Author Archives: David Jenkins

Library advice regarding the responsible use of quantitative research indicators

We have written some Library advice regarding the responsible use of quantitative research indicators (the preferred term for metrics/bibliometrics). This outlines our approach to such indicators, representing current good practice and acting as a guide for future activities. We believe that this … Continue reading

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Finding images and copyright – a learning activity

We often get asked about how to find images for academic purposes (e.g. for use in presentations) online and how to navigate associated copyright issues. It is a tricky area but our Finding images and copyright learning activity will help you … Continue reading

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Web of Science

Web of Science is a renowned abstract and citation database. It has wide coverage and facilitates analysis of its content, which can help identify links between past and current research, between collaborators or between funding and research impact, for example. It is well-known … Continue reading

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Scopus – a large abstract and citation database for research

Scopus is a large, multi-disciplinary abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Here are just a few of the features that make it worth considering as a researcher: It has a lot of content … Continue reading

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Using other universities’ libraries via the SCONUL Access scheme

OU Library Services do our best to meet all our users’ needs but we appreciate there are times when you may need to use other universities’ libraries. One of the most convenient ways of doing this is via the SCONUL … Continue reading

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Getting started with EndNote Basic/Online? Check out their help videos and guides

EndNote is a popular reference management tool. It comes in two main forms: A desktop program This can be installed for free on OU PCs or can be purchased for use on your own PC There is some information on … Continue reading

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Getting started with Mendeley? Check out their help videos and guides

Mendeley is a popular reference management tool. Its strengths include the fact it can extract reference information directly from PDFs of articles, that you can use it across various platforms/devices and that it offers certain social media-like functions to discover … Continue reading

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Statista – a statistics portal with market and consumer data from over 600 industries

We would like to bring your attention to Statista, a statistics portal where OU researchers can easily find and use market and consumer data from over 600 industries. The OU Library has a subscription to this resource and users can … Continue reading

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“Open Research for Academics” – lessons learned

I went to Open Research for Academics: A Workshop and Hackathon on Saturday. It was a really useful event that examined all aspects of openness in academia except open access publishing. Here are my main takeaways: Journalists and style guides … Continue reading

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Roundup of “Metrics: what they are and how to use them”

Chris and I delivered a session entitled “Metrics: what they are and how to use them” today as part of the Research Career Development Programme at the OU. It was really enjoyable and we got some great engagement from the … Continue reading

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