Posts Tagged ‘literature’

A total of 69,000 online resources now available in Research4Life

26th May 2016

The total online resources available in Research4Life is going up

We are pleased to announce a new update in the number of online resources available through the Research4Life programes. In the last 18 months, the total count of material has risen up to 69,000, an increase of 42% from the latest count of 48,000.

The new number of resources includes new titles added to books, journals and other information material in the collections of the four Research4Life programmes –Hinari, AGORA, OARE and ARDI-.

R4L_numbers_2016_all-02

Each of the Research4Life programs have updated number of resources with major additions in the AGORA collection. 15,000 new e-books related to chemistry, economics, geography and geology were added to AGORA now bringing the total number of books to up to 22,000.

You can access this range of resources by logging into your specific program using your institution’s credentials. If you are not registered yet find out if your institution is eligible and register now.

Hinari online resources
AGORA online resources
OARE online resources
ARDI online resources
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Publisher of the Month – Oxford University Press

11th March 2015

OUPOur Publisher of the Month is OUP (Oxford University Press). OUP is one of our founding partners providing its high-quality resources for free or at a low cost to eligible countries. In addition, OUP participates in a wide range of developing country initiatives, including INASP and eIFL, extending the reach of academic monographs and journals to more than 5,000 institutions in 100 low-income countries.

“Access to prestigious high quality journals and books from OUP has had a significant and positive impact on our efforts over the last 13 years by providing access to critical scientific research, significantly increasing the prospects of health and education in developing countries.”

Richard Gedye, Director of STM’s Outreach Programmes.

OUP offers access to over 285 prestigious and authoritative journals published in collaboration with some of the world’s most influential and scholarly professional societies. The 2015 Oxford Journals Collection includes cited journals in the fields of Medicine, Life Sciences, Humanities, Law, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Online products are also available including:

You can view the complete list of titles here.

Training

The Librarian Resource Center  provides current librarians with training and technical support, including support in Spanish. Libraries in Sub-Saharan Africa receive training materials by ITOCA (The Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa) a capacity building and training organization. INASP network participants are provided with training workshops and materials of particular relevance to librarians.

Institutions will need an Internet connection of least 56kbps, Internet browsers, and a PDF Reader software.

Application

Librarians  or  staff members at institutions in developing countries can access OUP journals through the Research4Life programmes. If you  want to know more about the Developing Countries Initiative, training, and OUP products visit the OUP Librarian Resource Centre page or contact library.marketing@oup.com.

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New Mendeley Certification Program for Librarians

6th March 2015

With the new program librarians can get certified and obtain a Premium Upgrade for 500 users at their institution for free.

mendeleyMendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help researchers organize their papers, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest news on their field. On the Mendeley platform, researchers can also create an academic profile and upload papers to publicize their research.

Librarians can also benefit from Mendeley. The new Certification Program for librarians is a self-study program that takes 15 – 20 hours to complete with rewards offered at each level. Each year, upon successful completion of the upgrading requirements, librarians get to continue with premium Mendeley access at no additional costs.

cert_rosette-smallI you would like to know more about the benefits of the Mendeley Certification Program for Librarians click here. To learn more about Mendeley check our training material or join the Research4Life/Mendeley group.

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Grey Literature resources

26th February 2015

What is Grey Literature?

Grey literature is defined as ‘that which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers.’[1]   Examples include technical reports from governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies or research groups, working papers from research groups or preprints, thesis/dissertations and conference papers. Here we list some of the most useful tools to find Grey Literature related to science:

OpenDOARwww.opendoar.org

This resource is a directory of over 2600 academic open access repositories. The directory is run by the Centre for Research communications (CRC), University of Nottingham. Links to various resources are listed on the Country and Organizations access page.  Also available is a Search Repository Contents page.  These search results include links to the full-text documents.

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE)www.base-search.net

BASE is a search engine primarily for academic open access web resources. A resource of over 2600 academic open access repositories, BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library (Germany). Initial search results are organized by relevancy with tools to further refine searches. The search results citations include links to the full-text documents.

Open Greywww.opengrey.eu

Open Grey, a consortium of numerous academic institutions in Europe, is a database of 700,000 grey literature references in Europe plus links to many full-text documents – technical or research reports, doctoral dissertations, conference papers and official publications. Search results are organized by author, organization, discipline, keyword, year and document type with access to the full-text documents.

WorldWideScience.orgworldwidescience.org

This is a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals that, for a keyword search, examines 99 sources. A multilateral partnership, the project was developed and is maintained by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, Department of Energy (USA). Search results are organized into papers, multimedia and data sections.   In the Topics section, one of the options is Full Text Articles. Note: search results for this gateway include links to commercially produced material that may be available from the various R4L program portals.

Please open these resources and decide which ones are most useful to your research needs.

 

[1] Grey Literature Report, New York Academy of Medicine, www.greylit.org/about (accessed 02 January 2015)

 


About the author

Lenny Rhine

Lenny Rhine

Since 2006, Lenny has been holding training workshops all over the world for the Research4Life programmes with financial support from various organizations, including WHO, ITOCA and in collaboration with the Librarians Without Borders®/Medical Library Association (LWB/MLA). Lenny has held training workshops all over the world, including sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and South Pacific, as well as English speaking countries in the Americas and Eastern Europe.

 

 

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