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Playing with Google Trends

February 9, 2017

Did you know that Google has a really cool tool that allows you to visualize trends in searches? Google Trends lets you see what stories, searches, and YouTube videos are trending right now in different areas of the world, and also lets you see how interest in different search terms have played out across time and in different regions.  It’s this tool, for instance, that let’s you compare interest in Paw Patrol versus Dora the Explorer or shows you that “searches for ‘Superb Owl’ spike during the #Superbowl each year.

If you really want to get fancy, you can pair this tool with Google Correlate, which allows you to layer your own data over Google Trends data to see how they relate (check out, for instance, how searches for influenza information correlate with actual US Center for Disease Control-reported instances of the flu).

There’s some really cool potential here.

Open Access Week: Oct. 24-30, 2016

October 25, 2016

Open Access Week is here!

This international event celebrates publishing initiatives that make scholarly research accessible online to anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world.

The theme of this year’s Open Access Week is “Open in Action.” Everyone from institutions to scholars are being encouraged to move beyond discussing the concept of Open Access, to putting it into practice.

Whether you are a faculty member looking to make your research more accessible to everyone or, you are a student interested in research that is freely available once you are finished your program, Open Access may be of interest to you.

Learn more!

Interested in learning more about Open Access?  Check out these brief handouts on Open Access from the International Open Access Week website:

Also, visit the Open Access section of Red Deer College’s Research Common website.

eLIFE Lens: A new ‘evolutionary’ way to view research

November 24, 2014

eLife Lens is an innovative, still experimental, new tool that will make reading articles online easier for researchers, authors, editors and readers alike. eLife Lens makes using scientific articles easier by making it possible to explore figures, figure descriptions, references and more – without losing your place in the article text. While most online research articles simply replicate print, eLife Lens takes full advantage of the Internet’s flexibility. You can absorb key elements in an important paper more readily, more quickly, and more effectively.

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Wikipedia as a research tool?

February 24, 2014

Your instructors have undoubtedly stressed that Wikipedia is not an academic source, so you can’t cite it as such in your research paper. All that is true—Wikipedia clearly doesn’t pass the CRAAP test as a peer-reviewed, academic research source.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t use it at all. Wikipedia can be a great starting point for general information as you familiarize yourself with your research topic. There are also many links in most Wikipedia entries that will send you in many other directions to related subjects, experts, and fields of study as you explore your topic and formulate your ideas.

It’s also a great source for different keywords on your topic. Keywords are the words you enter in any search field to get results. To state the obvious, the results you get out of a search are only as good as the keywords you put in. Wikipedia can show you which words and phrases are commonly used in a specific field, and using those terms and keywords when you search will allow you to “speak the language” of that subject and get you better results. For example, a read of the Wikipedia entry for Social Media yields myriad other related terms, like consumer-generated media, social networking, digital media, content marketing, social media activism, online presence management, and many more, that become useful keyword lingo.

So while Wikipedia is most definitely not an academic source it can still be a useful research tool. Try integrating it into your next project. And if you’ve discovered other uses for Wikipedia in your own research, leave a comment and let us know. Happy researching!

Celebrate Open Access Week October 21-27

October 21, 2013

Open Access Week October 21-27, 2013October 21-27 is Open Access Week

Open Access Week is an international event that promotes Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.

This international event recognizes and promotes publishing initiatives that make scholarly research accessible online to anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world.

This is accomplished through Open Access (OA) journals, institutional repositories, self-archiving and a lot of hard work by academics, librarians and a variety of others who argue that free, universal access to research is a right, not a pricey privilege.

Open Access Webcasts

In celebration of Open Access Week, Athabasca University is presenting a series of free noon hour webcasts exploring major issues and opportunities of Open Access and Open Educational Resources. Topics include:

  • the state of the art in the distribution of e-textbooks;
  • open access books in the K12 schools of Brazil;
  • the open access situation in Canada;
  • MOOCs and the open access movement;
  • the OER university initiative; and
  • other issues relating to Open Access internationally

For more information and links to the webcasts, visit:
Webcast Link Free Noon Hour Webcasts Schedule

Open Access Live Stream Events

Watch Open Access events live streamed from around the globe.

For more information and links to the live stream, visit:
Webcast Link Live Stream Events Schedule

Learn More

Visit the RDC Library Open Resources guide to learn more about Open Access, Open Education Resources, and Open Culture.

Ask Me About Open Access