GCU approves Open Educational Resources (OER) policy

The University Executive recently approved an Open Educational Resources (OER) policy. This policy places GCU among the key players in open practice in Scotland and the UK. You can view the policy on the university website.

What are OERs? OERs are digital materials that are made available online to be used or re-purposed for teaching, learning and research. They can include images, audio, video, animations, content modules and other digital resources. Continue reading

Study spaces/Unattended belongings removal

Study space in the library is in high demand.

Please don’t leave personal belongings to reserve a space in the Library.

Not only do you risk having your belongings stolen you are also depriving your fellow students of the opportunity to use a much-needed study space.

Following consultation with the Students’ Association, and after a poll on the topic – from Monday 23rd March 2015 library staff will implement a policy of removing unattended belongings to make PCs and study space available for other people to use.

The PCs in the Library will also auto log-off after periods of inactivity, and any PC which isn’t logged on will be made available for use by another person.

Do not leave your work station and belongings unattended at any time. Removed property can be collected from the Campus Security Office.

Library helps to raise £15,000 for charity

As part of the Library’s regular review of stock, we strive to ethically  disposal of any withdrawn material. We are pleased to note that through the online sale of our withdrawn books between 1st February & 31st October 2014, our charity partners, The Book Rescuers, raised almost £15,000 for the African Children’s Educational Trust (A-CET).

The trust supports the education of African children through provision of scholarships and the upgrading of community elementary rural schools.

Research impact and journal quality

There are a number of measures used for journal quality, article impact and assessing your personal research output.

You may find lists of quality journals designated by experts in particular fields.  For example, the Association of Business Schools (ABS) publishes a guide on journal quality which uses citation data, peer review and expert opinion to provide a list of academic journal titles for management and business researchers.   Thomson Reuters publishes annual Journal Citation Reports (JCR) which provide impact factors and quality rankings for academic journals.  The library provides access to the current JCR Social Sciences and JCR Science editions (log in with your Domain username and password).

Altmetric provide article level metrics to researchers.  They collect data on citations within social media sites, government papers and newspapers as alternative counts to the academic data in JCR mentioned above.  There is a free bookmarklet for researchers.

In 1995, Jorge E. Hirsch proposed the H-index as a measure of the output of individual researchers.  This is still used widely within academia (and you will find many articles discussing it).  Google Scholar provides H-index measures for articles and scholars.  See their metrics pages for details.  You can also find or calculate your own H-index using Journal Citation Reports or Google Scholar.

The academic librarians are here to support you in your research and can offer tailored workshops for groups or one-to-one support.  Please contact us if you want to follow up on anything or if you want to arrange an appointment.  See our contact details.

References

HIRSCH, J. E., 2005. An index to Quantify an Individual’s Scientific Research Output. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  102(46) pp. 16569-16572.

Connecting to Refworks

The way to connect to electronic resources has changed.  This post explains the new process to connect to your Refworks account.

To connect to your Refworks account, choose Refworks from the database A-Z  or from the Refworks quick link at the bottom of the library home page.  You will be prompted to log in with your Domain username and password.

You may occasionally connect to your account from the Refworks home page.  To do this Continue reading

Migrating your RefWorks account to your domain username and password

As an existing Refworks user you need to follow the steps below to retain access to your account. This is a necessary step as we are moving to domain username and password for the library’s online resources – the one you use for GCU Learn or a GCU computer.

  • Click here to begin
  • Log in with your domain username and password
  • Click on the link ‘Link an existing Refworks Account to this Shibboleth AccountDO NOT enter your email address here or you will create a new account.

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  • You will need your RefWorks code which has been sent to you in an email from ertenq@gcu.ac.uk
  • Enter Refworks Code: which starts with RW_2223_**********************************  and password ChangeMe
  • Click on Link Account
  • In future login to RefWorks by visiting the RefWorks homepage and then click on ‘My Institutions Credentials (Shibboleth)’ and not Athens user.

Any questions or issues please email your librarian –  ertenq@gcu.ac.uk.

New ebooks from Cambridge University Press available

1966 titles that were published in 2005-2006 and 2012 by Cambridge University Press are now available through our library catalogue. These are part of the SHEDL perpetual access deal. These join the further 2665 CUP titles in the catalogue which were published between 2007-11. We will also be loading licensed titles published in 2013 on a month by month basis. Links from a catalogue record will take you directly to a title If you would like to see the subject collections please go to http://ebooks.cambridge.org/home.jsf