Summer Library Workshops

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The Library is offering a series of Summer workshops which any Goldsmiths student can attend.

If you would like to get a head start on finding literature for your dissertation, next assignment or project, if you want to learn to manage your references more effectively, or if you just want a refresher on using Library resources, sign up for a session using the library calendar:

http://libcal.gold.ac.uk

We are running and repeating three sessions:

1. Finding Resources: Social Sciences

This session will focus on finding resources, including peer-reviewed journal articles, for your research and other academic assignments. The session will cover skills applicable to a wide range of disciplines, with a focus on social science resources databases such as PsycInfo, Sociological Abstracts, and JSTOR.

We will cover:

  • Search techniques
  • Finding journal articles
  • Identifying research articles/empirical studies

2. Referencing and Zotero

A refresher workshop on referencing with a focus on Zotero, which is free, online referencing software that is particularly useful for organising references for a longer assignment, project or dissertation.

We will cover:

  • Learning some basic principles of referencing and why it is important
  • Learning about different referencing styles
  • Creating an account with Zotero
  • Learning how to create an online library of references with Zotero
  • Learning how to add citations and bibliographies in seconds with Zotero

3. Finding Resources: Arts & Humanities

This session will focus on finding resources for your research and other academic assignments. The session will cover skills applicable to a wide range of students, with a focus on arts and humanities databases such as Art Source, Literature Online and JSTOR.

We will cover:

  • Search techniques
  • Finding journal articles
  • Specialist databases

 

 

 

 

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Open Access Button and Unpaywall

There are few more frustrating things for researchers than finding a fantastic piece of research and then being shut out of reading it by a paywall. If your university library doesn’t subscribe to that particular journal, you might just give up, assuming you can’t get access.

However, there are a couple of tools out there that might be able to help you get free, legal access to paywalled articles.

Open Access Button is a free, open source tool that can be used online via the website or as a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox. If you’re online, just enter an article URL, DOI, PMID ID, Title or Citation.

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If the article is available, you’ll be provided a link to where it can be accessed (often an institutional repository):

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Alternatively, if you’ve downloaded the extension for Chrome or Firefox, just visit the article page on the journal’s website and click the OA button in your browser – OA Button 3

For example, the article below is not part of Goldsmiths’ subscriptions, therefore would theoretically need to be purchased to be read:

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Clicking on the Open Access Button shows its availability elsewhere:

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Unpaywall is a newly launched browser extension developed by Impactstory, a service that provides altmetrics to researchers, helping them measure and share the impacts of research outputs – not just traditional forms of publications such as journal articles, but also datasets and blog posts – where measuring impact has always been trickier.

The browser extension can be downloaded for Chrome and Firefox and allows you to find free, full text versions of articles, where they exist, with one click.

Below is another article that we would not have access to via Goldsmiths:

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Look to the right and you’ll see a green circle with an unlocked padlock – click on this to be directed to the free, full text version:

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LSE Impact Blog recently ran a piece on Unpaywall and its objectives, but it also provides a brief overview of the tools that are available to unlock research. For example, if you search on PubMed, there’s a LinkOut option, which finds copies of articles in institutional repositories. Recent articles in Nature and The Chronicle of Higher Education also highlight the benefits and successes of these tools. So next time you find an article and you’re being asked for extortionate sums of money for access, try Open Access Button or Unpaywall.

We Want To Know How You Use The Library

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The Library is hosting a UX (User Experience) workshop for staff on Thursday 9th March, delivered by a leading expert, Andy Priestner.  As part of this workshop we would like to work with students to be able to conduct some research.  We’re looking to recruit 20-24 students.

Here’s a link to Andy’s website for more information on what he does: https://andypriestnertraining.com/

We would love to be able to engage with students to find out how they use the library’s resources and spaces with a view to making changes based on ethnographical research methods.

Join us for lunch in Deptford Town Hall and then for a one hour research session in Special Collections and Archives in the Library.  You’ll also be given a £10 voucher for the Word bookshop as a thank you for their time.

Below is the outline for the whole day.  Lunch is at 12:15.  The two student research sessions are at 13:00 and 14:00.

