Monday, 22 September 2014

Welcome to all new and returning students

Welcome to the University of Sheffield!  We hope you will enjoy your time here and we look forward to meeting some of you at induction sessions arranged by your department.

To get you started on finding resources for your studies, check our Introduction to library & computing services web pages or pick up our QuickStart Guide from any library site. Our web pages contain links to our subject guides and a suite of information skills tutorials, together with videos on a range of topics. Check out our one-minute video on how to borrow a book.

You’ll need your UCard and PIN to borrow books using our self-service machines. If you forget your PIN or want to change it go to sign in, and follow the instructions.

When you borrow a book we’ll renew it for you automatically unless someone else wants it. We’ll send you a weekly borrowing statement by email, so check this carefully to make sure your books aren’t wanted back. We're running a no-fines pilot this year, so please think of others and return books if they're requested by someone else. You may find yourself blocked from further borrowing if you keep books needed by others. Success of the pilot depends on you - we don't want to have to reintroduce fines!

If the book you want is out on loan, you need to request it online through the StarPlus Library catalogue and we’ll email you when it’s ready to collect. Select the Information Commons as your collection site for 24/7 self-service collection. Remember to sign in to StarPlus by clicking the University members link at the top right of the page.

Remember we’re here to help you, so come and speak to us. Our library HelpDesk can answer your email or telephone enquiries. Just email or telephone 0114 222 7200. You can also get specific subject help from your subject librarian.

Friday, 1 August 2014

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Library now has online access to this resource through StarplusThe Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration provides a complete exploration of the prominent themes, events, and theoretical underpinnings of the movements of human populations from prehistory to the present day. Access to the resource can be found here. You may be prompted to log into Starplus if you have not already done so.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Research data management in the arts and humanities – looking after your research outputs


In April I attended the excellent History DMT (Data Management Training and Guidance) workshop held at the Humanities Research Institute which explored best practice for research data management (RDM) in history. History DMT is an AHRC-funded project, led by the Institute of Historical Research in collaboration with the Department of History, University of Hull and the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield.
One of major project outputs will be a free online training course dedicated to the research data types that historians are most likely to come across in their research. This training course will be made publicly available in 2014. Delegates were given an opportunity to comment and provide feedback on the content and format of the online training course and I am eagerly looking forward to its launch.
 During the workshop several presentations from researchers highlighted for me the diverse types of research data created and managed by this community, which included:
·         Textual materials
·         Visual sources
·         Oral History
·         Statistical data
I was also a timely reminder that when we (the TUoS RDM Service Delivery Group) are planning for the delivery of researcher-focused RDM services and support the challenge is to ensure that we are catering for different subject disciplines and working practices.
At the start of your research project or activity (whether externally funded or not) you will need to consider the management of your research data. Research data can be textual, numerical, qualitative, quantitative, final, preliminary, physical, digital or print.
Thinking about RDM early on in the research process will allow you to plan for:
·         Organising and structuring your material
·         Storing and backing up your research material
·         Preparing material for analysis, or to share with others
A couple of useful RDM training resources to explore further are listed below. If you would like the RDM team to visit your research group or department to talk about RDM requirements, training, and advocacy please do let us know. Contact us via the RDM helpdesk.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Researching for your dissertation over the Summer?

Searching for Researching workshop - 301: Student Skills and Development Centre, Glossop Road

Thursday 12th June 12-1

Come and find out about the information sources available to you, search tips to help you get the most relevant results for your project, evaluating information, plagiarism and referencing.
Follow the link above to book a place. 

Friday, 6 June 2014

Working on your dissertation over the summer?

 The Library can help!

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Additional study space available in Hicks Building and Dainton Building (Tuesday 27 May – Friday 13 June)

The Library is providing additional study space (weekdays only) in the following locations until Friday 13 June:

Hicks Building (09:00 – 21:00)
Room F28
Room F41
LT 4 (D Floor)
LT11 (H Floor)

Dainton Building (09:00 – 18:00)
Room 12c (Ground floor)
Room 12h (Ground floor)

Monday, 19 May 2014


“Plagiarism (either intentional or unintentional) is the using of ideas or work of another person (including experts and fellow or former students) and submitting them as your own. It is considered dishonest and unprofessional. Plagiarism may take the form of cutting and pasting, taking or closely paraphrasing ideas, passages, sections, sentences, paragraphs, drawings, graphs and other graphical material from books, articles, internet sites or any other source and submitting them for assessment without appropriate acknowledgement.” University of Sheffield, 2013)

Plagiarism is an important topic that all students are expected to take seriously
Consult the library’s Information Skills Tutorial on plagiarism to learn how to avoid it

Student services also offer information regarding plagiarism in assessments.