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New trial: SAGE Video

SAGE_videoSAGE Video comprises video collections in the social sciences and covers the subject areas of education; media, communication and cultural studies; and counseling and psychotherapy.  Content includes tutorials, interviews and practical advice.

The website is currently in test mode and the full site will be launching soon. Approximately 50% of the videos are currently live on the site, and SAGE aim to have all the content in the collections by July 2015. In the meantime, you can view a complete list of titles here.  There is also a ‘Help Page’ for guidance on using the SAGE Video platform features.

The trial to SAGE video is available on campus only.

Hannah Rose, Academic Librarian for Education, has arranged this trial and would appreciate your thoughts and feedback.

Researcher help desks – Summer 2015

Don’t forget, your friendly, helpful research support team in LLS would love it if you dropped by!  We visit both campuses at the times listed below, but if none of these times suit you then please do contact us directly: Miggie and Nick.

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Access all areas: Palgrave’s offer returns

Palgrave journals-banner-smallPalgrave is once again offering free online access to their entire portfolio of journals for the whole of March.

The collection covers a range of subjects in business, social sciences and humanities.

To access the journals:

  • You must be on campus (authentication is by IP address so you will only be able to access these resources on campus).
  • Browse or search for papers:
    • Browse by journal title
    • Browse journals by subject
    • Advanced search (note that the advanced search will return results for ebooks and book chapters, neither of which are included in the trial).
  • To get an email alert of new tables of contents, sign up here

Don’t forget: the trial ends on March 31st so make the most of it while you can!

Researcher help desks – Spring 2015

Welcome back to a bright new term!

Dates and times for this term’s researcher help desks are as follows:

nu-information-services-park-390Avenue campus (in the library):

  • Wednesday 28th January 10am – 12pm
  • Monday 9th February 10am – 12pm
  • Thursday 26th February 2 – 4pm
  • Tuesday 10th March 2 – 4pm
  • Thursday 2nd April 10am – 12pm

Park campus (in the library):

  • Tuesday 20th January 2 – 4pm
  • Monday 2nd February 10am – 12pm
  • Wednesday 18th February 10am – 12pm
  • Tuesday 3rd March 2 – 4pm
  • Thursday 26th March 10am – 12pm

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Easier access to resources off campus

Scholarly Systems Manager Mike Aynsworth explains the work his team has been doing to improve access to library resources:

Work has been carried out to make off campus access to the major library databases the same as on campus access. This has been achieved by using Ezproxy, an authentication service which mimics on campus access for those using resources off campus.  Read the rest of this entry

Doctoral Open Days at the British Library

The British Library are now advertising the latest round of open days for PhD students.  Full details are on the British Library website, but dates are as follows:

  • English and Drama – Monday 19th January 2015reference page 6
  • Digital Scholarship – Friday 23rd January
  • Music – Friday 30th January
  • Art and Design – Friday 6th February
  • Media, Cultural Studies and Journalism – Friday 6th February
  • History 1 – Monday 16th February
  • History 2 – Friday 20th February
  • Social Sciences – Monday 23rd February
  • African and Asian Studies – Friday 27th February

It costs £5 to attend each open day but for that you will also get lunch.

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Should you trust that publisher?

It has been a bit of a week (already) for publishers of dubious intent to clutter my Inbox.

ScPubI must clearly be a researcher of world leading renown (not) to be so sought after.  SciencePG has this very morning invited me not only to propose a special issue of a journal but to guest edit it too!  Yesterday it was a different publisher and I have no doubt there will be further invitations coming along soon.

Some of these publishers appear to be very plausible.  They offer open access, short lead times, ‘free’ submission and they may even allow me to retain my own copyright.  So far so good.  The sting in the tail comes from the large fees demanded on publication, the absence of any rigorous peer review process and the poor quality of the dissemination. Read the rest of this entry

New research students: getting started

FAQ: I am a new research student and the next induction week is some time away.  What do I need to know now?

First of all – welcome to the University of Northampton! There are plenty of people here to help you get started with your research – your supervisor of course, but also a number of people in the Graduate School and the Library.  If you have any questions, please don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Your top priority will be to make sure that you can access the university computer network and the various services that it offers.  The checklist for new research students elsewhere on the Research Support Hub (this blog) describes what you need to do to achieve this.

Now that you have all the right login details you should be able to find all the key information you need about being a research student at Northampton.

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PGR student induction: Making the most of the library

Thank you to all the new research students who worked so hard in today’s session in the library.

Given how many tools we covered in the morning, I thought it might be helpful to provide a list of these, with links, so you can revisit them later at your leisure.  You’ll see that there are a few extra tools that were mentioned today but not explored.

We started by looking at university and external resources:

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LLS Advisory Panel – new members wanted

Headphones study 2LLS is reconvening this important group and it would be great to have representation from research students. The group meets online via a NILE forum so you can contribute as and when it suits you.

You don’t even have to contribute to every discussion – just add your opinions on things that matter to you.  Only by hearing from research students can LLS ensure its services are meeting your needs.

Chris Powis, Head of Library and Learning Services, explains:

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