What is PRISMA?

What is PRISMA?

Are you undertaking your dissertation or a major piece of research?

Looking for a diagram/flowchart to evidence your search strategy?

PRISMA is a recognised tool designed to improve the quality of reporting primary systematic and meta-analyses. A common question to the Academic Librarian team is “What is PRISMA and how do I complete the flowchart?”

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Want to read the Financial Times?

Interested in what’s going on in the business world?

Why not explore the FT.Com database.  Not only can you read the  daily Financial Times paper (including North American, Middle East and Asian editions) but you can explore the rich content of the full FT. COM database – including business sector reports, market data, analyst comment and up to date news and views.

The FT database is searchable, enabling you to integrate FT content into your research, it also a fantastic resource for that all important future job interview when you need some background information on a company or sector. For first time access and you must initially register using your university email address at:  FT.COM

Access FT.com through the library website for the best experience.

Fighting the fear of copyright with the GCU Online UK Copyright Advisor.

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Hi, I’m Marion Kelt and I’m the Copyright Advisor at GCU. Over the last year I’ve noticed a rise in the number and types of copyright enquiry. In one way, I’m glad to see this as most of us have a general fear of copyright and licensing issues. They are the elephant in the room, we all know it is there, but nobody wants to admit it exists!

Our team developed an online copyright advisor to help staff and students to quickly answer the most frequently asked questions on commonly used resources. It is available 24-7 to help you with the more straightforward copyright questions. It answers FAQs on seven types of resource: Continue reading

Are you working on your dissertation or Honours’ Project?

The Library has lots of useful resources that can help you with your dissertation or Honours’ Project.

Planning your search strategy

We have a range of books that can help you get started with your literature review and with your dissertation or project more generally (for example here, here and here).  Additionally our online training package SMILE has lots of tips that will improve the quality of your research. Continue reading

Free open access publishing for GCU authors in over 2000 journals

Through the library’s subscription with the publisher Springer, GCU authors can benefit from the Springer Compact open access agreement. This allows staff and research students at GCU to publish articles open access in over 2000 journals, at no cost.

GCU authors can gain from publishing open access in a number of ways. These include increased visibility of your research worldwide, compliance with funder and REF open access policies, and enhanced impact and public engagement of your work.

The list of eligible journal titles can be found here. Once an article is accepted for publication in a journal from this list, the publisher will contact the corresponding author to confirm the institutional affiliation.

The Springer Compact agreement is available to staff until December 2018.

For further information please contact: repository@gcu.ac.uk

edShare update: embeddable HTML5 player

edShare@GCU, the University’s educational resources repository, has now been updated to include an embeddable HTML5 player for all video and audio content. An example record can be accessed via this link: https://edshare.gcu.ac.uk/873/.

This means that instead of embedding a specific derivative, staff will now be able to embed an HTML5 player which selects the correct derivative to play depending on what browser or device is being used. To facilitate this update the abstract page for video and audio files has changed, specifically the tabs located under the player. The system now generates three tabs for each file. Continue reading

Exporting results to Refworks

Glasgow Caledonian University is currently supporting the legacy version of Refworks.

To ensure you can export your results successfully please login to your Refworks account before you begin a search using Discover or a library database.

During the export process you will see the screen below

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Select the legacy Refworks option.

Contact the academic librarians on 0141 331 3333 or the library desk staff library@cu.ac.uk if you have any problems.

Using Write-N-Cite 4 (WNC4) on university computers

We are now using the new version of Write-N-Cite in Refworks.  Write-N-Cite is a tool which allows you to add citations in any referencing format whilst writing essays and assignments using Microsoft Word.  It works by creating a link between your Refworks account and Microsoft Word so that you have access to all of your Refworks folders and citations from within the Word programme.

Previously we were able to install Write-N-Cite into the Word programme across all of the public computers in the university.  We cannot do this with the new version but the process of installing it yourself is very straightforward.

write n cite 4 plug inWhen you want to use Write-N- Cite, from the Start menu on the computer, choose Load Write-N-Cite plugin.bat and this will start the process automatically.

 

When the plug in has downloaded a pop-up box will prompt you to launch Microsoft Word which will open with the plug-in installed.

 

If you want to use Write-N-Cite on your own (home) computer, you can install it and should only have to do this once.  Follow the download instructions from the Tools menu within Refworks.

Contact the academic librarians on 0141 331 3333 or the library desk staff library@gcu.ac.uk if you have any problems.  Alternatively, check the guides on the library’s Refworks pages for more information.