Tag: research

Go straight to the CORE of open access research

Not all research is paid for by subscription.  For open access research, the author or research funding organisation pays an additional fee at the time of publication to allow the research to be made freely available to everyone in perpetuity.

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Research methods explained

Research projects stand or fall on the rigour of the methodology used.  Reliable methods line the path to reliable results but it is not always obvious how to go about procuring reliable research methods. For every subject, check out the

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Expert search: a step-by-step guide to advanced searching

In my previous post, I outlined how to go about searching a database such as the EBSCO Discovery Service (“Discovery”) and refining your search results to make it easier to pick out the articles or ebooks you want to download

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Search made simple: an expert walkthrough for finding ebooks and academic journal articles

Almost everyone has used Google to find information online and academic information resources are fundamentally very similar.  The difference between a simple Google search and finding precisely what you want in Discovery, ebook platforms or subject-specific resources is that to

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Illustration students work on display in UoP Library

Come and see the beautiful sketches from our first year BA (Hons) Illustration students that we have on display in the library. Students were asked to explore the Library and Special Collections. They picked a topic from a ‘lucky dip’

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Getting started with scholarly research?

Getting stuck into research for assignments and dissertation proposals?  Check out these awesome but frequently overlooked guides to some of our most exciting eresources, including the scholarly ebook collection Ebook Central and the authoritative Sage Research Methods. Click here to

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Dive into Discovery

or Why not start with Google? Everybody loves Google, with good reason.  Google is great for finding the answers to any specific question where the answer will be pretty much all in one place and you will recognise it when

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Out of the Archives: Introducing our Special Collections

Some of you may have noticed that we have a new display case on the first floor of the University of Portsmouth Library. Our new display case has been especially built to display items from our Rare Books and Special

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A Narrative for Nora: from the smallest of clues to an international life story

It was small…only around 5cm by 3cm, a little wonky-looking, and greyscale. Hardly the most ostentatious of signals, tucked away from view on the inside cover of a slightly battered looking book written entirely in French. What it was that

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The Research Excellence Framework: a guided tour for the rest of us

Are you working in one of the professional services and wondering what it is about the Research Excellence Framework (REF) that excites all your academic colleagues?  On 6 March, Andy Dixon (Deputy Director R&I Environment and Strategy) will be explaining what the

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