This section will be useful to any student who wants to dig deeper to find more in-depth information whether for an Undergraduate or Masters dissertation, or for a PhD Research thesis
Visiting other libraries
You may wish to visit other university libraries:
Swansea University is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme. This allows academic staff, postgraduate research students, full-time postgraduates, part-time, distance learning or placement students to borrow from other Higher Education libraries across the UK who are members of the scheme. This guide explains how you can join the SCONUL Access scheme.
Borrowing from other libraries.
You don't need to visit other libraries in order to borrow items which are not in stock at Swansea University.
Request any books or journal articles through our Inter-library loan service.
EThOS has been created to offer a single point of access to UK theses and plays a significant role in showcasing UK research to the world. EThOS, which is hosted by the British Library, has more than 100 UK universities involved in the project and can offer an ever expanding range of titles as full text downloads.
Search the EThOS catalogue here.
If an item you require is already in EThOS then it is immediately available for download to your desktop free of charge; if not, then you can choose to purchase a scanned copy from EThOS.
Once you have some ideas for a research topic –start reading. To get a general, non-technical overview, start with text-books or encyclopaedic articles. Note the following:
Once you have a better idea of the subject, the specialist terminology and key authors, you can start your literature searching (and reading) in earnest.
Spending a short time planning will save time in the long run and ensure your searching (i) does not miss important articles; (ii) is comprehensive; (iii) only finds the most reputable research and best quality information.
Key points are:
At the beginning of your search you may only have a few keywords, with these you can conduct a scoping search (a brief, broad search) to get an overview of how much literature there is on your topic. Based on your results you can then refine your keywords and rerun your search.
Correct combination of your keywords using boolean operators (AND/OR/NOT) will be important. We have created a research record form to help you to think about keywords for your search.
NB: Some of our databases will also have Subject Headings/Thesaurus headings. Using subject heading searches is an advanced way of searching for literature and can provide a useful, focused set of results. Each database will have a help page with further details.
There is a wide range of information you may like to include in your assignments. This includes:
Reports from international organizations and specialist providers of market research, economic forecasts and business and industry information.
Theses and dissertations
Critically appraising your sources is a crucial element of any literature search. Ask yourself:
Developing Critical Thinking (Emerald Publishing)
EndNote is a software package which helps you to organize your references and PDF files. It works with Word to format your references without you needing to worry about punctuation etc.
Further advice and training dates for Endnote
5 days of EndNote is a open online course for Swansea University students that ran between the 7th and 11th of November 2016. The course covered
All of the information is still available at 5daysofendnote.wordpress.com
Google Scholar - this advice from Google will help research staff keep track of citations to their articles on Google.
This is an excellent resource for social scientists who want to find out more about research methodology for all social science disciplines, including business, management and economics.
The SU Research Skills Development team provide training in transferable research skills:
The Library's Research Support team is based at the Singleton park campus. The Research Support librarians provide advice and support to research-active staff, whether early-career researchers or experienced researchers. Support is offered in the following areas: