Friday, 2 December 2016

PGR and Staff Training in the New Year

Bookings are now open for our Spring workshops:

Introduction to the Library

Introduction to reference management

Introduction to research data management

Planning your literature search - online version

Conducting your literature search - online version

Introduction to EndNote - online tutorial

Introducing RefWorks - online tutorial

Pubmed vs Medline

Who is citing who? - video version

Making research information come to you - online version

Advanced literature searching - booking form

Search Strategies for Systematic Reviews in Medicine and Psychology - booking form

Tools for note taking

Finding grey literature

Looking After Your Research Material: An Introduction to Research Data Management (RDM) and Data Management Plans (DMPs) - booking form

Advanced Endnote - online tutorial [PDF]

Advanced RefWorks - online tutorial

Open Access: what you need to know

Introduction to Prezi

Finding images for research

Copyright and your thesis

Building interactive timelines - booking form

A gentle introduction to XML - booking form

All other sessions are available to book via PROSE

If you are a Distance Leaner or Part-Time student who cannot make it to on-campus sessions then please email us to arrange a 1to1 tutorial via email, telephone or skype: 

Friday, 25 November 2016

Library publishing services

The Library offers several services to help you publish and disseminate your research. We can help you publish reports, journals and conference proceedings. We also support the publishing of digital collections.

Research publications 

The Library can help you to publish one-off reports in an open access format. See this example from the SAPPHIRE Group in Health Sciences
If you want to start a new open access journal or conference proceedings, we have our own version of Open Journal Systems (OJS). This is journal management and publishing platform for academic publications. Articles published through this system are free to any reader, and no APCs are charged to authors. 

Please contact Library Research Services for more information:

Digital collections 

Some researchers will be collecting materials as part of a project, and may want to publish them online. The Library supports two platforms to do this:

  • This is an easy to use platform for creating websites to display digital collections and build online exhibitions. 

  • Or you could use Special Collections Online to host digitised collections of primary source material. 

  • Please contact Dr Simon Dixon for more information: 

    Monday, 21 November 2016

    Finding University of Leicester & UK Theses

    Finding University of Leicester Theses

    Browse the theses in your Department

    If you want to look at previous theses within your Department or subject then choose the 'Research Archive' search on the library homepage and search on 'your department theses' e.g.

    This will open the Leicester Research Archive - scroll down and you will see the Theses Collection for the Department:

    You can then browse the theses:

    If you would like to read or download a particular thesis - click on the link and scroll down to the PDF option:

    You will then be able to read or download the thesis unless it has an embargo in place, in which case the record will state there is an embargo:

    Search by keyword or author

    Go to the Leicester Research Archive homepage:

    Use the search box in the top right hand corner:

    Finding UK Theses

    Try searching:
    EThOS - Electronic Theses Online System which is available via the British Library and searches over 400,000 theses. Search by keyword or author:

    Some of the theses will be available as PDFs to download - look for the PDF symbol:

    If the PDF is not available and you would like to read the thesis then put in a Document Supply Request - if the request is successful it will cost you 5 of your Document Supply Quota.

    If you would like to search for older theses or international theses then see our page on Theses and Masters' Dissertations

    Friday, 11 November 2016

    Books for your research

     We have a large book collection at Leicester -  print and electronic. But we don't have everything. If you need titles that we don't have, there are three ways to get hold of books:

    * Don't forget to check the Library catalogue first *

    1.    More Books 
     More Books is our scheme where you can request books for the Library to buy. This can be books we don't have, or books you think we need to have more copies of. The service is for in-print titles that are relevant for your research. 

    Click on the link, login with your IT username and password, and then fill in as much of the form as you can. It is free to place a request. 

    We aim to respond to you within 24 hours. We can't guarantee to buy everything; but we take all suggestions seriously and use them to help plan the collections. 

    2.    Document Supply
    Sometimes it may be better to place a document supply request (or 'inter-library loan' at other institutions).  Here we try to get a copy of the book you want from another library. If successful, the book is sent to Leicester and we issue it to you. PhD Students can have 25 free requests every academic year.  Find out more about Document Supply and how to place a request.

