Ebook Central: Get ready for a new e-book service

On the 25th April e-books currently available on MyiLibrary will be migrating to a new platform called Ebook Central. Keep reading for details of Ebook Central’s great features, some of the online sources of help available with using Ebook Central and if you’re a MyiLibrary user some of the steps you might want to take before the migration takes place.

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How to … event: Stress

As the university’s main exam period fast approaches we thought we would focus April’s  ‘How to …’ events on Stress.


Staff will be visiting each of our campus libraries where there will be the opportunity to learn how to …

  • Cope with exams
  • Organise your assignments
  • Find books on relieving stress
  • Get some useful tips on tackling stress
  • Find out who can you help within the University


Pop along to one of the sessions detailed below:

Date Location Time
Mon 16th April School of Art Library,

Margaret Street

11:30 to 12:30
Tue 17th April Curzon Library 11:30 to 12:30
Wed 18th April Kenrick Library 11:30 to 12:30
Thu 19th April  School of Jewellery Library, Vittoria Street 10:00 to 11:00
Fri 20th April Mary Seacole Library 11:30 to 12:30

Hope to see you there!

^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services.


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

Don’t just eat your GREENS, work amongst them too!


We have all heard about the health benefits of green leafy vegetables on our bodies but did you also know that surrounding yourself around green leafy plants can also have health benefits on our bodies too? Numerous scientific studies have shown that just adding some green indoor plants to a workplace environment can bring major positive benefits to workers. Maybe we should consider adding some green indoor plants to our workspace at BCU.

 Here are the top five benefits that ‘Greening Up’ indoor workspaces can bring:

  1. They can decrease stress. The colour green is believed to have a relaxing and calming effect on humans, which can help bring down work related tension, anxiety, anger and hostilities, which all helps to lift workers’ spirits and makes a happy working environment for everyone. https://www.verywellmind.com/color-psychology-green-2795817

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Collection Spotlight: PEDro

A collection spotlight

PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database) is a free resource which indexes over 39,000 items.These include:

  • Randomised trials which have been independently assessed for quality
  • Systematic reviews
  • Clinical practice guidelines

For each trial, review or guideline it will include the citation and abstract, and a link to full text if this is available.

PEDro can be accessed via our A-Z of Resources.




Referencing – what? why? how? help?

What is referencing?

Referencing is an essential part of academic work. You must reference when you are quoting (where you provide text from an external source word for word) or paraphasing (rewriting in your own words) to show that you are using the work/research/theories/data from someone else.

When you cite in the text of your work (an in-text citation), you will also need to create a full reference for it at the end of your work, in a reference list. This gives the full details for the information source so that it can be traced by anyone who reads your work.

Information sources can include: journal articles, conference papers, government reports, books or specific chapters of books, newspaper articles, theses or web pages to name a few.


Why reference?

Referencing adds weight to your argument and helps you to avoid plagiarism: the use of other people’s information and ideas as if they were your own. Plagiarism is considered as unethical in the UK and is treated as misconduct by the University.

You are referencing in order to:

  • show anyone who reads your work your ability to select and refer to the most appropriate external sources which support your work.
  • support specific facts or claims which you make in your work.
  • enable the reader to locate where you obtained each quote or idea.

The benefits to you of referencing are:

  • It shows the range of reading that you have done. This is likely to gain you marks.
  • It can make your own arguments more convincing by supporting them with the ideas of acknowledged experts and data from credible sources.

How do I reference?

Harvard is the main referencing system used in the University. The other referencing systems used are APA (Psychology), Oscola (Law), MHRA (Conservatoire postgraduates), Chicago Style (English and Art-based Masters Programme in the School of Art) and various journal styles, including IEEE (some Computing and Engineering PhD students). All other students should use Harvard. More information about all the referencing systems used at BCU can be found on iCity here

Need help with referencing?

  • Use EndNote as you can now select BCU Harvard as an output style from within the desktop and web versions of EndNote. If you want training on how to use EndNote Web, IT offer workshops, check out their schedule for further details.


*This blog post has been adapted from information on the library’s icity pages.

*Photograph by Trudi Pledger