Early European Books Online and Historical Texts

Collections 1 – 4 of Early European Books Online, to which we recently gained access at http://eeb.chadwyck.co.uk, are a superb resource for many researchers.    They contain scanned images of over 20,000 books printed before 1700 from several major European libraries (the National Central Library of Florence, the National Library of the Netherlands, the Royal Library in Copenhagen, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and the Wellcome Library in London which is strong in the history of science).   Every page in each book has been scanned to a high quality from the original volumes rather than from microfilm.  The specialist search options are impressive.   Each individual book in Collections 1 – 4 has a record in iFind Discover the library catalogue, with a direct link to each book.

Most of the books in Early European Books Online are in European languages other than English.  It thus complements Early English Books Online (EEBO) which includes 125,000 books published in English up to 1700 and is available to us within the Historical Texts website.   Historical Texts contains EEBO, Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 19th century books digitised from the British Library’s collections.  Historical Texts, launched this year, replaced JISC Historic Books whose interface had been widely criticised.   There are links to Historical Texts in iFind Research and iFind Research.

Both Early European Books Online and Historical Texts can suggest many possibilities for research.   Further developments are planned in both sites.


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Trial access to SAGE Research methods until end of November

We currently have trial access to Sage Research Methods: http://srmo.sagepub.com/  and Sage Research Methods Cases  http://srmo.sagepub.com/cases (on-campus access).
This trial will be of interest to researchers and post graduate students in the following disciplines:
Health and Nursing;
Business, Economics and Marketing;
Politics, History, Media and Communication;
Criminology, Social work, Social Policy, Education, Sociology and anthropology;
SRM is a research methods tool created to help researchers  with their research projects. 
It contains:
720 research methods books, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and handbooks;
Methods map – a visual search tool supported by a unique, complex taxonomy of research methods terms, methodologies, and people in the field;
Journal articles;

Please send feedback on  to Michele.Davies@swansea.ac.uk or C.Boucher@swansea.ac.uk, stating how useful you found the content and whether you have a preference for Sage Research Methods or Sage Research Methods Cases.

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Whar are the most cited research papers of all time?

Nature News has compiled a list of the 100 most highly cited papers, using data from Science Citation Index. Of the 58 million items analysed, only 14,499 have more than 1,o0o citations – the 1985 discovery of the hole in the ozone layer has 1,871 citations. It takes over 12,119 citations to make the top 100. Watson & Crick’s paper on the structure of DNA misses the cut (5,207 citations) although the first observation of carbon nanotubes is ranked 36th in the list (22,899 citations). Only three papers have more than 100,000 citations.

The winners?

  1. 1951 Protein measurement with the folin phenol reagent: 305,148 citations
  2. 1970 Cleavage of structural proteins during the assembly of the head of bacteriophage T4: 213,005 citations
  3. 1976 A rapid and sensitive method for the quantitation of microgram quantities of protein utilizing the principle of protein-dye binding: 155,530 citations

The most highly cited paper describes an assay to determine the amount of protein in a solution; papers on experimental methods and software dominate the list.

http://www.nature.com/news/the-top-100-papers-1.16224#/interactive has more information, including full citations for the papers mentioned, a spreadsheet with the whole list, and interactive graphics.

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Digital Public Library of America and Europeana


Oranguatans sipping tea (an image in Europeana)    CC BY from the Wellcome Library

The online Digital Public Library of America, set up last year, can be of value in many fields of research. It enables us to search and view millions of items within America’s research libraries, archives, and museums, including books and manuscripts, photographs, sounds, and moving images.

Europeana, the European Digital Library, is comparable with the Digital Public Library of America.  It enables us to search and view digitised materials of libraries, archives and museums from most European countries, including all 28 members of the European Union.  Over 2,500 institutions have contributed records.   Parts of Europeana, including Europeana 1914-1918, invite viewers to add their own family’s memories to resources from libraries and archives.

Both of these digital libraries are growing fast and have ambitious plans.    Europeana’s plans are outlined in its Europeana Strategy 2015-2020.

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IEEE Xplore: What’s new, tips and tricks

The IEEE will be running an IEEE Xplore session at Swansea University on Tuesday 18th November 2014. The session will provide an overview of the IEEE Xplore platform, including search tips and tricks, what’s new, personalisation options and much more about:

  • Finding articles you need quickly and easily
  • Advanced search options
  • Personalisation options
  • Searching by author affiliation/country
  • How to use IEEE Xplore as a placement/job hunting tool
  • New content and features recently added
  • IEEE – How to get published
  • And more…

IEEE Xplore is a major full-text database giving access to journals, transactions, conference proceedings and standards from IEEE and IET, and is an essential tool for research in engineering, computing and technology.

Date:     Tuesday 18th November 2014
Session: 11am – 12 noon
Library Training Room 3

For more information please contact:
Susan Glen
Deputy Subject Librarian
Tel: 01792 295031
Email: s.glen@swansea.ac.uk

Attendance is free. Use this link to book your place. A confirmation of your place will be emailed to you.

The IEEE will also have a stand in the Faraday Engineering Building; from 09am – 10.30am.  So pop by to learn more about how IEEE can help with your course/work and pick up some freebies.

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ORCID iDs – ensure you get credit for ALL of your work

ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID is a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars that is open, non-proprietary, transparent, mobile, and community-based. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier to distinguish you from all other researchers, automatically linking your professional activities.  It only takes 5 minutes to register and record your ORCID.

  • Funding organisations like the U.S. NIH, Wellcome Trust, and Portuguese FCT are requesting ORCID iDs during grant submission.
  • Publishers such as Nature and Elsevier are collecting ORCID iDs during manuscript submission, and your ORCID iD becomes a part of your publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you.
  • Universities and research institutes such as Harvard, Oxford, Michigan, University of Glasgow, University College London and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) encourage ORCID adoption; many are creating ORCID iDs for their faculty, postdocs and graduate students.
  • Professional associations like the Society for Neuroscience and Modern Language Association are incorporating ORCID iDs into membership renewal.

What you should do:

  1. Claim your free ORCID iD at http://orcid.org/register . It only takes two minutes to register. How-to-video
  2. Record your ORCID iD (e.g. 0000-0002-6791-2886) in ABW under the ‘Research Submissions’ tab, this takes 3 minutes.  How-to-video
  3. Use your ORCID wherever you see it:  HR systems, applications for grants, publication submission, Impactstory, Figshare and more. Learn more at http://orcid.org.
  • Put your ORCID in your email signature so you don’t have to remember it or where you put it.
  • Link your ResearcherID and Scopus Author Identifier
  • Import your research outputs and add biographical information using automated import wizards

PG and PhD students, early new researchers and even UG students (if they are conducting work which may be published) are encouraged to register early in their careers to achieve the maximum benefit of this scheme.

Want to know more?  Here are 10 things you should know about ORCID by Impactstory.  If you have any questions about ORCID you can contact Rebecca r.kelleher@swansea.ac.uk , Information Services & Systems.

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Changes to the Research Professional login

You can now login to Research Professional using your normal Swansea University username & password.

To login to Research Professional using your university account:

  1.  Open researchprofessional.com
  2.  Click login at the top right hand side of the screen
  3.  On the next screen select ‘Swansea University’ from the box below the text ‘With your university account
  4.  Click ‘Log in
  5.  Enter your Swansea University username and password on the next screen and click ‘Login

You will now be redirected to the Research Professional web site logged into your Research Professional profile.

If you have any questions about the new login for Research Professional, please contact us on 01792 295695 or by email at iss.css@swansea.ac.uk

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