Durham University Library spends between £3 and £5 million each year on providing you with access to online subscription content. Whilst much of this is journal literature as found in databases such as ScienceDirect, JSTOR, Wiley OnlineLibrary etc. many more covers special digitised collections of materials.
We always try to respond to the teaching and research needs of the University and ensure our collections match these as closely as our budget will allow (and provide alternative solutions where it doesn’t, such as the Document Delivery Service) and part of this involves negotiating and organising trial access to new, or updated packages of content across all disciplines.
You can find resources we are currently running a trial to on our Trial e-resources page (use your CIS username and password to access).
Currently these include access to the Punch Historical Archive, 1841-1992, alongside two collections of seminal works and archival materials related to key worldwide religious thinkers from the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on Christianity and Islam,
We also have access to the digitised Foreign Office files focussing on the Middle East, from 1971 to 1974, and access to a brand new academic video streaming service: FILM PLATFORM. This streaming catalogue is providing our library with access to critically acclaimed international documentary films, covering a wide variety of diverse subject areas.
Don’t forget to complete a feedback form if you think a resource is worth us taking forward negotiations on price to add to our collections!
Nature Publishing Group would like to invite you to a very special webinar, hosted by Nature Plants Chief Editor Chris Surridge. This is a webinar open for students and researchers who would like to know more about how to get published in a prestigious and high-quality journal.
How to get published in a Nature Publishing Group journal
Article selection and working with authors
Aims and scope of Nature Plants
Opportunity to ask questions to the Chief Editor of Nature Plants
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Slides from our introductory session from Monday (and this morning at Queen’s) can be seen below, and you can follow us on twitter @DROdurham, or any of the many other academics, publishers, funders and librarians tweeting or sharing information and articles this week by following the hashtags #oaweek2015, #oa or #openaccess.
Following on from the post on academic networks for PGRs, as part of this year’s PGR Induction, we held a short informal session (over tea, coffee and muffins) for part-time and distance PGRs. There were a couple of topics that came up as some students being interested in where they could get further information. One of these was reference management software… tools to help your inquisitive, but weary mind deal with the more mundane and tedious task of collecting and writing reference lists and bibliographies in whichever referencing style you are using.
A few suggestions below which you could explore:-
What Reference Management Software can do for you?
Whilst there are many different applications out there, they all offer similar functionality. In general, they allow you to:
Save bibliographic information (title, author, publisher, date etc.) of those sources you find via Google Scholar or academic databases into your account.
Organise saved references into folders, or attach files or notes for future retrieval.
Integration with word or other word processing packages to allow you to import in-text references and footnotes, and generate reference lists and bibliographies at the touch of a button.
Automatically format references to meet thousands of different referencing styles (eg APA 6th, MLA)
Endnote & Endnote Web
Endnote has been deployed to all NPCS machines across Durham University (access it from the Start menu via Programs >Bibliographic Software > Endnote > Endnote Program )… but if you’re not based at Durham University you can:
purchase a discounted student licence from Endnote distributors by providing details of your student status (cost c.£80)
Use the simplified version, Endnote Web, available via our library subscription to Web of Science. (Note: You’ll need to log in with your CIS username and password, and then upon accessing Endnote We, register a personal account with Web of Science)
We run sessions at Durham throughout the year, and as part of the Durham Part-time PGR summer-school in June, but you can also access and download an introductory and advanced guide to Endnote form the Durham CIS guides page.
If you need help, you can contact the CIS helpdesk, and frequently asked questions are often addressed via the Endnote@Durham blog maintained by Dr David Heading.
As part of this year’s PGR Induction, we held a short informal session (over tea, coffee and muffins) for part-time and distance PGRs. There were a couple of topics that came up as some students being interested in where they could get further information. One of these was online academic networks and opportunities to meet similarly weary, but hopefully enthusiastic and like-minded souls.
So, a few suggestions below which you could explore:-
Twitter is an easy way to procrastinate and waste time on frivolities… or a great way to keep-up-to-date, meet new people and share and discuss ideas… or all of the above, depending upon your view.
#PhDchat started as a regular ‘first Wednesday of the month’ gathering of phd students on twitter, at 7.30pm, to discuss concerns, issues, ideas or current topics, often around a pre-arranged theme. People would log in to twitter, tweet and include the hashtag ‘PhDchat so that everyone following it coudl see, irrespective of if they already knew each other or had ‘followed’ each other on twitter.
These pre-arranged ‘meets’ still happen (although may not be as regular), but the hashtag is used much more widely now to share information for or between PhDstudents… you can get a taste at https://twitter.com/hashtag/phdchat?lang=en-gb even if you don’t have a twitter account. Tweets can range from comments (from formal to humorous), questions, promoting events, funding or collaboration opportunities, or commonly used tools and resources.
You may find some of the archived information from PhDchat wiki of use:
All of the above are online professional networking sites where you can sign up (for free), create an account and use either to just promote yourself and your work, or to engage in discussions or ask questions on topics to others in the network.
Why do researchers use ResearchGate?
ResearchGate and Academia are both specifically linked at the research community, whereas LinkedIN is a wider network aimed at all professionals (and with the primary aim of finding, or being offered, employment opportunities).
I am more familiar with the first 2 networks, but all are used by academics and students at Durham, and there is no reason (other than your own valuable time) not to have a profile on all. You can list your research interests, experience, publications etc. and also interact by joining ‘groups’ on each network (both professional and interest based) to connect with others with similar interests, and ask (or answer) questions.
Another academic network, started in 2011 as ‘ResearchMatch’ for Warwick University staff and students, it is aimed at academic researchers internationally who are looking for collaboration opportunities.
Global reach of Piirus
You can create a profile and make it visible indicating your interests and where or how you might want to collaborate, or hide it when you aren’t looking for any immediate collaboration options.
JISCmail is an email list management service. It hosts thousands of email lists you can subscribe to, such as email lists for particular professional or regional organisations, or just email lists for those interested in particular subject areas.
You’ll need to register a password first: from the link above, choose the ‘Register Password’ option from the Quick Links menu on the left of the page and fill in your email address and chosen password. A confirmation email should immediately be sent to you. Open that email and click on the link within it. If the confirmation fails to arrive promptly, let JISCmail know at firstname.lastname@example.org as they can confirm it for you. A request will expire if not confirmed within 48 hours.
An example of some of the types of list you can find can be seen at:
There are lots of other ways to network with others out there (just attending conferences in person and meeting people is one obvious one where you can actually meet people face-to-face – check out Conference Alerts for one way to keep up to date with conferences in your field of study.
If you know of any and want recommend them, post a comment to this post and if we don’t lose it to the spam filters we’ll make it visible for others to see.
I’m intending to run a session in December (December 8th) with David from the Careers Service which will act as an introduction to LinkedIN, Piirus and ResearchGate. Slides and handouts will be available online shortly after this session under the Library Resources tab.
The slides for all sessions delivered in Michaelmas term 2014 by (or in conjunction with) professional library staff, including sessions on finding information, critical reading, open access, copyright and historical collections, have now been added to the Library Resources pages.