Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Reference management workshops and resources - use them!

The rejigged York Skills Guide for reference management has a new nice 4 min video, and collapsible sections on Paperpile, Mendeley, and EndNote
Next week's Digital Wednesdays is on reference management focusing on Mendeley and Paperpile. Mendeley is a great all-rounder. It’s not as good at collecting as Paperpile, but it does have a built-in PDF annotator, and it works with Word

... and of course Hull has nice bibliograhic online resources too, focusing on EndNote and RefWorks.
The University Library has workshops on Using EndNote this Friday, and again on December 6th, as well as one of Referencing with Harvard or APA on Tuesday next week.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Trial of JBI SUMARI tool to support systematic reviews

JBI SUMARI (System for the Unified Management of the Assessment and Review of Information) allows you to 'develop, conduct and report on systematic reviews of evidence related to the feasibility, appropriateness, meaningfulness and effectiveness of health care interventions or professional activities.' 

Trial access to this, and other associated Joanna Briggs tools, are available via the University of York until 14th December 2017

To access the trial go to http://subjectguides.york.ac.uk/az.php?q=jbi%20tools and login using your University of York account. Select JBI SUMARI and login using your Ovid Personal Account (or create one if needed). Select the Green Wolter Kluwer/EBP Network Account option and you are ready to start.

We are very interested in knowing if this tool is valuable to staff and students undertaking systematic reviews. Please send any feedback you may have to library@hyms.ac.uk. 

For further information on SUMARI go to https://www.jbisumari.org/#features. There are also some video tutorials on using the software at  https://jbisumari.org/#tutorials. Copied below is a summary of the resource from https://www.jbisumari.org/faq.html#general-what-is-sumari:

The System for the Unified Management, Assessment and Review of Information (SUMARI) is the Joanna Briggs Institute's premier software for the systematic review of literature.
It is designed to assist researchers and practitioners in fields such as health, social sciences and humanities to conduct systematic reviews. SUMARI supports 10 review types, including:
  1. Reviews of effectiveness
  2. Qualitative research
  3. Economic evaluations
  4. Prevalence/incidence
  5. Aetiology/risk
  6. Mixed methods
  7. Umbrella/overviews
  8. Text/opinion
  9. Diagnostic test accuracy
  10. Scoping reviews
It facilitates the entire review process, from protocol development, team management, study selection, critical appraisal, data extraction, data synthesis and writing your systematic review report. Essentially, it is a word processor, reference management program, statistical and qualitative data analysis program all in one easy to use web application.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SPSS, stats, maths: where do I go??

We have had a couple of queries lately regarding maths, stats and SPSS support at the universities so here's some info for anyone else interested:

At the University of Hull have a look at the information and support at https://canvas.hull.ac.uk/courses/644 . You might also be interested in signing up for a SPSS workshop at http://libguides.hull.ac.uk/UGworkshops/spss.

If at York see https://www.york.ac.uk/it-services/software/a-z/spss/ for support and information for SPSS and for more general support see information about the Maths Skills Centre at  https://www.york.ac.uk/students/studying/develop-your-skills/study-skills/maths-skills-centre/.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to lie with *ahem* use numbers

This post linked to here is interesting from several perspectives.

Read as a cheat sheet for what not to do as a researcher - but maybe as a politician?...
... and a reminder of what to be on the lookout for when assessing the works and words of others.

Numbers have power, handle with care!