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Happy Holidays from Library Research Services

Term ends today, but the library will still be open over the holidays apart from 25th Dec, 26th Dec and 1st Jan.

See the full library opening hours.

The Research Services team online queries on weekday afternoons, 2-4pm will return in the spring term on the 26th January.

The Research Services team will be away for the Xmas holidays from 24th Dec - 5th Jan.

If you need help during that time (when the library is staffed) then please contact the library help team:

Online Help ZoneEmail: library@le.ac.ukPhone: +44 (0)116 252 2043Text:+44 (0)1163 470605


New ‘Research Elevenses’ for January 2015

This January we are running a series of 30 minute talks on key issues for Leicester researchers. There’s no need to book - just turn up!
If you are off-campus you can join in live at 11am via Adobe Connect. A recording of each session will also be made available after the event.
13th January
Keeping up to date with new research
A quick guide to setting up keyword, author, citation and table of contents alerts.
On campus: 11am, Attenborough 208
Link to webinar: https://connect.le.ac.uk/jan13

20th January
Simple ways to maximise your citation count
Find out which factors drive citations, independent of your article's intrinsic quality
On campus: 11am, Fielding Johnson L67
Link to webinar: https://connect.le.ac.uk/jan20

27th January
Publishing Open Access from a researcher point of view
We show you how to navigate the steps of publishing an article in order to make it Open Access.
On campus: 11am, Library Seminar Room
Link to webinar: https://connect.le.ac.uk/jan27

If you would like to participate in…

Open Access pop-up

Next week (1st - 5th December) the Research Services team will be popping up all over campus to answer your Open Access questions. A member of the team will be available each day 12.00-1.00pm to help you comply with University policy and upload your publications to IRIS.
Pop over to the following locations to find out more!
Monday: Charles Wilson foyer
Tuesday: Bennett foyer
Wednesday: Engineering foyer
Thursday: Café North
Friday: Charles Wilson foyer If you can't make it you can always email openaccess@le.ac.uk with your questions or watch our short video on uploading your publications.

Missed any of our workshops? Try the online version:

If you missed any of our workshops, or are based off-campus, then try our online versions instead:

Literature Search
Plan your literature search
Conduct your literature search
Discover how you can use Scopus, Web of Science & Google Scholar to carry out citation searches and set up citation alerts: Who is citing who? And who is citing you? [Video, 18 minutes]


Keep up to date
Make research information come to you
References
Which reference manager is right for you?
Introduction to reference management [Video, 4 minutes]

RefWorks (online bibliographic software)
Get started with RefWorks [PDF]
RefWorks tutorials [Videos]
Advanced RefWorks [PDF]

EndNote (desktop bibliographic software)
Get started with EndNote [PDF]
EndNote tutorials [Videos]
Advanced EndNote [PDF]
Data
Data management support for researchers
Introduction to Research Data Management [Video, 8 minutes]
Don't lose your research data! [Video, 34 minutes]

Copyright and your thesis - coming soon!


'How to' sessions for Open Access and IRIS

If you would like some advice on how to upload your publication to IRIS, come along to one of our drop in sessions.

A member of the Research Services team will be available to answer your questions and show you how to upload your publications.

Forthcoming dates:

Wednesday 26th November, 2-3pm in Bennett G73 Tuesday 9th December, 10-11am in Ken Edwards 323
If you can't make it to our sessions you can follow our user guide or step-by-step video.

Contact us on openaccess@le.ac.uk if you have any queries.




Help! I need somebody...

Well, if it's Library Research Services you need then there's plenty of ways to contact us for help:



Email uslibrarians@le.ac.uk  Chat to usA member of the Research Services team is now available for queries online on weekday afternoons, 2-4pm. You can chat to us via the Library's Help Zone.Make a 1to1 appointmentEmail us to arrange a meeting.Make a Skype appointmentEmail us to arrange a meeting.Phone us+44 (0)116 252 2018Talk to us via Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gsreadingroom Use our online training and development resourceshttp://www2.le.ac.uk/library/for/researchers/training-and-development

Online versions of our workshops - now available

If you're a distance learner or unable to make it to campus for our workshops, don't worry. Our first set of online resources are now available. These replicate the face-to-face sessions that we deliver to campus-based researchers.

Currently available:
Introduction to the Library
Introduction to Research Data Management
Introduction to Reference Management

Plan your literature search
Conduct your literature search
Make research information come to you

You can also find these videos on our YouTube and Slideshare channels. Subscribe to stay up to date with our resources.

More to follow soon!


Chat to us!

Getting help in the Graduate School Reading Room is now even easier - we've gone online!

A member of the Research Services team is now available for queries online on weekday afternoons, 2-4pm. You can chat to us via the Library's Help Zone.

Select the Help Zone from the Library homepage
 Then select the chat icon
 Just choose 'Research Services' from the drop-down menu and we'll be ready to discuss your queries.
So if you're a distance learning student or are working at the other end of campus, you can still access our advice one-to-one. If you need further help we can always set up a Skype appointment. Email us to arrange an appointment.

