Writing – if it would be as simple

Be clear, relevant and original, argue well and provide evidence, be correct and accurate in content.1 A patent remedy for academic writing in one sentence? If it would be as simple!

Kleine Nacht Flyer 2019
The 6th “Kleine Nacht des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens an der TUHH” (Short Night of Academic Writing at TUHH), taking place in the rooms around Audimax 1 (Building H – Am Schwarzenberg Campus 5) on Wednesday May 8, 2019 from 3 pm to 10 pm, offers an opportunity to get stimulation and animation around academic writing and research methods as well as to practice writing at once.

In addition to motivational talks as well as workshops the program of the “Short Night” (Flyer) includes the possibility of concentrated and silent active work in a special writing room. Writing consultation is offered as well as consultation on scholarly research methods, on finding subject information and on knowledge organisation through reference management! Consultation is also possible in English language!

About one third of the program items are offered in English language:

  • Short introduction to LaTeX (Alexander C. Wawrzyn) and time for questions and practice LaTeX. 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm, room NIT E07
  • Reference management with Zotero (Beate Rajski). 7:15 pm – 7:45 pm, room H0.16
  • Reference management with Citavi (Beate Rajski). 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm, room H0.16
  • Finding information without missing anything important (Thomas Hapke). 8:45 pm – 9:15 pm, room H0.16
     

A “Round table for questions by international students (also in english language)” is offered by Bertrand Schütz, 7:15 pm – 8 pm, in room H0.08.

Application for the “Kleine Nacht” is possible through the learning management system Stud.IP. You have to be logged in when applying for the Night via Stud.IP. But you are also welcome without registration.

The “Kleine Nacht” is organized by the TUHH Student Counseling Center in cooperation with the students’ union executive committee AStA, the TUHH library, University Sports, and the TU Computing Centre as well as several internal and external contributors.

The TUHH library has been offering a German language weblog since a few years, which accompanies a seminar course “Academic research and writing” (Description in English) as a form of showcase. Some of the lecturers from this course, which is organised by the TUHH library and which is part of the module “Nontechnical Complementary Courses for Bachelors” at TUHH, will offer some of the introductory presentations at the “Kleine Nacht”. Some of the resources from the seminar and the blog are offered in German language as Open Educational Resources.

Picture: Florian Hagen, tub. – CC BY

 

1 The content of this sentence is partly taken from Pfister, Jonas: Werkzeuge des Philosophierens. Stuttgart: Reclam 2013 (p. 235ff) and respectively from the ten commandments in the guide to academic writing (2013) by Ludger Jansen. The latter are listed in the article “Writing to think and learn” (in German Langauge!) of the blog mentioned above.

Open Access books on handling (waste) water

IWA Publishing OA Program

IWA Publishing from the International Water Association (IWA) publishes parts of its book program as Open Access. 14 relevant new titles are now available. Publishing happens in partnership with the Open Access service provider Knowledge Unlatched.

Here are two of the new titles to start reading:

New online books from MIT Press

Access is now possible within the TUHH to online books from MIT Press with the years 2015 until 2018 via the platform IEEE Xplore. Further titles from the areas computer sciences, engineering and media (time range from 1943 to 2014) have been available since the beginning of the year 2015.

MIT Press, affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of the well-respected university presses in the United States. Its focus often referred to engineering content of long-lasting quality, which also reflects socio-cultural developments in technology.

Below you find a selection of newly available online books from MIT Press. In the moment the works are not included in the catalog tub.find and can only be found via IEEE Xplore.

Essential Knowledge Series

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News about DEAL


25-04-19
TUHH has joined the contract of the DEAL project with Wiley Publishing House. You can find some information about the conditions here.
25-02-19
On January 15, 2019, for the project Deal a contract has been signed with the publisher Wiley. The contract now has been published.
01-01-19
TUHH no longer has access to the complete range of journals published by Elsevier-Verlag. Periodicals for which the TUHH has archive rights are still available.
21-12-18
There is a transitional agreement with SpringerNature, so that the journals available at TUHH will remain accessible in 2019. Negotiations with Wiley will continue, but Wiley’s journals will be available until the end of January 2019.
04-12-18
Springer journals will continue to be available during negotiations in 2019.
12-11-18
The TUHH has cancelled all journal subcriptions with the publishers Elsevier, Springer und Wiley to the end of 2018. The TUHH takes part at the project DEAL.

