All posts tagged as Research

12 Mar

University Libraries’ research data services librarian co-authors scholarly article about Research Data Management

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

AUB University Libraries’ research data services librarian, Dalal Rahme, joined efforts with Dr. Gladys Saade, Professor at the Faculty of Information at the Lebanese University to co-author and publish an article entitled “Research Data Reshaping Cultural Society: Case of the Lebanese University”

The article is published through Springer, but is also openly accessible through Academia.

In their article, the authors discuss Research Data Management (RDM) as a new practice at the level of Lebanese academic institutions and then assess technological and organizational needs specific to the Lebanese University (LU) as a case study.

The methodology comprised a questionnaire that was sent to academics in the different faculties/branches of the University.

Results of the questionnaire revealed the concerns, challenges and commitment levels of researchers when it comes to data management and information sharing, such that there was a moderate level of awareness of information literacy and RDM practices.

The paper serves as a guiding example for educational institutions to develop services that support different activities in this field of work.

When asked about the paper, Rahme said: “We really enjoyed working together on this research paper. Dr. Gladys and I experienced some challenges, especially in the data collection part. We took the Lebanese University as an example, but the case is not really different in any other academic institution in Lebanon or the region. We hope to draw the attention to the importance of adopting good research data management practices in academia, as this will foster collaboration among academics across both disciplines and institutions in Lebanon and the region. We started data service two years ago at AUB but still, so much work needs to be done in this area.”

For more information, contact Dalal Rahme via email: or by calling ext. 2958

27 Jan

AUB University Librarians co-author scholarly article about Library Collection Development and Management

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / January 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

AUB University librarians Dima Ahmadieh- Collection Development Librarian, Salpy Nalbandian- Head of Science and Agriculture Library and Khaled Noubani- Head of Engineering and Architecture Library joined efforts to co-author and publish an article entitled “A comparative citation analysis study of master’s theses at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon”.

Published in Collection Building journal, this article seeks to determine and compare the type and age of cited literature in master’s theses of three academic disciplines at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. It also aims to improve the existing monograph and serial collections at AUB.

In their research, the authors conducted citation analysis of all AUB master’s theses completed between 2004 and 2013 in the disciplines of biology, mechanical engineering and political science. They extracted Bibliographic data from citations in the reference lists and analyzed the data. Availability of the cited books and journals was checked against the library catalog.

The findings indicated that engineering and biology students use a significantly greater number of scholarly journal articles in comparison to political science students and that all disciplines rely on recent publications.

This paper’s findings will prove useful to develop lists of core journals for the UL and will help in managing existing collections and providing a base for informed decision-making regarding journal subscriptions and/or cancellations.

When asked about this publication, the authors said, “It is an unprecedented collaborative effort between three librarians from AUB to share their experience and knowledge about citation analysis.” Adding “It was a new, challenging experience and an opportunity to share our work and knowledge with colleagues nationally and internationally. It was also a great way to know more about our master students’ research to understand and meet their needs.”

The authors unanimously agreed that working on this case study was a challenge at the beginning; to the extent that there were times where they almost lost faith in completing the work. However, they insisted on continuing until the end to get the work published.

This study is one of a few of its kind in the Arab world and will serve to facilitate collection development and management in the region.

To read the full article click here.


Ahmadieh, D., Nalbandian, S., & Noubani, K. (2016). A comparative citation analysis study of master’s theses at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Collection Building35(4), 103-113. doi: 10.1108/CB-06-2016-0013


09 Oct

New in Research Services: UL Research Guides move to new, upgraded platform

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 9, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are glad to announce that they have recently upgraded the platform of their Research Guides to better serve patrons.

Library Research guides help researchers find reliable, high-quality information. Our guides are created by librarians who are experienced about subjects in a wide array of disciplines and about best practice in information retrieval.

Researchers can search the University Libraries’ research guides by keyword, subject, type, or by the alphabetically ordered list to find the appropriate guide.

We invite you to check the new platform to find:

  • Subject Guides: Get an overview of the resources our subject experts found to be the best on a given subject area. You can browse alphabetically or by topic. Once you’ve found the guide pertaining to your subject, you’re just a few clicks away from quality sources for your research.
  • How-to Guides: Explore helpful guides on library essentials, such as how to cite sources, manage your references, find government documents, find reference information, or search for primary sources. Advanced tutorials also offer help on more specialized topics.
  • Topic Guides: Find resources specific to a topic and get tips on where and how to go to find relevant information.
  • Course Guides: Course guides are class-specific resources developed to help you get started with your research and to maximize your educational experience. You’ll find librarian-created lists of top resources and tips to get your project started.

We hope you enjoy the new platform and find the guides useful and helpful for your research.

For more about this topic, contact Jafet Library via or call 01-350 000 ext. 2629/2621.

08 Oct

New in UL Research Services: One-to-one sessions with Librarians with new booking system

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 8, 2015 / 0 Comments

New in UL Research Services:

Schedule One-to-one consultation session with a Librarian using our newly implemented booking system

You can now use this link to schedule an appointment and meet with a Librarian:

In the one-to-one session you can:

  • Discuss and narrow-down your research topic
  • Refine and improve your search techniques
  • Choose the most relevant information resources and material
  • Learn how to cite the resources according to required citation styles
  • Learn how to use citation management tools (RefWorks, EndNote, etc.)
  • Inquire about any other research issue

For more information, contact Jafet on, or call: 01-350000 ext.2620.