Let's face it -- navigating the universe of scientific information is complicated. Your Libraries are here to help you. This checklist will help get you set up and ready to do research. If you're already an experienced scientist but new to UT-Austin, this list will help you figure out where everything is.
You're going to be searching and saving a lot of literature references and articles, and a reference management tool such as EndNote (the more powerful software version or the free web version) or Zotero will help you organize and keep track of them.
Unfortunately, the library isn't able to give you immediate access to everything. Tracking down free or open versions of published articles or preprints is becoming increasingly important in a world full of paywalls. Browser plug-ins such as Unpaywall, Kopernio, or Open Access Button can make this easier by automatically looking for different versions of articles you land on in your searching and browsing, including inside Google Scholar and Web of Science. Try one for yourself!
The Chemistry Department purchases an annual license for this software. You'll need to register with PerkinElmer. The license is renewed annually in the fall, and requires reactivation at that point.
If you don't already have one, you'll need one as you start publishing in journals and applying for grants. An ORCID iD is the solution to the problem that many researchers today share identical names and use varying forms of their names to publish. The ORCiD is a personal, permanent, free, and non-proprietary digital identifier to which you can link all your publications, resolve name ambiguity, and make your work more easily findable. Take the time now to register, create your profile, and link any publications you already have to it, and use it when you submit manuscripts to journals and applications to funding agencies. It's easy.
Consider setting up a Publons account (formerly known as ResearcherID) for yourself. This is similar to ORCID but it's easier to import records from Web of Science and track your impact metrics and peer reviewing work. It's free and portable.
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