Database Trial – Sage Research Methods

lWymAW36_400x400Until 31st August we are running a trial of Sage Research Methods, an online tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects.

SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

With SAGE Research Methods, researchers can explore their chosen method across the depth and breadth of content, expanding or refining their search as needed; read online, print, or email full-text content; utilize suggested related methods and links to related authors from SAGE Research Methods‘ robust library and unique features; and even share their own collections of content through Methods Lists. SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and “Little Blue Book” series, two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles, and specially commissioned videos.”

We have trial access to Sage Research Methods, Sage Research Methods Cases and Sage Research Methods Data Sets.  To begin searching please go to: – access is via IP address.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – about this trial. Please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Scheduled Service Interruption for Elsevier Research Platforms on 1st August

logo_ELSEVIERThis Saturday, 1st August, access to certain Elsevier platforms will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 06:00 PM EDT.

The platforms and solutions involved are:

  • Elsevier Research Platforms: ScienceDirect, Scopus (including Author Feedback Wizard), Engineering Village, Mendeley
  • Research Intelligence: SciVal Funding
  • R&D Solutions: Reaxys, Embase, Geofacets

Each platform will be displaying a warning to users of this scheduled downtime, and during downtime, there will be a message informing users of the temporary unavailability of service.

To stay up to date with any developments, follow the individual Twitter accounts for the products.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Summer Elevenses in the Library

IMG_0044We’re running another series of our popular Elevenses range of bite-sized training sessions for staff and post graduates in the Library this summer.

This the schedule for the weeks ahead (click on the link for more information and booking details):

During these sessions you will have the opportunity to learn more about the research related topic listed above, as well as to network with other researchers from across campus. Experts from the Library, Careers and Employability Centre and Research Office will be delivering short presentations, answering questions and leading discussions on key issues.

All the sessions will be held in the Library Seminar Room 1 and start at 11am, and will last approximately half an hour. Booking is necessary as spaces are limited.

Refreshments will be provided.

EThOS Share My Thesis Competition


The British Library is currently running a Twitter based competition for all PhD authors and current doctoral students, inviting them to say why their doctoral research is/was important, using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis.

The competition aims to raise awareness of the importance of doctoral research and increase visibility of the PhD thesis as a valuable source of research information. It is generously supported by Research Councils UK and Vitae, and there are some great prizes.

The competition closes on 9 February, when eight entries will be shortlisted and invited to expand their tweet into a blog post. Entries are flooding in already, and you can see them all here:

For further details, visit the competition page on the British Library website here:


ResFest 2015

resfestThe School of Civil & Building Engineering will be holding their first ever research festival next week, Tuesday January 20th (9.30am-4pm). 

The activities of ResFest will support you in thinking about your research skills, looking for research funding, creating research impact and engaging with the public. A range of academics will share their knowledge and best practice with you, and you will have great opportunities for networking and learning about other research in a fun and informal manner.

  • Showing-case your research and learn about what we do: exhibitions and tours
  • Best practice workshops: public engagement and research impact
  • Research funding: workshops and interactive sessions
  • How to do research: hands-on sessions
  • Social media help desk
  • Games, competitions and networking.

All events are free to attend, but the School is expecting high demand and an advanced online registration is required.

Please register here for the main event:

Please register here for specific sessions:

All sessions are free, subject to availability.

Open Access Week Webinars 20th-23rd October

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Next week is Open Access Week, and to mark the occasion OpenAIRE are running a series of free-to-access webinars on the subject.

  • Monday, October 20 : OpenAIRE portal, by Katerina Iatropoulou (NKUA)
  • Tuesday, October 21 : Horizon 2020 Open Research Data Pilot by Sarah Jones (HATII, DCC) (in collaboration with FOSTER)
  • Wednesday, October 22 : Horizon 2020 Open Access to Publications Mandate by Eloy Rodrigues (UMinho) (in collaboration with FOSTER)
  • Thursday, October 23 : Zenodo by Lars Holm Nielsen (CERN)

Each webinar lasts 1 hour and are all held at: 15.00 – 16.00 CEST (13.00 – 14.00 UTC/ 14.00 – 15.00 WEST/ 16.00 – 17.00 EEST.) To find out more, and to register, visit the following link:

Now in its seventh year, Open Access Week promotes the availability of free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as required. Such freely available access to information is regarded as vitally necessary, having direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

The Library has already taken positive steps towards Open Access through our Institutional Repository, which increases the visibility of Loughborough’s research while digitally preserving the University’s intellectual output.

