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SLIDES | 12 time-saving tips for research support

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Slides from the March 16, 2017, Library Connect webinar with Christian Defeo and Eleonora Presani.

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SLIDES | 12 time-saving tips for research support

  1. 1. | 1 Agenda – Christian Defeo Introduction Work smart • Create a document library • Download a citation from a library • Download a document from a library • Mark up documents • Record lab/experiment results Work together • Find collaborators • Create a group • Share documents Stay up-to-date • Set up an article alert • Follow a researcher • Get news feeds and updates
  2. 2. | 2 Introduction — Who am I? • Product marketing manager at Elsevier since June 2016 • Also have an academic pedigree: - First PhD in Creative Writing, University of Southampton 2010 - Working on 2nd PhD, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Wolfson School, Loughborough University since 2015 • Seen vast improvements in tools over time that are available to early career researchers • And they need them!
  3. 3. | 3 Introduction cont’d • According to IBM: “Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.” • Much of that data isn’t Instagram photos; it’s genuine research data • We need the latest tools to: - Organize it all - Stay up to date - Connect with others - …and to maintain the novelty of research
  4. 4. | 4 Tip #1 – Create a document library Use a reference tool (like Mendeley) to maintain a document library
  5. 5. | 5 Tip #2 – Add citations Use the reference manager to add citations; Mendeley, for example, has a plugin that works with most word processors
  6. 6. | 6 Tip #3 – Download documents Use your reference manager to download documents
  7. 7. | 7 Tip #4 – Highlight documents Use the advanced features of reference managers to mark up your documents, e.g., highlights!
  8. 8. | 8 Tip #5 – Use an electronic lab notebook Particularly for lab-based researchers, use an electronic lab notebook! • Surprising amount of labs still use paper notebooks; this can lead to untidiness in maintaining research data • Hivebench is geared toward biologists
  9. 9. | 9 Tip #5 – Use an electronic lab notebook, cont’d
  10. 10. | 10 Tip #6 – Join a research ecosystem • Research has generally been a “social” activity; whether with a team in a lab or across a vast network of scientists spanning the globe • Benjamin Franklin provides a good example of such a network in the 18th century
  11. 11. | 11 Tip #6 – Join a research ecosystem, cont’d • Fortunately, we have much better tools than the Colonial Postal System at our disposal! • Your social network may be close to hand; research tools are turning into research ecosystems — look at Mendeley on the web
  12. 12. | 12 Tip #7 – Reach out and make a space of your own It’s increasingly possible to use online tools to create a community of practice.
  13. 13. | 13 Tip #8 – Sharing is caring! It’s possible to share references with others adding to the flow of quality information for your network.
  14. 14. | 14 Tip #9 – Set up alerts, offload some of the work With so much new information available on a daily basis, it can be difficult to keep track
  15. 15. | 15 Tip #10 – Follow the leaders Following the right researchers is also a powerful strategy
  16. 16. | 16 Tip #11 – Look at your news feed Many tools are available to keep up to date on the news in a given field. Make time to look at your news feed – the results may surprise you.
  17. 17. | 17 Tip #12 – There is no one perfect tool • Ultimately it comes down to: - Features - Performance - Familiarity • Elsevier is committed to making the research process easier in spite of the avalanche of information out there. • We want your feedback! We’re always looking to improve.
  18. 18. | 18 About Me — Eleanora Presani PhD in Astroparticle Physics Managing Editor (Elsevier Physics) Publisher particle and nuclear physics (Elsevier) Product Manager Scopus New York Trieste (Italy) Amsterdam (The Netherland s) Geneva (Switzerland) e.presani@elsevier.com
  19. 19. | 19 Tip #13 – Register and log in to Scopus Registering and logging in provides personalization options that allow you to save, track and share your work.
  20. 20. | 20 Tip #14 – Save your search Save your search query for later use or to share it with other people
  21. 21. | 21 Tip #14 – Save your search, cont’d Save up to 200 search queries in a personal saved search list.
  22. 22. | 22 Tip #15 – Set an alert for your search Researchers will be notified when new results are found for queries.
  23. 23. | 23 Tip #16 – Use search history to rerun searches Scopus document search history is remembered for each session. Look up searches that were done previously and save them if needed.
  24. 24. | 24 Tip #17 – Edit your search To edit and run queries again (particularly long ones), click the “edit query” button on various pages, including: • Search history • Document results • Saved searches pages Afterwards, save the new search in your saved search list.
  25. 25. | 25 Tip #17 – Edit your search, cont’d
  26. 26. | 26 Tip #18 – Save refine panel facets order • If you don’t use all the refine options or if you have a preferred refinement order that you would like to see on a Scopus results page, you can rearrange and save the preferred order for your refine panel. • You can reset your custom refine panel sort order using the “restore original settings” at the bottom of the refine panel. • The “export refine” options allows you to export all the document counts listed in the refine panel facets to a .csv file.
  27. 27. | 27 Tip #18 – Save refine panel facets order, cont’d
  28. 28. | 28 Tip #18 – Save refine panel facets order, cont’d
  29. 29. | 29 Tip #19 – Share your document search results On the document search results page, select the documents you would like to share and click on the email icon.
  30. 30. | 30 Tip #20 – Advanced search / custom searching • For custom searches that require more specific filtering the advanced search provides separate field options. • You can use “outline query” to clean up long queries and provide a more comprehensive overview.
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  32. 32. | 32 Tip #21 – Manage your alerts On your personal alerts page, edit, delete or temporarily disable your alerts: • Search • Author citation • Document citation
  33. 33. | 33 Tip #22 – Save your documents to your custom list Manually select documents to save them to a new or existing list.
  34. 34. | 34 Tip #23 – Group authors together On the author details page, view other potential author matches that might be the same author as the one displayed on the author details page and group them together.
  35. 35. | 35 Tip #24 – Analyze search results By year, source, author, country, subject area and more, with interactive plots you can tweak directly online
  36. 36. | 36 Tip #24 – Analyze search results, cont’d
  37. 37. | 37 Tip #25 – Compare sources to find the best one for you To find the most relevant documents, check out the sources and compare them to each other.

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