Update: Error messages when accessing journals and databases

Some students and staff members are reporting error messages when they try to access library resources, including journal articles, eBooks and databases. These errors may mention that the connection is not secure or not private, or say that the site cannot be reached.

Update Mon 8th Feb: This problem was caused by a change to the security certificates and should now be resolved. If you are still seeing an error message when you try to access eBooks, journals or databases you may need to clear your browser’s cache.

To clear your cache:

  • Windows – press Ctrl + shift + delete
  • Mac – Chrome – press Shift + Cmd + delete
  • Mac – Safari – press Option + Cmd + E

Please contact ishelp@hw.ac.uk if you continue to have problems accessing resources.

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and thank you for your understanding.

Skills Hub Webinars

If you’re aiming to improve your study skills or want to get better marks this semester, the Skills Hub webinars are designed for you. These free webinars, delivered by experienced librarians and effective learning advisers, are packed with useful tips and techniques to help with your degrees.

You can view the webinar schedule and register for sessions at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/skillshub

For assignments, we have webinars on writing literature reviews, essays, and reports, along with guidance on what your tutors are looking for in your work. We’ll also help you understand the feedback you’re given, and how to use this to improve your next assignment. If you’re in the early years of your degree, Getting Started with Research for Assignments will help you with finding information; if already know the basics and want to improve your skills you can attend Finding Quality Sources for Course Work.

The webinars on the Harvard and IEEE styles will help you understand citing and referencing, and you can learn how to use EndNote X9, powerful software that makes citing and referencing much easier.

Looking ahead to the end of semester, we have sessions on How to Succeed in Take-Home Exams.

These are just a selection of our upcoming webinars: you can view the full timetable at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/skillshub There are also lots of pre-recorded videos and online help on the skills hub website at https://isguides.hw.ac.uk/skillshub

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Webinars on Finding Research, Citing and Referencing, EndNote and more …

Skills Hub webinars will help you improve the skills you need to succeed in your courses and assignments at Heriot-Watt.


Topics for this semester include:

  • Finding Research – an introductory webinar on how to find academic research, suitable for students who are new to university research, or who would like a refresher.
  • Literature Searching – more advanced webinars aimed at students who are familiar with the basics of how to search, but want to learn more. These are aimed at students in the final years of their undergraduate degree or taught postgraduates.
  • EndNote X9 reference management software. EndNote X9 is very useful if you are working on a literature review or a project with a lot of references.
  • Citing and Referencing, with sessions on Harvard and IEEE (check your assignment guidelines to find out which style you should use)
  • And many more

Many of our September webinars were fully booked, but there are spaces available in October and November. Book your place at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/skillshub/

We’re also putting content online so that you can develop these skills independently, via the Skills Hub website at https://isguides.hw.ac.uk/skillshub . Topics already online include Harvard Citing and Referencing, IEEE Citing and Referencing and Finding Research for Assignments. We’ll be adding more to these pages throughout the semester.

Details of Information Services webinars for staff can be found at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/istraining/

Trial of automotive engineering resource

SAE Technical Papers will give you access to journal articles about vehicle transport, including cars, aerospace, and autonomous and unmanned vehicles.  As well as automotive papers, this resource also has information useful to Cover of "Connected and Automated Vehicles" journal, showing a car dashboard with futuristic graphicsstudents studying other areas of science, engineering or business management, such as robotics, manufacturing, and energy.

You can access SAE Technical Papers with your normal Heriot-Watt username and password.  There’s around 58,000 full-text journal articles in this database, and it also gives information about another 150,000+ articles, which may be available through Interlibrary Loan if you are in third year or higher.

Our trial of this database will end on 30th April 2019.  Please send any feedback to Kirsty Thomson k.s.thomson@hw.ac.uk

New year, new you …

Want to learn new skills this year? Perhaps you want to become a Photoshop Pro, an awesome photographer or even learn how to play an instrument? Remember LinkedIn Learning isn’t just for IT skills:

  • collection of paint brushesIf you’ve got a new camera or phone for Christmas you’ll find lots of videos and courses to help improve your photography skills.
  • If you want to take up a creative hobby, LinkedIn Learning can help with painting, drawing, and animation.
  • Or if your new year’s resolution is to better understand social media, you can find short courses on twitter and Instagram.

It’s quick and easy to access LinkedIn Learning courses from any device — anytime and anywhere.

If you have problems accessing LinkedIn Learning please contact IT helpdesk on +44 (0) 131 451 4045 or email ithelp@hw.ac.uk

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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.

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