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  • Publish, don’t perish: how to spot deceptive publishers

    Academic publishing is a hugely profitable enterprise, so it’s no surprise that some dubious companies take advantage of researchers by charging publishing fees but then failing to deliver quality outcomes.

    These publishers are called “predatory” because of their unscrupulous business practices, which may include:

    • Failing to provide rigorous peer review
    • Making false claims about how journal articles are disseminated e.g. indexing in credible scholarly databases
    • Falsely claiming prestige markers e.g. Impact Factor
    • Charging article processing fees before an article is accepted for publication

    It can be challenging to avoid these problematic outlets, but a new quick guide from the Library can help.

    For further information, check the Library’s Journal Evaluation Strategies or contact your Librarian or Scholarly Communication Librarian Elizabeth Yates, eyates@brocku.ca

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  • New year, new academic search tool

    Come explore Omni, our new academic search tool. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend one of three hands-on workshops this month.

    Learn to:

    • discover collections at Brock and the 13 other partner institutions.
    • refine search results by availability, resource type, focused subjects, library collection, and more.
    • browse a virtual bookshelf using Virtual Browse.
    • follow citations from references within an article, and those that cite it.
    • pin, collate, and tag materials in your ‘favourites’ file for easy retrieval.
    • cite, email, and export to a citation tool to manage your information.

    You are welcome to just drop-in to a session however, students will earn CWC credit if they register first on ExperienceBU

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  • Introduction to Compute Canada Resources Coming to Brock Library

    Research often involves computational demands that exceed the resources contained within a laboratory or research institute. Some common research computing challenges include data storage, execution of large scale computational cycles, as well as access to advanced research computing (ARC) expertise. Did you know that Brock University is partnered with Compute Canada? Compute Canada deploys state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions which helps accelerate research and innovation. Compute Canada’s vision is to “make Canada a world leader in the use of advanced computing for research, discovery and innovation.” You can access this amazing resource right here on campus!

    On January 15th from 10-11 AM the Brock University Library’s Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) will be hosting an Introduction to the Compute Canada Federation research computing resources. This session provides an introduction to the ARC resources offered by the Compute Canada Federation with demonstrations of accessing the national storage infrastructure, executing programs on the national general purpose compute clusters as well as a tour of the documentation, support and training materials.

    This workshop is open to everyone and is being held in the DSL, located at the front of the Rankin Family Pavilion.

    To register please visit Eventbrite.

    For more information please contact dsl@brocku.ca

     

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  • ARGH Meetings Coming to Digital Scholarship Lab in 2020

    The Ad hoc R Group Help (ARGH) Coding Club and Support Group is coming to the Digital Scholarship Lab beginning early 2020.  The mission of ARGH is to facilitate a collaborative and supportive environment where students, post-docs, and faculty may develop data analysis, graphical, programming, and statistics skills together, using R.  Replace statistics anxiety or code fear with inspiration and motivation to learn. Visit ARGH Coding Club for more club details.

    ARGH will meet every second Monday from 12-1 pm in the Digital Scholarship Lab, located in the Rankin Family Pavilion.  Some sessions will feature presenters who will demonstrate code for a graphical, statistical, or analytical problems they have mastered or are working on.  Other meetings will be R help sessions for fellow researchers.

    Anyone is welcome to attend meetings to get assistance with R related projects, learn from others, collaborate and network.

    Drop-in’s are welcome however you can also register for meetings at ExperienceBU by following the links below:

    January 6

    January 20

    February 3

    March 2

    March 16

    March 30

    April 13

    April 27

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  • Makerspace News

    What’s New This Month!


    Makerspace Highlights

    Oh yes, it’s happening.

    After keeping both students and staff alike in suspense, we’ve finally come to bring the good news. We are moving!

    More importantly, we’re moving somewhere BIGGER.

    Yes, the Brock Makerspace is relocating from its humble little home in the James A. Gibson library out into the newly built Rankin Family Pavilion.

    With this added space, we’ll be able to load in new equipment and software previously unavailable to showcase. Things like resin printing, laser cutting, and several copies of technologies already displayed in the old space give students ample opportunity to explore and engage in their creative exploits.  We provide dedicated spaces for each of our varying technologies (audio, video, 3D printing, VR, etc.) so students who wish to pursue a specific type of tech can have a focused environment that gives them the tools they need to create and succeed!

    This new space also provides us with a dedicated workshop lab that is all our own to utilize. And being directly located in the space gives all students and staff immediate access to experiment. Along with the abundance of rooms, our central workstation is now much larger, with plenty of desk space for patrons to tinker and create.

    Read more

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  • Two Day Data Carpentry Event Coming to Brock

    Coming to the Brock Digital Scholarship Lab February 2020, a two day Data Carpentry workshop!

    Data Carpentry develops the fundamental data skills needed to conduct research. Its target audience is researchers who have little to no prior computational experience, and its lessons are domain specific, building on learners’ existing knowledge to enable them to quickly apply skills learned to their own research. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

    This course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You do not need to have previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

    For more information on what will be taught and why, please see the paper “Good Enough Practices for Scientific Computing“.

    All the details about this event can be found on ExperienceBU.

    Contact: Please email dsl@brocku.ca for more information.

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  • New Library System Coming Soon

    On Dec. 12, Brock University Library, in partnership with 14 Ontario universities, is launching Omni. Omni is an academic search tool that will allow you to search Brock’s local collections (books, e-books, media, equipment, and more), online journal articles, and coming in 2020 – seamless search and access to physical resources across 14 Omni libraries. With Omni, you’ll have ready access to an incredible trove of scholarly materials from across Ontario, simplifying your research process.

    Want more? Omni is making things easier in other ways:

    • Long, 120-day loan periods for undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff
    • No more late fines on regular print material
    • Borrow as many as 500 items at a time
    • One handy menu bar enabling users to
      • quickly find links to journal titles
      • browse by author, title, call number and subject heading
      • link out to subject-specific databases
      • find research guides by program
      • sign-in to view loans, due dates and to renew items

    Read more about the collaborative effort behind Omni in the Brock News.

    Have questions? Please contact libhelp@brocku.ca or your Liaison Librarian.

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  • Brock University cover art on display

    The Matheson Learning Commons digital art wall is displaying the cover art of various publications from Brock University since 1964.

    From these works, you can see the changing graphic art styles, how Brock promoted itself to prospective students, and special milestones in our over 50 year history.

    The originals books can be found in the Brock University Archives & Special Collections located on the 10th floor of the Library.

     

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  • How are you managing citations? Share your feedback

    Are you struggling with citations? Or do you have a great system for managing all your references for essays or scholarly papers?

    We want to hear about it! Please take a few moments to answer a short Library survey on citation management, which refers to the use of systems or software to store and organize references and format in-text citations and bibliographies. Results from the survey will be used to help the Library develop a strategy to support users’ citation management needs. Your responses will be anonymous.

    Anyone at Brock can respond. Survey participants can enter a draw for one of two $25 Brock cards.

    The survey closes Dec. 6 at 5 pm.

    Questions? Contact Elizabeth Yates, Liaison and Scholarly Communication Librarian at eyates@brocku.ca or x4469

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  • GIS Day to be celebrated this week

    As part of Geography Awareness Week, the Brock University Map, Data & GIS Library (MDGL) will be hosting GIS Day on Wednesday, November 13. Visit the MDGL between 12 and 2 p.m. to enjoy a pizza lunch ($) and a slice of their famous GIS Day cake (free!)

     

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