If you do happen to be in the Library you can pop in to the Librarians office from 2-4pm to speak to a member of our team.


Library workshops for PhD students

We have lots of workshops on offer during the Autumn term:


Welcome to new PhD students

Hello and welcome to new PhD students.

This blog is run by the Library Research Services Team to keep you up to date with events and resources that might help you with your research.

We have lots of courses on offer over the next few months:
We run 'Introduction to the Library' events as part of the College Induction ProgrammeIn late October we are running 'Introduction to the Library', 'Introduction to Reference Management and 'Introduction to Research Data Management' sessions.Alongside this we run sessions through the year on topics such as literature searching, RefWorks, EndNote and making research information come to you, which can all be booked via PROSE. If you are a researcher working off-campus then check out our online resources:
Library information for Researchers.Plan your literature search.Conduct your literature search.Make research information come to you.
You can also follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Prezi and Slideshare.

If you have any questio…

How to find the latest Journal Impact Factors

The latest set of impact factor data has been released from Thomson Reuters via Web of Science. This is the 2014 release, which uses data up to the end of 2013.
Finding a Journal Impact FactorGo to Web of ScienceIn Web of Science - Click on the link for Journal Citation Reports at the top of the screen.Click on 'Continue without signing in'.Start typing the name of the journal and choose from the list that appears:
Remember - not all journals are indexed by the Journal Citation Reports, so not all journals have an impact factor.
You will then get the Journal Profile, which includes the Impact Factor:
 Find the highest impact journal in your areaClick on Journals By RankClick 'Select Category' and select the subject area closet to your own:
Click Submit at the bottom of the screen.Scroll down to see the journals within the category, ranked by impact factor:


If you are using impact factor to help you choose where to publish then watch our video on 
Journal Impact Factors - u…

Research Elevenses round up (July 2014)

Our third series of Research Elevenses took place in July and you can find links to all the recordings below.

Myths and misconceptions about open access publishing Find out what you really need to know for your future publishing strategy Watch the recording
Who is citing who? And who is citing you? Discover how you can use Scopus, Web of Science & Google Scholar to carry out citation searches and set up citation alerts. Watch the recording
How can we help with your systematic review? Find out how the Library Research Services Team can assist with different stages of your systematic review -from scoping searches to reference management. Watch the recording
Digital Humanities – What on earth is it? Find out about digital humanities projects that are underway at the University and new Library services that can support your research. Watch the recording
From gamma-rays to Roman remains – what can you do with your data?
Find out how different research groups are sharing, re-using and visualisin…

From gamma-rays to Roman remains – what can you do with your data?

Our final Elevenses session was a glimpse into the world of open data at Leicester. Find out how different research groups are sharing, re-using and visualising data by watching the 30 minute webinar.

From gamma-rays to Roman remains - what can you do with your data?

We will return with a new set of Research Elevenses in January 2015. Until then you can catch up with recordings of our previous sessions here and here.

Digital Humanities - what on earth is it?

Our fourth Elevenses session looked at the digital humanities projects that are underway at the University. Catch up by watching the 30 minute webinar.

Digital Humanities - what on earth is it?

Our next session is in the Ogden Lewis Seminar suite (with a cuppa and homemade cakes) or online at 11am on:

29th July
From gamma rays to Roman remains - what can you do with your data?
Find out how different research groups are sharing, re-using and visualising data in new ways
Join the webinar

Hope to see you there!

How can we help with your systematic review?

Find out how the Library Research Services team can assist with different stages of your systematic review by watching the 30 minute webinar. 

How can we help with your systematic review?

Our next session is in the Ogden Lewis Seminar suite (with a cuppa and homemade cakes) or online at 11am on:

22nd July
Digital Humanities - what on earth is it?
Find out about digital humanities projects that are underway at the University and new Library services that can support your research
Join the webinar

Hope to see you there!

Who is citing who? And who is citing you?

Our second Elevenses session discussed how to use Scopus, Google Scholar & Web of Science to carry out citation searches and set up citation alerts. Catch up by watching the 30 minute webinar. 

Who is citing who? And who is citing you?

Our next session is in Ogden Lewis Seminar Room 1 (with a cuppa and homemade cakes) or online at 11am on:

15th July
How can we help with your systematic review?
Find out how the Library Research Services team can assist with different stages of your systematic review - from scoping searches to reference management.
Join the webinar

Hope to see you there!

Myths and misconceptions about open access publishing

Our first Elevenses session of the summer took place on Tuesday. Find out what you really need to know for your future publishing strategy, by watching the 30 minute webinar. 

Myths and misconceptions about open access publishing

Our next session is in Ogden Lewis Seminar suite (with a cuppa and homemade cakes) or online at 11am on:

8th July
Who is citing who? And who is citing you?
Discover how you can use Scopus, Google Scholar & Web of Science to carry out citation searches and set up citation alerts
Join the webinar

Hope to see you there!

Thesis forum 2013/14 round up

This academic year saw the thesis forum return for three sessions.

