Research & Reference
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Open access research is now more accessible as JISC has developed a new search engine to help academics, students and the general public navigate papers held in the UK’s open access repositories. JISC has funded the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) to create an innovative new search facility which searches not just the abstract but the full text of the article. When researchers use current systems like Google Scholar to search academic papers they can find themselves denied access to the full article, particularly when subscription fees are required. They also typically have to search across a number of open access repositories or use searches that harvest data from different sources. But now, using the COnnecting REpositories tool or CORE, people can search the full text of items held in 142 approved Open Access repositories. “UK repositories contain a wealth of high quality research papers.
Save your tabs in one browser; open them in another. Surfon aims to make jumping between different browsers and devices easier, and it works. If you use more than one computer, and frequently open way too many tabs , you’ve run into this problem before. You want to switch computers, but also want to move browser tabs with you. Surfon makes this not only possible, but simple, allowing you to save and restore your open tabs in just a couple of clicks.
The web is full of ebooks, you can see mine here , but finding them isn't always easy. You can search by file type on Google or visit any number of document hosting services like Issuu, but even then you might be missing something good. Search EBooks is a service dedicated to helping you find free ebooks. When you find an ebook on Search EBooks you can view a preview of it, download, or grab an embed code without ever leaving the search results page. Applications for Education Many useful how-to manuals are published as ebooks.
Takeaway: We’re living through the closing chapter of paper and the printed word - and we shouldn’t mourn their passing. The cost of online access to everything is zero compared with the expense of limited access to paper. Photo: Shutterstock
Today we’re publishing a new video: Plagiarism Explained by Common Craft One of our most suggested titles, this video is aimed at educators who are on the front lines of helping students of all ages understand and avoid plagiarism. In researching this video it became clear that there are two types of plagiarism - intentional and unintentional. While we cover intentional plagiarism, we also highlight the situation where a person has positive intentions, but lacks information about what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it. This video is currently available to Common Craft members with captions in English. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Published: 22 July 2011 We are pleased to announce that the NLN materials, a huge range of well-respected online teaching and learning resources, have been transferred to LSIS this week. Originally funded by the Skills Funding Agency, the materials represent one of the most substantial and wide-ranging collections of e-learning materials in the UK.
EIFL-sponsored project nominated for prestigious UN award According to the World Health Organization, across the world, there are 285 million visually impaired persons (VIP); 90% of them are living in developing countries. The librarians at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) wanted to better serve the students with visual impairments at their university. In collaboration with the EIFL-FOSS programme, they formed a partnership with UZ’s Disability Resource Centre (DRC) to implement real solutions resulting in increased access to online resources for the UZ’s students with disabilities. Their success was recognized by the Zimbabwe Ministry of Public Affairs, and the project has been nominated for a UN award.
A new community-owned content service for UK HE and FE institutions JISC Collections, the membership organisation that supports the provision of digital content for education and research in the UK, is formally launching a new service to consolidate and host a broad range of content including journal archives, historic books and multimedia items. The JISC eCollections service has been funded by JISC, to protect and preserve content investments made by JISC Collections on behalf of UK higher and further education institutions. The service comprises three platforms, developed in partnership with EDINA (JISC MediaHub) and Mimas (JISC Journal Archives and JISC Historic Books). Together they are intended to provide a sustainable, value for money alternative to accessing licensed content on publisher platforms. Each platform contains a number of resources to which JISC Collections has previously negotiated long-term licences, along with some content that has never before been available online:
What does the future hold for our university libraries? Are they obsolete or are they essential? The library has long been seen by many as a very traditional, conservative institution, and is often portrayed as a place where rows upon rows of antiquated book shelves slowly gather dust. Yet a visit to the university library today will reveal a substantial investment in technology to streamline research and provide users with a more seamless and rewarding experience.
March 5th, 2012 by Ellyssa Kroski There were an amazing 395 responses to last week’s poll question: Which new technology(ies) do you think will have the most impact on libraries over the next 2-5 years? e-Books, mobile, and cloud computing technologies dominated the responses.
Amazon encourages multiple purchase of their Kindles for use in education, however at present this does not extend to multiple use of digital content bought from the Kindle store. The digital content may be downloaded for personal use only which would not include the loan of individual items to multiple users. Our FAQ on Copyright issues in lending Kindles for more detail on this. There is material which it may be possible to use and lend freely such as:
The British Library's newspaper archive, previously kept in decent obscurity in north London, is now available to browse online. Photograph: Jack Sullivan/Alamy As the Leveson inquiry reveals fresh horrors about press behaviour every day, the British Library 's archive of early newspapers , which has gone online , shows there is nothing new under the Sun – or, perhaps, in it. More than 4m pages, drawn mainly from 19th-century regional newspapers, previously kept in decent obscurity at the library's newspaper archive in Colindale, north London , will now be available for historians and family researchers to browse for a small fee, or free if they visit the central library in King's Cross. All human life, not to say all the news fit to print, is certainly there, albeit written up in florid Victorian prose – great events, horrible murders reported in exhaustive detail, celebrity gossip, as well as the occasional intrusion into private grief.
Twitter is a big part of education and technology. But what happens when it needs to be included in an academic paper? Until now, you had to do your best to guess the proper citation for tweets in academic papers.
This is a bit of an older infographic, but I was talking to someone the other day and they were planning to do some research and was complaining about how she had to scroll through pages and pages on Google to find something useful. I asked what she searched for. She told me she searched for a question. Tsk tsk. I dug up this infographic for her and she was astounded, amazed, inspired… Oh how they praise the geeks in the modern age for such basic knowledge.
Without the scientists, mathematicians, and inventors of the past, we would today be without the technology that we see surrounding us. If you are interested in learning more about the people who greatly contributed to scientific advances in our technology, then check out a site called Famous Scientists. Famous Scientists is a free to use website that provides informative details about notable scientists, mathematicians, and inventors of the past and present. On the site’s homepage you will find the list of people sorted alphabetically. Simply click on a person to view their details that includes their bio and contributions.