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Date archive for: February 2013


Posted in Reference management, RefWorks, and You Tube

See You Tube video links here.

RefWorks is an online reference management tool where you can import your references, manage them in folders and produce bibliographies. You can cite references in documents and use different styles.

The first time you use it, you will have to create an account but then you can access it over the Internet.

Access it on the Library catalogue at:


Posted in Bibliometrics, Citation searching, Impact factors, Scopus, Web of Knowledge, and Web of Science

The Web of Science database is very useful for citation or cited reference searching. Citation searching is a specialised type of searching which allows searching for articles or chapters which cite a particular work. This indicates relationships between works and also to some extent the impact a work has made on others in the field. This only includes items indexed by Web of Science and has an English language bias. The Journal Citation Reports allow searching for impact factors which measure the impact of a journal and allows comparisons.

Ths Scopus database allows searching for citations and for journal rankings and impact factors (search under Analytics).

Google Scholar is useful for journal articles and Google Books for book citations. The sources indexed by Google are not clear, they may produce results such as a blog post, a lesson plan, a reading list etc. These may not be appropriate for pure bibliometrics.

Publish or Perish is a free piece of software that retrieves and analyses academic citations. It uses Google Scholar then analyzes these and presents the following statistics. You can see not just the number of times an article is cited but how many times per year it has been cited.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank uses algorithms which are similar to Google Page Ranking and is based on data in the Scopus database. It covers some arts and humanities subjects.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Posted in Research Excellence Framework

Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). It will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and will be completed in 2014.

The REF will be undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies. The exercise will be managed by the REF team based at HEFCE and overseen by the REF Steering Group, consisting of representatives of the four funding bodies.

The primary purpose of the REF is to produce assessment outcomes for each submission made by institutions:

•The funding bodies intend to use the assessment outcomes to inform the selective allocation of their research funding to HEIs, with effect from 2015-16.
•The assessment provides accountability for public investment in research and produces evidence of the benefits of this investment.
•The assessment outcomes provide benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks.

The REF is a process of expert review. HEIs will be invited to make submissions in 36 units of assessment. Submissions will be assessed by an expert sub-panel for each unit of assessment, working under the guidance of four main panels. Sub-panels will apply a set of generic assessment criteria and level definitions, to produce an overall quality profile for each submission.

New resource: Box of Broadcasts

Posted in Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts is an off-air recording and media archive service. BoB is available to staff and students of member institutions of the British Universities Film & Video Council that hold an ERA+ license. This TV scheduling service allows you to record TV and radio programmes that are scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of recorded channels. After a programme is recorded users can stream a Flash video in a web page – in a similar way to BBC’s iPlayer. Users can record programmes, watch programmes from the archive, create clips, search for programmes coming up in the next seven days by title or keyword, compile their favourite shows into playlists and share these with others.

Video tutorials:

Users guide:

BoB operates under a specific licence offered in the UK, so authorised users must be careful to strictly obey the terms, or risk service termination, disciplinary or legal action. You may only access or use BoB in the territory of the United Kingdom. If you are in another country, the licence and associated exceptions in law do not apply and you cannot use BoB, even if you are an authorised user in the UK. The terms and conditions provide a framework of rules for use of BoB and the content delivered by BoB. Content delivered from BoB may not be copied or stored, this is a streaming service only. Under no circumstances may users hold local copies of content which has been delivered by BoB. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions of BoB. All users have a personal responsibility to comply with the licence terms.

A link to BOB has been added to all the Arts library subject guides under the Finding e-resources tab

Or access via the library catalogue: then Go to this resource To login start typing City University into the Where Are You From? box on the left hand side and click on the link for City University. Then click on Login and then enter your IT username and password. Try searching the Archive for programmes and documentaries useful to your research.

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