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

Distance Payment

Do you have debts to the Library but can’t come in and pay? Don’t worry, you can pay without actually coming to the Library. You can either use Swish or pay through bankgiro.

It works like this:

Swish
You can pay by using swish number: 123 653 66. Take a screenshot and send it to biblioteket@hb.se so that we can remove the fee. If you can’t take a screenshot of the swish-app with your phone, send an email to tove.lekselius@hb.se after you have paid. She will monitor the account and remove the fee as soon as she sees that the payment has been received.

Bankgiro
To pay your debt via bakgiro, use number: 755-5147. Enter invoice number: 6200-101032. Send an email to tove.lekselius@hb.se after you have paid. She will monitor the account and remove the fee as soon as she sees that the payment has been received.

When and why should you pay to the Library? If you’ve not returned your books in time or if you have lost a book that you have borrowed, you have to pay a late fee or replacement fee. You can read more about the Library’s feeshere.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Andrew Neel, Unsplash

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

Love and Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14, it is as usual Valentine’s Day or Alla hjärtans dag that we call it in Swedish. Many think it has become a commercial jibe while some celebrate it as a dear tradition. And so all those who are in the honeymoon phase, they might see it as an opportunity to be together a little more officially. Lovingly, we should really be all year round and not just on February 14th. But that very date has become the day when you express your love for people you love, perhaps especially a love partner or a secret love. How you choose to do this day (and the rest of the year) we do not add any valuation to but at the library we think that love is a very good thing so this week, we put on display some good books on the theme. You can find them in the glass cabinets at the entrance and you are of course welcome to borrow! If you want, you can also lose yourself in a little love poetry at the same time. Maybe you get a sudden whim and recite Nils Ferlin, Erik Lindorm or Lord Byron during your romantic dinner with the girlfriend.

Syntax

I want to call you thou, the sound
of the shape of the start
of a kiss – like this, thou –
and to say, after, I love,
thou, I love, thou I love, not
I love you.

Because I so do –
as we say now – I want to say
thee, I adore, I adore thee,
and to know in my lips
the syntax of love resides,
and to gaze In thine eyes.

Love’s language starts, stops, starts;
the right words flowing or clotting in the heart.

Carol Ann Duffy

Text: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Freestocks org. Unsplash

How to read the e-books from the Library

To be able to use e-books at the University of Borås, you need some basic tools. To begin with, it is good to know that many publishers who offer their literature in e-format want to limit the use because of copyright issues. It can mean that it won’t be possible to print parts of the book, or that it will only be possible to use the book for a limited time. Another restriction might be a limit of how many persons that can use the book at the same time. All of this is called Digital Rights Management and abbreviated as DRM.

To be able to borrow books with DRM protection, special software must be installed on your computer, mobile phone or tablet. We recommend the following software:

Adobe Digital Editions – a reading program for reading pdf or epub file format. Available as free software and / or app. With this program you can mark text in the book with different colors and make notes to the text and bookmark pages. Your comments then becomes searchable. However, a small problem will occur when the book’s loan period expires, then you lose all your bookmarks and notes.

Bluefire Reader – a reading program for reading pdf or elub file format. Available as free app to download. You use this app on your mobile phone or tablet. Just like in Adobe Digital Editions, you can mark text in the book with different colors, make notes and add bookmarks, which then becomes searchable. But you lose all your bookmarks and notes when the book’s loan period expires.

In order to use both these programs, you need to obtain an Adobe ID which is free of charge.

Text: Martin Borg
Photo: Mostphotos

Published at the University of Borås in 2018

House of Knowledge
House of Knowledge

Every year researchers, teachers and other staff at the University of Borås publish a variety of publications, most of which presents research results or similar. The publications come in a range of different types; doctoral theses, licentiate theses, peer review articles, popular scientific articles, book chapters, books, reports, etc. All of these publications are to be registered in the university publication database DiVA. This means that if you are interested in what is published by the university – search DiVA to find out.

In 2018, 417 research publications were registered in DiVA (DiVA, 2019-02-05). The publications where divided into the following publication types:

Of all these publications, 298 were classified in the category Refereed and 85 in the category Other academic.

In order to access data for research publications published by the university in 2018, you can use the link below:

Text and image: Klaz Arvidson