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.

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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