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Welcome to the 4th issue of Library Plus

In July 2020, we launched the Library Plus newsletter to provide access for our staff and students to research-related news, events and training, as well as sharing tips to make writing and researching easier. Our first issue covered the launch of the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, which allows users to collect and analyse data sets from Gale Primary Sources, while our August issue alerted readers to the use of SAGE research methods for planning research projects and exploring alternative methods. We also featured BrowZine to help you manage article reading. Our third newsletter, in September, explained the transformative Read and Publish agreements now brokered with publishers that allow academics to publish work in a range of journals without needing to pay article processing charges.

Our doors are open again, but we still plan to keep you informed and updated through this newsletter. While you can read any of our issues at our website, please consider getting Library Plus in your email inbox by subscribing today.

-- Maureen Sullivan, University Librarian

What's New

  • Griffith twice a finalist in CAUDIT Awards

    Griffith was the only Australian university to have not one, but two finalists in the recent CAUDIT awards for Excellence in Research Support. Griffith took out the top prize for its Publication Harvesting Project, which involved rolling out Elements for research publications. The Library partnered with eResearch Services on Griffith's second finalist, Training without Borders:Taking a holistic approach to digital development of a research institute. See details of all the finalists.

  • Looking for a good idea for Christmas?

    Buy a subscription to Griffith Review before 31 December 2020 and you will score a free one-year digital subscription to give as a gift. Griffith Review 69: The European Exchange is out now. New subscribers by 1 November 2020 will join other subscribers in a draw to win one of five prizes. Read more.

  • Take off to Planet Data

    A vast array of US, international and intergovernmental statistics and time series data can be found on Data Planet. You can limit searches by source or topic. In addition to US departments and agencies, sources include organisations such as the OECD, the UN, the WTO, and the World Bank.There are two separate interfaces:

    • Data Planet Statistical Datasets - a browsable index of datasets that offers a simple search

    • Data Planet Statistical Ready Reference - simple and advanced searching options, including pre-formatted searches

    Raw data can also be downloaded for local analysis, if you cannot get the results you want using the online tools. Read more about Data Planet.

Spotlight on...

SciFinder-N - now better than ever

Bigger and better than the original SciFinder, the new SciFinder-N database from Chemical Abstract Services (CAS) has been redeveloped from scratch.

SciFinder-N is the largest collection of publicly available information on chemistry and related research. It contains a wide variety of content, from journal articles to information on chemical structures, properties and reactions.

Updated daily by specialists, SciFinder–N uses relevance-ranking algorithms to bring you the best answer first, saving precious time that might normally be wasted browsing answer sets and patent records. You can search all reactions, substances and references at once thanks to the combined topic/structure search. Use the comprehensive results filters to identify articles, patents, conferences, books and dissertations of interest.

You need to create a personal account to be able to use the service. Having your own account also gives you the benefits of saved searches which you can rerun. Follow these instructions to register for a personal account. Training, including videos, is available from the SciFinder-N website. Find out more about SciFinder-N on our Library Connect blog.

Hot Topics

HDR Careers Week

Open Access Week

  • A week of great speakers and topics has been lined up for Open Access Week, which starts next Monday, 19 October. Topics for the lunchtime talks, which run daily, include a practical guide to preprints, communicating a pandemic, managing access to Indigenous knowledge and research, and many more. Register here for the different virtual talks.

Top Tip

Struggling to write? Break writing down into smaller chunks so the task seems easier to manage.

Writing a paragraph seems too hard? Write a sentence.

A sentence seems too hard? Just write some dot points. The key is to get started.

Once you have got going, keep the momentum up by turning off distractions like spelling and grammar checkers. If you need to cite something, type (ref) and add the reference later. Same with words you can't think of; type XXX and keep going. You can search and replace things later.

What you might have missed on the blog

  • Transforming publishing

    Griffith has signed up to two transformative Read and Publish agreements that will allow authors to publish open access in a suite of journals without paying Article Processing Charges or fees. Read about it.

  • Making it all work behind the scenes

    The Library's Scholarly Resource Services (SRS) team ensure that Griffith staff and students have the resources they need for successful study and research, such as print and electronic books and journals, streaming music and videos. SRS develop and manage the Library’s collections, coordinate Interlibrary Loans, and oversee the University’s Reading List system. Read more about the team, including who to contact for what.
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