Academic publishing is a complicated field to navigate. This week, we have a look at some of its many facets, from open access to peer review or book publishing.
Here is a situation I see quite often at the library: a student comes to the issue desk with a bibliography, points at one of the references in the list, and complains that she can’t find this book.
The librarian gives a quick look at the reference and points out that the reference isn’t for a whole book, but for a chapter of this book.
What happened was that the students typed the title of the book chapter in the catalogue. But you won’t ever find the full book like that. Most probably, you won’t find anything.
So, how do you avoid this common pitfall?
One of the things I really enjoy while exploring the Academic Web, is the wealth of discussion about women’s experiences when working in academia. I’ve been growing my collection of links on the topic for a while now so I thought it was time to share it with you.
Let’s begin with this really great article on the ever great “Tenure, she wrote”: “I have a vested interest in convincing you that sexism and misogyny are real, because they are.”
Today, we’re introducing a brand new feature on this blog. With, “How did she do it?”, we’re going to study real-life cases of students who successfully finished (or almost finished) their literature review.
Our guest today is Wendy Burleson (you can find her on Twitter: @wendyburleson_5).
A few weeks ago, I asked around on my mailing-list (which you can join at the bottom of this article if you haven’t yet!) if anyone was up for a free coaching session with me.
I ended up coaching five fabulous ladies who were a little lost or a little stuck on their literature review.
Before diving into this week’s link round-up, a little announcement: I’ve finally created a Facebook page for How To Do a Literature Review. In particular, I’m planning to post there any new article published on the site and interesting links, as I stumble upon them.
If you were to like it, that would really make my day!
But back to today’s topic: academic reading. I decided to take it into its larger sense: from searching the literature for articles you might want to read, to finally referencing the documents in your writing.
I hope it’ll motivate you to do a little bit of you own academic reading over the weekend! :)
Let’s imagine a fictional scenario together.
While doing a literature search, I found a reference to a great article on my topic.
It’s by an author I trust, the abstract looks amazing, I absolutely need to read it and add it to my literature review.
But there is no direct link to the full-text.
What do I do?