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Library guide for Researchers/Postgraduates: Extras for Researchers

Extras for Researchers

Researching and writing a Masters or PhD thesis is probably the most extensive and in-depth piece of academic work you will have attempted. It is an exciting opportunity to research a topic you have chosen and that you believe to be worth investigating. At the end of your research you will be the expert in your specialism.  

However, working on a thesis can seem a daunting prospect with three years or more of work in the case of a Ph.D, often on your own and without any imposed structure to your time.  Although this is very much your project, and you will be expected to make your own decisions (with advice from your supervisors) on how to proceed, you can build a support network of fellow researchers, experts, and interested friends. 

If you take on board only one piece of Advice, make it this one.  Make friends with your Subject Librarian.

Postgraduates and Researchers delve into their chosen topic in much greater detail than Undergraduates so their information needs are quite different.

We are aware of this and allocate extra library services and library help;

  • Additional library loan quotas
  • Additional Inter-library loan credits (20 free per academic year)
  • Dedicated subject librarian
  • Help and training with Citing and Referencing.
  • Libguide on Literature Review creation.

The Library has a team of subject specialists for each Faculty.  The subject teams liaise with their own Faculties to provide library support for learning, teaching and research activities. Within these areas of support the subject teams are responsible for:

  • liaison with staff and students
  • management of information services and subject collections
  • information & enquiry services
  • training in the use of all Library resources
  • expert advice on literature searching

Each subject librarian maintains their own web pages giving details of databases and other reference sources in their subject area