Articles

Knowledge discovery through text analytics: advances, challenges and opportunities

By Akhilesh K.S. Yadav, Tata Institute of Social Sciences | Mar 1, 2017

Text mining for patterns and trends

Text mining or text analytics is the analysis of unstructured data contained in natural language text. Akhilesh Yadav, MLIS faculty, interviews Gabe Ignatow, a sociology professor and co-author of Text Mining: A Guidebook for the Social Sciences, about this important research method. 

Providing literature support as part of the biomedical research team

By Pamela Shaw, Northwestern University | Feb 27, 2017

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The role of the librarian on the biomedical research team is arguably more valuable now than ever before as a wealth of biomedical literature introduces a significant challenge: searching for manuscripts and retrieving relevant results. 

As a librarian, you want to introduce your researchers to processes and tools that will save them time, improve their workflows, and set them up as good contributors to the scholarly ecosystem. Register for this Library Connect webinar for a quick review of features in Mendeley, Scopus, ScienceDirect and Hivebench that can help your researchers work smart, work together and stay up-to-date. 

Many of you, particularly in the US, may think the big kickoff is in Houston on Feb. 5. Librarians around the world interested in a free self-study program to learn how to train others on using Mendeley know better.

Do you want to be an LIS journal editor? An editor discusses perks and pitfalls

Interview with Ludo Waltman, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Informetrics | Jan 31, 2017

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In this Q&A with Ludo Waltman, the editor-in-chief of Elsevier’s Journal of Informetrics shares the typical tasks involved in the role, along with the key challenges and top rewards. Perhaps it will inspire you to explore an editorship yourself.

In 2016 librarians shared their knowledge and experience on a variety of topics from research metrics to information literacy via Library Connect articles, webinars and special content. Download the 55-page yearbook to get all the articles and links to ebooks, posters and slides in one place.

You are cordially invited to Save the Date for The Hunter Forum, hosted by Elsevier Library Connect at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Conference in Atlanta, GA, USA.

Introduced on December 8, CiteScore™ metrics are a suite of research metrics for journal citation impact available in a free layer on Scopus. This article focuses on some of the key questions librarians will be asking such as where to find them and when do they come out.

*The Quick Reference Cards for Research Impact Metrics were updated on Dec. 8, 2016 to include CiteScore.* While metrics help illuminate the impact of research outputs, it can be a challenge to assemble a basket of metrics and find definitions and resources in one place. These cards can be a jumping off point for discussions with early career colleagues or researchers. 

Introducing your researchers to text mining: 5 first steps

By Rachel Martin, Elsevier | Nov 29, 2016

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Text mining makes it possible for researchers to analyze vast data sources, extract answers and develop new concepts more quickly and efficiently than ever before. However, a recent survey by the Publishing Research Consortium found that awareness of text mining techniques is still relatively low.