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:

Open access

Features

FAQs

Want More?

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

Blackwell’s offer one week free access to The Exam Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell

Blackwell’s Edinburgh are giving away one week’s access to a free digital copy of “The Exam Skills Handbook”  by Stella Cottrell.

To receive a unique code for this book, please go to the Library Service Desk, into the Edinburgh store or e-mail jaki.hawker@blackwell.co.uk

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Please note that Blackwell’s have a limited numbers of codes and will give to students on a first come, first served basis.

They are offering a week’s free access to the book from the time the code for the book is redeemed, and after that they are offering a heavily discounted purchase.

This e-book offer is part of Academic Book Week, and a few more titles may be offered over the next month or so.

Resource of the Week: EndNote Online

EndNote is a bibliographic management tool that allows you to store and organise your references and then insert them into your assignments (if you’re using Microsoft Word). EndNote Online is the mobile version which you can access from anywhere using your own computer. It can be used with EndNote Desktop or as a stand alone product.

If you access EndNote Online through our website, you will be taken to an authenticated session where you can get the full benefits of a premium account – including 50’000 references, 2GB of file storage, and access to a range of referencing styles, for free as a HWU student or staff member. You have to EndNote Online Premium for one year after the last time you log in to an authenticated session, after which it reverts to a Basic account.

With EndNote Online you can:

  • Create references manually, or import them as .RIS files from databases and Discovery*
  • Attach documents to your references
  • Make keeping track of your research easier by organising your references into groups
  • Use the ‘Cite While You Write’ plugin for Microsoft Word to import your citations into your assignment and automatically generate your formatted reference list as well.

*The majority of academic databases have this option, which will be called either ‘Save’ or ‘Export’. You can often also save time by selecting more than one to download in the same file. Web of Science also allows you to save references directly to EndNote Online.

Did you know: You can sync your EndNote Online account with EndNote Desktop to get unlimited online storage for 3 years.

Access EndNote Online through the Information Services website 

Guides and More Information 

Our Software Guides and Tutorials webpage has lots of helpful information and guidance on how to use EndNote.

Clarivate Analytics, who own EndNote, also have a range of useful guides and have a YouTube channel.

We regularly run Power Hours on EndNote Online and EndNote Desktop. Find out when the next one is by visiting our website, or look at the materials under the ‘My Organisations’ section on Vision.

If you have any questions or want more guidance, please contact your Library.

Want More?

EndNote Desktop has more functionality than EndNote Online and is installed on all the PCs on campus, and so is ideal for those who work more on campus. For a comparison of the two, please see this guide. You will have to pay to get it on your personal PCs, but students are entitled to a discount.

Blackwell’s Offer One Week Free Access to “Doing Essays and Assignments”

Blackwell’s Edinburgh are giving away one week’s access to a free digital copy of “Doing essays and assignments” by Pete Greasley.

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To receive a unique code for this book, please go into the Edinburgh store or e-mail jaki.hawker@blackwell.co.uk

Please note that Blackwell’s have a limited numbers of codes and will give to students on a first come, first served basis.

They are offering a week’s free access to the book from the time the code for the book is redeemed, and after that they are offering a heavily discounted purchase.

This e-book offer is part of Academic Book Week, and a few more titles may be offered over the next month or so.

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