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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 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

Library news

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. 

Extending access to electronic resources

  • Electronic resources have been extended to include hundreds of thousands of books, journals and other resources not previously directly available to students and staff. Wherever possible we are making these resources discoverable via Library Search, and all are now available to connect to via the Library Gateway A-Z. Up to date lists will be maintained as part of this guide in the‘Using eBooks, ejournals, and databases’ section.
  • If you cannot find and access an item you need via Library Search, please use our new service Resources on Request  (RoR). RoR has been created to facilitate your access to our extended resources, and in recognition that our normal inter library loan and document supply services are suspended.
  • We are working to identify in demand textbooks to make available electronically.