Monthly Archives: May 2017

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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Celebrate the Year of Open at The Open University

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Celebrate #YearOfOpen at The Open University You may be aware that 2017 is #YearOfOpen … a 365 day celebration of open education and the anniversary of a number of key milestones in its development, including  the Cape Town Declaration, 15 years since the … 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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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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