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Event report: MERCIAN Research Data Management (RDM): skills to support RDM

The Mercian Collaboration RDM Special Interest Group exists to provide local and regional support and a forum for exchanging experiences and challenges in providing RDM services and tools. We hold two face to face events/workshops a year, and last month we held a successful and well-attended event which focussed on the skills required to support RDM in University libraries, explored the different channels and opportunities for professional development in this area of research service activity, as well as ideas on how we collaborate with other colleagues and stakeholders within our institutions.

The event was focussed on the skills needed to support RDM in University libraries as well as examples of professional development and collaboration with colleagues in library services. The event was held at the University of Birmingham main library and many thanks to Patricia (RDM SIG member) for hosting, organising, and facilitating such an interesting event and in such a wonderful location.

Open Access: service planning and increasing advocacy and engagement

Working in the area of open access within an institutional setting is at times challenging, frustrating and yet immensely rewarding. This morning we processed an invoice for £4, 440, the cost for publishing one article via GOLD open access, the publisher Article Processing Charge (APC). The nature of our work means we do this very often, as we allocate funds from our UKRI OA block grant and the COAF fund.

Our research services team have recently been spending some time thinking about our OA service priorities and activities, naturally OA compliance and REF being our highest priority. Our open access website contains guidance for our community at Leicester, where we try to make the process as simple as possible, to comply with both funder and institutional OA expectations. We have a very busy helpdesk, do a significant amount of OA advocacy, embed OA training into the researcher development programme, and are currently in the process of migrating the Leicester Research Archive from its…

Open access publishing in medicine and health: deciding where to publish

by: Keith Nockels
Academic Librarian
Many research funders require you to publish the work they fund as an open access article (check SHERPA/JULIET to see if your funder does). Open access articles are freely available to all readers, with no need for a subscription or payment. This makes your work more widely available, and may increase its citation count. In the traditional publishing model, the reader pays a subscription, or a fee to download an individual article. In the open access model, the reader pays nothing. To discuss how open access affects you as an author, and whether you will need to pay a fee, contact us for advice.

There are many reputable open access publishers, and many reputable “traditional” publishers offer an open access option.  But publishing has a bad side too. There are publishers who charge a fee, promise great things, and deliver little. Some of them solicit articles by emailing people directly.     I sometimes get emails, inviting me to write an article. Ala…

Learn more about .... Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab

Do you work with Digital Humanities? Do you want to incorporate DH techniques into your research or teaching, but don’t know where to start? Would you like new ways to study topics within Humanities and Social Sciences? 

You are invited to learn more about Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab – a first of its kind online environment for text and data mining featuring Gale’s primary source archives, integrated with powerful analysis tools. Chris Houghton and Tom English from Gale Cengage will show how you can take the University’s existing digital archives (in the Gale family e.g. Eighteenth Century Collections Online or Times Digital Archive) and explore them in completely new ways, quickly creating bespoke content sets that can be cleaned, exported or analysed. 

Please drop-in to the Library’s Digital Reading Room between 12 noon and 2pm this Wednesday 27 March to find out more – there will also be a chance to have a go at Digital Humanities yourself in using nearby computers in the Law School.

Library trials in March: African Diaspora, British Officers WW1 Diaries, Revolution & Protest Online, Chicago Tribune newspaper, South China Morning Post newspaper, and Lexis PSL legal know how

March is Library Trials Month!  We are currently running trials to the following six databases. 
Please do promote them to staff and students in your department, and ask them to provide the library with feedback using the form or email provided.
African DiasporaThe African Diaspora is a collection of primary historical sources on the migrations, communities, and ideologies of people of African descent. Of interest to: Geography, History, Politics. Click here to access trial (on-campus only).  Trial is available until 30 April 2019.  Please provide feedback to
British Officers' Diaries from World War 1 (1914-1919)54 digitised WW1 war diaries from officers, non-commissioned officers, privates, and others including chaplains, and allied prisoners of war. Of interest to: Archaeology, History, History of Art. Click here to access trial (on-campus only).  Trial is available until 3 April 2019.  Please provide feedback to
Revolution and Protest On…

International Women's Day 2019 at the David Wilson Library

International Women's Day is next Friday 8th March. The David Wilson Library will be running two events as part of the University's week long program. All welcome.

