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Postgraduates & Researchers

Guidance and Materials for Postgraduate Taught and students part of the Graduate School

Using Library Resources for Research

​As a ​postgraduate student, you will be expected to conduct independent research and to identify, understand and use a wide range of information sources. The Library is here to help you at every stage of your research. ​

As well as providing a dedicated Postgraduate Room (1.22) we can also provide guidance on literature searching, referencing, managing the information you find and how to find additional resources that we don't hold.

Postgraduate Room 1.22 from the door

 

Literature Searching

The Library subscribes to thousands of academic journals and materials with coverage across all subject areas. Searching through all of this material for your research or literature review can be really tough. Fortunately, the Library also has tools to help you.

The most effective way to search for journal articles on a topic is to use a database, such as PubMed, Web of Science, JSTOR or Academic Search Premier. Databases bring together a large number of research articles, often concentrating on a particular subject area.

Databases can help you find peer-reviewed academic articles from all over the world, from many different publishers, over a long time period. Many databases have links to full-text articles where the Library has a subscription, but some only provide abstracts. 

Please refer to the A-Z of Online Databases page for a comprehensive list of the databases the University has access to. 

 

To keep your research up-to-date, Use alerting services, such as ZETOC, to set up auto-alerts for your searches. This will help you to keep up to date with any newly published research on your topic.

For help finding the most appropriate database for your research, consult the guide to your Subject Area. If you experience difficulty accessing an online resource, see the library's​ Problems with online resources.

 

Useful links

pile of books

Managing the Information You Find

You need an effective system to manage the references and articles you find. The Library supports RefWorks: a reference management software that can help store and organise your information, and creates your reference lists and bibliographies for you. 

Our RefWorks pages has lots of quick online tutorials and information sheets.

Can't find a resource you need?

Inter Library Loans

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The Inter Library Loan Service gives students and academic staff the option of requesting books or chapters or articles from books and journals when we do not have them in the Library collection. The items are borrowed from the British Library and U.K. and Ireland institutions, and are supplied for free 
You can also check the availability for the item in academic libraries near you on Jisc Library Hub Discover; it may be faster to visit another London academic library through the SCONUL scheme. 


Placing an Inter Library Loan request 

UR LIbrary Search should be checked as only requests for items not held in our collection will be processed. Before you request a journal article we suggest that you check our A-Z Journal List. If the item is already available in the Library, your request will be cancelled and you will be notified by email. To comply with copyright requirements:  

  • We require you to login and complete the online request formInclude as many bibliographic details as you can on the request form to facilitate the location of the item you require;

  • A single article only from any one issue of a journal can be copied for the same user at any time. Similarly, no more than one chapter or 10% of a book can be copied.

We aim for a 2 weeks turn-around time provided the request has all the necessary information, the book is available for loan and the requester is in good standing.   


Collecting Inter Library Loans 

The borrower’s signature is required both when collecting and when returning books. Items can only be collected and returned at the Welcome Desk during Core Hours. Inter Library Loans cannot be posted. 

Please note that occasionally lending institutions have items that can only be used within our Library premises. These are Reference items that you will be able to borrow for periods of 3 hours. For more information, please see the orange label on the item. 


Renewing Inter Library Loans  

Inter Library Loans are not renewable. In very exceptional circumstances we will attempt to renew the item once on request. To request a renewal, please contact us 3 to 5 working days before the due date. If you do not return your Inter Library Loan by the due date or request a renewal, your account will be blocked.   

Please note that the lending institution may recall the item before the due date, in which case we will contact you with an updated due date. 


Inter Library Loan request cancellations 

If an item cannot be supplied, an automated notification will be sent to your Roehampton email account. This could be the case for rare items or items recently published. 


Theses 

We use the British Library service EThOS to provide access to UK theses - you will need to register an account with them to download theses. 


Contact us on interlib@roehampton.ac.uk if you have a query. 

If you are looking for a book which is not currently in our Collection but which you think would be useful to have in our Library, you can recommend it for purchase via the form below. 

If it is an item for your own personal research, please use our Inter Library loan service.

SCONUL

SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other UK academic libraries which belong to the scheme, or just the convenience of studying in a library closer to your home. It's completely free to join, so sign up online today.

The scheme works on a banding system:
Band A access is for academic staff and research students.  Almost all member libraries admit band A users.
Band B access is for part-time and distance learning students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and those on placement (eg PGCE in schools). You can borrow books from libraries in this band.
Band C covers full-time taught course postgraduate students, who can borrow books from libraries in this band.
Band R full time undergraduate students can have reference access to some libraries.

Not all member libraries allow access to all bands in the scheme.  Always check before you visit a library that they allow access to your band. Each Library in the scheme is listed on the SCONUL Access website​.  To find out which libraries are part of the scheme check the SCONUL website.

To use the scheme you will need to apply for access through the SCONUL website.  The application process is simple and after you submit your application it will be authorised by a member of Library staff. You will receive an email on your University account which you can print off and take with you to visit other libraries.  Users must be in ‘good standing’ with the Library i.e. have no large outstanding fines, before they can join the scheme. 

When visiting other libraries please note:

  • The number of books you can borrow may be limited and you may not be allowed to borrow from some collections.
  • Access to electronic resources is likely to be restricted.
  • The library you visit may have specific rules.

The British Library 

The British Library at St Pancras, London is a national research library. It does not lend books nor does it aim to stock multiple copies of basic text books. If your research needs are not fulfilled by other libraries, see the British Library catalogue and Reader Registration. For more information about getting a Reader Pass, please see the British Library website. 


Specialist libraries 

There are many specialist libraries in London that may be of use to your studies. Ask your Academic Achievement Librarian for help and advice on locating and using specialist London libraries.  
General advice for access: 

  • Telephone or email first as you may have to make an appointment to see the collection. 
  • Tell the librarian what you have already found and be specific about what you still need. 
  • Record all the bibliographic details of any material you use as you may not be able to recheck them.   

Other Catalogues 

  • Jisc Library Hub Discover is a national Library catalogue that accesses the catalogues of many of the largest UK and Ireland university libraries. 

  • London Libraries allows searches and provides information on special collections. 

  • ULRLS is the catalogue of the University of London Research Library Services.