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.

Library Resource of the Month – Britannica

Library Resource of the Month is back after an extended summer break (!), and for November we’d like to introduce you to Britannica Academic.

You have probably heard of the Encyclopedia Britannica. First published in 1768 in Edinburgh when it was just 3 volumes, it was last published in print in 2010 and had expanded to a mega 32 volume set – though now it is only available online.

Britannica Academic can be accessed via mobile, tablets, online and whiteboards in classrooms. It is a multimedia encyclopedia which means each article includes images, video, interactive maps and charts, and quizzes plus the option to create your own personal folder to save your research.

As we approach the centenary of the end of World War One, see what you can find out about the war on Britannica Academic. Or brush up your Shakespeare knowledge before the RSC bring ‘A Comedy of Errors’ to Bradford College on December 3rd.

Ask at the Library Information Desk for a demo or help in accessing and using Britannica.  And look out for our prize-winning quiz next week!

 

Keeping track of your research

I’ve seen a lot of students recently, requesting support with their dissertation research.  One thing I’ve noticed is that most students are not using Reference Management software such as Menderley or Zotero.  Even at a more basic level, they are not using the tools available in our subscription databases such as EBSCO EDS or Westlaw which allow them to save articles, output references and set up alerts.  This could be down to a gap in our promotion or a lack of curiosity on their part perhaps.   I thought I’d write a post for our students on how to make use of these tools, demonstrating how easy they are to set up, and how useful they will be as they build up their research.

Keeping track…

A number of databases offer additional features to support you when you are carrying out research.  In my area of Law and Business, personalised logins are available for Business Source, Westlaw, LexisLibrary, and Emerald.  However, the database you are probably most familiar with is Discover, our single search platform from EBSCO.

When you search Discover, you will notice a small blue folder icon appearing next to each result.  Clicking on this icon allows you to save your results into a personalised account which you can access any time you log into any EBSCO database.   Once you set this up you can also save and re-run searches, and set up search and journal alerts so you can keep researching even when you’re not logged in.  See our next post for help with this.

Step 1: Set up your profile

So your first step is to create your profile.  This is different from your library account.

Go to [email protected] which is available from the Library Webpages, the Online Library tab in Moodle, and as a link from the Library catalogue.  Click on the Sign in to Save Results link at the top of the page.

The first time you do this, you will see a message ‘There are no results in your folder’.  There’s a second link you have to click on saying Sign in to My EBSCOhost.   From here you will see a log-in form and the option to ‘Create a new Account’.  Fill in your details and choose a strong password.

Step 2: Save the good stuff

Click on the Back button to start searching.  Remember you can limit your search by Date of Publication, by Source (Academic Journals, Magazines, Trade Publications, Books), and by Subject, Language, and more.  Then, to save records to view at a later date, click on the Add to Folder image next to each record.  This may be a record for a book, journal article or e-book.  Save as many records as you would like by clicking on the folder icon.

Step 3: Organise your results

View your folder by either clicking on Sign in to Save Results at the top of the screen, or on Folder View in the top right of the screen.  You should see a list of all the records that you have saved with links to full-text where available.

You can create as many folders as you need. This is good if you want to group articles by assignment title or module.  You can even create sub-folders if you like a good hierachy.  Click on the New link to create a folder and decide where you want to locate it.  Then move your results to the new folder by clicking in the box beside the title of the result, and clicking on the Move To drop down list.  Once you have organised your folders, click on the back button to continue searching.  You can now save results directly into folders.

Why we love this

We love this feature of Discover because it helps you stay organised.  If you come across something for another topic, you can just save it and put it out of your mind until you need it.  These tools work on the mobile site too, if you like to research on the go… It’s easy to create new folders and delete old results, and it saves you a ton of money in printing. Contact us for more information.

 

 

Getting certified…

This is the second year that the LLB students have completed their certification in Westlaw UK as part of their legal skills training.

We run the certification programme for a number of reasons – employability (it’s a great way to show quickly that you are familiar with all aspects of the Westlaw database), improving skills (it’s not easy!) and introducing students to areas of Westlaw they may not have used before such as Westlaw Insight.  We start the session with a quick Prezi which aims to explain to students why it’s such a useful string to their bow… getting them to think about how a familiarity with a legal resource (that they will probably go on to use in legal training and then practice) is a cut above being able to google “law on dangerous dogs”…  We use quotes from the Law Society Gazette to explain that solicitors may risk breaching conduct rules if they use non-specialist resources to find information… we tell them how many students have already got certified over the last couple of years (8,900 for the basic certification).

 

Screenshot of Prezi slide
Screenshot of Prezi slide

We run through the sort of information the students need to know – it becomes a bit of a revision session on sections in Acts and judicial precedence. Then we set them the task of completing the certification and producing the certificate. Some students are already asking about the Advanced Certification, and LexisLibrary also offers a certification test which I’ll encourage them to do.

Any law students wanting to have a go at the test, let me or your Westlaw rep, Humaira know. You can either work through the e-learning modules on the certification page, or ask one of us for a one-to-one session.  Feel free to email me for more information at [email protected].

Laksh, Law Librarian.