Report from Mozambique

Since the Autumn of 2017 the Library at the University of Borås, together with The Swedish School of Library and Information Science and Blekinge Institute of Technology, has been involved in a Sida-financed development project that aims to build up and strengthen Mozambique’s analysis and research capacity.

This is done through education of librarians, researchers and teachers, and partly through local research that generates new knowledge that is relevant to the country’s development.

Sida supports the largest university in Mozambique, UEM (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane) in the capital Maputo, in cooperation with 14 Swedish and nine South African universities. This support goes to research training at the doctoral and master’s level, infrastructure for research (such as laboratories and electronic journals) but also through training the university librarians to develop a relevant support for students and researchers.

As an introduction the University Library of Borås organized a workshop in Maputo on the modern research library and on two occasions we have been hosting job shadowing activities for visiting mozambicans. During these activities library director, librarians and students have taken part in our daily work and learnt more about our organization and processes.

The latest activity within the project took place in Maputo in April this year, when Tove Lekselius from the University Library and Malin Utter from the Swedish School of Library and Information Science held a three day workshop on customer services.

The project will continue until 2022 and in the future there will be a mix of training for librarians through workshops in Maputo but also visits to Borås for librarians and students on master’s and doctoral level.

If you want to learn more about the project, please follow the UEM Central Library Programme Blog https://centrallibraryprogramme.blogspot.com/

Text: Svante Kristensson
Bild: Tove Lekselius

Use DiVA to reach out with your student thesis

The semester is coming to an end and so does the project of writing your student thesis, but when the thesis is done what happens then – who’ll be reading it? Well, that depends on what you as the author choose to do with it. By making it available in the university’s publication database DiVA, the paper can get wings and benefit both yourself and others. For example, you can attach the link to the thesis in your job applications, and let future employers see what you can do. In addition, the thesis will be searchable on the internet and others interested in the topic you wrote about may find and read the thesis.

In order for the thesis to be published in DiVA, you must approve the publication agreement when submitting your thesis.

As the thesis is published in DiVA, it will be searchable in the following fields: name, title, abstract, keyword, language, and subject area. Because both abstract and keywords are something you decide on, it may be a good idea to take your time when writing abstract and choosing keywords, making it easier for others to find the thesis.

If you have any questions about how an abstract should be written, or how to think about choosing keywords, you can get support and help with this at the library’s Search Lab – open every Thursday.

Text: Katharina Nordling

Think of what you write – make sure not to plagiarize!

Writing an essay or thesis may be perceived as difficult in many ways, one of them might be how to express yourself in a unique way, so you don’t plagiarize someone else’s work. The university has a good anti-plagiarism guide where you get insight into how to avoid, intentionally or inadvertently, plagiarizing. There is also information about what happens if it is discovered that someone has plagiarized.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo: Mostphotos

World Book Day 2019

World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO. The purpose of the day is to recognize the importance of books, authors and copyright for spreading ideas and knowledge, and to contribute to the understanding and tolerance between people. In 1995 the UNESCO General Conference made the following proclamation at their session in Paris:

The General Conference,

Considering that historically books have been the most powerful factor in the dissemination of knowledge and the most effective means of preserving it,

Considering consequently that all moves to promote their dissemination will serve not only greatly to enlighten all those who have access to them, but also to develop fuller collective awareness of cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire behaviour based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue,

Considering that one of the potentially most effective ways to promote and to disseminate books – as shown by the experience of several UNESCO Member States – is the establishment of a ‘Book Day’ and the organization of events such as book fairs and exhibitions on the same day,

Noting furthermore that this idea has not yet been adopted at international level,

Adopts the above-mentioned idea and proclaims 23 April of every year ‘World Book and Copyright Day’, as it was on that date in 1616 that Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died.

Reading books and learning from other people’s stories widen the reader’s knowledge and perception of the world. Unfortunately this is not something that is appreciated in all parts of the world, nor has it always been appreciated throughout history. Books have through all times been censored, banned and / or destroyed because they had the “wrong” content. The book may have contained stories or facts about religion, they may have had too detailed descriptions of sexual acts, maybe they contained rebellious elements or there was another element for “wrongness”. For those who want to read about banned books of all time, please see the books Banned Books – four books about books that have been banned because of political, social, sexual and religious grounds.

Having the ability to read, and in addition having access to all sorts of books should be every person’s right in the world we live in today, but unfortunately it is not so. Hence the need for World Book Day! Remember the famous words from Malala Yousafzai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2014:

let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.

As you all know, the library is full of books for you to borrow. In the picture you can see some of the books the library has on the topic “reading”. Welcome to the library to borrow a book on any topic to celebrate this years World Book Day!
worldbookdayText & picture: Katharina Nordling

The Phrasebank – get suggenstions on how to write

If you want inspiration when you’re writing an academic text, you could use a Phrasebank.

The University of Manchester has an Academic Phrasebank openly available on their webpage. The Phrasebank gives you tips on how to write academic texts, and examples of good phrases to use when you’re for example writing your Conclusion. The following suggestions are given for when you want to summarize your main research findings:

  • This study has identified …
  • This study has shown that …
  • The research has also shown that …
  • The second major finding was that …
  • These experiments confirmed that …
  • X made no significant difference to …
  • This study has found that generally …
  • The investigation of X has shown that …
  • The results of this investigation show that …
  • X, Y and Z emerged as reliable predictors of …
  • Multiple regression analysis revealed that the …
  • The most obvious finding to emerge from this study is that …
  • The relevance of X is clearly supported by the current findings.
  • One of the more significant findings to emerge from this study is that …

It is of course important to keep in mind that you can’t just pick any phrase from the examples and use it, the phrase has to match your text as well. The main objective when your writing your academic text is to get a consistent and well written text, and in order to get there you have to know what you are writing about. But the Phrasebank is a good help, it can give you inspiration when you’re stuck and don’t know how to continue.

You’ll find the Academic Phrasebank here.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo: Mostphotos

Support in academic writing

Writing an essay or thesis at the university can be hard and tricky if you haven’t figured out how you write an academic text – but there’s help to get.

Writingguide.se is a web page where you can find help and support in your academic writing. The web page is created by the four Swedish universities Blekinge Institute of Technology, Kristianstad University, Linnaeus University and Uppsala University.

In the Writing Guide you can read about the structure of the academic text; what to think about when you are writing an academic text; advice on how to create cohesion in your text and so on.

And don’t forget – if you want advice on academic writing from a person in real life – come visit the Language Lab at the Library!

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo: Mostphotos

Learn how to use Statista

The database Statista is an international statistics and market data platform.

Statista

Statista gives you access to lots of data

The database Statista is an international statistics and market data platform with access to more than 1.5 million statistics, forecasts, dossiers, reports and infographics on 80 000 topics from more than 18 000 sources. The platform combines economic data, consumer insights, opinion polls and demographic trends.

All data can be downloaded in four different office formats. Every student, lecturer and member of staff at the University receives full publication and usage rights of the data.

Guides and videos

Watch the video Statista Explainer (01:29) to get an overview and learn how to benefit from Statista.

On the Statista website you will find more guides and videos showing you how to use and benefit from Statista.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Statista, please feel free to contact us at e-mail biblioteket@hb.se.

Text and image: Klaz Arvidson