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9: Resources

Academic Resources

The Department is investing substantial resource into providing the highest standards of academic support for our MSc students.

This support comes in a variety of ways, aimed at targeting different aspects of your academic studies, including support with module content, preparation for assessments and drop in opportunities.

The academic support available is listed below.

Maths Drop in Sessions

You can arrange to attend these weekly online sessions and ask questions or get help on any aspect of maths within your modules. They are run by our Teaching Fellow, Nicholas Jackson (nicholas.jackson@warwick.ac.uk). You can view the details for the sessions on our academic support pages.

STATA

We are able to offer you a licence for the statistical software package, STATA. This resource is primarily funded by the Department and is essential for your MSc studies. To download the software visit: Warwick.ac.uk/econ-stata.

We also run a weekly STATA Helpdesk to answer your individual questions in the Autumn and Spring terms. This is an optional drop-in session and there is no need for students to book in advance.

Additionally, there is an Introduction to Stata course in Moodle, which will be helpful for those unfamiliar with the package, and IT Services also provide STATA resources 

Advice and Feedback Hours

The lecturers that you see within your modules are there to provide you with guidance on their subject area. Every member of academic staff, including class tutors, has at least two Advice and Feedback hours each week of term. You should make use of these, as a means of clarifying any areas of confusion within previous lectures or to discuss future topics. You can also use them to discuss areas that you both find interesting. You should always ensure you are prepared for your lecturer’s feedback hours. You should not be using them as a means of asking the lecturer to repeat the lecture, but should attend them with specific questions or areas of confusion that you would like clarification on.

You can find the Advice and Feedback Hours of members of staff here.

Wellbeing Drop-In Sessions

Your wellbeing is important to us whether you are experiencing difficulty with academic or personal issues. Your Senior Tutor, Mahnaz Nazreen, will hold office hours to meet students in term time and more information can be found here.

Library Support

You can contact our Economics Librarian should you have any questions about finding resources or using services.

Dissertations

For students taking EC959, MSc Dissertations, we run helpdesks over the summer term and vacation where you can speak to a member of staff and gain support and advice about technical and software aspects of your dissertation. Details of the tutors and the times will be published on the Dissertation Information webpage.

The University Library

The main Library provides you with a wide range of resources to support you with your studies, including printed and electronic books, journals and subject databases. These will all help you find research in your area.

Here are a few quick tips to help you get started in the Library:

  • Use the Get Started online Library orientation programme to find out how to use the library effectively.
  • Use the Library Catalogue to find what you need, using the “Library Search” textbox on the Library home page. The Catalogue contains details of the books and journals (print and electronic) held by the Library.
  • Most electronic resources are available from any PC with internet access, so you can use them from home. Usually, you’ll need your University username and password (the one you use to login to a PC on campus) to access these
  • Use My Library Account to renew and reserve items via the internet
  • The Library Economics webpages contain high-quality information relevant to your area of study. A good way to get started on a topic is to use Key Electronic Resources for Economics. The Library also provides useful online tutorials for Economics students and a guide to databases
  • DataStream is one of the main sources for finding macroeconomic time series or data on equity markets, bonds, futures, exchange rates and interest rates. DataStream is only available in the Library at a dedicated PC on Floor 1. At busy times, you may need to book to use the terminal. You will also find a very wide range of international macroeconomic time series, plus UK social survey data, on the UK Data Service (UKDS), available online through the Library list of databases
  • If you are seeking a useful book or journal article which Warwick does not have, we can often obtain it for you from another library. The Article Reach Scheme allows you to obtain journal articles from some other libraries
  • Document Supply is a more comprehensive scheme for borrowing books or obtaining articles from academic and national libraries in the UK.
  • If you are having trouble finding what you need, there is an Economics Academic Support Librarian to help you. Library contact details appear below.
  • The Learning Grid, which is part of the Library, is located in University House. It offers a range of resources, including access to IT facilities and a collection of reference-only key textbooks. There are also Learning Grids in the Rootes Building and Leamington Grid Spa in Leamington Spa Town Hall.

Regular news and updates can be found via the Library's facebook pages (@WarwickUniLibrary) and its twitter account (@warwicklibrary).

More on the Library's community engagement wellbeing services for students can be found on the website or via Twitter at #StudyHappy.

Contacting the Library

General Enquiries

Contact details

t: +44 (0)24 7652 2026
e: library@warwick.ac.uk

Economics Enquiries

Your Academic Support Librarian is happy to help you find the information you need for your research, show you how to use specific resources, or discuss any other issues you might have.

The Librarian can be contacted via email.

The general Library email address may also be used, and your enquiry will be dealt with by Academic Support colleagues, or passed on to the specialist.

