Category: Thing of the Day

A round-up of the bizarre and brilliant of the web corralled by the University of Portsmouth Library.

Succeeding through stress

If you are feeling the pressure of study mounting, you are not alone.  Work stress can be helpful, motivating you to get on and succeed but you need to harness it and make it work for you.  This post from

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Academic writing using mind maps

We’ve mentioned mind maps before on this blog and still find them a useful tool. We’ve recently come across this rather useful blog post which covers using mind mapping software for academic writing: https://writingpad.our.dmu.ac.uk/2018/04/18/using-mind-mapping-software-to-teach-academic-writing/ Although it’s aimed at using them

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World Creativity and Innovation Week

It’s that time of year when we can celebrate creativity and innovation.  Though in the Library we’d like to think we celebrate it every day! It’s World Creativity and Innovation Week starting tomorrow and culminating in “the Day” on the

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Sweatshop returns

If you have been following the Library blog for a long time or have been browsing our back archive of posts, you might have come across this old gem about the controversial mobile game Sweatshop, which explores the exploitation in

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How to survive the revision zombie apocalypse: top 5 tips

Sleep-deprived and feeling zombie like in the build up to exam time?  You are not alone.  We often have to prod students awake who have slumped over laptops and half-finished notes.  You cannot do well in any exam that you

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Far from the madding enquiry desk

Far from being dense, symbol less tomes recounting endless explanations of the same referencing problems, these fifteen books make the life of a librarian seem interesting, almost romantic.  Joking apart, reading them might give you a slightly better idea of

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Here’s an app to keep you on track!

Tempted to keep checking your phone and avoid doing any actual work?  Needing some help to stay focused on task?  Forest is an app helping you stay away from your smartphone and stay focused on your work.  Your reward for staying focused

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We’ve got (artistic) mail!

Among the boxes of lovely merchandise we have been giving away at recent events, our eagle-eyed (or at least penguin-eyed) Pablo found this mysterious envelope.  Curiously addressed with our telephone number on the front (T: 023 9284 3228 – if

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day!  This year the theme is #PressforProgress.  It is hard to see what difference an individual can make but like the droplets of water that make up an ocean, together we have the power to reshape the world. 

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Who is to say what is real?

The more you read about the infopocalypse, human puppets and the death of informed democratic safeguards, the more it feels as if we might already be there.  If you can’t wait until Hallowe’en for a good scare, take a close,

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