Archive for ‘online resources’

May 20, 2013

Twitter for Researchers workshop

by Debbie

Friday 14 June 10:30 – 12:00, South Kensington campus, Central Library, Training Room 1

Twitter is a microblogging service that asks you to tell the world what you are doing in 140 characters or less, and can be used to build up a network of like-minded people. By selecting other Twitter users to follow, you can build up contacts across a wide range of interests. Many in the academic and research communities use Twitter for professional communication of their research, pointing followers to notable items such as papers, articles, news stories, and blog posts, as well as links to other resources, photos and other media.

This session, run by Andrew Day (Library Education and Research Support team) and Jenny Evans (Library Faculty Support team) is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff and postgraduate taught course students who have had little or no experience of using Twitter.

If you have any questions please email Jenny Evans.

If you would like to attend please email Andrew Day to book your place.

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February 27, 2013

Twitter for Researchers workshop

by Debbie

If you are wondering what we included in our recent Twitter for Researchers workshop, you can take a look at the Prezi from workshop presenters: Andrew Day (@doombrarian) and Jenny Evans (@jennye).

Or for a quick overview of the discussion around the session see this #ImpTwitter: Twitter for Researchers Storify

February 8, 2013

Update to Library area in MyImperial

by Debbie

We have recently changed the default for the Favourites box in the MyImperial Library tab so that it contains one link to the library website.
MyImperial

This default will automatically be available to new MyImperial users but existing users should click on the personalise icon My Imperial Personalise icon and Restore defaults to see the change.

You can also click on Add to include your own bookmarks to favourite library web pages, e-journals, databases, etc.

November 7, 2012

MySpringerLink accounts – changes

by Debbie

Springer will be migrating to a new platform on 16th November. Unfortunately, if you have a MySpringerLink account this will not be migrated. If you would like to keep using the personalised features, you will need to set up a new account. Please see this page on the Springer site for more information.

June 18, 2012

Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools: collaborating and building your online presence

by Debbie

If you are interested in learning more about the tools and technologies available to use for your research (as well as the impact they can have on your online identity) we are re-running this course (initially run in 2011) for PhD students through the Graduate School Transferable Skills Programme.

To find out more about the programme (and for booking details), see the Graduate School course description or take a look at our programme blog which will give you an idea of what is involved (though do bear in mind it is in the process of being updated).

The opening workshop will run on 2 July from 2pm-4pm and the online content will need to be completed by the end of July.

Follow us on Twitter by following @research20 (or the hashtag #research20)

If you are a post-doc or researcher interested in the programme, please do email Jenny Evans, and if numbers allow we will include you!

The Library will also be running a Twitter for Researchers and Mendeley for Researchers course in July. I will post details here when they are available.

June 3, 2011

CSA is now ProQuest

by Debbie

Proquest logo

CSA Illumina is getting a new interface and a new name and from 10 June will be known as ProQuest. http://search.proquest.com/index

ProQuest is already live and ready to go, links are available in the library catalogue and on the Environment subject page so feel free to try to out.

IMPORTANT! If you have set up a MyResearch account in CSA for saved searches and alerts this will not be transferred automatically into ProQuest, you will have to register for a new MyReseach account in Proquest.

Please email Katharine if you have any questions.

May 18, 2011

Blogs, Twitter, Wikis and other Web-based Tools: Collaborating and Building your Online Presence

by Debbie

Course leaders: Jenny Evans and Ruth Harrison, College Library

Suitable for: PhD Students / MSc Students

Course Description:
This course 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) on their online (and consequently research) identity as well potential legal and ethical impacts. Students will set up their own blog to use for the duration of the programme and be expected to post a minimum of 6 blog posts to critically evaluate the three compulsory elements and the three chosen optional elements.
Participants will register for the entire programme which runs over 6 weeks and will include:

  • Compulsory practical workshop: Friday 27 May 10.00-12.00 (Central Library, SK) (2 hours)
  • Optional content: Three out of seven optional modules to be completed online between Friday 27 May and Friday 1 July 2011. Each of these modules are expected to take between 30 – 60 minutes to complete. There will be an optional social reference management tools workshop (date to be confirmed) that participants can choose to attend.

