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Library staff make videos, online tutorials, guides you can download as well as offering online library support.Library Services for Staff at Partner Centres
If you're teaching on a University of Sunderland programme at a partner centre visit the Partner staff web pages.
Today is Safer Internet Day, and the theme this year is ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.
Here at University of Sunderland Libraries we want all our staff and students to be safe on the internet and to use it positively.
Here are our top 6 suggestions for staying safe online:
If you’re online a lot and use a lot of social media, you may find our ‘Making the most of social media' guides and videos useful:
Introduction to Library Services for Distance Learners
Tuesday 11th February, 2013 9am (UK time)
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This is a general, introductory session that is ideal for new Sunderland students on distance learning programmes wherever you are in the world.
Why join a webinar?
Help accessing full text articles and e-books for your assignments
Live demonstrations of resources
Opportunities to ask your questions
Sign up for this webinar here.
Joining a webinar is easy, all you need is access to a computer with java installed and the internet. When you sign up for a webinar, we will email you with joining instructions. If you have any questions about webinars (or anything else) contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout January we have trial access to the new online Cite Them Right.
University of Sunderland students and staff can log in to test it, and let us know what you think. We really want your opinion to help us decide whether we should subscribe to it.
Log into Cite Them Right (trial version)
Go to http://www.citethemrightonline.com/How-to-access , click on ‘Institutional Login’ - search for the University of Sunderland and login with your University User ID and password
You could use this trial version of Cite Them Right to help you with your assignments, or you could simply log in and explore.
Either way, once you’ve logged in - let us know what you think on our Cite them Right feedback survey http://ow.ly/rQyV6
Ever wondered what effect your personal social media sites can have on your future? Two surveys conducted by legal information site FindLaw this year provide interesting perspectives on the use of social media:
In July 2013 FindLaw posted findings from a survey that revealed more than a quarter of young social media users think that something they posted could come back to haunt them.
"The survey found that 29 percent of users of Facebook and other social media between the ages of 18 and 34 have posted a photo, comment or other personal information that they fear could someday either cause a prospective employer to turn them down for a job, or a current employer to fire them if they were to see it. The survey covered Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and other popular social media."
In October, FindLaw followed this up with results from another survey that indicated that:
"four percent of American adults say that something they posted on social media, such as Facebook or YouTube, resulted in them either being fired from their job, not being offered a job, losing a promotion, or being officially reprimanded or disciplined."
It really is worth making sure your online identity is working for you, not against you. You’ll find some tips and advice on our skills for learning pages: http://library.sunderland.ac.uk/skills/socialmedia/
Over the next two days I’ll highlight some of this advice so stay tuned…
Congratulations to the winner of the Skills for Learning competition and a £25 Amazon voucher. The lucky winner was one of our culture students who submitted the following tip for using social media:
“My friendly tip for you: Use social media to join group discussions of your interest. This way you can ask questions and learn from professionals or share best practices with other members. Furthermore, you increase your chances to get yourself noticed by employers.”
We loved this tip because it helps students understand how to use social media to enhance their learning, but also how it can help to gain employment at the end of their course of study.
You definitely want to avoid plagiraism when you’re writing your assignments, but do you know the different types of plagiarism? Take the Plagiarism Quiz and find out.
To succeed in your studies and later in your careers you will need many skills ranging from thinking critically to making the most of social media.
Library staff have been working over the summer to provide support to help you develop these skills.
We’re pleased to make available our Skills for Learning support. When you need a bit of extra help you can access the skills for learning support where you’ll find guides, videos, quizzes and more.
In addition, we run webinars throughout the year tailored for distance learners or if you prefer you can contact the Distance Services Librarian to meet in an online one-to-one (eg. using skype).
How to find Skills for Learning?
There are 2 ways depending on what you prefer:
To celebrate the launch of Skills for Learning we’re giving a £25 Amazon voucher to the winner of our Skills for Learning competition.
Writing your essays can be daunting, but there is plenty of support available to help you.
Students at Sunderland can receive one-to-one support from our study skills advisers, or download one of the study guides, designed to help you improve your academic writing.