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New term, new workshops

As the summer term starts, so does the Library's training workshops for researchers. Our program covers a range of sessions all related to finding, managing and using information. 

These include:
Planning and conducting a literature searchIntroduction to EndNote and RefWorksLooking after your stuff: research data management and data management plansSearch strategies for systematic reviewsVisualising research dataCopyright and your thesisCommunicating research with comics.You can find further information about all these session (and more) on PROSE.

If you can't make a workshop, you are welcome to see Selina or myself individually. Please email: librarians@le.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.  
Recording of some the workshops will be made available in the Research Essentials Online module in Blackboard
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Easter Opening Hours

The Easter Holiday is approaching fast. Below are details of Library opening hours and services over the Easter.
Opening Hours Full details of opening hours are available on the Library website. From Saturday 25 March to Wednesday 19 April we will be open until midnight. On Wednesday 19 April, 24 hour opening will resume.  The Library is closed on the Public Holidays Friday 14 April and Monday 17 April.  On Thursday 13, Saturday 15, Sunday 16 and Tuesday 18 April we are open, but with reduced services. LoansStudents and staff may borrow an extra 5 items during the vacation, on request at the Service Desk during staffed service hours. You don’t have to wait until your books are due back, renew them before you leave. To do this online, log into your library account online. If you leave Leicester please respect the request for items to be returned. Held books cannot be renewed, and you will be charged fines. If returning recalled books by post, please use a registered service. In Leicester and n…

Tips for overcoming writing procrastination

This blog post is based on a mini-workshop created for the Doctoral Writing Group. Many thanks to writer friends on Twitter and Facebook who contributed tips.


What's stopping you?
I don't have time!Keep a time diary for a few days.Is there anything you can drop or cut down on?Grab small amounts of time to write e.g. 20minsCan you write while waiting for things or commuting? I get distracted! Find a space/time to write.Turn off the internet or social media!There are apps that can help you with this.Use a routine or ritualSame time, place, music etc.Timed writing sessionsShut up & write sessions I don't know what to write... Planning Have you planned what you want to write?Structure of thesis/article/writingHave you broken it down into small enough sections?Do you know what the argument you want to make is?Do you need to go back to notes/planning/thinking stage? Lack of confidence/Impostor Syndrome It doesn’t have to be perfect!Write a first draft – get it finished – you can …

IT and English Langauge Support for PGRs

You can get lots of individual support from us here at the Library. But further help is available to you from IT Services and the English Language Teaching Unit.

Guided IT learning sessions
In addition to taught training courses, IT Services offer help with specific queries at Guided IT Learning Sessions.  An experienced IT trainer will be available to help and assist you with your individual training needs.

You need to book at least 2 working days in advance. Find out more here:http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/lli/staff-development/events/courses/it/sdcct032


English language support for international PGRs
For international students, there is support for writing academic English and giving presentations. Go to the English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) website for further information:
http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/eltu/isp/postgraduate-researcher

Upcoming events - Doctoral Writing Group & Doctoral Inaugural Lectures

Friday 17th March, 10am, LLI 0.02.

Wednesday 22nd March, Bennett LT2.
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Finding Company Reports Using Library Search

Company reports are an important source for anyone studying businesses and industries. We provide access to 100,000s reports through Mergent Online and Mergent Archive.  But we still hold print reports in the Library. These are mainly from banks, building societies and the transport sector.

You can find these reports with the print periodicals in the basement of the David Wilson Library.

To find them using the Library search follow the steps below.

1. Go to the Advanced Search. Change Material Type to 'Journal'.

2.To find a particular company use the name of company AND "annual report" or 
"annual report and accounts". Here's an example for the Alliance and Leicester Building Society:






3. To search for a sector, try Bank (or Building Society or Transport) AND "annual report" or 
"annual report and accounts". Use a date range if appropriate.



If you need any help finding information on companies, email us: librarians@le.ac.uk





Focus on Publishing for Science and Engineering

Last week Researcher Development ran a Focus on Publishing Day for the College of Science and Engineering.

The day covered topics such as the publishing landscape, open access, research data, how to write for journals and talks from specific publishers about their publishing process.

If you weren't able to attend then here are some resources you might find useful:

Advice from PublishersHow to write for technical periodicals and conferences (Free 32 page PDF guide from IEEE)Tips on writing an article - How to get published! - from Springer10 tips for writing a truly terrible journal article - from ElsevierElsevier also have a whole section - Improve your knowledge and skills in publishing academic research - including free interactive training courses and online lectures.English Communication for Scientists - from Nature Education, includes a section on writing scientific papers. You will find plenty of other advice on publisher and learned society websites under their instructions…