Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The biggest steps in the "Universification" process

In a series of guest posts from the library’s Student Peer Advisors we bring you insights in to student life; from the experts.

Ciarán Lydon 2nd year Law & Accounting
The biggest emotion for most first years on starting university is excitement. And that is the overriding sentiment I recall from those initial days and weeks. Behind that of course was the usual anxiety and worries but they quickly melted away as the routine of college life slowly established itself. My aim here really is to tell you guys that orientation will have provided an enormous amount of information and don’t be overly stressed if you’re not immediately comfortable with every facet of life here at UL.

Personally I found a number of resources alleviated and sped up this “universification” process. The Information Technology department, physically situated in the library and contactable at itss@ul.ie will solve literally any and all technical queries or problems. Lost passwords, MS Office installations or simple laptop issues are all easily resolvable. For any non-technical queries I found the library staff at the Info Desks available 9am-9pm Mon-Fri to answer pretty much anything library related and can at the very least send you in the right direction.

College exams are another part of university life that first year students inevitably work themselves up over. This panic can generally be entirely avoided if a measured and graded approach to study and tests is adopted, perhaps not from day 1 but do keep tabs on any upcoming projects or important tutorials. Utilise the study preparation sessions offered during the First Seven Weeks for added assurance.

On a less academic note it is equally significant to engage with the non-educational side of college. Develop friendships both within and outside of the classroom. Class nights out and clubs/societies offer ample opportunities that extend beyond the generic lecture hall scenario.

Realistically, third level is all about time management. Getting the most out of your time, whether that be in the library studying or relaxing in leisure will be the most difficult challenge you will face but don’t freak out! From the library to the SAA to your lecturers and academic advisors you have little reason to let these be of any serious concern. UL is such a friendly campus, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the above, or us Peer Advisors!

The Student Peer Advisors will be available in the Glucksman Library until Week 6 to help you with all your questions. If you prefer to ask your questions online, use the library's Ask Us Tell Us query service. Follow the library on Twitter and Facebook for other updates.






Monday, 26 September 2016

How to identify international research collaborators

The Glucksman Library has taken out a subscription to SciVal. This is a new analytical research tool based on the Scopus dataset that offers quick and easy access to the research performance of thousands of institutions and countries worldwide. SciVal can be used to:

· Visualise research performance (Overview module)
· Benchmark your progress (Benchmarking module)
· Develop collaborative partnerships (Collaboration module).

SciVal is available at the University of Limerick
SciVal can assist UL's academics and researchers in applying for funding or promotion as it can highlight areas where you outperform your peers. SciVal can assist UL in meeting the future research goals of the university as laid out in the strategic plan (Broadening Horizons) and the research and innovation strategy (Excellence & Impact 2020). For example, SciVal can identify potential international collaborators and identify the journals in which higher ranked competitors publish.


To access SciVal go to www.scival.com and either register for a new account or log in using your Scopus/ScienceDirect account login details. Details on getting started with SciVal can be found in this quick reference guide and in the Help sections within SciVal.

Dr. Matthew Walker from Elsevier will deliver training on how best to use SciVal on Thursday 29th September at 10am in the Large Training Area of the Library. Book a place at http://ul.libcal.com/event/2838142.

There will also be a follow-up more advanced training session at 1pm and places for this can be booked at http://ul.libcal.com/event/2838143. Further training will be run by Dr. Fintan Bracken and will be advertised via the Research Information email list.





Thursday, 22 September 2016

Came to UL for my degree, still here 5 years later

In a series of guest posts from the library’s Student Peer Advisors we bring you insights in to student life; from the experts.

Hi everyone, my name is Alison and I’m currently studying for a masters degree here in UL. In this post, I’m going to tell you why after completing my undergraduate degree, I decided to make this beautiful place my university for a 5th year in a row!

First things first, UL’s positive atmosphere is, for me, its vital ingredient. Of course, we all come here to study, but sometimes that’s not the most important thing. You’ll find that in UL an emphasis is not only put on your academic/professional development, but also on your own personal development – making it an all-round experience. This is also influenced by the wonderful staff of the university. As the years progress during your studies you’ll see just how friendly and approachable everyone is – from your lecturer in the morning to your barman in the evening!