In addition to the workshops, it is expected that a minimum of 1.5 hours independent work will be needed to complete the programme.

If you cannot attend the compulsory workshop but still wish to participate in this course, please contact graduate.schools@imperial.ac.uk as a repeat session may be run if there is enough interest.

May 4, 2011

Library training sessions for the Summer term

by Debbie

Booking is now open for this term’s database sessions. Come and learn how to find information for your projects at the library’s introductory database sessions on the following subjects:

Databases

CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts): CSA covers major areas of research, including environmental sciences, materials science, biological sciences, engineering and computer science.

EBSCO Business Source Complete: Ebsco provides access to a wealth of business information including company and country reports and full-text journal articles. This session is for business and non-business students who need to find business information for their projects.

Google Scholar: Google Scholar is a service which uses the Google search engine, but searches only scholarly resources. This session will cover search tips, what Google Scholar can do for you, and the advantages and disadvantages of using Google Scholar

MetaLib: This information portal provides access to databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the Library. Many of the resources can be cross-searched, where a single search is carried out on more than one database.

PubMed: This is the most comprehensive source for biomedical articles. This session is for students who need to find information in medicine and related subjects.

Resources for engineering students: This workshop will introduce students to the Library’s resources suitable for finding Engineering information more efficiently and effectively. Key databases, e-books and other sources of information will be covered and will include a practical hands-on session

Scifinder Scholar: SciFinder Scholar is a key chemistry resource and also covers biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, medicine, and related disciplines.

Web of Science: This multidisciplinary database covers a wide range of subjects including science, engineering, humanities, medicine and social sciences. It also includes cited references for all articles.

Study Skills

Academic Writing: Learn techniques for improving your academic writing skills. You will learn how to understand essay questions, look at different academic writing formats and gain some tips to help in those all important exams.

Current awareness in your subject: This hands-on workshop will show you a number of methods (such as using a Google Reader account) to enable you to keep up to date with new developments in your subject field, including research findings and news items.

Intelligent use of the Internet: Learn which sources on the Internet to trust. We all use the internet but we don’t always know how reliable it is. This session will show you how to decide whether the information you find on the internet is valuable research or just plain rubbish!

Presentation Skills: Get general advice and tips on preparing a presentation, including how to plan a presentation, and what to do when you are a presenter.

Reading & Note Taking: Learn techniques for improving your reading and note taking skills

Reference Management

RefWorks: Learn how to store your references and create a reference list

Timetable

Academic Writing: Thursday 26 May 2011 12.00 – 13.00

CSA: Tuesday 10 May 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Current awareness in your subject: Monday 16 May 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Ebsco: Monday 13 June 2011 12.00 -13.00

Google Scholar: Thursday 23 June 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Intelligent Use of the Internet: Thursday 9 June 2011 12.00 -13.00

MetaLib: Tuesday 31 May 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Presentation Skills: Thursday 16 June 2011 12.00 -13.00

PubMed: Tuesday 7 June 2011 12.00 -13.00

Reading and Note Taking: Thursday 19 May 2011 12.00 -13.00

RefWorks: Thursday 12 May 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Resources for Engineering: Tuesday 24 May 2011 12.000 -13.00

SciFinder Scholar: Monday 6 June 2011 12.00 -13.00

Web of Science : Tuesday 17 May 2011 12.00 -13.00

All sessions are in Training room 1 on Level 1 of the Central Library unless otherwise stated

To book

Please complete the booking form at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/library/subjectsandsupport/workshops/lrspbookings to register for any of these sessions.

January 24, 2011

‘Index to Theses’ service now links to 50,000 full text online theses

by Debbie

As from this month, Index to Theses provides links to around 50,000 full text theses. They are available as free downloads from university repositories and the EThOS site.

