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Your New Doctoral College Reading Room

The Doctoral College Reading Room, at the front of the first floor of the library, is now designed for use by PGR students and staff only.

The space includes a separate Silent Study area with desks and computers, a quiet area with desks and informal seating, and a bookable group study room.

We would encourage PGR students and staff to make full use of this space.

Masters students now have a separate Graduate Reading Room elsewhere on the first floor.

As part of the new arrangements there is now a Consultation Room, which we are also using for upcoming events, including Shut Up & Write! and Research Data Drop-in Clinics.



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Shut Up & Write! for November & December

Make a date with your writing and join us for distraction-free writing sessions in person or online.
Working on a thesis, journal article or book chapter?
Need some distraction-free writing time?
Library Research Services are running Shut Up & Write! sessions for researchers in November and December 2017.
Tuesday 7th November and Tuesday 5th December - 10am-12noon.
Consultation Room, Doctoral College Reading Room, 1st Floor, David Wilson Library

Session outline: 10am: Arrival & Prep 10.15am: Write 11am: Break & Refreshments 11.15am: Write 12noon: End
There is no need to book, just bring your laptop, pad & pen, or preferred writing tools! 
You can also use the computers in the Doctoral College Reading Room or borrow a library laptop.
If you can’t join us in person then join us online via Twitter - follow @DWLResearch and use the hastag #suwleic
These two sessions also coincide with the UK Shut Up & Write! sessions on Twitter - follow @SUWTUK and use #suwtuk if you wan…

How effective is our research data management (RDM) training?

Benchmarking RDM Training The University of Leicester research data service is involved in an international collaborative project which aims to assess and benchmark the quality of RDM training across institutions.This blog post reports on the progress of the international project so far, it originally appeared on the project blogon 6th October 2017.  Remember, you can sign up for one of our generic or discipline-specific 2017/2018 introduction to RDM training sessions here. We look forward to seeing you.
How effective is your RDM training? Collaborators (in alphabetical order by surname): Cadwallader Lauren, Higman Rosie, Lawler Heather, Neish Peter, Peters Wayne, Schwamm Hardy, Teperek Marta, Verbakel Ellen, Williamson, Laurian, Busse-Wicher Marta When developing new training programmes, one often asks oneself a question about the quality of training. Is it good? How good is it? Trainers often develop feedback questionnaires and ask participants to evaluate their training. However, feedba…

PGR & Staff Training for the Autumn Term

As usual the Library is providing a raft of training and workshops during Autumn term, as part of the Researcher Development program:
Planning your literature searchConducting your literature searchIntroduction to EndNoteIntroduction to RefWorksAdvanced literature searchingVisualising your dataSearch strategies for systematic reviewsTools for note takingFinding grey literaturePlanning lit search (online)Conducting lit search (online)Research Data ManagementCopyright and your thesisAdvanced EndnoteClick on the link to book your place. Those without links can be booked via PROSE.
If you cannot make a training session you are interested in then book a 1to1 appointment (in person or online) by emailing
We also have online training resources for literature searching, EndNote and RefWorks.
New PhD Students: Introduction to the Library, reference management, and research dataAre you new to the University of Leicester library? If you would like to find out more about the Libra…

Changes to Google Scholar

Just in time for the start of term, Google Scholar has changed its design and layout. Further details are here

There is nothing substantially new, but the settings and the advanced search have moved to the ‘drawer icon’ in the top left. 

Google Scholar provides a simple way to  search for scholarly literature - particularly journal articles. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions (USA only), from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
It is also good at taking you straight to a pdf copy, where it can. If you are off-campus, we recommend that you change the settings so that Scholar knows you are from the University of Leicester. Go to Settings, then click on Library links. Type "University of Leicester" and click search. Tick all the options that appear and then click Save. This will increase the number of articles you can access. 

Welcome events for new PhD Students

The new academic year starts next week. We would like to welcome all new PhD students to Leicester, and all returning ones too. We hope you enjoy your time here. 

There will be two events introducing the Library and its services for new research students (details below.) We look forward to meeting many of you then, or at other events this term. If you have any questions, please email: 
PhD Students: Introduction to the Library, reference management, and research dataAre you new to the University of Leicester library? If you would like to find out more about the Library and the dedicated support we can provide for researchers, come along to these 30 minute sessions. When Oct 16, 2017
Introduction to the Library - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Introduction to reference management  - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Introduction to research data - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM Where Brookfield 0.27
If you would like to attend please book your place via PROSE.

This event will be repeated on the 25 October in …

EndNote X8

EndNote X8 is being made available on staff and student computers for the 2017/18 academic year.

For staff computers it will be made available to install through the Program Installer. For student computers it will automatically be made available via the Start - All Programs menu.

Remember - the University of Leicester license only allows EndNote X8 to be installed on University owned computers (including University laptops). If you would like to access your references at home then you can sync your EndNote desktop library with EndNote online.

What's new in EndNote X8? If you're an existing EndNote user then check out the 5min video on what's new:

New to using EndNote? Then check out the 5min video on EndNote's main features

You can also find lots more training videos on specific features on the EndNote YouTube Channel.