Free online resources

Do you need some help to

  • find resources on your subject
  • brush up your maths & stats
  • improve your studying techniques
  • develop your IT skills
  • learn more about SPSS or MATLAB
  • and more….

Explore the links to online resources on the Self study/online learning page.

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Electrical shut down – Edinburgh Campus Library

Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th October – 7:00 am

All electrical power in the Edinburgh Campus Library building will be switched off on Monday 3 October and Tuesday 4 October to enable work to take place on the 11kV/400V supply transformer that serves the Library building.

The shut-down will happen at 7:00 am for approximately 10 minutes

You are welcome to stay in the building during this brief power outage, but note that IT WILL BE DARK, with only the emergency lighting in place.

If you are in the library at this time please remain seated if at all possible, and take great care if you do need to move around.

NB Please ensure that you save your work and log-off from any University PC for the duration.  Neither the elevators nor the wifi service will be available during this time.

A member of Information Services staff will be on hand from 6.30am if you have any queries.

Power Hour Workshops (Edinburgh Campus) Week Commencing 3rd October

The following workshops will be held week commencing 3rd October in the Edinburgh Campus Library (Top Floor)

Endnote Desktop
Mon 3 Oct  14:15-16:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

One Drive
Mon 3 Oct  14:15-16:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Endnote Online
Tues 4 Oct  12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Citing & Referencing Harvard
Tues 4 Oct  12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Critical Reading: Hints & Tips for Undergraduate Students
Tues 4 Oct  13:15-14:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Excel: Make It Work
Thurs 6 Oct  12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhour

Discovery: Power Bite
Thurs 6 Oct  12:30-13:00
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhour

Essay Writing: Plan for Success
Thurs 6 Oct  14:15-15:45
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhour

How to Stop Putting Things Off
Fri 7 Oct  12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhour

Endnote Desktop
Fri 7 Oct  10:15-12:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

 

The workshops are held in the Anderson Room or the Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library (top floor). Signs in the Library will direct you to the appropriate room.

More information on these sessions and other sessions in the Power Hours Workshops programme is available online. Learning materials used in the workshops are also available in Vision / Organisations / Power Hours Workshops

New macOS10.12 not compatible with MATLAB

The new version of macOS 10.12 “Sierra”, released on 20th September, introduces changes that impact many non-United States regions and locales. These changes are not currently compatible with any version of MATLAB.

We recommend that you learn more on mathworks.com and do not upgrade to macOS 10.12 at this time if you are impacted.

Please contact MathWorks Support with any questions.

Auto–renewal and reservation of library items

When you borrow a book/item from the HWU library, your loan will be auto renewed (where permitted) if no-one else reserves the item.  The auto renew periods for UG students are: –

  • Week loans: will be auto renewed for up to 6 months
  • Standard loans: will be auto renewed for up to 1 year

(Please note that due to shorter loan periods, this does NOT apply to the Malaysia Campus) 

So, if no-one else reserves the item – you will be able to keep it for the auto renew period

If you require a book/item that is already out on loan, you need to reserve that item via Discovery. (It is not possible to reserve items that are available on the shelves at your campus library).

If an item is reserved, an email will be sent to the @hw.ac.uk email address of the person that has the item on loan, asking them to return it by a given date.

So if you have borrowed items, you will need to check your @hw.ac.uk email account regularly to see if any of the items you have has been reserved by another user and needs to be returned by you.

If you reserve an item, we will contact you by email when it is ready to pick up.

See Borrowing from HWU libraries for more information

Power Hour Workshops (Edinburgh Campus) w/c 26th September

The following workshops will be held w/c 26th September in the Edinburgh Campus Library (Top Floor)

Citing & Referencing Numeric

Mon 26 Sep  12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Essay Writing: Plan for Success
Mon 26 Sep  14:15-15:45
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Discovery: Power Bite
Tues 27 Sept  12:30-13:00
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Adjusting to a Scottish Curriculum
Tues 27 Sept  14:15-15:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Endnote Online
Tues 27 Sept   12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Study Support Software
Wed 28 Sept  12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Word: Heading Styles, Numbering & TOC’s
Wed 28 Sept  12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhour

Time Management
Wed 28 Sept  14:15-15:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhour

How to Manage Stress
Thurs 29 Sept  12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhour

Endnote Desktop
Thurs 29 Sept  14:15-16:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhour

Office 365
Thurs 29 Sept  14:15-16:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhour

Citing & Referencing Harvard
Fri 30 Sept  12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhour

Endnote Online
Fri 30 Sept  14:15-15:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhour

The workshops are held in the Anderson Room or the Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library (top floor). Signs in the Library will direct you to the appropriate room.

More information on these sessions and other sessions in the Power Hours Workshops programme is available online. Learning materials used in the workshops are also available in Vision / Organisations / Power Hours Workshops

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

200 Years of The Times

Access to the Times Digital Archive Online is available from the Library via a consortial deal.  You can access from the A-Z list of databases or a direct link is here.

First published in 1785, The Times of London is the oldest daily newspaper in continuous publication and widely considered to be the world’s ‘newspaper of record’. The Times Digital Archive is an online full-text facsimile of more than 200 years of The Times, detailing every complete page of every issue from 1785 onwards.

 

1000s of FREE downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, magazines & newspapers #edincampuslib

Did you know that you could borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers for free from Edinburgh Public Libraries?

Their electronic services librarians will be in Heriot Watt Edinburgh Campus Library on Thursday 22nd September from 11am-3pm to hand out free library membership cards which give you instant online access to:

OverDrive – thousands of fiction and non-fiction ebooks and audiobooks from fantastic authors such as George RR Martin; Bill Bryson; Lee Child; Bryan Cox; Hilary Mantel; Stuart MacBride and Stephen Hawking.

Zinio – over a hundred popular magazines to download and keep. Includes New Scientist; Popular Science; Apple Magazine; PC Format; Forbes; Newsweek; Total Film; Men’s Fitness; HELLO!; BBC Good Food; Esquire; Cosmopolitan etc.

OneClickdigital & BorrowBox – hundreds of quality audiobooks to download.

PressDisplay – over 4000 worldwide newspapers and magazines to read online before they’ve even hit the newsagents! Over 70 UK local and national newspapers available including the Scotsman and over 100 UK magazines.

Stop by and pick up a membership card and instruction leaflets on how you can use these services on your computer, tablet or phone.

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Skills4StudyCampus

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Ideal for students new to university – but Higher Education students at all levels may find this resource useful. If you haven’t explored Skills4StudyCampus yet it would be a good project for this weekend – before you get really busy with your academic studies.

Topics include

  • Getting Started with University
  • Reading and Note-making
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Writing Skills

Details on how to register and log in to Skills4StudyCampus can be found at Self study/online learning

You’ll also find links to the Skills4StudyCampus materials on the Study Support webpages

Hint: If English is not your first language, the audio track will let you listen to the content as you follow it on the page – so you could practice listening to spoken English as you follow the topics you are interested in.

Oxford’s dictionaries in Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish

OLDO panel 1We have an excellent new resource fresh for the new academic year –  Oxford’s enhanced and updated, top-of-the-range online bilingual dictionaries in Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish.  Access is available from the A-Z list of databases or a direct link is here.

As well as everything you would expect, the dictionaries are packed full of additional content and features.

Content and features include:

  • Entries and definitions
  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Accessible across all mobile devices
  • Full example sentences showing words in use
  • Audio pronunciations for US and British English definitions
  • Guidelines to writing in everyday situations, from applying for a job to general correspondence
  • Updated four times a year
  • Resources to support your learning and to help with translation

Please let us know what you think of this new resource, email our Library Enquiry Service