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Researchers: Welcome & skills training

Welcome and training

Welcome to the researcher library guide. 

If you click the drop down menu in the Welcome and skills training tab you can access the slides and handouts from our training sessions

Our Reseacher training is part of the Researcher Development Programme:   There is a training calendar and booking form.

Ask us, tell us

Need to know something?  Click this to:

Ask a Librarian button which wehn clicked takes you to the Ask a Librarian form for your enquiry

Does anything about this guide or Library & Student Support really irritate you?

Email me and let me know so we can sort it out:

Adam Edwards

Research students' library and academic writing check list

A list of key people and resources from the library and academic writing which will help you research more effectively and efficiently


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What is an ORCiD?

ORCiD is a unique identifier system for Researchers worldwide. It allow you as a researcher to distinguish yourself as 'you'.  An ORCID also supports linking systems involved in key research workflows.

Find out more about ORCID and sign-up here:

Open Access

If you are looking for information about Open Access - please see the Open Access pages.

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Please make sure you do these basic things:

Questions from research students

These are questions asked at a recent researcher training event:

  • How do I reserve books?  Go to Library Search and use the Request option.  You will then need to book a time to collect.
  • I'm not able to access some books and articles:  You can request any journal article or book via Inter library loans.  This is a FREE service for researchers.
  • There's not enough resources for the subject I am studying:  Please look at the My Subject Library Guide for your subject and then talk to your Liaison Librarian to make sure you are not missing something.  Every research student should have at least one 1 hour 121 with their librarian. We will buy books for you or you can get books and articles free of charge via Inter library loans.

Research support

The Research Support Team is part of Library and Student Support (LSS) in the Sheppard Library.  If you have questions about Open Access, the Research Repository, Research Data Management or any other scholarly communications issues please do get in touch:

If you have a subject specific question contact your Liaison Librarian.

What does this guide cover?

This guide covers:

  • Finding and creating resources
    • Journal publishing, including how to find the best ranked journals in your field
    • Book publishing, including how to get an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) if publishing at Middlesex
  • Information skills: Learn to find things more efficiently
  • Other libraries, in particular, using SCONUL Access to borrow from any other academic library
  • Distance learners: Services we offer to support students studying at a distance
  • Liaison librarians: Find out your librarian to contact for 121 support for your research
  • Scholarly communication
    • Journals - getting cited and published
    • Books - writing and getting published
    • Open Access
  • Other guides you may find useful are:

Library Search

Use Library Search to find and access quality academic resources.

If we don't have something

If we don't have a journal paper or book you need then we get it from the British Library. This is free of charge for Research and Academic Staff. See our Inter library loans guide.

If you think we should buy a book for the library, tell us via the Suggest a book form for your campus.

If you want us to subscribe to a new journal (which can be expensive) please ask your Liaison Librarian.

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