Revision tip: Diagrams can help

You could simplify your course notes and highlight key concepts and terms to help you remember key points.

Mind mapping software can be useful when summerising, with the added advantage of giving a visual representation that many people find helpful when trying to remember things.

The key points to remember when creating your mind map are: –

  • Create your map from the centre and work outwards
  • Keep your points brief – use key words, authors, theories or processes
  • Use lines to show connections between things
  • Be prepared to re-work the map until you are happy with the organization (using software to create your maps makes this quick and easy)
  • Include colour, symbols and pictures to make it more memorable

See Revision looming – picture your notes in a Mind Map

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.

Resource of the Week: Business Source Premier

Owned by EBSCO, Business Source Premier is an academic research database dedicated to business information. The database provides full text for around 2,300 journals, including 1,100 peer-reviewed titles, as well as company and industry reports.

Searching the database is straight forward, with basic and advanced search options available. For both searches you can also open ‘Search Options’ to get a range of tools to limit your search results – such as to searching only for peer-reviewed publications, full text and/or to search only specific types of publications, including journals, trade publications, industry reports and more.

As with most databases, there is an option to create a free account and save your search history. You can then create alerts so that you’re emailed periodically about new publications that have been added that match your search criteria. You can save or export individual results directly to EndNote, or add them to your folder to save them all at once.

Access the site through the Database A-Z List.

Did you know: Business Source Premier also has a thesaurus to help you expand your vocabulary and extend your search strategies.

Guides and More Information

For specific guidance on how to use and get the most from searching Business Source Premier, see their Help pages. There are also some video tutorials on the EBSCO support website. Please note that although some features may appear differently, the videos are still accurate enough to be helpful.

Basic Searching Tutorial

Advanced Searching Tutorial

If you need any help using Business Source Premier, you can also ask your Librarians for help.

Want more?

Emerald is an academic database which provides access to 217 business and management journals. It is searched by Discovery, and you can access it through the A-Z Database List.

For more help and resources to search for business information, check our Subject Guides.

 

Revision tip: Organize your study space

Find the right environment to revise:

  • Space?
  • Light?
  • Comfortable chair?
  • Silence?
  • Background music?

What works for you?

Get rid of distractions. Take the time to get it right.

You might also find some ideas in Revision tip: Find your space…

Revision tip: Give yourself enough time to study

Don’t leave your revision until the last minute – plan your study time.

You might create a revision timetable to help you stay on track – see Exams are getting ever closer… for some tips on how to do this.

More tips will follow in the coming days.

Blackwell’s Offer One Week Free Access to “Doing your Research Project”

Blackwell’s Edinburgh are giving away one week’s access to a free digital copy of Doing your Research Project by Judith Bell & Stephen Waters.

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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. 

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.

Resource of the Week: Oxford Dictionaries Online

Through Oxford Dictionaries Online you can access Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German and Spanish dictionaries electronically from anywhere. It’s very straightforward and simple to use, and the dictionaries have a built in thesaurus. This means you can search the dictionaries for words in English or your chosen language to find synonyms as well as direct translations. For example, searching for ‘green’ will bring you results for colour, young/unripe and environmentally friendly.

Each dictionary also has sections on grammar, writing and improving your skills in the language for extra help and support while learning.

Did you know: The Oxford Dictionaries Blog ‘Oxford Words’ publishes useful articles on a range of language topics, including help with improving your English.

Access the resource through the A-Z Database list

Guides and More Information:

If you would like any help using Oxford Dictionaries Online, you can contact your Library.

Want More?

Oxford Dictionaries also provide access to an online English dictionary and thesaurus, which can be useful for improving your skills with English and when building your search strategies.

 

Resource of the Week: Nexis

Through Nexis you can access newspapers and trade press from the UK and across the world – including full-text access to The Financial Times (for articles older than 30 days).. As well as news sources in 26 languages, you can access:
  • 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 Wh company and industry information, Company Dossier and economic and political profiles for countries

This makes Nexis an excellent resource for researching news and companies ahead of job applications and interviews as well as for academic research.

Did you know: Search results can be saved to  Documents folder to make it easier to manage and download useful information.

Access the site through the Database A-Z List or through the Discovery home page. You can search specific titles available through Nexis by finding them through our Journals A-Z List.

Guides and More Information

Guides on Searching Nexis and Searching Nexis (Specific Titles) are available from the Information Services website

For help searching Nexis, you can also view their Help pages

Want More?

We have a range of other databases that can be used for researching companies and identifying key companies in a particular sector. These include:

  • Bankscope
  • Boardex
  • Osiris

For more information on these resources, see the Company Data and Financial Datavases Subject Guide.

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.