Thursday, 1 December 2016

Countdown to Christmas with the Glucksman Library’s 2016 Advent Calendar.

During December, the library will be counting down the days until Christmas with an online Advent calendar.

Each day a new item will be revealed, each item is drawn from the Glucksman Library’s Special Collections and Archives. Click on the image to open a door to our collections and discover some hidden gems from the Glucksman Library.

For other windows into the University of Limerick’s unique and distinctive collections, visit Special Collections at the Glucksman Library.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Insider tips on preparing for UL exams

Hello! My name is Lucy and I am a Master student in the University of Limerick. I completed my undergraduate study in UL and during this time I faced many, many, many exams! With this in mind, I’m going to offer you some quick advice on how to prepare for exams in UL.

Exams are daunting to students in every year of university life. However, with appropriate preparation and a lot of tea (or coffee), they can be managed with little stress. When considering examinations, firstly it is important to put your examinations into perspective and realise that every other student feels as nervous as you do about them. Secondly, you should remember that the exams are intended to be approachable to students. So, do not panic! Finally, remember that you have spent an entire semester studying these modules and the exams allow you to show the knowledge that you have acquired in this time (right?).

The simple advice on preparing for exams is to not leave all preparation till study week or the start of exams. The two weeks of exams will be very hectic and while it is unlikely that you will be scheduled to have two exams on the one day, the time allowed during study week or between exams may not be sufficient for you to prepare adequately for your assessments. Therefore, preparation in advance is the key to exam success. While it may seem unappealing to begin study in week one of the semester, realistically, you should attempt to follow lecturer guidance and complete assigned readings and tasks on a weekly basis. Exam success is just that simple and easy!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

3 important things to know before submitting assignments

Back in 2006 when we started this blog we wrote about referencing and how important it is.
That all important referencing guide that the library wrote is called Cite it Right and it is now in its 4th edition and available to download or buy from the library.

It is as important as ever that students learn how to reference, and cite, correctly. Plagiarism, the passing off of another's work as your own, is taken very seriously at university.  The Cite it Right guide to referencing helps you to avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism.

UL follows a referencing style called Harvard UL and the library's Cite it Right guide can help you to get it right. Here are a few ways you can help yourself to ensure your referencing is correct;

1. Keep a copy of Cite it Right open on your desk, or desktop
2. Consult the examples the library provides on the Referencing LibGuide.
3. Ask a staff member for referencing help using the Library’s Ask Us service.

The last step before handing in your assignment is stapling and you will be glad to know there is an electric stapler in short loans, taking you one step closer to being ready to hand in your assignment. 

Monday, 14 November 2016

Explore incredible stories in UL’s archives

During Explore Your Archive we invite you to explore incredible stories at UL's Archives. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the rich and varied archival collections held by repositories at home and abroad, highlighting their unique potential to bring communities together and tell incredible stories.

On Monday 21 November, the Glucksman Library will join in the campaign as Special Collections invites you to discover the breadth of collections housed in the Library, their importance to historical and cultural awareness, and what the collections mean to the people who study and work with them. Whether you are a first time visitor to our collections or a seasoned researcher, there is something for everyone. Sessions run from 10-12, 2-4 and 6-8. Booking is essential. Please email or call 061 202690.

On Twitter, you can follow the hashtag #explorearchives. Join in the conversation between 19-27 November 2016 to help raise awareness of our unique archival heritage. To find out more, visit

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Late opening commences next week

Due to demand for study space late in the evening, earlier in the morning and in particular at the weekends, beginning on Monday November 14th, the library will commence the end of semester extended opening hours. The adjustments means that the library will open at 8am on weekdays and remain open until midnight.

Further to these extended hours the library is pleased to announce more flexible weekend opening hours for students; opening from 10am to 10pm Saturdays and Sundays beginning on November 19th.

Full opening hours are on the library website.

Best wishes to you all as you head in to the final stages of the semester and begin to prepare for your exams.