Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Support for postgraduate researchers in the University Library

Library Services welcome all postgraduate graduate researchers who have joined the University and looks forward to providing you with help and support in your time here. Supporting your research is part of the Library Services web site and provides links to all the Library resources and services you need for your research in one handy listing at:http://www.library.bham.ac.uk/support/research/
Everyone wants access to online journals, so the eLibrary link is the first one on the page, along with the link to the Library Catalogue. For older material and archives there is a link to the Card Catalogue Online and to the Archive Catalogue created by Special Collections. You can also trace recent research articles, working papers and theses produced at Birmingham in UBIRA, the University’s institutional repository.
If you want any help using all this material there are contact details for the Library specialist in your subject.  Keeping track of all the books and articles you have found using Library resources can be a problem, so find out about reference management software such as EndNote and Reference Manager and download the guide Preparing & Quoting References using the Harvard System.  Training courses for IT and research skills are also included and range from advanced Word (useful for creating large documents like theses) to using Excel for data analysis.
When all your hard work is over and your thesis is completed the section on “thesis and dissertation presentation” has everything you need to do just that, including all the necessary forms to download in order to present your thesis in the required electronic format. 
For those of you who do your research part time, or do not come on to campus often, there are also details of all the services available to you, including postal loans and photocopies and how to gain access to other research libraries.
If you have not already done so, please take a look at this useful webpage, and bookmark it for future reference.

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