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

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