12 Reads of Christmas: Spot the Space Station

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No? Maybe it’s the International Space Station.

Nasa’s Spot the Station website will let you know when you can expect to see the Space Station (ISS) in your area and gives you tips on how to identify it. It also has some beautiful images taken on the ISS which are well worth a look.

Are the skies near you too cloudy to see anything? Stellarium is an open source programme that allows you to see the stars as if there is no interference from clouds, light or even the atmosphere.

12 Reads of Christmas: Academic Phrasebank

Do you sometimes struggle to say what you mean in your essay, thesis, report or dissertation? The Academic Phrasebank is full of reusable phrases you can use in your writing. Produced by the University of Manchester, the phrases listed here have been taken from authentic academic sources and arranged by chapter of a report or thesis, with other sections on general language usage for other writing. It is extremely useful for all students, regardless of academic level or confidence with English.

The online guide is free, however a more comprehensive PDF version can also be purchased from their website for £4.99

See also

For more support with academic writing, Skills4StudyCampus has a module on Writing – for more information visit our website or access it from the A-Z Database list

There are lots of excellent guides and resources for academic writing listed on the Information, Research and Study Skills Subject Guide. There are books to help with all kinds of academic writing, including essays, reports and theses.

A Note on Citing and Referencing 

For help citing and referencing using the Harvard author-date system, visit our online resource Cite Them Right Online.

If you use another style, such as IEEE, SIAM or the Royal Society of Chemistry, visit your Subject Guide for help and guidelines.

12 Reads of Christmas: Health and Wellbeing

There’s nothing more important this Winter than taking care of yourself. Today’s topic for recommended reads is all about your Health and Wellbeing.

If you haven’t already, we also recommend reading the University’s Health and Wellbeing pages to see what kinds of help and support you can access. There are lots of books dedicated to the subject, so we recommend reading our Bibliotherapy page. This has a list of useful books and websites on a range of mental and physical health topics, such as overcoming anxiety and eating disorders.

Each campus also has a range of sports facilities you can use and clubs you can get involved with. Visit the links below to find out more.

12 Reads of Christmas: The Study Skills Handbook

Now on it’s fourth edition, ‘The Study Skills Handbook’ by Stella Cottrell has lots of useful tips and techniques to help you study. Sections include help on time management, revision strategies, writing techniques and more. study skills handbook

Our online resource, Skills 4 Study Campus, is based on this book. We subscribe to four modules:

  • Getting Ready for Academic Study
  • Reading and Note-Making
  • Writing Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills

Find The Study Skills Handbook on Discovery or access Skills 4 Study Campus from the A-Z Database List

See also:

Other study skills guides that we highly recommend include:

For more information on guides to studying, writing and more, please see the Information, Research and Study Skills Subject Guide.

Have you tried Balabolka?

Balabolka is a free programme for Windows that will convert text to speech. It can read aloud text copied from websites, word documents and PDFs, and can create MP3 files so you can listen on the go. balabolka

For guidance on using Balabolka, we have a detailed guidance PDF, and you can watch this short demonstration video.

You can download and install on your own Windows computer for free, with no adverts, from here.

Free, high quality Scottish voices “Stuart” and “Heather” are also available to download from here. You will be asked to complete your details before you can download them – make sure you give you Heriot-Watt email address.

For more information about software available to you as a student, visit the Information Services Software webpages and the Assistive Technology webpages.

 

Libraries Week – Discover something new online

As Libraries Week draws to a close, we wanted to remind you that we’re more than just a Building. As well as the Academic Support and Liaison Librarians and our other Services and Resources staff, the Library provides you with access to a range of resources for your study and research. Many of these resources are available online.

Last year we spent £1.6 million on books, journals and databases – here’s three ways you can easily access them, and maybe discover something new:

Discovery 

As well as searching for physical books and journaldiscovery_logo_2017s, our search tool Discovery searches over 90 databases to provide direct access to thousands of articles. It can be accessed from the Find Resources page or directly at https://discovery.hw.ac.uk

 

Our Find Resources pagealso has a number of guides to help you use Discovery to find what you need, whether you’re looking for a specific book or article, or searching on a particular topic.

Subject Guides

Our Academic Support and Liaison Librarians have constructed guides on every subject to help you find the most relevant resources. The Subject Guides also have a lot of other information on Literature Search, Citing and Referencing, and more. They can found from the IS Guides web page.

A-Z Database List

The A-Z Database list, available from the top of Discovery, is a list of all the resources we have. We always recommend searching individual databases as well as Discovery, especially as over 120 of our databases are not included in Discovery. You can filter the list of resources by subject as well as whether or not they are included in Discovery.

As well as academic databases, this list also includes Cite Them Right, an online guide to Harvard Referencing, and Skills 4 Study Campus, the online course in study skills based on The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell.

And finally…

Information Services also facilitates access to a range of other software for you, which you can get for free as a Heriot-Watt student. More information can be found on the Software page.

