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Use this guide to help you make the most of the library and information resourses

Research Project Support

Dissertation and research projects are a much longer and in-depth form of assignment than your previous assignments. You will complete your own research, use many more resources, focus more closely in a specific area of study, and possibly be writing in a way that you are not as familiar with.

If we do not have access to the item you need for your research project/ dissertation:
1. Does the information only appear in this item or might another item include the information?
2. Check the abstract carefully to make sure it is something you will need for your work.
3. Check for Open Access versions online- use Google or search Primo or an Open Access aggregator such as Core to check for legally free access to the item.
4. Inter Library Loan the item if the above does not work. If the item is a book, email your Information Specialist to see if we might purchase a copy.
5. If the Inter Library Loan does not work, you might need to use secondary referencing if the item is mentioned elsewhere. Check Cite Them Right to learn how to do this.

The links below will tell you more about accessing Open Access items, Inter Library Loans and Theses for your research.

Don't forget that you can also contact Shelagh Nott to discuss searching and finding resources. 

The Library Skills pages have further information on planning search strategies and writing literature reviews.

Inter Library Loans

Inter Library Loans

Open Access

Open Access Resources