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[email protected]: giving students what they really, really want. Anne Worden Faculty Librarian: Humanities and Social Sciences University of Portsmouth. Background. Library seen as trusted provider of guidance on using Harvard APA Short printed guide published for 10 yrs

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referencing@portsmouth giving students what they really really want

[email protected]: giving students what they really, really want

Anne Worden

Faculty Librarian:

Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Portsmouth

background
Background
  • Library seen as trusted provider of guidance on using Harvard APA
    • Short printed guide published for 10 yrs
    • Common queries published as FAQ on Library Website
    • Students and staff ask librarians for advice
  • Sliding scale of penalties introduced
  • Increasing number of students asking for help
  • Increasing questions about reference types not covered in APA manual – needed wider consensus on format to be used
the r@p project
The [email protected] Project
  • Bid to University Learning & Teaching Committee - Summer 2005
  • Small group to drive things forward
  • Plan for authority group to rule on formats not covered in APA manual
  • Crucial early decisions on where content should reside
  • Bulk of time then taken with inputting examples – and finding suitable e.g.s to use
promotion of r@p
Promotion of [email protected]
  • Presented to Heads and Course Leaders’ Conference Sept 2006
  • Flyers and post-it notes
  • Demonstrated during student induction and re-induction sessions Oct-Nov 2006
  • Link on the Library homepage
lessons learned
Lessons learned
  • Bid for University money - it gets official seal of approval and raises Library profile
  • A small compact team with direct experience of answering referencing queries got things moving
  • Having University Authority Group a good idea but difficult to get off ground
  • More publicity needed!
what students think we need to improve
What students think we need to improve
  • Quite low profile still, many on my course did not know about it - Education
  • Students need to be made aware of it - Politics
  • As a joint honours law student the information is only relevant for half of my assessments. Maybe the OSCOLA system could be added
  • Some links haven’t been put in yet– Creative Technology
  • Complete it! - Health
what do the students say
What do the students say?
  • Very useful, found it invaluable when stuck on how to reference – Politics Yr 1
  • It has really helped me understand what I am supposed to be doing – Criminal Justice Distance Learner
  • It is a great help. I have recommended it to my fellow students when they have referencing problems – Part-time Education Student
  • It’s very, very useful! – Languages Final Yr
  • An easy to use helpful guide for something that is really important to academic work– Law Final Yr
what do staff say
What do staff say?
  • The definitive guidance
    • Criminal Justice lecturer
  • Has made my responses more efficient, I can in some cases simply point the enquirer to it
    • Academic Skills lecturer
  • I advise students to have this link open in a 2nd window whilst they are working on their essays
    • Politics lecturer
  • I use it during tutorials with students, including final year students for dissertation work
    • European Studies lecturer
  • I think it is particularly useful for international students
    • Public Administration lecturer
benefits of r@p
Benefits of [email protected]
  • Time saved on referencing queries – subject librarians, enquiry staff, lecturers, students
  • Single authoritative source available 24/7 – for students, lecturers and library staff
  • Agreed new formats instantly available to all
  • Good publicity for the Library
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