Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Information Literacy- Writing Assignments


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

The Writing assignments page links to useful tutorials on searching for information, evaluating information, referencing, and plagiarism.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

StarPlus Library catalogue update

In response to your feedback, we have now enabled single sign on to StarPlus when already logged onto MUSE. This means that when you access StarPlus from MUSE via the My services menu, you will be automatically signed on to the catalogue. This removes the need for you to click on the University members link on StarPlus. We hope that this will improve the overall usability of StarPlus.

Monday, 16 February 2015

New! Open Book Publishers

Open Book Publishers (OBP) is a non-profit organisation established by academics to publish peer-reviewed open access monographs in all disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The University of Sheffield is a member of the Open Book Publishers' Library Membership Scheme which offers staff and students full access to the various formatted digital editions, as well as a discounted price for any printed edition of an OBP title purchased from the OBP website.

Access is available from here. You’ll need to connect to the OBP website via the link on the right-hand side (under Quick links). You'll be prompted to log in to MUSE as necessary. You can also search for individual ebook titles on StarPlus under University Collections.

Friday, 13 February 2015

International Historical Statistics

International Historical Statistics, 1750-2010, is the current online edition of this authoritative reference source, providing key economic and social indicators for the last 260 years. This 3-volume set is the latest edition of the most authoritative collection of statistics available. 

You can access the resource through StarPlus or by clicking the above link


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Searching for researching your first independent project: hands-on workshop

Do you need to find literature for your first independent research project? Not sure where to start? Tried searching but retrieving too many or too few results? Then come along to a hands-on Searching for Researching workshop at 301: Student Skills and Development Centre.

Run by the University Library, this workshop will show you how to find the best resources for your first research project. You will learn about different information sources and how to create an effective search strategy to produce a manageable set of relevant results. You will also consider evaluating information, referencing and plagiarism – making sure you use your own ideas and reference the work of others properly. There are 3 places still available on the workshop on Tuesday 17th at 10am.

Book your place: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301/services/workshops/searching

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Trial to Cite Them Right

Trial access to Cite Them Right is now available to University of Sheffield staff and students until 2 March 2015.

Cite Them Right is a referencing resource which aims to help you reference many different sources (e.g. book, journal article, web page), and understand how to avoid plagiarism.
Access is available from here by connecting to the Cite Them Right website. The resource can only be accessed from on campus.

We welcome your comments on this trial resource.

Monday, 2 February 2015

New! Evaluating information and critical thinking tutorial

Are all sources of information equal? Can you believe everything you read on Wikipedia? Are there cases where Twitter would tell you more than a textbook?

Learning to think critically about what you read, and how to choose the most appropriate information sources for your needs are some of the most important skills you’ll learn at University.
We’ve created a new tutorial to help you ask the right questions about any information you find, to help ensure that your work is based on the best evidence available.

https://librarydevelopment.group.shef.ac.uk/shef-only/info_skills/critical_thinking.html