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Guide to remote research

Advice on remote research for staff, Masters by Research students, and doctoral researchers. Covers finding and accessing literature, data collection, and data security.

Advice on remote research for staff, Masters by Research students, and doctoral researchers. Covers finding and  accessing literature, data collection, and data security.

As the situation is fluid, this guide will be regularly reviewed and altered as appropriate.

For general guidance on remote working and research please see:

University Coronavirus updates

Research ethics and Covid-19

Remote working guidance for students

Remote Working guidance for staff

Off-campus work policy for staff

QSR (NVivo) remote research center

Library news

COVID-19 update

Please check the latest Sheffield Hallam University Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for staff and students.  

The health and safety of students and staff is our top priority. In line with national public health guidance regarding COVID-19, and to protect you and help stop the spread of coronavirus, Adsetts and Collegiate libraries closed at 5pm, Monday 23rd March and remain closed until further notice.

If you cannot get online from home, access specialist software, or the other learning resources you need to complete assessments or prepare for examinations, please contact Hallam Help.

Click & Collect and Returning Library Items

From Monday 20th July, you can now request items via Library Search to collect from Adsetts Library. You will be able to request items to collect at Collegiate Library from Monday 27th July. You can also return Library items to either site. Please see the Click & Collect and Returning items page for full details.

If you have print books or other physical items currently on loan:

All due dates for print books and other physical items have been extended to the 14th August 2020. Borrowing limits have been extended to 30 items for all students and staff. No item can be recalled and overdue fines have been suspended.

The libraries remain closed, so we cannot accept returns of library items at this time. Our advice is to keep hold of anything you have borrowed until we can announce further plans to allow books and other items to be returned safely. 

Extended access to online resources during the initial COVID-19 lockdown

To support universities through the initial COVID-19 lockdown, a number of publishers were offering libraries free access to a range of resources, including books, journals and videos. Access began in March 2020, but that free access period for most has now expired.

If you want to consult a resource that we had access to, but which has now been removed from Library Search, or is not available on your reading list, please contact us with details using the Resources on Request (RoR) service and we will look at the possibility of purchasing the item. We are also working to identify in demand textbooks to make available online. 

RoR has been created to facilitate your access to resources, and in recognition that our normal document supply services are suspended.