Exam Stress Buster & drop in sessions

Exam Stress Buster

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http://www.artofliving.org UK Registered Charity: 1131480 / SC041411

The Counselling and Support Service and Jaydeep Pancholi invite you to drop in for free meditation sessions to help dispel your anxiety and stress.

Where:
The Anderson Room, top floor, Cameron Smail Library

When:
Mondays:   25th April, 2nd, 9th & 16th May: 1215 – 1245
Thursdays: 28th April, 5th, 12th & 19th May: 1615 – 1645

Exam stress drop in sessions

For anyone who is struggling or feeling very anxious.

Where:
Student Support and Accommodation Office, Hugh Nisbet building

When:
Monday-Friday throughout the exams:  1400 – 1500

No appointment needed – all welcome!

Transform IT – Transform Your Tech, Change the World (Malaysia campus)

TransformITThe ‘Transform IT – Transform Your Tech, Change The World’ campaign was launched this week at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

Transform IT is a programme where old digital devices can be donated and refurbished to be given to non-governmental organisations, welfare homes and community centres nationwide or responsibly recycled to ensure no damage is done to the environment.

The campaign is in partnership with social enterprise SOLS Tech, HP Malaysia, and AIESEC Student Club at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

For more information see: –

 

Nexis: Global news and business research service

Nexis: Global news and business research service

We have a new subscription to Nexis (replacing the previous subscription to Factiva). nexis screenshot

Nexis is Ideal for lecturers and students specialising in: Business, Management, Politics, Linguistics, Languages, Social Sciences and more. It provides full text access to UK and international newspapers and trade press, with foreign language news sources in over 26 languages and also:

  • Full text access to The Financial Times (30 day embargo)
    • Company and industry information from Extel Cards, Hoover’s profiles, ICC Financial Analysis Reports and Worldscope.
    • Company Dossier
    • Economic and political profiles for countries.
    • Biographical information including Debrett’s People of Today and Who’s Who

Nexis is available from the A-Z list of databases.

More Online Journals

We have expanded our provision of full-text journals from the Proquest databases and now have access to the following:screenshot of proquest

  • ProQuest SciTech Collection
    • Research literature in science, technology and engineering
    • 5,600 full-text titles
    • 1,700 full-text environmental impact statements
  • ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection
    • Comprehensive bundle of full text and A&I social sciences literature
    • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
    • 640 full-text titles
  • ProQuest Art, Design and Architecture Collection
    • Collection of A&I databases and journals in full-text
    • 400 full-text titles

Proquest databases are listed in the A-Z list of databases.

Knovel and Geofacets trials – feedback

Out trials to Knovel and Geofacets will end on 17 March 2015, so there are still a few days left to try out them out:

If you have tried out these products, we would very much appreciate your feedback:

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Geofacets and Knovel trials

Heriot-Watt currently has trials of two new resources, Knovel and Geofacets.

Knovel is an applied engineering resource, giving fully searchable online access to hundreds of eBooks and technical information about materials and properties.  (It is different to the Knovel eBooks provided by professional bodies such as IChemE.)

Geofacets is a maps database, which can be searched with geographic and keyword searches.  It is primarily aimed at geoscientists and petroleum engineers, but may be useful to staff and students from other disciplines.

These resources will be available until mid-March. Please send any feedback to your Subject Librarian.

Edinburgh campus staff/research postgraduates
The suppliers of Knovel and Geofacets will be at Edinburgh campus on Wednesday 25th February to give short demonstrations of Knovel and Geofacets, and to answer any questions you have about these products. Please sign up for these sessions via the links below:
Knovel: http://854.v1.libcal.com/event.php?id=928820
Geofacets: http://854.v1.libcal.com/event.php?id=928822

New Engineering Disasters Resource

Heriot-Watt staff and students now have access to Engineering Case Studies Online, which will be useful for students and staff studying all types of engineering.

