All About Scopus

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What is Scopus? 

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature across disciplines, making it a great tool for doing research. It also provides access to reliable article data, metrics and analytical tools. As well as the search function, Scopus has a powerful current awareness tool so new research in your discipline can be emailed to you at a time that suits you. 

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EndNote 20 is here

Here we bring together all the guidance on using the new version of EndNote at home or on-campus.

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"EndNote gets you organized, saves you time, and helps you fly through your next research project. Import references, Share reference libraries,
Cite while you write, Reformat citation styles, Research Smarter.

What is EndNote?

EndNote is reference management software best used for research projects. It has lots of advanced features, but can take a long time to learn and master. If you wish to use referencing software for a taught course (undergraduate, PGT) we recommend using RefWorks instead.

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Upcoming Events: research and society


By Helen Bell, Research Support Team

View of the King's Library at the British Library
View of the King’s Library at the British Library. Photograph by Mike Peel CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Take a quick look at what is coming up over the next couple of months, in case there is a free event that you will find interesting and informative.

January

Join the British Library’s panel of experts who will be exploring Trump’s impact on domestic and foreign politics.

  • ‘You’re Fired’? Reviewing the Trump Presidency

Thursday 21st January 2021, 19:00-20:15
https://www.bl.uk/events/youre-fired-reviewing-the-trump-presidency

Take a break and spark an interest with the British Library’s Curators’ Lectures. This lecture, Beyond the Exhibition: Women’s Rights in Asia and Africa.

  • Unfinished Business: Curators’ Lunchtime Lecture – Beyond the Exhibition 1

Friday 22nd January 2021, 12:30-13:30
https://www.bl.uk/events/unfinished-business-curators-lunchtime-lecture-beyond-the-exhibition-1

February

Open Research Week 2021 Banner

Gathering together in the North West, members of the research support teams at the University of Liverpool, LJMU and Edge Hill have put together a programme of 9 events over 3 days dedicated to open research. Please take a look to see what might be of interest:
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/open-research/open-research-week-2021/

The keynote session is:

  • ‘The Open Revolution: making a radically fairer and free future’
    Dr Rufus Pollock
    Tuesday 9th February 2021 10.30-11.30
UK Data Service logo

An introduction by the UK Data Service to the new Catalogue of Mental Health Measures that compiles and organises information about mental health measures in over 30 studies. It features descriptions of the studies and the measures of mental health and wellbeing they have collected, as well as information about statistical resources and training.

  • The Catalogue of Mental Health Measures: Discovering the depths of mental health data in UK longitudinal studies.

Thursday 11th February 2021, 16:00-17:30
https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=5719

Register in advance online for free, what more could you ask for!
Enjoy the debates.

Post by: Helen Bell, Research Support Team

Looking back: Open Access Week 2020

A colourful graphic promoting Open Access Week 2020

Open Access Week is celebrated by universities and researchers from around the world, aiming to make openness a default value for research and how we share it. It could not take place at a busier time for academic libraries but, ever year the community comes together to share great practice and talks by inspiring individuals who are seeking to bring greater equity to research.

What was everyone doing?

There were loads of great events, but the British Library’s fantastic ‘Open and Engaged‘ conference stood out. This focussed on inequities in scholarly communications and showed what we can do to level the playing field for global research, so voices from researchers all places and institutions can be heard and valued. One takeaway was the need for ‘denorthernization’ – that is, shifting the focus away from just research written in English and from authors in the Global North.

What did we do at Edge Hill?

The Library and Learning Services Research Support Team ran a virtual poster exhibition on Twitter and delivered a webinar on sharing research and teaching materials openly on Figshare.

The posters

Originally created and shared openly by Iowa State University for Open Access Week 2017, we thought these were too good not to share and revive! The exception is the poster for The Invisible Man (1933), also free to use.

Monday – ‘Bring your research back to life!’

A poster showing an image from a horror movie to promote open access. There is a depiction of Frankenstein's monster in the foreground, reaching towards the viewer. The text says "Bring your research back to life! Share you work with the world with Pure"

This poster promoted Edge Hill Pure, reminding researchers that by openly sharing your work, you can bring a whole new audience to it.

Tuesday – ‘the Invisible Researcher’

A movie poster from 'The Invisible Man'. The text beneath reads, "Feeling invisible? Anyone can make research easier to access with ORCID"

Here we highlighted ORCID, the research ID platform. This great initiative helps individuals with popular names stand out from the crowd and claim ownership of their research outputs.

