We are running a new set of Research Bites sessions over this winter as the summer set was so successful.
These sessions are aimed at PhD students and early career researchers. They take place over lunchtimes (12.30 to 1.30) to enable you to be able to spare the time! They will all take place in Library S10, which is to the right of the library entrance, through the double doors, down the stairs and along the corridor. Signs will be put up to guide you to the sessions.
|4 December 2013||Collaborative Working||You want to work with colleagues at other institutions but how do you do that?|
|11 December 2013||Bibliometrics||How to assess the impact of your research?|
|18 December 2013||Social Media for Researchers||You know there is this stuff called social media – would it be useful for your research?|
|29 January 2014||Systematic Searching||An introduction on how to start a systematic search|
|5 February 2014||Write-N-Cite||Write –N-Cite is an add-in for Word which allows you to cite references in your text and automatically create a bibliography using references from RefWorks within your Word document|
To sign up just go to Succeed, enter the Learning and Development – My Learning module, select Researcher Learning, then Researcher Development Programme and then Researcher Development Programme 2013-14. Within Programme Courses and Sign-up you will see the Research Bites lunchtime sessions. Just sign up for the one(s) you want to attend.
Please let me know if you have a suggestion of other topics we could cover.
Lisa Haddow email@example.com
Academic Liaison and Development Team
The book “Doing your dissertation with Microsoft® Word” by Jacques Raubenheimer is now available for borrowing from the library, this book was recently very well reviewed on the Thesis Whisperer blog.
The reviewer was “deeply impressed” with the depth of Raubenheimer’s knowledge; saying he offers “nuggets of super user wisdom” and that the author’s expertise means that you won’t need to spend the time and effort involved in finding out so many of the vagaries of Word for yourself!
Published by True Insight Publishing, 2012
The book is shelved on Level 3 of the Stirling Campus Library in the Long Loan collection at the Classmark: K 8.135 RAU.
The British Library is holding a free webinar on how their EThoS PhD theses service works.
Webinar on 10 December 2013, 11.00am GMT
EThOS http://ethos.bl.uk is the UK’s national database for PhD theses, managed by the British Library. It’s a fantastic resource for researchers, with over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your own research, and another 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.
The webinar will cover: how to search for and download theses, and what to do if a thesis isn’t available. If you’re a PhD student, find out what will happen to your thesis once it’s completed. They will also explain how EThOS works with UK universities to support the whole research cycle, making the theses more visible and available for new researchers to use and build on.
This webinar is aimed at researchers, students, librarians and anyone who is interested in finding and using PhD theses.
Host: Sara Gould, Development Manager at the British Library, who manages the EThOS service. Sara will answer questions after the webinar.
Webinar on 10 December 2013, 11.00am GMT
People have been working on data citation issues for a long time. Different groups and different communities have come up with different guidelines and recommendations on how data should be cited. The different approaches generally agree in principle, but there are some distinct differences.
At the first Plenary of RDA people from many organizations came to realize that it was time to harmonize approaches. A Data Citation Synthesis group of 40 individuals from 25+ organizations was formed. They met via telecon and then face-to-face at the RDA 2nd Plenary and DataCite meeting in Washington.
The group is now please to announce a “Draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles”. The synthesis group developed these draft principles over the past 9 months and now welcome feedback and comments from the community. The feedback received by the end of 2013 will be reviewed and incorporated into the final principles. Once the final principles are published, a mechanism will be in place for worldwide endorsement. More critically, the group will also begin to promote implementation of the principles while exploring detailed examples of implementation.
Please provide your feedback by posting your comments on the discussion forum http://www.force11.org/datacitation.
Within the Aspire reading list software, references link to the book or journal details in the library catalogue, so students can immediately check availability, place holds, etc. References to our electronic journal articles can link directly to the article. Lists can include references to paper materials, as well as links to web sites and other electronic resources. See our Sample Resource List.
Please note that in 2011 QEC agreed a limit of 100 items on any new reading lists. This was to enable the Library to be able create more lists and enhance the student experience for a greater number of students.
Send us your reading list – we do the rest
All you need to do is attach your reading list as a WORD document in an email to: Reading Lists (firstname.lastname@example.org). The reading list should not exceed 100 items.
Include the following details:
- Module (or programme) code
- Title for the module
- Course coordinator
- Semester (or other dates) the course is running – please provide start dates. If you do not provide start dates we will assume the start of the standard Spring semester, Monday 10 February, 2014
- Estimate of student numbers
- Whether the course is a distance learning course
- Whether you consider the item to be purchased, essential or recommended reading
- Please mark on the list whether you would like referenced texts made available in digital format – we will investigate the digitisation options/costs and get back to you with details
Please send your new list by 20 January 2014. This is because we do a lot of checking in order to ensure the list is accurate, e.g., we check whether there are enough copies in stock, whether we have the required edition in stock, and order any new materials as this can take several weeks. Reading lists arriving after this deadline will be dealt with on a best endeavours basis. For any non-standard modules starting later in the semester please allow at least 4 weeks for the list to be created.
We’ve had very positive feedback from students about reading lists, and reading lists are also an important source of information for the Library, helping us ensure that we hold key student texts and enhance the students’ learning experience. In the recent IS Satisfaction Survey over 86% of students were satisfied or very satisfied with the service. “Every module should use Aspire” and “Make all professors use them”
LLD Team Manager
There will be an Information Services Open User Forum, today Monday 25 November, at 3pm in the Atrium area outside the Library.
This is your chance to raise any Library / IT issues that you may have or ask us any questions.
There is an agenda for the meeting on our website: http://www.stir.ac.uk/is/staff/about/openuserforum/
Due to power outage in Stirling area on 20th November as of first thing on 21st November 200 of our IT services were unavailable. We are working hard to restore these and they are coming back on stream as this work progresses. We apologise for any inconvenience in the meantime.
The satisfaction survey is presented when you first visit the ZETOC home page at: http://zetoc.mimas.ac.uk and also available by using the ‘Zetoc Survey 2013′ link listed in the ‘Please Note’ section.
It would be really appreciated if you are able to take a few minutes of your time to provide feedback on the service we provide at Mimas. The information gathered by the survey is used both to evaluate the service provided and to make continual improvement to best match what changes or enhancements our users require.
Please complete and remember ‘all feedback’ is welcome
The British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) is currently working with Jisc and the BBC to establish which programmes and other items (e.g. documentation, photographs and sheet music) from the BBC archives would be of greatest value for the purposes of teaching and research in further and higher education.
The BUFVC would like your view on which items, from 1922 to the present day, are most sought after. They will use this information to highlight the need for increased access to archive material.
Please complete the short survey by 30 November 2013. All participants who submit a completed survey can enter into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon gift voucher from BUFVC.
Senior Subject Librarian (Arts and Humanities)
Andrew Miller Building
University of Stirling
Tel. 01786 467236
There will be an Information Services Open User Forum on Monday 25 November 2013 at 3pm in the Atrium outside the Library.
All staff and students are encouraged to attend, in particular Library representatives in Academic Schools and Administrative Departments, and Students’ Union representatives.
Please send any items for the agenda to IS Office (email@example.com) before the meeting, and if possible, by noon on Friday 22 November.
There will be a further notice nearer the date with an agenda, previous minutes and any papers to be tabled at the meeting.
Agenda available here: http://www.stir.ac.uk/is/staff/about/openuserforum/