Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thank you and goodbye

All good things come to an end and after 30 years at North Campus, I will be leaving the employment of NMMU next week with very good memories.

I would like to thank every staff member and student for the support you gave me as Faculty Librarian. You ensured that my last years of work at NMMU was really special and I appreciate it; I could not have ended up with a better faculty!

Ms Funeka Nombande who is currently the Information Librarian at South Campus Library has been appointed as the new Faculty Librarian from 2016. I hope that you will support her and allow her a while to familiarise herself with the demands of her new position. She is a dedicated librarian who will give her best to the faculty.

Just a reminder that my Faculty Librarian - EBEIT website and the training site in Learn@NMMU will no longer be available after 15 December 2015. This is also my final post in Faculty Librarian Newsletter.

Human Resources Director, Gary Paul, EBEIT Faculty Librarian Jean Thomas and Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz at the NMMU PASS (Professional, Administrative and Support Services) Excellence Awards evening,
24 November 2015

Wishing staff and students a very blessed Christmas and best wishes for a successful and prosperous 2016! 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Need help to find a journal to submit your article to?

There is now a journal matching feature available in EndNote Online, see the full article Introducing: Manuscript matcher. By typing the title of your article, the abstract and references into Manuscript matcher, EndNote will provide you with a list of journal titles using the journal titles in Web of Science.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New search tool available for computer science: Semantic Scholar

According to an article AI tool scours all the science on the web to find new knowledge that appeared in the New Scientist last week Sematic Scholar "can automatically read, digest and categorise findings from the estimated 2 million scientific papers published each year. Up to half of these papers are never read by more than three people. The system aims to identify previously overlooked connections and information." At the moment Semantic Scholar can only be searched for  computer science papers.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Wishing students the best during the exams

Exams started last week, but I still want to wish students the best of luck during the exams. Please note the longer library hours on North Campus:

Monday to Thursday: 08:30 - 22:00
Fridays: 09:00 - 22:00
Saturdays: 10:00 - 17:00

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Need free scholarly papers?

CORE  (COnnecting REpositories) provides access to scholarly papers that are in institutional repositories from all over the world. "The mission of CORE... is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public. In this way CORE facilitates free unrestricted access to research for all."

Monday, October 26, 2015

Do you want to improve yourself?

Have a look at 7 Skills You Must Learn to Reach Your Full Potential (And Where to Learn Them) by Sean Kim."The stepping stone from where you are today to where you want to be is simple: learning more skills."

Quoting from the article, here is the list in brief:

  • Speak a New Language
  • Play an Instrument
  • Public Speaking
  • Blogging
  • Networking
  • Speed Reading
  • Learning Faster

Monday, October 19, 2015

Plagiarism still a problem?

If yes, have a look at the article Students’ Top Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism by Tami Strang. "Nearly all students (93%) take the the care to carefully cite the resources they’ve used. This is a vital step, which ensures that they’re giving credit to those whose work formed the basis of their research. It also enables you (and all readers) to see the hard work and scholarship behind their final projects."

Quoting from the article here in brief are other strategies that students suggest:

  • Be confident in your own skill and originality! 
  • Take care when quoting or paraphrasing others’ ideas.
  • Ask for assistance.
  • Check and re-check your work.