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? Here is where the method books come in as a savior. 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 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
Now the autumn semester 2017 is starting and we want to welcome you to the Library as a student, old or new! Come to us if you need help to find books, information searching, find a nice place to sit and study or maybe just read a journal in the lounge . You can get tips on how to search for scientific material, write references, and how to copy and print. Our web offers a wide range of databases, journals, e-books and much more and it is always open 24/7. The library itself has the following opening hours during the semester and did you know that you can also return books when the library is closed?
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Text: Lena Holmberg
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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 panic.
There can be several different reasons for the feelings of panic; but one of the things causing panic 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? I 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 published 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 always send us an e-mail.
Text: Katharina Nordling
Picture: Colourbox & Katharina Nordling
Today is the first day of spring semester 2017 – we welcome former students as well as those of you who just entered your studies at the University of Borås. Whether you are new or experienced students, we want to tell you this: Do not forget to use the library and the librarians in your studies! Why? Well, research shows that students who use the library in their studies get better results. Take the information you use in your studies seriously, and make sure that your information search is thorough, and you will come a long way. And this is something the library and the librarians can help you with. Moreover, we can help with more fundamental things than that; such as to lend whiteboard markers, explaining how to write references, show how to find the books you need, helping to print or point you the direction to the nearest restroom.
If you have any questions – come and ask! We are always available at the Information Point near the entrance to the library, as well as on e-mail: email@example.com.
Welcome to the library!
Text: Katharina Nordling
Is it time to think about which topic you want to write about in you final thesis? Then it’s also good to start thinking about how to find information to your thesis, and of course, about your research questions. Keep reading this blog post and you will get information about how you can approach these things.
The point of the research question is to develop meaningful and relevant results. The idea is to formulate questions which will give you meaningful and relevant results and also to describe your work in a consist manner. Research questions can be descriptive (what is happening, what exists), relational (relationship between two or more variables) or causal (whether one or more variables causes one or more outcome variables).
How do you search for information effectively?
You can always start with Summon, which is the library search service. Here you can find anything from books and articles to e-books etc.
You can also search directly in a subject database. Here you can make specific searches that are focused to your particular subject and you also have more detailed search options.
You can access all of the library´s electronic resources from home – just log in with your username and password (the same as you use in PING PONG).
Libris (the Swedish Library catalogue) can be relevant for your search. Maybe other libraries have good books about your topic, in that case you can make an interlibrary loan which means that we will request the book/article for you. Interlibrary loans of books are free of charge but articles costs 40 SEK (80 SEK if we have to order outside Scandinavia).
Do you want to know more about student thesis writing and information seeking?
- Call the Library at 033-435 40 50
- E-mail the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Come and get help at the information desk
- Visit the Search Lab in J441 every Thursday at 12:00-15:00 and get help from a librarian.
Text: Tandis Talay
When you, student or employee at the university, connect your device to WiFi at the university – be sure to choose eduroam – a network that’s available not only at the University of Borås, but also at a variety of other locations in Sweden and around the world.
Eduroam is a collaborative between universities around the world with purpose to simplify the use of each other’s wireless networks. By choosing eduroam when you go online, you will be able to surf wirelessly even when you are at another university connected to eduroam (and there are many). But not only that, you will also have free access to wifi at all train stations, airports and ports in Sweden (if you are logged in correctly), since eduroam cooperates with the WiFi-provider The Cloud.
So how do you connect correctly? Well, when you select eduroam and to log in, type in [your username]@hb.se and then your regular password. Now you are ready to surf! Do you have a problem? Read more about Eduroam on IT supports side of the service.
Så hur gör man då? Jo, när du valt eduroam och ska logga in skriver du in [ditt användarnamn]@hb.se och sedan ditt vanliga lösenord. Sedan är du redo att surfa. Har du problem? Läs mer om Eduroam på IT-supports sida om tjänsten.
Text: Katharina Nordling
We are halfway through the spring semester and for some of our students the final sprint approaches – the student thesis needs to be written – here are some tips on how the library can help you when you’re writing your thesis.
One thing that is common for all students who write their thesis is that they need information to base the thesis on. It may be scientific articles, books on theoretical background or on the methods used by the students. No matter what kind of information you are looking for, it’s important to realize that the information is the foundation for your thesis. And it’s also important to realize that information seeking is often a very time consuming task, filled of setbacks. But if you make sure to structure your search for information it will all be a lot easier.
But do not despair! The librarians at the Library are experts in structuring information searches, and they are more than happy to help. Please, come to the Library and make sure to get a solid foundation to build your essay on.
There are two options if you want help of a librarian in your information search: You can come to our Search Lab – it is open every Thursday between 12: 00-15:00. The Search Lab is staffed by one or two librarians who can help you to structure your searches. During this time the Language Lab is open as well. This means that you can ask language questions, or get tips on how to write your academic text in the same time.
Another option for help in your search for information is to come and get Search Support. Please come to the Information Point at the entrance to the Library, and the librarians manning the Information Point will help you with your searches.
Remember: Use the Library, and the librarians, to get yourself a good foundation to build your essay on!
We also want to inform you that there are several posts in this blog full of great tips and advice to students writing their thesis. Here are some of them:
Text: Katharina Nordling