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Autumn PGR Training

We are offering lots of training workshops fro PGRs during the Autumn term, including:
Introduction to the library (for those who haven't attended a library induction):12 October, 10am - 11:30am. Library Seminar Rooms. 1st floor.  20 October, 10am - 11:30am. Library Seminar Rooms. 1st floor. Introduction to  Research Data ManagementIntroduction to Reference ManagementPlanning your literature searchConducting your literature searchEndNoteRefWorksMaking research information come to youPubMed vs Medline Finding grey literatureTools for note takingWho is citing who?Copyright & your thesisAdvanced EndnoteAdvanced RefWorksThese can be booked via PROSE.
 If you are unable to attend our face-to-face workshops then we also have online tutorials:

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? [V…

Welcome to new PhD students

A new academic year begins and its time to welcome new PhD students. We hope you enjoy your time here at Leicester. 

The Library is here to help throughout your research. Our homepage and search can be found here. Please visit our Getting Started pages for all you need to know about using the Library. 
There are two librarians who support research students: Selina Lock for Science, Technology and Medicine, and William Farrell for Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities. 
We are here to help you:
find information for your researchplan literature searches and systematic reviews get to grips with our resources and databasesuse bibliographic software to organise your referencesuse referencing styles when writing your thesis. 
The Library also provides a dedicated study space for you: the Nicholas Corah Graduate Reading Room on the first floor of the library. 
We offer 1-2-1 appointments, if you would like in-depth advice. Just email us: librarians@le.ac.uk or telephone 0116 252 2016. 

Distance le…

Should you self-publish your book?

Would you self-publish your monograph? The academic Lesley Hulonce has caused a stir this week by arguing for exactly that. Dissatisfied with the proposed sale price of her monograph from a traditional publisher (over £60) Hulonce decided to publish the book herself through Amazon self- publishing. Read more about her experience here
Other academics have expressed dissatisfaction with publishers; price and the quality of e-books seem to be a particular bug-bears. These are both issues that librarians sympathise with. 

Some authors and imprints have been experimenting with different kinds of publishing. Zero Books (and its offspring Repeater Books) have pioneered a model of quicker, easier publishing that also encourages more imaginative writing. Martin Parker, a Professor here at Leicester, published his co-authored book on Daniel Defoe and the Bank of England with Zero in 2016. Palgrave have developed (copied?) their own version of this model with Palgrave Pivot

Pros

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New RefWorks available now!

RefWorks allows you to manage all the references you have used in your assignments or research.
New RefWorks Users Create and organise a library of references that you can access via the webStore and annotate the PDFs of articlesImport references from bibliographic databases and other information sourcesCite while you write using add-in Word/Google Docs featuresAutomatically create bibliographies If you have never used RefWorks then see our Getting Started Online Tutorial
Existing RefWorks UsersWhy should you upgrade to new RefWorks? New RefWorks has lots of extra features: Store, view and annotate PDFsTag your referencesQuick Cite functionSave to RefWorks browser buttonWord 2016 citation toolbar (Add-In)Google Docs citation toolbar (Add-In)When should you upgrade to new RefWorks? New RefWorks and legacy RefWorks will both be available to use during the 2016/17 academic year to allow you to upgrade to new RefWorks at a time that suits you.
If you are currently working on your thesis and…

Top Ten Articles from Leicester Research Archive

Last week we shared the most downloaded PhD Theses in the Leicester Research Archive (LRA), this time we highlight the most downloaded articles of 2015/16. These publications cover a wide range of research at Leicester from Law to Engineering, Geography to Museum Studies. Many of these articles are available thanks to Green Open Access arrangements. 


Top Ten Most Downloaded Articles in 2015/16
1.Cunningham, Sally, Recklessness: Being Reckless and Acting RecklesslyKing's College Law Journal (2010 )         http://hdl.handle.net/2381/10894
2.Naismith, Laura et al.,   Mobile technologies and learningFuturelab Literature Review Series, Report No 11http://hdl.handle.net/2381/8132
3.Hainsworth, Sarah V. & Uhure, N.J.,  Diamond like carbon coatings for tribology: production techniques, characterisation methods and applicationsInternational Materials Reviews, (2007)      http://hdl.handle.net/2381/4745
4.Thomas, Sean,   Mistake of Identity: A Comparative Analysis,  Lloyd's Maritime and…