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Research Elevenses Recordings January 2016

Our Research Elevenses for January have now finished. Thanks to all the speakers, and to all of you who attended, whether in person or online. Recordings of the talks are available below. If you have questions or comments about what's been covered please email us.

Discover Archives and Special Collections


The Library has an extensive research collection of rare books, manuscripts, historical photographs, and personal archives. Covering a wide range of subjects, Special Collections includes material relating to many aspects of history, literature, Museum Studies, medicine, science and mathematics. This talk provides an introduction to using the collections for research, and will include an opportunity to see some of the treasures of the Library’s collections close up.  

 Electronic PhD theses: our “best sellers”


Electronic theses are the most popular downloads from Leicester Research Archive (LRA) and form a huge body of knowledge which is often only available from the LRA. All doctoral theses are now submitted in electronic form and we’ve scanned older printed theses right back to the founding of the University. Apart from embargoed works, most Leicester theses are now available to the world. 
LRA Manager Grant Denkinson will share some highlights of our collection and his hopes for the future of open scholarship.

Link to recording: https://connect.le.ac.uk/p482g155yoc/


Open Access Countdown

HEFCE's open access policy comes into force on the 1st April 2016 as an absolute condition for papers entered for the next REF.  Find out more about the benefits of making your papers open access, as well as how you can comply - easily - with HEFCE's new requirements. 

Link to recording: https://connect.le.ac.uk/p1x4dwzc4um/  



Previous Elevenses recordings:
Distinguish yourself: Associate your research with you (ORCID) 
Unlocking REF2014: Text mining to show your impact
Making an (online) exhibition of yourself with Omeka.net 
Measure the wider impact of your research (alt-metrics)
Keeping up to date with new research
Simple ways to maximise your citation count
Publishing Open Access from a researcher point of view

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Your New Doctoral College Reading Room

The Doctoral College Reading Room, at the front of the first floor of the library, is now designed for use by PGR students and staff only.

The space includes a separate Silent Study area with desks and computers, a quiet area with desks and informal seating, and a bookable group study room.

We would encourage PGR students and staff to make full use of this space.

Masters students now have a separate Graduate Reading Room elsewhere on the first floor.

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