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Welcome to the Introduction to Science students who join us today for 5 weeks.

We will meet with your group this week to show you the many resources held by the Learning Resources Centre (LRC), how to use the library catalogue and give you membership cards.

Next week, we will demonstrate how you can benefit from the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you can access a number of eresources and ebooks to help with your studies.

If you would like to recommend useful apps or websites we are always happy to hear from you and if you require help accessing extra materials for chemistry, physics or biology, pop into the LRC and talk to one of the team.

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Library display at Northampton CollegeLast week the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) team attended the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) roadshow on Information Literacy at Northampton College. As well as having a tour of the Beacon award winning Library we took part in some practical sessions on referencing material.

Back in the day of the LRC team referencing was easy – books, journals and newspapers. These days our students need to reference not only their tutors notes but also blogs, images on the Web, wikis, discussion forums and more!

Our session by Abigail Cuthbertson from Huntingdonshire Regional College  on Using Xerte for esafety and information literacy got us being the students working our way through how to reference and avoid plagiarising material. Abigail put us on to Anglia Ruskin University Library’s Harvard System – a handy web page guide to referencing your research. Find out more about the work Abigail has done on information literacy on her Slideshare presentation Huntingdonshire Regional College’s Journey with Information Literacy and  E-safety.

Using the catalogue display

Like all college Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) we produce displays to promote use of our services and to raise our students’ awareness of cultural events.

Our current display is promoting our Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) as the gateway to all of our resources.

Why is the OPAC a gateway? Because we add to it not just books, CDs and DVDs but also online reports and websites. Because it’s what the LRC staff choose then it closely matches what our learners need for their course work. Whereas if you start from an Internet search you’ll be inundated with material to the extent that you need fine-tuned search skills and a strategy to narrow down your search.

By selecting the material and adding it to the OPAC the LRC staff save our students and staff time. And the OPAC is available 24/7 on and offsite so you can search any time and any place.

This summer we have been creating a set of videos to help our students find their way around our Learning Resources Centre (LRC).

If you’re already a student or are thinking about joining a course find out about our services on the LRC Basics video.

Once you’re at Hillcroft College you’ll be able to access our handy LRC FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page to remind you about our services on the VLE.

We’ve also created an Ebooks video with one of ex-students highlighting why ebooks are important and how to use them.

Welcome to Hillcroft College’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Blog.

We aim to tell you about the latest material we have added to the LRC. This includes ebooks, DVDs, journals, websites, online reports and books.

We will also update you with the latest innovations to our services which will improve your learning experience at Hillcroft. We’ll tell you about exhibitions and news items relevant to your course and also ones that will expand your horizons 🙂

If you are already a student at Hillcroft College you’ll find we blog on the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment on the LRC Services page too.