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We’re open! February 13, 2014

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Hive entrance

Flooded though parts of Worcester may be, don’t forget that the Hive is open! You can reach it on foot coming down The Butts from the Town Centre or via the golden footbridge from Crowngate. St John’s Campus is also fully open including Peirson Advice and Guidance Centre. There are plenty of free pcs.

Whichever way you’re travelling you can keep up to date with today’s road and bridge closures here: http://bit.ly/1cvgQKX (worcestershire.gov.uk)


University classes cancelled from 4pm Wednesday 12th February February 12, 2014

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Flooding from Hive

The latest from the University of Worcester on what’s happening during the flooding can be found here: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/adverse-weather-conditions.html

Stay safe everyone.

Access to resources February 12, 2014

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If you can’t make it to the Hive in this charming weather, don’t forget if you can return your books to any Worcestershire County Council Library, or you can renew them either online or by contacting the Hub on 01905 822722. To renew online log in to the student homepage and click on Library Catalogue.

Our e-resources are up and running and accessible whatever the weather. Find the information you need at http://libguides.worc.ac.uk. While your there, be sure to check out our new TV and radio service, Box of Broadcasts. Watch or listen to TV and radio from 2000, with all BBC content from 2007. ‘Singing in the Rain‘ is on there, I’ve checked. Or how about this BBC documentary all about terrible weather. Personally, I recommend this episode of Thomas the Tank Engine: ‘Splish, Splash, Splosh‘.

Stay safe.

LibGuides for IHCA students October 15, 2013

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LibGuides screenshot

LibGuides for IHCA students have arrived! Your handy guide to all things Library, from referencing to e-journals.

There are six Libguides tailored specifically for all IHCA subject areas so whether you’re a sociology student in need of an ebook or a drama student hunting for advice about the Hive, Libguides will help you out. Click the link above or follow the links from the Library Catalogue. Enjoy.

Getting the Numbers Down November 7, 2011

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Any of you who have already tried out our Summon service will have noticed just how many journal articles, books, ebooks, conference papers (I could go on) that  we provide. Try a really generic search like “history” and your results will be in the millions. It’s a great problem to have, not many people make their searches quite so wide and the relevancy ranking in Summon will help to bring the more useful items to the top of the results screen if the user is a little more specific!

That said, there are times when you might want to try to reduce the number of hits which Summon provides so I’ve included a couple of tips here.

1. If you are searching for a phrase (like lesson planning for example), use quotes. This is a trick I picked up years ago with Google and it makes your search much more accurate. In Summon, searching for lesson planning (without quotes) gives you 173,437 hits, but adding the quotes (“lesson planning”) brings that down to 2,610. The difference is that it is only looking for places where those words appear together.

2. Make use of the options on the left of your results screen. You have lots of choices, like removing newspaper articles if they aren’t what you need, or limiting to items written in the last 2 or 3 years. You can remove certain formats, such as newsletters, or only show articles which appear in peer-reviewed journals. Lots of options – give them a try.

So, as ever, keep letting us know what you think of Summon and if you have any questions at all you can use Summon’s feedback link, add a comment to this post or email us at askalibrarian@worc.ac.uk.

New – the Library’s Very Own Search Engine November 1, 2011

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Did you know that the library provides access to over 100 databases stuffed to the brim with full text journal articles, e-books, sound recordings, government documents, and more?

Did you know that we select these databases individually to provide you with access to literally millions of articles across the full range of subjects studied at the University?

One thing I bet you did know is that searching databases individually can be time-consuming and, at times, confusing. We know, because you’ve told us in the feedback we collect.

Today sees the launch of our latest solution – Summon. Summon takes approximately 97% of these resources and searches right across them all in one go. Think Google, but with resources that the library selects and subscribes to, so you can be sure of the quality of the information.

We’ll be publishing more posts here over the coming days, giving you tips on getting the most from Summon, but for the time being, why not just give it a try. I know you’re going to like it, and there’s a feedback link at the top of the page if you want to share your thoughts, or by all means drop a comment here.

Help is at Hand October 31, 2011

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Now is the time of year that many first year  students start  be working on their first assignments,  the University has produced a short guide to a range of different assessments commonly used at universities. The guide is based on some of the common questions that students ask about assignments.

The guide is intended to supplement information given by your tutors, if in doubt the best place for accurate guidance is your tutor.  Copies of the guide can be found across the University’s sites or downloaded from the link here.

Important changes to student ICT services May 3, 2011

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During the summer student Netmail accounts and ‘G’ Drive file storage are being upgraded to Microsoft Live@edu services:

EMAIL: Students old 60MB Netmail accounts will be replaced with new 10GB Microsoft Outlook Live mailbox, providing access to email, contacts and calendar from any location.  It is a much more collaborative system than the current Netmail service, giving students the ability to share files and folders; use the online Office applications; share Outlook calendars, make meeting requests etc . Outlook Live also allows access to Windows Live Messenger to chat and make video calls.

FILE STORAGE: Students old 150MB ‘G’ Drive will be replaced with a new 25GB Windows Live SkyDrive, which will allow access to, and sharing of files online at any time, with a much improved storage capacity.

PRINT & COPY: The current student print and copy system will be upgraded to an account based solution, making it easier to manage print credit.


EMAIL: Forward existing mail that students wish to keep from your University Netmail Account to a personal email account e.g. Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, etc.

FILE STORAGE: Copy ‘G’ Drive files students wish to keep to an external device such as a USB hard drive or flash drive.

PRINT AND COPY: Use all print credit on students existing cards.  If this is not possible retain a minimum credit balance on cards as a new card will be issued to students in September and credit cannot be transferred

For the full FAQs visit: http://connect.worc.ac.uk/ictchanges

SAGE knocks the stuffing out of rivals December 20, 2010

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One of the services ILS provide is sourcing alternative formats for visually impaired students.  One of the companies involved, SAGE, has won the inaugural JISC TechDis Publisher Lookup Award for library services. This recognises publishers who have been nominated by library staff for their excellent service in supplying books in alternative formats. Many library services are beginning to offer this service thanks to the involvement of publishers like SAGE.

SAGE received the award at the CILIP Digital Information Conference in London on 28 October 2010.

Alistair McNaught, senior advisor at JISC TechDis and brainchild of The JISC TechDis Publisher Lookup Awards, said: “There was a really strong field of candidates. Judges were impressed by the sheer number of nominations for SAGE by library staff and the glowing feedback that highlighted their responsiveness, exemplary standards of service and commitment to end users”

We’re glad to be able to offer this service and many others like it here at the University of Worcester, and congratulate SAGE on all their hard work!

Find out more about the services we offer and chat with us on Twitter @ WorcesterALT

Have a Kays Christmas! December 9, 2010

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Christmas will soon be here –check out the Research Collections display in the Peirson Library to see Kays Christmas ideas from 1954 – 2004.

Contact Rachel r.johnson@worc.ac.uk or Janet j.davidson@worc.ac.uk for more information on the Kays Archive at the University of Worcester or pick up a leaflet while you browse the display.

Let us know what you think of the display on twitter: @worcesteralt

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