Test two practical databases!

HS Talks – The Business and Management Collection and Sage Research Methods are two databases that the library wants to recommend as they look a bit different from many of our other databases. They contain lots of film material, case studies, interviews and various practical tools which can be valuable for both students, teachers and researchers in their ongoing work.

HS Talks is aimed primarily at those interested in business administration, leadership, accounting and marketing. It contains over 900 recorded lectures, case studies and interviews in these subjects. The readers have prominent positions at universities and companies in a number of countries. There are long and short lectures and the service is easy to use. You can watch movies on the computer (both PC and Mac) and mobile devices (Android and iOS). HS Talks is one of the library’s permanent databases that you can access  to as usual via our database page.

Sage Research methods focus more on you as a researcher, PhD and student in general.  Also on anyone who wants tips on how to plan ytheir work/the research process. It is a tool that helps you with method courses, essay writing and dissertation. There are short video and real case studies and data sets for certain methods. We are currently testing this database until October 31, so please try  it and let us know what you think! You find it on the page for trial access to databases.

Text& Picture: Lena

Publications in Prehospital emergency care

During thursday and friday the PreHospen conference takes place here at the University of Borås. It is the seventh conference in order, and everyone who work in some way with, or are affected by, prehospital emergency medical care are welcome. Here at the university is PreHospen (Center for Prehospital Research), a well-known center for research and development of prehospital emergency care and it’s also one of the leading research centers in this subject in the country.

ambulansbilder12The library have many publications written by researchers at the PreHospen center but also most of the presenters at the conference are represented in the collection. The publications are mainly electronic, but some of the publications in question are available in print. Here you can find links to some of the presenters at the session “The dispatch centre’s impossible task” (both print and electronic) that we have in the library via our search tool Summon:  Anna Carin Wahlberg, Karl Hedman, Helena Nord-LjungquistKatarina Bohm, Araz Rawshani.

Whether you are a resident at the University of Borås, or if you are an external participant in the conference: Welcome to browse our databases and learn more about the subject in different types of publications in the field. In the Library Lounge you also find journals like Samverkan 112 (Collaboration 112) and Vårdfokus (Focus in health) with the latter including articles about various trauma teams in the latest issue (both journals are in Swedish). Please feel free to ask questions about additional literature on the subject at the information points in the library. Only students and staff at the University of Borås can access the material we subscribe to in full text, but we have a few walk-in-use computers at the entrance floor that can be used for a while to browse and read.

DSC_1634Text: Lena Holmberg
Picture: Anna Sigge & Lena Holmberg

Welcome to the search lab!

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Did you know that the library offers an open search lab for students? It takes place in the library premises on thursdays between 15: 00-16: 30 at the computer lab, room J418 on level 4.

The Search lab focuses on searching information, selecting databases, writing references and more. Are you writing on your thesis or paper and need someone to discuss with? Welcome to the Search lab. There are drop-in at these dates:

October 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3, 10, 17

Welcome!

Text: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Colourbox

Good resources and where to start

Are you confused where to start with your essay?

If you want to do specific searches it is better to do your search in one of our databases that is specifically targeted on the actual field where search opportunities are more specified and adapted to the topic area´s uniqueness.

You have access to all of the libraries electronic resources from home.
All you have to do is to log in with your username and password

Do you want to look at other student essays for inspiration?
In Borås Academics Digital Data (BADA) you can find student essays and theses. If you want to look at essays from other Swedish universities search in www.uppsatser.se

Google Scholar (scholar.google.se) is a search engine focused one academic material. Here you can find books, student essays, theses, articles etc.

Appearance and design of a academic article can vary between different subject areas, but usually have a structure similar to this:

  • Abstract (there is an abstract on the first page, which usually contain a short summery of the articles purpose, method, result and discussion)
  • Introduction (why the analysation)
  • Method (how the study have been assayed)
  • Result (what the outcome was)
  • Discussion (what the conclusion was)
  • References (usually the reference list is very long and contains references from other academic studies)

For an article to be characterizes as an academic article it has to be published in a academic journal.
Helena France, lecturer at Library & information science at Borås University was recently a guest blogger for library blog and wrote about Academic texts.

One of the challenges of writing an essay is to be able to vary its formulations?? At the library, you can find books related to Academic Writing.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University contains resources and introduction material for academic writing.

On the libraries webpage you can find information about Academic writingReference managementEndnote and Plagiarism.

Common documents
Are you writing your paper with someone else and you are not able to meet With each other for various reasons? Than you can use Google Drive to store your files in a common place, and also to create documents that both of you can edit at the same time while chatting. You are also able to create a versioning where you can go back to previous data if needed, store files, create simpler spreadsheets and presentations and save your document that is compatible with Microsoft Office.

Use Google help pages or go to Tutorials on Youtube.

If you have questions about information search or reference management:

  • Call the Library 033-345 40 50
  • Email biblioteket@hb.se
  • Come to the information point for personal help
  • You are also welcome to our Search lab every Thursday from 15:00-16:30 on 4th floor in the library room J418, where a librarian is available for answering your questions about information search

Text: Sara Hellberg, Tandis Talay

Create a citation alert

You can follow citations in any of our so called citation databases: Scopus and in Web of Science.

In Scopus, your can follow  whenever a certain document ora certain author has been cited:

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In Web of Science, your can follow  whenever a certain document has been cited.
You have to create an account:

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Text: Karin Süld

Pictures: Lisa Carlson

Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias

dicThe library has many dictionaries and encyclopedias but most of them are not for lending. Why is it so? Dictionaries and encyclopedias are a help in your studies and are needed in the library for looking up a word and get its meaning or translation.

Today, many of the dictionaries and encyclopedias are freely available on the web and the library also has some paid subscriptions. Before it was almost never possible to borrow dictionaries and encyclopedias but today we have a few of Norstedts English-Swedish dictionary for loan (located at floor 3, shelf 423) and we often make older editions for loan, while the newest one get to be REF – and stay in the library. Please visit the library’s databases and see what kind dictionaries and encyclopedias we have for help online!

Text: Lena Holmberg
Picture: Tandis Talay

The Women’s Wear Daily Archive

We are currently testing an extensive archive of Women’s Wear Daily, one of the biggest fashion magazines in the United States, widely considered the ‘Wall St Journal’ of the fashion industry. The test will run until November 19, so hurry to test the archive before the trial expires.

A comprehensive archive of Women’s Wear Daily, from the first issue in 1910 to material from within the last twelve months, reproduced in high-resolution images. Every page, article, advertisement and cover has been included, with searchable text and indexing.

The Women’s Wear Daily Archive preserves one of the fashion industry’s most influential reads. Key moments in the history of the industry, as well as major designers, brands, retailers and advertisers are all covered in this publication of record.

To access the archive, you must identify yourself as a student or employee at the University of Borås. Follow this link for access to the database.

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Text: Lisa Carlson