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Happy Easter Holidays!

The Library Research Services Team hope you have a good Easter break.

Try to find some time to have some fun alongside doing your research!

Our team will be out of the office Friday 25th March - Wednesday 30th March.

We'll be back in again on Thursday 31st March.

If you are planning on using the library over Easter then please check our Opening Hours.

Remember that after Easter from April 11th there will be a New Look Library Search.

We've also put up all our Summer Term workshops for research students.

Document Supply & Inter-Library Loan has Changed!

The way you place a document supply and inter-library loan request has changed:

Summer Term Workshops

Next term's training workshops is now listed on PROSE and on our pages.

Our sessions on EndNote, RefWorks, literature searching and systematic reviews are being repeated. So too are the sessions that cover publishing, data management and analysis, Omeka and database design.

New this term:
A course on using XML that will be of interest to anyone working in the digital humanities.An online version of Enhancing Your Digital Profile for distance learners and those who can't make it in person.Chantal Bielmann will be running a four week course on ArchGIS, the software for creating maps and using geographic data.  The workshops are open to all PhD students and are free to sign up to. If you have any questions about our training workshops, please email

How to find a Journal Impact Factor

What is a Journal Impact Factor? An impact factor is a measurement provided by Thomson Reuters looking at the average number of citations articles in a particular journal receives. 
It is calculated by: The number of times that all items published in a journal in the previous two years (e.g. 2012 & 2013) were cited by indexed publications during the year of interest (e.g. 2014)
divided by
The total number of "citable items" published by that journal in those two years (e.g. 2012 & 2013)
Finding a Journal Impact FactorGo to Web of ScienceIn Web of Science - Click on the link at the top of the page for Journal Citation Reports.Start typing the name of the journal and choose from the list that appears:

Remember - not all journals are indexed by the Journal Citation Reports, so not all journals have an impact factor. You will then get an option to click on the Journal Profile, which includes the Impact Factor:
 Find the highest impact journal in your areaClick on Journal…

Open Access publishing for Staff and PGRs?

Open Access for Staff  If you are a member of staff at the University of Leicester then this short tutorial shows you how to make your journal articles and conference proceedings Open Access for the next REF.

If you need more information on Open Access publishing, including applying for the OA fund and Gold publishing options please see our webpages on Open Access.

Open Access for PGR Students If you are a PGR student then you can work through our video tutorials on...

What is Open Access?

Why is Open Access important? Why is it important to you as a PhD student and for your future career in research?

What are the options for Open Access publishing?

Where should you publish? How to decide if an Open Access journal is for you or whether they are a predatory publisher.

If you have any questions about Open Access publishing then please email