RefWorks have announced downtime on Sunday 15 Feb for 8 hours from 3 am. They have given the following information:
During this time period RefWorks users can expect sporadic availability, including periods of complete downtime. We anticipate that access issues and possible functionality problems will last anywhere from 3 to 15 minutes. If you experience issues with RefWorks during this maintenance window we recommend that you close your browser session, and return to RefWorks at a later time
JISC are running an Identity Management Project, more information about which can be found here. As part of this, they investigating the way in which research staff and students in UK Higher Education access online academic resources such as research papers, articles and e-books.
Thomson Reuters has re-branded the Web of Knowledge interface to Web of Science and the collection of citation databases former known as Web of Science will now be known as Web of Science Core Collection.
They have also implemented a redesigned interface which is much clearer and easy to use. One useful thing to bear in mind is that to do a cited reference search you need to be searching Web of Science Core Collection.
For further information take a look at Web of Science or watch this video:
The College has a licence from the ERA (Educational Recording Agency) which allows staff to record TV and radio programmes for educational purposes and make them available through Blackboard. It is also possible to obtain previously transmitted material.
Doing your own recordings
Only applies to “free to air” channels e.g. doesn’t include Sky channels, on demand services
TV recordings should recorded in the MP4 format; radio recordings as MP3
Recordings can then be uploaded into Blackboard for streaming
NOTE: if you upload a recording into Blackboard you need include the following statement where it can be easily seen prior to viewing :
This recording is to be used only for non-commercial educational purposes under the terms of the ERA licence.
Obtaining previously transmitted material
You may make the request yourself or you can contact your Subject Librarian for support. Please note: For a series of programmes, each programme is a separate request.
To make a request:
Go to TRILT (Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching) database (http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/trilt/) and log in with your College username/password (this gives you access to the full database)
Search for your programme; requestable material has the BUFVC logo
Once at the record for the programme, click on ‘Request this programme’ and check your details are correct. Please ensure you select the correct format for TV programmes
The Central Library will close at 13.00 on Friday 20 December and will reopen at 08.30 on Thursday 2 January 2014. Full details of our opening hours are available on the Library website.
Online e-journals, e-books, databases and other online resources will continue to be available throughout the holiday. All regular loans will be due back on 2 January, and automatic renewal continues as normal. 24 hour loan books will automatically be issued until 2 January if borrowed on Friday 20 December.
If you have any questions about the Library, please email Jenny.
SCOAP3 – Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics
“After intense preparations and consensus building, CERN1 has today confirmed that the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will start on 1 January 2014. With the support of partners in 24 countries2, a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.”
“SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of thousands of libraries and key funding agencies and research centers in two dozen countries. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 is converting key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors. SCOAP3 is centrally paying publishers for the costs involved in providing Open Access, publishers in turn reduce subscription fees to their customers, who contribute to SCOAP3. Each country participate in a way commensurate to its scientific output in this field. In addition, existing Open Access journals are also centrally supported, removing any existing financial barrier for authors.
As a result, articles are Open Access, the copyright stays with the authors, permissive CC-BY license allow text- and data-mining applications.”
EThOS – the national database for PhD theses (managed by the British Library) contains over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your research and has an additional 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.
The British Library has organised a free webinar to take place on 10 December at 11am GMT to find out:
how to search for and download theses
what to do if a thesis isn’t available
find out what happens to your thesis once it’s completed (for PhD students)
how EThOS works with UK universities to support the whole research cycle
This webinar is aimed at researchers, students, librarians and anyone interested in finding and using PhD theses.
This workshop gives participants the opportunity to consider the implications of using web 2.0 tools and technologies (also known as social media, social software, new or emerging technologies) when building and managing their online (and consequently research) identity, as well potential legal and ethical impacts. It includes a hands-on element exploring a number of specific tools and technologies.
Content covered includes:
Managing your online identity and legal and ethical issues related to online communication.
Hands-on experience using a selection of tools from the following areas: blogging, evaluation tools, networks and networking, social bookmarking and reference management, multimedia, RSS and wikis.
Why and when these tools would be useful in your research (and potentially teaching) and identify practical examples.
Guide you towards useful relevant resources (e.g. cheat sheets, video tutorials)
Contributing to a group blog (working with a hosted version of the WordPress blogging platform), set up for recording experiences and views on the topics covered by the programme.