Project Deal - negotiating nationwide licensing agreements for e-journals

With the project DEAL the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) is negotiating on behalf of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany with the big STEM publishers (Elsevier, SpringerNature und Wiley) about nation-wide agreements for licensing e-journals. The aims of DEAL are:

  • Fair financial burden to get a wide-scale, lasting access to scholarly literature (e-journals) for academics in Germany.
  • As open access component, corresponding authors’ publications of participitating institutions should be Open Access automatically (CC-BY).
  • To bring about significant change to the status quo in relation to negotiations, content and pricing in the process of accessing scholarly information in Germany.

What does DEAL mean actually for the TUHH?

  1. The TUHH has cancelled this year all journal subcriptions with the publishers Elsevier, Springer und Wiley to the end of 2018. The TUHH takes part at the project DEAL.
  2. The situation at TUHH will be the same like at all other German universities which cancelled their subscriptions last year or the year before. The list of these institutions includes for example other universities of technology like those in Aix-La-Chapelle, Berlin, Braunschweig, Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe and Munich. In 2018 the TUHH has still had a regular contract with Elsevier because of a three-years-agreement starting 2016.
  3. The status of the DEAL negotiations is open. Contracts with the publishers SpringerNature and Wiley seem to be more possible than a contract with the publisher Elsevier.

What does DEAL mean for the access to e-journals at TUHH in 2019?

  • Starting 2019 the TUHH will still have access to journals, for which the TUHH had subscriptions with permanent archival rights, until including the volumes of the year 2018.For the publisher Elsevier as example this means:
    • Via ScienceDirect acccess will still be possible to the most important 48 journals, for which the TUHH has had a subscription until the year 2018.
    • No access will exist for articles of the year 2019.
    • No access will be possible to other ScienceDirect journals. Here the access for 2018 has been paid by an annual license without permanent access rights.
    • Further on you also have access to the Elsevier Journal Backfiles on ScienceDirect 1907 – 2002, a package, which was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as national license for Germany years ago.

     

  • For getting articles not available in digital or printed form at the TUHH, you have – as in the moment also – in 2019 the following possibilities:
    • Ordering through interlibrary loan online: In the moment you get a paper copy normally within one week. In the future, maybe it will be possible in most cases to deliver a digital copy to end-users.
    • Ordering through other document delivery services: In case you need an article within 24 hours or within 3 working days, the TUHH library will order the articles for TUHH researchers through another delivery service, for which the library will also pay for. This is possible already today on request.
    • In general, document delivery is possible via various ways of acquisition, which differ in the speed of supply (from at once to several days), in the quality of supply (from original pdf file to paper copy) and in the fees to be paid (to about 75 € for the most expensive type of document delivery).

     

DEAL Logo: CC BY 4.0 Projekt Deal

Applied mathematics with SIAM ebooks


Since autumn 2018 eBooks of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) are available at TUHH. Please browse thorugh the offer of more than 480 books, applying mathematics within a plurality of subjects.

Some selected titels you find below:

New to the library? 3. Shelf for first-semester

regalThe first time you visite our library you will surely notice this shelf in the entrance area – our special offer shelf. At the beginning of the winter semester it serves as a first semester shelf and offers a selection of books especially for first-year students – from the textbook to the collection of formulas. Further copies of these books can be found in the textbook collection.
And also: if these books from the shelf for first-semester are available electronically, the QR-code on the reference panels contains the corresponding link. So: please access to the intranet and scan the QR-code.

Please search for your studies in our shelf for first-semester, welcome!

More information:

 

 

tub.talks (with coffee) ;-)

photo of a cup of coffee with topics from the Coffeee Talks

Picture made by using a photo of Dave Michuda (on Unsplash)

Coming to the library at noontime for a coffee! In the end of June and in July you are invited to attend our “tub.talks”. After a brief impulse as thematic input, there will be room for joint discussions and a coffee, this is the new format, that we would like to continue with this second series after its launch in March – at that time under the label „Coffee talks“.

The topics include aspects of using information, like publishing, researching or visualising as well as issues of the (new) German intellectual property law.

