Academic English support goes digital

Academic English support and Campus Norrköping library cooperate in supporting international master students in their academic writing skills. We offer four lunch time workshops on English writing and citation techniques and references.

We now  go digital and offer these workshops via zoom.

Here is the programme for the  spring semester.

21 April   Avoid typical errors & Writing abstract
4 May    Organizing your text
13 May    Citation & referencing. Avoiding plagiarism
28 May    Drop in session. Bring all your questions

Always at lunch time 12.00 – 13.00

Join us with zoom:

Any questions can be answered by Shelley Torgnyson, AES or Britt Omstedt, CNB

Written by Britt Omstedt, librarian, Campus Norrköping Library

Using and sharing other’s work when in distance mode. Bonus copyright access agreement.

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Bonus copyright access agreement in distance mode

As a teacher you probably know that thanks to the agreement between Swedish higher education and Bonus copyright access, the rights holders’ organization, we are able to use and share copyright protected material in our teaching and lecturing.

But how does this work in the distance mode we are now in? What are we allowed to do and what can we not do when working and meeting our students digitally?

The agreement gives us the right to use both Swedish and international copyrighted material from web pages, electronic publications, the press, printed books and other material that has been made public.

In this distance mode when we work remotely you and your students can use this material within a closed, pass word- protected, network, such as Lisam, which is only available to faculty, staff and students.

Students and teachers can for educational purposes, in an educational context:

  • scan
  • save digitally
  • post and share in a closed network (like Lisam)
  • display on screen
  • share via e-mail

There are limitations; the 15/15 rule applies even here. You can copy and share 15 %, but not more than 15 pages, from one and the same printed book, per student per calendar half-year. You can copy material corresponding to 15 A4 pages from one and the same digital publication per student per term. For electronic publications the same applies for material corresponding to a maximum of 15 A4 pages. Other agreements are required to use recorded music, films, radio and TV programmes. When it comes to publisher-produced compulsory course literature the 15/15 rule applies, besides this you can copy a small section for a powerpoint or prezi presentation and you are allowed to copy a small section for use in an examinating task

Do not forget to cred and quote as usual

Remember that authors and photographers always own the moral rights and must be quoted with name and from where you have copied the material.

Read more about the  Bonus copyright agreement here:

You can also use material licensed with Creative commons license, e.g. such texts published Open access, where the author decides how a piece of work can be used by others.

Read more about CC here:


Skrivet av Britt Omstedt, Campus Norrköpings bibliotek

Support for students’ English writing and referencing skills

Academic English support and Campus Norrköping library cooperate in supporting international master students in their academic writing skills. We offer five lunch time workshops on English writing and one on citation techniques and references. Swedish speaking students are of course also welcome to learn more about writing in another language. Almost everyone doing an essay have to provide an abstract in English so come and get some advice on how to do it.  See the full programme for the spring 2020. 

Alumni information seeking in working life

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Finding information in your working life

As a recent or not so recent LiU Alumn you have already noticed that all the fantastic information resources that the University library makes accessible to you is no longer as easily available to you outside of our campuses. Do not despair, there are ways to reach freely available resources of high quality.

If you are still in Sweden, all Swedish university libraries, and their resources in the form of journals and databases, are open to the public on a “walk-in-basis” once you have registered for a library card.  If you don’t have a university nearby your local public library can  help you get an inter-library loan from a university library.

If you don’t have time to leave your office there are other solutions and the Survival guide below can be your map.
                                                                                                                                                                One way to access publications is to install Unpaywall which helps you localize free versions of articles you find using Google scholar. Depending on your discipline search in PubMedCentral or Arxiv.

LiU’s repository DiVA, where our researchers register and publish the results of their research, is still available to you of course. In the national version of DiVA you can find research results from most Swedish universities and some research institutes such as Sw. Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sw. Environmental Protection Agency, Sw. Transport Administration and Sw. National Road and Transport Research Institute.
Everything published and printed in Sweden is registered in the national catalogue Libris where you also find reports and publications from government agencies and research institutes often as pdf:s in full text.

Kajsa Gustafsson Åman, Senior librarian, head of Campus Norrköping library

Openly accessible Nobel laureates

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Have you read anything by this year’s Nobel laureates? If you have not read Olga Tokarczuk or Peter Handke, you’re in good company. The good news is that – if you want – you can read other Nobel laureates today. Free of charge!


We have looked at two of this year’s Nobel laureates, one in medicine (William Kaelin) and one in economics (Abhijit Banerjee) and examined accessibility to their publications.

Most publications by Kaelin and Banerjee can be accessed immediately, for free, since they are available open access. At the library we often and gladly tell about open access – OA – and its importance in making research reachable to everyone.

We based the analysis on the publication lists the researchers themselves have posted at Harvard (William Kaelin) and MIT (Abhijit Banerjee) respectively. We examined which and how many publications we could access without using a library login. We installed a free plug-in – UnPaywall – which marks with a green padlock if an open access version of the article is available. (Clicking on the padlock takes you to the open access version of the publication!)


What did we find?

Nobel laureates do not necessarily have long publication lists, judging by these two. Kaelin has on average published 5 articles per year, Banerjee on average 3.2. Quantity is not necessarily quality!

The vast majority of their publications can be accessed without using library subscriptions. 81% of Kaelin’s publications can be accessed, 100% of Banerjee’s. These are exceptionally high numbers. By comparison, LiU is the best in Sweden in parallel publishing with 54.3 percent. However, we only looked at two Nobel laureates: maybe it is a coincidence that the proportion of OA is so high?

Not all OA is equal. Both researchers had created links to the publications from the publication lists. Most of Kaelin’s links went to PubMed and on to OA versions via the UnPaywall-green padlock. Banerjee’s links went directly to the publication, and in many cases to rough OA: the publications we accessed were copied from books, obviously downloaded via library subscriptions etc and there were no cover pages indicating publication venue. Maybe Banerjee acted in violation of the contracts he signed with the publishers?

What does your publication list in DiVA look like? At LiUB, we check if and when you can post your publications on DiVA without breaking your contracts with the publishers. If you have uploaded a full text in DiVA, we include a cover page stating where the text was originally published.

Admittedly, we have only looked at two Nobel laureates, but still: do as the Nobel laureates: publish with quality and with open access!


Written by Johanna Nählinder, co-ordinator of research support, LiUB.


How did we do it?

We chose the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and The Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, believing these prizes have candidates from disciplines with different publication patterns. We took the first laureate (alphabetical order) and googled the name + “publication list” and ended up on the publication lists at their respective HEI. The lists were copied down into Excel. We followed the links of the publications in the publication lists and noted which publications received a green padlock in UnPayWall and which had direct links.