Two good links for research

The two webpages are worth looking at, especially if you’re an early career researcher:



The Alliance for Useful Evidence

The Alliance for Useful Evidence  provides a focal point for improving and extending the use of social research and evidence in the UK, and has just gone into its second year of existence.  Membership is free upon registration. The website contains links to additional information and to publications. Find out more and register at

The library is running a number of research related training sessions in January and February which are linked to the Vitae  Research Development Framework. The sessions are aimed at all academic staff and researchers.

NTU Publications Strategy

This session will introduce you to the new NTU Publications Strategy and the key issues dominating the research and publication landscapes.

Grab their attention! Social media, you and your research

This is an introduction to the ways in which researchers might develop an online profile. It will outline the uses of Social Media, as well as more traditional academic networks, for raising your profile and drawing attention to your research output.

Get your research cited: the Open Access route

Want to know more about how to raise your research profile and increase your citations? This session will explain what OA is and outline the current OA landscape, explore the arguments for and against it, as well as discussing why you should make use of OA and how to publish your work via this channel.

Making your thesis copyright compliant

This session raises awareness of issues surrounding copyright and encourages you to reflect on the implications of third party copyright, particularly in relation to the development of your thesis and its eligibility for inclusion in NTU’s Institutional Repository (IRep).

Book onto any (or all) of these sessions in the Academic Practice section on the CPLD website at

Reading comprehension just as good using a Kindle as with paper

The following study demonstrates that reading comprehension isn’t inhibited by technology:

Margolin, S. J., Driscoll, C., Toland, M. J. and Kegler, J. L. (2013), E-readers, Computer Screens, or Paper: Does Reading Comprehension Change Across Media Platforms?. Applied Cognitive Psychology doi: 10.1002/acp.2930

Type the doi into a search engine to access the full article.




Styles, approaches and patterns in student learning – journal article

This article may be of interest:

Evans, C. and Vermunt, J. D. (2013), Styles, approaches, and patterns in student learning. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 83: 185–195. doi: 10.1111/bjep.12017

You can access this through Library OneSearch, or by pasting the doi into a search engine.  If you’re off campus you’ll be asked to log in with your NTU username and password.

“Wikipedia is a tough muddle”

According to recent research, articles in Wikipedia are harder to read than those in the Encyclopaedia Britannica.  This conclusion was derived from analysis of sentence length,  the number of occurrences of popular words, and the claim that Wikipedia articles are often written by experts who put accuracy above readability.  This surprising (to me at any rate) revelation was reported in the New Scientist (15 December 2012).

Evidence and practice review of support for victims and outcome measurement

This research for the Ministry of Justice “reviewed current practice and existing evidence on victims’ support needs, outcome measurement and quality assurance in the victim support sector.

A literature review of current research, interviews with experts in the field, case studies of victim support service providers and a findings workshop provided the results for the review. The research found that the needs of victims are complex, dynamic and wide ranging, and the support service sector is diverse. Current practice in measuring outcomes that providers aim to achieve for victims and approaches to quality assurance within the sector varied considerably; this has implications for outcome-focused commissioning.” [taken from the website]. Read the full report on the Ministry of Justice website.