Using google forms for feedback

Using google forms is proving to be a quick and easy way of getting feedback from students who use our Edinburgh campus library.  We have already been using them for recording quick, easily resolvable enquiries at the library service desk so decided to try them out last year for feedback.
The feedback that we wanted to capture was about the purpose of visits to the library and consisted of three questions
What is the purpose of your visit to the library today?
How long do you intend to stay in the library today?
If more facilities could be added to the library, which 3 are the most important?
There were a selection of options to choose from for questions 1 and 3.
The questions were printed out and handed to students to fill in at the library service desk.
We had 513 responses and the feedback helped to inform developments in the library last summer including the  installation of new group study spaces that have proven very popular with students.
Although the forms were printed out the responses were entered by staff into the google form online and this made it very easy to collate the responses and produce a summary.

This year, at the same time of year, we produced an updated form to collect feedback based again on the purpose of visits to the library. The questions were similar in that question 1 and 2 were the same and question 3 was ‘If more study spaces could be added to the library for next semester, which 3 are the most important’?
Respondents could select more than one response.
Copies of the form were printed out and distributed at the Library service desk as before. Also in order to promote the form, a link to it was posted on the Information Services Facebook page and twitter feed.  This resulted in quite a few online responses – of the total 373 responses, 291 paper and 82 electronic.
The responses were input into the google form which automatically populates a spreadsheet of results. The other useful feature of a google form is that it automatically produces a summary of results in an easy to read format.

The results show a preference for individual study spaces which is a reflection of the time of year leading up to revision but also reflects the room usage figures that we collect.
Preferences for future developments show a demand for individual study spaces  and in fact more study spaces of all kinds. Students selected more than one type of study space that they would like to see in the future.


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Network Services Upgrade – Saturday 30th May 09:00 – 17:00

Network Services Upgrade

Due to a necessary network equipment upgrade, the following services will be unavailable or at risk on Saturday 30th May 2015 from 09:00 to 17:00

The services that are affected are HW Shared drives , Student Home directories and SharePoint.

The upgrade will provide an increase in available bandwidth for these services

Get your free copy of SPSS from the webstore

spssStaff and students can download SPSS for home use from the webstore – just sign in using your HWU UserID and password.

For more information on getting your own free copy of SPSS see
Software: SPSS

The Presidion (SPSS) Academic Portal provides training, videos, tutorials, faqs etc to help you get started using SPSS – see Presidion (SPSS) Academic Portal for details.


NEW! Fishbone References for applied brewing scientists


Fishbone References, a database of cause and effect ‘fishbone’ diagrams for malting and brewing scientists,  is now available. Covering practical aspects including malting, brewing, packaging and distribution,  the fishbone (or herringbone, Ishikawa or Fishikawa) diagrams cover how the four Ms (machine, manpower, methods and materials) influence outcomes in different malting and brewing processes. Find out more in the video tutorial.

Fishbone References are also linked to from the online subject guide for Brewing & Distilling and our databases A-Z.

What is your purpose for visiting the library today?

What is your purpose for visiting the Edinburgh Campus Library today?

We’re doing a quick survey this week to find out the reasons that you visit the library and if more study spaces could be added, what sort would be the most useful.
We did a similar survey last year at this time and this helped inform the changes to the library space last summer – we were able to install more group study spaces including the study booths which have proved very popular.

If you would like to fill in the quick survey, it only takes 20 seconds, then you can pick one up from the Library Service Desk or you can fill it in online here 

Library Survey

Newspaper, periodical and magazine content- NEXIS trial

We have trial access to NEXIS which is an alternative product to Factiva.  Factiva provides our newspapers, trade and practitioner journals in all subject areas and both services provide the following:

• Market information
• Industry information
• Company information
• Material in other languages
• Research data

Access to the trial is via a trial ID please contact Catherine Ure if you would like a trial ID. The trial will expire Tuesday 19 May. Factiva is available from the A_Z list of databases

I am looking for feedback on how you think the 2 services compare, and which would be your preference.

