Research resource of the month: Sage Research Methods Online

SAGE Research Methods Online is a useful online resource for anyone doing research or learning how to conduct research.

Its coverage spans the full range of research methods used in the social and behavioural sciences, plus a wide range of methods commonly used in science, technology, medicine, and the humanities.

With more than 800 books, reference works, journal articles, and videos from SAGE’s world-renowned research methods list, it provides information on writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing a research method, collecting and analyzing data, and writing up the findings.

Some features include:

  • Titles from SAGE’s renowned book, journal, and reference content in Research Methods.
  • The Methods Map visualises relationships among unique methods terms, concepts, and people.
  • Methods Lists can be used to compile selected books, book chapters, and journal articles for later review or to share with colleagues.
  • Videos, cases and podcasts.

See also an introductory video (click the link and scroll to the bottom of the page).

You can access Sage Research Methods Online from CityLibrary Search or from our Databases A-Z.

 

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Need to use another library for your research? Here’s how you can do it!

As a research student or member of staff at City, you can benefit from a wide range of collections held by academic and specialist libraries. So not only can you visit many other university libraries, you can also access the library collections of art galleries and professional bodies, as well as important archive collections.

We have put together a library guide which sets out the main libraries available to you. Some top picks are:

Please see our library guide for more details of the different collections held by the wide range of libraries that are available to you; also for details of how you can access them. (Note that each library will have specific rules as to how you can join – we have attempted to summarise these in our library guide).

If there are any libraries you would like to visit which aren’t covered in our guide, please contact a Research Librarian and we will check their access rules.

Research resource of the month: IEEE Xplore

IEEE Xplore provides access to content from IEEE as well as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

It contains full text of almost one-third of the world’s current literature in electrical engineering, communications, and computer science, including highly cited peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and standards and some archival material from the 1880s.

Search options include:

  • Basic Search—type in a key word or phrase.
  • Advanced Search—construct complex search queries.
  • Author Search—find articles by author’s name.
  • Search history, allowing you to view, edit and re-run your recent searches.
  • Select citations to print, e-mail or download directly from search results.

See the You Tube video on Advanced searching on IEEE Xplore below:

 

Enabling learning through storytelling

I recently attended a lunchtime workshop run by the City Academy on narratives and storytelling based on a performance arts approach. I’m interested in both using the telling of stories or experiences to explain concepts but also in hearing the narratives of students. The basic idea of this is that the use of stories or narratives may help to engage an audience and be more memorable than relating facts.

The Higher Education Academy (2018) states learning through storytelling: “Refers to a process in which learning is structured around a narrative or story as a means of sense-making”.

Some ideas for using this in teaching and training:

  • Create an impact for example telling your own story.
  • Listen to the narratives of the learning experiences of students.
  • Set a scenario or tell the story of a project.
  • An embedded narrative can be used to make a memorable point. “This small, storytelling moment was just a fraction of a sense-making constellation that, told across multiple settings and audiences, combined to make an always-evolving whole” (Selland, 2017, p. 245).

Some tips for using the technique:

Have a strong opening to encourage active listening such as: make a bold statement or assertion, ask a question.

Have a logical flow to the narrative: Challenge – Choices (made) – Solution or Conclusion.

Speak clearly and project your voice to increase engagement.

Make eye-contact either around the room or at relevant points with individuals.

Share what you are comfortable with and be self aware and genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

On reflection, I realised that I probably use this approach at times in a workshop or training context both by speaking of my own experiences of things I found useful and asking students for their stories and experiences too. Recently, someone told me that they remembered me because I mentioned my experience of studying in a workshop recently and it was something with which they identified too.

References

Higher Education Academy (2018) Learning through storytelling. Available at: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/learning-through-storytelling (Accessed: 04 May 2018).

Selland, M. K. (2017) ‘The edge of messy: interplays of daily storytelling and grand narratives in teacher learning’, Teachers and Teaching, 23(4), pp. 244-261. doi: 10.1080/13540602.2016.1205016.

CityLibrary/ CityLIS Library Guides focus group workshops 2018

LibGuides is an easy to use content management system which is used by City, University of London Library Services and  libraries across the world to create small websites which are called ‘guides’.  LibGuides is owned by a company called Springshare and is part of a suite of products called LibApps, this includes LibCal (used to manage workshop, room and computer bookings) and LibWizard which is used to create quizzes, tutorials and other interactive content.

