8 May 2011 – I didn’t know what I had till it was gone. During my PhD at the University of Pittsburgh, I had access to the Scopus database of citation data. I proceeded to use it for various citation analyses. I graduated and moved on, swapping that university affiliation for a collection of at least five others. None of these has access to Scopus. I miss it! I need it to do my research! Why? I’m working on a large scale citation analysis. This would be easy with ISI Web of Science if my collection were based on a particular journal, or an author last name or one of your other small set of field tags. It isn’t. Instead it is based on an interdisciplinary domain, and includes thousand of articles across hundreds of journals and authors and subjects…
26 May 2011 – As many academics and researchers quickly come to understand, finding out how your work is being used by others can be a tricky business. Using a combination of the three easily available tools – Publish or Perish, Google, and Web of Science – may provide the best way for academics to measure various areas of impact.
31 May 2011 – An iTunes-type online network has changed the way that scientists share their data, says Tom Chivers […] Just three years old, Mendeley is now the world’s largest research database, with around 75 million journal articles – that number is doubling every four months. In April, it won the education category in the Start-Up 100 Awards.
26 May 2011 – Romance languages and literatures professor Emerita Vera Lee has published 'On the Trail of Harry Potter', which she touts as the first book-length literary analysis of all seven Harry Potter volumes: “Most studies that look at part or all of the series focus on aspects such as magic and fantasy, philosophy, morality, myth, religion or spirituality,” explains Lee. “But […] I wanted to demonstrate how she created it — and why, because of that, the series has been so successful.” Lee discusses the individual and collective natures of the four main characters and examines Rowling’s writing technique and style, including her use of humor.
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