We provide support to researchers throughout the research lifecycle.

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The Library can support researchers in many different ways: from finding and managing research to support for open access requirements.

Our Research Support Programme [PDF] consists of a series of bookable courses to help you benefit from the full range of resources and services provided by the Library. These include:

Library staff can also help you with the following:


Finding the Research

Literature Searching

Your Liaison Librarian can help you plan your search and identify appropriate resources for your topic, and training sessions are available for key search tools such as Ovid and EBSCO. Our Research Support Programme [PDF] contains details of all of these sessions and more, or see the training pages for detailed course information and dates.

Our Principles of Effective Literature Searching LibGuide offers a step-by-step guide to the basics of conducting a search and training guides for key resources can be found on our Help pages.

We can also conduct literature searches on your behalf through our Clinical and Research Enquiry Services (CARES)

Systematic Reviews

For an overview of the systematic review process, including in-depth literature searching and managing/documenting your results, book a place on our Systematic Reviews – finding and managing the evidence training session. See the training pages for course information and training dates.

You may also find the following guides useful:

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Managing the Research

The University has a site licence for RefWorks - a web-based reference management tool.

RefWorks allows you to import references from online resources and cite references whilst writing a document, for example, using Word. For guidance in using the tool, see our RefWorks LibGuide or our training manual RefWorks Training Handbook [PDF]

Library staff offer introductory training session for RefWorks; see the training pages for course information and dates or contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

There are also other Reference Management Tools available (some that are free to use) and links to training materials can be found on our Help pages.

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Keeping Up-to-Date


For an overview of current awareness services for healthcare information, book a place on our Keeping Up-to-Date training session. See the training pages for course information and training dates or view the training materials for further information: Keeping up to date [PDF] Keeping up to date [slides]


Use our customised CARES Alerts service to be regularly updated in your research field.

Social Media:

A range of free social and professional networking tools are available to help researchers keep up-to-date; ResearchGate, Academia.edu and Mendeley are some of the most popular for managing and sharing research papers.

Citation sharing tools such as Zotero (add-on for the Firefox browser) and CiteULike can help you find, manage and share references with other researchers in your field.

If you are new to using social media, this guide from Newcastle University is a helpful introduction to a variety of tools that can be used at all stages in the research process. You may also want to explore the guidelines for St George’s, University of London Staff (SGUL login required). Further guidance is also available from the Research Information Network.

Library staff also run training sessions on using Twitter. See the training pages for course information and training dates.

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Useful Links


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Last Updated: Monday, 29 July 2019 16:52