The Postgraduate Hub

The Postgraduate Hub is a peer-led collaborative community space that brings together postgraduates from across Warwick.

At PG Hub you can:

  • Book meeting rooms for group-work and collaborative study, as well as find first-come-first-served study and meeting space
  • Ask any questions you might have about your postgraduate life at Warwick
  • Access support for your dissertation through Dissertation Station
  • Find mentorship to take you to the next level
  • Get actively involved in cultural events, such as Hallowe’en, the Burns Poetry Competition, Chinese New Year and a Nowruz Celebration
  • Locate support for your studies and future career plans through events and drop-ins
  • Share your postgraduate life through our competitions and social media

We recognise that postgraduate life is about more than just work. The PG Hub exists to make your time at the University more productive and enjoyable, so we welcome your ideas on things you want to see as a Warwick postgraduate.

Information Technology (IT) Services

Your email address

Once you have registered with IT Services and your account has been activated you will have a usercode, password and an email address which is usually in the format:

initials.surname.number@warwick.ac.uk

This address will be your ‘official’ University email address which the Department will use for all email communications. It will be your responsibility to ensure that you check this email account. You can access this account via webmail.

Mobile email

You can download leaflets to help you set up your email account on your mobile phone.

Help Desk

IT Services provide a dedicated Help Desk to assist with IT-related issues. You can contact them online, via email, or by phone. Further information on how to contact IT Services can be found at: http://www.warwick.ac.uk/its

Network access from student residences

The University provides a network connection from every room in student residences enabling you to access the internet and files saved on the network. Use of the residential network is subject to an Acceptable Use Policy.

Computer security

Any computer attached to a network is susceptible to attacks from viruses and spyware. Please ensure you have Antivirus software installed with an up to date subscription as this is a requirement for access to the network. IT Services provide free anti-virus and firewall software to help keep your computer safe.

Open access areas

There are many open access areas operated by IT Services. (You will need your University ID card to enter some of the open access areas.) The computers are all connected to the network and the internet and provide access to printers, the Library online catalogue and a wide range of software applications. All computers in open access areas run on the Windows 7 operating system (except room A0.01 - SUSE Linux).

Student iPad and Laptop Loan Service

IT Services provides iPads and laptops for short term loan, for more information please visit here.

IT facilities in the Department

At the start of the academic year for 2021/22 there will be measures in place in all university buildings to ensure the safety of both students and staff. This will mean that some facilities will have limited access or restricted use.

In the Economics Department there is a study space specifically devoted to MSc students on the first floor where you can work on your laptop.

There is also a large computer lab (S2.82) which is available to MSc and Diploma students for part of the week. 

The Department has three Bloomberg Terminals in room S0.55. The Bloomberg Terminal is a computer software system which provides access to current and historical financial information on individual equities, stock market indices, fixed-income securities, currencies, commodities, and futures for both international and domestic markets. It also provides company profiles and financial statements, analysts' forecasts, news on worldwide financial markets, and audio and video interviews and presentations by key players in business and finance. You can book the use of one of these terminals in half-hourly sessions from Monday – Thursday 9-4.30 and Friday 9-3.30pm. The bookings page also explains how to access the two remote terminals. Please note that there are restrictions in the amount of data you are permitted to download. This is imposed by Bloomberg and further information is provided by the terminals. You will only be able to use the terminal if you have pre-booked online.

Printing

Printer credits are purchased online with a debit or credit card. The Printing and Scanning webpage explains how to print once you have purchased your credits and installed the print queue on your device.

Software

We have a wide range of software for economists. Besides generic software, such as Microsoft Office, email and web browsers, the econometric software we use includes Stata and and SPSS.

The Department is very pleased to be able to offer you a licence for the statistical software package, Stata. This resource is primarily funded by the Department and is essential for your MSc studies.

In Moodle you will find resources and information to help you use the software at Introduction to Stata. You may also wish to look at Introduction to R.

All software available to students at Warwick can be found in the IT services software list.

Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac software

GiveWin (win), Mathematica (win/mac), MATLAB (win/mac), NVIVO (win), Scientific Word/Workplace (win), SPSS (win/mac), S-PLUS (win), Statistics for the Terrified (win) and WinEcon (win) are all available for use. The majority of this software is available from the University network, although some titles will need to be installed onto your computer. For assistance with locating and installing software, please contact the IT Services Help Desk.

UNIX software

A wide range of software is available on the UNIX systems at Warwick, including GAMS, LIMDEP, Mathematica, MATLAB, S-Plus.

Getting help

If you have general problems logging in to IT Services open access areas you should contact the IT Services Help Desk. If you have specific problems relating to the computers or printers in the Department you should contact the Department’s Computer Support Staff via economics.it@warwick.ac.uk.