Library Research

  • The Library is here to support your research, the communication of your research findings, and the development of your research profile through a variety of specialist help, resources and services.

  • An essential element of your research activities will relate to successfully managing references to the sources, both primary and secondary, that you already have or will need to consult. Developing a systematic approach to this will save you time and heartache when you are writing up.

    • EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies
    • Citation guides: including British Standard and Harvard

    With so much information available, it is vital that you keep up to date with current publications and developments in your research field.

    Oxford Brookes theses

    A copy of every Oxford Brookes PhD and MPhil thesis is deposited with the Library. You can search LibrarySearch by author, title, keyword.

    An increasing number of Oxford Brookes theses are also available on our Research Archive, RADAR. You can search all publications or select the option Student Research and select eTheses. You can browse all theses or browse by faculty / department or publication year.

    If you are a current Oxford Brookes PhD student you may be interested in our webpage which provides details of  resources for dealing with copyright material you want to include in the electronic submission of your thesis: Electronic submission of theses - copyright guidelines.

    Locating theses from other institutions

    • EBSCO Open Dissertations : enables you to search for thousands of open access dissertations
    • British Library’s EThOS project: a theses digitisation project. You can search across 500,000+ theses for free and download / order full text where available. You will need to register and log in if you want to download a thesis or to order digitisation of a thesis.
    • CORE : CORE (COnnecting REpositories) is an aggregation of open access content from UK and worldwide repositories and open access journals. It includes access to theses.
    • DART-Europe: provides details of European theses with access to full text where available.
    • National Library of Australia Trove Service: a free repository of Australian material, including almost a million Australian theses.
    • Global Electronic Theses and Dissertation Search: a database of open-access electronic theses and dissertations worldwide from the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    You can get access to libraries other than our own, including the Oxford University Bodleian Libraries and British Library. Our Access to other libraries guide provides further details, including joining information. The guide also links to the Catalogues of other libraries so you can check what resources they have.
    • Converis is a CRIS (Current Research Information System) while RADAR (Research Archive and Digital Assets Repository) is an institutional repository. 
    • Converis is how researchers tell Oxford Brookes what research activity they are taking part in, while RADAR is how Oxford Brookes publicly shares that research with researchers from other institutions and the general public. 
    • Both Converis and RADAR are key systems for Oxford Brookes to meet the Open Access requirements of REF 2021, so as soon as you have a new article, chapter or other type of research output accepted for publication please add it to Converis - the key is to Act on Acceptance! - and the Scholarly Communications team will move it to RADAR.
    • Here are two useful links: more information on  Open Access Publishing and Research (particularly in relation to REF 2021) and a step-by-step guide and video guide on How to add outputs to Converis for REF 2021.
    • Converis also feeds information to your Oxford Brookes web profile and can be used to produce a CV for your Personal Research Plan meeting, so please put the bibliographic details of all your publications onto the CRIS that you would like to appear on your web profile.
    • Does the journal allow you publish your article as Open Access through the Green route or the Gold route? If not, you may not be able to use the publication in REF 2021 (click here for more information on Open Access and REF 2021).
    • Please note that the Gold route to Open Access often requires the payment of an Open Access Fee or Article Processing Charge. You can apply for Oxford Brookes to pay these charges through our Open Access Fee Requests page.  
    • Be careful of 'predatory journals' who require a publishing fee but will not fulfil any publishing services beyond putting the paper online. If you are unsure about a journal consider the principles of Think.Check.Submit or contact Scholarly Communications.
    • Will you be able to keep the copyright of the article? More and more reputable publishers will allow you to keep the copyright of your article and ask you to only give them the licensing rights - if you give the publisher the copyright of the article then they will own content of the article instead of you.
    • RDM (Research Data Management) is the process of gathering, storing, sharing, and preserving your research data in an ethical, efficient, and responsible way.
    • Research funders see RDM as an increasingly important part of the research process for all disciplines.
    • Oxford Brookes has a Research Data Management Policy.
    • For information about the support that is offered to Oxford Brookes researchers for a full range of RDM activities please see the Research Support - Data Management webpage.
    • For information particularly about sharing research data, visit our webpage Publishing research data.
    • Electronic submission of theses - copyright guidelines.
    • Oxford Brookes has an 'Intellectual property policy and regulations' document that can be accessed from the Policies and codes of practice webpage.
    • One key aspect of the policy is that Oxford Brookes has waived the intellectual property rights that the institution could exercise over the research publications that Oxford Brookes research staff produce, meaning it belongs to the authors themselves.
    • The Scholarly Communications team recommend that researchers consider the value of their intellectual property before giving the copyright of their publications to a publisher as part of a publishing contract. Some scholarly publishers only request the licensing rights of the publications rather than the copyright, which means that the authors retain ownership of the content of the publications.
    • Bibliometrics are a way to quantify the readership of research publications in the academic community based on the number of times that the publications are referenced in other academic publications.
    • There are many bibliometrics services and each one may have a unique set of propriety metrics. Oxford Brookes has a subscription to the Web of Science database which includes a set of bibliometric services at the levels of both the article (e.g. Times Cited) and journal (e.g. Journal Impact Factor).
    • Altmetrics are similar to Bibliometrics in that they try to quantify the reach of research publications, but instead of relying on academic citations they instead draw upon how often the publication is mentioned on social media, in the news, in governmental documents, and on other online platforms.
    • The leading service for Altmetrics is probably - we have linked RADAR to so that any record with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and that has an Altmetric score greater than 0 will display an badge in the Related Resources section at the bottom of the page (e.g. this output with a very high Altmetric score).
    • The information from may indicate where research 'impact' (i.e. affecting a change beyond the academic community) has happened (e.g. if it has been cited in a government policy document).
    • Whilst bibliometrics and altmetrics can offer a useful perspective on the reach of research publications they can be misunderstood and misapplied. Initiatives such as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (also known as DORA) and the Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics argue for the responsible use of metrics in research assessment.
    • ORCID is a persistent and unique identifier for researchers.
    • By signing up for an ORCID number you help to establish your research profile and distinguish yourself from any other researcher with a similar name.
    • ORCID numbers are increasingly important to the workflows of research funders, institutions, and scholarly publishers.

    Here are two resources created by external institutions to help you develop your research profile: