Spotlight on.. O’Reilly Safari Learning Platform

by Haydn Clark

The O’Reilly Learning Platform is an online resource that provides you access to a huge amount of resources.  It will give you access to over thirty-five thousand different e-books and over thirty thousand hours of videos that are constantly being updated.

You also get access to Play Lists and Learning Paths that will take you all the way from being beginner in a subject to an expert level.

There is an Answer section, where you can ask questions of O’Reilly’s tech base.

O’Reilly provides resources on a huge range of subjects. While it mainly covers I.T. based subjects including Software Design, Programming Languages, Web Development, Mobile App Development, Software guides, Data Engineering, AI and Security

You can also find e-books on business, fashion design, that will help you to develop your career and get a job, travel guides, personal fitness, cookery books and photography. As well as many more subjects.

To access O’Reilly Learning Platform go to, www.safaribooksonline.com/library/view/temporary-access

Choose Not listed Here from the drop-down menu of Institutions.

Now put in your College email

Then select

Shortly after the first time you log in, you will receive an email asking if you want to register and set up an account This will allow O’Reilly to save your progress through it’s Learning Paths and recommend books that you may find useful

A world of possibilities awaits, follow the link to find them.

Spotlight on.. Social Work Toolkit

Social Work Toolkit really is a fantastic resource for students on the Social Work and Youth and Community degree programmes.

5 key modules

The Toolkit includes resources specifically for students, coving 5 key modules:

  • Communication Skills;
  • Ethics, Values and Diversity;
  • Professionalism in Practice (supporting you in placement);
  • Assessment and Intervention; and
  • Lifecourse Perspectives.

Each module is then subdivided into key topics – for example, the Ethics, Values and Diversity module divides into 4 topics: Your professional role and values; Ethics and Values; empowerment and partnership; and diversity and equality.

Choose one of these topics to find guides, expert opinions, activities with scenarios, case studies, video and audio.  Listen to interviews with service users, other students, practitioners and academics covering the topics you will be studying on your degree or in practice. Many of these resources are accompanied by questions to check your understanding, or reflective questions to improve your knowledge.

Ethics and Values resources – video, audio, PDF

Law and Policy

Students have reported that the Law and Policy section is very useful. This brings together laws and policies relevant to Social Work practice, organised by key practice placement areas, and overarching legislation that is likely to apply to placement settings. 

Legislation for key practice placement areas

Wide range of resources

The Toolkit also includes links to the Professional Standards for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, plus links to the main Government departments which impact on Social Work.

Finally, there is a library of 90 videos which can be filtered by one of the five modules, and link back to activities and reflective practice. 

The feedback we have had from students has been really positive so we would like all our students on Social Work and Youth and Community Development to take a look at see what you think. As usual, get in touch with [email protected], Library Chat or our feedback form to ask any questions or make suggestions.

The British Standards Institution are adding a new security feature to their documents

What’s happening to BSI documents?
The British Standards Institution (BSI) is improving the digital security of it’s documents.
To do this it is adding an extra layer of security to the documents it provides access to.
The BSI will be introducing a new security feature to it’s documents from Saturday 19th December 2020.

What does this mean to you?
In order to open documents from the BSI, such as those in our British Standards Online Collection, you will need to have a security plug-in installed on your device.
Once the plug-in is installed you should find that your access and use of these documents will be done as quickly and efficiently as before.

What do you need to do?
To access electronic BSI documents you will need to install the FileOpen plug-in.
You will also need to make sure you Adobe Acrobat or Reader installed in order to view any documents.

How do I get the plug-in?
To download and install the FileOpen plug-in you will need to visit the FileOpen site to get it.
If you are using a College laptop or device you may need to contact IT Services.

Find our more
You can find out more details and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at the BSI’s website.

Emerald is changing… and we like what we see!

Emerald is moving to a new interface on the 30th June, which we think will provide an even better experience for our students and staff.

 

New features include:

  • Clean and uncluttered interface, with new fonts and colours that make it easier to use.
  • Persistent search box at the top of the screen (even when you move to different screens).
  • Easy to sort results by relevance, date and title
  • Type of content (article, case study) clearly displayed at the top of each record so you can quickly scan your results to locate the content you need.
  • Filters on the right menu bar to easily sort your results.
  • Less information on the results screen.  We like the summary and detail button which you can click when more info is needed.
  • Your terms highlighted in the results list

 

 

 

From the results screen you can easily find:

  • Bibliographic detail of the journal article, citation and keyword links
  • Useful content map of article to aid scan-reading.  This also helps students understand how a scholarly article is structured.

 

Your Emerald

If you already have set up alerts or other personalised features, don’t worry – these will be migrated over to the new interface.

If you are on campus, you can see the new site here: https://beta.emerald.com/insight

We’d be really interested to know what you think!

Westlaw is changing how it will look in July.

One of our key legal databases is having a face-lift, and in this case we like what we see!

New Westlaw

There are some good things for students:

  • Greater promotion of Topic pages (the new version of Insight) as the way to start a search for content
  • More current awareness features (‘commercial awareness’)
  • Easier to find help on search terms and connectors
  • Easier to set up folders and alerts, and save favourites
  • Cases are marked ‘Significant’ and also if they include legal or procedural ‘Guidance’

Topic page in Westlaw

There are some new good things for staff

  • Easier to create links to cases / legislation / journal articles to put into Moodle courses
  • Easier to create alerts via Insight pages on topics, so you are emailed when there are new cases or journal articles on your topic.

If you want to know more, there’s a good introductory video here: https://youtu.be/BhGXg7gkK8k

We’ve added the Westlaw – New Platform link to the A-Z list of databases so students and staff can preview it, and will fully swap over from the old Westlaw in July.

Let us know your thoughts!

 

Stay up-to-date on all the latest in business and technology with our new online resource

The O’Reilly Safari Learning Platform (formerly Safari Technical Books Online) gives students and staff access to a variety of formats including online training courses, interactive tutorials, books, videos, and case studies.
Subjects covered include: design, gaming, software development, programming languages, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, data science, engineering, team management & leadership, business, health & fitness and employability skills.

The platform includes more than 35,000 book titles plus 30,000+ hours of video, including early release titles and case studies from leading organizations. The learning paths and interactive tutorials are easy-to-follow, and allow you to learn at your own pace, enabling you to extend and improve your knowledge and develop new skills.

Easy to access using your college email.  With the option to create an account, students and staff have access to personalization features including: playlists for easy retrieval; tailored content recommendations; and content syncing across multiple devices, including notes, highlights, and bookmarks.

Why not give it a try and see for yourself?

O’Reilly Safari Learning Platform 

For more information please visit the Library Help Guides or email [email protected]

Library Research finds that the quality and quantity of research sources appears to impact on dissertation marks.

The quality and quantity of research sources appears to impact on dissertation marks.

Julia Sherrington, Academic Liaison Librarian for Art, recently undertook some investigations into the types of sources being used in dissertations within the School of Arts.  She looked at the bibliographies in 43 dissertations from the 2017/18 cohort and mapped them against their dissertation mark.

What it showed was that students, gaining a mark of 60 and above, evidenced the use of more sources on average.

 

The range of sources mostly included books, journal articles, websites, research papers, and video.

The quality of sources also showed a correlation between marks.  The average use of scholarly books and journals was higher with those gaining higher marks.  A total of 273 scholarly books and 83 scholarly journals were referenced.

Whilst this was a small study, it does hint at a relationship between the two.  It would be useful to undertake a more extensive study and widen this out for more meaningful results.

She also wanted to look at any impact the College Library may have on dissertation marks.  The starting point, was to look at the print books used to see if any were borrowed from the library; with journal articles it was whether the article was in stock in print in the library or available to view online through our electronic resources.

Out of all the sources in quoted 43 dissertations, 150 print books were borrowed from the library and 107 were scholarly in nature – although if we looked at journal articles the picture was less promising.  Out of 151 articles that could be found via the library only 35 were scholarly.    So what does this tell us?  Two things… that our students are finding and using a lot of lot of non-scholarly material though the library and that they are finding open access material to support their research.

