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Online training and guides
Want to know more, learn and understand when it suits you? Our training is now online - using short videos, links and exercise to test your learning.
Starting out on your Research
If you are beginning your PhD or research at the University of Southampton, welcome!
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Introduction to research methods
This module was designed for Masters students but you may find it a useful refresher. When starting your research you will begin with a research question or topic that you need to find out about. You will then need to go about finding answers thrown up by the question. Research methods are the tools used to help you find, collect, analyse and interpret information in order to answer your research question.
Find out all you need to know about accessing our subscription resources online
The University Library provides access to a wide range of digital resources helping you to find ebooks, search for journal articles and access the full text of journal articles from your own device.
Find resources for your subject
Start at your subject page to find the most relevant databases, other key resources and our catalogue (WebCat) to search for ebooks. Subject pages also have a link to DelphiS, our discovery tool aimed primarily at undergraduates that searches across multiple databases.
Need a quick overview? We are creating a suite of short guides introducing you to some of the key concepts that may be new to you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any topics you would like us to cover.
Altmetrics one page guide
Altmetrics are alternative metrics used to measure the impact of research
Shareable link https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/altmetrics
Cancer Research UK Open Access Policy
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has an updated open access policy for research articles accepted from 1st January 2022. Find out how to meet the policy requirements
Creative Commons (CC) Licences (an introduction)
A single page guide explaining the basics of Creative Commons licences
Shareable link https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/creativecommonslicences
Much data - from or about people - can be shared ethically and legally post-project. Exactly what data can be shared and how requires thought from the beginning of your project
Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/datasharing
Doctoral Data Management Plan: Guidance for supervisors
This document provides guidance for Supervisors on what they should be looking for in the DMPs submitted at Progressions Reviews. Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/DMP_supervisor_guidance
File formats for data
A guide to formatting data to make it accessible and reuseable. Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/file_formats
Files - Zipping and Unzipping
How to compress files by zipping
Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/zipping
Institutional respository (an introduction)
A single page guide explaining how ePrints Soton and Pure work together
Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/institutional_repository
Avoiding the irresponsible use of metrics
A single page guide introducing you to using metrics as indicators.
Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/irresponsible_metrics
Journal Article Versions (an introduction)
A single page guide explaining the key differences between versions of journal articles and what you need to upload to Pure to make your work open access
Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/journal_article_versions
Journal Publishing: Transformative Agreements
What are Transformative Agreements and how can they help you publish open access at no extra cost?Shareable link:https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/transformative_agreements
NIHR new open access policy 1 June 2022
The NIHR's open access policy changed on the 1st of June 2022, find out about the changes here. Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/nihr
NIHR open access steps to compliance
Publishing an article submitted on, or after 1st June 2022. Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/nihr_steps
Obtaining permissions for reusing content from journal articles
Getting permissions to reuse a table, figure or other content from a published journal article in your own work should be straightforward and in many cases does not incur a fee.
Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/reuse-permissions
Open access costs (an introduction)
Open access funding, publisher deals and where to publish. Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/OA_costs
Open Access Jargon Buster
A guide for the words, terms and software that are used in open access. Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/OA_jargon_buster
ORCID: Getting Pure to update your ORCID profile
Pure can update your ORCID profile with your published research outputs and a basic affiliation.
Doing this helps with systems like ResearchFish that can import publications from your profile; and
makes it easier for others to find your ORCID if needed. Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/update_ORCID_with_Pure
ORCID : Your ORCID ID and Pure
An ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent digital identifier for researchers, used to distinguish one researcher from another and uniquely identify them in relation to their research outputs. Shareable link https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/ORCID_ID_and_Pure
UKRI New Open Access Policy (starts 2022)
A summary of the new UKRI open Access policy that comes into effect for articles submitted from 01/04/22 and long-form outputs published from 01/01/24. Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/ukri-intro
Wellcome Trust and Open Access
Changes to the Wellcome Trust open access policy from January 2021. Shareable link: https://library.soton.ac.uk/guides/wellcome