Research Support for staff
Resources for research
The Library is here to support your research in whatever way you need.
We offer a wealth of print and electronic resources, as well as expertise in areas such as open access, research data management, bibliometrics, and search techniques. We will work with you to ensure that the resources that you and your students need are available.
Contact your College Librarian for a one to one discussion about your individual research needs and how we can best support you.
Acquiring research material
Each College within the University has a budget for acquiring research material, e.g. books, journals and other electronic resources such as databases. Your College Librarian can advise on College/School specific arrangements for purchasing research material.
To check if we subscribe to a journal use the specific Journals search. If we do not have the journal you need, get in touch with your College Librarian. They will be able to advise if funds are available to start a subscription. If it is not possible to start a subscription, or if you need access to an individual article you can request articles via your Library account.
To check if you have access to a database check the Databases by name listing. Contact your College Librarian to discuss whether it will be possible to set up a trial of a new database. Funds are not always available for new subscriptions, particularly those involving ongoing costs.
Contact your College Librarian directly about acquiring other types of material for the Library, e.g. audio-visual material, maps,
Inter-library loan/Document delivery service
In some cases, it may be quicker and more cost effective to borrow an item from another Library or purchase an individual copy of an article for you. To request this you need to log into your Library account.
College Librarians can work with you to advise on the best search techniques for your area of research. They can point you towards the most relevant online databases and remind you of effective search strategies. They can advise on specific types of searching such as systematic reviews. College Librarians can also develop and run sessions for your students on how to search effectively
Bibliometrics and altmetrics
College Librarians can advise you on the reference management options available. Within the University EndNote Online and EndNote desktop are supported.
Various online guides are available to help with using EndNote Online:
- EndNote - Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
- EndNote Online - Live Class Video (youtube)
- EndNote Online - Information on using EndNote, with links to resources
The Library has an extensive portfolio of collections ranging from early manuscripts to contemporary research. The vast majority of the material in our collections can be found using our online catalogue. Your College Librarian will be able to give you an overview of the collections within your own area of research. In addition to the material held in the main Library building our collections are also stored at our remote store (the Library Research Annexe), with our Special Collections department, and within the University’s Archives.