Information Services Quiz Winner

We were delighted to host a visit from the 2nd cohort of  pre-sessional students in June. The visit was designed to help the students find out about the library and IT resources and services they will use in their studies.  This was followed by a quiz with one lucky winner chosen from the correct entries.  Congratulations Mengxue!

Turnitin upgrade & staff training

turnitinTurnitin has released a major product upgrade that will soon be available at Heriot-Watt University. The new version of the service, called Turnitin Feedback Studio, offers all the functionalities of Turnitin, but with a simplified, more intuitive interface designed for the modern classroom. Turnitin Feedback Studio will make it faster and easier than ever to promote academic integrity, provide actionable feedback, and evaluate student learning at Heriot-Watt University.

We plan to upgrade our version of Turnitin to Feedback Studio on 1st August 2017.

Once upgraded, you can expect to see a new interface when you open up a student’s paper in Turnitin. Your students will also experience this new and improved interface when viewing Similarity Reports and receiving feedback.

To get acquainted with the upgraded Turnitin Feedback Studio and prepare for a successful implementation, you can:

To support this transition and build on the use of Turnitin across HWU, a one hour online training session will be available (and recorded for later viewing).

  • When: 19/05/2017 at 10.00 BST
  • Where: Online

If you have not received a calendar invite to the online training, but would like to attend, please contact ISAdmin@hw.ac.uk

Power Hours w/c 29th March (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshop will be held w/c 29th March in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

Copyright for Learning & Teaching

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:45
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: Staff Only

All workshops are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Power Hours w/c 20th March (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshops will be held w/c 2oth March in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

Exam Survival Guide

Date: Monday, March 20, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:45
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

 

How to Manage Exam Stress

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

 

Pure: Managing Content

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:45
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: Staff only

 

All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Power Hours w/c 13th March (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshops will be held w/c 13th March in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

Exam Survival Guide

Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:45
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Keeping control of Your Data

APOLOGIES, THIS WORKSHOP HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: Staff and PGR only

Measuring Impact: Citations,the h-Index and Journal Impact Factors

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Categories: Staff and PGR only
Campus: Edinburgh

HW VPN: Getting Connected

Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: Staff Only

 

All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Power Hours w/c 7th March (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshops will be held w/c 7th March in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

 

Open Access and the REF: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Staff and PGR only

Writing a Literature Review for PG Students

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: PG students only

All workshops are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Power Hours w/c 27th February (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshops will be held w/c 27th February in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

Time Management

Date: Monday 27th February

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

Citing & Referencing in Academic Writing Plus Endnote

Date: Tuesday 27th February

Time: 14:15 – 16:15

Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

Critical Reading of a Journal Paper

Date: Tuesday 28th February

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

Technical Report Writing

Date: Tuesday 28th Feb February

Time: 14:15 – 15:15

Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

Citing & Referencing Harvard

Date: Thursday 2nd March

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

Excel Pivot Tables

Date: Thursday 2nd March

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All Welcome

Endnote Online

Date: Friday 3rd March

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Library Teaching  Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

Literature Searching

Date: Friday 3rd March

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Anderson  Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Campus: Edinburgh

Categories: All welcome

All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Power Hours w/c 20th February (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshops will be held w/c 20th February in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

EndNote Desktop

Date: Monday 20th February
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

PowerPoint for Presentations

Date: Tuesday 21st February
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Writing a Literature Review for PG Students

Date: Tuesday 21st February
Time: 13:15 – 14:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Citing & Referencing Harvard

Date: Wednesday 22nd February
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Word: Links, Footnotes & Captions

Date: Wednesday 22nd February
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Open Access and the Ref: What you need to know

Date: Wednesday 22nd February
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: Staff & Post Graduates

How to stop putting things off

Date: Thursday 23rd February
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Excel Lookups: Power Bite

Date: Thursday 23rd February
Time: 12:30 – 13:00
Location: Room 3, Learning Commons
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Citing & Referencing Harvard

Date: Friday 24th February
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

OneDrive

Date: Friday 24th February
Time: 14:15 – 16:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

All workshops are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Power Hours Workshop week commencing 13 February (Edinburgh Campus Library)

powerhoursThe following workshops will be held week commencing February 13th in the Edinburgh Campus Library (Top Floor):

Monday, February 13, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh Campus
Categories: All welcome

Teamworking
Date: Monday, February 13, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh Campus
Categories: All welcome

How to Manage Stress

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Time:12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh Campus
Categories: All welcome

PowerPoint for Posters
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh Campus
Categories: All welcome

Essay Writing: Plan for Success

Date:
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Time:
14:15 – 15:15
Location:Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus:Edinburgh Campus
Categories:All welcome, Most suited to UG students


Box of Broadcasts

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh Campus
Categories: All welcome


Excel: Go Further

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh Campus
Categories: All welcome


Understanding Turnitin for PG Students

Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh Campus
Categories: PG students only


Literature Searching
Date:Friday, February 17, 2017
Time:14:15 – 15:15
Location:Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus:Edinburgh Campus
Categories:All welcome

All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Structuring an Essay

Finding it difficult to structure your essays? Wondering if a Power Hours workshop might help but unsure which one to attend? Wondering if there are other, perhaps better, suitable resources?

Power Hours

essaystructureStart by having a look at the Power Hour material on Vision and make your choice of workshop from there.

  1. Sign into Vision
  2. Go to My Organisations > Power Hours Workshops > Edinburgh Campus > Academic Writing
  3. Explore Style in Academic Writing and Essay writing: Planning for Success

Supporting material for most Power Hour workshops is available online and can be accessed as shown above.

Textbooks

Might you find a textbook useful?  For essay writing, I’d recommend

  • Essential Study Skills by Burns and Sinfield
  • The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell
  • The Study Skills Toolkit for Students with Dyslexia by Monica Gribben is a useful resource for all students, not just those with dyslexia.  I really liked the section on structure in an essay.

All three are listed in the Information, Research and Study Skills guide.  This guide has lots of tabs, that are worth exploring.

If you’re campus-based, the library may have copies of these books.

Skills4StudyCampus

If you’d find an online resources useful, try Skills4StudyCampus

You need to register before you can use this resource but it’s quick and easy to do. Just follow the instructions on the web page.

Skill in structuring an essay can only be developed with practice. Seek opportunities to build up your skills by allowing adequate time to write draft after draft of an essay until the work you hand in for assessment is as good as you can reasonably manage.

One-to-one appointments

You may also find it helpful to have one-to-one feedback on your writing, especially on your structure.

The Academic English Unit is offering this service – details at One-to-one Academic Skills consultations

Appointments can either be face-to-face or via Skype, according to your location.