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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Nature introduce paper-sharing software

Macmillan publishers are introducing an new feature that will allow researchers to share articles published in many of their journals, including Nature.  

Using ReadCube software (part owned by MacMillan), researchers will be able to share links to journal papers for personal or non-commercial use.  The shared articles will be read-only (they can't be printed or saved).  Find out more in this Times Higher Education article or in this press release.

Whilst this may make it easier for academics to share research, some critics argue that the move dilutes true open-access due to the restrictions placed on printing and saving, and the fact that papers can only be shared by participating media outlets and researchers with a subscription (personal or institutional) to the journals in question.  

The paper-sharing initiative is a pilot, which Macmillan will review over the coming year.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Spotlight on IEEE Xplore

The IEEE Xplore database covers all areas of technology and you can use it to find full text papers and ebooks. In addition to IEEE publications, it includes includes over 200,000 IET papers, Bells Lab Technical Journal and MIT ebooks. We have recently added a subscription to IEEE Smart Grid Research which provides access to Smart Grid Vision and Research documents.  

At a recent awareness session I found out a number of useful hints and tips for successful searching using IEEE Xplore:

Searching:
  • Using Advanced Search allows you to search the full text of a document using key words, in addition to the key words it has been indexed by. This will enable you to search within the conclusion of a paper for new ideas or areas for further research.
  • Sometimes you might want to search for a phrase rather than individual words. You can do this by enclosing your phrase using "quotation marks". 
  • You can also use the wild card * at the end or beginning of a word to find all versions of it e.g. build* finds building, builds, building, builder.
Working with your results:
  • If you have lots of results you can add additional key words at any time using the "Search within results" box on the left side of the page.
  • Your results will be listed in order of relevance but you can sort your results by the number of citations. This will enable you to see influential papers published in your field. 
  • Click on the title of a paper to find out more about it. Here you will be able to view an abstract, key words, author details, references and citations.
  • The HTML view of a paper allows you to jump to particular sections of a document. You can also view individual figures and diagrams found within the paper.

More information about what is available within IEEE Xplore can be found on the Library web pages: IEEE Xplore Digital Library

To access this resource search for "IEEE Xplore" using the "University Collections" search in StarPlus. Follow the "View it" links to access the database. You may be prompted to log into MUSE if you are not already logged in.


Monday, 1 December 2014

Researching your first independent project: hands-on workshop

Do you need to find literature for your first independent research project? 
Not sure where to start? 
Tried searching but retrieving too many or too few results? 

Then come along to a hands-on Searching for Researching workshop at 301: Student Skills and Development Centre.

Run by the University Library, this workshop will show you how to find the best resources for your first research project. You will learn about different information sources and how to create an effective search strategy to produce a manageable set of relevant results. You will also consider evaluating information, referencing and plagiarism - making sure you use your own ideas and reference the work of others properly.

There are 3 places are still available on the workshop TOMORROW at 12. Book your place: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301/services/workshops/searching