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Friday, 24 March 2017

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. 20mins
  • Can 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 ritual
    • Same time, place, music etc.
  • Timed writing sessions
  • Shut up & write sessions

I don't know what to write...

Planning
  • Have you planned what you want to write?
  • Structure of thesis/article/writing
  • Have 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 always edit it later.

Specific Techniques

  • Timed writing sessions
    • Pomodoro technique – 25mins writing, 5mins break – repeat
    • Write for a set amount of time every week day
  • Declare your targets - Be accountable
    • Find a writing partner or group (or just a friend)
    • Meet regularly to set targets – provide encouragement & accountability
  • Writing rituals
    • A routine or ritual trains your brain into thinking it is time to write
    • Make sure you are prepared for your writing session - plan what you are going to do and have the research materials needed.

Reflect and Reward

  • It's easy to forget what you've already done and get disheartened 
  • Keep track of, and reflect on, what you’ve achieved
    • as well as what you still need to do…
  • Hit a target?
    • Reward yourself & celebrate (just not for too long…)

University of Leicester - Writing Resources for PGRs



Thursday, 16 March 2017

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:



Friday, 3 March 2017

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:


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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.


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





Friday, 24 February 2017

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 Publishers

You will find plenty of other advice on publisher and learned society websites under their instructions for authors sections.


Open Access Publishing

  • We have a series of videos about Open Access aimed at PGRs on the library YouTube Channel
  • We are also running session on open access on Tues 28th Feb at 10am in Library IT2

Archiving and Sharing your research data

Some publishers and funders may expect you to make some or all of your research data available when you published your research.


Friday, 17 February 2017

How to use SNL for financial research

Following the successful demonstration of Mergent Online, we have another database for you this week: SNL.

SNL is a global financial database providing news, macroeconomic data and financials and analytics of banks and insurance companies. It replaces Bankscope, the database we previously used for this area. The data in SNL would be of interest for anyone researching finance, banking or insurance. 

There will be two demonstrations of the new database SNL on 
Wednesday 22nd February
Session 1: 12.00 – 1.00 University Library IT Room 1
Session 2: 1.30 - 2.30.University Library IT Room 1
There is an opportunity to do some hands-on practice in these sessions as well receiving tailored support. If you would like to attend please contact Andrew Dunn with your details and any training requests.
For more information on how to use and register for SNL follow this link: http://www2.le.ac.uk/library/find/databases/s/SNL


Friday, 10 February 2017

Upcoming Events: Publishing with IEEE, Doctoral Writing Group and database demos


Publishing with IEEE

Are you thinking of publishing, or not sure where best to submit your manuscript? The IEEE has more than 175 journals covering a broad spectrum of engineering and technology areas plus open access options.

This practical workshop will talk through how to find the right journal/conference to submit to, overview of the process and some helpful tips to help give your paper the best chance of acceptance.
This session will cover:

  • An introduction and why publish with the IEEE
  • Choosing the best fit periodical or conference for your research
  • Preparing the manuscript
  • Submitting the article
  • Review process
  • What editors look for
  • Why a paper may be rejected
  • IEEE Open Access Publishing (including university support available)
  • Common best practices and errors when writing a paper
  • Tools and resources to help authors

  • Talk by Julia Stockdale
All University of Leicester PGRs and researcher welcome.

Thu 16 February 2017, 14:30 – 15:30, Charles Wilson City Lounge, University of Leicester

Book your free ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/publishing-with-ieee-tickets-31506540912

Even if IEEE is not your subject area a lot of the advice will apply if you are thinking about submitting to journals run by learned societies.

Doctoral Writing Group

Friday 17th February, 10am – 12noon
Leicester Learning Institute 0.02, 103-1-5 Princess Road East

  •  Set writing objectives
  •  Get feedback on your writing from your peers
  •  Talk informally about writing with other PhD students
  •  Bring along 1-2 sides of A4 of your current writing in progress
  •  No need to book, just come along at 10am.

For more information please email Selina stl5@le.ac.uk

University Visit: Mergent Online database demonstration

Mergent Online holds company annual reports, financials and stock data for over 300,000 companies from 150 countries

On Wednesday 15th February a representative of Mergent Online will be on campus to demonstrate their new database.

This session will take place in Attenborough. 205 from 13.00-14.30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided for all who come along.

There are 20 places available for this session.

If you would like to attend, please book a place with Andrew Dunn ad158@le.ac.uk

How to use SNL for financial research  


  • Access financials of banks and insurance companies 
  • Find news and macroeconomic data
  • Gain hands-on practice with experts

Date & time: Wednesday 22 February, 12.00 – 1.00 or 1.30 - 2.30
Location: Library IT Room 1 

To attend please contact Andrew Dunn at ad158@le.ac.uk