Wednesday, 31 October 2012

New web pages to improve your information skills

Be sure to have a look at our fantastic new web pages on information literacy.

Find out what information literacy is and what it can do for you by watching the video ‘What is Information Literacy?’

Find out how information literacy can help you with writing assignments and conducting research. The pages are split into useful sections to support you at different stages: Getting started, Writing assignments, Research skills, and Employability.

The information literacy pages are one part of our Learning and Research Services web pages which have also had a face lift to make finding information easier.

Find useful subject resources, get help with research, find your librarian, and see how they can help you.

All from Learning and Research Services on the Library home page.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Effective Internet Searching

The Information Skills tutorial Effective Internet Searching has been completely overhauled and updated, please take a look.
In this tutorial you will:
  • Understand in broad terms how search engines work
  • Discover what the invisible web is and why it matters
  • Try out a selection of handy techniques and tips for quicker, more effective searches
  • Learn about other sources of information and when to use them
Effective Internet Searching is just one of a number of tutorials the Library provides through the Information Skills Resource
Access it from the Library tab in MUSE and/or from the Library web home page

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

New look Learning and Research webpages

We're in the process of redesigning the Library web pages for Learning and Research support.

Need help with finding information, writing assignments, undertaking research and developing employability skills?  

Visit the new Information literacy pages for guidance on the information skills required at different stages of the student journey, from induction to the workplace. You'll find guidance on how to search databases, avoid plagiarism, cite your sources correctly and use Endnote to manage your references.    

You can also Meet the Team - visit this page to find the details for your Faculty
Librarians, read their latest blogs and newsletters, and follow them on

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Guidance for Researchers in Engineering

Vitae, in conjunction with the Engineering Council, have created a version of the Research Development Framework (RDF) especially for engineers.

The 'engineering lens' forms part of the Research Development Framework (RDF), a tool for the personal, professional and career development of UK researchers in the Higher Education sector.

According to Vitae, the engineering lens highlights those areas relating to the "Engineering Council's 'standard for competence and commitment for CEng...and demonstrates the strong link between the requirements for CEng and the development of an engineering researchers' knowledge, understanding, skills, competence and attributes".

Read more about the RDF and Vitae here