With many students thinking about dissertations it seemed a good time to remind you about Senate House Library. This amazing resource is open to all students and provides many excellent resources for all disciplines.
You will also find many journals that will be relevant for your studies. If you find the Royal Holloway Library Service don’t subscribe to a journal or our subscription doesn’t cover the years you require then you should also check the Senate House catalogue.
You can access the print collections of Senate House by visiting them in central London. You can borrow books and return them to the drop box on campus at the University of London Depository (Building 39 on campus map). The drop box is located just outside the main entrance at the top of the stairs and there are a few things to note:
The box is open 24/7
Items deposited will be taken off your account on the same working day
Fines money cannot be taken at the Depository, and nor can fines disputes be dealt with there
Have you used the British Library? If you haven’t but are interested in going there and (to quote them) exploring the world’s knowledge these videos will give you tips before you go (so it is a little less scary).
It is a great resource for researchers, staff and dissertation students.
1. Registering with the library
2. Using the Reading Rooms
There are a few rules about using them so this is a great video so you know what to do before you go.
3. Exploring the Collections – Researcher
4. Exploring the Collections – Designer
Even if you don’t want to use it I’d recommend visiting the permanent Treasures of the British Library exhibition (see Jane Austen’s writing desk, The Magna Carta and Gutenberg Bible or any of their temporary ones.
This tool allows you to create an unique online profile that shows your publication history.
Click on “Sign-up/Access my ResearcherID” along the right-hand side under “My ResearcherID” or click “My ResearcherID” along the top. You will be prompted to log into your ISI Web of Knowledge account with your username and password.
2. Some of your information will be prepopulated in the Registration form. Complete any remaining fields and click the “Submit Registration” button at the bottom of the page.
3. Accept the End User License Agreement.
4. Registration completed.
Add your publications
1. Click on “Add Publication”
2. There are five ways of adding
– ISI Web of Knowledge
– Web of Science®
1. Click on one of the links in “Add Publications“ to add a publication.
2. Enter last name and initials to search for records of relevant articles.
3. A list of records from the search will be shown.
4. Browse through all records and select the records for research papers you have written by clicking on “Add Selections to List”.
– Web of Science Distinct Author Set
– EndNote® Web
1. Click on the “Go to Endnote Web” link in ”Add To: My Publications” to add a publication.
2. a. If you are not currently a user, or are not currently signed in to EndNote Web you will be prompted to register or log in. (More Information on Endnote Web is available here)
b. If you are already logged into EndNote Web via your integrated ISI Web of Knowledge or Web of Science
login, you will automatically be taken to your “My References” page.
3. Registered, logged in EndNote Web users will be taken to their “My References” page. From there you can select existing references to add to any of your 3 Publication Lists in ResearcherID. Select the references you
want to add and choose the preferred ResearcherID publication list in the “Add to group…” drop-down menu
– RIS file from EndNote, Reference Manager (RefMan) or other reference software
1. Click on one of the links in “Add Publications” to add a publication.
2. You can upload an RIS formatted text file which can be exported from EndNote, RefMan or other reference
software. The RIS format is a tagged file format for expressing bibliographic citations.
ResearcherID interactive Labs
ResearcherID includes an interactive Labs environment for exploration of author-level metrics. These tools allow for visual analysis of research networks based on:
Country / Territory
The tools include:
Citing Articles Network – Visually explore who is citing your published works.
Collaboration Network – Visually explore your collaboration associates.
Create a Badge – Place an image graphic on any Web site to show your membership in ResearcherID. The badge displays a real-time summary of your Profile and publications on mouse-hover.
Find Other Authors
You can also search for other authors in your field:
Click on Additional Resources tab in ISI Web of Science:
Select a subject from the by Top Researcher Keywords. You will see a list of the most cited authors in this field. Clicking on one of the names leads to more information about the person.
Go to any of these ProQuest databases: ProQuest Historical Newspapers, ProQuest Entrepreneurship, British Periodicals, FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals, Guardian and Observer, House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, John Johnson Collection, Literature Online (LION), New York Times, Periodicals Archive Online, PRISMA: Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas (via Senate House)
On the home page click the My Research (or on some databases My Archive)link
On the log-in page click on the Create a My Research account link. This will take you to a registration page. You will need to enter a username and password and an email address to register. Once you have done this an email will be sent to you with a link which you will need to follow to confirm registration. Once you have registered you can sign in each time you visit the site to access your personal account and searches.
Note: If you have not logged into ProQuest through your institution for a period of 76 days, you will be notified by email that your My Research account will become inactive after 90 days.
SimilarPages is very good for finding new content. Simply enter a URL you know and it finds related pages.
It indexes over 50 million websites and allows you to branch out further based on new sites found.
The SimilarPages Add-On is the free Web Discovery and Search Tool by SimilarPages. For any page you land on, SimilarPages add-on automatically generates a list of similar websites. All you have to do is to follow the links you are interested in.
Type a URL into the search box.
You will then get suggested sites (unless the URL is too obscure).
You can create your own log-in within these databases and save results to your own personal folder.
To create your account, simply click on the ‘sign in’ option along the top menu and then choose to create an account.
The next time you log into an EBSCO database you can then ‘Sign in’ using your EBSCO user name and start adding things to your folder. That way you’ll always have a record of the useful articles and reports you found.
When you are logged into your account the EBSCO symbol next to the search box will look like this:
Not everybody will want to be totally anonymous but in our online world it is important to be informed about privacy.
Take note of the privacy options available and adjust the settings where necessary when signing up to a new service. Many sites will give you a variety of options allowing you to set the privacy settings at a level to suit you. This will include an option to keep your whole profile private, or open to only those users you choose to share your information with.
But remember the more information we share the less control we have of it (This light hearted video is a good reminder).
Download the application from the website – you should be able to install it on your PC. It uses data from Google Scholar, so it picks up titles not included in JCR, such as reports and other non peer-reviewed materials. The results are therefore widely different from JCR and should not be directly compared.
The tips below are useful when searching Google and other databases.
Search term example
Use double quotes (“”) if you want Google to search a phrase in that exact order
Type a minus (-) sign immediately before the term you want to exclude. The minus sign should be placed immediately before the word preceded by a space. This search retrieves items on various beverages other than tea
“fair trade” tea OR coffee
Google’s default is to search all the words you type in your search. If you want it to search either one or several words, you can use the OR operator (note that OR must be typed in upper-case)
“student protest” 1960..1970
If you want to limit the result to pages covering the subject within a specified date (e.g. 1960-1970) type the date separated by two stops (..) and no spaces
If you want to search for synonyms place the tilde ~ immediately in front of the word or phrase. Eg ~school will retrieve pages on college, academy, university, education, etc.
Insert an asterisk (*) as a wildcard symbol. This allows stem or word variation searches. For example typing consum* will retrieve material on consumer, consumers, consumerism, consumption, etc.