New fees as of 1. April 2016

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As already announced the Senate of Hamburg issued a new schedule of fees for academic libraries in Hamburg effective April, 1, 2016. The new fees apply to the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek as well as to the libraries of Universität Hamburg, Technische Universität Hamburg, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg, HafenCity-Universität Hamburg, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, and Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg.

A short overview oft the most important changes:

1. As usual you will get a reminding mail before the loan period is ending. In our library you will receive it now 4 days before this date.

The prospective maximum fee per item is now €18 (formerly €25). The recall fees will apply per item in following differentiation:

First request for return (1. week): 1 Euro
Second request for return (2. week): (2. week): 2 Euro (total 3 Euro/Medium)
Third request for return (3. week): (3. week): 5 Euro (total 8 Euro/Medium)
Final request for return (5. week): 10 Euro (total 18 Euro/Medium)

2. Students of all public institutions of higher education in Germany are exempt from the annual charge. Please be aware that this remission does not apply to students of (state approved) private institutions. Members of those are charged for the full annual fee of €20.

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Fit in Physics?

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You are new in Germany and consider studying at TUHH? We compiled some Information to help you with your decision.

Before you enroll you may want to refresh your knowledge or catch up on some topics in physics. Abi Physik or Leifi-Physik both provide learning material about physics on German A-level standards (both in German language).

Further free learning platforms are Khan Academy (German or English) and Coursera (English).

Please note that the programs at TUHH are taught in German as the main language of instruction. Here you can find information about German as a foreign language.

An overview of the degree courses is provided here. Furthermore events for prospective students are offered.

 

ORCID – One iD for every Researcher

ORCID, this name pops up more and more frequently. Many researchers at TUHH already have an ORCID iD, though not everybody probably knew what ORCID was good for when some service in research urged them to sign up. Therefore we now offer you a page with information on ORCID iDs. Also the following video does a good job in explaining  how ORCID helps you to connect yourself unambiguously with your research activities and publications.

One more issue: Even though there is a small profile page connected to your ORCID iD, ORCID is not yet another profile or a replacement for a community like e.g. ResearchGate. ORCID prefers to work in the background, quietly providing you with a persistent identifier to connect your research.

Pentecost 2016

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On Pentecost weekend, Saturday 14-05-2016 – Monday 16-05-2016, the reading rooms and work rooms of our library are open:

Saturday 8am – 8pm
 Sunday / Monday 10 am – 8pm

Staff services will not be available on these days.

Please note:

  1. Network maintenance on Sunday:
    Due to maintenance work at the TUHH network, the access to all TUHH Services will have short breaks at Sunday (15-05-2016) from 9am to 6pm.
  2. Library Loan:
    The Online Interlibrary Loan will not be possible on Monday (16-05-2016) from 4pm to 8pm. It`s possible to use the GBV-catalog.

Have a nice weekend!

Fit in Mathematics? See for yourself!

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You are new in Germany and consider studying at TUHH? We compiled some Information to help you with your decision.

Before you enroll you may want to refresh your knowledge or catch up on some topics in mathematics. Abi-Mathe and OMB+ as well as Mintfit both provide learning material about mathematics on German A-level standards (Abi-Mathe and Mintfit are both in German language).

Further free learning platforms are Khan Academy (German or English) and Coursera (English).

Please note that the programs at TUHH are taught in German as the main language of instruction. Here you can find information about German as a foreign language.

An overview of the degree courses is provided here. Furthermore events for prospective students are offered.

Erasmus, Refugees: learning German!

Semesterapparat International StudentsPlease note that the programs at TUHH are mostly taught in German as the main language of instruction. In case of application you have to prove sufficient knowledge in German language. An overview of the language skills and documents needed is provided here.

TUHH is offering preparation courses named SPRINT@TUHH. It prepares participants in course subjects, including math and physics, and the language of instruction (Academic German) for study requirements at the TUHH. (Note: Application deadline for summer 2016 already passed. Closing date is 15 January every year.)

The site “Learning german at the TUHH” provides Links to interactive tutorials on german language as well as interactive practicing for “Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache” (Test for German as a foreign language). The test itself is provided (amongst others) by IBH.
Also useful are the online dictionaries Arabterm (a technical dictionary) and Arabdict, which isn’t entirely a technical dictionary but knows many technical terms.

