Author Archives: Nicola Dowson

About Nicola Dowson

Nicola is Senior Library Services Manager for Research Support at the Open University Library. Her role involves working in partnership across the University to develop products and services that support the University’s research activity.

Early Career Researchers and PhD Student Conference in Edinburgh on the 29th June

The 6th Annual ReCon Event Conference is taking place  on 29th June in Edinburgh. The conference is designed for early career researchers and PhD students who would like to find out more about scholarly publishing, copyright, peer review, boosting your research … Continue reading

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Event for authors and researchers – Explore open access books

Springer Nature is holding a multidisciplinary event on Monday 23 April in London during Academic Book Week, exploring how open access books can help authors make the most out of their research. The event is open to all researchers and … Continue reading

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Access to library resources directly from publishers’ websites

Do you want to access library resources directly from publishers’ websites? If so the Library access browser extension is for you. How does it work? The Library Access browser extension makes it simple to access academic articles, journals and databases … Continue reading

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Understanding Plagiarism training session

This afternoon I ran a training session on plagiarism for research students. The session gave an overview on what plagiarism is and how to recognise it. We also had a discussion around why plagiarism could occur and came up with … Continue reading

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University Mental Health Day: event for OU postgraduate research students

Many postgraduate research students experience common mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, but may not acknowledge it or know where to seek support. University Mental Health Day is Thursday, 1 March, and this year universities across the UK … Continue reading

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Introduction to Mendeley training overview

On Wednesday, Isabel and I delivered some training for research students giving an introduction to Mendeley which is a popular reference management tool. The handout for the session can be found here: Introduction to EndNote training-handout

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Introduction to EndNote training overview

Today  I ran some training for research students giving an introduction to EndNote Basic. EndNote Basic is a web-based reference management software programme which enables you to manage your references. It also has a cite as your write plugin for Word … Continue reading

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Planned essential maintenance – 8/9 April 2017

The Open University is carrying out some essential works on our network on Saturday 8 April from 11pm until 11am on Sunday 9 April (BST). During this time, OU services and systems will be ‘At Risk’ and may be unavailable. … Continue reading

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The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management

Over the last few years there has been lots of discussion about the use of metrics in research assessment.  An Independent review was commissioned by the government in April 2014 to investigate the current and potential future roles that quantitative … Continue reading

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