Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Welcome back

At the start of the second semester I want to welcome back staff and students and also wish you a successful semester ahead!
Undergraduate students may want to have a look at Study smarter, learn better: 8 tips from memory researchers that Joseph Stromberg updated. Quoting from the article, here are the main points in brief:
  • Don't just re-read your notes and readings
  • Ask yourself lots of questions
  • Connect new information to something you already know
  • Draw out the information in a visual form
  • Use flashcards
  • Don't cram — space out your studying
  • Teachers should space out and mix up their lessons too
  • There's no such thing as a "math person"

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Looking for free e-books to read during the recess?

OEDb (Open Education Database) has published a list entitled 5 e-Book Collections with Over 100,000 Free e-Books.These e-books can be read on iPhones, Kindles, Nooks or smartphones.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Do you know that AccessEngineering contains the full text of books?

The LIS subscribes to AccessEngineering which provides the full text of books in the following fields:
  • Biomedical
  • Business Skills
  • Chemical
  • Civil (including Construction)
  • Communications (including Wireless, etc.)
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Energy/Petroleum
  • Environmental/Sustainable
  • Industrial
  • Mechanical
  • Operations Management
Schaum's Outlines is also available in full text.

Here is a list of titles currently available in AccessEngineering.

If you are unsure how to search or browse in AccessEngineering, here are instructions.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Are your documents backed up?

Recently I read on social media of a researcher whose computer's hard drive decided to fail and she had not made back ups of her research for two days... panic! TheUniversityBlog recently published an article entitled Time to back up - hard drive review. Do read the article and perhaps you may decide to use Dropbox (which is free) or invest in a good quality external hard drive.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Second term and Graduation 2014

Welcome back to staff and students at the start of the 2nd term.

Congratulations to all the students graduating during the faculty's graduation sessions this afternoon and tomorrow, especially Dr Helen van de Haar (School of ICT) and also Busisa Miggels who persevered in her studies, well done!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

For students: Do you need additional lectures on a subject?

Have a look at A Big List of 875 Free Courses From Top Universities: 27,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures. " that Open Culture has published. "...free online courses from the world’s leading universities –  Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more... Generally, the courses can be accessed via YouTube, iTunes or university web sites."

Friday, February 28, 2014

About EndNote Online (formerly known as EndNote Web)

NMMU staff and students have free access to EndNote Online (formerly known as EndNote Web) because of the Library and Information Services subscription to Web of Science Core Collection (formerly known as ISI Web of Knowledge).

For new students who do not yet know what EndNote is: it is software that can help you reference your assignments or research papers.

At present there is a problem to register in Web of Science Core Collection as no user registration form appears, but in slides I show you how to register by using the EndNote site. There is an additional problem at present with some of the databases when exporting search results into EndNote Online. Slides will be added as soon as the problems have been resolved.