Going beyond Google – useful search engines for research

JISC have recently published a useful piece on their blog: Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google

They have identified a range of possible resources including:

  • CORE and BASE which can be used to find open access articles and web resources.
  • Power searching from Google, which is an online training course that highlights how to get the most out of Google.
  • Copac, which is a Jisc service that allows you to look through the catalogues of over 70 major UK and Irish libraries. Great for finding print stock near where you live.
  • Research data catalogues including the EU open data portal and Dryad .
  • Zetoc, a research database which helps users find and set alerts for new research publications through the British Library’s electronic table of contents.
  • Europeana, which lists books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings from a range of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. It also allows you to download and share various resources.

Why not have a look at one of these great resources and see what you can discover to help with your research?

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Blog tools


There are a few different resources we use when finding and producing content for the blog, and this post looks at the three that we make the most use of.

1. CC Search and CC Search Beta

We like using images on this blog. We also like making sure we comply with copyright law, which isn’t always easy when you want to use images found on the internet (just because it does not have a copyright notice on it, that does not mean copyright does not exist.)

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Publishers take ResearchGate to court

In September 2017, ResearchGate was issued with a request to alter its article sharing system, asking for the implementation of an automated system which would address copyright concerns (we have previously discussed the potential copyright infringement on ResearchGate on this blog.)

After ResearchGate rejected the proposed system, the publishers – ACS, Elsevier, Brill, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer (called the “Coalition for Responsible Sharing”) began issuing mass take-down notices in order to get copyright infringing articles removed from the site. As the coalition does not see this as a permanent solution, two of the coalition – Elsevier and the American Chemical Society (ACS) – have taken ResearchGate to court in Germany.

As always, we would encourage authors to upload their work to the Research Repository first, and to check the copyright status and publisher archiving policy before uploading their work anywhere else.



Have you got an ORCiD yet?

And we don’t mean the plant!

An ORCiD is a unique identifier that allows you to tie all your research together in one place. This allows you to disambiguate, track and share research with one simple URL.

Your unique ORCID iD will belong to you throughout your scholarly career. It is a persistent identifier to:

  • distinguish you from other researchers
  • ensure consistent, reliable attribution of your work

You can use it for:

  • collating existing research in one location. Add it to your author profile on Scopus to ensure you have all your research attributed to you
  • submitting to journals
  • grant applications
  • professional society membership
  • linking with other identifiers and profiles
  • displaying on your CV
  • web page, social media and more

So what are you waiting for? Sign up at on the ORCID website – it takes 30 seconds!

Image: “Orchid” by David Sedlmayer is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Research Support annual report

Research Way, Tamar Science Park

The annual report for the Research Repository has had an overhaul this year.

The new report gives an overview of some of the activities that the team has been involved in over the last year, usage statistics for the Research Repository, and aims for the team going forward.

The report has been stripped down and rebuilt into a more streamlined and visually friendly format, and is available to view on the Research Repository.

Image: “Research Way” by Graham Richardson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Handy-dandy cards for researchers


You may already be familiar with the postcards produced by the Research team – we have a habit of handing them out like sweets (though unfortunately they are not as delicious and are not intended to be consumed.)

The cards are double-sided, and outline how to comply with the HEFCE open access policy on one side, and the RCUK open access policy on the other. These policies are hugely important for the next REF exercise and for ensuring you successfully meet funder requirements.

We are going to continue to hand them out wherever possible, but if you would like a card (or have an opportunity to hand out the cards to researchers) let us know and we’ll rush some over to you!