Alison Ahern MA Modern Language Studies 
I also really appreciate the services available to students in UL. They are in place in order to make sure your experience is as smooth as possible. Everyone wants you to succeed and thankfully, if you need help in doing so, you won’t have far to look (from peer advisors in the library – “ask us!”, to the First Seven Weeks Hub, student counselling services, student administration, faculty librarians, the list goes on…).

So from an old student to a new student, get out there, enjoy the experience, join Clubs & Socs (there’s something for everyone!), introduce yourself to new people, make the most of everything and relish what’s going to be a great few years!
 
The Student Peer Advisors will be available in the Glucksman Library until Week 6 to help you with all your questions. If you prefer to ask your questions online, use the library's Ask Us Tell Us query service. Follow the library on Twitter and Facebook for other updates.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

UL is your home away from home, welcome to the Wolf Pack

In a series of guest posts from the library’s Student Peer Advisors we bring you insights in to student life; from the experts.

Hello, my name is Roisin and I am a current student studying at University of Limerick. Starting university can be a terrifying thing for some people, and in my case, that’s exactly how I felt. I’m in my second year in UL and my first year experience is still pretty fresh in my mind, so I know exactly what you are all going through and how you are feeling right now.

Róisín Long, 2nd yr Business
Before coming into UL, I was filled with anticipation. I’m sure almost everyone else would say the same thing. I couldn’t wait to move on from secondary school and to experience an entirely different atmosphere, meet new and interesting people and to challenge myself with learning a whole range of new topics. However, with that anticipation came nerves, which I think everyone reading this can  relate to. Coming into UL, I was a whole bunch of emotions, mainly scared and anxious. For the first couple of days you can feel like you’re out of your depth.
As you know, the difference from secondary school to university can be quite a big one and it can seem like a scary place at first. But I promise, things get easier and you begin to settle in to UL and your schedule. And soon enough, faster than you would think, UL isn’t a scary place anymore but instead becomes your home away from home!

My advice to any new students to UL would be to join a Club or Society. There are so many clubs in UL that there will be something for everyone. It's good to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Clubs & Socs are a great way of making friends as well!

Also, never feel like you are alone in all the change happening around you. UL provides so many services to help students, from the counselling services and chaplaincy to learning centres and peer advisors like myself in the library. So never feel like you don't have anyone to turn to, we are all here to help!

Finally, enjoy your time at UL. It's only four short years and will fly by in a minute. Remember, these are the best years of our lives, so love them to the fullest! Welcome to the Wolf Pack!

The Student Peer Advisors will be available in the Glucksman Library until Week 6 to help you with all your questions. If you prefer to ask your questions online, use the library's Ask Us Tell Us query service. Follow the library on Twitter and Facebook for other updates.







Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Cite it Right the first time and every time

The Glucksman Library’s Cite it Right: Guide to Harvard Referencing has been updated to a 4th edition. This edition is mobile responsive so will look great and be easy to use on both your laptop and mobile phone.  There is a PDF version available to download, and this can be printed if you prefer a physical copy (tip: print 2 pages per sheet and double-sided to save paper, ink and money!).

The print version of the 4th edition is currently being prepared and will be available for purchase in 2017. You can buy a print copy of the 3rd edition of Cite it Right from the Library Information Desk at a cost of €3.

The basic principles of citation and referencing in the 3rd edition are still valid but some changes have been made to make it easier to reference electronic / online sources. As in previous editions of Cite it Right you should always include a stable web address when referencing an online resource, preferably a persisdent identifier such as a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or a handle.


The two main changes in the 4th edition of Cite it Right are:

1. Online references should only have an “accessed” date in the format 02 Sept 2016 if the reference doesn’t include a persistent identifier such as a DOI or handle. For example, an “accessed” date should be omitted for references to journal articles if the DOI is included.

2. There is no need to include “{online}” for references that include a web address. Examples of different types of electronic references incorporating these new rules can be found in the 4th edition of Cite it Right online.

Contact Fintan Bracken, Research Services & Bibliometrics Librarian at the University of Limerick +353 61 233241 if you have any questions about Cite it Right or about referencing.