Research Support and Tools

As a member of Research Staff, you will already have methods and tools to carry out your research. However, there are a number of resources that you may not be familiar with, both within and outside of the University that can help you when carrying out research. This section details the resources available to you: 

Research Support Office - RSO provide help related to finding funding, preparing applications and managing awards. Information on Research Ethics can also be found on the RSO web pages.  

Research and Partnership Development are responsible for a number of areas to support research staff, including facilitating large interdisciplinary funding opportunities, peer review and supplying expert advice on writing papers for high impact journals. 

Research Data Management - The Research Data Management project is being developed to help you manage your data effectively throughout all stages of the research process: planning, storing and archiving.

Research Integrity guidance is available on dedicated Research Integrity web pages.

Development opportunities are sign posted to on these pages.

External Resources

Archives Hub - A gateway to thousands of the UK’s richest archives, which is an effective way to discover unique and often little-known sources.

Author Mapper - An online tool for visualizing scientific research, enables document discovery based on author locations and geographic maps. 

Create Change - Helping Researchers to understand the changing research landscape and how it affects them and their research.

DiRT Directory - An extensive registry of digital research tools for academic use when undertaking digital research.

Google Scholar - Search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources. It is also possible to set up Google Search Alerts to keep up to date with new developments on chosen search terms.

Mendeley - A free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organise your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

Methodspace - An online research methods community of researchers engaged in research methods, to network and share research, resources and debates.

Papers - A reference and PDF manager for Mac which allows you to cite papers, format references and share your collection with colleagues. - An extensive guide of 100 search engines for academic research, broken down into subject specific search engines.

WikiCFP - A Wiki which ‘Calls For Papers’ (CFP) for international conferences, workshops, etc. Users subscribe to the conferences they are interested in, then the site will email when the submission deadline.

Zotero - A free, easy-to-use multi-platform tool to help you collect, organise, cite, and share your research sources.

Cross Platform Apps

The following websites provide suggestions for apps to use to make research easier, many of which are available across multiple platforms, so you can access them wherever you are: