Behind the scenes at the Research Repository

Behind the scenes teaser

If you have ever wondered what happens after you click ‘Deposit item now’ and log out of the Research Repository…

If you have ever thought about what happens to your item before it appears on the Research Repository and your staff profile…

If you have pondered about the difference between checking archiving and copyright conditions for a journal article versus a conference item (or just how long it can take)…

Then you will be interested in our latest poster, showing all the steps that your item has to go through between ‘Deposit Item Now’ and you seeing it on the Research Repository. You can see a teaser of the the full poster created by Lisa, the Repository Administrator, above, and the full poster can be viewed online here.


Librarians on tour – Australian edition

On tour

Jane, one of the research librarians, spent some time in Australia this Christmas. She couldn’t resist visiting a couple of libraries!

The first one she visited was a little honesty library in a shopping mall in Melbourne. People can borrow the books and bring them back, or replace them with another book, and there is no formal checking out process.

The second library was slightly larger and grander – the state library of Victoria, complete with dedicated chess playing area!

You can see some pictures from Jane’s trip below – click to view them in full.

Altmetric top 100

Just before Christmas, Altmetric published their top 100 list of articles from 2017 – the list is organised by Altmetric score, and can be filtered by journal, subject, and institution. It is a look at what works received attention in 2017 from social media, policy documents, the news, and blogs.

The top ten includes a lot of health based work, dinosaurs, and gender stereotypes. Take a look at the full list for more information. You can also go back and view the lists for previous years.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night


For the last post of the year we’re giving you a look at the Research Support Team Christmas decorations!

Our theme? Christmas songs.

Our mission? Make people guess from a series of clue and pun filled decorations what songs we are referencing.

Our medium? Paper, card, glue, knick-knacks, and a cuddly gorilla.

We’ve created decorations from the titles of 10 Christmas songs. Can you work out what they all are? Hover over each image to find out how many songs are shown in each picture. We’ll post the answers when we get back in January.

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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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