Referencing Tutorial

Cite Them Right online, which is in the Databases A-Z list, is a comprehensive guide to referencing almost anything you will come across in the course of your studies or research. It has just launched a Referencing Tutorial.

Direct access to the Tutorial is here. You will have the option to create an account to sign in as an authenticated user so that the Tutorial can remember your progress, or to explore freely without signing in and therefore without remembering your progress.

This tutorial is made-up of 11 short, self-contained topics, which you can explore and revisit at any time.

Content includes:

  • What is referencing and why it matters
  • What sources are appropriate to reference
  • How to avoid plagiarism
  • How to insert citations into your text
  • Incorporating the work of others into your writing
  • Documenting the full reference details
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Open Science Conference 2019

This week, I attended the International Open Science Conference in Berlin.  I attended this event last year, and found it so inspiring, I was keen to attend again this year.  Open Science, or Open Research, as we tend to refer to it here in Edinburgh is an important development which will fundamentally change the way researchers and those who support them will work over the coming years.

We are in the process of adopting the LERU Roadmap on Open Science and are working with colleagues across the University with the aim of implementing as many of its 41 recommendations as possible.

The programme was comprehensive and there were far too many good ideas to summarise here, so instead I’d like to focus on a number of key take-home messages I came away with in no particular order:

  1. I need to get to grips with the European Open Science Cloud. It’s such a major intiative and I need to get to grips with what it is, how it works, and how it applies in the Edinburgh context (in an increasingly likely post-Brexit world).
  2. I’m very keen to work more closely with our Research Support Office to see what more we can do to ‘hack’ research proposals before they are submitted to make them more open right from the opurset. Thanks to Ivo Grigorov’s FOSTER Open Science CLINIQUE for the inspiration!
  3. Peter Kraker’s powerful presentation highlighted the risks we leave ourselves open to by allowing commercial monopolies to form within the research lifecycle. I’m increasingly worried that we are sleepwalking from a monopolistic market for library subscriptions to an even more dangerous situation with just one or two for-profit companies owning all the tools that are essential to the research endeavour.   We need to do more to make open infrastructure sustainable.  #dontleaveittogoogle

So, from my reams and reams of notes, those are my three key action points to take forward within the University of Edinburgh.

It was really great to hear Eva Mendez re-stress the importance of seeing the transition to open science as a process of manged, complex, cultural change.  I think that is something I and my colleagues already understand very well, but it’s good to have this re-affirmed!  It was also useful to think about how we need a complete picture of vision, skills, incentives, resources and action plans to avoid confusion, anxiety, resistance, frustration and false starts.

I’d highly recommend this conference and would encourage anyone with an interest in Open Research to attend again next year.  #OSC2019

Dominic Tate

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Brill E-Journals – renewal update

We have renewed our Brill e-journal deal and gain access to the following new titles.

Subject Title ISSN Print ISSN Online 2019 Volume No. of issues Journal Web Page
African Studies Studi Maghrebini/North African Studies – NEW at Brill 0585-4954 TBA 17 2 brill.com/mag
Art History Paragone: Past and Present – NEW at Brill 2476-115X 2476-1168 2 2 brill.com/para
Asian Studies China and Asia – NEW 2589-4641 2589-465X 1 2 brill.com/cahs
Book History and Cartography; History Brill Research Perspectives in Map History – NEW 2589-3955 2589-3963 1 2 brill.com/rpmh
History Journal of Applied History – NEW 2589-5885 2589-5893 1 2 brill.com/joah
History Lithuanian Historical Studies – NEW at Brill TBA 1392-2343 21 1 brill.com/lhs
History; International Relations Diplomatica – NEW 2589-1766 2589-1774 1 2 brill.com/dipl
History; Social Sciences Emotions: History, Culture, Society – NEW at Brill 2206-7485 2208-522X 3 2 brill.com/ehcs
History; Theology and World Christianity Brill Research Perspectives in Jesuit Studies – NEW 2589-7446 2589-7454 1 4 brill.com/rpjs
International Relations Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations – NEW at Brill 1075-2846 1942-6720 25 4 brill.com/gg
Language and Linguistics; Slavic and Eurasian Studies International Journal of Eurasian Linguistics – NEW 2589-8825 2589-8833 1 2 brill.com/jeal
Literature and Cultural Studies International Journal of Critical Media Literacy, The – NEW TBA TBA 1 2 brill.com/ijcm
Literature and Cultural Studies; Classical Studies Brill Research Perspectives in Classical Poetry – NEW 2589-2630 2589-2649 1 2 brill.com/rpcp
Middle East and Islamic Studies Al Abhath – NEW at Brill 0002-3973 1811-5586 67 1 brill.com/alab
Middle East and Islamic Studies Berythus – NEW at Brill 0067-6195 TBA 58 1 brill.com/bery
Middle East and Islamic Studies Mawlana Rumi Review – NEW at Brill 2042-3357 2589-8566 10 2 brill.com/mrr
Philosophy International Journal of Jungian Studies – NEW at Brill 1940-9052 1940-9060 11 2 brill.com/ijjs
Philosophy Simone de Beauvoir Studies – NEW at Brill 1063-2042 2589-7616 30 2 brill.com/sbs
Philosophy; Social Sciences Journal of Applied Animal Ethics Research: Ethics for Animal Welfare, Veterinary Medicine, and Conservation – NEW 2588-9559 2588-9567 1 2 brill.com/jaae
Philosophy; Social Sciences Secular Studies – NEW 2589-2517 2589-2525 1 2 brill.com/secu
Religious Studies Brill Research Perspectives in Religion and Psychology – NEW 2589-711X 2589-7128 1 2 brill.com/rpsy
Religious Studies Religion and Gender – NEW at Brill 2589-8051 1878-5417 9 2 brill.com/rag
Religious Studies; Asian Studies Journal of Chan Buddhism – NEW 2589-7160 2589-7179 1 2 brill.com/chbu
Religious Studies; Education Brill Research Perspectives in Religion and Education – NEW 2589-529X 2589-5303 1 2 brill.com/rpre
Religious Studies; Social Sciences Brill Research Perspectives in Religion and Politics – NEW 2589-5842 2589-5850 1 2 brill.com/rprp
Social Sciences Public Anthropologist – NEW 2589-1707 2589-1715 1 2 brill.com/puan
Social Sciences Youth and Globalization – NEW 2589-5737 2589-5745 1 2 brill.com/yogo
Social Sciences; Media Brill Research Perspectives in Popular Culture – NEW 2589-4420 2589-4439 1 2 brill.com/rppc
Theology and World Christianity Brill Research Perspectives in Theological Traditions – NEW 2589-8795 2589-8809 1 2 brill.com/rptt
Theology and World Christianity Journal of Religion and Demography – NEW 2589-7411 2589-742X 6 2 brill.com/jrd
Theology and World Christianity; Philosophy Journal for Continental Philosophy of Religion – NEW 2588-9605 2588-9613 1 2 brill.com/jcpr

Further info.

The new titles are being added to DiscoverEd via an automated process as they become available on the Brill website.

For 2019 Brill publishes 310 journal titles in various subject fields. Nineteen of their titles are fully Open Access for 2019. Brill publications also include the imprints Brill | Nijhoff. Brill’s publications focus on the Humanities and Social Sciences, International Law and selected areas in the Sciences.  Access is from 2000 onwards.

Brill Journal Archive Online, Parts 1 and 1a (Vol 1 to 1999) and Part 2 (2000-2009) have been purchased in perpetuity by Jisc Collections and are available free of charge to UK higher and further education institutions and Research Councils.

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Spotlight on: FBI Files

This is part of an occasional series highlighting some of the digital resources available at the Library that will be of interest to students and staff in History, Classics and Archaeology.

Federal Bureau of Investigation [Public domain]

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was formed in 1908 by then Attorney General, Charles Bonaparte, under President Theodore Roosevelt. Initially known as the Bureau of Investigation (it added “Federal” in 1935) over the next 110 years the FBI’s remit and influence grew considerably and they are synonymous with American cultural, social and political history in the 20th century and beyond.

The FBI have been involved in a large number of famous, not so famous and infamous cases dealing with organised crime, terrorism, civil rights, white collar crime, espionage, violent crime and more. And did you know that through the Library you have access to a range of digitised files from the FBI?

FBI Files in Archives Unbound

Through the Library’s subscription to Archives Unbound (an enormous digital primary source database) you have access to over 20 collections of digitised material direct from the FBI, covering over 70 years of American history. You’ll spot some famous cases and names within these but possibly also some less known. However, between them they provide a fascinating insight into the political, cultural and social climate of the United States in the 20th century.

FBI File: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were a nondescript couple accused in 1950 by the U.S. government of operating a Soviet spy network and giving the Soviet Union plans for the atomic bomb. The trial of the Rosenbergs, which began in March 6, 1951, became a political event of greater importance than any damage they may have done to the United States. It was one of the most controversial trials of the 20th century. Their guilt and the harshness of their sentences continue to be vigorously debated to this day. Read More

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Resource Lists workshop for LLC course organisers

In response to LLC colleagues’ interest and  requests, the Library Learning Services will provide a Resources Lists workshop specially for staff of the LLC School who are using or planning to use the Resource Lists for their course teaching.

  • Time: 2.00 – 3.00pm Wednesday 17th April 2019
  • Venue: Room 1.02 (Computer Lab), 50 George Square

Library staff will be on hand to answer any Resource Lists-related questions and to tell you about the help available to set up a Resource List for your course. To help us manage the session, if you’d like to attend, could you please follow the link below to make a booking:

https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=34349

The event is also visible to LLC staff in MyEd and is bookable there. We hope to see many of you at the workshop!

Background information

LLC has the largest number (208 as of Jan 2019) of published Resource Lists among all the Schools of the University, though it only represents 27% of our LLC courses.

What you will learn

By the end of this session you will be able to create and edit your own Resource Lists and understand how the Library is using Resource Lists to manage the purchase of books, provide access to copyright compliant scans and manage HUB/Reserve requests.

Why use Resource Lists?

  1. to improve the student experience
  2. to make it easier for course organisers to manage the provision of library materials for teaching

About Resource Lists

Resource Lists provide students with easy and consistent access to key course reading materials. The Library currently provides 1900 Resource Lists for courses across every school. Lists can be viewed via the service homepage: http://resourcelists.ed.ac.uk  However, most students access their Resource Lists via a link in the left hand menu in the corresponding Learn course.

Resource Lists is the preferred route for Course Organisers to manage the provision of library materials. Once set up, lists are rolled over each June and can be reviewed and edited for the next academic year.

Any resource with a web address can be added to a list, including, books, e-books, book chapters, journal articles and videos. Course organisers assign priority to list items (Essential, Recommended or Further reading) and add notes for students indicating which chapters or pages should be read. The Library uses the priorities and student numbers to inform number of copies purchased and loan periods.

Resource Lists provide students with a number of features to help them manage their course reading. Students can create their own collection, make suggestions for new items to be added to lists and export their lists in their preferred citation style.

There is more information about Resource Lists on the IS website: http://edin.ac/resource-lists

For more information, please contact Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk

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On trial: State Papers: Eighteenth Century (Parts I and IV)

Thanks to a request from a HCA student the Library currently has trial access to Parts I and IV of State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 from Gale. Part I covers State Papers Domestic, Military and Naval and the Registers of the Privy Council, while Part IV covers State Papers Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Turkey.

You can access these two collections from here or via the E-resources trials page. Access is available on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 15th April 2019.

Part I: State Papers Domestic, Military and Naval and the Registers of the Privy Council

Screenshot of SP 35/71/1 f.5: Considerations on the nature of oaths, found at Lord North and Grey’s, Sept. 28 1722.

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PubMed LinkOut for Pure users

Instructions for Pure users on how to find data to join PubMed LinkOut

PubMed LinkOut is a service where you can send data to NCBI which will allow them to link PubMed records directly to your institutional repository:

PubMed LinkOut

Whilst the benefits for repository owners are obvious – e.g. massively increasing the visibility of your open access content – not many repositories are actually doing this. At the time of writing, in the UK there are only 4 other repositories in the LinkOut programme: University of Strathclyde, Imperial College London, the White Rose consortium & the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Currently there are no other institutions that use Pure so I thought I would investigate and create some instructions.

This blog post will help Pure administrators find URLs to full‐text open access items that have a PMID, but not a PMCID which can be used to send to NCBI.

Step 1: find Pure records that have a PMID, and also have open access full-text.

Note: Pure only holds PMIDs for records that have been imported from PubMed. Unfortunately, PMC IDs are not stored like other identifiers like ISBNs or DOIs. Set up a new report with the following filters:

  • Organisation Unit – include all underlying subunits
  • Source: select value is PubMed
  • Electronic version(s) of this work: Accepted author manuscript/Submitted manuscript

Recommended values for data table:

  • Electronic versions(s) of this work > DOI
  • System info > Source-ID
  • System info > UUID
  • System info > ID
  • Add access version of this item > Open Access embargo date

This report will pull all records from Pure that have been imported from PubMed, and will show the Pure ID/DOI/PMID/UUID and OA embargo date. The UUID will be used to generate a stable URL to the item page in the portal. Export the report as an Excel spreadsheet.

Step 2: Find out which Pure records with PMIDs also have PMCIDs

If a paper has a PMC ID then it will have an open access version in PubMed Central and the LinkOut won’t be interested in including that record. You can use the online PMCID – PMID – Manuscript ID – DOI Converter to find out if the items in the Pure report have PMC IDs:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/pmctopmid/

Cut/paste PMIDs into the box, select CSV result format and convert 100 records at a time. Any more will likely to produce an error.

Ignoring the results with PMCIDs, cut/paste the remaining PMIDs (Identifier not found in PMC) into a new column in the Pure report spreadsheet.

Step 3: Identify the Pure records which can be included in PubMed LinkOut.

So far we have a list of records in Pure that have a PMID (which may or may not have PMCIDs), and a list of PMIDs that have been checked to make sure they don’t have PMC IDs. What we need to do now is merge the data. There are a number of different ways to do this in Excel, but I chose to use the conditional formatting function to highlight duplicate PMIDs in Pure that are on the ‘not in PMC list’ we created. Filtering by colour will then give you a list of records which can be included in the PubMed LinkOut programme. I chose to remove the items which are currently under an embargo which can be identified from the Open Access embargo date, and removed using a filter.

All that is remaining to do is to tidy up the records and add the stable URL. This can be done by taking the UUID-4 value from the Pure report and concatenating with the handle server ID for Pure, for example:

Handle + UUID-4 = URL , e.g:

http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11820/e22c7edc-9533-4ad3-ae44-3f706dd7682c

Now you have a list of URLs of items in Pure that have PMIDs – but crucially not PMCIDs – which you can submit to the LinkOut Programme. You can download a printable PDF version of these instructions here:

Pure PubMed LinkOut instructions

 

 

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Archives Internship Opportunity

Sample bundle of letters from the Patrick Geddes Collections, University of Strathclyde Archives and Special Collections

We are delighted to be able to offer an 8-week, archive cataloguing project internship opportunity, working with the Wellcome Research Resource-funded archive project ‘Evergreen: Patrick Geddes and the Environment in Equilibrium’.  This is a fantastic opportunity for a student or new archive career professional to develop and demonstrate core archival skills. The internship will involve contributing to the enhancement of online archive catalogue descriptions relating to the fascinating correspondence of Patrick Geddes, helping to enhance and promote access to the collections. Closing date: 29 March 2019.  Interviews: 18 Arpil 2019.  Start date: 13 May 2019.

 

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Database trial – Shakespeare’s Globe Archive: Theatres, Players & Performance

We have been offered a free trial of Shakespeare’s Globe Archive: Theatres, Players & Performance published by Adam Matthew Digital. Please click here to access the trial. EASE login is required. The trial runs until 8th April 2019.

This collection of documents offers insights into the performance practice in the particular space of the reconstructed Globe Theatre. It details the way in which the theatre was constructed as a place of radical experiment. It documents over 200 performances through prompt books, wardrobe notes & jottings, programmes, publicity material, annual reports, show reports, posters, photographs, music archive and architectural plans. Read More

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World Newspaper Archive collections: on trial

Thanks to a request from the UncoverEd project team, I’m pleased to let you know that the Library currently has trial access to two digital newspaper collections, African Newspapers, Series 1 and South Asian Newspapers, from Readex. Both collections offer unique access to fully searchable collection of historical newspapers from Africa and South Asia.

You can access this digital resource via the E-resources trials page.
Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 19th April 2019. Read More

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