Catherine Pask My Favourite Tipples from an information specialist at the NSPCC
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By Catherine Pask


My Favourite Tipples are shared by Catherine Pask, information specialist at the NSPCC, which holds the only UK library dedicated to child protection, child abuse and child neglect.


As an information specialist in quite a niche field, there are a number of sources that I would turn to when researching a topic. I have included some that I use in work on a daily basis and a selection that I use in my daily life.

  • NSPCC: When looking for an overview of a child protection issue, the first place I would look is the NSPCC's own library catalogue.  We hold over 40,000 resources including inquiry reports and case reviews, training resources and practice toolkits, international journals and grey literature.
  • Zotero: When compiling literature reviews, I always use Zotero. It's a powerful, easy to use research tool that helps gather, organise and analyse sources, then share the results of your research with people inside and outside of your organisation.
  • PubMed: When I am looking at a new topic, PubMed is the first external database that I turn to. It contains 27 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. You can search the database for free and some sources are open access, so can be read by anyone.
  • Trello: When I was freelancing, I used Trello to organise my client list and keep track of invoices. I now use it in my daily life to organise everything from birthday parties, holidays and even the books that I am intending to read. It is essentially a list-based project management tool that can be used well within teams but also useful for anyone working on their own. If you like lists, you'll love Trello!

For Fun

  • Fitbit: Fitbit is a fun way of keeping track of your exercise and sleep, letting you compete against friends for the most daily or weekly steps. As I am desk-based most of the time, it’s a great way to be reminded to move, which keeps my mind more active and keeps me more productive.

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