Researchers’ Survey March 2013: You Said, We Did!

In March 2013 we conducted a researchers’ survey covering areas such as electronic resources, reference management, open access (OA), and communication and training. There were 326 responses (114 research staff and 212 students) from all schools.  As a result we have made a number of service improvements:

  • A mobile version of QCat Discover is now available
  • An alphabetical list of ejournals will be launched during the summer
  • Two potential alternatives to QCat Discover will be trialled this autumn
  • A large number of new journal subscriptions have been purchased and will be available in January 2014. These include package deals for:
    • Duke University Press
    • JSTOR – 6 extra collections
    • Oxford University Press
    • Springer
    • Taylor & Francis
  • The following new, full-text electronic resources are now available:
    • Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2009
    • IEEE-Wiley eBooks
    • A selection of Oxford University Press Medical Handbooks and Textbooks
    • Nineteenth Century Collections Online – British Politics and Society
    • RCS eBook collection (1968-2012)
    • Wiley Blackwell Psychology Collection
  • We aim to introduce training courses covering bibliometrics, conducting literature searches for systematic reviews, and open access
  • The range of YouTube videos will be extended to cover topics such as accessing electronic resources off campus and searching for journal articles using QCat Discover
  • A QCat Discover search box is now available on the LibGuides homepage
  • There are plans to increase the number of LibGuides targeted at researchers
  • We aim to assess EndNote and Mendeley and are assessing RefWorks Flow (the new version of the RefWorks service)
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