Within Library Services at City, we have a number of cross-team operational and project groups which enable us to work with colleagues from other teams and sites within the library.  We have found this approach to be successful, for example in the area of employability

One of these groups is our Library Guides group. An aim of this group is to lead on the future direction and development of Library guides. We were aware of the excellent potential of us collaborating with students from CityLIS,  our internationally renowned Library School.  User-centred design is useful to identify with users and include their ideas into service development (German, 2017).

We decided this year to offer workshops to CityLIS students to make them aware of our innovative use of Library Guides  and other Springshare products and our use of technologies but also to obtain their insights and feedback.  We felt that a knowledge of these tools would an advantage to students because they are so prevalent in many organisations.

We introduced a new Library guides home page in the summer of 2017 and the students gave us feedback on the design and clarity of this. We also looked at examples of some of our guides and those from other institutions.

Some aspects we discussed were:

  • It is key to consider the audience, purpose and objectives.
  • Front loading of important content in a prominent place on the guide.
  • The benefits of clear guide design and navigation.
  • Using bullet points or small paragraphs of text and having some white space on the page.
  • Incorporate accessibility features and consider ease of use eg. clicking/ scrolling.
  • Use of language and avoidance of jargon/terminology or acronyms providing a glossary.
  • Students highlighted the inter-disciplinary nature of LIS and the fact that is a postgraduate course.

Our Information Literacy Group has developed a new, introductory online guide (City, University of London Library Services, 2017) and a workshop series called Library Essentials and we also took the  opportunity to produce short videos on using the library (see slides on some of our use of technologies).

Our workshop presentation is below:

We have collated student feedback from our workshops and will be trying to incorporate it into some of our guide design and content and will also look for opportunities for collaboration and discussion and the sharing of expertise with CityLIS students. One thing we are looking to do is to develop learning objectives for our guides and to consider tailoring them to a specific audiences.

German, E. (2017). ‘LibGuides for instruction: a service design point of view from an academic library’, Reference and User Services Quarterly, 56(3), p. 162-167. Available at:  http://dx.doi.org/10.5860/rusq.56n3.162

Alex Asman (Subject Librarian, Arts)  and Diane Bell (Research Librarian)

City, University of London.

Research Resource of the Month: EBSCOHost

EBSCO is a major academic database supplier, covering a wide selection of journals, trade publications and other literature in all sorts of subjects. EBSCOHost is their online platform.

You’ve probably used EBSCOHost before: City Library Services subscribe to their databases for all our subjects.  Find out which is best for you using our Library Guides, in CityLibrary Search, or by browsing our Database A-Z .

You can search EBSCOhost databases individually to narrow your search down to a specific subject, or choose a combination of databases to search across all at once – use the ‘Choose Databases’ link just above your search box to change this at any time.

The advanced search options can create powerful, specific searches to get the most relevant literature, and the ‘Search History’ option lets you view, edit and save your past searches.  When you’ve found an article you want, you can save the PDF, email it, create a citation for it to copy and paste, or use the ‘Export’ button to add it to your favourite bibliographic management tool.

The EBSCO databases we subscribe to are:

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Art Full Text
  • Business Source Complete
  • CINAHL Complete
  • Communication Source
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text
  • EconLit with Full Text
  • European Views of the Americas, 1493-1750
  • GreenFILE
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments
  • Health Policy Reference Center
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text
  • MathSciNet
  • MEDLINE Complete
  • Political Science Complete
  • PsycArticles and PsycINFO
  • PsycTESTS
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
  • SOCIndex

We also take several ebooks packages on EBSCOHost, too.  Enjoy using EBSCO databases and get in touch with your Research Librarian if you’d like to know more.

ACT on ACCEPTANCE: make the REF 2021

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What is Act on Acceptance?

From 1st April 2018, changes to HEFCE’s open access policy require researchers to submit their work to City Research Online within 3 months of acceptance to be eligible for the next REF.

As soon as you know your research will be published in a peer-reviewed journal, or conference proceedings, Act on Acceptance and make your research open access.

What do you have to do?

  • Upload your publications to your Publications profile as soon as possible after they have been accepted for publication.
  • Make sure it’s the accepted manuscript and not the published version: the accepted version is peer-reviewed but not typeset for publication.

What happens next?

The Publications Team will check your deposits to make sure they are compliant with the HEFCE policy, and the publishers’ terms and conditions regarding copyright and embargo periods. Once these checks are complete, they will make them available in the City Research Online repository.

What if you need help?

If you need help with depositing papers, or have questions about the open access policy, you can consult the City Research Online and Publications library guides.

Alternatively, you can contact the Publications Team who will:

  • Answer enquiries by telephone and email.
  • Meet with you in one to one appointments.
  • Help you understand the HEFCE open access policy.
  • Help you upload your papers to your publications profile.