I cannot access a journal article I found (via Google Scholar). What do I do now?

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A quote for the new year: Thomas Mann on ‘the people’

Thomas Mann, Doktor Faustus. Das Leben des deutschen Tonsetzers Adrian Leverkühn, erzählt von einem Freunde, Stockholm: Bermann-Fischer Verlag, 1947.

«To a friend of enlightenment the word and conception “the folk” has always something anachronistic and alarming about it; he knows that you need only tell a crowd they are “the folk” to stir them up to all sorts of reactionary evil. What all has not happened before our eyes — or just not quite before our eyes — in the name of the folk, though it could never have happened in the name of God or humanity or the law! But it is the fact that actually the folk remain the folk, at least in a certain stratum of its being, the archaic; and people from Little Brassfounder’s Alley and round about, people who voted the Social-Democratic ticket at the polls, are at the same time capable of seeing something daemonic in the poverty of a little old woman who cannot afford a lodging above-ground. They will clutch their children to them when she approaches, to save them from the evil eye. And if such an old soul should have to burn again today, by no means an impossible prospect, were even a few things different, “the folk” would stand and gape behind the barriers erected by the Mayor, but they would probably not rebel» (pp. 37-38 of the English translation by H.T. Lowe-Porter, Doctor Faustus: the life of the German composer Adrian Leverkühn as told by a friend, Oxford University press, 1949).

If you liked the quote, please take a moment to read another one on freedom (by Italian politician Piero Calamandrei) at the Blog Nostrum.

Photo is of George Grosz‘s Panik, a 1917 ink drawing.

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Handbooks of Communication Science available at the UvA Library

Edited by Peter J. Schulz (Università della Svizzera Italiana) and Paul Cobley (Middlesex University London), De Grutyer Moutons’s Handbooks of Communication Science is a 31-volumes series aimed “to present a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of the field [… and] at meeting the needs of undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers across the area of communication studies”.

Twelve of the volumes (see links on the list below) have already been published and are now available online via the UvA Library (off-campus access possible for UvA-staff and -students). The forthcoming titles will in due time be added to the library collection.

Section 1: Theories and Models of Communication
• Volume 1: Theories and Models of Communication

Section 2: Messages, Codes and Channels
• Volume 2: Non-Verbal Communication
• Volume 3: Verbal Communication
• Volume 4: Visual Communication
• Volume 5: Communication and Technology

Section 3: Mode of Address, Communicative Situations and Contexts
• Volume 6: Interpersonal Communication
• Volume 7: Mediated Communication
• Volume 8: Organizational Communication
• Volume 9: Intercultural Communication

Section 4: Methodologies
• Volume 10: Content Analysis
• Volume 11: Experimental Research Methods
• Volume 12: Qualitative and Behavioural Research Methods
• Volume 13: Survey Methods

Section 5: Application areas
• Volume 14: Communication Laws and Policies
• Volume 15: Health Communication
• Volume 16: Communication and Learning
• Volume 17: Science Communication
• Volume 18: Political Communication
• Volume 19: Journalism
• Volume 20: Entertainment
• Volume 21: Mediatization of Communication
• Volume 22: Communication Competence
• Volume 23: Crisis Communication
• Volume 24: Communicating Safety and Risk
• Volume 25: Marketing Communications
• Volume 26: Communication and Media Ethics
• Volume 27: Public Relations
• Volume 28: Sports Communication
• Volume 29: Public Opinion
• Volume 30: Management and Economics of Communication

Section 6: Futures
• Volume 31: The Future of Communication Science

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Subscription to WARC extended

The subscription to WARC, started in 2014 as a joint inititative of the Department of Communication and the University Library, has been extended for the coming academic year.

The database, widely used by both staff and students at the MA-programme Persuasive Communication, contains over 60,000 articles, case studies, research reports and summaries covering all areas of marketing, advertising and media communications. Data are drawn from more than 50 leading content sources worldwide including Admap, International Journal of Advertising, ESOMAR Conference papers and Journal of Advertising Research.

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Google Scholar Citations: Impact Made Easy

Having a Google Scholar Citations profile gives you the following benefits:

  • Check who is citing your publications,
  • Choose to have your list of articles updated automatically or review the updates yourself, or to manually update your articles
  • Make your profile public, so that it appears in Google Scholar results when people search for your name,
  • Look at your citations and check your metrics (h-index etc)

The main advantage of doing this, is that keeping track of your publications becomes a lot easier (which is also nice when you have to enter your publications into Pure)

1. Add publications with the help of Google

If Google Scholar hasn’t automatically detected your publications, you can also add them manually. This is especially important because it improves your chances of being found (and read) by other researchers.

The most likely cases where this can happen:

  • when you’ve published in non-English journals
  • when you’ve published in journals that are not peer reviewed
  • when you’ve published books
  • when you have a lot of publications from before 2006

Google Scholar has improved a lot during the last few years, but these these types of publications are less likely to be part of Google Scholar.

2. Add publications manually

Interested? You can sign up for a Google Scholar Citations profile here

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Mendeley for UvA users

Next week we will host a Mendeley workshop at Roeterseiland. Most of our information on Mendeley is on the UvA website (e.g. how to set it up, how to get an institutional account with more storage space and the ability to set up an unlimited number of groups).

The tutorial below was written for researchers with a UvA windows computer without admin rights because there is software that has to be installed in order to use Mendeley.

Installing Mendeley

  1. Open the Application Catalog (can be found in the start menu, under ‘all programs’ > ‘software maintenance’)
  2. Use the search box to find Mendeley
  3. Select Mendeley and scroll down and to the right in order to click on install

At the moment, there is a discrepancy between the current version of Mendeley (1.17.13) and the one in the Application Catalog (1.17.6). We contacted the IT department and they told us this would be solved within a month. The older version causes problems with the Write and Cite Plugin in MS Word (Mendeley Cite-O-Matic).

If you have admin rights and the incompatibility of the versions is still a problem, the options below might be helpful:

Remove old Mendeley plugins from MS Word on Windows 7 computers

  1. Open Ms Word and go to File > click on options > click on Add-ins
  2. Select ‘Word add-ins’ in the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page and click ‘Go’
  3. Locate the older Mendeley-x.xx.xx.dotm entry (in this case probably 1.17.6.dotm or older) and uncheck them
  4. Click oke

Remove the Word plugin through Mendeley Desktop

  1. Make sure MS Word is closed
  2. Open Mendeley Desktop from the start menu on your computer
  3. Select ‘Tools’ and click ‘Uninstall Word Plugin’ (or ‘Install Word Plugin’)

It is not uncommon to go back and forth between these two types of removal a few times until you only have the desired plugin. Please note that you can not fully do this if you do not have admin rights.

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“Education finance and policy” accessible via the UvA Library

Upon request from the Department of Sociology, the UvA Library has arranged a subscription to Education finance and policy.

The journal, published by the MIT Press for the Association for Education Finance and Policy, aims to promote «understanding of the means by which global resources can be justly generated and productively engaged to enhance human learning at all levels» and explores topics such as «school accountability, school choice, education standards, equity and adequacy in school finance, within- and across-school and district resource allocation, teacher compensation, training and labor markets, instructional policy, higher education productivity and finance, and special education».

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