Resources

Literature Searching

Successful literature searching requires proficient searching skills and techniques as well as knowledge of the relevant resources. Searching online databases for journal articles and looking more widely for ‘grey literature’, theses and open access resources will help ensure you locate all the relevant material.

These pages provide a good starting point for searching electronic resources, as well as access to subject specific databases and web pages.
A broad range of full text and bibliographic databases hosted by EBSCO.
A broad range of full-text and bibliographic databases hosted by Proquest.
Provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. Includes journal articles, theses, books, abstracts. Links to possible full-text sources are appended to some references: "Wolverhampton Uni Links"; these do not produce full text in every case
A database from the British Library offering full-text access to PhD theses from the majority of British universities. Theses not immediately available for download can be digitised to order. You will need to register with the site to view content.
The most comprehensive available record of doctoral theses from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The collection offers the most comprehensive available listing of theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716.
WIRE is an open access online collection of research outputs by members of the University of Wolverhampton.

Keeping Up to Date

Using research tools to keep informed of the latest news and publications in your subject area will help ensure your knowledge stays up to date. Setting up database search alerts and journal contents page alerts is a good place to start.

The British Library's Electronic Table of Contents. Contains details of articles from 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings. All subjects covered, from 1993 and it is updated daily.You can set-up personalised email Zetoc Alerts or RSS feeds to track the latest articles or journal titles related to your interests.
The largest, free collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs). Alerts you when new issues of journals that you follow are published.
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature with more than 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers. Scopus offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and arts and humanities.

Raising your Research Impact & Profile

Resources such as Journal Citation Reports can help you to measure research impact. You may also want to promote your work and enhance your research identity online by using networking sites such as Academia.edu or ResearchGate.

Evaluates and measures the impact of leading journals based on citation data.
Please note that interface has changed as of December 2015.
The Scimago Journal & Country Rank includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus database.
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature with more than 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers. Scopus offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and arts and humanities.
Web of Science is a research platform that provides access to: the Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Conference Proceedings Citation Indexes, Journal Citation Index and Medline.
Provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. Includes journal articles, theses, books, abstracts. Links to possible full-text sources are appended to some references: "Wolverhampton Uni Links"; these do not produce full text in every case
ResearchGate is a networking site for researchers, particularly those engaged in broadly scientific research.
Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share and follow research.
ORCID IDs are permanent identifiers for researchers, providing you with a unique, 16-digit numeric identification number that lasts over time.
This blog offers a guide through the world of academic research, funding and building that track-record. Invites guest blog contributions.
An independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community. Welcomes guest authors.
A blog newspaper dedicated to ‘doing a thesis’. Includes tips and reflections on the process and invites guest blog contributions.

Open Access & the REF

Open Access resources may be useful to your research and can be found via sites such as Google Scholar. There is now an HEFCE REF (Research Excellence Framework) requirement for researchers to make their research outputs Open Access through repositories such as WIRE (Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses).

Provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. Includes journal articles, theses, books, abstracts. Links to possible full-text sources are appended to some references: "Wolverhampton Uni Links"; these do not produce full text in every case
OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records that represent open access resources.
OpenDOAR is an authoritative worldwide directory of academic open access repositories.
WIRE is an open access online collection of research outputs by members of the University of Wolverhampton.
SHERPA REF helps authors and institutions decide whether a journal allows them to comply with the REF policy, and what to do when it does and when it does not.
ORCID IDs are permanent identifiers for researchers, providing you with a unique, 16-digit numeric identification number that lasts over time.