And if you have any queries or issues regarding the IR or Open Access, our team of  Academic Librarians are on hand to help. Why not drop them a line?

Join Us for Elevenses this August


IMG_0044Staff and researchers are cordially invited to join us this August for a freshly-baked batch of our ever-popular Elevenses bite-sized training sessions run by Library staff this coming August.

We’ll be looking at the following subjects:

  • Careers Agility (Wednesday 6th August)
  • Refworks Taster (Wednesday 13th August)
  • Research Professional (Wednesday 20th August)
  • Mendeley Taster (Wednesday 3th September)

All sessions start at 11am and last approximately 30 minutes. Booking is necessary as spaces are limited. To do this, and for further information about all the sessions, visit the Library’s events page here:

Library Research Workshops for Staff this July

Research Support workshops

The Library is running a series of workshops for staff this July with the aim of helping you get the best results for your research.

Open Access publishing: Policy and practice
Monday 14th July, 2-3.30pm
Open access is an increasingly important phenomenon in scholarly communication and is mandatory for a growing number of funding bodies. This session will bring attendees up to date with the latest developments in the open access debate, such as RCUK policy, as well as providing an overview of different open access publishing routes (both green and gold) available to researchers at Loughborough University.

Research data management
Tuesday 15th July, 2-4pm
Whilst efficient data management has always been part of good research practice, research data management is growing in importance in higher education. An increasing number of funding bodies require a data management plan to be submitted in a funding bid and the data produced to be shared, where possible. This session examines the importance of managing your data effectively and how to express this in a data management plan. It will also consider the issues of sharing and archiving data and how you can do this to meet funder requirements, as well as your own research needs.

Measuring your academic impact: Citations and other metrics
Wednesday 16th July, 10am-12pm
Research active staff are increasingly being called upon to demonstrate the impact of their research – whether for promotion, PRPs, funding applications, or research assessment. One way of assessing this type of impact of your research is through citation analysis, or bibliometrics. The Library provides access to a widening range of tools that facilitate this. This session will demystify the topic, so that you can see how metrics apply to your subject area and how you can use them to your advantage.

Increasing the visibility of your research
Thursday 17th July, 10am-12pm
Whilst you pride yourself on producing high quality research, are your research outcomes reaching the widest possible audience? Demonstrating the impact of your research is increasingly important for receiving funding, but to create an impact, it must first of all be noticed. This session will examine the various tools and services that are available to help you raise the visibility of your research outcomes, as well as discussing the benefits and challenges of this approach. The session will enable you to identify the most appropriate strategy for your own subject area.

Finding Research Information
Thursday 17th July, 2-4pm
This session keeps staff up-to-date with the range of information sources and services provided by Loughborough University Library that are available from their desktops and from mobile devices. It will enable them to refresh and refine their information finding skills, as well as identifying sources to help them keep aware of the developments in their research field.

You will need to accept an enrolment key onto LBA601 Research Central to be able to book on to the workshops. If they have any problems, please email:

Further information about our broad range of support for research is available here:

Reference Management Software Survey for Staff & Researchers


Do you use RefWorks, Mendeley or EndNote? The Library is interested in hearing your views in a short survey.

Reference management software has gone through some rapid changes and to keep up with the latest developments the Library is reviewing the way we support the academic community with its provision of reference management software.

If you are a member of staff, researcher of PhD student, please help us improve our service please filling in the short survey below:

Closing date July 31st 2014.

For further information on how the Library supports reference management please see

New HEFCE Policy on Open Access Announced

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HEFCE and the other three UK funding bodies have just published details of a new policy for Open Access relating to future research assessments after the current 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The policy states that, to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection.

The requirement applies only to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number. It will not apply to monographs, book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or data. This new policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

Complete details of the policy can be found on the HEFCE website here.

The Library and Research Office will be working together to decide how to implement the policy across campus, and we’ll keep you up to date with further developments. In the mean time, you can find more information about our present OA policy via our Open Access pages on our website here.