Did you know, that as a UCT student you have access to a whole host of services from Google? Now, you might think “Oh but I already have a Gmail account! I can already use Google Drive! Well, if you’re using your UCT student account to log in – you get 10TB of space rather than the usual few gigabytes! This plus a whole host of other google services is available to you as a student – all to make your life easier. See more here.
When perusing for papers, scouring for sources or finding features to add to your latest bit of cutting edge research it’s important to remind yourself just how fallible our most trusted finding tools can be. Even Google, especially with it’s ‘featured answers’ feature, can lead you astray. It’s incredibly important to check your sources and make sure they are backed up themselves by research and peer review. Vox has more to say on the matter here:
The dawn of the digital age has transformed the the way the world shares and accesses information. This in turn, however, has had a major effect on scholarly name recognition. With about two thirds of authors sharing a last name and single initial, it has become extremely difficult for scholars to build their research brand.
ORCID (Open Research and Contributor ID) has aimed to solve this problem with unique alphanumeric codes assigned to authors. This unique code identifies authors, and tracks their scholarly contribution with an open and independent registry. An ORCID by any other name has never smelled as sweet.
Please click here for a slideshow of a recent ORCID webinar and more information about ORCID.
UCT has acquired a campus wide site licence for EndNote, which is currently one of the most popular reference management tools available. Staff and students can use this software to find, store, create, save and share online information resources.
You can now install EndNote for free on a laptop or desktop. Simply navigate the downloads section of the ICTS website or borrow a copy from the ICTS Front Office. Remember to take along a R20 deposit and your staff or student card. Once installed, you can sync it to all your devices and access your library wherever you are.
Visit ICTS’ EndNote webpage for more information about the benefits and to access the available user documentation.
ICTS has procured NVivo for Windows and Mac and it is now available to the staff and students of UCT.
NVivo is available for download in the Downloads section of the ICTS website. You can also borrow the install disks from the ICTS Front Office. Take your staff or student card and a R20 deposit to the Front Office in order to borrow the disks.
What is NVivo? (more…)
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-proprietary alphanumeric code to uniquely identify scientific and other academic authors. This addresses the problem that a particular author’s contributions to the scientific literature can be hard to electronically recognize as most personal names are not unique, they can change (such as with marriage), have cultural differences in name order, contain inconsistent use of first-name abbreviations and employ different writing systems. It provides a persistent identity for humans, similar to that created for content-related entities on digital networks by digital object identifiers (DOIs).
The second video we are releasing shows you how to keep up to date with research publications.