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Latest Journal Impact Factors (2016) now available

What is a Journal Impact Factor? An impact factor is a measurement looking at the average number of citations articles in a particular journal receives. 
It is calculated by:
The number of times that all items published in a journal in the previous two years (e.g. 2014 & 2015) were cited by indexed publications during the year of interest (e.g. 2016)
divided by
The total number of "citable items" published by that journal in those two years (e.g. 2014 & 2015)
Finding a Journal Impact FactorGo to Journal Citation ReportsStart 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 see 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.Scr…

Focus on Publishing Day - Wednesday 14 June

Next Wednesday 14 June will be the Focus on Publishing Day for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. 

This event provides briefings on key trends in academic publishing, and advice from experts on the publishing process. We are particularly lucky to have commissioning editors from two of the major monograph publishers with us. 

There are still places left if you would like to attend. Sign up here.

Finding Conference Papers

Tips for University of Leicester ResearchersConference papers can be tricky to find as there is no standard way of publishing or indexing them. They might be published as online conference papers, as articles within a journal or as books of conference proceedings.

Databases that contain full text conference papers The databases listed below can be found by visiting our A-Z of Databases pages or the My Subject pages on the library homepage. Library All Search includes conference papers from a number of sources. You can filter your search results by conference proceeding.ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) Digital Library includes access to some of their conference proceedings. Search the ACM Digital Library site to check for access.IEEE Xplore Digital Library (IEEE/IET Electronic Library) includes the full text of all IEEE and IET conferences from 1988 onwards.ERIC(Educational Resources Information Center) includes access to the full text of s…

Graduate School Events coming up

The return of two great events run by the Graduate School. First, at the end of May we have the 3 Minute Thesis Competition. Watch as Leicester research students try to present their manga opera in under 3 minutes. if you would like to attend please reserve your place.

At the end of June we have The Festival of Postgraduate Research. This is always a fun event, where 50 PhD students present their work in a poster session. The best posters will receive prizes from the judges. No booking required, just turn up on the day. 

When should you upgrade to new RefWorks?

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?We had previously advised people to upgrade by September 2017 - this advice has now changed:

New RefWorks and legacy RefWorks will now both be available to use during the 2017/18 academic year to allow you to up…

Databases for literature reviews

A common question we are asked by people doing literature reviews is: which database should I use?

Google Scholar is good for finding specific articles, including grey literature. But it has limited functionality if you want to build a more advanced search, or extract lots of results at once. 

So we would recommend using a literature database designed for you subject. Not every subject has a good database, but many do. Below are a selection, you cna find more resources at the My Subject pages. For further information on doing a literature search see our advice here.
ArchaeologyBritish and Irish Archaeological Bibliography (BIAB)
Biological Sciences and Medicine

MedlinePubMed Criminology
Criminal Justice Abstracts
British Education Index (BEI)Educational Resources Information Centre (ERIC)
IEEE/IET Electronic LibraryHistory 
Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)Historical Abstracts
Literature and Languages
ABELL:Annual Bibliography of English Languag…

Upcoming Doctoral Inaugural Lectures

College of Science and Engineering
Thursday 11th May 2017 17:00-18:00

More information and book your place.

College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Wednesday 24th May 2017, 17:00-18:00 (reception 18:00-19:00) Dr Rebecca Gordon, School of Archaeology and Ancient HistoryFeeding the city: animals, food and city life in post-medieval England (AD1500 -1900) The zooarchaeological enquiry of animals and their products in the post-medieval period has largely been disregarded in British archaeology. Yet, there is a multitude of ways in which animals can inform upon the profound social and economic changes that took place during this era. Animal bones excavated from urban sites were analysed along with zooarchaeological data to understand the transformations in the production and consumption of animals. These investigations showed that innovations in agriculture and the industrialisation of food production had a considerable effect on husbandry regimes, urban provisioning and consumption b…

New term, new workshops

As the summer term starts, so does the Library's training workshops for researchers. Our program covers a range of sessions all related to finding, managing and using information. 

These include:
Planning and conducting a literature searchIntroduction to EndNote and RefWorksLooking after your stuff: research data management and data management plansSearch strategies for systematic reviewsVisualising research dataCopyright and your thesisCommunicating research with comics.You can find further information about all these session (and more) on PROSE.

