Coffee Lectures

Are you short on time, but still keen to learn about tools that could help you in your research? Do you have questions about a particular ETH Library service?

Our Coffee Lectures can provide the answers you need to questions concerning information research, open-access publishing and research data management. They are also a good opportunity to get to know points of contact and specialist staff at ETH Library.

How do the short courses work?

Each session lasts fifteen minutes. You will receive concise, condensed information on a particular topic and have time to ask questions at the end. Fifteen minutes also happens to be just the right amount of time to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while getting the information you need.

Our Coffee Lectures take place at 15.15 on five Wednesday afternoons. Registration is not required. These are online sessions held via Zoom:

Topics for the spring semester 2020

  • Unpaywall and Co. – read research papers for free – 3 June 2020
    • You know how to use browser extensions for accessing research papers, especially Unpaywall.
  • eresearchcenter – your portal for standards (DIN, ISO, and others) – 10 June 2020
    • You know how to access standards at ETH Zurich.
  • Be aware: predatory publishers – 17 June 2020
    • You are aware of the problems of predatory publishing.
    • You know criteria to recognize predatory publishers and magazines.
  • Creative Commons: How to license your publications and research data for reuse – 24 June 2020
    • You know how to use Creative Commons licenses to specify how your publications and data can be reused.
    • You know the advantages and disadvantages of the different license types.

Past Coffee Lectures

  • How to use the new PubMed – 27 May 2020
    • You know what Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) is and how it works.
    • You can decide if you can rely on ATM or if it is necessary to create your own search string.
    • Video recording (external link)

Our Coffee Lectures are primarily aimed at research associates at ETH Zurich, although students and members of other universities are also welcome to attend. The sessions are held in English.