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31.03.14 HEFCE announces OA policy for post 2014 REF - see the Open Access tab

25.02.14 New guide: Improving the visibility of your Plymouth University research : access via the tab on the Research Support Guide.


The Information Specialists in the Library have an important role in supporting the digital and information literacy of researchers, including Masters and PhD researchers as well as staff researchers.

This Research Support Library guide provides a general resource on research information and will be updated regularly. The Library Subject Guides provide subject specific information and should be used alongside this guide.

A key contact will be your subject information specialist, a list can be found on Self Help. If you are not sure who your information specialist is, please email Please add details of your research area.

If there is any feedback or topics which are missing, then please email the above address with any comments.

New researchers / researchers new to Plymouth

For those researchers who are new to Plymouth University or would like a refresh on Library services, each library subject guide has a "Start here" tab. This provides an introduction to Library services and resources.

This Research Support guide has 2 tabs for new researchers and those new to Plymouth which provides information on key services and information for researchers as well as providing links to more information and training courses within both the Graduate School programme and the Researcher Development Programme.

The information literate researcher

To become an effective researcher, generic skills such as information literacy also need to be developed and refreshed. Vitae and the UK Research Councils have issued a Researcher Development Framework which outlines the skills they would expect a researcher to develop during their research training and career.

The Graduate School Researcher Development Programme brochure outlines how the Library sessions map to the Framework in Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities and Domain C: Research governance and organisation.