Library Services


University repository: CReaTE
Current awareness
Useful online research tools
Useful research organisations

Library Services can support you in your research activities by providing access to key resources and offering professional advice. 


Within LibrarySearch there are lots of searchable academic resources that you can use for your research; these include individual journals, indexing and abstracting databases, full-text journal collections, reference works and e-books, which are organised into subject categories.  Your Faculty Liaison Librarian can advise you on how best to search these and there are guides and tutorials available for many. 

As well as subject-specific research databases other useful tools for academic research include:

  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Index to Theses (campus-only access) – a comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 1716
  • Journal Citation reports - a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 80 countries. It is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journal Citation Reports can show you the:

    • Most frequently cited journals in a field
    • Highest impact journals in a field
    • Largest journals in a field

    Citation and article counts are important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers a unique perspective for journal evaluation and comparison

  • Web of Knowledge – access to the comprehensive scholarly database Web of Science where you can carry out citation searching
  • ResearchProfessional - leading provider of news and funding information for research professionals.


Refworks is a bibliographic tool for managing references that you will find listed in the Find database resources in LibrarySearch.  You will be prompted to register for your own Refworks account, which then you can then add references to or import them from databases.  These references can be then organised into folders and reformatted into Bibliographies (e.g. in Harvard referencing format).A guide and tutorial to using Refworks is available on the Guides page.

Institutional Repository: CReaTE

CReaTE (Canterbury Research and Theses Environment) is an electronic archive of the university’s research output.  Academic staff are encouraged to submit their research.  This Open Access repository offers both search and browse facilities. 

For help and advice contact:

The CreaTE Repository can be searched using LibrarySearch. Select CReaTE from the drop down box.

Find out more by the visiting Research at Christ Church

Current awareness

Newspapers: The library subscribes to both the Times Educational Supplement and Times Higher Educational Supplement in print and online via e-library.

Journal alerting services:

  • ZETOC via LibrarySearch, which provides access to the British Library’s electronic table of contents service from 1993 with daily updates. This contains approximately 20 million journal and conference records, with 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conferences added per year. Zetoc Alert  is a current awareness service which emails you the table of contents of your selected journals.
  • Individual publishers often provide their own journal TOCS alerting services from their websites.
  • TicTOCs is a freely available journal alerting service aimed at researchers with TOCs (Tables of Contents) from over 14,000 journals.

RSS feeds: Really Simple Syndication feeds allow you to sign up for alerts or notifications from different sites. When the site is updated or new content added, an alert is sent to one single site called a feed reader or news reader or news aggregator which you have subscribed to. There are many commercial newsreaders that you can sign up to including Bloglines.

Discussion groups: JISCmail  is the leading national academic mailing list service aimed specifically at Higher Education.

Useful online research tools

Genamics Journalseek Largest completely categorized database of freely available journal information available on the internet, useful for identifying journals to publish in.

Google Scholar Freely accessible search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across publishing formats and disciplines

Useful research organisations

AURIL Association for University Research and Industry Links

British Library help for researchers

CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service) The gateway to European research and development

Department for Education Research and Statistics

HEFCE Research (Higher Education Funding Council for England)

National Institute for Health Research Commissions and funds NHS and social care research

Research Councils UK (RCUK)  Strategic partnership of the UK’s seven research councils and links to each council’s website

Vitae UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.

For subject specific resources, please see your subject guide.