Wednesday Wellbeing


Eating well is even more important in these difficult times.
Join us each Friday from 11am-12pm on Microsoft Teams to discuss everything food and nutrition. Do you need some tips to cook with limited supplies or some nutritional advice to help boost immunity and mood? We are extremely lucky to have qualified nutritionist, Kelly Rose, online each week to answer your questions. We’d also love to hear about what you’ve been cooking and baking.

Alternatively you can request to join the team by emailing Hazel Wright on

Here are some e-books and journal articles on nutrition and immunity

Fuller & Roy (2003) Gut Flora, Nutrition, Immunity and Health. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. Link
Kau, A.L., Ahern, P.P., Griffin, N.W., Goodman, A.L. & Gordon, J.I. (2011)’Human nutrition, the gut microbiome and the immune system’, Nature, 474 (7351), pp. 327-336. Link
Hall, G.H., Jean L. Wiecha Wiecha, L, J. & Georgia (2014) Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Out-of-School Time Settings. Jossey-Bass.

Here is my fruit rainbow


This is a key life skill.  You’re often asked to include reflective elements in your academic work, and it can be hugely beneficial in your personal or professional life.

But what is it?

Well, imagine a virtual mirror which you can use to look at a particular aspect of yourself.  So instead of gazing lovingly at your own face you would focus on your experiences, skills and knowledge.  And, just as you would do in the bathroom mirror, you’re looking to see what has changed, what you like and which bits you would improve.  

There are many ways you can use reflective thinking to develop your academic ability and personal effectiveness.

Here are some quick examples to get you going:

  • look back on your last assignment and consider how you approached it. Did you give yourself enough time or rush through it, were you happy with the results and what would you do differently?
  • think about a placement or work situation and whether you were able to put theories into practice. What did you learn from your experience, what were the limitations, how did you contribute and how can you apply this learning in the future?
  • consider the skills and knowledge you have developed over the last year. How have you improved and what do you still need to work on, think about your ‘highs and lows’ and how you feel now you can look back on them, what will you change going forward?

Remember to focus on what you did, how you felt, what you learned about yourself and others, most importantly, consider how you will apply the learning in future. Find out more on our Reflective Writing LibGuide and use our Skills Audit  to help you reflect on your academic work.

Abstracts and summaries

Today we’re giving you some help with writing an abstract or a summary.  You may be asked to include an abstract as part of your assignment or provide an executive summary in a report, if that’s the case we have resources to help.  We’ve given you some hints and tips below, you can also find our online tutorial and more information on the Writing Abstracts LibGuide.

Remember! Always follow the guidelines for your assignment or project.  

Wait until last – write it when you have finished your assignment so that you have a clear idea of what to include, the key points and your conclusion.

Grab attention – use it to engage your reader, get them interested in what you have to say and why they should read it.

Less is more – be concise, provide an overview without going into lots of detail. Stick to the key points you want to make.  

What, Why, So What – include a clear outline of your topic, research aims, findings and conclusion. You may also need to include your methodology and any limitations to your research.  

Leave it out – don’t include new information which is not covered in your work; or graphs and tables; or details from your literature review.

Ask a friend – let someone else read it. Is it clear and do they want to read more? Let them read the rest of your work to see if they think it is an accurate summary.

Do it yourself – read abstracts and summaries of articles and reports as examples. What makes them interesting and how are they structured?

Don’t forget! You can book an online tutorial with Sue or Yvonne, our Learning Advisors, if you need help with your academic writing. More details on our Tutorial booking page

Friday’s Bookshelf & More Books

Following on from last Friday’s post about celebrity bookshelves and what they can tell us about the person, we had a suggestion from Mark in our team.

He sent this image which we thought might inspire you to create your own bookshelf story. You can share it with us on social media @TeesUniLib

And, if you prefer ebooks, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can make suggestions for us to buy them through our More Books scheme. We add over 8000 books to our stock each year but if you have ideas for extra titles you can send them through our  More Books LibGuide

Navigating the infodemic – analysis and resources

Information Overload

We know that the virtual world is now full of competing analysis and experts so it is more important than ever that you evaluate information and sources. The good news is that you can find help on spotting fake news and to develop your critical thinking skills.

We have updated our Facts Matter LibGuide  which now includes this info graphic from IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations, on how to spot fake news. They have produced it in response to what has been described as the global ‘infodemic’ of inaccurate or misleading communication, find out more on the IFLA website.

One of the best approaches you can take is to focus on the most reliable and relevant sources for the information you need.  Sounds easy but it can be difficult to navigate your way through opinions, analysis and data. This is where our specialist resources can help. Many of our subscription services are providing regular subject specific updates on the wider impact of Covid 19.

Today we’re highlighting just four examples of the specialist analysis available to businesses and industry in the current situation. As a student at Teesside you have free access to these and a much wider range of resources.

