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Friday, 24 February 2017

Focus on Publishing for Science and Engineering

Last week Researcher Development ran a Focus on Publishing Day for the College of Science and Engineering.

The day covered topics such as the publishing landscape, open access, research data, how to write for journals and talks from specific publishers about their publishing process.

If you weren't able to attend then here are some resources you might find useful:

Advice from Publishers

You will find plenty of other advice on publisher and learned society websites under their instructions for authors sections.


Open Access Publishing

  • We have a series of videos about Open Access aimed at PGRs on the library YouTube Channel
  • We are also running session on open access on Tues 28th Feb at 10am in Library IT2

Archiving and Sharing your research data

Some publishers and funders may expect you to make some or all of your research data available when you published your research.


Friday, 17 February 2017

How to use SNL for financial research

Following the successful demonstration of Mergent Online, we have another database for you this week: SNL.

SNL is a global financial database providing news, macroeconomic data and financials and analytics of banks and insurance companies. It replaces Bankscope, the database we previously used for this area. The data in SNL would be of interest for anyone researching finance, banking or insurance. 

There will be two demonstrations of the new database SNL on 
Wednesday 22nd February
Session 1: 12.00 – 1.00 University Library IT Room 1
Session 2: 1.30 - 2.30.University Library IT Room 1
There is an opportunity to do some hands-on practice in these sessions as well receiving tailored support. If you would like to attend please contact Andrew Dunn with your details and any training requests.
For more information on how to use and register for SNL follow this link: http://www2.le.ac.uk/library/find/databases/s/SNL


Friday, 10 February 2017

Upcoming Events: Publishing with IEEE, Doctoral Writing Group and database demos


Publishing with IEEE

Are you thinking of publishing, or not sure where best to submit your manuscript? The IEEE has more than 175 journals covering a broad spectrum of engineering and technology areas plus open access options.

This practical workshop will talk through how to find the right journal/conference to submit to, overview of the process and some helpful tips to help give your paper the best chance of acceptance.
This session will cover:

  • An introduction and why publish with the IEEE
  • Choosing the best fit periodical or conference for your research
  • Preparing the manuscript
  • Submitting the article
  • Review process
  • What editors look for
  • Why a paper may be rejected
  • IEEE Open Access Publishing (including university support available)
  • Common best practices and errors when writing a paper
  • Tools and resources to help authors

  • Talk by Julia Stockdale
All University of Leicester PGRs and researcher welcome.

Thu 16 February 2017, 14:30 – 15:30, Charles Wilson City Lounge, University of Leicester

Book your free ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/publishing-with-ieee-tickets-31506540912

Even if IEEE is not your subject area a lot of the advice will apply if you are thinking about submitting to journals run by learned societies.

Doctoral Writing Group

Friday 17th February, 10am – 12noon
Leicester Learning Institute 0.02, 103-1-5 Princess Road East

  •  Set writing objectives
  •  Get feedback on your writing from your peers
  •  Talk informally about writing with other PhD students
  •  Bring along 1-2 sides of A4 of your current writing in progress
  •  No need to book, just come along at 10am.

For more information please email Selina stl5@le.ac.uk

University Visit: Mergent Online database demonstration

Mergent Online holds company annual reports, financials and stock data for over 300,000 companies from 150 countries

On Wednesday 15th February a representative of Mergent Online will be on campus to demonstrate their new database.

This session will take place in Attenborough. 205 from 13.00-14.30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided for all who come along.

There are 20 places available for this session.

If you would like to attend, please book a place with Andrew Dunn ad158@le.ac.uk

How to use SNL for financial research  


  • Access financials of banks and insurance companies 
  • Find news and macroeconomic data
  • Gain hands-on practice with experts

Date & time: Wednesday 22 February, 12.00 – 1.00 or 1.30 - 2.30
Location: Library IT Room 1 

To attend please contact Andrew Dunn at ad158@le.ac.uk


Friday, 3 February 2017

Using BrowZine to get journal content alerts

BrowZine is a new mobile- friendly way to search and manage journals. You can use it through our Library search, or you can download the BrowZine app.

Using BrowZine to stay up to date

You can use BrowZine in several ways. The one we'll focus on here is to get alerts about new content published in journals. Note: this only works if you are using the App version.

Enter the BrowZine App. On the homepage, you will see the search bar on the left hand side. Use this to find journals you are interested in. 

Search for a journal
Choose the "Add to My Bookshelf" button when viewing a journal to add that title to My Bookshelf. You will be asked to login at this point - so create a personal account with BrowZine if you haven't already done so. 
Add journal to My Bookshelf

You can then organize My Bookshelf by moving the journals between multiple "shelves" and "bookcases". In future the app will display red bubbles indicating that you have new articles available in that journal.

And that's all you have to do. Much simpler than setting up email alerts with different publishers. 

Notes on BrowZine
BrowZine links to journal content back to 2005 (where available), to access older content click on Change Year on the left hand side of the journal page, then click on the 'View all back issues and sources for this title' button.
If you search for a journal and it is not available in BrowZine (for example, if the journal is only available in print), you can click on the 'Please click here to search for your title again' to use Leicester's Library Search to find the journal title.

This is a new system at Leicester, so if you have comments please email: librarians@le.ac.uk



Friday, 27 January 2017

Listen Again: Research Elevenses

You can now view the videos for all our January research Elevenses:

"What can Library Research Services do for you?"



"Media Resources for Research"


Links to the resources Andrew demonstrated in the talk:

Media resources (including Vogue & BoB): http://www2.le.ac.uk/library/find/subjects/media




Subsequently, we found that you CAN search Factiva for news photographs and video. Run your keyword search and then use the limits ‘Pictures’ or ‘Multimedia’.

"Using Metrics Responsibly"



If you have any questions about any of the topics in the talks then please email librarians@le.ac.uk 

You might also be interested in our Elevenses: Greatest Hits

Friday, 20 January 2017

Research Elevenses: Using Metrics Responsibly

The next Elevenses will be on Using Metrics Responsibly. It will be of interest to anyone involved in research evaluation and impact. Or those who would like the policy talk around 'metrics' de-mystified. Do join us on Wednesday in the room, or via the webinar. 



Link to webinarhttps://connect.le.ac.uk/metrics/

A recording of this talk will be made available on the Graduate School Reading Room blog on Friday 27th. 

Listen Again: Media Resources for Research


My colleague Andrew Dunn gave a very informative talk on Wednesday on Media Resources for Research. The recording is now available for you to view again: https://connect.le.ac.uk/p9i2b23amci/


Links to the resources Andrew showed us

Media resources (including Vogue & BoB): http://www2.le.ac.uk/library/find/subjects/media




Subsequently, we found that you CAN search Factiva for news photographs and video. Run your keyword search and then use the limits ‘Pictures’ or ‘Multimedia’.


If you have any further questions, please do contact Andrew or myself: librarians@le.ac.uk