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

What is a DOI?

When writing references to scientific articles, you should include the article’s DOI in the reference, but what is it, and how does a DOI differ from a regular link? We’ll try to sort it all out in this blog post.

A DOI is a persistent link – a link that is supposed to exist forever. Common links on the Internet can be broken and changed, for example if the publisher where the article is published changes their web address. But a persistent link should last despite such, or other, changes.

DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier and is an alphanumeric character string (ie a code containing both letters and numbers) that can be given to electronic documents or objects. An article’s DOI can often be found at the beginning of the article, or in the web page (post) where all information about the article can be found.

Not all articles have a DOI; this is something that the publishers themselves decide if they want to put their articles on, and they must then pay to get a DOI.

Each DOI is thus unique, so with the help of a DOI you will always find a way back to the object in question. Although the DOI might not take you all the way to the actual document. For example, I an article is published behind a paywall, you will at least come to a page with information about the document in question.

However, you cannot simply take the DOI code and paste it into the browser’s address bar, as it is not a URL. A DOI must always be resolved, and it is done using a DOI resolver.

Alternative if you have a DOI you can enter it in a web browser, but you have to put http://doi.org/ in front of the code itself, ie http://doi.org/10.1177/1355819614534836.

So to summarize, one can say that a DOI is a neat way to always find your way back to an article, but you need a tool to be able to use it in a good way.

Text: Katharina Nordling

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