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Participants of the database training workshop at the USP Library at the Laucala campus.

In response to a growing awareness on data science, a two-day workshop was held for staff of The University of the South Pacific’s Library on 27-28 March.

Dr. Anthony Dona, Solutions Consultant at Clarivate Analytics, presented a lively, fast-paced introduction to the many features of the Web of Science Core Collection and InCites.

Web of Science is a citations service composed of a collection of databases maintained by Clarivate Analytics. It is one of a number of databases subscribed to by the USP Library and can be accessed from the Library’s webpages.

The Web of Science Core Collection allows anyone to search more than 12,000 journals from over 45 different languages across the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities to find the high quality research most relevant to their area of interest. One can search 61 million records from quality journals, conference proceedings and books.

Dr. Dona demonstrated how best to find high-impact articles and conference proceedings, how to discover emerging trends and then integrating results with EndNote.

Participants were given time to create a dataset, save it for later use and there was a demonstration of how to search content using the search options and filters.

Librarian Ms Susan Rollings said once the participants had some search results they were able to view the article, sort them out, create a citation report and alerts, export to EndNote and create a bibliography or send to InCites for further analysis.

InCites is an evaluation tool that enables anyone to analyse an organisation’s productivity and benchmark their own output against peers worldwide. There are a number of visualisation and reporting tools which allows for the creation and sharing of reports. Researchers can identify collaborations and teams, analyse funding trends and present accurate and reliable data and metrics for review.

“We were also shown how to start an analyses using a range of filters and thresholds and to save and share results to our dashboard. Records in Web of Science use ORCID numbers so it’s useful for researchers to register for one,” she noted.

There was also a demonstration on visualisation tools where participants chose a display type such as a bar chart, a treemap or bubble graph, for example, using different indicators to produce trend graphs. These could then be saved, downloaded and shared.

Tables and graphs can be produced using data based on People, Organisations, Regions, Research Areas, Journals, Books and Conference Proceedings and Funding Agencies.

“The sessions were highly informative and I am sure all participants went away with ideas of how to apply what they had seen to their particular work environments,” Ms Rollings added.

The database is accessible from the USP Library via

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