We pulled together a report recently to look at downloads of theses from the Research Repository. The statistics package built into the repository does not allow us to filter by item type – fortunately IRUS-UK has a report just for theses!
We measured download figures from June 2013 (when IRUS began recording UWE download information) to August 2018 (the most recent information available at the time of the report.) Here are the highlights:
- There are 437 theses that have been downloaded at least once (i.e. they show on the report)
- The total download figure for theses in that time period was 169,132
- There are 32 theses that have been downloaded over 1,000 times
- There are 5 theses that have been downloaded over 4,000 times
- The most downloaded thesis is from 2015 and has 14,571 downloads
We are always looking for new ways in which to alert UWE researchers about what the Research Support team can do for them. For this year’s all staff event we were tasked with creating a video to let new starters in Student Success Services know what the Library Research Support team does, and we thought that it would also be useful for researchers as a breakdown of how the team can support them.
We always like to take the opportunity to be a bit creative (as seen in our poster from last year) and wanted to take a fun approach – so we animated ourselves using Powtoon.
The resulting video is two and a half minutes of useful information wrapped in a cartoon package. Hopefully our researchers find it a helpful and memorable introduction to the Library Research Support team.
The video is available to view (with subtitles) on Vimeo. We hope you enjoy!
As a postgraduate researcher writing your thesis you may need or want to use third-party material for which you do not own the copyright. This can become a problem when you upload your thesis to the Research Repository – without permission to use the material, we will not be able to make your thesis visible and it can result in your award being delayed.
The Library Research Support team have written a guide to using copyright material in your thesis, covering different types of copyright material, what you need to do to get permission, what the alternatives are, and what your options are if permission is denied. View and download it on the Research Repository help pages.
And don’t forget – you can always contact us with questions.
Image: “Copyright help 5¢… the scholar is [IN]. #ala2013” by sylvar is licensed under CC BY 2.0