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Top tips for students using the library remotely

Covid-19 has changed the way we interact with our students and in our academic community. Currently experiencing 2nd lockdown, but we continue operating “virtually” and offer limited physical access to the library, while keeping our students and staff safe.  In the library, we have put in place lots of measures to help keep everyone safe (offering a booking service for study spaces, Click & Collect service for your reserved items, signage to explain social distancing, use of face masks, and hand sanitizers.

So, we all learn to adapt to a “new normal” guided by safety rules and minimize the dissemination of the disease.

Throughout the whole of 1st lockdown (and since 23 March 2020) when the library building closed our extensive digital library, with over 150,000 + e-books and over 20,000 online journals offered virtual support to the students/staff. Through this unprecedented time, more than ever, the library is here to provide you with a robust set of e-resources to explore. As we all grapple with the impact of virus in our lives we wanted to share a few best practice ideas with you on how you can keep using the Library while you study, research or learn remotely.

 

Here are our top tips:


Tips for accessing library resources and services remotely

Use the resources available to you at the University, such as library’s resources, for your research and projects: 

  • We have access to a large electronic collection of books and databases. If we don’t have the book or article you need, please get in touch with us and we’ll see if we can source it for you via British Library. 
  • Go to the Library site on Gateway to access our subscribed e-resources. You will need to log in with your University login details in order to get seamless off-campus access to resources. 

In the Access and Search the E-Library section you will find access to:

  • Find it @ RAU – our ‘discovery search’.  Use this to search across a huge range of e-resources from just one search box.  You will get immediate full-text access to nearly everything you find (though you may need to log in with your University username and password first).
  • A-Z List of e-resources – this is a comprehensive list of useful e-resources, both subscribed to (i.e. paid for by the University) and free.  Many of these will automatically be searched when you search Find it @ RAU.  The list will tell you if a resource is included in Find it or not.
  • Other password protected resources – in this section you will find access details (including logins) for a number of e-resources such as RICS isurv, BCIS, Farming Online etc. which cannot be accessed with your usual RAU login.
  • Don’t forget to check the Resource lists for your modules https://rau.rl.talis.com/index.html. They are full of ideas of what to read, where to start and have links to relevant online books and articles.
  • Publishers are still providing access to additional e-resources, including e-books, during the period of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • If you are unsure about anything to do with, for example, accessing e-resources off-campus please first check our ‘How to…’ Guides on Gateway at: https://gateway.rau.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1373&tab=2&section=2

There is a selection of library guides in video and in print as well as help sheets.

So why not visit some of the resources above to have a look at the support we offer! Whatever your issue or query, please don’t hesitate to get in touch… that’s what we’re here for!

Tips for wellbeing

  • Get into a routine. Keep a daily/weekly plan to help you stay on track with your learning and work towards deadlines. Make a To do list to complete assignments.
  • Take regular breaks. Studying online can be tiring so it’s important to take your eyes off the screen, or if you’re not self-isolating, try going for a walk 
  • Practice mindfulness and be kind to yourself. Meditation will help to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as help you to relax. You can download app such as Calm or Headspace.
  • Find an activity you enjoy, exercise will help maintain your physical and mental health. Take an online yoga class, do some breathing work, read a book to escape the crazy.
  • Keep in touch. Communicate regularly with your fellow students, tutors, University Support and Welfare staff. Don’t be afraid to let them know if you have any problems. Use tools like Microsoft Teams, Skype or Zoom

Getting Help

Please use this e-mail address for help and enquiries:

library@rau.ac.uk

ITS Service Desk can help you with many IT issues and printing at the RAU

IT.Service.Desk@rau.ac.uk

  • Social Media

Don’t forget social media as a way to stay in contact:


Although we offer limited physical access to the library we continue to work hard providing the high-quality Library Services you expect remotely. We hope these tips help you navigate COVID-19 a little better.

Stay safe and look after yourselves and each other. 

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