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Support for research staff and students

This guide has been created to help research staff and students find information relating to research resources, publishing, open access and research impact.


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The links on this page have been selected to help researchers to find useful information on the library website and tools relating to researchers

If you are just starting your PhD you will also find the Study Advice guide for research postgraduates useful. 

Resources for doing your research

Catalogues of our resources

Databases for finding references to journal articles and other materials

Resources for tracking your research outputs


After your research output is published, you'll want to track attention to it from your peers and possibly from the general public (depending on what type of research you are working on).

Immediate impact
To track immediate impact, you can use tools such as Altmetric Explorer and Plum Analytics (via Scopus). These tools pick up attention from social media and news platforms. Your publisher may also show downloads and views of your article on the journal website. 

Longer term impact
For longer term impact, tracking citations to your work can be interesting. Citations are often used as a measure of a researcher's or institution's impact and are often part of international league tables. 
Track citations to your research outputs via tools such as Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus, or Dimensions. If someone is citing you, they may be interested in your next paper.
If your output has been added to an institutional repository, such as CentAUR, you can also track downloads of your work from the repository. 

Guides to help you with conducting and organising your research