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Research Elevenses

30 minute updates on key information issues for Leicester researchers

Library Research Services are running a series of 30 minute talks on key issues for Leicester researchers. There’s no need to book - just turn up! Refreshments provided too!

If you are off-campus you can join in the webinar. A recording of each session will be made available after the event.

Satisfying Your Funder’s Open Access Requirements
Wednesday 24th January
11am, Consultation Room, Doctoral College Reading Room, 1st Floor, David Wilson Library

Grant Denkinson

If you have research funding from a funding council, charity or elsewhere they may require you make your publications Open Access in particular ways.
You might have to do extra things as well as meeting the HEFCE / REF and university policy which applies to all research staff. It is usually relatively simple to comply and not doing so may jeopardise your funding.
Open Access and Research Data Advisor Grant Denkinson will go through some of the main funder Open Access requirements and how you can meet them.

Introduction to SciVal – Research Performance Metrics Tool

Wednesday 31st January
11am, Consultation Room, Doctoral College Reading Room, 1st Floor, David Wilson Library

Dr William Farrell & Selina Lock

SciVal is one of the leading tools for research evaluation. Using data from Scopus and other sources it allows you to analyse publication and citation metrics, patent data, grant information and media impact. You can benchmark yourself, your institution or your research group against comparable peers. Plus many more features.

This session will introduce you to some of the basic functions of SciVal and how it is useful for understanding research performance.

Catalogue your personal library

Wednesday 7th February
11am, Consultation Room, Doctoral College Reading Room, 1st Floor, David Wilson Library

Dr William Farrell & Selina Lock

Not sure what books you have in your office or at home? Keep accidentally buying the same book twice? Want to be able to check your personal library via a phone app?

This session will introduce you to some free, visual tools that let you easily and quickly catalogue your own personal library.

Please contact Selina if you have any questions

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1) Copy and past the character in.

2) If you using a Windows computer with a number pad you can hold down the ALT key and type in a numerical code for the character you want e.g. ALT 130 will insert é.

There is a list of Alt Codes available at

Penn State University has an excellent guide to typing in accents and special characters in Windows or Macs. Including Alt codes, Mac codes and how to use the character map/viewer.

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Searching the fulltext of PDFs in EndNote

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