ACE Creative Skills Week

I (Charley) am going to be taking part in the Creative Skills Week for ACE staff taking place over the next few days.

  • On Friday 22nd June at 10:30 at Bower Ashton campus I will be doing a short presentation session billed as ‘Meet your research support librarian’. this will be a chance to get an overview of the ways in which the Research Support team can support researchers and PGRs, and will feature (fingers crossed for technology working) our new team animated video!
  • On Monday 25th June I will be at Bower Ashton campus again, available for drop-in questions and chats. Come along with any specific questions about how we can help you with your research.

Come along and find out more about the team!

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#UWEGold

The results of the 2018 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) are in and UWE achieved gold status. To celebrate, the university threw a reception for staff featuring cake, drinks, and an ice-cream van. The Research Support team spotted the van out of the office window and the next thing anyone knew we were all enjoying free ice-creams!

You can see some pictures of the event below.

Librarians on Tour – Bristol Zoo AULIC Visit

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On Wednesday 23rd May I (Lisa) was lucky enough to spend the morning at Bristol Zoo to visit the library there, and find out more about what they do. The morning began with an introduction from Simon Garrett (Head of Learning), who talked about the three main areas that they cover: 1) Conservation, 2) Field work, and 3) Changing human behaviours.  As well as providing entertainment for the public, zoos are able to target people of all ages and challenge the decisions that they are making in their everyday lives, which could have a big impact on the environment. This year they are working on a behaviour change campaign that encourages consumers to purchase sustainable palm oil.

We were then split into two groups, and my group was taken on a tour of the Education Centre, which included a lecture room, lab, computer room, common room, and library. Siobhan (the only Bristol Zoo librarian!) delivered an interesting talk about the library, and the resources that they have. Here are some facts about the library:

  • The library can be used by University students, researchers, zoo staff, volunteers, and the public upon request.
  • It is relatively small, with 4500 books, 2500 journal issues, and 2 e-resource subscriptions!
  • A large collection of the books were donated from the BBC Wildlife unit. Other books were obtained from departments around the zoo.
  • There is a unique cataloguing system, which was developed many years ago by volunteers, and has never been changed (e.g. Ec-H-W-5 would indicate a book in the ecology section, under the subheadings habitat – woodland, which was the fifth book to be added to this group).

We were then free to browse the books, and admire the interesting view out the window of the capybaras!

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Unpaywall – finding research papers to read for free

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Unpaywall is a free browser extension for Firefox and Chrome, as well as a database of open access articles. When you come up against an article that is behind a paywall, Unpaywall searches its database for a free to read version for you, and produces a button on the right side of your screen, which takes you to the free version.

Unpaywall searches journals and repositories, so it is completely legal. It does not harvest any sources where the legality of uploads could be questionable (e.g. ResearchGate.) True open access aficionados can even turn on ‘OA Nerd Mode’ which colour codes the button to show whether the free version is gold, green, or bronze open access!

Add the browser extension to start locating free articles.

 

I’m ready for my close-up…

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I (Charley) recently had the luck to be involved in the photoshoot for our new Research Support Team banner. Our old banner is out of date, so we need a new one to take for our regular visits to other campuses, as well as to other events or out ‘on tour’ around Frenchay campus.

I thought that I would be helping guide the photographer about what the models in the photo needed to do, and what we needed the photo to portray. Instead I found myself as one of the models! My fellow model and I gestured at a laptop, waved pens around, and made interested looking faces while trying to think of things to chat about. It was all a bit odd – I don’t know how the professionals do it.

All this means that we will soon be able to unveil our new banner, and you will then be able to spot me sitting under a picture of my own face, ready to answer any queries about open access or the repositories. Stay tuned for more information!


 

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Options for open access publishing

Confused about how to make your work available open access? We have created a new guide showing the different routes available to UWE Bristol researchers, and it is available as an easy-to-follow poster (click on the poster to see it larger):

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The poster outlines the routes to open access via the gold and green routes.

  • The gold route to open access is achieved through paying an article processing charge or publishing in a journal where we have an offset agreement – this means your work will be immediately publicly visible.
  • The green route to open access is achieved by freely uploading your work to the UWE Research Repository, where it can (usually) become publicly visible after an embargo period.

Both are routes to open access, and all items should be added to the Research Repository regardless of whether they are already published via gold open access.

For more information, read the poster, contact us, and check out the Library webpages.

SAGE Research Methods – a new resource to support research

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SAGE Research Methods is a database containing over 1,500 resources, dedicated to the subject area of Research Methods. It supports all stages of the research process from: writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing the best research methods, analysing data, to writing up your results and thinking about publication.

This can be a really useful resource for both teaching purposes and for your own personal research.

It can be accessed via the library website and provides a whole range of peer reviewed material including handbooks, project plans and videos.

Why not take a look? The library research team are happy to answer any questions you might have about the resources available.


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