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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…