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External PhD Student… Need Resources?

Not based at Northampton and been frustrated that you can’t access that book that you so desparately need to complete your studies?

Go to https://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access and fill in the online form using the drop down options.

  • to state the type of student you are (e.g. PhD full-time, PhD part-time)
  • where you’re a student (i.e. University of Northampton)
  • it will then ask you to select an institution local to you where they’d like to access resources (it only lists those institutions in the scheme)
  • a window then pops up with an “apply for access” button
  • click it, fill in the rest of the information and the university at the other end will processes your application and allow you to borrow resources from their library.

A large number of Universities are part of this scheme.

In regards to inter library loans, the British Library will send journal articles anywhere, because they can send them via email via secure electronic delivery.  Unfortunately, British Library inter library loan books have to be collected from the University of Northampton.

Resources for Research

If you need information or have questions about:

  • open access
  • research data management
  • HEFCE’s open access policy
  • Non-Compliant Journals for the next REF
  • Predatory Journals
  • Payment of Article Processing Charges

Please check out our recently added “Resources” tab in the Research Hub!

The Sociology of the Individual

What it socialization? What is interaction? What do we mean by identity? How can we explain the notion of self? What do we mean by intra-action?

The Sociology of the Individual is an innovative and thought-provoking sociological exploration of how the ideas of the individual and society relate.  Written by Dr Athanasia Chalari (University of Northampton) this is an essential read for upper level undergraduates or postgraduates looking for a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of the connection between the social world and the inner life of the individual.

For more information and details on how to obtain this book, please visit https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sociology-of-the-individual/book240841

How to be an Unplugged Artist

A recently released book Teaching Computing Unplugged in Primary Schools edited by Helen Caldwell (University of Northampton) and Neil Smith (Open University) has a number of interesting chapters by authors who are passionate about how computing is taught in schools. The central theme is unplugged activities, without using computers, that still teach the fundamentals of computational thinking.

For more information and details on how to obtain this book, please visit
https://computingnorthampton.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/how-to-be-unplugged-artist.html

Accessing resources off campus: update

FAQ: Why can’t I access resources off campus?

With very few exceptions (listed here), you should be able to use your university login details to access the library’s resources, irrespective of whether you are located on or off campus.

If you find that you are not being given the opportunity to log in with your university details then there are several possible explanations.
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Resources: Orbis and MarketLine to replace Global Business Browser

Joanne Farmer, Academic Librarian for Northampton Business School, reports:

“Some of you will already know that I have been looking into alternatives to Global Business Browser.  This resource has served us well for many years but, more recently, has not been meeting the needs of students quite as well as it used to.

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Following a trial of Bureau Van Dijk’s database Orbis, this has now been purchased as a (partial) replacement for Global Business Browser. This database provides in depth financial data in relation to very large global companies. To enhance the content on this database, I have also subscribed to the EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts component.

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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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Library guides to subject resources

nu-information-services-park-414-EditIf you are new to Northampton and not entirely sure which resources are available for your discipline then the Academic Librarians’ “Library Support for…” guides may be of use to you.

Each guide has information about books and journals for a subject area (e.g. Education, Accounting and Finance; Engineering); some subject specific tools and resources; tips on searching for and evaluating your results; and other expert help from your Academic Librarian.

Although these are mainly written for students on taught courses, new research students and staff may well find them a useful starting point so please do take a look.

You’ll find links to all the resources on the Academic Librarians page on the Skills Hub.

21,000 new e-books available

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Library and Learning Services (LLS) has recently acquired three new e-book packages from major publishers, which together provide access to more than 21,000 e-book titles. All the titles are digital rights management (DRM) free, provide simultaneous multi-user access and are available via single sign-on through NELSON and the library catalogue.

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Resources for researchers – Elsevier Publishing Campus

Elsevier have produced a series of free resources for researchers in their Elsevier Publishing Campus.

They say, “The role of researchers is changing. Together with your research tasks, you have increased pressure to secure funding, collaborate internationally, share your data, publish your results, commercialize your research and have demonstrable impact. Elsevier is committed to supporting you in meeting these pressures that bring multi-faceted challenges in today’s increasingly competitive environment.”