What is the Discovery cluster? Is EndNote or Zotero better suited for your reference manager needs? How do you access the Dartmouth Secure network via Wi-Fi? The Gear Up! Build Your Research Toolkit event in Baker Library on January 29 provided insight into all of these questions and many more. Sponsored by the Library, Computing, and Office of Sponsored Projects, Gear Up! offered an informal introduction to many resources available for graduate students on campus.
Overall, Gear Up! consisted of a dozen tables organized by representatives with information about a variety of resources. Attendees could learn more about computing desktop support, mobile apps/devices, and copyright facts. In particular, three tables specifically related to graduate student needs: 1. Reference & PDF Managers (EndNote, Zotero, Papers), 2. Office of Sponsored Projects (funding opportunities and grants management), and 3. Metrics, Impact, & Staying Up-To-Date (impact factors and altmetrics, citation mapping).
Reference & PDF managers: While each reference manager performs similar utilities to aid research, each has its own set of unique advantages and disadvantages. For additional information about which is best for you, visit the library website.
Metrics, Impact, & Staying Up-To-Date: Overall, the term “impact factor” as applied to scientific journals is an outdated metric, neither considering social media nor per article impact. A web-based tool that uses multiple metrics to track impact factors for articles, datasets, or scientists is ImpactStory.
For more information, including dates for upcoming Gear Up! events, see the event website.
by Jeanine Amacher