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Research resources

Welcome to the subject page for Researchers.

This page has been compiled by your subject librarians and will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services. The Placement Students page provides information on accessing resources whilst away from campus.

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and more…


Libraries, Books & Ebooks

See Rebus:list (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

All ebooks, in OneSearch, provide online access from any location. 

National Libraries and Archives

When you are engaged in higher level research you will usually find it necessary to explore beyond your own institutional library.

We can get resources for you from the British Library via our interlibrary loan service. The British Library website allows you to explore their collections of books, journals, images, sound recordings and much more.

The British Newspaper Archive is also a fabulous online resource. The website is great but a trip in person is also quite an experience.

The Copac National, Academic and Specialist Library Catalogue gives free access to the merged online catalogues of many major University, Specialist, and National Libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library.

The Archives Hub enables you to search across a wealth of archives held at nearly 200 institutions in England, Scotland and Wales.

Selected Books

Adams, J. et al (2012) Applying theory to educational research: an introductory approach with case studies [electronic resource]

Aimed at both researchers and practitioners, this book explains and discusses complex ideas in the light of experience in using and applying them. Covers the application of major theorists such as Bourdieu, Foucault, Weber, Derrida, and Vygotsky.

Fraenkel, J. (2012) How to design and evaluate research in education

This is an introduction to educational research. It covers the most widely used methodologies and discusses the research process in detail. Step-by-step analyses of real research studies provide students with practical examples of how to prepare their work.

Robson, C. (2011) Real world research: resources for users of social research methods in applied settings 

Furnishes students with the skills necessary in order to conduct research outside the laboratory, in real world situations. The third edition has been thoroughly revised to bring it up-to-date.

Spencer, S. (2011) Visual research methods in the social sciences: awakening visions [electronic resource]

This is a practical guide for students, researchers and teachers in the social sciences who wish to explore and actively use visual research. Demonstrating the use of visual ethnography, video and photography, 'researcher found' imagery and representations in popular culture, it offers an integrated approach to doing visual research.

Thomson, G. (2011) Qualitative research in midwifery and childbirth: phenomenological approaches

Designed for researchers and students undertaking research projects on midwifery and childbirth, this text includes contributions from a range of international and highly regarded phenomenological authors and researchers.

Journals & Eresources

Web of Science

Access to the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions. 

Web of Science also has a feature which allows you to create a Citation Map - a visual representation of the relationships between articles and their citations.


Proquest Dissertations and Theses

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, some available in full text.

Archives Hub

Gateway to archive collections held in UK Universities and Colleges.

Directory of Open Access journals

Full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly open access journals.

Periodicals Archive Online

Full text journal articles in the area of arts, business, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, politics, psychology and the social sciences. 


The Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community is a free tool to help researchers and librarians locate serials held in the UK The catalogue contains information on both print and electronic serials, including journals, periodicals, newspapers, newsletters, magazines, proceedings, annual reports and other publications of a continuing nature.


Current awareness service from the British Library. A great resource for finding conference proceedings.

The Centre for Reviews and Dissemination 

A useful web page listing resources which may assist in locating studies for systematic reviews. It includes research in progress and trials registers, together with specialist databases and non-journal literature.

The British Library's online theses hub, which allows you to search through theses from over 100 UK institutions. Most are open access and available free of charge. You will need to register to use the service.

Academic Repositories & Open Access Publishing

Increasingly academics and researchers across the world are sharing their work and ideas free of charge. This 'movement' is known as Open Access Publishing. Not only can you search for free academic content; it is also a great way to find out who else in the global academic community is doing research in your area and offers great networking opportunities.

Below is a short video clip to explain what it is all about (click on the image to play):

Open Access

The Open Access Directory (OAD). is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access to science and scholarship, maintained by the Open Access community.

Academia.edu is an open access platform for sharing academic research papers.  It currently holds some 4.3m papers.

CORE aims to facilitate free access to full text content stored across Open Access repositories from institutions around the world.

Google Scholar - a search engine tailored to searching scholarly literature. Covers books, journals, theses and abstracts from a wide variety of publishers. Includes some citation analysis. Contains links to freely available material plus links into our library content (if off campus go to 'Settings' then 'Library Links' - temporarily unavailable as at November 2014).

Insight is the University of Cumbria's academic research repository. All researchers are encouraged to deposit their work. By depositing, researchers can make their work known throughout the academic community.

OAIster contains links to over 25 million records of freely available resources including digitised books; journal articles; and newspaper articles.

OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here. This in-depth approach does not rely on automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories.

Directory of Open Access Journals provides access to quality controlled access to freely available scientific and scholarly journals.

School of Open website contains bite-sized online courses aimed at people who want to share and make use of open access material.

Research Alerting Services

Alerting services can help by emailing you when an article or a specific journals table of contents is published that contains either keywords or authors that you are interested in

ticTOCs is a Journal Tables of Contents alerting service with 12,160 journal Table of Contents (TOCs) from 436 publishers.

Zetoc is a Current awareness service from the British Library with access to 20,000+ research journals and 16,000 conference proceedings.

Other Useful Resources / Websites

A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

Free Online Lectures

TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is another excellent resource.

Writing and Publishing

The aim of EThOS is to offer a 'single point of access' where researchers the world over can access ALL theses produced by UK Higher Education.

Real Life PhD is a blog providing a insight into life as a PhD student. It gives advice for existing PhD students on how to get the most out of your PhD and also helpful tips for people considering doing a PhD Studentship.

The Thesis Whisperer is a  ‘newspaper’ dedicated to the topic of doing a thesis.

PhD2Published is a blog on the topic of academic publishing advice for first timers.

Get a Life PhD is a blog with tips about how to succeed in academia and have a life too! 

Twitter for Researchers  
Find out how to use Twitter to promote research output, discuss projects and seek collaborators.

How to get published in an academic journal
contains top tips from editors and experts on how to ensure your submission is successful.