09:00     Introductions; Aims; What are UX research methods?; What is ethnography?
10:15     Break
10:30     UX techniques: Observation; Interview; Cognitive mapping; Usability testing; Touchstone tours; Card sorting.
12:15     Lunch
13:00     Research with first group of students
14:00     Research with second group of students (as above, repeated)
15:00     Break
15:15     Affinity mapping (of data gathered)
16:15     Idea generation (ideas for changes/new services)
16:50     Learning summary

If this sounds like something you’re interested in and if you want to help shape the future of the library, just email Marilyn Clarke (m.clarke@gold.ac.uk). Please specify whether you’d like to work with us at 13:00 and 14:00 (there are more spaces available for 14:00).

LGBT History Month and the Library

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LGBTHM is held in February each year. The library is currently highlighting its diverse collections in a display at the front of the library, just inside the main turnstiles. Here, we’re displaying seminal texts, both literary and academic, and films. Examples include ‘The Bell’ by Iris Murdoch and ‘Orlando’ by Virginia Woolf, as well as ‘Mysterious Skin’, directed by Gregg Araki and ‘Happy Together’, directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Each item can be borrowed and we will be frequently updating the selection of resources on display.

The library has an extensive number of academic titles on LGBT themes on the first floor – 306.76 would be a good starting point. Documentary films on similar themes would be held at a similar classmark in the second floor audiovisual area.

We’ve also created an online reading list of important titles, including novels, non-fiction books, children and young adult titles, articles, documentaries and movies. Click on a title you’re interested in and see live availability.

Through our streaming platforms, Film Platform and Kanopy, we also have access to a number of documentary films on LGBT themes.

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Films on Film Platform that cover LGBT themes can be accessed here. Documentaries include ‘Before Stonewall’ (1984), which explores the homosexual experience in the US from the 1920s onwards, to the Academy Award-winning documentary ‘The Life and Times of Harvey Milk’ (1984), a portrait of the changing social and political climate in 1970s San Francisco.

Kanopy

There are over 200 documentaries and feature films on Kanopy in its LGBT collection. Feature films include Jean Genet’s ‘Un Chant D’Amour’ (1950) and Cheryl Dunye’s ‘The Watermelon Woman’, originally produced in 1996, but restored in high definition in 2016. Documentaries are listed by sub-theme, such as LGBT History, LGBT Issues and Religion, Transgender Studies, LGBT Media Representation and more.

Films on both streaming platforms can be accessed in full, for free – you just to sign in with your Goldsmiths username and password.

For more information on LGBT History Month, visit their website or their Twitter page, or for more local interest, Spread the Word are celebrating London’s LGBT Writers and Writing.

 

Reading Lists Statistics (January 2017)

In the last few years, Goldsmiths Library has been using its online reading lists system to provide electronic versions of reading lists on behalf of academic staff and departments, displaying real-time availability of books in the library and linking to full-text journal articles and other online content where available. It is also used for linking to scanned chapters/content of essential readings.

Each month, our Reading List Services Officer, Maria O’Hara produces a report of statistics for the previous month. Below are the usage statistics for January 2017.

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A session on Google Analytics is defined as a group of interactions one user takes within a given time frame on your website. Sessions time out after 30 minutes of inactivity.

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Number of Sessions

The number of sessions was again much higher than in January 2015, rising from 10,859 to 19,677 this year. Use of Digitised content remained high.

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Where are our users?

39.8% of January sessions were on-campus.

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Most users were in London or the UK, but not all of them.

