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
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.
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Anyone studying or researching British media from the early 1980s onwards may be interested in our new resource Channel 4 Press Packs, which is available via the A-Z list of online resources. This resource provides access to digitised versions of the Press Packs which were produced by Channel 4 from its launch in 1982 until 2002. Press Packs were information packs provided to the media about forthcoming broadcasts, and they provided full television listings, programme credits and staff contact details. Read more about Press Packs.
University staff and students now have access to several new collections of ebooks published by Oxford University Press. We have recently subscribed to the following subject collections in Oxford Scholarship Online:
Philosophy (over 1300 titles)
Religion (over 1200 titles)
History (over 1000 titles)
Politics (over 700 titles)
This is in addition to the collection of over 100 law books which we purchased from Oxford Scholarship Online in the past.
Records for the books will be added to the library catalogue soon. In the meantime, you can access Oxford Scholarship Online from the A-Z list of Online Resources on the IS website.
Access to the Westlaw legal database has been restored. We apologise for any inconvenience the earlier interuption to the service may have caused.
Unfortunately our access to the FT.com will stop on Saturday 14th September. The library has had to make the difficult decision to cancel because of a 300% price increase and licence terms which we could not agree to.
The Financial Times is still purchased in print and is available to read in the library. In addition it is available on NexisUK with a 30 day embargo meaning that all but the last 30 days of articles are available. We are very sorry for the inconvenience that losing access to the FT.com may cause. If you would like to discuss things further or for more information please contact me: Alasdair Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01786 467231
Journal Citation Reports are an immensely useful tool and can help you:
- identify journals with the greatest total cites and the highest impact in your field
- find the most appropriate and influential journals in which to publish
Each edition of Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is published annually following the year of coverage – and the latest 2012 edition has recently become available.
There are two different editions: the Science Edition covering more than 8,200 science journals, and the Social Sciences Edition, covering more than 2,900 social sciences journals.
Access and Searching
To access JCR, logon to the University Portal, and then from the “A-Z list of online resources” select Journal Citation Reports.
JCR is also integrated with Web of Science, so after a search on Web of Science when viewing an individual article record you can link directly to JCR to quickly check the source journal’s impact factor, and other metrics.
- Total Cites: Tells you which journals are most frequently cited. Journals are ranked by the number of times they are cited in a given year; gives an indication of assessment of journals by scholars who have responded to the items published.
- Journal Impact Factor: The frequency with which the “average article” in a journal has been cited in a particular year. Helps evaluate a journal’s relative importance in a given field.
- Five-Year Impact Factor: Gives a broader range of citation activity for a more informative snapshot over time. For journals in subjects where citation activity continues to rise through several years, this allows more of their total citation activity to be included in a critical performance metric.
- Immediacy Index: A measure of how quickly the “average article” in a journal is cited. The Immediacy Index will tell you how often articles published in a journal are cited within the same year.
- Articles: Total number of articles published in the JCR year.
- Cited Half-life: The number of publication years from the current year which account for 50% of current citations received. This figure helps you evaluate the age of the majority of cited articles published in a journal
- Eigenfactor Metrics: Comprised of the Eigenfactor Score and Article Influence Score, are designed to reflect the prestige and citation influence of journals by considering scholarly literature as a network of journal-to-journal relationships. Eigenfactor Score is a measure of the journal’s total importance to the research community. Article Influence Score is a measure of the average influence of each of its articles over the first five years after publication. (Find out more at: http://www.eigenfactor.org/faq.php).
- Graphic Displays of Impact Factor “Box Plots”: A graphic interpretation of how a journal ranks in different categories.
- Rank-in-Category Tables for Journals Covering Multiple Disciplines: Allows a journal to be seen in the context of multiple categories at a glance rather than only a single category.
- Journal “Self Citations”: An analysis of journal self-citations and their contribution to the Journal Impact Factor calculation.
Library Liaison and Development Team
Please be advised that scheduled maintenance of Web of Knowledge databases will take place beginning on Saturday, 27th April 2013 at 23:00 and ending by Monday, 29th April 2013 at 02:00.
Web of Knowledge databases may not be available during this period. This will affect:
- Web of Science (Citation databases and Conference Proceedings index)
- BIOSIS Citation Index
- Journal Citation Reports
MIMAS, the providers of the Historic Books service, ran a user survey from late 2012 to early 2013. 54% of the respondents were regular users of the resource, using either several times a week or once a week, and 61% said they would recommend it. The full results of the survey are now available on the MIMAS website.
Historic Books is a useful research resource for anyone interested in literature or history. It searches over 300,000 books published in English or in England before 1800 and 65,000 nineteenth century books. It includes the materials previously accessible via EEBO (Early English Books Online) and ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) and also provides access to the British Library’s 19th Century book collection for the first time.
Anyone researching or studying History, Geography or Environmental Science may be interested in Historic Digimap, which provides access to Ordnance Survey mapping data from the period 1843 to 1996. It is part of the Digimap service, which allows registered users to view and create maps using OS map data. The Historic Digimap service allows you to see how an area has developed over time. It also contains land use maps. A short video tutorial is available from our user guide.