Student led change (2) – ever more eResources

Studying at a laptop


You told us how much you valued the wide variety of resources we make available to help you learn and support your assignments with the best available information.  We have managed to increase our collections again this year and now offer over 55,000 more ebooks and 1,500 more ejournals than last year – more than ever before – giving you direct access to the very best information academic evidence and thought. 

The EBSCO Discovery Service and subject pages bring these together for easier access and give you powerful search tools to help you find what you want more quickly and reliably.  Our friendly and expert staff are also on hand every day to help show you how to get started or improve your search strategy to find more of what you need more easily.

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A review of student led change (in six parts)

Encouraging feedback we receive each year in the National Student Survey reassures us that we are getting most of the important things right and delivering the things that you most need and love.  Every year you tell us our eresources are really helpful and that you enjoy our friendly and supportive service, and we have striven to go beyond and offer more bookable drop-in help sessions and even more ejournals and ebooks than ever before but we are painfully conscious that there are still areas we have to continue to work on and improve.  Over the next two weeks, we will be reflecting on Liblog about how things have changed over the past few years as a result of observed student needs and direct student feedback.

Student using a laptop in the LibraryStudy space, laptops and zoning

Speaking of areas we are working to improve…

With an ever-growing student population, there never seems to be enough space for everyone.  We are doing all we can to manage our limited space to increase the number of study spaces by around a hundred every year, including different types of study area to cater to different needs, carefully balancing group, flexible and individual silent study.  We have supported flexible study with 410 full-size, high power laptops that you can plug in anywhere around the Library

Following student feedback, we moved the Individual Silent Study Zone to areas that stay naturally quieter and introduced clear banners that advertise the space better than ever.  We converted our poorly soundproofed second floor meeting room into a peaceful art store to save you from the sound of drifting voices.  While we try to ensure silent spaces stay silent, for those who are sensitive to noise, our free earplugs help blot out the world completely so you can work anywhere without disruption.

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Choose your Nexis landing page

Young Indian man reading a newspaperFollowing an interface upgrade, Nexis no longer defaults to the popular news search page.  You can, however, personalise your Nexis login to open at the news page automatically each time you login by following these one-time setup instructions:

  1. Click the News search tab at the top of the screen.
  2. On the top-right side of the screen under your ‘Licenesees Licens’, click Make This My Start Page.
  3. In the “Set News as your Home Page” pop-up dialogue box, click Set as my Home Page to confirm.

The next time you log into Nexis after closing your web browser, you should be taken straight to the news page.

You can use this method to set any other page as your default landing page within Nexis, if you prefer.

If you have any difficulties, please get in touch and we will walk you through the process.


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The M-word. Motivation? Mindset!

Starting a new calendar year by thinking about how you learn is a good step.

Warning – this post contains a lot of questions!

Child reading a book, surrounded by mathematical scribbles
I recently read an interesting article about being a self-directed distance learner. Studying this way clearly requires strong motivation and a readiness to learn. Many principles, however, are also sound prerequisites for learning at university in general.

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Come recycle with us!

What a load of rubbish! One of the Library 3-sectional recycling bins.Welcome to 2020!

One of our new year’s resolutions is to become still more sustainable, recycle more and send less to landfill.  For this, we need your help!

One of our biggest problems is that recycling gets mixed up and food waste or leftover drink gets mixed in with the dry recycling (packaging, empty cups and lids, etc).  Once something gets wet or soiled, it can no longer be recycled, so just one half-empty cup of coffee in the wrong bin can spoil an entire sack and consign it all to landfill.

Happily, remembering what goes where is easy:

  • Red and green bins are for recycling;
  • Black bins are for food waste;
  • Blue bins for liquids.

See it.  Separate it.  Sorted!

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IbisWorld changes (21 January 2020)

IbisWorld will change to a new interface on 21st January 2020.  Click here for a sneak preview (on campus or via VPN).  When this happens, the link to IbisWorld will change.  Please change any links you have bookmarked to match the link from the IbisWorld Library catalogue record.

What’s changing?

The new IbisWorld interface allows you to do anything you can do but with the benefit of a more modern interface.  It will also offer an iExpert summary for each UK report, available by clicking under the lightbulb icon (found on the extreme left-hand side of the screen).

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New eBooks – December 2019

What follows is a list of new ebooks received by the Library during December 2019 ordered by title. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.

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New Books – December 2019

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during December 2019 ordered by classmark. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.

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Can studying Business make you stupid?

Student asleep atop a pile of books and notesWell… according to one study, undergraduate Business students (emphatically not students at Portsmouth Business School!) were observed to be less able to think clearly after university a few weeks of university teaching than before.  It is suspected this was largely due to the all-night drinking sessions and longer-term sleep deprivation that plagues so many students.  Read more about the link between sleep and study performance in this Financial Times article (you might be asked to sign in if you are off-campus). Read more ›

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The new Mintel: feature preview

Mintel is changing on 14 January 2020.From 14th January, Mintel will have a new look and a load of new features to make your life easier.  The new search includes all content from Mintel reports and Mintel trends.  The new interface combines everything into a single convenient “I’m looking for” box.

Just as Amazon suggest other books you might want to read, suggested reports related to your search appear right-hand side of your search results.  You can also now filter your results by category, region, trend drivers and demographics to focus your search on what particularly interests you.  

Search results appear as a grid with the option to just see full market research reports or brief topical trends and observation overviews.  Reports look the same as before once you click on them, except that you can now use the quick menus to jump to particular report sections and save time scrolling. 

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