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. The Scholarly Communications team can help you share, disseminate, and publishing your research findings so that they are available to local or global academic and public communities.
- How to borrow and return items: this information applies equally to PhD students as well as Oxford Brookes staff.
- Electronic resources for researchers
- Contact your academic liaison librarian through the Course Resource page for discipline-specific support on literature searching.
- Cited reference searching
Referencing and managing your references
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.
Keeping up to date
With so much information available, it is vital that you keep up to date with current publications and developments in your research field.
Library Catalogues are key resources to help you locate details of published books and monographs. Main examples include:
- Oxford Brookes LibrarySearch: provides details of all our resources. Once you have carried out a search you can extend your search beyond Brookes by clicking the option 'Libraries Worldwide' on the left side of the screen. Select 'Books', located below 'Formats' to narrow your search to books.
- British Library catalogue provides details of the huge rage of resources available in the British Library including books
- Library Hub Discover: provides access to details of materials held in many UK national, academic and specialist libraries. Use the advanced search feature to narrow your search to books.
- Oxford University Library Services collections: provides details of the University of Oxford's resources. Select advanced search to narrow your search to books.
Publisher information - the websites of individual publishers provide useful details of books in your area. Many publishers enable you to set up alerts for new and forthcoming books in your areas.
New journal articles: databases and e-journal collections that offer alerting services.
Many electronic resources offer an alerting service which allows you to specify which topics, authors and/or journals you are interested in. You will then be alerted by email or Web feed (RSS) when new information becomes available.
Below are details of a selection of key research tools which offer alerting services. There are many other databases and ejournal collections which also provide alert services, including: databases on the EBSCOhost and ProQuest platforms; Sage Premier Collection; Cambridge University Press journals. Check the help options on each platform for information.
- Our Course resource pages give details of resources specific to your subject discipline. If you need any further help or advice, please contact your Librarian.
- Journal TOCS is the largest free collection of scholarly Table of Contents covering many subject areas. You can follow the journals of your choice by ticking the checkboxes available in Search and Browse results. You will then receive alerts when new issues of your followed journals are published.
- Zetoc is a research database which provides access to over 30,000 journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents. As well as searching the database content you can set up personalised email alert or RSS feeds to track the latest articles or journal titles in your areas of interest.
- You can set up alerts for your favourite journals and receive table of content details when they are published. You can also set up alerts for authors and keywords. Select Zetoc Alert from the Zetoc homepage
- The Web of Science Service provides a single route to all the Clarivate Analytics products subscribed to by Oxford Brookes. These include BIOSIS Citation Index, Journal Citation Reports, MEDLINE, Web of Science Core Collection. This core collection provides access to the key research journals in many subject areas in the Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities.
- Coverage of the core collection includes the key research journals in many subject areas and is updated weekly. Each item listed on the database includes a list of the author's cited references, allowing you to search for a specific cited reference. There is extensive help on the database on using all the features
- Alert service: You can register with the database to set up your own search history alerts and citation alerts and also to use EndNote
Cited reference searching : allows you to find all the papers that have cited a specific author or article.
Future conferences - what, where and when
- Conference Alerts is a free service which enables you to keep up to date with conferences taking place in your field. You can search for forthcoming conferences by topic or by country and view brief details and links to further information including a contact person. You can also subscribe to a free email alerting service to receive updates of conferences which match your research interests.
- H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences online includes conference announcements.
- The websites of learned societies & organisations can provide details of conferences and events in their field.
Tracing published conference literature
The library subscribes to the following online services which enable you to trace published conference literature.
- Conference proceedings is an index which provides access to the published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, workshops, and conventions in the areas of science, technology and medicine. Details and an abstract are included. It covers material published since 1990. Conference proceedings are part of the Web of Science Core Collection. Once you have accessed the service, click on the drop down arrow next to 'All Databases' and choose Web of Science Core Collection. If you want to search conference proceedings only, at the next screen you have the option to limit your search (towards the bottom of the screen).
- Zetoc provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents and includes around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. It is updated daily and covers material published since 1993. You can search by author, title, keyword or conference name.
Electronic discussion lists are valuable sources of information and support collaboration and knowledge sharing. There is an increasing array of social media sites including blogs and social networks. Examples include:
- JISCmail: electronic discussion list, select by category or from a list
- Academia.edu: academic social network
- ResearchGate: academic social network (more scientific)
- LinkedIn: social network
- Twitter: social network
News, TV and radio
- Box of Broadcasts: (BOB) this service gives you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes including films from an online archive. It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database. When you access BoB, you will be prompted to sign in. Click the sign in button and select Oxford Brookes. You will be prompted to enter your Brookes username and password. On the database choose Archive to search for programmes including films. You can also search for playlists and create your own.
- Our News and current affairs webpage provides details of and access to a range of resources for current and historical news.
Special Collections and Archives
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.
Access to other libraries
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.
Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian (select course resource area from list on page)
RADAR, Converis and REF 2021
- 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.
Research Data Management
- 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.
Intellectual Property and Copyright
- 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 and Altmetrics
- 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 Altmetric.com - we have linked RADAR to Altmetric.com so that any record with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and that has an Altmetric score greater than 0 will display an Altmetric.com 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 Altmetric.com 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.
- An ORCID is a persistent and unique identifier for a researcher.
- 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:
- Vitae: a non-profit programme supporting the professional development of researchers
- UK Research and Innovation advice on developing a career in research