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Graduate School Events coming up

The return of two great events run by the Graduate School. First, at the end of May we have the 3 Minute Thesis Competition. Watch as Leicester research students try to present their manga opera in under 3 minutes. if you would like to attend please reserve your place.

At the end of June we have The Festival of Postgraduate Research. This is always a fun event, where 50 PhD students present their work in a poster session. The best posters will receive prizes from the judges. No booking required, just turn up on the day. 

When should you upgrade to new RefWorks?

RefWorks allows you to manage all the references you have used in your assignments or research.
New RefWorks Users Create and organise a library of references that you can access via the webStore and annotate the PDFs of articlesImport references from bibliographic databases and other information sourcesCite while you write using add-in Word/Google Docs featuresAutomatically create bibliographies If you have never used RefWorks then see our Getting Started Online Tutorial
Existing RefWorks UsersWhy should you upgrade to new RefWorks? New RefWorks has lots of extra features: Store, view and annotate PDFsTag your referencesQuick Cite functionSave to RefWorks browser buttonWord 2016 citation toolbar (Add-In)Google Docs citation toolbar (Add-In)When should you upgrade to new RefWorks?We had previously advised people to upgrade by September 2017 - this advice has now changed:

New RefWorks and legacy RefWorks will now both be available to use during the 2017/18 academic year to allow you to up…

Databases for literature reviews

A common question we are asked by people doing literature reviews is: which database should I use?

Google Scholar is good for finding specific articles, including grey literature. But it has limited functionality if you want to build a more advanced search, or extract lots of results at once. 

So we would recommend using a literature database designed for you subject. Not every subject has a good database, but many do. Below are a selection, you cna find more resources at the My Subject pages. For further information on doing a literature search see our advice here.
ArchaeologyBritish and Irish Archaeological Bibliography (BIAB)
Biological Sciences and Medicine

MedlinePubMed Criminology
Criminal Justice Abstracts
British Education Index (BEI)Educational Resources Information Centre (ERIC)
IEEE/IET Electronic LibraryHistory 
Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)Historical Abstracts
Literature and Languages
ABELL:Annual Bibliography of English Languag…

Upcoming Doctoral Inaugural Lectures

College of Science and Engineering
Thursday 11th May 2017 17:00-18:00

More information and book your place.

College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Wednesday 24th May 2017, 17:00-18:00 (reception 18:00-19:00) Dr Rebecca Gordon, School of Archaeology and Ancient HistoryFeeding the city: animals, food and city life in post-medieval England (AD1500 -1900) The zooarchaeological enquiry of animals and their products in the post-medieval period has largely been disregarded in British archaeology. Yet, there is a multitude of ways in which animals can inform upon the profound social and economic changes that took place during this era. Animal bones excavated from urban sites were analysed along with zooarchaeological data to understand the transformations in the production and consumption of animals. These investigations showed that innovations in agriculture and the industrialisation of food production had a considerable effect on husbandry regimes, urban provisioning and consumption b…