Screenshot of Engineering Case Studies Online, showing coverage of the Ford Pinto controversy These case studies focus on the causes of engineering failures, and give a short summary of the incident, alongside original documents, eyewitness accounts, inquiry reports and TV documentaries.

Many well-known engineering disasters are covered, including:

Piper Alpha

Windscale Fire

Space Shuttle Challenger

Big Dig Ceiling Collapse

If you have any questions about using Engineering Case Studies Online, please contact your Subject Librarian.

Extra Study Spaces: 13th January – 4th April

Looking for a space to study on the Edinburgh Campus? The following rooms will be open for students Monday – Friday until 10:00 pm from 13th January – 4th April 2015.

Vacation and exam period study spaces

Building Room Nos
Edwin Chadwick 1.01,  1.02
James Nasmyth 1.01,  1.02,  1.03
Earl Mountbatten G44,  G45,  G61
1.1,  1.70,  1.82,  1.83
2.44
3.2,  3.3,  3.6,  3.7,  3.36
Colin Maclaurin G01
William Arrol 1.08,  1.09,  1.10
David Brewster 1.13,  1.14,  1.15
William Perkin 1.07,  1.08,  1.09,  1.10
Mary Burton 1.25A,  1.47

 

The rooms might also be available during the day when not being used for teaching – check availability in the teaching timetables.

As well as the 110 PCs in the Cameron Smail Library, there are hundreds more in labs around the campus, with printing & scanning attached. Check PC availability.

The James Watt Centre is also open for studying on

February:

  • 2nd, 3rd
  • 16th, 17th, 18th
  • 24th  & 25th

March:

  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th 
  • 10th, 11th, 12th 
  • 16th,17th,18th,19th
  • 24th ,25th, 26th 29th
  • 31st

See the Edinburgh Campus map if you want to check where a building is.

IS Update | January 2015

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So it’s the end of week 3 already! As the New Year seems like a distant memory, and you have been busy settling in to Semester 2, IS have also been keeping busy, so here is the January round up.  For a PDF of this IS Update, click here.

Services

Resources

Facilities

Events

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IS Update | November 2014

header2As we finish week 12, we hope Semester 1 has been good to you! As always, there has been lots going on in IS, so here is a round up to make sure you don’t miss anything.  For a PDF of this IS Update, click here.

Services

Power Hours additional sessions

Exam Stress Drop-ins

Revision & Exam Success

Tell IS

PC Lab availability online

Resources

eBooks

Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

PressReader

EndNote Desktop for Personal Use

Facilities

Making the Most of the Space

Services

Power Hours additional sessions

Our ‘Power Hours’ programme has again proved popular this Semester, with 81 sessions delivered and more arranged ‘on demand’ for our fully booked classes.   Remember, we will be happy to arrange small group classes if you cannot attend the dates advertised.   Please get in touch to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, all materials used are available on Vision.

Power Hours:                   Vision| Organisations | Power Hours Workshops

Exam Stress Drop-ins

We are pleased to be hosting ‘Exam Stress’ drop in sessions to help students   These are provided by the Student Counselling Service and take place in the Anderson Room on the top floor of the Library.

Stay for an hour or just a few minutes, these sessions are designed to offer a variety of techniques and methods to help manage stress around exams. All are welcome and there is no need to book.

  • Friday 28 Nov 14:00-15:00
  • Tuesday 02 Dec 16:00-17:00
  • Friday 05 Dec 15:00-16:00
  • Monday 09 Dec 16:00-17:00
  • Thursday 11 Dec 14:00-15:00

Revision & Exam Success

Just in time to help you with your exam preparations, we have new ‘Revision & Exam Success’ content in our online ‘Skills for Success’ module.   Topics include:

  • Managing Stress, Sources of Help, Purpose of Exams, Advantages and Pitfalls, Approaching Revision, Note Making, Exam Strategies

Remember we also have the following Power Hour information online:

  • The Exam Survival Guide
  • How to Manage Exam Stress

Skills for Success:             Vision| Organisations | Skills for Success

  • Click the drop-down arrow under the Organisation ID, next to VIIASS
  • Click Enrol, then click Submit, and click OK