Women in the Archive: Free creative writing session 
Day: Monday 4th March 
Time: 10.00am-12.00pm 
Venue: Basement of the David Wilson Library

Come and explore some historical sources shedding light on moments, and images, of women’s lives from the past. We’ll use these resources to inspire your own creative writing, through guided writing exercises, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019. This workshop will be led by Selina Lock, writer and Research Librarian, and Vicky Holmes, University Archivist. Participants will be able to browse material from the University’sArchives and Special Collections, which will include photographs, engravings, rare books and periodicals and modern literary papers.  Book your free place viaEventbriteFor further information, contact the Special Collections team at specialcollections…

Finding public domain and creative commons (re-usable) images

We often want to put some nice or useful images into our presentations, posters, research reports or on social media. Here's a few places and ways of finding images you can use without requesting permission from the copyright holder.

First Some Definitions...
Public Domain = Copyright free, i.e. images that would once have belonged to the creator/copyright holder but are now old enough that copyright no longer applies, or the creator has chosen to make copyright free.

Creative Commons = Creative Commons Licenses - a set of easy to understand copyright licenses that allow people to share work (such as images) in a way that makes it clear whether you can re-use the work.

An Example of a Creative Commons License:

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
If you saw the above license attached to an image then you would know that you can share and adapt the image in, any way as long as you attribute (cite/reference) the original creator.

Searching ABS Journals in Business Source Premier

In Business and Management Studies, researchers undertaking a literature review sometimes search across a defined group of journals. This is a way of focusing the literature search to make the results more relevant to the questions in hand. Groups are often chosen from the Association of Business Schools (ABS)'s Academic Journal Guide. Read more how about how they put together the guide here.
There are several ways to search across ABS journals. Here is how to do it in Business Source Premier, a leading literature database for this subject area. 
1.Login into the ABS journal guide. If you have never used it before you will need to create an account.

2.You can use the guide to draw up a group of journals either by using the Rankings information or the Fields. Fields divides up the journals into categories of research focus e.g. Accounting, Finance etc. In this example we will use the Fields. The field we are interested is ‘Operations Research and Marketing’. 
3.Choose ‘Operations Res…

Finding University of Leicester & UK Theses

Finding University of Leicester Theses Browse the theses in your Department If you want to look at previous theses within your Department or subject then choose the 'Research Archive' search on the library homepage and search on 'your department theses' e.g. geography theses:

This will open the Leicester Research Archive - scroll down and you will see the Theses Collection for the Department:

You can then browse the theses:

If you would like to read or download a particular thesis - click on the link and scroll down to the PDF option:

You will then be able to read or download the thesis unless it has an embargo in place, in which case the record will state there is an embargo:

Search by keyword or author Go to the Leicester Research Archive homepage:
Use the search box in the top right hand corner.
Finding UK Theses Try searching: EThOS - Electronic Theses Online System which is available via the British Library and searches over 400,000 theses. S…

January training dates for your diary

We hope you enjoyed the Christmas and New Year festivities! It's a good time to reflect on
achievements of the year past and set intentions for the year ahead. If one of your intentions is to improve your research methods, adopt a new approach or increase your productivity come and talk to us for advice!

You can book onto any of our January sessions using the links below -

Tools and services to support your research
When: 11th January 2019, 09:30-10:30
Where: Attenborough Second Floor TR 205
Book via PROSE

Planning your literature search
When: 14th January 2019, 10:00-11:00
Where: Seminar Room 0.02, Leicester Learning Institute, 105 Princess Road East
Book via PROSE

Conducting your literature search When: 18th January 2019, 10:00-11:00
Where: David Wilson Library - IT Room 2 (Ground floor)
Book via PROSE

EndNote reference management software
When: 22nd January 2019, 10:00 - 12:00
Book via this link

Managing your research data
How to organise, store and share your rese…