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Solent Researchers

Library Support for Research Staff and Students

Finding Information - Introduction

The Library offers various tools to help you with your research.

Online help is available in in the succeed@solent guide to literature reviews.

Subject Guides contain relevant information for research interests 



Researchers can borrow 25 books at a time from the library. Inter-library loan requests can be placed for books not held in the collection.  Researchers and staff are entitled to an unlimited number of inter-library loan requests.  

Additional Libraries ‚Äčavailable to researchers: 

  • Sconul Access  A scheme whereby university library users can use books and journals held in other university collections.  You need to register here first. 

  • Learned Societies.  These may require a letter of recommendation before access is granted.  Contact your information librarian if this is needed.

National Library Collections

Check the online catalogues of the


Local Libraries 

As a student in Southampton you are entitled to join the local public libraries:

Journal Articles

Use the Subject Guide for your research area to find the best databases and resourcesfor your needs.  If you need help accessing the information or searching them, contact your information librarian.   

The databases below are non-subject specific and will be of use to all disciplines  

Inter-Library Loans

Inter-Library Loans

If there's a book or journal article you need which is not available in our collections, we will try to get it for you from another library.  Journal articles will in most cases be emailed to you within a few days.  Books will take longer as they are posted.  The service is freely available to all academic staff, postgraduate and research students.  

Masters students may request up to 30 inter-library loan requests per year. There is no limit to the number of requests for PhD students and academic staff.

Citation Tracking Tools

Citation tracking tools

Citation tracking involves exploring who is citing who in published research. A large number of citations for a particular paper suggests that the paper has been highly influential. An author with a large number of citations to their papers is likely to be a leading scholar in their subject area.

Peer Review

 You may find this discussion on Peer Review and Pre-Print Servers interesting


Clip from:

5 Live Science

Sunday, 24 May 2020, 06:00

BBC Radio 5