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Help for researchers this summer

5 July 2024

Whether you’re remaining in Newcastle during the ‘warmer months’ or researching further afield this summer, your University Library remains open and ready to help with your studies. 

What's available? 

All four Library sites remain open throughout the summer vacation. Check the Library website for opening hours before visiting.  

If you’re away from Newcastle and still require use of an academic library, consider using the SCONUL Access Scheme to visit other universities across the UK and Ireland.  

As ever, online resources remain available via Library Search. Filter your search results to ‘full text online’ to limit your results to e-books, journal articles, conference papers and other electronic resources. Your Subject Guide will also contain handy links to relevant databases, journals and other subject specific resources. 

Can’t find the materials you need for your studies? You can recommend a book that’s not held by the Library or use our Inter-Library Loans service to get books, book chapters or journal articles that aren’t currently available through Library Search. 

Getting help

For immediate assistance, Library Help remains available 24/7 to assist with your queries. You can send in your questions via email or live chat. There’s also a large bank of FAQs on the Library website available to consult at any time.  

One-to-one appointments (available online or in-person) are still available throughout the summer. You can book appointments with your Librarian to assist with locating suitable resources for your research, database search strategies, and advanced search planning for systematic reviews. 

You can also book appointments with the Academic Skills Team to help with all aspects of academic writing, research planning, and structuring large research projects. 

On Thursday 1st August (15:00-16:30) drop in for“Tea at 3” with the Academic Skills Team, and recharge with free tea, coffee, and biscuits!Chat to them about your research project and ask questions. Join themin the Marjorie Robinson Library Living Room.No need to book, you can just turn up.  

Your Skills sessions continue throughout the summer. Upcoming sessions includeHow to Google well’, ‘Finding academic information for your literature review’ and ‘Write Here, Write Now: Focus on dissertations’. You can also browse previous Your Skills recordings and presentation slides. 

The Academic Skills Kit is full of useful tips and advice, covering all aspects of study from structuring and writing work to referencing and referencing management. There’s also a specific collection tailored for postgraduate students, with material on managing proposals, dissertations and theses, as well as content on avoiding procrastination, note-taking strategies and using archive material for your research. 

Last updated 5 July 2024 11:00