Academic Librarians can offer help and guidance with using library resources, literature searching, managing your references and keeping up-to-date with your research topic. They are happy to provide one-to-one training sessions. To make an appointment contact your Academic Librarian.
The Library has a large selection of books, both print and electronic, to support you research. These can be found by using LibrarySearch. The Resources A-Z lists all the electronic book collections and journal databases that the Library subscribes to. More information on using the library and its services is available from Finding Resources.
Information about the University's research strategy, the next REF, and training for researchers is available from here.
PhD and MbR Theses
As a researcher it is important that you keep up to date with published research. There are several things that you can do to help you do this.
- Journal contents alerting services
Many online services including the journal databases allow you to set up an alerting service. This saves you from having to repeatedly search to find out if something new has been published in your research area. You can be notified by e-mail or RSS feed about new journal issues or about new articles which match your search criteria.
Journal TOCS is a web-based service which allows you to set up email alerts or RSS feeds to track the latest articles or journal titles related to your interests. A guide to using Journal TOCS is available online. If you need help with setting up these alerts contact your Academic Librarian.
Zetoc alerts from the British library offers a current awareness service which gives access to over 30,000 journals and 52 million article citations and conference papers from the British Library's electronic table of content. Information on setting up alerts can be found on the Zetoc Alert reference guide.
Saved searches and search alerts: Many of the library's databases allow you to save searches to run again later or automatically run a search at set intervals and email the results to you/ Look in the help section of your favourite databases to find out how to set these up or contact your academic librarian who will be happy to help.
BrowZine is a browsable newsstand of the library’s top journals. You can set up virtual bookshelves with your favourite journals and keep up-to-date with new research in your area of study from anywhere and on device. Click on BrowZine help for more information on using BrowZine, how to download the free apps, video guides and more.
Web of Science and Scopus offer a citation alert service
, which allows you to be notified when a new journal article cites o an article you are interested in - perhaps one you have written. Help on setting up these services are available from Web of Science
- Cited reference searching
Cited Reference Searching allows you to find out where key articles in your research area have been cited in more recent works. It is a useful way of finding out how ideas and research have developed over time. This service is available through Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar.
- Professional bodies and organisations
The websites of professional bodies and organisations related to your area of research can be useful sources of up-to-date information. Many now offer a news section or blog which highlight new developments.
Library and IT Workshops
- A series of workshops offered by the Librarians and IT trainers run throughout the year.
- The Graduate School also has training sessions specifically for postgraduate students.