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Finding information and keeping up to date


Finding and evaluating academic publications is central to the research process. To help you search effectively we offer online support, face to face support, and workshops.



Plan - Search - Evaluate - Use

The process of finding and using information for your research is explained in 4 stages in our online guide Finding and using information

​Plan ​define the scope of your research
​Search ​understand where and how to search effectively
​Evaluate ​assessing credibility and usefulness
Use​ ​appropriate use, for example referencing, avoiding plagiarism

Managing your ideas

MindGenius is an online mindmapping tool that can help you develop ideas and organise your thinking - available to all students and staff both on campus and at home. For more information, please see our online guide.

Accessing resources for your research

A wide range of online resources are available to support your research at the university, and keep you up to date.
  • The Online Library - access to the library catalogue and OneSearch for books, eBooks, journals, articles, conference papers and more
  • Subject-specific material through our online Subject Guides.

Our Generic Guides (click 'By Type' at the top, then select 'Generic Guide') for e.g. Audiovisual material, Company information, Images, Newspapers, Other library catalogues, Special collections and archives, Statistics, and Dissertations and theses which links to sources including the British Library's EThOS service (UK Electronic Theses Online). 


Evaluating information

Our Finding and Using Information Guide has a section on evaluating information including links to Evaluating information document and a Web resources evaluation checklist.


Alerts to new journal articles 

Email alerts can help keep you up to date on new issues of publications and also new articles that match your search criteria across a wide range of journals.
  • Zetoc is an online tool that displays tables of contents for newly released journals of your choice, and will connect to the full text content if we have a subscription.
  • Other databases within the Online Library Subject Guides and in the Resources A-Z section, e.g. Scopus, Science Direct, and Web of Science, can alert you to newly added articles across a wide range of journals that match your search criteria. 


Need full text and we don't subscribe?

Search CORE - this service searches the freely-available content of research papers in Open Access journals and repositories.


Developments in your field 

Using social media can connect you to people and organisations in your field, updating you with important news and publications.
  • This detailed A-Z of Social Media for Academia gives a thorough overview of social media sites including many that help researchers to stay up to date within their field, and network with other researchers.
  • Vitae's handbook of social media for researchers and supervisors (Open University, 2012) is a valuable introduction to using social media in research. 
  • Websites such as LinkedIn and Twitter help you network with other researchers in your field and gain early awareness of projects, research findings and conference reports and invitations.
  • Sign up to relevant mailing lists e.g. 'Social Media News', aimed at all professionals in Higher Education wanting to stay up to date with social media in relation to their roles.

Further support

Contact your local Information Adviser for advice on the resources we provide through the Online Library and how you can identify and obtain relevant materials from further afield, for example other university libraries, and the British Library
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