The Probation Review Eric Akobeng (Economics), Graham Aldred (Archaeology & Ancient History) and Suzi Shimwell (English) shared their experiences of passing the probation review. Presenting the PhD Rahma Al Foori (Media & Communication), Dr Hamid Mani (Leicester Diabetes Centre), Yupei Zhao (Media & Communication) and Matthew Adamson (Maths) shared experiences of presenting at conferences and dealing with the peer review process. Reflecting on the PhD Dr Thomas Tagoe (Cell Physiology) and Dr Barbara Cooke (English) shared their experiences of completing a PhD.
If you missed the events you can watch recordings here (Leicester IT account required).
You will also find the videos from our 2012/13 sessions.

We are very grateful for the contributions of all our speakers this year. Their honest reflections on the process of doing the PhD have been a great benefit to current doctoral students.

The Thesis Forum will…

Setting up citation alerts or RSS feeds

This blog post looks at how to create citation alerts for specific articles in the three main citation databases.

You can see more details of how to set-up search alerts and RSS feeds in our previous blog posts:
Search alerts for science and medicine databases
Search alerts for arts, humanities and social science databases
Setting up Author alerts or RSS feeds


Web of Science
Search Web of Science for the article you are interested in. If you find it, click on the article title and then click on the Create Citation Alert link on the right-hand side of the page. You will need to login to, or create, a Web of Science account to activate the alert.

Scopus
Search Scopus for the article you are interested in. If you find it, click on the article title and then click on the Set Citation Alert link on the right-hand side of the page. You will need to login to, or create, a Scopus account to activate the alert.

You can also set-up an RSS feed by clicking on the Set Citation Feed link. You do no…

New Research Elevenses for July

The Research Elevenses return for July with plenty of new topics. The sessions will take place over coffee and cakes in the Ogden Lewis Seminar Suite every Tuesday at 11am.

There's no need to book - just turn up!

If you are off-campus you can join in live via Adobe Connect. A recording of each session will be made available after the event.

1 July - Myths and misconceptions about open access publishing
Find out what you really need to know for your future publishing strategy
Watch the recording

8 July -Who is citing who? And who is citing you?
Discover how you can use Scopus, Web of Science & Google Scholar to carry out citation searches and set up citation alerts.
Watch the recording

15 July - How can we help with your systematic review?
Find out how the Library Research Services Team can assist with different stages of your systematic review -from scoping searches to reference management.
Watch the recording

22 July - Digital Humanities – What on earth is it?
Find out about dig…

Setting up Author Alerts or RSS Feeds

In most  literature databases you can set-up an author alert or RSS by doing an author search and then following the normal instructions for setting up a search alert or RSS feed.

You can see more details of how to set-up search alerts and RSS feeds in our previous blog posts:
Search alerts for science and medicine databases
Search alerts for arts, humanities and social science databases

Here are a couple of examples of setting up author alerts in popular databases:

Web of Science Make sure you are searching the Web of Science Core Collection as below:


Enter the author's name (Surname, Initial/s) and change the search field drop down box to author (as above).


On the left-hand side of the results page you will see an option to Create Alert (as above). Click on this, login into, or create, a Web of Science account and then set as a search alert or RSS feed.

EbscoHost (America: Life & History, Art Full Text, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EConLit, Historical Abstracts, PsycINFO)  Ente…

Thesis Forum - The Probation Review

On Wednesday we held our final thesis forum of the 2013/14 academic year. The focus was on the Probation Review and we welcomed three speakers to share their experiences: Eric Akobeng (Economics), Graham Aldred (Archaeology & Ancient History) and Suzi Shimwell (English)

Leicester students can access a video recording of the whole forum via the Research Essentials Online module on Blackboard. Please go to Blackboard and select Research Essentials Online (APUX005) then THESIS FORUM and select 28 May 2014. STEM students might be interested in our Probation Review session from 19 March 2013 which featured Pete Hague (Theoretical Astrophysics) and John Coxon (Physics & Astronomy). If you have any difficulties accessing these recordings please get in touch.

You can also find recordings of earlier Thesis Forum sessions on Research Essentials Online or via the Graduate School page

The Thesis Forum will return next academic year!

How to find University of Leicester Theses

A quick guide on how to find University of Leicester etheses and print theses.

We have over 1800 theses available electronically via the Leicester Research Archive:

Browsing eTheses by College and Department:
Click on the College and Department of interest and then click on Theses:




You can then search the theses within that Department, or click on browse (by Title, Author or Issue Date):
In this example we choose browse by title:

 Click on the title of the thesis you wish to view:
You will then see details about the thesis, and be given the option to open the full text PDF of the thesis. 
If 'embargo until: [DATE]' is displayed, the PDF will not be available for download until after this date. You will still be able to view the thesis in the library.
As you can see above you can also see statistics on how many people have viewed and downloaded the thesis. Searching for eTheses in the Leicester Research Archive Click on the University of Leicester Thesis Collection from the Leice…