Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Research impact and the REF: How citations can be used as a measure

Researcher seminar, Monday 10th December, 12:00 - 2:00pm Wolfson Suite, Harold Cohen Library

Understanding citation measures can help you:
  • provide evidence of research impact
  • measure and track uptake of research by peers
  • support personal reputation and career advancement
  • enhance bids for funding
  • demonstrate institutional and national research performance

Although citation and publication cultures vary across disciplines, citations are increasingly being used as a measure of research impact. This session, delivered by staff from the Library and Research Policy, will consider techniques to boost your citations and get your research read and introduce the tools available via Web of Knowledge, Scopus and Google Scholar to identify and measure your personal citations.
A brief overview will be given of the citation measures used by funders and policy bodies, with a particular focus on the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). We will explain which REF2014 Panels intend to use citation data as part of their output quality assessments, and outline the context data they will receive in addition to data on single outputs. The University subscribes to a citation product, InCites, which can be used to benchmark citations against outputs in similar subjects for the same time period. We will show how to access this and which reports might be useful.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. REGISTER to reserve your place.

New PC booking service available from Monday 3rd December 2012

From Monday 3rd December we’re introducing a PC booking service in both the Harold Cohen and Sydney Jones libraries. A limited number of PC’s will be available for you to book in advance:
  • Harold Cohen Library, HCC1 - 12 PCs available
  • Sydney Jones Library, Ground Floor, Grove Wing (GGC1) - 10 PCs available

Bookings can be made at the Information Support Desks in either library – simply visit in person or telephone
0151 794 5411 (Harold Cohen Library)
0151 794 2679 (Sydney Jones Library)

The following terms of use apply:
  • Bookings can be made Monday-Friday, between 9am and 9pm
  • Bookings can be made in 2 or 4 hour slots (up to a maximum of 4 hours per day).
  • Bookings must be made at least 1 day in advance
  • Each booking will be clearly displayed on the relevant computer.
  • If a computer has not been occupied 15 minutes after the start of a booking, it then becomes available on a first come/first served basis for the remainder of that time slot.
  • In the case of hardware or software failure, bookings are not guaranteed and will not be transferred to another computer

Monday, November 26, 2012

Resource of the week: JournalTOCs

What is it?
JournalTOCs is a Table of Contents service. With JournalTOCs you can sign up for new issue alerts for the journals most important to your work. When a new issue is published, you will be alerted as to its table of contents. To use JournalTOCs you need to be using an RSS feeds reader such as NetVibes, or using the RSS feeds functionality of a program such as Microsoft Outlook.

Why use it?
For anyone doing research that requires staying up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, keeping track of the journal literature can sometimes be difficult. JournalTOCs provides a one-stop-shop for finding Table of Contents provided as RSS feeds. You can select all the journals in which you’re interested, and then export a file of those feeds to your favourite RSS feeds reader. You will then only need to check in one place to keep up-to-date with contents of new issues of all the journals you use.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

TRIAL: Dental Education in Video

We have a trial of Dental Education in Video until 22nd December 2012.

To access this trial go to

Dental Education in Video is a video encyclopaedia of dentistry and dental technique, delivering online access to hundreds of high-definition videos featuring world-renowned clinicians and educators. It provides hundreds of hours of demonstrations from American Dental Association-approved content partners, together with interviews and lectures, for students and staff in dental surgery, medicine, oral hygiene and nursing.

This current release includes 174 videos totalling 151 hours.

Each video is accompanied by a synchronised and fully searchable transcript.

You can listen to an audio track or watch a video on your mobile device too.

Key features include:

• multiple points of access—browse, search, thumbnail images, transcripts—allowing you to find your point of interest in hundreds of hours of video within seconds
• synchronized, searchable transcripts to accompany the videos
• video clip-making tools
• annotated playlists—you can make, annotate, and share playlists for course or individual use, and you can include links to materials or resources outside of the collection to make this your one-stop resource
• high quality, licensed, in-copyright material plus newsreel and other valuable footage
• the ability to create synchronized annotations and multi-media presentations
• an embeddable video player and playlist for use on a class Web site, library home page, or an electronic syllabus—lets you drive usage and deliver content to users where and when they need it without instructions or countless screens and clicks
• streaming, quickly accessible online video at 400 and 800 kbps with no delays and no special equipment (just Flash and a browser)
• Open URL compliance

After trying Dental Education in Video please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

Depositing your thesis in the University Research Archive: Training workshop

Did you register as a research postgraduate after 1st August 2008? If so, you need to know about submitting your thesis electronically.

Training event: Thursday 6th December, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Training Room 2, Sydney Jones Library.

All research postgraduates who registered for an MPhil, PhD or MD since 1st August 2008 are required to deposit an electronic version of their thesis in the University repository, the University of Liverpool Research Archive (UoLRA). Research postgraduates who registered before this date may also choose to deposit their thesis in the UoLRA.

