New on-line careers resources for PhD students and research staff

scrapbook-154813_640We’ve just added some new careers resources for PhD students and research staff to our on-line library.  These are the first three collections in a series which will eventually cover all faculties.

Please click the links below for your resources:

 

Arts & Humanities + Social Sciencehttp://libguides.kcl.ac.uk/phd-resources-social-science/

Natural and Mathematical Scienceshttp://libguides.kcl.ac.uk/phd-resources-nms

Life Scienceshttp://libguides.kcl.ac.uk/phd-resources-life-science

Library Champions 2016-17

Get involved, become a Library Champion for 2016-17

Applications for volunteers are now open:

  • An opportunity to influence decision-making regarding the library’s services, collections and resources
  • Transferable skills development in advocacy, negotiation, budgeting and promotion
  • Have a small budget with a fast method of ordering library materials
  • A role to add to your CV

Deadline for applications is 18.00 – Tuesday 29 Nov 2016

For more information and to sign up visit:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/feedback/library-champions.aspx

 

Library Services at King’s

Library Services offers a wide range of services for graduate students at King’s. If you are new to King’s we have a ‘Discover your Libraries’ postgraduate guide, with ten steps to get you started.

We are committed to supporting you throughout the research, publication and thesis submission process and offer a comprehensive portfolio of resources and services. Visit the Library Services research support pages for further information.  Through Library Services training and workshops you can find out how to manage your research data throughout the project lifecycle, the practicalities and benefits of open access publishing as well as how (and why) you measure your citations.

Libraries are located at all the main campuses and provide information resources relevant to all the subjects taught locally. There are designated Graduate study areas at the main King’s Libraries, most of which are swipe access and all designed only for graduates. The Enquiry desk staff are available to offer guidance on all services, including help using the student computing facilities. Library resources are also available online. Further information is available here.

We offer support with finding and managing information for your dissertation or thesis. If you would like help with literature searching or using bibliographic software, see the training programme, available here and please contact the Training & Skills Team at libtraining@kcl.ac.uk with any training enquiries.

There are courses on Microsoft Word as part of the IT training programme which focus on the technical aspects of writing a thesis, with a Word template provided to support students with layout and style decisions. Advice is provided on the implications of preparing the document for submission as an ethesis, and on using EndNote or RefWorks for formatting citations and the bibliography. There is also a course on using PowerPoint to create posters, and facilities for creating A0 posters are available through student computing services.  All of these courses are bookable via Skills Forge.

Online Library Subject Guides, available here have a range of information on key library electronic and print resources for your subject.  The guides include details of how to access the Library’s ‘Plagiarism advice, citing references and using TurnitinUK module’ which is available on KEATS (the King’s e-learning and Teaching Service). Library Liaison Managers are also on hand to provide the in depth subject-specific advice and guidance required by graduate students, their contact details are listed here.

British Library – Doctoral Open Days

Have you just started your PhD? The British Library’s Doctoral Open Days are a chance for new PhD students to discover their unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, the collections cover every format and language and span the last 3,000 years.

You will learn about our collections, find out how to access them, and meet our expert staff and other researchers in your field. The events are aimed at first-year PhD students who are new to the Library.

To make the most of your day, you may wish to get a free Reader Pass before the event.

Keep in touch with the British Library on twitter – @BritishLibrary

Further information and booking at:http://bit.ly/1iZvmmg

Dissertation Support

July, the sun is shining, and while it seems like everyone else is out enjoying the good weather you’re stuck in the library, wondering if you will ever finish your dissertation. If you are a Masters student and you feel like you need some support – don’t worry help is at hand!

The Library Services team have Information Specialists for each School who are available to help you with research: from guidance on making the most of journals & online resources, to advice on searching more effectively, and making sure your sources are cited correctly. You can read more about the Library’s Information Specialists and get in touch with them via: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/contact/spec/specialists.aspx

If it’s not the information collection and analysis that’s worrying you but rather the thousands of words of academic English that are giving you sleepless nights then, in addition to the support offered by your supervisor, one of the Study Skills Advisors from the English Language Centre can offer suggestions on language, style, coherence and overall structure of your thesis/dissertation and will even offer feedback on a written sample of your work. Further details on Dissertation Clinics can be found on the Intranet (Internal only): https://internal.kcl.ac.uk/student/advice/services/drop-in/clinic.aspx

Tempting as it is to get all the (many, many) words down in a quick draft, leaving references to the last minute is an absolute nightmare. Writing your bibliography as you go along will save you a lot of unnecessary hassle. No-one wants to be the person scouring Google Scholar at 2am on the night before submission because you didn’t note down the reference of the library’s only copy of a book that has since been borrowed by someone else. Check with your department for their preferred style of referencing and remember to stick with it. The Library Services team have information about the more widely used referencing styles as well as access to referencing software such as EndNote and RefWorks: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/help/plagiarism/citing/index.aspx

Even if you feel as though you’ll never get it all done by September, at this point in the summer, you still have lots of time. Remember no-one can work 24/7 between now and then. Think of it as a tortoise and hare thing. Don’t exhaust yourself by spending 12 hours a day in the library (that’s for the last couple of weeks…). Weekends are there for a reason. Enjoy them. Have a book on the go that isn’t anything to do with your dissertation. Remember it’s about finding a balance that works for you. If you are tired and bored, you won’t be as productive. Make sure you are well rested and eating healthily, you’ll need some energy stored up for the final push.

Sometimes if you are feeling uninspired a change of scenery can help: try working in a different library. Remember as a King’s student you can use Senate House library or the libraries of any of the other colleges in the University of London. This can also be good way of making sure you get some work done especially if you tend to be someone who doesn’t need much of an excuse to have a chat with your mate.

Finally, if you are rueing the day you ever thought going back to university might be a nice idea, try to remember why you wanted to do your masters in the first place, be it: that qualification to help your CV stand out, the first step to an academic career, or a chance to re-train in a new profession. Stay positive, you’ll do just fine. Good luck!