Thesis Thursday

What is Thesis Thursday?

Thursday 25 October is upon us: Thesis Thursday! This is the date chosen from within the wider Open Access community to promote good practice, share stories and boost awareness around Open Access theses.

This was partially prompted by the phenomenal impact of the release of Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis last year. On 23 October 2017 “Properties of expanding universes” (1975) was made freely available to the public by means of Cambridge’s Open Access repository, Apollo. The then unknown postgraduate would later go on to become one of the world’s most recognisable scientists.

The opportunity to read online or download his thesis generated such seismic interest that it caused Cambridge’s repository website to crash – a pleasing implosion for Cambridge and for OA the world over!

And so brings us to us this day. Various institutions throughout today will be posting under the hashtags #ThesisThursday and #OAThesis on social media. There are events and blog posts scheduled throughout today to share information and good news stories about OA theses.

This blog post is part of our celebrations for Thesis Thursday. In addition, the OA Team has provided a range of training sessions this week on Open Access requirement for PGRs and copyright implications of your thesis. Make sure also to check out our Twitter account today!

Copyright and e-thesis training provided by OA team on 24 October

Students currently undertaking theses

It’s an exciting time to be embarking upon a thesis. All Postgraduate Research (PGR) students registered at Queen’s from September 2016 are required to upload an electronic copy of their thesis to Pure. This means it becomes a published work and is fully available on the Research Portal. This means it will be accessible to anyone with an internet connection and will generate greater exposure for your work. It will also mean there are certain copyright implications that be considered for your e-thesis.

If you are feeling confused or worried, do not fret! We have lots of helpful information, pointers and tips available on our ethesis libguide. The OA Team are here to help with advice and training. Get in touch with any queries!

Searching theses in the Research Portal

Meanwhile, check out our our Portal and have a browse of some of the existing theses which are fully Open Access. Think frogs are only for Halloween? Think again! Fascinating research into anti-cancer properties of frog skin. Feeling rickety? Worried you’re not getting enough Vitamin D? Answers are here! Want to know more about the phenomenon of the Kaapse Klopse carnival in Cape Town, or are you keen to chew over data on Northern Irish fisheries?

It’s all here! Free to read. Free to download. Going live!

#ThesisThursday #OAThesis #OAWeek

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International Open Access Week 2018

This year’s International Open Access (OA) Week kicks off on Monday the 22nd October. To celebrate OA week, Queen’s OA team we will be delivering three courses for Staff and PhD students. These courses will cover a range of topics including Open Access, Pure, REF, Copyright, and E-thesis.

On Monday 22nd October the OA team will be providing an Introduction to Open Access, Pure and Queen’s Research Portal. This session is for all staff and PhD students who want to gain an understanding of open access publishing and how it can have a positive impact on their research.  It will also demonstrate how students can manage and maintain their research profile and showcase their research on Queen’s institutional repository (Research Portal).

On Tuesday 23rd October we will be running our monthly bite-size (30 min) session on the OA Policy for REF 2021. Open access is a requirement for REF eligibility, so if you have a journal article or conference paper accepted for publication you must deposit the accepted manuscript in Pure within three months of acceptance.

Our final training session, Copyright and your ethesis takes place on Wednesday 24th October. Did you know that Queen’s Postgraduate Research students registered from September 2016 are now required to upload an electronic copy of their final thesis to Pure?

This session is for all postgraduate students who want to gain an understanding of copyright and how it applies to their e-thesis. It will make students aware of Queen’s requirement for e-thesis submission and the copyright implications of this. Fair dealing, copyright exceptions and how to seek permission when using copyright works will also be covered.

Thursday 25th October is #ThesisThursday

This will be a celebration of open access PhD thesis from around the globe.

For more information on International Open Access Week please visit the OA Libguide, or you can follow the conversation on Twitter at #OAWeek.

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McClay Library Expansion Project – October 2018 Update

This is the first of a series of regular updates planned for the 2018-19 academic year which will keep you informed on progress of the McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project. This project will realise a significant number of additional PCs and study seats in the library and involves the following key elements:

  • The courtyard area on the ground floor (behind Borrower Services and Short Loan) is being re-developed to provide over 100 PCs and 9 additional group study rooms.
  • The student lounge on the ground floor will be doubled in size.
  • A new silent study room with 67 seats will be created at the bottom of the atrium
  • Additional study seats and PCs will be added to floors 1 and 3.

The extended facility will be available to students from autumn 2019.

