We’ll look at a few discovery platforms and see how you can exploit their settings and account features to aid your research.
I’ll be demonstrating the steps during our online session.
Do feel free to follow along and set up accounts and alerts 'live' or wait and use the boxes below to refer to as guides on how to use these additional research tools.
We'll be focussing on how to use the following platforms, but these tips are largely transferrable:
Check and tweak your settings!
Bibliography manager - choose how you want your citations to be formatted
Library links – select institution & tick for off-campus access
Account - set your search results settings
Download the 'Scholar Button'
Make sure that you...
Save articles, and manage them from your library
See the following slides to set up some of these functions.
Identify relevant journal titles & database platforms (try JCR on Web of Science or BrowZine for top ranking journals – details to follow)
Set up basic individual accounts
Set up preferences
Look out for further tools and tutorials on each database to optimise your searches
Zetoc is a current awareness tool giving you access to over 39,500 journals and more than 65.5 million article citations and conference papers via the British Library’s curation of electronic table of contents. The collection is updated daily.
You are able to easily set up alerts and RSS feeds to particular journals and/or searches for particular authors and titles in your research area.
Links to articles will then arrive in your inbox as they are published!
N.B. Take note of the most relevant articles – journal titles this will be useful for setting up your alerts)
See the following 2 sections on how to search for content, and create alerts on Zetoc.
Sadly this service will be retired in August 2022 - but will still be of use for the meantime!
The Electronic Collection Management Team have brought together some excellent resources on their home page to aid you with accessing full text or Open Access versions of articles.
Try Browzine for exploring journals in your subject area!
If you still can't get access to a full-text version even after installing plugins, firstly get in touch, and I can double-check access routes and advise you on availability.
Use the Scan & Deliver services at the many libraries across Cambridge
The UL is providing Scan & Deliver for items from the Modern Collections, as well as Special Collections, and prints of E-Legal Deposit materials (small charge for ELD at £2 per printout).
Many Faculty Libraries offer these services too, check their websites!
If you can't access books or journals through any of the Cambridge Libraries (College, Faculty, or the UL) please note that you can order entire books (must be consulted onsite at the UL) and receive secure delivery of articles, via the Inter-Library Loan (ILL) Department at the UL. Currently this service is free due to restricted travel in some circumstances.
We can also loan, or ask for materials to be scanned from global institutions, please see the charges here.