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Workshop on Reference Management Tools and e-resources

“Electronic information resources are inevitable for higher learning and research. The availability of e-resources has enhanced the pace and quality of research. Just as the health of an individual depends on the health of the heart, the quality of an educational institution depends on the quality of collection and services offered by its library” said Prof. M Venkateswarlu, Registrar of Tumkur University.


He inaugurated the Workshop on Reference Management Tools and E-Resources for Faculty & Research Scholars organized by Tumkur University Library. “The initiatives such as this workshop organized by the University library will go a long way in enhancing the quality of learning and research in the University.” he said.

Dr. V Gopakumar, Librarian, Goa University conducted workshop on the theme “Reference Management Tools”. One of the popular reference management tools “Mendeley” and the reference and citation management features in Microsoft Word were demonstrated.

Prof. Ravishankar, Professor, Educational Consultant, Informatics India Ltd. demonstrated the use of e-resource gateway J-Gate and explained the search strategies which can be used to make J-Gate search more effective and relevant. Teachers, research scholars and students of Tumkur University participated in the Workshop. Workshop convener and Deputy Librarian of Tumkur University Library Dr. Ravivenkat proposed thanks.


ಉತ್ತಮ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಗೆ ವಿದ್ಯುನ್ಮಾನ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲ ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆಯ ಜ್ಞಾನ ಅನಿವಾರ್ಯ: ಪ್ರೊ. ವೆಂಕಟೇಶ್ವರಲು



“ಇಂದಿನ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಯುಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲಗಳು ವಿದ್ಯುನ್ಮಾನ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಲಭ್ಯವಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟವನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿದೆ. ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳು ಯಾವುದೇ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಹೃದಯವಿದ್ದಂತೆ. ಹೇಗೆ ಮನುಷ್ಯನ ಆರೋಗ್ಯವು ಹೃದಯದ ಆರೋಗ್ಯದ ಮೇಲೆ ಅವಲಂಬಿತವಾಗಿದೆಯೋ, ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ಒಂದು ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟವು ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟದ ಮೇಲೆ ಅವಲಂಬಿತವಾಗಿದೆ.” ಎಂದು ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿ ಕುಲಸಚಿವ ಪ್ರೊ. ಎಂ. ವೆಂಕಟೇಶ್ವರಲು ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯಪಟ್ಟರು.


ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯವು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿದ್ದ ಪರಾಮರ್ಶನ ನಿರ್ವಹಣಾ ಸಾಧನಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ವಿದ್ಯುನ್ಮಾನ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲಗಳು ಎಂಬ ವಿಷಯದ ಕುರಿತಾದ ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರವನ್ನು ಅವರು ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಿದರು. ಬೋಧಕರ, ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂಶೋಧನಾರ್ಥಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟವನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳ ಪಾತ್ರ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಮಹತ್ತ್ವದ್ದು. ಈ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯವು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿರುವ ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರವು ಅತ್ಯುಪಯುಕ್ತ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದರು.


ಗೋವಾ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾನಿಲಯದ ಗ್ರಂಥಪಾಲಕ ಡಾ. ವಿ. ಗೋಪಕುಮಾರ್ ಪರಾಮರ್ಶನ ನಿರ್ವಹಣಾ ಸಾಧನಗಳನ್ನು ಕುರಿತು ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಿದರು. ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ‘ಮೆಂಡೆಲೆ’ ಪರಾಮರ್ಶನ ನಿರ್ವಹಣಾ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಮೈಕ್ರೊಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ವರ್ಡ್ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಪರಾಮರ್ಶನ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯಗಳ ಕುರಿತು ವಿಸ್ತೃತವಾಗಿ ಪ್ರಾತ್ಯಕ್ಷಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಅವರು ನೀಡಿದರು.


ಇನ್ಫಾರ್ಮ್ಯಾಟಿಕ್ಸ್ ಇಂಡಿಯಾ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಶೈಕ್ಷಣಿಕ ಸಮಾಲೋಚಕ ಪ್ರೊ. ರವಿಶಂಕರ್ ವಿದ್ಯುನ್ಮಾನ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವಿವರಿಸಿ, ಜೆ-ಗೇಟ್ ನಿಯತಕಾಲಿಕೆಗಳ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಗಾರವನ್ನು ಶೋಧಿಸುವ ತಂತ್ರಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಪಡೆಯುವ ವಿಧಾನಗಳ ಕುರಿತು ಪ್ರಾತ್ಯಕ್ಷಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದರು.

ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿಯ ಬೋಧಕರು, ಸಂಶೋಧನಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರದ ಸಂಚಾಲಕರಾದ ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯದ ಉಪಗ್ರಂಥಪಾಲಕ ಡಾ. ಬಿ. ರವಿವೆಂಕಟ್ ಧನ್ಯವಾದ ಸಮರ್ಪಿಸಿದರು.


Saturday Mirror-2: Special Lecture by Dr. Harinarayana N S

“Referencing is an integral part of academic writing.  But it has also been the most neglected part of academic writing.  Academia has to take note of the significance of referencing and act more responsibly.” said Dr. Harinarayana N S, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Mysuru.  He delivered a special lecture on “Plagiarism and Referencing” on Saturday, 27th February 2016 as part of “Saturday Mirror” Special Lecture Series organized by the Department of Studies and Research in Library and Information Science, Tumkur University.  The lecture was the second in the series.

Sat_Mirror_2_1Dr. Keshava welcoming Dr. Harinarayana

Excerpts from the Lecture

Referencing: a panacea for desisting Plagiarism

The academic spectrum today, is plagued by Plagiarism.  There is a dire need to inculcate ethical writing practices among academics and researchers.  In the academic and research framework, referencing practices can act as a panacea for desisting Plagiarism.

Citation Vs. Reference

It is quite surprising that, not just laymen, but even academics tend to use the terms ‘citation’ and ‘reference’ synonymously.  However, they are not the same.  One has to understand the subtle difference between these terms and use them judiciously.  A reference indicates the works consulted for academic writing.  It is an acknowledgement given to the sources which have been consulted whereas a citation is an acknowledgement received.

Sat_Mirror_2_2Dr. Harinarayana…in action

Referencing is significant for several reasons.  In order to support one’s arguments and give a factual basis to one’s work; protect oneself against the charges of plagiarism; and to allow the reader to locate the materials consulted, references are the key.

Dr. Harinarayana meticulously drew out the difference between ‘long quotes’ and ‘short quotes’ with sufficient examples on how to use them in academic writing.  The audience were also enlightened on the distinction between ‘phrasing’ and ‘paraphrasing’.

Citation Styles

Citation Styles have evolved over time.  Today, there are thousands of different citation styles, each having its significance and use in designated disciplines.   The American Psychological Association (APA) Style has found wider use in Social and Behavioural Sciences while Modern Language Association (MLA) Style is widely used in Humanities.  It is quite astonishing to note that on one hand there are attempts to standardize the citation styles, but on the other, every publisher is coming out with a different citation style to use in their journals.

Sat_Mirror_2_3A lighter moment…

Demarcating the different systems of in-text citation, Dr. Harinarayana illustrated the use of Name-Date Style, Consecutive Numbering Style and Recurrent Numbering Style.


“Thanks to technology, a researcher’s life has been made simpler with the emergence of several reference management software, both commercial and open source.” Dr. Harinarayana remarked.  He illustrated the use of Zotero reference management utility to automatically extract the bibliographic data from the scholarly papers and use them dynamically in writing papers.  The different functionalities of the Zotero Plugin for Mozilla Firefox and Zotero Plugin for Microsoft Word were demonstrated.

Sat_Mirror_2_4Dr. B T Sampath Kumar presenting a memento

The lecture was followed by an interaction by the audience.  Dr. Harinarayana addressed each question ably and patiently.  Dr. B T Sampath Kumar, Chairman of the Department introduced the resource person and welcomed him.  Ms. Hemavathi B N, Assistant Professor reiterated the purpose of the special lecture series and proposed the note of thanks.

The students, research scholars, teachers and LIS professionals witnessed the event.

National Institutional Ranking Framework: A peek into the research productivity parameters

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India lists the following parameters with reference to the scientific and research productivity of higher education institutions:

  • Peer-reviewed publications
  • Citations of research

Peer-reviewed publications:

It is proposed that Publications indexed in Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar only will be counted for assessment. An average value P for the previous three years will be computed as detailed later in this item. The Institution will submit faculty publication list as supporting information. However, the primary sources of information will be Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar.

Books/Monographs should have ISBN number and published by reputed publishers.

Citations of research:

The proposed assessment is based on  the ratio of number of citations in  the  previous  3 years  to  the  number  of  papers  published  during  this  time. An average of the numbers from the three popular data bases will be used. Institutions will be asked to provide information in a tabular form giving relevant details.

However, the primary sources will be the three standard databases Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar

Moral of the Story:

All that matters in the above criteria in NIRF is the number of publications indexed in Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar, and the citations thereof!!!



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