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Research Support@HKU Libraries

The HKU Libraries provides support in different stages of your research cycle.

Researcher Connect

Researcher Connect is a blog designed for the HKU research community, bringing community members the latest news and trends in research support services. It keeps you well informed of the updated news in areas such as:

  • Scholarly Publishing
  • Open Access
  • Research Data Management
  • HKU Research
  • Research Impact
  • Bibliometrics
  • Research Tools
  • External Databases
  • Seminars, Training Workshops, and Library Events, etc

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 Research Consultation (Eligible to HKU academic staff and postgraduate students only)

Learning and Research Services HKUL

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Summary of the Research Support@HKU Libraries

1. Ideation     

•  Prior searching using patent databases: Espacenet; Google patent; Japan Platform for Patent Information; KIPRIS;; Patentscope; SciFinder; CNIPA; USPTO   

•  Identify emerging research trends using analytical tools: ESI (InCites Essential Science Indicators); SciVal  

2. Write Research Proposal     

•  Find a supervisor/collaborator: HKU Scholars HubSciVal

•  Explore funding opportunities: Research Services website

•  Research Data Management (RDM): HKU Research Data Services website

•  Ensure research integrity and intellectual property rights: check research integrity by HKU Research Services and University’s Intellectual Property Rights Policy

•  Writing skills: Attend workshops by HKU Graduate School or read books on proposal writing

3. Literature Review     

•  Electronic Resources:

•  Refer to Subject Guides 

•  Install the HKUL Search Assistant and Reload via HKUL

•  Use search tools: Find@HKUL; Google Scholar; Multi-disciplinary databases; E-Theses Databases; HKUL Digital Initiatives; BrowZine; Alerts in databases; Pre-prints; Beyond HKU (HKALL + Interlibrary Loan)JULAC CardBook Recommendation OnlineElectronic Resources Recommendation OnlineJournal Recommendation Online

•  Skills: Build search statement with Boolean Operator; Truncation and Wildcard; Wildcard, Brackets and Quotation Marks

4. Organize References     

 •  EndNote 20: download: EndNotevisit: EndNote@HKUL websiteenroll in Online EndNote Course    

 •  Zotero

 •  Mendeley

5. Research Methods     

 •  Collect and analyze data by using HKUL resources:

   •  SAGE Research Methods                      •  Cochrane Library                                 •  Covidence                              

   •  Springer Protocols                                  •  Cold Spring Harbor Protocols             •  Data analysis: Quantitative and Qualitative

6. Research Data     

 •  Deposit data and visit:

    •  HKUL Research Data Services                                       •  DataHub                                   •  DataHub LibGuide

7. Ethical Considerations     

 •  Get information on Research Integrity

 •  Write and cite sources: EndNote 20; ILT02 eLearning@HKUL: Manage Citation with EndNote; EndNote@HKU LibGuide

 •  Avoid plagiarism: What is plagiarism; Information Literacy Training: Academic Honesty

 •  General Similarity Check: Turnitin@HKU

 •  Copyright in Teaching and Learning at HKU: Copyright in Teaching and Learning at HKUCopyright Classroom –HKU videos

 •  Ethical Use of Library Resources & Services:  Terms & conditions of useDownloading from databases; Copying of copyrighted materialsPolicy and guidelines.

8. Publishing     

 •  Guidelines and resources from publishers: How to Publish a Paper

 •  Open Access Publishing

9. Research Assessment     

 •  Research Metrics@HKUL

 •  Key Metrics Tools: Web of Science; InCites Essential Science Indicators (ESI); Journal Citation Reports (JCR); SciteScopusSciVal; Scimago Journal & Country Rank; Scite.     

 •  Types of Metrics:

   •  Journal-level metrics: Journal Impact Factor (JIF); Journal Citation Indicator (JCI)l; CiteScore; SCImago Journal Rank (SJR); Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)

  •  Article-level metrics: Times Cited; Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI); Altmetrics; Scite

  •  Author-level metrics: Times Cited; H-index; Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)

  •  International Collaborations: % International Collaborations

10. Research Visibility     

 •  Increasing Research Visibility

 •  Making Publication                        •  Using Search Engine Optimization                    •  Sharing Research Data

 •  Using Social Media                       •  Establishing Author Profiles                                •  Using HKU Scholars Hib

11. Research Funding     

 •  Explore the funding opportunities at the Research Services website

12. HKU Scholarships     

 •  Learn more about the HKU Scholarships

13. Information for RPg Students     

 •  Data management plan (DMP)

 •  Theses submission: HKU Libraries: Theses@HKUHKU Graduate School: Thesis Submission

 •  Dataset submission: RPg Students Dataset Submission