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Updates to the Historical Directories of England and Wales

You may be interested in some recent updates to the Historical Directories of England and Wales collection, maintained by the University of Leicester Library.

The collection is the largest freely available digitised collection of trade and street directories. The collection contains 689 directories, with at least one directory for every English and Welsh county for the 1850s, 1890s and 1910s. Searchable by name, place and occupation this is an essential tool for local, urban and family history. In 2019/20, we have: Restored the background pages, originally written by Andrew Hann a How to Search video an online bibliography for scholarship using directories as a source Finally, a reminder that if you want to access the image and text files from the original digitisation, they are available via the UK Data …
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New Year - New Training Courses!

As part of the Doctoral College & Staff Training Strands we are running the following courses this term:

PGRs can book on to all the courses via MyPGRStaff can book using the links provided

16-Jan-2014:30-16:00Altmetrics: Tracking engagement beyond citations17-Jan-2010:00-11:00Research Data Mangement: looking after your research material21-Jan-2010:00-11:00Planning your literature search 23-Jan-2010:00-12:00Conducting your literature search27-Jan-2010:00-12:00EndNote31-Jan-2010:00-12:00RefWorks (webinar)03-Feb-2010:00-12:00Search Strategies for Systematic Reviews in Life Sciences (webinar)06-Feb-2014:00-16:00Systematic Searching for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (webinar)11-Feb-2010:00-11:00What does open access look like in Science & Engineering?13-Feb-2014:00-16:00Finding Grey Literature (webinar)14-Feb-2010:00-11:00Research Data Management Planning18-Feb-2010.30 - 12.00GDPR & research data management: what does it mean for you?20-Feb-2014:00-16:00Understandin…

Cuppa, Cake and Games

Cuppa, Cake & Games Thursday 19th December
Doctoral College Reading Room, Library
Library research Services would like to invite PGRs/ERCs to join us for a Cuppa, Cake & Games.
Take a break, and join us for some informal networking and board games in the Doctoral College Reading Room. Drop in any time between 10am-12noon for some fun before the Xmas break.

New Web of Science Author Search

Web of Science has recently released a new way of searching for authors and curating author profiles.

New Author Search Thousands of authors in Web of Science (WoS) Core Collection have been brought together with information from the Clarivate researcher profile service, Publons, and matched up with available researchers and ORCIDs to create new Author Records inside Web of Science. This makes life much easier than before to find publications by a particular author and view their author profile.

As you type, the WoS will suggest entries that match the database. For example, if a First Name or initial matches the Surname you have just entered it will suggest these to you as you type, reducing the likelihood of running a search with no results. When a large number of records matches the name you are searching; for example, Cheng, Smith or Lopez, you are presented with country and affiliation options to help narrow down the results.

New Author Record view The tool is currently in Beta, …

Read at Leicester - Read & Write for Pleasure

Life as a PhD student involves a lot of reading and writing, but however much you're passionate about your topic that reading comes with a certain amount of pressure, as it's related to your research.

We also like to encourage students to read and write for pleasure too - take a break and pick up something different...

That's why the Library runs:
Read at Leicester You can find out more about Read at Leicester
Including these upcoming events and more:
David Wilson Library Reading Zone
1.00pm – 3.00pm, drop in anytime!

Starting University is a really big event in your life and it’s always a good idea to figure out some mindful practises to keep your mood up and stressors well checked. Pop along and pick up some advice from the University’s Wellbeing staff. You’ll also be able to take away a free copy of the University’s Yellow Book – find out more at:

Top tools for researchers: browser extensions

Tools and tips that help shave precious minutes off a laborious workflow appeal to most humans who spend much of their working day at a computer. Thanks to open-source software and code sharing platforms, such as Github and Snipplr, innovative tools can be developed quickly, built upon and often made available completely for free.

This post highlights four useful tools that can help researchers quickly find and evaluate open access (OA) literature. All are freely available extensions for your internet browser, however, it's worth noting that I have only tested them in Chrome-based browsers. If you're a user of other browsers such as Safari, Internet Explorer or Firefox there might be other equivalent services available.

For a more in-depth analysis and demonstration of these and other browser extensions, I recommend reading Aaron Tay's blog post from June and July of this year.

Let's get started...

Google Scholar Button It might sound an obvious choice since Google Sch…

Open access: Some trends, the future?

By Grant Denkinson, open access lead in Library Research Services. 
Here are some trends I’ve spotted that might suggest some Open Access futures:
Traditional formats still exist While innovation moves on, current and traditional forms of knowledge exchange continue to be useful and preferred by some and so are likely to continue.
Plan S Various policy initiatives are happening, such as Plan S, which involves some national research funding organisations supported by the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC) as cOAlition S. It aims to move us to full and immediate Open Access to research. On 5 November last year, two large funders - Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - endorsed Plan S.
Preprints and Post publication peer review Some fields such as mathematics and high-energy physics (arXiv from 1991) have, for a while, embraced a thriving preprint culture where results are made available for debate before they go through the usual peer review and ed…