Resources for Research and PhD Students

A separate page is available which gives research support information to academic staff.

Research students may also find the Research Policies and Regulations page of interest.

ALLs are available to provide help and advice on finding and using research material available in London Met’s Libraries, obtaining material from other Libraries, and using other Libraries and archive collections. If you need help identifying resources for your research please email or make an appointment with your ALL.

See The Special Collections section of our Library website.

Zetoc is the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents service. The database covers 1993 to date and is updated on a daily basis. It includes an email alerting service to enable you to keep up-to-date with relevant new articles and papers. Material located on Zetoc can be obtained through the Interlibrary Loans service, or by using the British Library.

Many of the databases to which the Library subscribes have alert services. It is usually necessary to set up a (free) personal sign-in, additional to your London Met login, before setting up an alert. See the relevant  Subject guide for a list of databases in your subject area. Google Scholar also offers alerting options for new citations.

It is possible to get materials not held at London Met from the British Library via our Interlibrary Loans Service and as charges apply check for further information.

A good way to consult materials not held at London Met is to visit the British Library. The British Library has a number of e-resources now available for use in their reading rooms, as well as the traditional printed materials. See the British Library’s website for visitor information, their catalogue, and a list of e-resources available. Please note that you need to register for a Readers Pass and this requires specific ID. Also, a significant proportion of the collection is held off-site and takes 48 hours for delivery.

Other university libraries. There will be times that you will need to visit other UK libraries as part of your research, whether it is to consult their printed materials or to use a library that is physically closer to where you live. Please check our guidance on using the SCONUL Access scheme to visit other libraries. 

Please also see the Library’s Subject guides for information about other specialist libraries in your subject area.

The main UK source for doctoral theses is EThOS, from the British Library. Please see the library page Theses and open access repositories for detailed information on finding UK and international theses.

For information and links to guides about different referencing styles, see our Referencing page.

There is free software that can help you to store and organise your references and produce bibliographies. Library Services encourages the use of Zotero and the Academic Liaison Librarians are able to offer sessions on its use.

  • Zotero is an open source tool, originally for use with the Mozilla Firefox browser, which can be freely downloaded to your Windows, Mac or Linux computer. It also has extensions for use with the Google Chrome and Safari browsers. You can download a standalone version and sync it to your Zotero account when using any shared computer. When using your own computer, sync Zotero to retrieve and incorporate changes made on another computer. Plug-ins can be downloaded for use with Word and LibreOffice when producing your in-text citations and bibliographies. Zotero has the ability to help you connect to and share references with other researchers.

  • Mendeley is compatible with Word, LibreOffice and BibTeX. It can work on desktop, web and iOS devices, and allows you to sync across devices. It also has the facility for you to network and share with other researchers.

    Guides for getting started with all of these tools are available on their websites. Your ALL may have experience of using one or more of these programmes should you need assistance.

See information on SPSS and Nvivo on the Software for students page.

For guidance on where to publish and how to evaluate journals, see the following external site.

The publisher, Springer, gives an introduction to the Open Access Green and Gold models.

Another term that you may see is 'hybrid journal' this refers to a publication that makes content available via both open access and traditional subscription methods. Some articles may be available via Open Access as a result of paying article processing charges (APCs) and the remaining articles will require a subscription to the journal for access to be provided.

Background to the Institutional Repository

The London Met Repository was established in 2015 to serve as the University’s open access repository for research outputs.

The repository is a showcase and brings the work of London Met academics to the attention of a much greater audience, both within academia and the general public, thus enhancing the profile of the University’s academics on both a national and international level.

Open Access (OA) refers to free, unrestricted access to scholarly content. Many funding bodies are mandating that where their funds are used the output has to be made open access. Open Access can be applied to both journal articles and monographs.

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