Tuesday, 20 January 2015

#ShareMyThesis Competition

The British Library has launched a Twitter-based competition for all PhD authors and current doctoral students.

The #ShareMyThesis competition aims to increase awareness of EThOS and the use of theses for research. To enter, Tweet why your PhD research is important in 140 characters or less and using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis. Your tweet should convey why your research is important (not just what your research is about). Make sure your tweet is self-contained and understandable to a non-specialist. Tweets must be received by 9 February 2015 at 10.00

Eight entrants will be shortlisted and asked to write a short article (up to 600 words) The winner will receive a 15-inch MacBook pro. Second prize is an iPad and third prize a £200 Amazon voucher.

For more information, please see here
#ShareMyThesis @EThOSBL

Monday, 19 January 2015

Remember to Request Books

Books that are out on loan are automatically renewed unless requested by another customer. Use the following instructions to place a request:

  • Sign-in to StarPlus by clicking on the University members link at the top of the page.
  • Enter keywords and/or the author name into the University Collections tab to locate the record of the book that you would like to request.
  • Click on the Get It tab.  From here you will see information about the item’s location and availability.
  • If the book that you require is out on loan, click on the blue Request link.  On the following screen you will need to select the Pickup Location – this is the Library that you will collect the book from.
  • Click the orange Request button. You will then receive an email when the book is ready for collection.

To view your active requests click on the myLibrary Account link at the top of the screen. Select Requests from the box on the left.  You can also cancel your requests from here.  

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Literature Review Help

Creating your first literature review can be a complex process requiring a number of skills. It involves identifying, evaluating and synthesising previous research in your field of study. Structured around research ideas, its purpose is to set the research scene by highlighting the main arguments and identifying gaps or shortcomings which need to be addressed with further research.

For help with writing your literature review take a look at the Library’s online tutorial: Producing a literature review. This tutorial will guide you through the process of writing a literature review in 7 steps. It also suggests sources of further advice about specific skills and provides recommended reading. You can also try the Literature review ice breaker quiz from the University of Sheffield Virtual Graduate School.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Vacation 2014

If you’re away from Sheffield for the Christmas Vacation remember that the Library can offer support to students in various ways:

  • If you need to contact the Library email the HelpDesk: library@sheffield.ac.uk (Please note that the HelpDesk will not be staffed during Christmas closure days: Thursday 25 December to Thursday 1 January inclusive)

Merry Christmas, see you in January! 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Information Literacy - Getting Started

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

The Getting Started page has links to some of our tutorials on effective note taking, understanding your reading lists and using StarPlus, the Library catalogue.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Loan Periods: Christmas Vacation 2014

Please note: vacation loans do not apply to External borrowers.
Items will be issued/automatically renewed for the Christmas vacation as follows:

  • Non-requested items will now be loaned out/ renewed until Monday 19 January.
  • Requested items that are issued from Monday 15 December will be due for return on Monday 19 January.

If an item is not requested we will continue to automatically renew it beyond 19 January but any that are requested during vacation will need to be returned on that date.

Before you go home please check your myLibrary Account in StarPlus to make sure that your items have been renewed over the vacation (don’t forget you can also renew the items yourself) and return any that need to be brought back sooner.

On 15th December we will be cancelling any unwanted requests. Please email library@sheffield.ac.uk by 12th December to let us know about any requests you would like to keep on your account.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014


Correct referencing is not only an essential component of academic writing, but will also help you to avoid plagiarism. Learn how to reference correctly in the style used by your department. Use our referencing tutorials available from the Information Skills Resource.