If you do register for this service, please give us your feedback:   libhelp@hw.ac.uk

Tell IS

We have introduced some new ways for Library users to contact Information Services staff if there are any noise issues or problems with study spaces, printers or computers. It is an alert service based on email, iMessaging and text messaging:

Email:               Tell-IS@hw.ac.uk
iMessage:         tellhwuIS@icloud.com
Text:                 Text TELL and then your message to 07950081076

PC Lab availability online

We are very pleased to announce that we have made available online, information about PC availability within the labs on Edinburgh Campus. Use the table to quickly identify rooms with free PCs and don’t waste time going to labs which are already full!

Please note that some rooms may be used for teaching, but a timetable is given online. Some have restricted access, but again, these details are available online.

IT Essentials:      http://www.hw.ac.uk/is/it-essentials/availability/edinburgh.htm

Resources

eBooks

Our SCOPNET eBook collections have made the following titles available this month:

  • 1,300 titles by Oxford Scholarship Online
  • 600 titles by Elsevier
  • 150 titles by Wiley

These are all Digital Rights Management (DRM) free so there are no restrictions on what you can print or download from them.

Library Catalogue:      http://hw.lib.ed.ac.uk

Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (trial)

What does The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics provide?

  • the world’s most influential economists writing in their own voice in their areas of expertise
  • it includes the original 1987 archive, the 2008 2nd Edition, as well as newly commissioned articles that are added quarterly
  • quarterly additions and updates

** TRIAL ACCESS 24 November 2014 – 31 December 2014 **

Further information: https://informs.hw.ac.uk/2014/11/25/the-new-palgrave-dictionary-of-economics/
Feedback:                   s.kelly@hw.ac.uk

PressReader (trial)

Enjoy thousands of newspapers & magazines on your tablet & smartphone or laptop

  • PressReader is an online newspaper and magazine kiosk that provides full content digital replicas of more than 2,500 titles from 100 countries in 60 languages.
  • PressReader allows users to view newspapers and magazines on-screen exactly as they would appear in a familiar print edition.

** TRIAL ACCESS until 15 December 2014 **

Further information:  https://informs.hw.ac.uk/2014/11/13/enjoy-thousands-of-newspapers-magazines-on-your-tablet-smartphone-or-laptop/
Feedback:                     c.m.ure@hw.ac.uk


EndNote Desktop for Personal Use

Adept Scientific, who used to provide support for EndNote have, unfortunately, gone into administration.   If you want to purchase a desktop version for personal use on your own PC/laptop, we now advise you to use Bilaney Consultants.  Note, the desktop version is freely available on all University managed PCs.

Software for personal use:          http://www.hw.ac.uk/is/it-essentials/software.htm

Facilities

Making the Most of the Space

‘Making the Most of the Space’ is an initiative in the Edinburgh campus Library to use the learning space effectively during exam and revision time.The rationale for monitoring the space is:Revision and exam time means high demand for study spaces

  • The rising noise levels means a difficult working environment for students and staff
  • Students have requested more study spaces, especially quiet study spaces
  • Students have complained that study desks, and individual study rooms, are ‘reserved’ by other students leaving belongings unattended
  • There are security issues due to unattended items

See local signage for information and please respect everyone’s need for quiet space.   These changes will apply for December until the exams are over.

More information:          https://informs.hw.ac.uk/2014/11/28/making-the-most-of-the-space/

Keep Up to Date

News:                 http://www.hw.ac.uk/is/news-from-is.htm
Facebook:          https://www.facebook.com/HWUInformationServices
InformS:             informs.hw.ac.uk/
Twitter:               @HWU_IS

Contact us

If you have any questions about IS resources, facilities or services, have suggestions for improvements or want to leave any feedback, please get in touch:    http://www.hw.ac.uk/is/contactvisit-us.htm

IS Update | November 2014

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