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Most Popular Search Terms

1)      PO51010D – 389

2)      ED62025A – 184

3)      PY71072A – 89

4)      ED53029A – 24

5)      AN51001A – 23

Most Popular Scan

…from Biological and Comparative Psychology

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Top Twenty Lists

List Title Jan-17 Department Students
World Politics (Spring Term) 869 Politics 100
UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics 853 Politics 100
Fine Art Critical Studies: Year 1 (Spring) 759 [Art] 120
Fine Art Critical Studies: Year 1 (Autumn) 543 [Art] 34
MC51005B Culture and Cultural Studies (Spring Term) 506 Media & Comms 150
PS50007B: Psychobiology and Cognitive Psychology 374 Psychology 60
Issues in Cultural and Political Economy – PO51017A 361 Politics 60
COLONIALISM AND NON-WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT 341 Politics 20
Globalization: Politics, Policy, Critique 340 Cultural Studies 50
Politics of Other Cultures 326 Politics 55
Killing Time 323 Art 32
SO52107A Sociology of Religion in the Modern World 314 Sociology 50
PO52025A An(Other) Japan: Politics, Ideology, Culture 298 Politics 38
 The City and Consumer Culture 274 Media & Comms 34
PO71046A The Politics of Human Rights 251 Politics 16
The Lure of the Ordinary 251 Art 15
DR71093A Practice and Placement Reflection 245 Theatre & Perf 20
Introduction to Political Economy 241 Politics 100
IM51010A Introductory Economics 234 IMS 160
 CU71025A POLICY LAB AND PLACEMENTS 234 Cultural Studies 30
Average 396.85

Overall Reading List Coverage by Department

Department
#Modules
#Lists
% Covered
Anthropology
82
74
90.24%
Visual Cultures
92
59
64.13%
Politics
87
58
66.67%
STACS
125
65
52.00%
Sociology
95
53
55.79%
CELAW
18
9
50.00%
History
113
56
49.56%
Education
94
50
53.19%
English
150
52
34.67%
Design
63
18
28.57%
IMS
46
16
34.78%
Theatre & Perf
83
26
31.33%
ICCE
47
14
29.79%
Cultural Studies
30
10
33.33%
Music
113
27
23.89%
Media & Comms
172
35
20.35%
Psychology
110
22
20.00%
Confuscius
17
3
17.65%
Art
26
1
3.85%
Computing
112
0
0.00%
Total
1675
648
38.69%

If you’d like to see if your reading list is available electronically, either search the reading lists system by either course title or code. Alternatively, it could be linked via the VLE. If you’re a lecturer and you’d like your list added to the reading lists system this year or next, email readinglists@gold.ac.uk in the first instance.

 

Enhancing Academic Skills Spring Term

The Spring term core workshops for the Enhancing Academic Skills programme start next Wednesday.

If you’re looking to brush up on your academic skills, there are four core workshops, each run twice. No need to book, just turn up to the workshop that interests you.

Do you want to know how to make the most of lectures and seminars? Or learn how to read and interpret texts for effectively? Maybe you need more help finding and using library resources? Or want to know how to write and plan great essays?

If you attend all four, you can apply for the Academic Skills Certificate, which can be included on your Higher Education Achivement Report (HEAR).

Check the dates/times for each session in the flyer below. All sessions at held in the Prokofiev Room, on the second floor of the library (top of the main stairs).

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Academic Book Week

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Next week (23-28 January) is Academic Book Week, designed to celebrate the diversity, innovation and and influence of academic books.

There will be a series of events around the country and you can keep abreast of developments by following the #AcBookWeek hashtag.

One initiative for Academic Book Week is to ask the public to vote for the most influential academic book on modern Britain from a shortlist of twenty, chosen by academics, most of which are available in Goldsmiths Library. These might be books that are on your reading lists or perhaps a title takes your interest. If there’s a title you feel strongly about, why not vote for it?

You can vote here and more information about Academic Book Week is available on its website.

The top twenty books that shaped modern Britain are:

  • A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
  • Gender Trouble (Judith Butler)
  • Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution (A.V. Dicey)
  • Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (R.F. Foster)
  • Orientalism (Edward Said)
  • Poverty in the United Kingdom (Peter Townsend)
  • Purity and Danger (Mary Douglas)
  • Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain (Matthew J. Goodwin and Robert Ford)
  • Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain (Peter Fryer)
  • The Double Helix (James Watson)
  • The English and their History (Robert Tombs)
  • The Female Eunuch (Germaine Greer)
  • The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (John Maynard Keynes)
  • The Invention of Tradition (Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger)
  • The Making of the English Working Class (E.P. Thompson)
  • The Uses of Literacy (Richard Hoggart)
  • The Selfish Gene (Richard Dawkins)
  • The Road to Serfdom (Friedrich Hayek)
  • The Scottish Nation (Tom Devine)
  • Ways of Seeing (John Berger)

Using our reading list system, we have compiled an online reading list for this selection. Click on a title to find more information and real-time availability on the shelves.

There is also a display at the front of the library, including copies of each of the titles.