What else can we take from this? Are our students using the library electronic resources effectively, do they know how to evaluate the quality of source, and in some cases are they using google and finding scholarly articles that have paywalls and viewing the abstract rather than the whole article?

Another interesting fact is that our requests for Inter-library Loans from the British Library had reduced drastically over the last 5 years.  There will be many books and journal articles that could be available and very relevant to students doing their research.  Why do students not want to request Inter Library loans anymore?  This is a question that we should be asking both ourselves and students; and if students will rely more and more on Open Access research, how to they easily find it?

The findings from this study have been forwarded to the relevant academic staff within Arts for further discussion.  One thing we have learned is that the library has an important role to play in helping students find the right scholarly sources. We want to give students the best chance of success whether it is research for dissertations or essays.

 

IBISWorld gives students an edge in job interviews

You may have already used IBIS World to find industry information such as trends, forecasts and statistics – but did you know that it might also help you in preparing for an interview?

Companies always like to see applicants who have done their research, and we think that IBIS World gives a really good overview of the most important issues facing your industry today.

Find out key trends (useful for interview questions), the biggest companies, operating conditions (good for ideas on the challenges faced by the industry) and different types of roles available in the industry (to help with career planning).  Each report includes the value of the industry in the UK and the number of employees. You can see if there are lots of smaller businesses, or whether the industry is dominated by a few key players.  There are also a full set of Brexit Impact Statements – just in case that question comes up too!

So if you’re thinking about working in the Arts, Construction, Beauty, Catering or Finance, these short reports will make sure you have a comprehensive overview of your industry.

Click here for IBIS World’s own guide on IBISWorld for job interviews

For more information, come and visit us at the Library Information Desk on floor 2 of the David Hockney Building, or email us at  [email protected] 

Trial of Statista

We are currently trialling a database called Statista.  This trial will run to mid-February and we welcome any feedback on it from students and staff. The trial will only work on campus so please log on using the college wifi.

Use Statista to access a wide variety of UK, US and international statistics.  Data can be downloaded as a PDF, Powerpoint presentation or Excel spreadsheet which can then be manipulated.

To search Statista, go to statista.com.  You will see the home page with a simple search screen, and options in the blue bar along the top.

Enter your search terms into the search box to find results across industry and report types.

You can then narrow by publication date, industry or country, and also select report type such as Statistics, Forecasts, or Additional Studies.  You can also select Topics to view an initial overview of all content on a certain topic including statistics, infographics and studies. This might be a useful starting point for students researching a subject.

Data comes from a range of sources including journals, trade reports and other statistical publications. You can also access studies and reports. The site is straightforward to use and suitable for FE and HE levels. For more information on Statista, read our blog and contact us with any questions. The trial lasts for a month and we’d be really interested in any feedback you have.

Contact us on [email protected] for any feedback or if you have problems or questions relating to the trial.

Using Britannica to research World War One

For our November #ResourceOfTheMonth we are promoting Britannica Academic. This is a brilliant resource for all levels of study but particularly good for students who want to find a concise, comprehensive account of a topic they are unfamiliar with.  Britannica covers subjects from history to science to current affairs and includes images and video to really bring the subject alive.

Bradford College Librarian Julia Sherrington has been involved in setting up the promotion and is the author of the quiz that you can now collect from the Library Information desk.

She says:

Allied and German officials at the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I, November 11, 1918. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

“We wanted to get involved with commemorating 100th anniversary of the end of WWI;  which of course is extra special this year.  It has been talked about a lot in the media and hopefully it is a topic students will be curious about.   We came up with a quiz which involved using Britannica Academic to get students researching a topic , finding something out for themselves and using a library resource.

Britannica Academic is a very broad resource covering lots of subject areas.  It is a good start to finding both basic and more detailed information on a topic. As well as giving access to  credible articles , it also has a dictionary function, and  lists relevant websites and primary sources.  It will also link to Britannica Image Quest to search images.  We feel it is a great resource and hope that once a student uses it they will see its potential for researching other topics.”

We have freebies to give out at the Library Information Desk when a student completes the quiz.

All correct entries will be entered into a draw to win a £10 voucher.