CityLibrary’s online, you’re feeling fine

We want to make sure you’re able to access and use all the online Library resources and services available to you working remotely. There are lots of ways you can get support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including: Continue reading CityLibrary’s online, you’re feeling fine

Extra online resources – temporary access

In order to support students, academics and researchers during the coronavirus pandemic, a number of academic publishers are choosing to make some of their content temporarily free to access online.

We’ve created a special Library Guide to highlight the resources which are now available to you, with instructions on how to access them if a separate log-in or other method is needed.

The guide includes some sources specifically related to the coronavirus pandemic itself, plus there are links to Senate House Library which is also providing special online access to students.

We are updating our guide all the time, so watch out for more databases, e-book platforms and multidisciplinary resources being added in the coming weeks.

If you do come across something which might be useful for your research, assignment or project, please remember that access to these resources and services is time-limited.

If you have problems accessing these resources please contact us via Online Chat.

LibKey Nomad, a useful tool for research

Searching for articles? LibKey Nomad is what you need!

LibKey Nomad is the Chrome browser extension from Browzine that will help you find copies of either Open Access articles or articles that City subscribes to.

 

You can download the LibKey Nomad extension from the Chrome Store.

You just need to select your institution (City, University of London) then it will pop up with a link in the bottom left corner of your browser when it finds a copy of an article.

 

To get further details about how to use LibKey, take a look at this online guide, and get set for article adventures!

Copyright and Online Teaching

The following information about copyright has been compiled by Library Services to assist academic staff in preparing online material for students.

Copyright Guide: City has a Copyright Guide. There is a section about Copyright and Lecturing; a lot of the information there is also applicable to preparing resources for online teaching.

Digital course readings service: Scans of extracts from certain books and journals can be made available to students via links in Reading Lists Online, using the digital course readings service. Currently the library may be able to help academics make available larger extracts from books and journals than is normally the case, although scans will need to be provided from academics’ copies (as librarians do not have access to the books in the library at the moment). Academics should contact their subject librarian to discuss this. The Digitisation Team can also be contacted about this (digilib@city.ac.uk). More information about this service can be found at this webpage: https://libraryservices.city.ac.uk/resources/digital-course-reading.

Legal exceptions: The law permits staff and students to copy material from published works for research and private study, quotation, and educational purposes, without asking permission from publishers. You may only copy as much as is required, and in total must not copy more than 10% from any published resource.

Assistance with accessing resources: If staff and students are unable to access anything they need from the Library, they should contact us via our online chat service, which is staffed Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm, or send us an email (library@city.ac.uk) or submit their enquiry through the Ask Us service at any time. Library staff will see if they can find a solution.

Broadcast material: City subscribes to a resource called Box of Broadcasts which has an archive of over two million TV and radio broadcasts that can be used for educational purposes. You can put links to the broadcasts in Moodle, Reading Lists Online, emails, etc. Box of Broadcasts is not normally available outside of the UK; however until the end of July 2020, staff and students who are in the EU will be able to access it.

Copyright Librarian: City’s Copyright Librarian is available to respond to copyright enquiries. He can be contacted on digilib@city.ac.uk, and aims to respond to enquiries within two working days.

Open Access journals and books:

Articles that have been published in Open Access with a Creative Commons licence may be freely shared. Open Access content may be found in the following ways:

  • BASE and CORE allow many Open Access sources around the world to be searched
  • Sherpa Search is a trial search service to search across UK Open Access institutional repositories
  • Google Scholar may indicate if an article is available to view.

For journal articles that you have written, publishers will often allow authors to use these within your institution for educational purposes. Check the publishing agreement if you are not sure.

There is a Directory of Open Access books.

Open Educational Resources: These are resources that can be freely used, and sometimes modified, by educators. They are made available under Creative Commons licences (see the Copyright Guide for further information).

Two sources of such resources are: Where to find OERs from the University of Edinburgh, and OER Commons.

Assessing risk: If you are not sure whether you may infringe copyright law, ask yourself the following questions:

    1. Is it likely that what you are doing infringes copyright?
    2. Is it likely that the copyright holder will discover your activity?
    3. Is it likely that the copyright holder will object to your activity?
    4. What is the impact (both financial and reputational) if the copyright holder was to take action against you or the University?

If the answer to the first three questions is ‘yes’, then it may be advisable to request permission from the publisher. You can also contact the Copyright Librarian (digilib@city.ac.uk) for guidance.

Further information:

The book ‘Copyright & E-learning: A guide for practitioners’ contains much helpful guidance. It is available as an e-book via Library Services.

A blog post on the UK Copyright Literacy website provides some more detail and there is a lot of other useful copyright information available too.

A lot of the above information applies at any time, not just during the current crisis.

What happened in City Research Online (CRO) in March?

March has seen a buzz of activity in CRO, with 190 new research publications being uploaded from across the university.  These new additions bring the total number of City’s research outputs available for download or request to nearly 14,000. The infographic below details a breakdown of upload and download figures for the month.

Over 20,000 visitors from 168 countries have visited CRO this month, highlighting the global appeal of research published by our academics, and resulting in over 73,000 items from across the schools being downloaded.

