For those who like Christmas and/or carol singing, the University choir are coming to sing carols in the Murray Library on their way to the Minster for the University Choir Service. Head to the entrance Level of The Murray Library this Monday afternoon - 9th Dec. 3:30pm.
Here’s how the competition works:
- Correctly answer one of these four questions about library resources (Discover / SURE / MyModuleResources / Library Catalogue)
- Share your answer online on our Facebook or Twitter page, or in the library by writing your answer on a gift tag and posting it on one of our festive trees
- You will receive a response with your final clue
- Share your final answer online or in the library (as before – if using the tree, keep an eye on your tag for the response), and you will be in with a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD!
So, please join our sleighride and share what you think about library resources with us and each other. One lucky sleighrider will win a Kindle Fire HD! Get your entry in before the competition closes at 17:00 on Friday 13th December.
Just arrived in the library two books for MFL111 - an updated edition of Robert Gildea’s France Since 1945 plus new title Theodore Zeldin’s The French.
Recommended reading for week 14
Charles Dickens paints a vivid picture of classic snowy Christmas’ in the well-loved story ‘A Christmas Carol’. There are print copies of this book available from Murray Library.
For the chance to win a Kindle Fire answer the following question…
'What other formats is A Christmas Carol available in from the library?'
(Tip: Search the library catalogue for ‘Charles Dickens Christmas Carol’ and see the first two results)
We want our library videos to be as accessible as possible and we have received feedback recently that some students have experienced difficulty viewing our library videos because they cannot access YouTube.
We listened to your feedback and have added our library videos to the University of Sunderland streaming service. Now when you access a video via the library web page, you will no longer be taken to YouTube, for example: Find and use ebooks: Dawsonera (video)
Let us know if this has made the videos & screencasts more accessible to you.
All videos are still on Youtube too, for those of you who do use it and you can view our channel at http://www.youtube.com/uniofsunlib
To succeed in your studies and later in your careers you will need many skills ranging from thinking critically to making the most of social media.
Library staff have been working over the summer to provide support to help you develop these skills.
We’re pleased to make available our Skills for Learning support. When you need a bit of extra help you can access the skills for learning support where you’ll find guides, videos, quizzes and more.
In addition, we run webinars throughout the year tailored for distance learners or if you prefer you can contact the Distance Services Librarian to meet in an online one-to-one (eg. using skype).
How to find Skills for Learning?
There are 2 ways depending on what you prefer:
- Via the library web pages at http://library.sunderland.ac.uk/skills
- Through SunSpace - just log in and access the Skills for Learning module.
To celebrate the launch of Skills for Learning we’re giving a £25 Amazon voucher to the winner of our Skills for Learning competition.
We’ve been working with lots of you recently to define your research topics, identify keywords and develop slightly more strategic ways of searching for information than just typing in random words.
By developing your search skills you will be able to find the resources you need for dissertations, final projects, sketchbooks and inspiration for your studio work.
A very quick screencast to show you exactly how it’s done. Click on the blue post title above to go to the screencast.
Don’t stick to just one keyword when searching. Think around your topic and identify some alternatives to make sure you’re covering your subject fully.
Use a dictionary, thesaurus or subject handbook to help you identify keywords and check meanings you’re unsure of or terms you’re unfamiliar with.
As well as searching by keyword also search by author surname. Once you’ve identified some experts in your field who write well and/or often look to see what other research they’ve done that might be useful.
When using the library catalogue look closely at all the information available for titles - many print and e-books contents pages can be viewed from the library catalogue.
Remember that your topic might also be discussed in book chapters as well as books, for example ‘Communicative Language Teaching’ might feature in chapters in texts like Language Learning Techniques or Language Learning Methods (see above tip for quickly viewing contents pages without leaving your computer!)
Unsure of which are the best websites for TESOL study? The ‘What’s New in Languages’ TESOL area pulls together some of the best freely available websites that you can find on the web. Verified by academic staff and librarians for academic quality there is a whole host of useful stuff including podcasts, academic journals, teaching sites, teaching materials and more
Reading additional books and journal articles as well as the recommended module resources will improve both your subject knowledge and your research skills. The more you read the more familiar you become with your topic area, the terminology used, the leading experts in the field and the current research themes.
Read with a critical eye and evaluate the information, don’t just accept everything at face value even within academic texts. Look for bias, weaknesses or limitations in research methodology, recommendations for development or identify gaps that need to be filled with further research.
For more information and practical guidance on reading critically and evaluating information see the library Skills for Learning pages.
Social media has much more to offer than just sharing who went to the pub on Friday ;0) but social media for research and academic study? Really?
Social media is being used to share research, ideas and provoke discussion in academic fields. History students check out the fab Twitterstorian feed - huge range of information by experts and enthusiasts, often topical, linking to archives, primary sources, commentary and more.
This great guide from Newcastle University has loads of useful tips and tricks for getting started with social media. So next time you’re tweeting or facebooking why not see what else is out there to help you with your studies?!
Recommended journals for this module include Applied Linguistics and ELT Journal. Both are available through Discover. You will need to log in with your University user ID and password to read full text journal articles.
Journals are useful for finding specific research to support individual assignments. They can also be used to browse and read more widely in your topic area generally. Reading research from these expert journals will help you build your knowledge, identify research trends and developments and inform your confidence to make recommendations and unique research contributions through your own research projects.
Find more relevant books in our library catalogue that you can read online straight away by searching using topic keywords - as well as ELT try English Language Teaching, second language learning, second language acquisition, language learning, language teachers, language materials, language tasks, tesol, teaching english…..
These are just a few examples, as experts in your subject, you’ll be able to think of many more descriptors!
Once you’ve searched narrow down your results to e-books only by choosing the e-books collection limiter from the left hand menu on the library catalogue.
Log in using your University user ID and password and read, read, read!