Top ten courses on LinkedIn Learning

Screenshot of a PowerPoint Quick Tips course on LinkedIn Learning.All staff and students at Heriot-Watt now have access to LinkedIn Learning, a collection of 12,000+ digital courses on business, creative and management topics.  LinkedIn Learning provides personalised course recommendations based on your interests, skillset, experience and goals, delivered by industry experts with real-world experience.

The current top ten courses at Heriot-Watt are:

  1. Learning C#
  2. How to use LinkedIn Learning
  3. Learning Java
  4. Learning Python
  5. Python for Data Science Essential Training
  6. Communication within Teams
  7. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  8. Project Management Foundations
  9. Strategic Thinking
  10. Python Essential Training

LinkedIn Learning covers a huge range of topics, such as app development; Microsoft Office; entrepreneurship; social media marketing; photography and many more.  You can access LinkedIn Learning online or via the Heriot-Watt portal.

New students prize quiz

New students at Dubai, Edinburgh, Malaysia and Orkney campuses are invited to enter our quiz in Vision, with the opportunity of winning a prize.

All you need do is explore the services we offer both globally and locally (on our website and on campus) and then answer 10 easy questions.

Answer all questions correctly and you will be entered into a prize draw.  Winners will be drawn from the all correct entries for each campus.

The quiz is in Vision (our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)) in the Skills for Success organization.

  • Once you are fully enrolled you can log into Vision
    See the Student Guide to Vision for a quick overview of the VLE
  • All new students are automatically enrolled on Skills for Success.

To enter

  1. Log into Vision using your HWU UserID and password
  2. Click on Skills for Success
  3. Select New Students Quiz from the top of the menu on the left
  4. Choose the quiz for your campus

Closing dates are 30th September for Dubai, Edinburgh and Orkney, and 13th October for Malaysia.

Library & IT quiz winner

Li_PeichenCongratulations to Peichen Li who won the Library & IT quiz set for the pre-sessional Project students.

Following a short introductory talk on Library and IT facilities and services, the group of around 40 students spent the morning in the Library working on information searching and evaluation activities. The final challenge was a short online quiz in Vision. Well done Peichen!

Changes to IEEE referencing style

IEEE have revised their referencing style.  The updated style can be found on our subject guides at https://isguides.hw.ac.uk/ld.php?content_id=31489650

The key difference is when you use et al.  IEEE uses et al. in reference lists when items have many authors: you should now use et al. if an item has six or more authors (rather than three or more.)

The updated style also includes instructions on how to reference more types of online resources, including eBooks, journal articles and conference proceedings.

Libraries Week – Using other universities’ libraries

Sconul logoStudents at UK campuses can join other UK and Ireland university libraries via SCONUL Access.  If you live closer to a different university, or regularly visit another city, this scheme can get you access to a more local university library.

With SCONUL Access you will be able to use the library flibraries week logor studying and can browse the paper books and journals within the library building.  Most libraries will have eduroam wifi, which you’ll be able to connect to with your Heriot-Watt login (you’ll get the Heriot-Watt eResources, not the eResources of the library you are visiting).  Postgraduate and distance learning students might also be able to borrow books from the libraries they join – check the SCONUL Access webpages for more information.

Libraries Week – 1000s of free eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines

Edinburgh Campus

Edinburgh pubLibWeekFullRGB-132x100lic library staff will be visiting Edinburgh campus on Wednesday 11th October to help local Heriot-Watt staff and students join the public library.  Membership of the public library gives you access to thousands of popular eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines for free, without needing to visit a library branch.  Come along to Cameron Smail Library on Wednesday, 11am-3pm to find out more.

Orkney Campus

Staff and students at Orkney campus are welcome to join the Orkney public library.  On Friday 13th Oct, public library staff at will be demonstrating their 3D printer at Stromness public library, and library tours of the Kirkwall branch are taking place throughout Libraries Week.

City Lib Info Stall 2017

New Discovery now live – update your bookmarks

The new, improved version of Discovery is now live, giving easy access to many of Heriot-Watt’s online resources.  New features include:

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  • easy exporting to EndNote online
  • sign in and then “pin” useful articles to save them for later
  • searchable on mobiles and tablets

If you’re still seeing the old “green” Discovery, please visit https://discovery.hw.ac.uk/ and update your bookmarks to the new improved “blue” version.

Please send any feedback or questions about Discovery to libhelp@hw.ac.uk

New Discovery coming soon …

We’ll be moving to a new version of Discovery on Sunday 9th/Monday 10th July.

Improvements include:discovery_logo_2017

  • Single click export to EndNote Online.
  • Improved searching on mobile phones and tablets.
  • Straightforward method for storing favourites – just sign in and “pin” the items you want to keep.
  • Easier access to your search history and saved searches.

You’ll still be able to access the same content in Discovery, including all our library catalogues, over 70,000 full text eBooks, and over 50 million full text journal articles.

Discovery – keeping your saved searches, search alerts and folders

If you have saved searches, search alerts or items in your Discovery folder you need to take action now to save these, before the move to the new version of Discovery .  The old version of Discovery will not be accessible after 30th June 2016 and saved searches, alerts and folders will be lost, so we recommend that you download these before 29th June.

To do this, go to Discovery and sign in to your My EBSCOhost account:

  1. download any items you have saved in your folder
  2. take a note of any search alerts or saved searches, so that you can recreate these in the new version of Discovery.

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This only affects the personalised searches and folders you may have saved in Discovery.  Library resources and journal articles will continue to be available after 30th June and most people will not need to do anything.

Please contact libhelp@hw.ac.uk if you have any questions about this.

EndNote “Cite While You Write” for Mac Word 2016

The EndNote “Cite While You Write” tool is now available for Macs with Office 2016.

If you have your own MacBook with Office 2016 you can download Cite While You Write from EndNote Online.  Go to Options – Download Installers to get the installation file.  (EndNote desktop users: the latest version of Cite While You Write will be installed when you next update EndNote X7.)

Users of older versions of Mac Word or Windows do not need to update their toolbar – this update is only required by users of Mac Word 2016 who were previously unable to install Cite While You Write.

EndNote is a tool that will help you keep track of your reading and simplifies citing and referencing.  More information is available in the EndNote Online workbook [pdf] and Information Services offer Power Hours on using EndNote Online and EndNote Desktop.