EndNote is a reference management program that allows you to store all of your references in one place and generate lists of formated references, or directly insert citations into your Microsoft Word document. Whilst EndNote is desktop based a

 

nd only available on Information Services managed PCs, there is a web based version called EndNote Online, which can be accessed from anywhere. For more information, see our Software Guides and Tutorials page.

 

 

 

 

Help and Support

 

There are lots of ways you can get help and support using our resources. You can contact the Academic Support and Liaison Librarians at LibHelp@hw.ac.uk, check out the IS Guides page or attend a Power Hour. Slides and handouts from our Power Hours are also available on Vision under the ‘My Organisations’ section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Libraries Week – Meet your Librarians

Each School has a dedicated Librarian, available to help all staff and students with their teaching, research and study needs.

Your Academic Support and Liaison Librarian can help with all aspects of information gathering – providing advice on locating, searching and accessing resources for your subject, as well as help with evaluating the information you find and citing and reference your sources correctly.

They are happy to help both individuals and classes, so get in touch directly to make an appointment, or to arrange a skills development session for your class (staff).

Two of our Academic Support and Liaison Librarians based at the Edinburgh Campus, Candace Guite and Rachel Whittington, have also joined the Effective Learning Service. They can help with writing, time management and other study skills support.

You can contact us with enquiries at LibHelp@hw.ac.uk  or SBCLibHelp@hw.ac.uk (Scottish Borders Campus students)

Effective Learning Service
(Tue-Fri Evenings)

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Candace Guite
C.J.Guite@hw.ac.uk

Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Sarah

Sarah Kelly
S.Kelly@hw.ac.uk

Engineering and Physical Sciences;
International Centre for Island Technology

Kirsty
Kirsty Thomson 
K.S.Thomson@hw.ac.uk

Mathematical and Computer Sciences; Effective Learning Service

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Rachel Whittington
R.Whittington@hw.ac.uk

Social Sciences;
Edinburgh Business School

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Marion Kennedy 
M.L.Kennedy@hw.ac.uk

Textiles and Design
(Based at Scottish Borders Campus)

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Jamie McIntyre
J.H.Mcintyre@hw.ac.uk

 

 

Pre-Sessional Student Quiz Winner

In May we hosted the first group of pre-sessional English students for a visit to the Library to learn more about us and how to use our resources. This was followed by a quiz, with one lucky winner chosen at random from all the correct entries.

The winner of this group was Thanapat Wongwisit. Congratulations!

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International Women in Engineering Day

Happy International Women in Engineering Day! Today is dedicated to celebrating the careers and achievements of women in engineering and technical roles. With that in mind, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of the most recent works published by our female colleagues in the School of Energy, Geosciences, Infrastructure and Society and the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. There are too many to list all of them here, but some examples include:

Alvarez-Castro, H.C., Matos, E.M., Mori, M., Martignoni, W. & Ocone, R. (2015) ‘Analysis of process variables via CFD to evaluate the performance of a FCC riser’, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, 2015. DOI: 10.1155/2015/259603

Fernández-Miranda, N., Garcia, S., Antonia Lopez-Anton, M., Martinez-Tarazona, MR, Sanz-Pérez, ES & Maroto-Valer, MM (2017) ‘Effect of Hg on CO2 capture by solid sorbents in the presence of acid gases’, Chemical Engineering Journal, 312, pp. 367–374. 

Menzies, G.F. & Mirzaie, S. (2016) ‘Integration of Life Cycle Assessment Tools in the Design Process of Low-Carbon Buildings’, in CIBSE Technical Symposium 2016. Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Molwus, J.J., Erdogan, B. & Ogunlana, S.O. (2017) ‘Using Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) to Understand the Relationships among Critical Success Factors (CSFs) for Stakeholder Management in Construction’, Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, 24 (3), pp. 426-450

Shariatipour, S.M., Mackay, E.J. & Pickup, G.E. (2016) ‘An engineering solution for CO2 injection in saline aquifers’, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 53, pp. 98-105.

To find more books and articles published by our researchers, why not search our Research Portal.

For more information about the Women in Engineering Society, and Heriot-Watt University’s involvement, please see our website.

The Subject Guides also have lots of information about finding and using information in Engineering, including links to useful resources and professional societies:

Resource of the Week: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Our final Resource of the Week is DOAJ, is a collection of high quality, open access* journals. As a multi-publisher database, you can cross search a range of journals to find useful articles, or browse their publications for relevant journals you may be interested in. Most of the publications indexed by DOAJ have been peer-reviewed, but those that haven’t are clearly labelled.

*’Open access’ means that the journal/article has been made free at the point of access.

Did you know: Some journals have been marked with the ‘DOAJ Seal’. These are awarded to journals that have the highest publishing standards and adhere to best practice. For more information, see their blog.

Access through the A-Z Database List

Guides and More Information

The DOAJ website has useful pages on open access as well as about how to use the site:

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Features

FAQs

Want More?

If you would like more information on Open Access, visit the Heriot-Watt University or the Research Council UK webpages