Follow the link below to our Business and Management LibGuide page for more information and direct links to our four featured subscriptions

Business and Management databases

Or you can find a full list of subject specific resources on the A-Z databases list

IBISWorld offers specific industry analysis and forecasts for the UK and China. They have updated their reports to include the potential impact of Covid 19 on future performance and industry recovery.

Fitch Connect provides macroeconomic data, risk and industry research for 22 industries across 200 countries. The specialist analysis now includes regular forecasts and economic responses to Covid 19.

Mintel is a source of marketing and buying patterns based on geographic, demographic and economic data.  The database includes updated analysis on a range of industries such as travel, food, retail and leisure.

WARC provides marketing and advertising information which now includes analysis of the impact on current and future strategies across global and national markets.

And if you need help to  find or use any of our resources you can contact the academic librarians New! Ask the Learning Hub



Wednesday Wellbeing – CALM

Campaign against living miserably

Regular viewers of the Dave tv channel will recognise CALM, or the Campaign against living miserably.  Although this initiative began before the current lockdown it probably feels more relevant to lots of us at present.

Their website has helpful information on general mental wellness along with some specific updates for social distancing, gaming in isolation and online events. Take a look at the CALM website for ideas and tips.

Wondering where to start? Here are three easy ways to get going: text, talk, tweet.  

Sending a quick text message is a good first step to check on a mate, or ask for help if you feel a bit down.  Remember to talk to people regularly, don’t just rely on text messages all of the time, hearing another voice or a familiar laugh can help in stressful situations. Finally, use social media to keep in touch with your mates because it allows you to share photos and videos, but don’t get caught up in negative conversations. Be kind to yourself, be kind to others!

If you’re worried about how someone else is coping you can find ideas to start conversations and give them some support – Help a Mate

And if you do need some help, you can ring their helpline between 5pm and midnight each night or find online support. Find more information on the CALM help page

Remember that you can also access urgent support through a number of other organisations, find details on our Emergency contacts page

Proofreading top tips and a Report Writing workshop

Today we have a bumper edition of top tips and a virtual workshop running tomorrow.

Help with profreading proofeeding proofreading!

We know that many of you are finishing work off ready for submission, although we don’t offer a proofreading service we do have online help and information. Take a look at the tutorial, video and guidance on our Proofreading LibGuide

Here are 5 top tips to get you started, you can find more of these in our helpsheet of Proofreading tips

1) Plan – give yourself enough time to proofread carefully, allowing an hour for each 1000 words is a good guide but you may need to spend longer.

2) Basics – start by checking your work meets the criteria, word count, guidelines and format requirements.

3) Sections – break your work up into sections rather than tackling it all at once, check each section fully before moving on to the next.  

4) Details – focus on one aspect at a time, for example, check your punctuation first, then check spelling, next check your grammar and so on.

5) Sense – read through your work to check it makes sense, answers the question and you haven’t repeated yourself.

Remember to proofread your in text citations and references with the same amount of care!

Report Writing workshop 

The next Succeed@Tees session to run via BlackBoard Collaborate will give you hints and tips on the basics of report writing. It will cover:

  • purpose
  • structure
  • writing style

This information will not be subject specific and is aimed at undergraduate students who are new to report writing in an academic context.

When: Wednesday 22 April

Time: 15.00 – 16.00 (3 – 4pm)

Where: join via this  Blackboard link

Or find out more on our Succeed@Tees page

Group Work – virtual Succeed@Tees workshop

Group work at a distance (online)

Friday 1st May at 12 noon

Have you been asked to carry out an assignment as a group?  Group work at a distance brings extra challenges. This online session via BlackBoard Collaborate will give you hints and tips on how to enable your group to run smoothly including:

·       managing group dynamics

·       avoiding conflict

·       group presentations


To participate go to


The session will open 20 minutes before the start time to allow time for participants to get set up.

Guidance on using BlackBoard Collaborate

This workshop will be repeated on Monday 4th May at 12 noon.  Find the joining instructions for this and other workshops on the Succeed@Tees workshops page

Fun Friday Finish

This week we’re linking to a recent Guardian blog post about the contents of celebrity bookshelves.  Now that more people are photographed in their home office or video link from their kitchen, what do their book choices tell us?

Guardian: famous people and their bookshelves

The good news is that you have free online access to the Guardian and hundreds of other newspapers or magazines through our PressReader subscription. Read this post for more information PressReader e-magazines

And, why not share your fantasy bookshelf with others in the Virtual Reading Group

Additional online resources

Lots of database suppliers have made their online resources temporarily available for free during the current lockdown.  Our colleagues in the eResources team are doing a brilliant job of pulling together information on what is available.

You can now find their list on the Student & Library Services update page: Additional online resources

Keep checking back as it will be updated with more resources as they become available.

 Plus, if you notice something you think we should know about, please send details to your academic librarians.