Library and Learning Resources can support you in your research activities by providing access to key resources and offering professional advice in literature searching and information management. Contact your Learning & Research Librarian.

For specialist help with research, including open access and compliance with Research England policy regarding the REF, please contact the Learning & Research Librarian (Research Lead).

If you are a member of CCCU staff please also see the relevant StaffNet pages.

Research Space Repository

Research Space Repository is an electronic archive of the university’s research output. Academic staff and researchers are encouraged to submit their research. This open access repository offers both search and browse facilities.

In order to be eligible for the next REF all journal articles and conference proceedings published with an ISSN since 1st April 2016 must made open access via deposit in an institutional or subject repository. For further information about this please see the UKRI webpages. 

For help and advice on adding your research to the repository please contact

Find out more about the repository and open access by contacting Claire Choong, Learning & Research Librarian (Research Lead).


LibrarySearch contains many searchable academic resources; these include individual journals, indexing and abstracting databases, full-text journal collections, reference works and e-books, which are organised into subject categories. Your Learning & Research 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
  • EThOS – the British Library’s thesis service providing records for all doctoral theses awarded by UK higher education institutions and free access to the full text of as many as possible.
  • 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. 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 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.

Current awareness


The library subscribes to both the Times Educational Supplement and Times Higher Educational Supplement in print and online via LibrarySearch.

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.
  • JournalTOCs is a freely available journal alerting service aimed at researchers with TOCs (Tables of Contents) from over 24,000 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 like Feedly that you can sign up to.

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

Research at the Department for Education

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.


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