Saturday, 24 May 2008

Your Subject Librarian can save you time ...

Some (very) spurious statistics. If a full time PhD takes 3 years, working 48 weeks a year, 5 days a week and 8 hours a day it takes roughly 3*48*5*8 = 5760 hours. Lets say that over the period of your PhD you spend 6 hours in one-to-one contact with your Subject Librarian. That is 0.1% of the time you have for your PhD. Less if you take longer.

You want to spend those hours as productively as possible. So how can meeting your Librarian help?

  • Say you have 500 references and it takes 10 minutes to check each one - using EndNote and checking that you have the correct style information could save you 500*10/60 = 83 hours.

  • If you expect to spend a fifth of your time on your literature review or 1152 hours, and 5% of that time locating and retrieving literature or 58 hours you need to searching 'efficiently' and 'effectively' to make the best use of that time. Lets say that your Librarian effects an improvement in your search skills that makes you twice as good at searching, you could achieve results in half the time or 29 hours.

  • If you add another 5% of time for your litertaure review for keeping up to date - this could possibly be elimiated by using using updating services and saved searches saving another 58 hours.

  • Using good resources and good record keeping using EndNote 5% saved from constant revisiting sources and references saving another 58 hours.

Total saving 228 hours or for every hour you spend with your Subject Librarian you save 38 hours - time you can better spend on your research.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

2collab and ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect now has an integrated link to 2collab - a social bookmarking tool from Elsevier (publishers of ScienceDirect and Scopus). Elsevier promises integrated links from other databases in future.

  • 2collab is a free tool to mange and store references.

  • Layered on top is a group structure. You can join groups and share, review or rate references.

  • An integrated link ScienceDirect imports all the necessary bibliographic data into 2collab.

  • 2collab allows you to create a profile and to communicate with other 2collab users.

  • 2collab can export bookmarks as an RIS file which can be imported into EndNote.

  • 2collab can be added as a link to Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.
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2collab is designed to work with Elsevier's Scopus and ScienceDirect products in the same way EndNote Web is designed to work with Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge. However, they are very different. 2collab has its roots in social bookmarking software and EndNote Web in reference management software. EndNote Web handles references well 2collab has better group and sharing functions and is easier to use to capture data from the internet. As data can be exchanged between them by using RIS files to export from one and import to another you might use both for their respective strengths.

Note - Bournemouth University does not currently subscribe to Scopus.

Sunday, 18 May 2008

BBC Motion Picture Library

Bournemouth University now subscribes to the BBC Motion Picture Library. Lean more about this and other new resources by visiting the E-resources News blog.