Category Archives: Library research support

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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Getting to grips with Research Data Management

Yesterday I held a workshop for research staff and students on Research Data Management. As always this was an excellent opportunity for researchers to share their own experiences of data management and exchange tips (and grievances!). In particular there was … 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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ORDO on tour… on your desktop!

ORDO online drop-in: Tuesday 23rd May 14.30-15.00 As part of our ORDO on Tour series of events, we have arranged an online drop-in session at 14.30 on Tuesday 23rd May for any research staff or students who would like to find out … Continue reading

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ORDO on tour… in IET

As you may have heard, we have a new open data repository, ORDO (Open Research Data Online), where you can store, share and preserve your research data. To give as many people as possible the chance to see a live demo and to … 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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HEFCE Open Access Policy: one year on – how is it working?

It’s been one year since the HEFCE Open Access Policy for the next REF came into force. In a nutshell the policy requires all journal articles and published conference items (with an ISSN) to be deposited in a repository within … Continue reading

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Survey – Describing the Research Process

To help create better resources to support researchers with data management, UC3 (University of California Curation Center) is conducting an informal survey to understand how researchers describe the research process and the stages of their work. In UC3’s words, “If … Continue reading

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