4 dates in in June and July, each on Monday, 1.15 pm to 1.45 pm in room 0.004, in the large group room behind the information desk:

  • Monday, June 25, 2018
    Transparent research – citation analysis with special databases
    (Impulse and moderation: Thomas Hapke)
  • Monday, July 2, 2018
    The new UrhWissG (german intelectual property law): worth knowing for research
    (Impulse and moderation: Nazime Assly)
  • Monday, July 9, 2018
    Visualisation in academic work
    (Impulse and moderation: Detlev Bieler)
  • Monday, July 16, 2018
    Open Access – the right journal for the next article
    (Impulse and moderation: Inken Feldsien-Sudhaus)
    Update 19.07.2018: Slides | Blog: The right journal for my article – Think Check Submit

Use the opportunities for exchange, to ask questions, to learn from one another and to discuss. Add your own questions and suggestions (also for further topics for additional talks)!

We are happy to meet you!

A good intention: At last, starting to write

TUHH Short night of academic writing 2018

A good opportunity to realize your own intentions. 8-) Writing for your academic thesis actually starts when planning, reading and experimenting.

The 5th “Kleine Nacht des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens an der TUHH” (Short Night of Academic Writing at TUHH), taking place in the rooms around Audimax 1 (Building H – Am Schwarzenberg Campus 5) on Wednesday April 11, 2018 from 3 pm to 10 pm, offers an opportunity to get stimulation and animation around academic writing and research methods as well as to practice writing at once.

In addition to motivational talks as well as workshops the program of the “Short Night” (Flyer) includes the possibility of concentrated and silent active work in a special writing room. Writing consultation is offered as well as consultation on scholarly research methods, on finding subject information and on knowledge organisation through reference management! Consultation is also possible in English language!

About one third of the program items are offered in English language:

  • Short introduction to LaTeX (Alexander C. Wawrzyn) and time for questions and practice LaTeX. 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm, room NIT E07
  • Reference management with Zotero (Beate Rajski). 4:30 pm – 5 pm, room H0.01
  • Reference management with Citavi (Beate Rajski). 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm, room H0.01
  • Finding information without missing anything important (Thomas Hapke). 7 pm – 7:45 pm, room H0.16
     
  • How to tell it to my reader? (Matthias Buntenkötter). 8 pm – 8:45 pm, room H0.16

A “Round table for questions by international students (also in english language)” is offered by Bertrand Schütz, 7:15 pm – 8 pm, in room H0.08.

Application for the “Kleine Nacht” is possible through the learning management system Stud.IP. You have to be logged in when applying for the Night via Stud.IP. But you are also welcome without registration.

The “Kleine Nacht” is organized by the TUHH Student Counseling Center in cooperation with the students’ union executive committee AStA, the TUHH library, University Sports, and the TU Computing Centre as well as several internal and external contributors.

The TUHH library has been offering a German language weblog since a few years, which accompanies a seminar course “Academic research and writing” (Description in English) as a form of showcase. Some of the lecturers from this course, which is organised by the TUHH library and which is part of the module “Nontechnical Complementary Courses for Bachelors” at TUHH, will offer some of the introductory presentations at the “Kleine Nacht”. Some of the resources from the seminar and the blog are offered in German language as Open Educational Resources.

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Coffee Talks at the tub.

photo of a cup of coffee with topics from the Coffeee Talks

Picture made by using a photo of Dave Michuda (on Unsplash)

Coming to the library at noontime for a coffee! In March you are invited to attend our “Coffee Talks”. After a shot impulse as topical input, there is space for shared discussion and a coffee.

The topics include aspects of using information, like publishing, researching or visualising as well as issues of the (new) German intellectual property law and IT security.

 

5 dates in March, each 1.15 pm to 1.45 pm in room 0.004, in the large group room behind the information desk:

  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018
    Done! And now publishing your thesis! Challenges between print and online
    (Impulse and moderation: Thomas Hapke)
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018
    The new UrhWissG (german intelelctual property law): worth knowing for research
    (Impulse and moderation: Nazime Assly)
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    Transparent research – citation analysis with the database Web of Science
    (Impulse and moderation: Thomas Hapke)
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    Visualisation in academic work
    (Impulse and moderation: Detlev Bieler)
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    IT security in daily routine: confidential data, mobile working, collaboration
    (Impulse and moderation: Heiko Weier)

Use the opportunities for exchange, to ask questions, to learn from one another and to discuss. Add your own questions and suggestions (also for further topics for additional talks)!

We are happy to meet you!