Scopus: Time-saving tips for navigating peer-reviewed academic literature

Thanks to Caroline Gibson, Academic Liaison Librarian, for giving a great presentation on some less well-know features of Scopus, one of the largest abstracting and indexing databases of academic literature available.

Apologies for the late start to those of you streaming in online.

The recording of Scopus: Time-saving tips for navigating peer-reviewed academic literature is now available.

The demo focused on:

  • Search tricks specific to Scopus
  • Analysing results
  • Personalised features such as alerts, lists and saved searches
  • Bulk download of PDFs

Search tricks specific to Scopus

In Scopus there are two types of phrase search:

  • fuzzy phrase with double quotes, e.g. “palm oil” will return the two words, their plurals and UK/US alternative spellings together, in any order.
  • Exact phrase with curly brackets, e.g. {Elaeis guineensis} will return the phrase as you type it. It’s not case sensitive, but will include hyphens, and will restrict to results with these words in this order only.

Analysing results

Caroline demonstrated using the ‘Analyze results’ feature once you have conducted a search. This feature allows you to visually gain insights into your topic such as:

  • publication trends
  • top authors
  • journal (or source) titles publishing on this topic
  • countries and institutions publishing on this topic

Scopus‘s strength is that data is linked throughout the database, so you can explore articles, citations, authors, journal titles etc in more detail just by clicking.

Use the ‘Find it’ button to check OneSearch for the full text.

Personalised features such as alerts, lists and saved searches

It is recommended that you create an account with Scopus (and all Library databases) to access the personalised features.

You can keep up to date with the literature by setting up email alerts:

  • When new results that match your search are published
  • When your favourite journal brings out an new issue
  • When an eminent author publishes a new article, or is cited
  • When a key article is cited

There are also ‘Lists’ to organise your saved results, and ‘Saved searches’ to revisit your saved searches. You can even just view new results since you last ran the search to save you trawling the whole list again!

Download of PDFs

This features elicited the first ever Wow! moment in Research Bites history!

Researchers were impressed to see that Scopus allows you to download full text PDFs – where available – directly to a folder on your computer. It even names them for you in a helpful format.

This is in addition to exporting results to reference manager such as EndNote, .

There are specific systems settings required for the bulk download of PDFs, which you can find in the Scopus help.

In November: Information seeking and management

Research Bites is back in November on the theme of Information seeking and management. These short, informal lunchtime sessions aim to deliver useful, practical information to researchers, and give you the chance to ask questions. More about Research Bites.

New live webcast

There is no need to register, just turn up. If you are not based in Lancaster, you can now watch a live stream of the session at 12.00 GMT by following the links below. Sessions will also be recorded and made available via the Recordings archive.

Top 5 time-saving tips for OneSearch

Wednesday 9th November, 12pm, Bowland North SR15. Live stream at 12.00 GMT.
Hear about these essential tips for making the most of the Library’s discovery tool.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Get better at literature searching

Wednesday 16th November, 12pm, Bowland North SR3. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Learn how to tackle the most common literature searching problems.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Scopus: Time-saving tips for navigating peer-reviewed academic literature

Friday 18th November, 12pm, Bowland North SR3. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Learn how to save searches, quickly analyse and download full-text results and take advantage of current awareness features including alerts.
Caroline Gibson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Scholarly publishing and open access: things to consider

Monday 21st November, 12pm, Bowland North SR9. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Get an introduction to the benefits of open access publishing, and learn about the available funding.
Louise Tripp, Academic Liaison Librarian and Open Access Manager, Library

Research data management: things to consider

Thursday 24th November, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Learn about the best practice when it comes to managing your research data.
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data & Repository Manager, Library.

As always, tea and coffee and something sweet will be provided.

Research Bites in January 2016

Many thanks to everyone who has attended one or more Research Bites sessions this academic year so far. I hope you have gained valuable insights and made new connections.

Research Bites will be back in January, on the theme of Research Data.

DMPOnline – Data Management Plans made easy
Friday 15th January, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Get an introduction to the DMPonline system, and some useful tips that will make the writing of a Data Management Plan easier.
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data & Repository Manager, Library

Digital Preservation for Research Data
Wednesday 20th January*, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Tips on preparing and selecting your research data for long term preservation.
Rachel MacGregor, Digital Archivist, Library

Research data storage, sharing and collaboration using Box
Friday 22nd January, 12.00 Bowland North SR 3
This session will demonstrate how to use Lancaster University Box, a cloud based file storage solution provided by ISS, to share files within the university and with external collaborators, and highlight other features and resources you to take your research file sharing to a new level.
Chris Dixon, Head of Service Delivery & Operations, ISS

Research Data security and encryption
Monday 25th January, 12.00 Bowland North SR 3
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Graeme Hughes, Head of Faculty IT, and John Couzins, IT Security Manager, ISS

Your researcher identity – ORCID
Tuesday 26th January, 12.00 Bowland North SR 11
Find out what ORCID is, and how it can help you to capture and distinguish your research outputs.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Wishing you a restful holiday, and a Happy New Year!

Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian

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Top Twitter Tips

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Thanks to everyone who came to the Top Twitter Tips session! I hope it was useful. There have been some follow-up tweets of things I forgot to say, so please check out my Twitter account @TanyaLibrarian and feel free to follow!

The recording is now available to view, and you can see the slides below and on SlideShare.

If there are any further follow-up questions, please leave a comment here.

Questions

If a conference has a Twitter account (e.g. @BrilliantConference2015) and an associated hashtag (e.g. #BrilliantConference2015) what’s the best way to tweet about the conference? It’s probably best to use the hashtag so that the organisers and other delegates can easily pull together all tweets related to the conference by searching the hashtag. It will make your tweets more visible. If you mention the account using the @ username your tweets will also be visible, and would show up in a keyword search. If you use the @ username at the start of your tweet (as you would in reply to that account) the tweet will only appear in the conference account’s mentions timeline, so other delegates would miss it, unless the conference account retweeted it.

Is there a quick way of finding someone’s username? Search in Twitter and check profile and picture if there is more than one person. However people may not use their name, or may tweet from multiple accounts, or have a common name, so you might need to do Google search for them.

Can you have private lists for a group of people? Yes you can! When you set up the list, you can choose Private. I believe that people are not notified when you add them to a private list (I couldn’t see the definitive answer to this on Twitter’s own page, but I believe Wired), so technically you could create a list of rivals, or job prospects, and no-one else would know!

twlists

Twitter’s Help centre is a really useful place to learn more about how Twitter works, and the advanced features. There are also tons of apps which can enhance how you use Twitter, but perhaps that’s for another time…

From database search to writing

Thank you to Dr Steve Wright for his very insightful session looking at a workflow that takes the researcher on a cyclical, digital journey from searching the literature to writing a thesis/paper.

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The introductory slides are available here: 20150415 Research Bites – from database to writing, and the recording will be available to watch soon.

The session was based on the assumption that the researcher is searching, reading, note-taking, managing documents, and writing digitally, potentially using multiple devices, such as laptops and tablets/iPads.

Most of the examples used Web of Science and Endnote Web, and Endnote for iPad, which are tightly integrated. Most databases and search tools, such as OneSearch and Google Scholar, also facilitate ‘pushing’ references to Endnote and other reference management tools.

When it comes to annotating and highlighting text in PDFs, Steve mentioned doing this within Endnote, or using other apps such as Good Reader, which allow you to export your notes.

For more intensive textual and qualitative analysis, Steve briefly introduces atlas.ti, which he’ll look at more next Thursday’s session. This software allows you to code your notes, effectively creating data out of your reading…

Questions

Why would I use Web of Science rather than Google Scholar? Yes Google Scholar does have very broad coverage, and quick indexing which is done by automated web crawlers. It’s great for broadening your search beyond journal literature into grey literature, conferences and websites. Web of Science on the other hand is a well-established, complex bibliographic database that indexes 12,000 ‘high impact’ journals and has much more sophisticated search functions, indexing (e.g.. subject categories, refining features) and citation data.

Does using Endnote for iPad and storing PDFs in your Endnote library fill up your iPad with PDFs? PDFs are not automatically synced to your iPad, so you only tap and download the ones you want to read at the time.

Can you unattach/delete PDFs from your Endnote references? Yes there is an option to delete the PDF.

Can I get Endnote to work on my Mac? This handy Lancaster Answer tells you how.

April is all about Information Management

Hello readers! April’s Research Bites programme is all about Information Management.

As always, there’s no need to sign up, and there will be tea or coffee and a sweet bite on offer.

New journal article alerts
Thursday 9th April , 12.00. Bowland North SR 1
Find out how to set up automatic alerts so you know when new articles come out on your topic.
Jenny Brine, Subject Librarian, Library

From database search to writing
Wednesday 15th April, 12.00. Bowland North SR 1
Get insights from an active researcher about his workflow using Endnote on an iPad and laptop.
Steve Wright, Learning Technologist, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Data Citation: What you need to know
Thursday 16th April, 12.00. Bowland North SR 1
Learn about the concept of data citation, how it can become an integral part of effective research practice, and how you can raise the profile of your own research data.
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data & Repository Manager, Library

Using Qualitative Data Analysis software to integrate research evidence and literature
Thursday 23rd April, 12.00. Bowland North SR 27
Learn how Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) software can be used to help manage, analyse and integrate research literature and qualitative data.
Steve Wright, Learning Technologist, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Tools to manage your bibliography
Tuesday 28th April, 12.00. Bowland North SR 25
Get to know the pros and cons of some of the reference management tools available to you.
Lorna Pimperton and Tim Leonard, Librarians, Library

Using other libraries and archives
Thursday 30th April, 12.00. Charles Carter A05
Find out how to search for and access material held in other libraries and archives.
Helen Clish, Subject Librarian, Library