• Conducting Your Research

    The library has many resources to help you with your secondary or 'desk' research. These include specialist subject databases, citation tracking tools and referencing software. You can search the library catalogue for books on research methods and dissertation writing.

    Online help is available in in the succeed@solent guide to literature reviews.

    We have a range of subject guides which list the key information sources for broad subject areas. They also let you know who your information librarian is and how you can contact them if you want to arrange a one-to-one appointment to explore the literature for your particular research topic.

    Citation tracking tools

    Citation tracking involves exploring who is citing who in published research. A large number of citations for a particular paper suggests that the paper has been highly influential. An author with a large number of citations to their papers is likely to be a leading scholar in their subject area.

    We have access to a number of sources that can help you track citations. There are a suite of Citation Indexes from World of Knowledge. Some databases such as those provided by Proquest include citation information. Google Scholar Citations allows you to create a profile and track your own citations.

    Referencing and referencing software

    See the library factsheet, Referencing: the Harvard Way, for help with referencing or look at succeed@research in myCourse for examples of references. There are a number of different software packages available for managing your references that all have different features. We recommend and support RefWorks for researchers.

    Have your thesis bound professionally. Your school will be able to give you guidelines on layout, margins etc for a PhD or MPhil thesis.

    Black is the usual colour for Solent's postgraduate theses but you might like to choose a different colour for your own personal copy. The library does not provide a binding service for postgraduate theses. We can, however, recommend a local binder who is quick, reliable and reasonably priced. For more information, please contact:

    Document delivery office - Tel: 023 8201 3411 - Email: ill-ml@solent.ac.uk

    Or call in to see us on the ground floor of the Mountbatten Library (Room ML014). The office is usually staffed Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.