Surviving the exams…

We know this is a hectic time of year for all of our students.

To help you out we’ve summarised some of the facilities and information available on the Edinburgh campus to try and make the next few weeks a bit easier for you.

Study Spaces (Edinburgh campus)

The Edinburgh campus library is remains open 24/7 until the 22nd May.

The James Watt Centre will be used for exams from 24th April – but there are lots of other study spaces available in the library and across the campus.

See for details.

The Other Spaces tab gives details of rooms that you can use across the campus from 25th April – 22nd May 2015.

Study environment

The Edinburgh campus library has gone into revision/exam mode – to create an environment where you can get your head down and make the most of your revision time. Check out the zoning at the library at Making the Most of the Space.

Revision and exam tips

You’ll find lots of tips in our Revision tips, Exam tips and Exam survival tips posts.

Exam stress drop-in sessions

Running from 27th April until 22nd May at Student Support and Accommodation, Hugh Nisbet Building on the Edinburgh campus. More info at drop-in sessions.


Remember that you can ask our Service Desk staff in the library or your Subject Librarian for help at any time.

Good luck with your exams!



Exam stress drop-in (Edinburgh campus)

There will be a drop-in service available every day throughout the exams.

  • When:  Monday 27th April – Friday 22nd May
  • Where: Student Support and Accommodation, Hugh Nisbet Building
  • No appointments needed!

Anyone who is having a last minute panic, or is feeling worried and anxious can come along to get same day support.

Just call in to the Student Support and Accommodation office in Hugh Nisbet building, or contact for further information.

In addition, you might find the following information useful:


Exams getting close?

Keep up the good work, and remember ….

  1. Continue to summarise your notes. Try to get the ‘final-points-I-must-remember’ down to one A4 sheet (or its equivalent in small cards). After all, by now, you know the rest of the material; you don’t need it written down in your summary sheets.
  2. Continue to work with your ‘study-buddy’. Consider revising a different topic each. Once you’ve completed your revision of your topic, teach it to your study-buddy. Ask them to do the same for you.
  3. Use past exam papers and the more challenging questions from your tutorial sheets to drive your revision. Text books can often offer worked examples that you might use too.
  4. Once you’ve answered a descriptive question (e.g. essay question), ask yourself, ‘How else might my lecturer have worded a question on this topic? Or ask, ‘In what other ways (in an exam setting) might my lecturer test my knowledge of this topic?’ Write an exam-style question from that perspective. Work with your study-buddy to answer that question.
  5. Once you’ve answered a numerical question that uses a formula, ask yourself, ‘If the equation were rearranged, what might the subject of the equation be and what information might I be given? How might such a question be worded?’ Perhaps ask, ‘In what other ways (in an exam setting) might my lecturer test my knowledge of this topic?’ Write an exam-style question from that perspective. Work with your study-buddy to answer that question.
  6. Plan your exam days: make sure you know where and when your exams are.
  7. For each course, make an Exam Time Management Plan:
    • how long is the exam;
    • at the start of the exam, how long do you want to read over the paper (10 minutes, say);
    • towards the end of the exam time, how long do you want to review your work (10 – 15 minutes, say);
    • how many questions do you need to answer;
    • are all questions equally weighted;
    • so how much time is available to answer each question
    • Hint: in your final revision, try answering exam-type questions in that time.
  8. Maintain a balance of work, rest and play.
  9. Continue to eat healthily: aim for a healthy mind in a healthy body.
  10. Maintain a good sleep routine.

Off-campus access to British Standards Online (BSOL)

We have an ongoing issue with off-campus access to British Standards Online (BSOL), which we are trying to resolve.

In the meantime, we have come up with a work around, which ensures that you can still get off-campus access to this resource.  Please follow the instructions below:

If you are having any problems with this, please get in touch with

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