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.

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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.

Your student email is important!

You need to check your University email account regularly to make sure you’re not missing out on important information.

Your student email is an integral channel of communication, not just between you and your tutors, but it is the way the Library will contact you regarding your Library account information.

If you’re a new student did you know you can set up your student email account on your devices? If you previously had a University Gmail account you’ll need to update your devices to ensure they now access Outlook.

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Our IT Support pages offer advice on how to do this, plus information about forwarding your University emails to another account if you prefer to do that.

There are some handy FAQs to help troubleshoot any problems you might have. Don’t forget you can Contact Us if you need more help – we offer IT support 24/7.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and join the Distance Learning Community (if you haven’t already!) for updates, news and information.

Studying Art Psychotherapy? – Check out help and resources for your study!

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

 

Art therapy page

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

 

Click on the tabs along the top of the page to explore each section, for example, Books for useful class numbers and recent titles:

Art therapy books tab

For an introduction or refresher on using the Library view the tutorial which offers an overview of the available support and resources, from how to access ebooks and journals to assistance with study skills.

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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?

Joined Offsite yet?

The start of the academic year is always so busy, with people either starting new courses, or returning to their studies after the summer break.

Offsite is Leeds Beckett Library’s service to support distance learners in their use of the library. Many of you will have joined Offsite already, as part of getting loads of things sorted out at the start of term. A massive 218 people have joined Offsite since the start of the academic year, in fact! Thank you to those of you who have already been in touch.

If you’re a distance learner and you’ve already joined Offsite but can’t remember what we do, or if you haven’t heard of us at all, here’s a brief summary of what we can help with:

  • library and IT support to Distance Learners and students based off-campus
  • being a virtual equivalent to popping into the library for help
  • accessing and logging in to electronic resources (such as ebooks, ejournals, databases)
  • any queries about your Library account (inc. fines, renewals)
  • accessing other university libraries
  • posting books out to you (if you’re in the UK or mainland Europe)
  • providing copies of journal articles and book chapters
  • pointing you towards other useful library services, such as specific subject support through your Academic librarian, or Skills for Learning, who can help you develop your academic skills

You first need to register with Offsite, but that’s quick and easy to do – simply log in to MyBeckett, go to the Library tab and you should find a section for Offsite. There’s a brief online form to complete, then we’ll reply to you really quickly. You can also check out our web pages for more information.

If you’ve any queries, please do contact Offsite – we’re really happy to help and there are no questions too small to ask! You can also contact the main library for help if you wish.