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Resources & Tools

Online Tools

The BASE search engine harvests metadata from repositories.

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has implemented a harvester (DATAD-R) to harvest African repositories.

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is an online collection of over1,500 open access scholarly books and journals from university presses and other leading publishing houses. KU is made possible by financial support from libraries. Visit knowledgeunlatched.org.

The Library’s financial contributions to SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) have helped convert key journals in the field of high-energy physics to open access at no cost to authors. SCOAP3 journals are open for any scientist to publish in without any financial barriers. Visit scoap3.org.

OpenDOAR is the quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a powerful tool that enables you to collaborate on research and writing, keeping all your files, data, and protocols in one centralized cloud-based location. You control which parts of your project are public or private making it easy to collaborate with the world or just your team. OSF can be connected to other tools such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Git to share data, archive data, track project changes, assist in project management, and more.

ScienceOpen is an interactive discovery environment for scholarly research across all disciplines. It is freely accessible for all and offers hosting and promotional services within the platform for publishers and institutes.

Use Unpaywall to find freely available research articles, including those from UWC Research Repository. Install the extension in your Chrome or Firefox browser, and when you land on a pay-walled article, look for the “unlock” tab on the right side of your browser and click. For more information or to install the extension visit unpaywall.org.

Zenodo is a general-purpose open-access repository developed under the European OpenAIRE program and operated by CERN. It allows researchers to deposit data sets, research software, reports, and any other research related digital artifacts. For each submission, a persistent Digital object identifier (DOI) is minted, which makes the stored items easily citable.

 

ORCID is the acronym for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. Organisations can integrate ORCID into digital platforms and workflows to reduce administrative burden and connect ORCID iD records with institutional repositories, publishing platforms, HR systems, grant applications, and more.

Register for ORCiD here.

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SAGE research methods online (SRMO) is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SRMO links over 100,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identity a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SRMO focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more. Mendeley is a free reference manager tool that enables you to manage citations and PDFs using a desktop client or through your account on mendeley.com. It offers basic functionality and storage of up to one gigabyte (1 G) of data for free. You may upgrade to a paid subscription if you require additional functionalities or more storage space. Mendeley is compatible with MSWord, OpenOffice, and BibTex. This reference management tool offers social networking opportunities. You can search the references that other people have collected, set up or join groups to work together and more. You will need to download the Mendeley Desktop to use when writing papers, and if you log into the web version you can add citations and papers to your personally created library from anywhere, using any web browser. Note that you must always synchronise your Mendeley Desktop with the web. Resources Mendeley Quick Reference Guide
EndNote is reference management software with features to:
  • Keep all your references and reference-related materials in a searchable personal library.
  • Synchronize your references between up to three of your personal computers, an online library, and your iOS device, through EndNote Sync. (You must be the owner and user of all three computers.)
  • Share your references with collaborators through EndNote Sync.
  • Use your references in word-processing documents to create formatted citations and bibliographies or independent reference lists.
More information about using EndNote, with links to resources, can be found here: https://clarivate.libguides.com/endnote_training/home To download the EndNote reference manager to your desktop, click here: http://download.endnote.com/downloads/X9/ENX9Inst.exe
After downloading the software, the first time, you will be prompted to enter a product key. Please contact Anne Moon at amoon@uwc.ac.za or your faculty librarian, when prompted for this code.