Unfortunately, there will be some unavoidable building noise and disruption to your studies over the months ahead but we will do everything we can to minimize this and to give you plenty of warning should the work threaten to impact on you adversely.

In the meantime, if you have any particular feedback or questions, please contact:

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South Asia Archive trial: 26th September until 26th October 2018

Covering the period mid-18th to mid-20th century, the South Asia Archive is interdisciplinary in its scope providing content which engages with a wide range of subject areas including Art History, Anthropology, History, Law, Science, Technology, Education and Literature.

This resource is a specialist research and teaching resource which provides culturally and historically significant material from across the Indian sub-continent. The material was collected by the South Asia Research Foundation (SARF) over a number of years with the objective of preserving Indian cultural heritage. The result is an eclectic collection that opens up opportunities for serendipitous discoveries presenting students with the opportunity to focus on a diverse range of dissertation and thesis topics.

The trial will run until 26th October 2018. Please click here for access.

To help us judge the quality of this resource please send feedback to:

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A warm welcome to all our new and returning students! We hope you had a great summer.

The McClay Library

Library staff will be involved in a number of induction events during the next few weeks so hopefully we’ll get the chance to meet you.

There’s lots of information available online about the resources and services we offer:

There’s also a new Queen’s app, which contains a range of information including PC availability in the McClay Library, a campus map, your class timetable and Smart Card balances.

Good luck with your studies during the year ahead. If you need help at any point, please don’t hesitate to contact your Subject Librarian.

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Upgrade of UK Data Service systems

The UK Data Service website will be undergoing an upgrade to their systems from Thursday 23rd August until Wednesday 29th August inclusive.

Some parts of the current website, account area and data catalogue will be unavailable.

UK Data Service recommends that you download or request any data that you need before 22nd August.

Normal services are expected to resume on 30th August 2018.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Keep up-to-date with Cochrane reviews via its new app

You can now keep up to date with the latest Cochrane Systematic Reviews via the new Cochrane Library app. Simply download the free app from your App store to Google Play.

The app presents the Cochrane Library monthly issues featuring a hand-picked selection of their Systematic reviews in a convenient, easy to navigate format which provides you with relevant, accessible research, when you need it, from the world’s leading experts in evidence-informed health care. Other features include:-

• downloadable format for reading offline
• a bookmark feature allowing you to create your own special collection of Cochrane Reviews across issues
• a link from the abridged version on the app to the full version of the review available on the Cochrane Library

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The Cochrane Library is changing

The Cochrane Library has been redesigned and enhanced to improve user experience and functionality. The new site will be launched on Tuesday 7th August 2018 and it is planned that the transition will be smooth but the Cochrane Library have given the following advice to existing users:-
1. We strongly recommend not using the saved search function from 00:01 GMT on Monday 6th August 2018 until 23:59 GMT on Tuesday 7th August. Changes saved during this period may not be transferred to the new site.
2. Saved searches can be run on the current Cochrane Library site right up to the time that it is shut down; however as noted above any changes made during the transfer period may not be transferred to the new site.
3. All saved searches will be transferred automatically to the new Cochrane Library site, with no further action required by users.
4. During the transfer period, all other features of the Cochrane Library, including searching, viewing articles and running searches will be available. It is only the save function that will be affected.
If you have any problems with saved searches after launch of the new site contact and specify that you are a saved search user.

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World Newspaper Archive trial: August 2018

World newspapers

As part of a wider review of historical newspaper archives available to Queen’s students and staff, the Library has arranged a trial of World Newspaper Archive . This collection features searchable digital replicas of historical newspapers published in Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. It also includes 19th- and 20th-century newspapers published in English and a variety of other languages.

The trial will run during the month of August 2018. Please click on the links below for access:

WNA: African Newspapers 1800-1922 & WNA: African Newspapers, Series II: 1835-1925

WNA: Latin American Newspapers (Series I) & WNA: Latin American Newspapers (Series II)

WNA: South Asian Newspapers 1864-1922

To help us judge the quality of this resource please send feedback to:

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From the 25th July, the platform is no longer accessible.  You can, however, search for SpringerProtocols content via Springer Nature Experiments.

Springer Nature Experiments is an extensive online collection of molecular biology and biomedical protocols enabling researchers to recreate experiments in their laboratory. They provide predefined written procedural methods in the design and implementation of experiments including bias, safety, equipment, statistical methods and reporting. The Protocols are taken from established sources such as Methods in Molecular Biology, Methods in Biotechnology and Methods in Molecular Medicine.

You can access Springer Nature Experiments to search for Springer Protocols via the QUB Library at the following link

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