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Changes to Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) recently unveiled a new look and new features. ODNB is one of the best resources for anyone interested in the history and culture of Britain and its former Empire. Here are a few changes worth knowing. 

LoginIf you have logged in via the Library you do not need to login for a second time. The 'Sign In' options on the left-hand side are for creating a personal account with the ODNB; it doesn't unlock the content for you. (It could be a good idea to create an account however, as it will allow you to save searches and annotations.) 

There are more ways to browse the content. You can now browse biographies by Occupation and Religious Affiliation. For example, browsing by Occupation > Law and crime > Crimes of deception reveals 90 biographies of forgers, fraudsters and swindlers. This includes the intriguing entry for "Carter, Henry [Harry] (1749 1829), smuggler and Methodist preacher".…
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You can now export multiple citations from Google Scholar

You can now export multiple citations from Google Scholar if you have a Google Account.
Go to Google Scholar and sign into your Google Account.Conduct your search.Click on the Star icon (Save) under each reference you want to export.Then click on My Library in the top, right of the screen.Select all the references and click on the Export option:

To Export into EndNote

Choose the EndNote option.Open the EndNote file that is created.The references should automatically import into EndNote. To Export into RefWorksChoose the RefMan option.Save the RIS file that is created.Login to your RefWorks account.Click on the plus (+) button.Choose Import References.Add the RIS file you just saved.Set the file import option to RIS - Reference Manager.Click import and your references will be imported.

--- Good Practice Tip: Always check that all the reference information you need has been imported - e.g. for a journal article =  author, title, journal name,. volume, issue, page numbers. If it has not th…

Open access at Leicester

Open access at Leicester

International OA week 

The wrap up of the International Open Access Week 2017 is a perfect occasion to give you an update on Open Access (OA) related activities at University of Leicester accompanied with fun statistics (as fun as statistics can be!).
During the Open Access week the University Open Access and Research Data Team ran a series of pop-up stalls at various locations across the main campus as well as in hospital sites (RKCSB & Glenfield), offering advice on raising the discoverability of research profiles. Also as part of the celebrations we have launched a completely redesigned OA website. Visit to explore the essential guidance how to make your research outputs OA.
The outreach campaign was in addition to routine talks and tailored training sessions that the team provides for departments across the University every year. Throughout the year 2017 we have delivered 16 of such sessions for researchers and 3 workshops in collab…

Open access for local studies?

Just over a year ago at the University of Leicester Library, we were looking at the download stats for our online PhD theses and noticed that a study of the village of Wrangle in the early modern period was the most downloaded item that month.
This got us thinking. Of all the open access theses and research publications in our online archive what is actually popular with users? Medicine and health related items do well, presumably from people searching for information on illnesses and conditions. The other studies that consistently attract downloads are those about a particular place. Broadly speaking these are from geography, archaeology and history.
Open access policy has been driven by the sciences and has tended to assume that freely available publications are an unproblematic ‘good thing’. It has paid less attention to what is popular, with whom and why.
Inspired by the example of Wrangle, we decided to explore creating a new resource to promote the open access local history mate…

Your New Doctoral College Reading Room

The Doctoral College Reading Room, at the front of the first floor of the library, is now designed for use by PGR students and staff only.

The space includes a separate Silent Study area with desks and computers, a quiet area with desks and informal seating, and a bookable group study room.

We would encourage PGR students and staff to make full use of this space.

Masters students now have a separate Graduate Reading Room elsewhere on the first floor.

As part of the new arrangements there is now a Consultation Room, which we are also using for upcoming events, including Shut Up & Write! and Research Data Drop-in Clinics.



Shut Up & Write! for November & December

Make a date with your writing and join us for distraction-free writing sessions in person or online.
Working on a thesis, journal article or book chapter?
Need some distraction-free writing time?
Library Research Services are running Shut Up & Write! sessions for researchers in November and December 2017.
Tuesday 7th November and Tuesday 5th December - 10am-12noon.
Consultation Room, Doctoral College Reading Room, 1st Floor, David Wilson Library

Session outline: 10am: Arrival & Prep 10.15am: Write 11am: Break & Refreshments 11.15am: Write 12noon: End
There is no need to book, just bring your laptop, pad & pen, or preferred writing tools! 
You can also use the computers in the Doctoral College Reading Room or borrow a library laptop.
If you can’t join us in person then join us online via Twitter - follow @DWLResearch and use the hastag #suwleic
These two sessions also coincide with the UK Shut Up & Write! sessions on Twitter - follow @SUWTUK and use #suwtuk if you wan…

How effective is our research data management (RDM) training?

Benchmarking RDM Training The University of Leicester research data service is involved in an international collaborative project which aims to assess and benchmark the quality of RDM training across institutions.This blog post reports on the progress of the international project so far, it originally appeared on the project blogon 6th October 2017.  Remember, you can sign up for one of our generic or discipline-specific 2017/2018 introduction to RDM training sessions here. We look forward to seeing you.
How effective is your RDM training? Collaborators (in alphabetical order by surname): Cadwallader Lauren, Higman Rosie, Lawler Heather, Neish Peter, Peters Wayne, Schwamm Hardy, Teperek Marta, Verbakel Ellen, Williamson, Laurian, Busse-Wicher Marta When developing new training programmes, one often asks oneself a question about the quality of training. Is it good? How good is it? Trainers often develop feedback questionnaires and ask participants to evaluate their training. However, feedba…