All posts by Fiona Tyson

Citation advantage for open access at UC

The scholarly publishing market is changing rapidly. The UC Library and R&I has been assessing the potential impact of developments such as Plan S on UC researchers to identify how we can prepare to meet them.

We investigated the rate of citation for articles produced by UC researchers and founding an overall citation advantage for research in open access publications. Specifically, we found that articles deposited in the UC Research Repository were cited 129% more often, on average, than articles only available behind a paywall (a.k.a. ‘closed access’).

Getting your work into the UC Research Repository is straight-forward:

  1. In Elements, upload the manuscript accepted by the publisher (and any other versions that you have).
  2. Select “Accepted version” and click deposit.

UC Library staff will double-check copyright compliance before uploading the correct version into the UC Research Repository. If you have questions or would like support with this process, get in touch with your subject librarian.

Making your work open access doesn’t have to involve costly article processing charges. Publish anywhere, deposit here.

EDUCAUSE: Technologies and trends in higher education

Looking for recent research and surveys on instructional design, learning space design, IT governance and more?

UC has a membership to EDUCAUSE, a non-profit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. This membership provides access to benchmarking surveys, IT Tool Kits, EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) research reports and the magazine EDUCAUSE Review, as well as networking opportunities.

With resources on teaching and learning (including student success, learning space design, and instructional design), enterprise IT (IT service delivery, budgeting and business intelligence), and cybersecurity (IT governance, risk and compliance), EDUCAUSE resources will be useful for staff across the university.

To access resources on EDUCAUSE, register on the site using your UC email address. (Note: EDUCAUSE manually processes registration requests which typically takes up to one business day to complete).

UC’s membership is administered by the Library. Please contact if you have any queries.

Library Services on Dovedale Campus

UC Library is running a Library Express service on the Dovedale campus from Monday 19 February until the College of Education, Health and Human Development moves into Rehua.

This will operate Monday-Friday 11am-1pm in Kōtuku, with library staff available to provide assistance with using the library, catalogue help, guidance on distance services and other questions. Subject librarians for Education subjects will also be present for consultations (either scheduled or drop-in) during these hours.

We look forward to seeing you!

7 Things Your Students Need to Know

  1. There’s an expert Librarian for their subject
    They work with students to find the information they need for assignments and help get their referencing right. They can check out their subject guide and book an appointment.
  2. MultiSearch is the Library’s one-stop-shop for articles, books, eBooks and streaming video
    It’s like Google but only finds what they need for your assignments.
  3. The Libraries have copies of textbooks
    They’re free to use. Some of them are eBooks that you can access online.
  4. Computers, printers and study spaces in the Libraries are for students to use
    and the Libraries are open till late
  5. All students are invited to explore our internationally-renowned heritage collections
    They’re unique to Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific and can be seen at the Macmillan Brown Library.
  6. The Library is online
    Follow us on Facebook, use Learn, ask using AskLIVE, join an interactive online workshop and see the website
  7. Manaakitanga – everyone belongs in UC Libraries
    Whatever their ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education, religion or taste, there’s a place for everyone in the Libraries. Together we’ll create a supportive environment to help students achieve their potential.

170712- HangingBooksFrom 1 August we’ll be offering a range of short online workshops on how to find, evaluate and reference academic resources in time for the first assignment rush in Term 3. Please spread the word to students.

APA Week at UC Library

Students frequently tie themselves up in knots trying to figure out what they have to reference and how.

The Library is here to help.


As we approach peak assessment time, we’ve dedicated a whole week to offering APA referencing workshops, providing exemplars on Facebook and Twitter, and highlighting the plethora of resources and services the Library offers to help them perfect their in-text citations and reference lists.

Monday 15 May to Friday 19 May

UC Libraries

Book a Workshop:

UC Library Facebook

UC Library Twitter

We’d appreciate if it you could share this info with students – hey, it might reduce the pre-assignment questions!