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Library support for Distance Learners

We provide several services for distance learners doing PhDs at Leicester. The Library website and catalogue can be accessed off-campus, as can our ebooks and online journal articles. We also have further support for distance learners:

Digitising book chapters and journal articles You can ask for the Library to scan print journal articles or book chapters, and send them to you. Find our more here.

Postal loan servicesWe offer a postal loan service too. We will send books from the main library collection to you by post (you bear the cost of sending them back to Leicester). Find out more hereor in the short video below:

Skype appointments We offer 1-2-1 appointments for all PhD students to discus questions you may have in more depth.  For those of you who can't come onto campus, we are happy to talk via Skype. Please email us on to arrange a time. 

WebinarsThe Library run workshops as part of the Doctoral College researcher training. This year the following sessions …
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Introducing the University of Leicester Figshare for data platform

The University of Leicester Figshare powered institutional data repository web-based platform is now available. The University of Leicester Figshare research data platform serves any academic discipline, and researchers can upload the processed data that either directly supports their research, or that constitutes a research output in its own right.
The University of Leicester’s Figshare solution enables staff, PhD students and researchers to meet the growing demands by research funding agencies and journal publishers for open access (or appropriate access) to data underpinning published research. The new data repository provides a secure, long-term space for a wide range of content; all on one platform that encourages collaboration. The solution will also allow for the easy citation and re-use of their digital research data by making it discoverable, citable and shareable from anywhere.
Figshare for data is accessible anywhere on the Web and is a simple, easy option for sharing fil…

Researcher at Library: tools and services to support your research

New PGR? Join us for one of our Researcher@Library: tools and services to support your research sessions in October.
Researcher@Library: tools and services to support your research Find out about the tools and services the library provides to support your research. Including information resources, reference management software and research data management. Come along in person or join us online via the webinar.

Key Learning Outcomes ·How to use the library search to find articles and books.·Discover the specialist academic databases available in your research area.·How to request items for your research.·Look at the reference management tools the University provides (EndNote & RefWorks).·Learn about the fundamentals practices of good research data management.

Training Skills Analysis Domains: •Subject Knowledge •Research Effectiveness: research data management and information seeking (library skills) •Methods & Tools: Reference management
9/10/18 - Webinar Link:…

PGR and staff training: Autumn sessions and dates announced

The 2018/19 academic year begins in the next few week. With it comes new PGR and staff training run by the Library Research Services team. We run workshops on a range of topics about finding, managing and using information in research. 

Some of our core sessions and dates for the Autumn term have been announced. Further sessions, including those on research data, will be announced later in the term. 'Online sessions' are webinars, intended for those of you who can't make it onto campus. 

Title DatePlanning your literature search16 October 2018Conducting your literature search18 October 2018Planning literature search (online)23 October 2018Conducting literature search (online)25 October 2018Introduction to EndNote 26 October 2018Introduction to RefWorks  30 October 2018Mapping data with Google Fusion Tables31 October 2018Advanced literature searching01 November 2018Planning a systematic review05 November 2018Tools for note taking07 November 2018Finding grey li…

Our Top 25 Most Downloaded Theses

Here at the David Wilson Library, University of Leicester we still have a print collection of theses.

However, we don't expect people to access the print copy in this day and age.

We make the PDF copy of a thesis openly available to download (where possible) via our Leicester Research Archive, alongside other research publications from the University. We have also digitised and made available the majority of our theses back to the 1920s.

In fact theses are the most popular and most downloaded items in the Leicester Research Archive! You would never get this many people looking at, or reading, a printed thesis!

Here's Our Top 25 Most Downloaded Theses (For the period 01/07/2012 to 31/07/2018)

Dept/School Title Author No. Downloads 1 School of Education Social and psychological factors in learning English as a foreign language in Lebanon.
Yazigy, Rula Jamil. 15776 2 Dept. of Media and Communication Mass media and society: The six normative theories and the role of social, political a…