Guest post by Sara Kjellberg, coordinator research support services at Library and ICT Services.
I visited recently a day organized for PhD students at the Faculty of Health and Society. The presentation I held was about what we from Library and ICT Services* can provide in terms of support for researchers and PhD students at Malmö University. I asked the PhD students what kind of obstacles or challenges they find in their everyday work as researchers’ or in relation to the research process. One very common answer was the lack of time. The things that came up as hindering the research process was everything from that it´s hard to handle all the stages in the publishing process to that you have to wait for other people or find and get answers from possible informants. Of course we can´t save time for you in every stage of your research process, but I think that we provide services that might help you overcome some obstacles. We support different parts of your work as a PhD student. I will give some examples here, these are picked to highlight aspects where we think it can help you specifically as researchers, but of course there are lots more.
A librarian is associated with every department at Malmö University, this is to facilitate for you to have one person to interact with and who can guide you further.
Creating literature overviews, keeping up to date and current awareness
We help you with information seeking and different ways of finding, accessing, and organizing information.
- Book a Librarian
Free individual 60 minute session of guided information searching.
- Bibliometrics (In Swedish)
Bibliometrics involves quantitative studies of scientific publications, for example, with respect to: the production and productivity; impact; collaboration patterns and disciplinary structures. For example we can show you how you as a researcher can use Citation databases to learn more about your area.
Use of software and different ICT tools
In a research project it can be useful to handle your references in an organized way or to have possibilities to collaborate with others online. Some examples of tools that we provide: