Library books during the summer

When the semester ends, it can be nice to return books that you are done using, or if you are an exchange student leaving Borås – then you need to return your borrowed books before you leave. You return your books in the library’s return device, which is to the right of the entrance to the library.

If you want to keep your books over the summer, it’s possible provided that no one has reserved the books before the library’s summer loan period enters. When the summer loan times have entered you can keep the books you borrowed until September 5.

If you want to visit the library during the summer, it is good if you check the opening hours on the website, because the library’s opening hours vary during the summer.

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

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

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Keyboard shortcuts to use in your studies

There are small short cuts which can be smart to use when studying, as it makes your work a little bit more efficient – read this blog post to get a quick walk through of four of them.

Copy, cut and paste with short cuts

When you want to copy text in a document and paste it somewhere else it’s easy to use the keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcuts differ between different operating systems, and here we show those that apply to Windows and MacOS.

Copy text

  • Mark the text you want to copy.
  • In Windows: Press the keys Ctrl and C at the same time.
  • In MacOS: Press the keys command and C at the same time.

Cut text

  • Mark the text you want to cut out.
  • In Windows: Press the keys Ctrl and X at the same time.
  • In MacOS: Press the keys command and X at the same time.

Paste text

  • Place the marker where you want to insert the text.
  • In Windows: Press the keys Ctrl and V at the same time.
  • In MacOS: Press the keys command and V at the same time.

Search for words within a document

If you want to find a text section in a document, or check for a word, you can use the function Find to search within the document. Using this function you don’t have sit and read / skim through the entire document manually. In different programs you will find the function in different places. Below you can see examples of where you can find it in Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word:

You can also use the keyboard short cut for Find – just press Ctrl and F at the same time.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo: Hannah Joshua, Unsplash

What is a DOI?

When writing references to scientific articles, you should include the article’s DOI in the reference, but what is it, and how does a DOI differ from a regular link? We’ll try to sort it all out in this blog post.

A DOI is a persistent link – a link that is supposed to exist forever. Common links on the Internet can be broken and changed, for example if the publisher where the article is published changes their web address. But a persistent link should last despite such, or other, changes.

DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier and is an alphanumeric character string (ie a code containing both letters and numbers) that can be given to electronic documents or objects. An article’s DOI can often be found at the beginning of the article, or in the web page (post) where all information about the article can be found.

Not all articles have a DOI; this is something that the publishers themselves decide if they want to put their articles on, and they must then pay to get a DOI.

Each DOI is thus unique, so with the help of a DOI you will always find a way back to the object in question. Although the DOI might not take you all the way to the actual document. For example, I an article is published behind a paywall, you will at least come to a page with information about the document in question.

However, you cannot simply take the DOI code and paste it into the browser’s address bar, as it is not a URL. A DOI must always be resolved, and it is done using a DOI resolver.

Alternative if you have a DOI you can enter it in a web browser, but you have to put http://doi.org/ in front of the code itself, ie http://doi.org/10.1177/1355819614534836.

So to summarize, one can say that a DOI is a neat way to always find your way back to an article, but you need a tool to be able to use it in a good way.

Text: Katharina Nordling

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Books to read if you’re writing your student thesis

It’s spring term and high season for thesis writing, which can be both scary, hard, interesting, and fun at once – here you will find tips on books that can help you in the process of writing your thesis. They cover the topics research methods and academic writing.

As for the method, this is a central part of the process: What method do you use in your studies, and how do you describe this in the thesis? This is where the method books come to rescue. Some of you have had method courses earlier; others will have a method course just before the thesis writing starts. And you will, of course, get some tips on good books in these courses, but there are other books than the course literature, and you’ll find plenty of books at the library. The largest part of all books on quantitative and qualitative methods can be found at department 300 on level 2.5 in the library.

There are also some good books to read on writing in general, and on academic writing in particular. These books will give you tips and advice when it comes to language (for example how to write in a passive voice instead of in first person), how to formulate different parts of the thesis (how to write the introduction), etcetera. You will find most of these books on shelf 808.066 on floor 4 in the library.

Text & photo: Katharina Nordling