Autorenewals over the Christmas period

As we build up to the start of the festive break, if you have any books on loan (or are planning to request any) here’s some news about how auto renewals will work over the Christmas 2017 holidays:

  • Your Libray items will continue to auto-renew.
  • Recall emails to your student email asking you to return a borrowed item will not be sent out between 12th December and 3rd January.  This means that you won’t be asked to return items over the holiday period.
  • You can continue to place holds through the Library catalogue as normal, and if the book is on the shelves, we will send it out to you (as long as this is before 21st December).
  • Items that reach their maximum number of auto-renewals during the holiday period won’t have an extended loan period – Library users will be notified that they need to return items as usual, and Offsite students will have two weeks in which to do this.
  • The Library closes on Friday 22nd December and re-opens on Tuesday 2nd January, so the last day we can post out items to Offsite students will be Thursday 21st December.
  • You can still access the Library 24/7 with your student card if you are planning a trip to Leeds and would like to visit the Library

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

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Important news – access to Google student email after 15th December

From 15 December 2017 you will no longer be able to access the archived copy of your Gmail account. This is because in September 2017 the University introduced new Microsoft student email accounts for all students.

We moved all your content (including contacts and email categories) to your new account at that time. If you re-started your course after 31 October you’ll need to contact Student IT Support for help to move content from your old Gmail account.

To access your Microsoft email account login with your University email address and usual login details via the Office 365 portalOffice 365

If you’ve not yet set up your devices to receive your emails or are encountering any problems please see our IT Support pages for help.

You can still use all the other Google applications including Google Drive.

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

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MyBeckett upgrade

Please be aware that MyBeckett will be unavailable during the following time period due to necessary and important upgrades:

Start1 January 2018 14.30 GMT
End 3 January 2018 17.00 GMT

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We recommend that before January 1st  make sure that, where possible, you have downloaded files or materials that you might need within this period from MyBeckett and saved them elsewhere.

 

What can I access during the downtime?

During the downtime period you can continue to:

 

As soon as the upgrade is finished you will be able to access MyBeckett as normal.

Please note that under usual circumstances we recommend accessing Library resources via the Library tab in MyBeckett.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption to your studies that this may cause.

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

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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.

 

Top tips for tackling your assignments

The thought of tackling your assignments doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Our top tips aim to help you more effectively manage your research project(s) and produce your best, most focused research yet.

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  1. Manage your research

Why not save your Discover searches for future use?

  1. Manage your references

It’s easier if you make a note of references as you go along. Word has a great reference manager for beginners, alternatively you might like to use EndNote Basic available from the Databases A-Z), or Zotero.

  1. Be aware of subject specific research resources

Explore your subject guides – your Academic Librarians have highlighted a range of resources, specific to your course subject.

  1. Consider further research options

Postgraduates and students in their final year of study as an undergraduate can get access to other University libraries using SCONUL, or apply for Interlibrary Loans.

  1. Consider using analysis software

Using software can help you get the best out of the data you’ve collected. For statistical analysis, you can use SPSS. For qualitative data you might consider using NVivo. Download both through MyBeckett.

  1. Get help on writing

Skills for Learning http://skillsforlearning.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/ have some fantastic written, video and podcast guides for critical thinking, literature reviews and Word formatting. Also see their Dissertation section.

  1. Save your work in multiple places!

Saving your work in multiple places is important – read our Save It recommendations

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We hope these tips are helpful, and we wish you the very best of luck!

If you have any further queries, contact us.

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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.

Studying a Playwork course? Check out help and resources for your study!

If you’re studying Play Therapy or Therapeutic Play Skills the following information is relevant to you!

Check out the Playwork subject page for relevant resources, information, help and guides.

Here you will find a list of new book titles, journals, newspapers, key databases, referencing guides and much more.

Playwork homepage

Click on the tabs along the top of the page to explore each section:

  • Choose Books for useful class numbers, recent titles and a list of other useful titles.

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  • Choose Referencing for a What, Why and How on the topic and watch the online referencing tutorial on why and how to cite and reference.

 

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.

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If you have any questions please contact the Offsite team, we are happy to help.

Come and join us on the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community – you will find updates, information, guidance, hints and tips and more.

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.

Sign up here to become part of the community.

Did you know you can keep track of our news via the Offsite Facebook page and Twitter?

Autorenewals and you!

The Library introduced the new automatic renewal system in October, meaning that we’ll keep renewing your Library items for up to 6 months, unless someone else needs the item or you finish your course. Books are issued and renewed week by week, but for Offsite students the books are protected from being requested by anyone else for the first three weeks. So, if you want to borrow something that’s already on loan, you need to request it by putting a hold on it. Distance learners registered with Offsite should place items on hold via Books by Mail.

What happens when you place a hold on a Library item?

If the item is already on loan an email is sent to the University email of the person who has that book, asking them to return the item as it has been requested by another user. They then have a specified number of days to return the item. It’s therefore really important to check your student email if you have books on loan, just to make sure that no-one else has requested them.

Once the item has been returned, the Holds team will process the item. For Offsite users of the Library, the book is then passed  to the Offsite team for posting out to you. Once your hold has been sent, you’ll receive an email to your student email to confirm that the book is on its way!

If you’re not sure how to place a hold, please check out our Offsite page on postal loans where you can also watch our video: How to request books by mail.

If you’ve any queries, please do contact Offsite . You can also contact the main library for help if you wish. Did you know you can keep up to date with our news, or talk to us, on Twitter, Facebook, the Blog or the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community.