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Health Sciences: Researchers

Library Workshops for Researchers

The Library provides training on resources and tools to support all areas of research.

Please see GradBook or StaffBook for details of forthcoming courses and workshops and information on signing up.

Reference Management Software

Reference Management Software, like EndNote, allows you to list the resources you have read and collect together useful references from databases. When writing an assignment, you can then automatically insert in-text citations and create reference lists in the correct format.

Find EndNote software on all public workstations and use the online version wherever you are.

Deskside Training

Need further help? Use our Deskside Training service.

Research Support

This guide is designed to support you through all stages of the research process.

 Discover more about open access, different publishing options and our institutional repository.
 Guidance on research data management and the University of Southampton Research Data Management Policy.
 Judge the impact of your research using the H-index, journal citation reports, and other resources.
 Guidance for PhD students, supervisors and administrative staff about submitting an e-thesis alongside the print copy.
 Guidance on what they are and where you can find help.
 How to get ORCID iDs, ISBNs, ISSNs and DataCite DOIs.
 Information on using the British Library and other major research libraries in the UK and Ireland.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland

This database is the most comprehensive available record of doctoral theses from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The collection offers the most comprehensive available listing of theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716.

Link to database

Research Professional

Research Professional is an online research funding opportunities database and alerting service. The University has a site-wide licence, so it is freely accessible to everyone at the University of Southampton.

Visiting other libraries

We hope to provide you with all of the resources that you need  but, if you do have to explore elsewhere, here are some websites which may help you.....

Contact Us

For open access and institutional repository enquiries

For research data management queries please email

Grey Literature

Grey literature is the term given to non-traditional publications (material not published by mainstream publishers). For example - leaflets, reports, conference proceedings, government documents, preprints, theses, clinical trials, blogs, tweets, etc.. 

The majority of grey literature is generally not peer-reviewed so it is very important to critically appraise any grey literature before using it unless you are using a web site like Evidence Search.

Listed below you will find a selection of sources you can use to search for grey literature. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and there may be other useful sources of information available.

Evidence Search Health and Social Care (NICE) provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health

The British Library has a comprehensive collection of public available reports, conferences and theses covering all subject disciplines

HealthKnowledge is a public health learning platform

Open Grey is a multidisciplinary European database, covering science, technology, biomedical science, economics, social science and humanities 

The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions in crime & Justice, International Development, and Social Welfare 

The King's Fund  is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England

Social Care Online is the UK's largest online database of information on al aspects of social work amd social care

UK Clinical Research network Study Portfolio is a repository for recording research taking place within the NHS in the UK.  

National Technical Information Service provides access to the results of both US and non-US government sponsored research

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