Welcome to our Language & Search Lab!

Did you know that you can get help with your difficult searches, reference questions or help with the difficult academic language? Every Thursday between 12 pm and 15 pm there is a language teacher and one or two librarians who usually work with information search in room J441.

Long time ago we had a language lab and a search lab in the library, but since many questions slip into each other, it felt practical and beneficial to be able to help with both search and reference questions while at the same having a language pedagogical supervision. So in 2016, we merged the language and the search lab and have it once a week. On Mondays and Wednesdays, it’s only the language lab in room J441.

You do not need to book in advance. It is Drop-In. Many students visit Language and search Lab time to time and sometimes we have many students at the same time, witch means that you may have to wait for help. You can log in to a computer in the room and work while you are waiting.

Text: Lena Wadell

Foto:  Dmitry Ratushny,  Unsplash

Teaching information seaching

Teachers, now it’s time to book information searching for your students for the next semester. If you know that it is (or should) be a part of the course you are responsible or involved in, then please contact one of our teaching libraries. We have already booked a lot of teaching and it is getting crowded in our schedules.

We who work as teaching librarians are from the left: Lena Wadell, responsible for the business and economic programs and Informatics. Sara Hellberg is in charge of the Care and Health  programs. Karin Süld handles textile programs like fashion design and textile technology. Birgitta Rutberg is in charge of Engineering such as building, resource recovery, chemistry and industrial economics and the library and information science. Åsa Brolund is new here at the Library and is responsible for all teacher programs.

Photo: Klaz Arvidsson
Text: Lena Wadell

Hello Åsa Brolund!

In a series of portraits we are going to introduce the staff at the Library to all our readers and customers – who are the people working at the library? And what are they doing there? Read our portraits and get to know your librarians! Here you got to know Åsa, new librarian, a little bit. 

Åsa, what did you do before you started to work here?

I have mostly worked in high school libraries and enjoyed it. Learning and information seeking in combination, helping and guiding in the learning situations is so rewarding!

What are your main duties?

I will be teaching information literacy to students mainly in pedagogy, so I will guide future preschool teachers, teachers, as well as educational professionals teachers and immigrant academy. In addition to teaching, I work at the information point.

What made you apply to the library at the University of Borås?

To be involved in and develop the student’s information skills in various ways, within the framework of the library, attracted me! The university is multifaceted and so does library activity, to suit all programs.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

When I do not work, I devote myself to my family and the animals at home on the farm. It’s a challenge too, haha.

What are you most curious about within the Librarian role according to development?

One thing that interested me since I studied library and information science here in Borås, is the conversation that takes place at the information desk, or in learning situations when a question is asked for a librarian and what kind of answers follow and how the question and the questionnaire become treated. How do you do the best in these situations as a librarian? A close interest in me is also how we best educate in information literacy.

 Do you have any book tips you want to share?

Att tro på Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones -about the book and the power of fantasy in a war-torn environment where the written word is barely accessible.

Jonathan bortom all kontroll by Meg Rosoff – smart and somewhat screwed novel about relationships and applicants.

Det finns ingenting att vara rädd för by Johan Heltne – a novel about faith, shame and sickness, adult and love …

Text: Åsa Brolund & Lena Wadell
Photo: Lena Wadell

Reference management with software EndNote.

When writing a paper or essay, you need to keep up with a variety of references. Do you want help organizing the work  with the citations in the text references and source listings? If the answer is yes, then you can use the EndNote reference management software.

The program is free for students, staff and researchers at the university. You can collect all the references in different subject libraries and when writing in Word, you will get help citing correctly. There is a web version of EndNote called EndNote Basic, which you can use wherever you are, but if you want some more advanced functionality, then download the client to your computer. Download here. From this page you can also read and download our style templates that you need to write according to the recommendations in the Library’s Guide to the Harvard system. These templates are Harvard_HB (English) and Harvard_HBsv (Swedish) and are available from the menu if you use the EndNote web version and when using computers in the university network.

Karolinska  Institutet University Library Online guide to EndNote Basic.

Karolinska Institutet University Library  guide to the clientversion EndNote X8 .

Good Luck to use EndNote!

Text: Lena Wadell
Picure: Mostphotos

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

Information seaching is a process that takes time.

