In other words, if the user’s institution is subscribing to the content selected, the user is taken directly to the full text, if not the user will be taken to a “purchase now” page.So next time you hear : “we do not need information centres as everything is free on the Internet”; do tell them libraries and info centres are a suite of services and even if you are no longer interested in their paper collection or guidance, you might still need their budget and assistance to access information.
Features: You can download your resource, print it, use it, save it, share it and play with it. Harness the power of social discovery and particularly the #icanhazpdf hashtag for locating PDFs that you do not have access to through your institution.
Features: Tweet an article you need using this hashtag and someone will point you to a copy that you can access. They are both ways to share reference lists, citations, and even full papers in the case of Mendeley.
Key features: Researchers can get email alerts of the table of contents in journals, keeping them up to date with the latest literature in their field. This is a meta-catalogue of cultural heritage collections from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums.
The catalogue includes books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings.
Using search engines effectively is now a key skill for researchers, but could more be done to equip young researchers with the tools they need. Paul Stokes, Jisc’s programme manager for technical directions says: “Not many people know about Google picture search.
Here, Dr Neil Jacobs and Rachel Bruce from Jisc’s digital infrastructure team share their top ten resources for researchers from across the web. Drag and drop a picture onto the images search to find similar images.” If you want to find out more about how to use Google effectively, Paul recommends power searching with Google.
It also has various maths and statistics functions.
Neil says: “Wolfram Alpha is probably the most innovative of the answer engines.
Every click of the mouse, every search box, needs to work hard to make the best use of a researcher’s time.
For each gem of a resource that a researcher discovers, there may be a dozen abandoned web pages, armies of half-read abstracts and false leads.