little as 10 minutes a day. You can create ‘Knowledge Boards’ where you can save key articles to go back to at a later date.

The main problem is that there’s no excuse to not knowing what is going on!

Discover WestlawNext

For anyone looking for international legal material, WestlawNext is the database for you!

WestlawNext is the new name for Westlaw International.  If you have used it before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.  The look and feel have recently changed, so it is a lot easier to use.  WestlawNext provides access to law resources from the following jurisdictions: Australia, Canada, US, Hong Kong and Korea (oddly).  There are also some Business Law materials for other countries including UAE and Iran.

If you are on campus, you can access WestlawNext directly from the following link:  Westlaw International.   If you are at home, it takes a bit longer… log in as usual to Westlaw and then click on Services. Choose International Material from the list.

westlawNext

WestlawNext is the US version of our own Westlaw UK, so the main page gives a list of links for all countries other than the US.  This means that if you want US materials, you need to click on the WestlawNext logo at the top left of the page.  You can then choose to search using the main search box at the top, or select specific materials such as Federal Cases, Statutes and Court Rules, or Secondary Sources (journals and encyclopedia).  You can keep browsing to find a specific source, or use the search box which will default to search whatever content you have selected.

WestlawNext secondary

To view material from other countries, click on International Materials and select the country you want to research from the list. Again the search box at the top will default to whichever jurisdiction you choose.  You can also search across all International Materials, but make sure your search is specific otherwise you will bring back a lot of results – for example, use quotation marks around case names or phrases.

If you want more detail of the content contained in the database, click on the International Materials Index link for a list, or the Secondary Sources Index for a list of US journals and Encyclopedia.  Still confused? Don’t panic!  We have helpsheets, video and top tips on our Library Moodle site for Law, or email me at [email protected] for a step-by-step demo.

Bradford College Big Read 2016

Reading has never been so rewarding with prizes for meeting the challenge of reading six books in six months (January – June 2016).

Bradford College Library has a collection of over 76,000 items, the majority of these are available from the Library on the 2nd floor of the David Hockney Building but some material will be housed in the Lower Ground bookstore, and for the first time in the College’s history there is a single Library available for all student’s to access.

Bradford College Big Read 2016

In order to promote the College Library Collection being housed on a single floor, and linking in with the BBC’s reading campaign, the Library is encouraging Staff and Students at the College to participate in our very own reading challenge.

With so many items to choose from it really should not be difficult to make a New Year’s Resolution of identifying six items to read before the end of June.

The books included in the challenge are not even wholly determined by the library as all we ask as part of any participant’s pledge is that at least 3 of the six items chosen be works of fiction and that at least 3 of the items be from the Library’s collection.

An aim of the challenge is to hopefully encourage College members to not only read more for pleasure (possibly even selecting a title or two which they usually would not entertain ever reading), but to also feedback using the library catalogue, twitter, or facebook any books they enjoyed and wished to recommend to others.

If the allure of personal development was not enough then additionally all registered participants who complete the challenge to read 6 books in 6 months will be eligible to be entered into a Prize Draw in June.

Currently prizes include :

  • Wordery Vouchers for the Library’s affiliate online bookshop Wordery
  • College Salon Vouchers to be used at the College’s hair and beauty salon
  • Wacom Wacom Bamboo fun pen and touch (CTH-461)
  • Blackwell's Voucher’s for Blackwell’s

Reading has never been so rewarding

If you would like to participate or would like more details about the Challenge then visit the Library Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the David Hockney Building.

Blend your teaching with OERs!

Blend your teaching with OERs!

Whether you are planning a lesson which incorporates online learning materials, or just need some inspiration, you may find what you are looking for by having a look at OERs.

OER Word Cloud
OER Word Cloud

Open Educational Resources are no-cost materials developed for learning, teaching and research, which can be used fully or in part, and in some cases tailored to the needs of your own students. OERs may be openly available within our institution (such as shared worksheets or Moodle activities), in the public domain (such as YouTube, Slideshare or BBC) or on Jorum and other OER repositories.

While it can be difficult to find out if website resources are licenced for use, OER repositories hold resources that have been released under an open-licence meaning that there are no or limited restrictions on their use or re-purpose. And there are always our library materials which can be immediately added to your courses to add that extra learning opportunity.

Use Library Resources to encourage independent learning. Add a link to our Moodle subject pages and ask students to write their own guide on what is available in their subject. Link to our database list and ask students to find a newspaper report on a current topic. Students can add reviews to the Library Catalogue on books they have read, or create lists of useful resources. Dip into our excellent tutorials on Skills for Successful Study, to help with finding and using library resources, referencing and plagiarism, or direct students to our Moodle courses on Study Skills, Copyright and Current Awareness. Find images, sound and video clips from our databases of copyright cleared materials, or embed our video guides into your Moodle site from our fledgling YouTube channel. Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for a chat on embedding online activities into your Moodle courses. https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/student-services/library-services/contact-librarian

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Any student or staff at Bradford College is welcome to use the Library facilities. There is no additional process or payment required to join the Library. All you need to do in order to borrow an item from our collection is to have your College ID card and the items you wish to borrow.

If you are in need of any advice, help or guidance using Bradford College’s Library please feel free to email us at: [email protected].