Wednesday – ‘Don’t get held hostage by copyright’

A movie poster image with a werewolf entering a house through the window. The text reads, "Don't be held hostage by copyright! Publish open access"

Nothing illustrates copyright better than a werewolf! With this tweet we wanted to show how researchers can keep their copyright rather than signing it over to the publisher and by doing so, they can share their outputs far more widely and openly.

Thursday– ‘Hybrid journals strike again!’

A horror-themed movie poster to promote open access. The image features a monster petrifying authors. The text reads, "APC costs petrify authors!"

It can cost money to publish your research articles, leading to all kinds of inequity. When this happens, the richer universities can enjoy the benefits of open access, while less well funded institutions may have to publish research behind a paywall. This is changing though, and we summarise the new opportunities on offer on our new webpage: https://go.edgehill.ac.uk/pages/viewpage.action?spaceKey=ls&title=Open+access+options+for+researchers

Friday – ‘The future is open’

A poster featuring a woman looking towards the viewer and holding a crystal ball. The text reads, "The future is open".

Like it or not, the open research movement (also known as ‘open science’) is gaining ground, and research funders are insisting on open research practices such as reproducibility and open access with zero embargoes. The future then, is looking bright for bringing true structural equity to research. Here we highlighted Edge Hill Figshare as a platform for making research outputs ore open.

The webinar

Together with Dr Dawne Irving Bell from the Centre for Learning and Teaching, Liam delivered a webinar on sharing data openly with Figshare and introducing the National Teaching Repository, an open way to share teaching materials. It was great to show what we’re doing to make both research and teaching more open and accessible and discuss the benefits witht he community. You can here see the webinar recording here: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.13123106.v1

An image from the webinar 'open access data and teaching material at Edge Hill University'. This shows the title slide of the presentation.

Pure: new guides available

Pure is the University’s new research information repository, replacing our previous system EHRA (Edge Hill Research Archive).

The new repository looks great and showcases the excellent research being done at Edge Hill, and you can now add your research outputs to Pure. There are a wide range of options, and some of you might not be very familiar with terminology like ‘author accepted manuscript’ and ‘ISSN’!

To help, we’ve created a range of initial guides to help you through the process of depositing your research, including complying with the REF requirements:

 

Hope they prove useful!

As always, please contact REFCompliance@edgehill.ac.uk with any questions about the process, or if something doesn’t make sense.

Assistive Technology

Do you know?

 Inspiration mind mapping and Read & Write Gold assistive technology is networked to support assignment writing

Pick up an instruction leaflet from the ASK desk

(1st floor of the library)

Inspiration

This is a visual tool for planning and developing ideas through the creation of concept maps. The map is easy to construct; information can be added by clicking on relevant branches and use of colour makes a distinction between different areas/topics.  In addition: notes, pictures, diagrams and links to internet resources can be built-in.  Once the map is complete it can be put into linear form in preparation for structuring the assignment.

It can be accessed by clicking on the start button and typing the word ‘Inspiration’ into the search box.

Mindmap

 

 

 

 

 

Read & Write

This is software that reads text and assists when constructing or proof reading written work.  It can read from most documents (Word, PDF, web pages), alternatively resources can be scanned in.  There are features that help with spelling, grammar and study skills; also, predictive text or voice activation can be used.  There are instruction video clips for each feature.

It can be accessed by clicking on the start button and typing the word ‘Read & Write’ into the search box.

RWG

Your route to success

Routemaster-Blog

 

 

 

 

 

Have you heard about our Routemaster programme?

This year Learning Services are running two strands within our student support programme. We have sessions within Steps to Academic Success and new this term, Steps to Employability.  We are calling the programme Routemaster – Your route to success.

Steps to Academic Success

These sessions are aimed at helping students progress by developing effective study and research techniques.

book online

Steps to Employability

These sessions have been developed to enhance student’s digital skills.  This includes managing your digital footprint, using social media for your career and using ICT in the workplace.

book online

We have a printed timetable which you might have seen at our help desks, and the full programme and booking information is available online.  The timetable for both strands gives you details of the sessions in semester 1.  We do offer a number of repeat sessions if one date isn’t convenient.  Each session has 10 places which are released 10 days in advance, so keep an eye out for details and announcements or speak to a member of staff at the Ask desk, 1st floor University Library.

If would like to book a bespoke session for your students, please get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian or myself

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication