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March 21, 2012

Finding journal articles when we have no subscription

Warwick has a large and excellent collection of journal subscriptions but we don't subscribe to every journal! I sometimes find myself giving this same advice to PhD students, about finding journal articles in full text when we have no subscription to the journal(s) that they want access to.

If there are particular journal articles that you want access to, then you might be able to find some for free by searching on Google. In my experience, Google is better than Google Scholar at finding open access articles, if you already know article title and author to search by. Another place to look for open access versions of journal articles would be on a repository cross-searching tool like BASE for open access early versions of the articles.

Students can also complete document supply requests, with the support of a supervisor. Or if you can find a library which subscribes to a print version of the journal then you could possibly arrange to visit that library (see the Library advice page on Using other Libraries). COPAC is a good website to use, to find out about other libraries’ holdings, as it is a union catalogue of a number of UK research libraries.

May 31, 2011

The holdings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers library have been added to Copac

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News just in that the holdings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' library have been added to COPAC. I'm a great fan of Copac and recommend it to researchers who are looking for books. It includes holdings from top research libraries all around the UK and Ireland, including the British library, so if a book exists on your topic, and it is in the UK, then this is the place I'd expect to find out about it. Not only that but you can also find out where you need to visit to see the book... and then you can investigate inter-library lending and access schemes like Sconul, at your own library. 

I've linked to the guide to finding books on our Research Exchange website.

March 01, 2011

Registering accounts

When you register your account with EndNote Web or some other online tool, make sure that you associate it with an enduring e-mail address or that you remember your username and password!

A recent contact lost stored references in EndNote Web after changing institution and therefore e-mail address and fogetting the password to that account so that the e-mail address associated with it could not be changed.

February 18, 2011

A video about themes of Library support for Researchers

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I delivered a workshop for research students this week on Dissemination information about your research, as part of Warwick's Research Student Skills Programme. Here is a handy example of how a video can be uploaded to YouTube and then embedded in your blog. Most of the session focused on more traditional scholarly publication stuff, but we did finish by considering Web 2.0/Social networking routes for the promotion of research work.

This is a video of me talking about themes that the Library can help researchers with, at the University of Warwick.

January 24, 2011

Wireless access when you visit other Universities – Eduroam

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When you visit another University for a conference or for whatever reason, you can access wireless Internet access via the Eduroam network, using your username and password that logs you into the University of Warwick network. This is an International agreement, although the link I've given is useful to find out about participating UK Universities. You can find out about Eduroam worldwide at:

You'll still appear to be off campus when you try to access library electronic subscription resources, so you'll need to follow our off-campus links to get access to databases like JSTOR, Web of Science or any of the Cambridge Scientific Abstracts databases. (See our e-resources page at:

January 19, 2011

Raise attention for your work on the Web

Google (and other) rankings will take into account how many external websites have linked to a page. So it makes sense to choose a web location at which to promote your work and to then set up profiles on other sites which all link to the main location, thus boosting the position of that site in Google results lists. 

I'd recommend using your institution's website for your main web location, because that already has Google kudos. Then link to that page from the other sites.

This is a theme that this blog will expand on this year, considering places where researchers can refer to their work online. The tag to watch will be "Dissemination".

December 10, 2010

Make a DOI into a link

I'm always surprised at the things I do daily that non-librarians don't know about. I'm starting a new tag, "quick_tip" on this blog for such occurrences...

Turn any DOI into a link by appending it to

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