North Star LDC

There are 38 computers for independent study in the LDC.

Please remember that the LDC computers are monitored at all times and that as a member of the college community, you have agreed to abide by the computer code of conduct, to use computers responsibly.

The electronic resources, e-books, journals and databases you can access as part of your studies, are provided under licence agreements. They are only to be used for study purposes, for the length of your course. Use for commercial purposes is not allowed. Substantial downloading from an e-book, journal or database is banned by the publisher.

To access the library catalogue and search for books and other resources, please click on the link below.

Copy and Print

This section explains the printing charges and restrictions on printers and photocopiers. Charges are set so they are reasonable and affordable to everyone. These charges apply to all users.

Services available on each photocopier

  • Printing
  • Photocopying
  • Scanning
  • Various finishing such as hole punch/stapling

Access to printers

All students can assign their ID badge to log in to the printers, first time you log in will need to be using the touch screen to enter username and password, you will then have the option to assign your ID badge to your printer account to allow swipe card log on in the future.

Printing Costs

  • A4 Black and White 4p per side
  • A4 Colour 6p per side
  • A3 Black and White 8p per side
  • A3 Colour 16p per side

Printing allowances

Each student is given a printing allowance at the start of the year to the value of £10. Once you've used up your allocation, you can buy additional credits at the support desk in the LDC.

Printing restrictions

  • Only 20 copies can be printed at one time
  • A maximum of 100 sheets per job
  • Photocopiers should not be used by staff for personal use.

Any requirements over this should be printed via the print room.

Expectations

What we can expect from you:

  • To return any borrowed items on time and pay any fines if items are overdue
  • Be respectful of the study centre environment in the LDC
  • Be respectful of other learners in the LDC
  • Keep mobile phones on silent
  • Use the PCs responsibly
  • Use licensed electronic resources responsibly
  • Please don't leave valuable items unattended in the LDC.


What you can expect from us:

  • Help & guidance from experienced and friendly staff
  • The right resources to help with your course
  • A range of materials and formats, print and electronic - books, professional journals and magazines.
  • Flexible study areas for working in small groups or individually
  • Training and support on how to get the best out of our resources and services
  • Opportunities for you to give us feedback.


Electronic resources

These electronic resources are available to you if you have a New College Swindon user/computer account.

The electronic resources, e-books, journals and databases you can access as part of your studies, are provided under licence agreements. They are only to be used for study purposes, for the length of your course. Use for commercial purposes is not allowed. Substantial downloading from an e-book, journal or database is banned by the publisher.

To find out more about academic databases (what they are, how to access them and how to search in them) go to our Moodle pages here.

Academic databases

JSTOR - Journal archive for Arts, Humanities, Science and Social Science.

E-Books for FE - A collection of free e-books for further education colleges through Jisc collections. Staff and Students can access unlimited number of e-books an unlimited number of times anywhere. They cover a wide range of subjects; from Business to Psychology, Construction to Engineering, Sport to Health and Social Care. The collection also includes GCSE English and Maths textbooks and workbooks – helping support the requirement for Students to re-sit these subjects if they haven’t achieved a Grade 4.

Early Years: an International Research Journal - On-line access to view Early years. Sign in through Shibboleth and select Swindon College, then log in with your Swindon College User Name & Password.

British Standards Online - BSOL is the simple online tool that gives you instant access to standards.

Gale Database - Full text magazines and news articles. Learning resources in a variety of formats including web portals, digital archiving, print and e-books.


Other useful online resources

VLE Books - Provides full-text access to a collection of ebooks purchased by the LRC. The collection contains titles across all subjects taught at Swindon College.

ISSUES Online - Provides up-to-date information on contemporary social issues such as: crime & justice, drugs & alcohol, economics & welfare, environmental & global issues, family & relationships, health & well-being, media, rights & discrimination and science & health. This resource contains: videos, key facts, lesson ideas and short ebooks.

RefMe - A free tool (requiring you to sign up) that quickly creates reference lists in over 7000 different styles (includes: Oxford Brookes University and Swindon College styles).

Stationary

Please ask at the Support Desk if you would like to buy any of the stationery listed below:

  • Binder Set (Comb, Front & Back) - £1.00
  • Binder Comb - £0.50
  • Binder Front (Clear) - £0.25
  • Binder Back (Black/White) - £0.25
  • Blue Spine Bar (9mm) - £0.25
  • Clear plastic pocket - £0.05
  • Report wallet - £0.15
  • Pen (black, blue or red ) - £0.15
  • Pencil - £0.05
  • Pencil sharpener (metal) - £0.25
  • Ruler (30cm) - £0.25
  • Eraser - £0.10
  • A4 lined notepad - £0.30
  • Glue Stick (10g) - £0.20
  • Divider - £0.25
  • Tippex - £0.10

LDC Staff

Monica Caetano

Monica is the LDC Assistant, providing front desk support to staff and students in the main LDC area. She is also our Smart Assessor expert, providing support to the Apprenticeship team, both staff and students. If you need help with your electronic portfolio (Smart Assessor), come and see Monica in the LDC.

Katie Gould

Katie is the College Development Unit Administrator, responsible for student tracking - eTrackr, orders, staff training and support. She works in the CDU office at the far end of the LDC.

Henry Mpologoma

Henry is the College's Moodle Developer, responsible for the ongoing maintenance, support and updating of the VLE environment, Moodle, and the resources available within it. He is here to support both staff and students and also offers training in a number of areas, for example: Office365 SharePoint OneDrive Moodle Smart Assessor eTrackr.


For help with any of our services and facilities, contact LDC staff by telephone on 01793 491591 extension 1500 or by email on CDUCentral@swindon.ac.uk