    You can also request:  journal articles, reports, conference proceedings, theses, standards and patents. 

    3.    SCONUL Access
     SCONUL Access is a free scheme to allow you borrow or use books and journals at other university libraries in the UK. 
    This may be more convenient if you live closer to another university library than you do to Leicester, or if you need access to a specific collection. 

    You can check what books other libraries' have through COPAC - a catalogue of catalogues. 

    Apply to use the scheme through SCONUL's website

    Friday, 4 November 2016

    Accessing journal articles

    You have a reference for a journal article - how do you check whether we have access to it?

    Check Library Search

    Search for the article title in the library search on the library homepage

    If the library has access to the article it should be one of the first search results: 

    Click on View It

    Click on the link next to "Full text available at:" - this will take you to the full text of the article to read or download.

    I can't find it via Library Search - what next?

     Check Google Scholar for an open access version
    Search for the article on Google Scholar. If there is an open access version available then a link or PDF link will be provided:

    Don't forget that you can also link Google Scholar to library resources.

    It's not available via the library or Google Scholar - what next?

    Place a document supply request
    PGR/PhD students and staff are allowed 25 free document supply requests per year. The library will try and get a copy of the journal article for you from the British Library.

    Thursday, 27 October 2016

    Research Seminars at Leicester 2016/17

    One of the best ways to find out about new research in your field is to attend a regular research seminar. Speakers present new work before it is published, and allow the audience to ask questions and discuss their findings. Seminars are also a great way to meet new people from inside and outside the university. 

    There are many regular seminars at Leicester that PhD students can attend. You may already know about the one run by your department, but it is worth having a look at others, especially given the strong push for interdisciplinary research. Venturing outside your usual field can stimulate new ideas for your own research project. 

    Below is a list of active seminars for 2016/17. If anyone would like to be included in this list, email me ( and I will update.  

    Time: Wednesdays, meet in School Foyer at 16:30. 

    Cardiovascular Sciences 

    Further info. 
    The next seminar will be on Wednesday 23rd November. Prof. Sarnjeet Dhesi from Diamond will be speaking. 3:30 pm in George Porter Building LTB.

    Time:  Wednesdays, 1:30pm - 3:00pm.

    English Local History
    Time: Thursday at 2.15pm in the first floor Seminar Room of 1 Salisbury Road.  

    Wednesdays from 14:00 to 15:00.

    Thursday 1pm - 2pm in G67 (Teaching Area 3), Bennett Building.

    Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm on Wednesdays.

    New History Lab

    Urban History
    Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm in Seminar Room, 3-5 Salisbury Road.

    Victorian Studies 

    Further info. This runs in the Spring term only. 

    Friday, 21 October 2016

    Reference Management: EndNote or RefWorks?

    Not sure what reference management or bibliographic software is?

    Watch our short introduction:

    At the University of Leicester we provide access and support for two software packages:


    Both packages allow you to collect and store references, have a Word toolbar to insert citations and bibliographies and to store and annotate PDFs.

    Why might you prefer EndNote?

    • It is very popular in certain subjects and you might find that your colleagues/supervisors are using it.
    • If you wish to use the Law referencing style OSCOLA then you will need to use EndNote.
    • If you are using a footnote style that requires short titles - EndNote can be customised better for this than RefWorks, and has a wider range of reference types.
    • Be aware - the University license only covers the use of the EndNote desktop software on university owned computers. You can sync your desktop version with an online account to use at home, but the online account has less features than the desktop version.

    Why might you prefer RefWorks? 

    • It is online software so you can access it wherever you have internet access and across multiple machines.
    • If you use GoogleDocs - it has a Add-In (toolbar) for GoogleDocs.
    • If you use Libre/OpenOffice - it has a quick cite function to create citations and bibliographies for non-Word applications.
    Also see our 'Which bibliographic software is right for you' which compares the packages in more detail.