Making Library help easier for distance learners

The Offsite team has recently joined forces with the Lending team at Leeds Beckett Library and we’re always on the lookout for ways to help us support distance and off-campus learners.

We’ve decided that, because the wider Library’s contact and help services are so fantastic (including phone, email, online chat and a physical helpdesk, plus 24/7 IT support) that it makes sense for students, whether on or off-campus, to use these services to  ask all manner of questions related to the Library. The Library help services will also try to help with other queries about your learning, or to point you in the direction of who can help you best.

Because of this, it’s no longer necessary to register with the Offsite service just to ask for help at a distance with Library or IT queries – please just contact the Library. You can still email Offsite directly at offsite@leedsbeckett.ac.uk too!

But, if you are on one of the courses which are eligible to receive postal loans and you live in the UK, Ireland or mainland Europe, and you would like us to post books to you, you will still need to sign up for the Offsite postal loans service. You can do this via the Library tab in MyBeckett. If you’ll never want to borrow print books from us, there is no need to register with Offsite. Please see the Offsite Welcome page for more information and a ‘how-to’ video.

If you’re already registered with Offsite, then everything should stay the same – you can still contact us and request books from us in the way that you’re used to and we’ll do our utmost to get them sent off to you as soon as possible.

Remember, you can also apply to use another university library nearer to your home via the Sconul Access scheme too!

If you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

We’d love to hear from you!

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

 

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Need help finding resources for your research?

Need help finding resources for your research?

Have you tried using Discover, the Library’s academic search engine?  This searches over 90% of resources available from Leeds Beckett Library including books, electronic journals and databases.

Discover is a great place to begin your research.

Check out how to search faster and more effectively using the FAQs and short videos provided on the Discover webpage.

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To find out where the latest ejournals are and how to use them, look no further than the Library Journals webpage.  Here you can find out:

  • How to use the ejournals A-Z
  • How to keep up to date with the latest content from journals
  • How to access a specified journal article
  • What to do if an article is not available from the Library at Leeds Beckett
  • How to log into eresources

You can also discover how use databases for detailed subject searches.

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For further help with your research check out your subject support pages via the Subject Guides A-Z list.

If you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

We’d love to hear from you!

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

Join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Google Community

 

Hello to all distance learning students, come and join us on the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community.

Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community is a place for all Leeds Beckett distance learning students, across all courses, to chat to each other and to ask questions to the Distance Learning Unit.

You will find relevant, up to date and interesting information posted regularly.

Sign up here to become part of the community.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Library Offsite team if you have any questions.

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Studying Tourism? Meet your Academic Librarian

Searching for help and resources relevant to your study, look no further!

Meet Laurence Morris your Academic Librarian for Tourism who has created subject support pages to help you find relevant resources, information, help and guides in your subject area.

If you are studying the following:

  • Responsible Tourism Management
  • Travel Business Leadership
  • Travel Business Management

Find help and information on the Tourism web pages:

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Click on the topic tabs to search for ebooks, databases, journals, market information and much more.

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Use the Search Discover box on the Welcome tab to find resources for your subject using keyword searches for information on a topic.  For further help please click on the Discover guide on the Welcome page or click on Help with Discover for FAQs on how to use this this search tool.

If you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

We’d love to hear from you!

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

The Library over the Easter break

The Easter vacation is beckoning!

The current Leeds Beckett University term finishes on Friday 23rd March for the Easter vacation and the new term starts on Monday 9th April. We’re sure everyone is ready for a well-earned break to recharge their batteries, or to have some time to catch up with university work.

Unlike the Christmas vacation, the Library recall system will continue to operate over the Easter period. This means that, if you have Library items on loan, it’s a good idea to check your student email at times over the break. If another person requests one of the books you have on loan, you will receive an email to your student email, asking you to return the item and giving you a due date. Offsite students generally have two weeks to return items which have been recalled. After this date, overdue fines are charged. You will still be able to post items back to the Library – please see the Offsite webpages for our address details.

If you want to visit the Library in person, you can do so at any time, 24/7, but please remember to bring your Leeds Beckett card with you. If you are visiting the Library and would like help from staff, please see our staffed hours over the vacation. If you haven’t received your Leeds Beckett card, please email campuscard@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

You can also visit other university libraries nearer to your home through the Sconul Access scheme.

And, of course, you can always contact the Library 24/7 and we’ll do our very best to help you.

However you plan to spend your vacation, we hope you all have a great time!

If you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7. We love hearing from students!

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

How to access other University Libraries

Did you know that you can visit other University libraries closer to home?

The majority of university libraries in the UK and Ireland belong to a reciprocal borrowing scheme called SCONULAccess.

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This enables students to access university libraries nearer to their home.  You can apply online, see this short video guide on how to apply for SCONULAccess. Your application will be processed in the Library and an authorisation email sent to you. Take the email along with your Leeds Beckett student card to the university library you wish to access (if you haven’t been sent your student card yet please contact your course administrator). Click here for more information on using other libraries.

If you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

We’d love to hear from you!

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

Need help with your academic writing?

Completing your assignments and submitting your dissertation means that you need to become used to academic writing. This can seem like a whole world away from composing and sending the odd text or tweet to your friends or family. But please don’t worry – there is lots of help available to guide you to a great piece of writing.

Skills for Learning has a comprehensive series of workshops and tutorials. Why not take a look at their A to Z index? Check under A for academic writing – from writing your dissertation to critical thinking and essay writing. Increasingly, you may also be asked to keep a reflective journal, or to write a reflective piece – if that’s the case,  take a look at the section on Reflection. There’s loads of really useful information to help you get started.

And if you need help searching for resources in your particular subject area, check out your subject page – this will give you information on resources, databases, dissertations and how to contact your Academic Librarian if you need additional help.

And, of course, you can always contact the Library 24/7 and we’ll do our very best to help you

If you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7. We’d love to hear from you!

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.