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OA and the research lifecycle 4: conducting the literature review

OA lifecycle literature review

As a librarian, when I need to conduct a literature review I go first to NELSON, to interrogate the library’s subscription databases.  From there I may try the individual databases that are most relevant to my subject (Web of Science, Emerald and so forth), and after that to CORE, to pick up the open access literature.

The advantage of using CORE is that it usually returns a number of results that haven’t appeared elsewhere.  This is not only because CORE’s coverage is immense (just under 25 million open access articles) but also because the content it harvests is not restricted to the peer reviewed journal literature: CORE also has research reports, books, conference papers, theses and a host of other grey literature.

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Google Scholar Chrome extension: features and RefWorks integration

If you use Google Chrome and Google Scholar, you’ll probably be interested in the recently released Scholar Chrome extension. I gave the extension a whirl, and here are my notes – including details of its support for RefWorks and Find My Reference.

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Citation data and metrics in Google Scholar

Google Scholar has offered basic metrics data for some time, but the service has seen some interesting developments recently that make it easy to discover highly-cited journals and articles for a wide selection of academic disciplines.

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Love British Books 2012 (and NECTAR)

Through October the Gallery Corridor at Avenue Campus is displaying selections from Love British Books 2012, an exhibition of contemporary British literature, book decoration and design co-curated by Paul Middleton and Carolyn Puzzovio.

The exhibition was first shown at the Museum of Art and Literature, Yerevan, Armenia in June to mark Yerevan’s selection as UNESCO’s City of the Book 2012 and the 500th anniversary of the first book printed in Armenia.

The book accompanying the exhibition is available to view on NECTAR, the university’s repository of research output – read on to learn about the benefits NECTAR can offer.

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