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Some top tips for beating digital distraction

Tweet Did you take part in the university’s Digital Detox a few weeks back? Did you enjoy it? Did you find that you felt better for using social media less or were more productive? Regardless of whether or not you took part many of us feel ‘addicted’ to our phones or social media sites and feel that we are less productive than we were before. If this is you then you may find these tips and ideas for improving productivity or limiting social media use helpful: Scare yourself with how often you check your phone! The Checky Phone Habit Checker ... read more

Tech’ top tips – #21. Immersing yourself in Office 365

Tweet This tip is provided by the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT). When opening documents in Office 365, take advantage of the Immersive Reader tool. In this view, Office will read text to you, provide tools to make reading easier and display pictures that help with understanding. Immersive Reader also has functions that highlight different types of words. For example; we can tell Immersive Reader to highlight all nouns in a sentence or all adjectives. To use Immersive Reader in Word Online click on View followed by Immersive ... read more

New to Library Search – Citation Trails

Tweet A brand new feature has been added to our Library Search service for February 2019. Citation Trails allow you to explore a topic and collect material by following a chain of articles that cite each other. This new search feature enhances serendipitous discovery and will hopefully help you to better understand the academic context of your sources. Citation trails work in two directions: Cites – Articles that this article cites. Cited by – Articles that cite this article. Citation trails can be found by clicking on the Cites or Cited ... read more

Tech’ top tips – #20. MS Word tip – Add a landscape page

Tweet This tip is provided by the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT). You have a MS Word document and you need to add some information or data that won’t ‘fit’ in the ‘portrait page layout in your long document. You can insert this content in the landscape layout keeping all you other page layouts as portrait. Follow the simple steps below to do this! First to help you see ‘markers’ in your pages, under the Home tab select ‘Show/Hide paragraph marks’ button  – this will help you ... read more

Literature Online (LION) site migration

Tweet The electronic resource Literature Online (LION) has recently migrated publisher websites. The database is now part of the portfolio of online databases that are accessed from the main ProQuest publishing platform. Literature Online provides coverage to online articles from over 400 scholarly journals, as well as content from critical guides such as Cambridge Companions to Literature and New Essays on the American Novel. Database coverage is also extended by the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), one of the most ... read more