For the second month this year, the most accessed paper was Sociology lecturer Dr Carolina Matos’ ‘Globalization and the Mass media,’ gaining 643 downloads across the world.

March’s figures give a strong indication of CRO’s importance for increasing the visibility and discoverability of our academic research, giving users in countries as far afield as Mali and the Seychelles free and immediate access to the research information they need.

You can help build upon CRO’s growing archive of research by adding your work today. If you need help uploading your work, contact the Publications Team, or visit our City Research Online step by step guides on adding publications.

Unlocking the knowledge contained in doctoral theses

In most cases, it takes anywhere between three and five years to write a doctoral thesis and a lot of the content is original research. But until recently, once finished, bound, and the degree has been awarded, the doctoral theses would end up inaccessible to most potential readers.

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So where are all the theses?

At City, the theses would be catalogued and then taken to the library store. The theses would be locked away in this store, which is in the university’s basement, and it would be necessary for them to be requested in advance and brought up to the library by  library staff in order for them to be read. Obviously, the potential readers would have to make a trip to the library.

But then, in 2011, with the launch of City Research Online, our institutional repository, things changed. The bound theses are still stored in the basement, but electronic copies of the theses are made available through City Research Online.

Has it made any difference?

A quick scan of the available data shows that in the past 10 years, the most popular print thesis was requested 37 times. This is in stark contrast to the most popular electronic thesis, which was downloaded over 7000 times in just over 5 year period. Our theses have been downloaded by readers across the globe, and I am doubtful that a reader from Estonia or Zimbabwe would take a trip to City to access the print copy.

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The figures also show that only 48% of our print theses have been requested to be read, whereas all our electronic theses have been downloaded at least once. Even if we assume that those downloaded once only were viewed by a librarian, this figure is still below 2% of all City theses available online.

To browse theses in City Research Online, by school or by year, click on the theses icon and discover the amazing knowledge they contain.

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Lenka Shipton

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Creative Commons licenses made easy

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Creative Commons licenses enable sharing of, and access to, creative works, such as images, scholarly literature or music.

Creative Commons in numbers

  • The American non-profit organisation providing Creative Commons licenses was founded in 2001
  • 1.4 billion works were available under a Creative Commons license in 2017
  • 56% of all works available under a Creative Commons license in 2014 didn’t restrict commercial use or adaptation

Where can you find works shared using a Creative Commons license?

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Creative Commons symbols, what they mean and what they allow or restrict

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The benefits of open access

The principle benefits of open access were first enshrined within the visionary Budapest Open Access Initiative statement released on 14 February 2002 and are still very much alive 16 years later.

The convergence of research sharing with technological distribution via the internet, it declared, would create an “unprecedented public good” by facilitating free, unrestricted access to information for academics, scientists, students and the general public.

“Removing access barriers to this literature will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge” (Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2002).*

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In addition to providing an invaluable asset to society, open access publishing has specific merits for you as an academic researcher.

  • You gain more exposure for your work

The traditional publishing route often means work is locked behind a paywall resulting in knowledge for those who can afford it. When publishing open access, your work will be widely discoverable and freely available for anyone regardless of ability to pay.

  • Professionals can apply your findings in their services

Free and unrestricted content enables professionals outside of academia, such as medical practitioners, to obtain access to up-to-date research and information they can use for vital decision-making processes and influencing service development.

  • You can achieve higher citation rates

As open access scholarship increases the visibility of your work, studies have revealed that open articles can receive as much as 18% more citations in other academic papers. The more your work is cited, the more likely it is to be read.**

  • Your work can be accessed by the general public

Publishing research in openly available format will allow access for anyone with an interest in your subject. This provides the potential for your work to become the foundation for future innovative research that can yield greater societal benefit.

  • You can achieve compliance with funding rules

In light of funders increasingly mandating open publishing as a requirement for grant allocation, making your work free at the point of access is an easy way to ensure you are complying with rules associated with your financial support.

  • You can give taxpayers value for their money

With the majority of research being supported by publicly funded research councils, choosing open access publishing routes ensures you are giving back to the taxpayers who made your research possible in the first place, and who have a vested interest in the results.

  • Your work can reach researchers in developing countries

Escalating journal costs underpin a glaring inequality in access to vital information for developing countries which might have difficulty in affording the subscriptions. Making your work open access is crucial for allowing researchers in developing countries to access up-to-date knowledge for research development whilst, at the same time, increasing global visibility of your research.

* Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002) Available at: https://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/ (Accessed: 16 October 2018).

** Piwowar H. et al. (2018The state of OA: a large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles. PeerJ 6:e4375. Available at: https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4375 (Accessed: 16 October 2018).

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City’s institutional repository receives a makeover

This week, City Library is excited to unveil the new and improved City Research Online (CRO), the open access repository showcasing research by City staff and research students.

Learn more about the changes on our citylibresearchers blog.

 

City Research Online (CRO) to be closed for maintenance

City Research Online (CRO) will be unavailable between 2am and 8am on Tuesday 31st July 2018 due to scheduled system maintenance.

CRO is expected to be back online at the scheduled time, however, the period of unavailablility could potentially extend until 12pm.

For more information please contact publications@city.ac.uk.

The library apologises for any inconvenience caused.