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Finding information on your research topic

Easy access to Library content

The Library Access browser extension makes it easier to access Library-subscribed resources as you do your searching across the web. 

Tue, 16/03/2021 - 09:49

Smarter searching with library databases

Learn how to access library databases, take advantage of the functionality they offer, and devise a proper search technique.

Fri, 01/09/2017 - 15:55

Access to resources after study

Once your studies are complete you can use Open Access resources to support your ongoing professional development.

Tue, 21/04/2015 - 16:30

Advanced evaluation

Advanced guidance on evaluating resources for quality and relevance, including a more detailed explanation of PROMPT criteria.

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 13:46

Advanced searching

Advice on literature searching at post graduate level, with a printable downloadable checklist explaining a range of higher level search techniques with examples.

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 12:36

The importance of being digital

'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.

Thu, 12/06/2014 - 16:31

Explore Mathematics and Statistics

A short video will introduce you to some of the Mathematics and Statistics resources available to you.

Tue, 20/03/2012 - 15:30

Explore Design, Engineering and Technology

A short video will introduce you to some of the Engineering, Technology and Design resources available to you.

Tue, 20/03/2012 - 15:22


A list of collections of freely available data sets.

Fri, 22/07/2011 - 16:20

Finding information on your research topic

A series of guides to help you research a topic at Level 3 and above, including literature searching, citation searching, and customising Google Scholar.

Mon, 20/06/2011 - 16:53

Services for staff

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.

Mon, 18/04/2011 - 15:40

Information skills for researchers

Advice and guidance to help postgraduate researchers use information resources effectively in their research.

Tue, 15/03/2011 - 16:36

Keep up to date

A number of tools and services are available to help you keep up to date with research developments and news in your field.

Tue, 15/03/2011 - 16:36

Selected resources for your study

Books, journals and databases have been selected for each area of study to give you an idea of what is available.

Tue, 15/03/2011 - 15:54

How do I do a literature search?

Guidance on all aspects of carrying out a literature search is provided: developing a search strategy, identifying sources, evaluating and organising information.

Tue, 15/03/2011 - 15:54

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