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Changes to Google Scholar

Just in time for the start of term, Google Scholar has changed its design and layout. Further details are here

There is nothing substantially new, but the settings and the advanced search have moved to the ‘drawer icon’ in the top left. 

Google Scholar provides a simple way to  search for scholarly literature - particularly journal articles. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions (USA only), from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
It is also good at taking you straight to a pdf copy, where it can. If you are off-campus, we recommend that you change the settings so that Scholar knows you are from the University of Leicester. Go to Settings, then click on Library links. Type "University of Leicester" and click search. Tick all the options that appear and then click Save. This will increase the number of articles you can access. 

Welcome events for new PhD Students

The new academic year starts next week. We would like to welcome all new PhD students to Leicester, and all returning ones too. We hope you enjoy your time here. 

There will be two events introducing the Library and its services for new research students (details below.) We look forward to meeting many of you then, or at other events this term. If you have any questions, please email: 
PhD Students: Introduction to the Library, reference management, and research dataAre you new to the University of Leicester library? If you would like to find out more about the Library and the dedicated support we can provide for researchers, come along to these 30 minute sessions. When Oct 16, 2017
Introduction to the Library - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Introduction to reference management  - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Introduction to research data - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM Where Brookfield 0.27
If you would like to attend please book your place via PROSE.

This event will be repeated on the 25 October in …

EndNote X8

EndNote X8 is being made available on staff and student computers for the 2017/18 academic year.

For staff computers it will be made available to install through the Program Installer. For student computers it will automatically be made available via the Start - All Programs menu.

Remember - the University of Leicester license only allows EndNote X8 to be installed on University owned computers (including University laptops). If you would like to access your references at home then you can sync your EndNote desktop library with EndNote online.

What's new in EndNote X8? If you're an existing EndNote user then check out the 5min video on what's new:

New to using EndNote? Then check out the 5min video on EndNote's main features

You can also find lots more training videos on specific features on the EndNote YouTube Channel.

Data where you might not expect it

Relevant data for research can turn up in some unexpected places. For example, we subscribe to a number of financial databases such as SNL, EIKON and Bloomberg. Their main purpose is to provide financial data on companies, stocks and markets. But to aid the industry analysts who use them, the databases also provide wider macroeconomic and demographic data. They even have information on infrastructure and geography. 

SNL, to focus on one, is strong on US statistics and contains the populations, age structure, household size and incomes, and unemployment rates of US states.

This information can also be mapped, along with:

World airports, cities, ports, railroads, roads and utilitiesReal estate mortgage information across US counties 
Numbers of businesses by NAICS classification. 
Maps created can be exported, like this one of the population density of Houston:

This is a good lesson in going beyond known databases, and using sources against the grain. The full list of statistics databases we …