This hands-on workshop examines the process for depositing an electronic copy of your thesis in the UoLRA and provides guidance about issues that students should consider during the preparation and deposit of their thesis, including information on copyright.

This workshop is aimed at students entering the final phase of their studies. Ideally, students should aim to attend this workshop around 6 months before the intention to submit.

Places on this workshop are limited and must be booked in advance. Please REGISTER to book a place.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Copyright and your thesis: seminar for PhD candidates

Wednesday 5th December, 12noon - 1:00pm, Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library
  • Do you have difficulty understanding copyright?
  • Are you a PGR student pursuing a PhD, MPhil or Higher Degree?
  • Have you registered with the University of Liverpool on or after 1st August, 2008?
  • Are you a PGR student who wants to understand copyright or place your thesis online?

If you can answer 'yes' to any of the above questions then attendance on this course is essential.

The Copyright and your Thesis seminar provides guidance on the copyright issues you need to consider when you are preparing your PGR thesis. Ideally, you should attend this course before you start to collect your research but it will also be helpful to you if you have to attend it at a later stage.

Most PGR students are required to deposit their thesis in the University of Liverpool Research Archive (UoLRA). The UoLRA is a freely available online service. Therefore, unless you have a good reason why you need to restrict access to your thesis, it will be available worldwide. This is good for you because your thesis will be more widely available, thereby helping to raise your profile. However, it also means that you need to ensure that you request permission to use any material that you do not own so you can make your thesis available in the Research Archive.

Come to this informative course to receive guidance on what you need to consider about copyright. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. REGISTER to book your place.

This event relates to the Personal Effectiveness, Research Governance and Organisation and Engagement, Influence and Impact domains of the Researcher Development Framework.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Resource of the week: Westlaw UK

What is it?
Westlaw UK is a comprehensive online legal research service, including UK case law, UK legislation, e-journals, e-books, current awareness services, EU case law, legislation and treaties, and news and business information. Westlaw offers you the option to create your own profile when you first access the service, which is useful if you have a specific piece of research to conduct over time. Otherwise, skip this feature to access the search screens. Use the specific search tabs, such as Cases or Legislation, depending on what it is you are looking for, in order to make your search more precise.
Westlaw is not searched by DISCOVER, so you need to search the database directly to access the content.

Why use it?
  • To find online versions of cases and/or legislation
  • To trace the judicial history of a case
  • To find out about the status of a piece of legislation
  • To find journal articles on specific legal topics
  • To find cases which have interpreted specific pieces of legislation in court
  • To access major legal reference works (also available directly from the library catalogue)
  • To find EU cases and/or legislation

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New to Newspapers?

Title: New to newspapers?

Date: 29/11/2012

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Presenter: Linda Crane

Location: Taylor Room

Library: Sydney Jones Library

Registration: Registration is required for this event.

Description: Researchers, are you missing out on the benefits that searching contemporary newspapers could have on your work?

Based around two newspaper databases, but including other resources, this session will highlight what makes newspapers different from other material and the benefits and pitfalls for research.

This event relates to the Engagement, Influence and Impact and Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities domains of the Researcher Development Framework

Monday, November 12, 2012

Resource of the week: Reaxys

What is it?
Reaxys is a web-based chemistry database which supports research by integrating searches for reaction and substance data with synthesis planning and chemical sourcing. Contents include compounds and related factual properties, reaction and synthesis information, as well as bibliographic data – in inorganic, organometallic and organic chemistry research. With historical coverage dating right back to 1771 and continuing through to todays research, Reaxys covers the most important chemistry-related literature and patent sources.

Why use it?
Reaxys provides more complete information about a reaction pathway. With multi-step reactions, chemists get more insight into the intermediary steps in a synthetic process.

Reaxys is interoperable with Scopus a large abstract and citation database, giving users the full bibliographic view of the scientific context as well as linking to easy to access primary research found on Elsevier’s full-text database ScienceDirect.

Advanced search functionality lets users formulate structure and reaction queries with one of the editors provided and it’s easy to find, filter and analyze data results.

More support can be found in the Reaxys FAQs and training area.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Resource of the week: CINAHL plus

What is it?
CINAHL Plus is a great database for health sciences students. CINAHL stands for Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. It indexes journals and other material from more than 5000 sources going as far back as 1937. You can access CINAHL Plus from the Electronic Library or via the Health Sciences LibGuide

Why use it?
CINAHL Plus is easy to search using keywords, linking your terms together with Boolean operators by using the drop down options alongside the search boxes.
It is available via EBSCOhost  so those of you familiar with searching DISCOVER will recognise the search interface.

CINAHL Plus  includes Evidence Based Care Sheets, covering many different subjects.

CINAHL Plus also offers great help and support. They have an excellent list of FAQs and Help Sheets with User Guides. They also have some good videos for you to watch, which illustrate how to conduct Basic and Advanced searches.

Enter your search terms in the boxes at the top of the screen and limit your results using the options below.