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Hello from your new Research Information Advisor


Hello everyone, my name is William Farrell, the new Research Information Advisor in the Library. I am replacing Helen Steele who has left for pastures new. I will be working alongside Selina Lock and the rest of the Research Services team

Responsible for humanities and social science researchers, I am here to help you with: 

·      literature searching

·      using databases

·      managing information

·      referencing

·      training

·      publications

So email me to ask a question, or set up an appointment to discuss your work. You can find me in the offices on the ground floor of the Library from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5:30pm. Those of you who work off-campus can also arrange a meeting via Skype. 

Having completed a PhD I understand the challenges, as well as the opportunities, many of you will encounter. After the doctorate, I worked for the Global History Databank, an interdisciplinary project analysing the evolution of societies. This gave me insights into how people as different as archaeologists, psychologists and computer scientists work and think. Using this experience, I am looking forward to helping your research be successful here at Leicester. 


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Finding our training

I had some feedback last week that searching PROSE is not the easiest way to find out what library training is on offer.

We sympathise with you! An alternative is to look at the list of training on our Researchers page

Or you can look at brand new guide to the Postgraduate Researcher Workshop Programme

If you have any questions about the training please email Selina or myself:

Library publishing services

The Library offers several services to help you publish and disseminate your research. We can help you publish reports, journals and conference proceedings. We also support the publishing of digital collections.

Research publications The Library can help you to publish one-off reports in an open access format. See this example from the SAPPHIRE Group in Health Sciences.  If you want to start a new open access journal or conference proceedings, we have our own version of Open Journal Systems (OJS). This is journal management and publishing platform for academic publications. Articles published through this system are free to any reader, and no APCs are charged to authors. 
Please contact Library Research Services for more information:

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