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.

 

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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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Scopus’s 1st birthday at UWE!

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Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-review literature, including books, conference proceedings and journals, covering the following fields of research: science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. We have been subscribing to it for a year on 1st April and it seems that increasing numbers of you are accessing it! We’ve just had our latest statistics through and record views went from 538 last April to 15,673 in January 2018.

If you’ve not had a chance to use Scopus yet, why not give it a go.

You can use it to:

  • Find peer reviewed literature on a range of subjects
  • Look at the abstract and references for each article
  • Export search results to Ref Works or your chosen reference management system
  • View who is citing and talking about articles on social media
  • View the performance data/ metrics on the journals listed
  • Look at what UWE Bristol researchers are publishing
  • Sign up for alerts to follow particular authors or searches.

If you would like more information on this resource, please contact the library research team


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Scopus – the citation and abstract database for UWE

Web of Science is being replaced by Scopus – the largest abstract database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings pertaining to science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

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With a user-friendly interface, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research.

Log in via the UWE LIBRARY A-Z index and register on the Scopus webpage to enable personalisation and extra features including:

  • Save search
  • Save to list
  • Export to preferred reference management software
  • Set up alerts to keep track of new publications in your search criteria or follow authors.

With citation information, this database helps users to build on their literature search.

Authors- don’t forget to link your Scopus author profile to your ORCID to increase the visibility of your research and ensure reliable attribution of your work.

If you have any questions about using Scopus, contact the research team for more information.