Your gateway to a wide range of online information resources
Learn how to access library databases, take advantage of the functionality they offer, and devise a proper search technique.
Once your studies are complete you can use Open Access resources to support your ongoing professional development.
Advanced guidance on evaluating resources for quality and relevance, including a more detailed explanation of PROMPT criteria.
Advice on literature searching at post graduate level, with a printable downloadable checklist explaining a range of higher level search techniques with examples.
'The importance of being digital' was a live question and answer session (broadcast online) about the skills and approaches that can help you use digital and online tools and technologies during your studies, at work or in your personal life.
A short video will introduce you to some of the Mathematics and Statistics resources available to you.
A short video will introduce you to some of the Engineering, Technology and Design resources available to you.
A list of collections of freely available data sets.
A series of guides to help you research a topic at Level 3 and above, including literature searching, citation searching, and customising Google Scholar.
OU staff can access a number of services both online and at the Walton Hall library. Advice and guidance is always available, as well as opportunities for skills development.
Advice and guidance to help postgraduate researchers use information resources effectively in their research.
A number of tools and services are available to help you keep up to date with research developments and news in your field.
Books, journals and databases have been selected for each area of study to give you an idea of what is available.
Guidance on all aspects of carrying out a literature search is provided: developing a search strategy, identifying sources, evaluating and organising information.
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