Succeeding in your assignments / starting your research

It’s November, and by now I’m sure most BCU students are well underway with their assignments or research projects. This month we’re going to be concentrating on all the ways the library can help you with these. Sure, you can get books and articles from us, but did you know we’ve got TONS more to help you get amazing grades?

We’ll be focussing on individual resources in future posts, but here’s a quick overview of some services which we hope you’ll be able to make good use of:

How can I get help?

  • You can book a tutorial with a librarian that specialises in your subject to help find resources for your research projects or assignments.
  • You can book a tutorial with the Centre for Academic Success to help you with academic writing.
  • You can book on an information skills workshop.
  • You can try a subject-specific informed learning course online.
  • You can browse your online subject guide which includes tailored library information for your subject.
  • We’ve created a guide to help start you off with your assignment/research.

Is there any specific help for researchers?

  • Yes! We have created a guide which maps the research process in detail, providing links to our resources and further help sources.
  • You can also book a tutorial as above.

What if I’m doing my research away from the university and need some help?

  • You can use our online Library Help service to chat to us live or send us an email.
  • You can join the SCONUL Access scheme to use facilities at your local university library.

During November we will be posting more information about the above, but why not explore these links now and see how we can help you?


Discovering the wonders of the Business and IP Centre at the Library of Birmingham

On Friday 5th August the BCU Library’s Employability group ventured across the city to visit the Library of Birmingham.

This wasn’t purely to sample the wonders of the architecture or to roam in the rooftop gardens, but the main purpose was to discover the wonders of the Business and IP Centre on Level 3.

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Nitaya, Carol and James at the Business & IP Centre

As we were to discover, the centre offers one of the largest collections of business and IP information in the UK, with access to market research databases, company information and a team of expert staff to offer guidance.

A wide range of workshops are available on topics including intellectual property and market research and regular networking events are held for like-minded entrepreneurs.

One to one expert advice is also available to discuss business ideas, legal information, education law and careers.

In addition the Business and Learning team has joined forces with the British Library and 5 other cities (Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield and Leeds) to form the Business & IP Network which ensures good practice between Local Authorities to deliver business & IP advice and workshops across the country.

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Links to this service will be provided in the upcoming Employability Libguide in collaboration with Student Services and the Centre for Academic Success.

The Employability group are also working on collaborative initiatives with BCU Graduate Plus and BCU Alumni.

For further information about the work of the BCU Library and Learning Resources Employability group contact: Annmarie Lee, Head of Library Liaison (Enquiry Services)

^Posted on behalf of Annmarie Lee

A day in the life of… a Research Fellow

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I’ve really enjoyed reading the ‘Day in the Life’ posts from my other library colleagues, so am sharing my contribution. My role is a very unusual one so it’s probably not a typical library day in the life, but then maybe there isn’t a typical one really as our roles are so varied!

My job title is Research Fellow and I work in a small department within the library called Evidence Base, which is a research centre specialising in library and information services. I’m a chartered librarian and used to work as an academic librarian but now my role is one that predominantly supports other librarians rather than library users. Some of our research is for BCU Library and Learning Resources, but much of our work is external.

Our work is all project based, so the types of things I do vary depending on the projects I currently have on. At the moment I have three main external projects I split my time between, plus additional tasks to support BCU Library & Learning Resources. Below shows a snapshot of some of the things I worked on one day recently

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Fancy a free lunch?

Are you a first year student at BCU?

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Then come down to one of our focus groups and have your say about the library!

We are interested in you sharing your experience, opinions and understanding of library inductions and information literacy sessions.

As a thanks you will get:

  • FREE food vouchers worth up to £5 to spend in the University cafe
  • FREE refreshments
  • Automatically entered into a £50 Amazon voucher draw for members of the focus groups


We have morning and afternoon sessions, lasting up to an hour and a half, located at both City South and City Centre campuses.

Pick any session that works best for you from the following:

Wednesday 2nd December 11am -12:30pm: Anstey Room, Ravensbury House, City South Campus

Wednesday 2nd December 2:30pm – 4pm: Anstey Room, Ravensbury House, City South Campus
Thursday 10th December: 11am – 12:30pm: Curzon C175, City Centre Campus
Friday 11th December: 11am – 12:30pm: Curzon C183, City Centre Campus

To book go to: 




Image reproduced with kind permission of Getty Images UK under the terms of an exclusive license agreement between BCU and Getty Images.

Post edited 4.12.15 to update link to eventbrite