The information-seeking process

Searching information for tasks and thesis in school requires a lot, information retrieval is a process. You usually illustrate the information-seeking process as a wheel. The following figure illustrates the information process and how it is a constant movement between the different parts of the wheel.


The information process begins by formulating a query. What is the information you are looking for? What aspect? Is there any particular group of people? Women? Men? Children or adolescents?


Based on the question, you start looking for meaning-bearing words  that you use when searching. Take all unnecessary words and concentrate on nouns.


Then choose where to search. Examples of a source may be a subject database, library catalogue or a search engine on the Internet. It depends on what material you need. Do you want books on the subject first maybe? Then you start searching either in our local library search Primo or in the national library catalogue Libris. If you need a scientific article, go to one of our subject databases to get the material. You can also start searching in Primo. But to do specific searches, it is better to choose a subject database within the subject. Begin here.

Seeking and Retrieve

After the source selection, it is time for the seeking procedure itself.  Enter a keyword and then narrow down with more words. You look through your hit list and see what you got. Something useful? If you have advanced a bit in the information search process, you may be using a more advanced searching.


Now you reached the last box in the wheel where you evaluate your information and then you start over again with new words that you may have found among your searches. If you have found an article that is reasonably good, you can search for the subject Headings. Subject usually appear as link text and are slightly different in the different databases, but search for words such as Subject, Subject headings, Identifier, DE. Etc. These words are controlled vocabulary unlike the author’s keywords and are found in subject lists also called Thesaurus. Topics are found in the databases to highlight the articles so you know that you get everything about a particular subject if you search using the topic. It is not rare that the subject consists of a phrase.

Yes, as you can see, information retrieval is an art that you learn through exercise and do not forget that it must take time.

Text: Lena Wadell
Foto: Mostphotos,

Study techniques- How to read your course litterature the best way

Helén Svensson is one of five Study Counsellors at the University, on whose desk questions about study skills ends up. Is there anyone who has the inside track on how to best use their time as a student, it is Helén and her colleagues.

On the third floor in the corridor opposite to the student desk you will find a happy and energetic Helén and when asked about how the concept study technique should be described, she answers undoubtedly:It is all about attitude! The use of different techniques to improve your learning ability. It’s about scanning, stress management and planning.

Do you have some good general tips for students regarding study techniques?

Go to the lectures and read on before! If you do that, you will get an understanding and than you can be alert and ask questions at the lectures instead of sitting and not understanding much of what the teacher says. You get a head start and easier to learn.

– Project Planning! This means planning in a good way. Use the calendar and write lists. Multiple projects can be run at the same time. It makes it easier to make schedules of what needs to be done.

Another important thing is the driving force. One should ask the questions: Why do I study this program? Why am I here?
How should you read a course book?

– One method may be to look for a model, we call it an “effective reading model” for reading course books, and as we talk about in our courses in study technique:
Begin with the summary reading, ie read front and back of the book, the preface and the table of contents. If there are summaries after each chapter, read them first. You get a good idea and you will get an understanding of what the book is about.
After that you go to the quick reading. This means reading the book quickly without paying attention to details. You could say add a fifth gear.
–  Last is time for the in-depth reading. Since you have already got an understanding of the content, you know which chapters are worth reading properly. It is only in the in-depth reading that you highlight the most important parts or take notes on the edge of the book (if it is your own book of course).

– It is not enough to emphasize the importance of repetition! We are talking about the “forgetful curve” and it is important that you repeat early and several times before you forget everything. Do not let it go several days before repetition.

What are your top tips for the students when it comes to reading the course literature?

 Read the curriculum! There is often a clear breakdown of what is required for the examinations, but also what to learn. Also look at the objectives of the curriculum.

Read a lot! Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts. If it is difficult to read scientific articles read magazine and newspaper articles on the same topic so you get an understanding of the subject before and learn the concepts. This will usually gets you interested and it becomes easier to get the information.

The University organizes three-hour courses offered on the various programs in study weeks  3-7. There have been some drop-in times and November 20th is the next time, if you missed it. On the University’s website there are information (in Swedish) about study techniques in addition to the courses given.

Text & Picure: Lena Wadell