Around 70% of these online theses are linked via the EThoS service, a further 15% via a choice of EThOS or the university repositories covered by EThOS, and the rest via university sources. Users link from the existing Index to Theses database entry, most of which (320,000 entries) include an abstract.

Where a thesis is not yet available online, Index to Theses describes alternative routes for obtaining the full text, whether by loan or digitisation. An explanation of the linking feature can be seen at: www.theses.com/obtain.html

Index to Theses has over 550,000 entries at the start of 2011. Over 16,000 new theses are added annually.

January 13, 2011

Library training sessions for this term

by Debbie

Booking is now open for this term’s database sessions. Come and learn how to find information for your projects at the library’s introductory database sessions on the following subjects:

Databases

CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts): CSA covers major areas of research, including environmental sciences, materials science, biological sciences, engineering and computer science.

EBSCO Business Source Complete: Ebsco provides access to a wealth of business information including company and country reports and full-text journal articles. This session is for business and non-business students who need to find business information for their projects.

Google Scholar: Google Scholar is a service which uses the Google search engine, but searches only scholarly resources. This session will cover search tips, what Google Scholar can do for you, and the advantages and disadvantages of using Google Scholar

MetaLib: This information portal provides access to databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the Library. Many of the resources can be cross-searched, where a single search is carried out on more than one database.

PubMed: This is the most comprehensive source for biomedical articles. This session is for students who need to find information in medicine and related subjects.

Resources for engineering students: This workshop will introduce students to the Library’s resources suitable for finding Engineering information more efficiently and effectively. Key databases, e-books and other sources of information will be covered and will include a practical hands-on session

Scifinder Scholar: SciFinder Scholar is a key chemistry resource and also covers biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, medicine, and related disciplines.

Web of Science: This multidisciplinary database covers a wide range of subjects including science, engineering, humanities, medicine and social sciences. It also includes cited references for all articles.

Study Skills

Academic Writing: Learn techniques for improving your academic writing skills. You will learn how to understand essay questions, look at different academic writing formats and gain some tips to help in those all important exams.

Current awareness in your subject: This hands-on workshop will show you a number of methods (such as using a Google Reader account) to enable you to keep up to date with new developments in your subject field, including research findings and news items.

Intelligent use of the Internet: Learn which sources on the Internet to trust. We all use the internet but we don’t always know how reliable it is. This session will show you how to decide whether the information you find on the internet is valuable research or just plain rubbish!

Presentation Skills: Get general advice and tips on preparing a presentation, including how to plan a presentation, and what to do when you are a presenter.

Reading & Note Taking: Learn techniques for improving your reading and note taking skills

Reference Management

RefWorks: Learn how to store your references and create a reference list

Timetable

Academic Writing: Thursday 10 February 2011 12.00 – 13.00

CSA: Tuesday 25 January 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Current awareness in your subject: Monday 21 February 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Ebsco: Tuesday 1 February 2011 12.00 -13.00

Google Scholar: Thursday 3 March 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Intelligent Use of the Internet: Thursday 17 February 2011 12.00 -13.00

MetaLib: Tuesday 8 February 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Presentation Skills: Thursday 24 February 2011 12.00 -13.00

PubMed: Tuesday 15 February 2011 12.00 -13.00

Reading and Note Taking: Thursday 3 February 2011 12.00 -13.00

RefWorks: Thursday 27 January 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Resources for Engineering: Tuesday 22 February 2011 12.000 -13.00

SciFinder Scholar: Monday 7 February 2011 12.00 -13.00

Web of Science : Tuesday 1 March 2011 12.00 -13.00
Thursday 9 December 2010 12.00 – 13.00

All sessions are in Training room 1 on Level 1 of the Central Library unless otherwise stated

To book

Please complete the booking form at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/library/subjectsandsupport/workshops/lrspbookings to register for any of these sessions.

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