If you can't make a workshop, you are welcome to see Selina or myself individually. Please email: to arrange an appointment.  
Recording of some the workshops will be made available in the Research Essentials Online module in Blackboard

Easter Opening Hours

The Easter Holiday is approaching fast. Below are details of Library opening hours and services over the Easter.
Opening Hours Full details of opening hours are available on the Library website. From Saturday 25 March to Wednesday 19 April we will be open until midnight. On Wednesday 19 April, 24 hour opening will resume.  The Library is closed on the Public Holidays Friday 14 April and Monday 17 April.  On Thursday 13, Saturday 15, Sunday 16 and Tuesday 18 April we are open, but with reduced services. LoansStudents and staff may borrow an extra 5 items during the vacation, on request at the Service Desk during staffed service hours. You don’t have to wait until your books are due back, renew them before you leave. To do this online, log into your library account online. If you leave Leicester please respect the request for items to be returned. Held books cannot be renewed, and you will be charged fines. If returning recalled books by post, please use a registered service. In Leicester and n…

Tips for overcoming writing procrastination

This blog post is based on a mini-workshop created for the Doctoral Writing Group. Many thanks to writer friends on Twitter and Facebook who contributed tips.

What's stopping you?
I don't have time!Keep a time diary for a few days.Is there anything you can drop or cut down on?Grab small amounts of time to write e.g. 20minsCan you write while waiting for things or commuting? I get distracted! Find a space/time to write.Turn off the internet or social media!There are apps that can help you with this.Use a routine or ritualSame time, place, music etc.Timed writing sessionsShut up & write sessions I don't know what to write... Planning Have you planned what you want to write?Structure of thesis/article/writingHave you broken it down into small enough sections?Do you know what the argument you want to make is?Do you need to go back to notes/planning/thinking stage? Lack of confidence/Impostor Syndrome It doesn’t have to be perfect!Write a first draft – get it finished – you can …

IT and English Langauge Support for PGRs

You can get lots of individual support from us here at the Library. But further help is available to you from IT Services and the English Language Teaching Unit.

Guided IT learning sessions
In addition to taught training courses, IT Services offer help with specific queries at Guided IT Learning Sessions.  An experienced IT trainer will be available to help and assist you with your individual training needs.

You need to book at least 2 working days in advance. Find out more here:

English language support for international PGRs
For international students, there is support for writing academic English and giving presentations. Go to the English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) website for further information:

Upcoming events - Doctoral Writing Group & Doctoral Inaugural Lectures

Friday 17th March, 10am, LLI 0.02.

Wednesday 22nd March, Bennett LT2.
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Finding Company Reports Using Library Search

Company reports are an important source for anyone studying businesses and industries. We provide access to 100,000s reports through Mergent Online and Mergent Archive.  But we still hold print reports in the Library. These are mainly from banks, building societies and the transport sector.

You can find these reports with the print periodicals in the basement of the David Wilson Library.

To find them using the Library search follow the steps below.

1. Go to the Advanced Search. Change Material Type to 'Journal'.

2.To find a particular company use the name of company AND "annual report" or 
"annual report and accounts". Here's an example for the Alliance and Leicester Building Society:

3. To search for a sector, try Bank (or Building Society or Transport) AND "annual report" or 
"annual report and accounts". Use a date range if appropriate.

If you need any help finding information on companies, email us:

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 PublishersHow to write for technical periodicals and conferences (Free 32 page PDF guide from IEEE)Tips on writing an article - How to get published! - from Springer10 tips for writing a truly terrible journal article - from ElsevierElsevier also have a whole section - Improve your knowledge and skills in publishing academic research - including free interactive training courses and online lectures.English Communication for Scientists - from Nature Education, includes a section on writing scientific papers. You will find plenty of other advice on publisher and learned society websites under their instructions…

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:

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 IEEEChoosing the best fit periodical or conference for your researchPreparing the manuscriptSubmitting the articleReview processWhat editors look forWhy a paper may be rejectedIEEE Open Access Publishing (including university support available)Common best practices and errors when writing a paperTools 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 Lou…

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 dateYou 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. 

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. 
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 …

Listen Again: Research Elevenses

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

"What can Library Research Services do for you?"
Watch the recording:
"Media Resources for Research"Watch the recording:
Links to the resources Andrew demonstrated in the talk:
Media resources (including Vogue & BoB):
TRILT: Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching
Historical news:
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"
Watch the recording:
If you have any questions about any of the topics in the talks then please email
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