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Finding data with Passport

Are you looking for statistics and analysis of markets, industries or national economies? We subscribe to several databases for this kind information, but Passport (EuroMonitor) remains the most user friendly and straightforward to use. More details are available here. There is also a video tutorial here.
Find out how to get the most out of this nifty database on Friday 26 July. Ashton Moses of Euromonitor will be demonstrating Passport to all Leicester staff and students. 
Attendance is free, but please email Andrew Dunn (Academic Librarian for the School of Business) to confirm. 

Date: Friday 26 July
Time: 13.00-14.00 
Location: George Porter Lecture Theatre       

Library Research Services & Doctoral College Summer Support

1-2-1 Library support over the summer  Although we run less training over the summer, we are always here to help researchers. 
We can help you with:  literature searchingfinding informationEndNoteRefWorksreferencinglooking after research dataopen access - publications & datapublication metrics & researcher IDs e.g. citations, ORCID Just drop us an email with your questions, or book a 1-2-1 appointment via
Doctoral College Events & support over the summer1-2-1 Consultancy Sessions Available  Available with Dr Chantal Bielmann over the summer period for support with the following, bookable via
-Viva and probation review preparation -Writing chapters, papers, abstracts, thesis -Literature review, methodology -Editing and submitting thesis -Managing supervisor relationship

Evening Career Event on Enterprise and Start-ups
Charles Wilson Fourth Floor SR 408 Woodhouse
Thursday 11 July 2019, 1800-2000

Ever thought of spinning out your research int…

Could library book budgets be used to fund open access monographs?

This is my personal reflection, and not an official position of the University Library
Could you use library book budgets to fund open access monographs? This was a question raised some people at the recent Critical Issues in Open Access event at Goldsmith University. Steven Hill from Research England responded to one of these comments by saying the classic policy answer would be to have a matched funding scheme for a set period. This suggested that policy makers have thought about this model, even if this isn’t the route they would go down in the end.
Ideas for re-purposing library budgets for open access have been floating round for some time, primarily from people who want to move away from article-processing charges (APCs). The consortia led-model for open access journals is built on a version of this idea e.g. as used by Open Library of Humanities. The model, recently proposed by Martin Eve, to transition learned society journals to open access also works this way.
It is noticeabl…

Remaining research skills training this term!

The sun is shining, exams are starting, marking is overflowing, but there is still time to improve your research skills by attending one of the upcoming sessions this term.

All sessions are bookable on PROSE unless stated otherwise.

Wednesday 22nd May, 10:00-11:30, ATT 212
Choosing where to publish. 
This session will help you:

Gain an overview of the publishing landscape for researchersLearn about the tools available for evaluating journals and publishersPractice selecting journals and developing a publishing strategy.Book via PROSE
Thursday 23rd May, 10:00-12:00 Finding Grey Literature This session will help you: Use Google search advanced commands effectivelyFind PhD theses, conference papers, reports, and government publications as they relate to your research area.Revise your literature search plan to include grey sources.Book via Researcher Development website
Friday 24th May, 10:00-11:00, ATT 001 What does Open Access look like in Science, Engineering and Life Sciences? This session wi…

Rewards and Incentives for Open Research

At the time of writing this post, the count of organisations signed up to the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) is 1,347. Results of the LIS-Bibliometrics 2018 Responsible Metrics State-of-the-Art survey showed a rise of engagement with DORA over a four-year period of annual surveys. But what is being assessed, and does this marry with what early career researchers are doing in the realms of Open Research? In his interesting blog post this week, Stephen Curry captures the essence of the conversation being had in many parts of the academic community at the moment - 
" The community as a whole is still wrestling with the difficulty of balancing quantitative and qualitative aspects of assessment. The rapidly increasing scale of the research ecosystem, the diversification of outputs, and the different norms that adhere to different disciplines give quantitative indicators a lasting appeal. They seem to simplify the task of assessment in many ways, particularly for those oper…

What's in the local history collections?

The University of Leicester Library holds one of the largest local history collections in the country. But what's actually in the collections and how can you use them?  

As part of Local History Month, I thought we would give an overview of our print collections in the main library. This is intended as a draft of a more permanent and detailed guide. 

The first thing to emphasise is that we collect on all the historic counties of England (and London). We have more titles on Yorkshire, for example, than we do on Leicestershire.  This follows the comparative approach of the Centre for English Local History. We also hold many works relating to landscape history and topography, another strength of the Leicester tradition. 
The main collection is on floor 3 of the David Wilson Library. It contains around 37, 000 titles. We hold major reference works, printed primary sources, monographs, finding aids and bibliographies, maps and ephemera. And a lot of directories...

The collection begins wit…

How can open access help PhD students?

This month, Library Research Services are running a series of talks on open access for PhD Students. We will look at how open access policy and practice can help you share and promote your research.  There are three informal talks, one for each College. All PhD students are welcome to attend. For further details, and to sign up, please visit PROSE.

What does open access look like in Humanities and Social Sciences?15 May, 10:00 - 11:00
Room 001, Attenborough Building

What can open access do for you? In this session we will look at the current state of open access in Humanities and Social Sciences. There will be a particular focus on tools and services that can increase the visibility and reach of your research.

What does open access look like in Science and Engineering?24 May, 10:00 - 11:00
Room 001, Attenborough Building

The open science movement encourages scientists to make their publications, data and other research outputs openly and freely available. This supports the idea that scienc…

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…