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'Internet es aburrido' by Daniel Lobo is licensed under CC-BY-2.0.

Internet es aburrido‘ by Daniel Lobo is licensed under CC-BY-2.0.

Ebooks, ejournals, eresources…what is this ‘e’ all about? You may know ‘e’ stands for electronic. 99% of the time that means something available on the internet. But as I hope I can convince you, e also means extra. Getting your hands on the pages of a book is not the be all and end all of learning. For example, books often have recommended web links to access more information online. As they are coming from expert authors these extra resources are bound to be quite good.

You can view the Oxford University Press’ YouTube playlists to find inspiring topics and academics in many fields such as psychology, science and history. They also feature authors of their Very Short Introduction series to get you hooked on a new subject. Don’t worry about information overload they are usually only 5 minutes long and can satisfy your curiosity or send you in a new direction. Bear in mind they want you to read their book, but you don’t have to. The same goes with TED talks which are engaging summaries and snippets from academics and experts. They will often have written lots of information on their subjects but a TED talk will be a good overview and introduction. Also lots of advice for learning online. This one by Eli Pariser (2011) talks about online ‘filter bubbles’.

So keep an eye out next time you open a book for extra resources you can access online. Tell us about your favourites.

The internet is boring…*No it’s not.

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Standing iPadEver felt like your overwhelmed by search results when you use Google? Then this handy article by Business Insider UK will help you sharpen up your search skills.

The article 11 Easy Tips for Finding Exactly What You Want on Google by Jillian D’Onfro gives you handy tips that enable you to be more precise in your searches and narrow down the results. It’s ideal for our Access to Humanities and Social Science students who are doing an extended research/essay project right now. The tip on using define: to get a definition of terms that you might want to use in setting your project question/hypothesis will be a good starter.

Use domains to target websites where you can find primary source material from different types of organisations such as research organisations or think tanks (.org or .org.uk), government departments (.gov or gov.uk). This can help you find information that you cannot access in your library.

Try searching with double speech marks “…”  to look for an exact phrase or term on the web for example “cultural norms”.

Narrow down the number of search results by clicking on the Search Tools link below the search box to pick material on the Internet published recently or on a particular date or between a range of dates

Google SearchTools

 

'Poverty' by Paul Downey is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Poverty‘ by Paul Downey is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The pre-access students are doing an essay on whether rich countries should financially help less wealthy nations.

We have a number of books with data and information pertinent to this question looking at poverty and social inequality. Here are some interesting points from some of the eresources you have access to at Hillcroft:

“One line of inequality has been narrowing and there is every reason to expect it to continue to do so: the old idea of a sharp division in the world between rich countries and poor countries no longer holds in the same form. The contrasts are now more subtle, as other lines of inequality are getting broader.” (Smith 2013 p. 36) from Dawsonera ebook State of the World Atlas.

“Since the late 1980s with the collapse of communism the term ‘Third World’ is still used but it remains to be seen for how long. These societies can be regarded as ‘super-poor’. As a concept ‘super-poor’ can be said to unite not just countries sharing common conditions, but disparate groups in several societies. Thus many women in Third World societies can be said to be ‘super-poor’.” (Marsh 2006 p. 434) from Dawsonera ebook Sociology: making sense of society.

The world stats mean that “the richest 85 people have as much as the poorest 3.5 billion.” (BBC News 2015) from article A richer world…but for whom?

You may also want to watch this video on Ending Poverty on Bibblio.org. Search Bibblio for more short and informative pieces to help you become more familiar with the topic and create an essay focus.

Cite Them RightLast week our LRC Manager was helping our Preaccess students complete their referencing for their Information Communications Technology (ICT)/Biology assignment. Many of the students had got links from websites but weren’t sure how to reference them and they were struggling with the websites trying to work out what the title was and the publication date.

Pears and Shields Cite Them Right gives you all the advice you need on how to create a reference for a website. It’s especially handy when you cannot find the author or date on the website and advises you what to do in the body of your essay and on a reference list. In the latest edition you’ll find referencing has gotten shorter – you don’t need to put [Online] in like you used to in the past. Referencing and Plagiarism by Kate Williams and Jude Carroll has a great graphic showing you the elements you’ll need online to form your reference.

If you’re getting mixed up about what order all the elements go in then just keep in mind  ‘It’s an author + date system’, as our LRC Assistant says. That immediately should trigger that you need the author to come first and then the date.

 

Catalogue pcThis week we had students here for our  Introduction to Careers in Beauty, Spas, Hair and Nails course. The tutor was keen for us to guide them to some useful websites on careers in this sector.

Our LRC Assistant researched and produced a list of some of the professional bodies which govern the sectors, maintain standards, provide a network and offer training/courses in this area. We already had a range of websites on our library catalogue covering apprenticeships.

In addition we have a book to match this area:

Introduction to hair and beauty sector – student book entry 3 level 1 by Gilly Ford, Helen Stewart and Samantha Taylor

We also provided them with a list of well-known salons for them to follow up. Here is a selection:-

Tony& Guy

Headmasters

Saks

Trevor Sorbie

Nicky Clarke

Andrew Collinge

Vidal Sassoon

Umberto Giannini

 

 

 

Rear of computerThe Internet became 20 years old on 30 April! Yes, afraid to say our Learning Resource Manager can say she has been using the Internet for the past 20 years. How many of you our there can remember dialling up on CompuServe which was the first online commercial Internet provider in the United States?

And the question is where would we be without it? For an LRC one of the prime uses of the Internet is the fact we can put our Online Public Access Catalogue out on it. Then there’s the fact that as librarians our response to the Internet is to of course catalogue websites and online documents that are on it…And as part of our student inductions  it forms the gateway to our ebook collection…the host for material that students reference in their assignments and the place where we can upload videos to make their understanding of the LRC and its services sharper. For example our LRC basics video on YouTube.

Many Happy Returns Internet….long may you continue.

Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)We’ve now got our Online Public Access Catalogue available on and offsite.

 

This means you can find:

  • books
  • websites
  • ebooks
  • online reports.

available 24/7.

Plus as a library member you can login to:

  • see your borrowing history
  • renew material you have on loan
  • reserve material
  • send in requests.

If you’re using our ebooks you’ll find the catalogue is an easy gateway to ebooks from both our Dawsonera and ebrary suppliers. You’ll just need to put in your OpenAthens username and password to read them.


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