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

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

My Library

Here’s a review of the features of your library account – how to see which books you borrowed, which ones you have reserved, if you have overdue fines, how you locate your saved searches, etc.

Log in

To log in to your library account, go to the library’s web page and scroll down to Quick Links a bit down the page and click on what is called My library. If you are a student or staff at the university, log in with your usual user account, if you are a patron who is not affiliated with the university, you will use your personal identity number and chosen password to log in.

If you have searched in Primo, the login option is at the top right corner of the window. Click the link Log in.

Overview

Once logged in to the account, you will get to a summary page. Here you can see some of your loans and requests for books, as well as a summary of any overdue fines or fees you might have.

Requested books (reservations and interlibrary loans)

If you click Requests, you will get a list of the books you requested (either by reserving a book that is on loan or ordered as a loan from another library):

Here you can cancel a request, if the book is no longer relevant for you to borrow. If you want to cancel the request, just click Cancel on the current book.

Loans

You can also click on Loans to view all your borrowed books, Since the Library have automatic renewals, you don´t need to think about renewing your loans. We will send an email a few days before it is time to return your book. It is therefore important that you know if it is your school mail or your personal mail that is registered in the system.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Katharina Nordling & Tandis Talay

Time to choose subject for your thesis? Get inspired by previous students!

For some students at the university it’s time to start thinking about the student thesis, and we are talking about THE student thesis, the one that marks the end of their studies here at the university. When you start thinking about THE thesis, it’s easy to get depressed.

There can be several different reasons for the feelings of depression; but one of the things causing it might be that you don’t know what to write about. You have no idea – totally blank! Or maybe you have a rough idea, but which perspective should you use on your subject? In both these cases it could be a good idea to look at what other students have done before you: What have they written about? Looking at past students work is a way to be inspired (and it’s also a way to realize that it’s not impossible to write a student thesis – many students have done it before you).

There are several different places to search for student theses. If you’re looking for theses published at this university you find them in one of the university publication databases:

  • Search in BADA for student theses published in full text until 2014
  • Search in DiVA for student theses published in full text from 2015

If you want to search for student theses from any of the universities in Sweden, you should try the web site essays.se. Using this web site you can search among over 72,000 different student theses written in English to find inspiration. If you do an advanced search, you can easily limit your search to a certain topic, university, language or publication year.

Good luck in finding the subject for your thesis! If you want help with any of the sources above, don’t hesitate to contact us at the library. You can stop by the Information Point and talk to us in person, or you can send us an e-mail.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Picture: Colourbox & Katharina Nordling

Welcome to a new semester!

Welcome all of you new and old students and researchers!

It’s time for a new semester and today is the first day, and for many of you this a familiar environment you come back to – but for some of you the University of Borås is a whole new experience. Maybe new accommodation, new city, new student buddies and new courses. Here on the Library blog we want to give you a few tips that can help you, new or old student, regarding library services:

  • Library opening hours are displayed on the website.
  • A reference copy of all required textbooks are available on the 1st floor – these books can not be borrowed and are only for use in the library.
  • All textbooks for loan stands on each subjectshelf in the library. Many textbooks are also available as e-books.
  • Most of our materials can be found by searching in Primo (our discovery tool). You find the searchbox on our website.
  • Your tag is your library card and also a copy / print card.
  • Photocopying is mainly available the 1st floor.
  • Multifunction printers are available on all floors (except 2.5). Instructions for printing can be found here.
  • The library has many study rooms – you book the rooms through Kronox.
  • All books in the library are in numerical order – from 000 on level 2.5 to 999 on the 4th floor.
  • The library has printed journals on level 1 but also on level 2. But the majority of our journals are electronic, and you can find them through the website.
  • Adjust the sound level to a normal conversational tone, this is a place of work for many people. A good idea is to put your phone in silent mode.
  • There is a quiet study room in the library, you find it at the entrance floor.
  • Keep in mind that you’re not allowed to eat in the library. Drinks with lids, fruit and candy are OK; but for eating – please visit the café or the lounge with microwave ovens outside the library.
  • If you need help with information seeking just come ask the librarian at the Information point, we will gladly help you.
  • The Library Search lab has drop-in hours if you need further help with your information seeking. In addition, the Language lab is open at the same time in the same room, so you can also get help with linguistic questions.
  • If you have questions about your user account, problems with Microsoft Word or other questions, please feel free to contact us.

If you are a new student – please read more on our website with helpful information for you as a new student.

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Text: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Suss Wilén