Find in the library material for self-learning the German language!

Ready, steady, … writing

Little Night of Academic Writing at TUHH 2016

The third “Kleine Nacht des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens” (Little or Short Night of Academic Writing) will take place at TUHH in the rooms around Audimax 1 (Building H – Am Schwarzenberg Campus 5) on Wednesday May 11, 2016 from 3 pm to 10 pm. The “Kleine Nacht” include stimulation and animation around academic writing and research methods for students and lecturers. This year the first time also with a program of introductory presentations in English!

Application for the “Kleine Nacht” is possible through the learning management system Stud.IP. You have to be logged in when applying for the Night via Stud.IP. But you are also welcome without registration.

Here is the list of the presentations in English:

  • Introduction to Latex (Alexander C. Wawrzyn). 4:30 pm – 5 pm, room H0.02
  • Reference management with Zotero (Beate Rajski). 5 pm – 5:30 pm, room H0.02
  • Reference management with Citavi (Beate Rajski). 6 pm – 6:30 pm, room H0.02
  • Finding information without missing anything important (Thomas Hapke). 6:50 pm – 7:20 pm, room H0.02
  • Avoidung Plagiarism. Quotation rules for your thesis (Iris Lorscheid). 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm, room H0.02
  • How to tell it to my reader? (Matthias Buntenkötter). 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm, room H0.02
     

Concentrated and silent active work is possible in special writing rooms. The program (flyer) includes motivational talks (this year the first time also in English!) as well as workshops. Writing consultation is offered as well as consultation on scholarly research methods, on finding subject information and on knowledge organisation through reference management! Consultation is also possible in English language!

The “Kleine Nacht” is organized by the TUHH Student Counseling Center in cooperation with the students’ union executive committee AStA, the TUHH library, the Center for Teaching and Learning (ZLL), University Sports, and the TU Computing Centre as well as several internal and external contributors.

The TUHH library has been offering a German language weblog since a few years, which accompanies a seminar course “Academic research and writing” (Description in English) as a form of showcase. Some of the lecturers from this course, which is organised by the TUHH library and which is part of the module “Nontechnical Complementary Courses for Bachelors” at TUHH, will offer some of the introductory presentations at the “Kleine Nacht”.

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Just say שִׁבֹּלֶת

or more readable: Shibboleth. In biblical times though, it could have serious consequences, when pronounced the wrong way.

„Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.“ (Judges 12,6 KJV)

Times have changed. Meanwhile Shibboleth is also the name of an authentication service. It is well established for many years, both within the German Research Network as well as internationally. The computing center of the TUHH offers Shibboleth since beginning of 2016.

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Why should you care?

Many publishers offer Shibboleth for external access additionally to campus network authentication .

How does it work?

If you, for example, are at home (without VPN) and would like to access an e-book on SpringerLink you can  “Log in via Shibboleth”. First select your home institution “TU Hamburg-Harburg”. This will automatically direct you to the login page of the computing center of the TUHH. After successful registration, you will be automatically directed back to the original page by Springer with access to all licensed content.

What’s the advantage?

The TUHH ID and password remains safe within TUHH. SpringerLink gets only two information: You belong to TUHH and you have registered with a valid password. Shibboleth also supports Single Sign On (SSO). So if you move on to another publisher page, for example, ScienceDirect by Elsevier, you will have immediate access to the licensed content. So with no additional software such as VPN installed you have access to protected resources from any computer, from any network.

Who can use Shibboleth?

Students and employees of TUHH are entitled for e-media use via Shibboleth. We are going to enable Shibboleth access as quickly as possible at the many providers of e-media. Progress is documented here..

Help needed?

We are happy to answer questions about e-media and Shibboleth. For problems with your TUHH please consult the Service Desk of the computing center.

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English Week – Book Crossing

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„I´m a very special book. You see I´m traveling around the world making new friends”

We will offer english books in this week for our international students and friends who are interested in english books. Have fun while reading. We would be glad if you make a quick journal entry by http://www.bookcrossing.com.

Let´s go … read and release books! You are welcome.

Thank you for your book donation.