Year: 2013

Doctoral students blog – Sussex University

I’ve just come across the Doctoral School blog from University of Sussex which looks interesting. There is a useful post on Surviving the viva This gives tips on how to prepare for and survive the process. I’ve just acquired an MP4 player and am a great fan of shuffled compilation music so it is useful…Continue Reading Doctoral students blog – Sussex University

Creating short surveys – Survey Monkey

I’ve recently tried using Survey monkey at to conduct a short survey and I am quite liking it. Survey Monkey provides free online questionnaire and survey tools.It allows the creation and publishing of online surveys in minutes, and the viewing of results graphically and in real time. I found it easy to use and…Continue Reading Creating short surveys – Survey Monkey

Hunting down grey literature: finding theses

I was talking to a student recently about locating other peoples’ theses. Yesterday, I was looking at the OpenDOAR website. Some electronic theses (often more recent ones) can be found in repositories. There is a list of UK repositories mainly from Universities including the City University London one City Research Online (CRO) There is a…Continue Reading Hunting down grey literature: finding theses

Database trials Library

We have a Library guide advertising our current database trials at City University Library at Some current trials – June- July 2013 PAIS International Pais International contains references to journal articles, books, government documents, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, etc. Pais International includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world. The topics…Continue Reading Database trials Library

New web scale discovery tool coming soon to City

City University Library will be launching a new search discovery tool later in the year. Web scale discovery services are a tool with major potential to transform the nature of library systems. These services are capable of searching quickly and seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote content and providing relevancy-ranked results. Examples…Continue Reading New web scale discovery tool coming soon to City

Journal Citation Reports

The Journal Citation Reports from Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge now includes 2012 data. Journal Citation Reports offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world’s leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles’ cited references, JCR helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category…Continue Reading Journal Citation Reports

Web of Knowledge Enhancements May 2013

Web of Knowledge enhancements 2013 Enhanced Author search There are 3 search options for retrieving papers associated with an author name 1. Select ‘Author’ from the Web of Science search menu 2. Use the Author Search Tool This allows selection of the research domain and institution 3. Search for papers using the Author Identifier (ResearcherID…Continue Reading Web of Knowledge Enhancements May 2013

What to do with your search results ?

I had an enquiry recently about what can be done with results obtained from a database search on Proquest. There are quite a lot of options, especially if you create a personalised My Research account: Create an alert – Create and schedule alerts to deliver new documents matching your search as they become available in…Continue Reading What to do with your search results ?

InCites – useful research analytics tool

InCites is a customised, citation-based research analytics tool on the Web from Thompson Reuters that enables you to evaluate institutional productivity and benchmark your output against peers worldwide. It uses data from the Web of Science database InCites supplies data and tools to produce targeted, customised reports. You can conduct in-depth analyses of your institution’s…Continue Reading InCites – useful research analytics tool

Reference Management tools

Reference management tools are useful for storing and sharing references and creating bibliographies and citing in texts. Different tools are available so you may wish to try them out, ask your supervisor, other colleagues and researchers in your department what they are using and look at their functionality before making a choice. CiteULike: A free…Continue Reading Reference Management tools