Information for Researchers

The Library offers a range of services for staff and students undertaking research (click here to visit the Research Support page and see what other support is available to researchers).

There are two professional Research Support Librarians on our team who provide help and support for Keele's researchers.

Scott McGowan
Tel: 01782 734 506

Scott Chesworth
Tel: 01782 734 510




Both the Research Support Librarians:

  • Manage the Keele Research Repository, with colleagues in Research and Enterprise Services (RES)
  • Offer training to individual research students on literature searching and information resources
  • Help academics and researchers to comply with the new HEFCE Open Access policy for the next REF, including using the Keele Research Repositoryvisit our Open Access website to find out more
  • Provide training on the Refworks reference management software

Scott McGowan's role also includes:

  • Copyright, as the CLA HE Licence Co-Ordinator at Keele
  • Research Data Management (RDM)

Scott Chesworth's role includes:

  • Devising and delivering individual or group training for research students on research-related Library topics

Resources for Researchers

Searching for Journal Articles

Databases and E-Journal Collections

The Library subscribes to a number of databases and electronic journal collections, which you can search or browse to find full-text articles. If the full text isn't available from your search results, look for the @Keele logo and this will provide a link to the whole paper if available from our library collections and subscriptions, or direct you to where a paper copy may be found in the Library's print journal collection.

Provides access to multi-disciplinary databases and full text articles.  You can search the entire collection at once or choose a particular subset to search within by title or grouped by subject area.
Click here to access the EBSCO databases from off-campus
 (you will need your Keele username and password to log-in).
View the Quick Guide to Using EBSCO.

A searchable full text digital library of more than 2000 academic journals. 
Click here to access JSTOR from off-campus using your Keele username and password.
View the Quick Guide to Using JSTOR.

Oxford Journals
A collection of more than 250 electronic journal titles from Oxford University Press with full text access from 1996 to the latest issue for all titles. To access articles from off-campus, you need to search for the journal title first and the article you want to look at before it will prompt you to log-in.

Provides access to multi-disciplinary databases and full text articles.
Click here to access ProQuest from off-campus (you will need your Keele username and password to log-in).
View the Quick Guide to Using ProQuest.

Sage Premier
A collection of over 600 full-text international peer-reviewed journals titles, dating back to 1999. You will need your Keele username and password for off-campus access to Sage Premier.

Taylor & Francis Online
A collection of over 1500 journals from Taylor & Francis Online with full text access and backfile content from 1997 onwards for most titles.
Click here to access T&F off-campus (you will need your Keele username and password to log-in).
Click here to access a range of interactive tutorials to help you find journal articles.

Web of Science
Provides access to multi-disciplinary databases, full text articles and citations. It also provides access to the Journal Citation Reports so you can view the impact factor of a specific journal.
Click here to access Web of Science from off-campus (you will need your Keele username and password to log-in).
View the Quick Guide to Using Web of Science.

Wiley Online Library
A collection of over 1400 journals from the Wiley Online Library with full text access and backfile content from 1997 onwards for most titles.
Click here to access Wiley off-campus (you will need your Keele username and password to log-in).
Click here to access a range of interactive tutorials and user guides to help you find journal articles.

To find a specific e-journal title, or to browse what is available, go to the e-journals search. For help using the ejournals search, take a look at this quick video tutorial.

To find out what titles are available in the Library's print collection, use the advanced keyword option on Library Search and set the material type to 'Journals'.

For subject specific collections, please use the Subject Guide pages for your discipline.

Open Access Repositories

Open Access Repositories

Not all research is hidden behind paywalls and subscription models. These resources give you access to freely available, scholarly papers across multi-disciplines.

Over 1 million research papers and documents are available to search here for Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.

Over 100 million documents are available to search here and 60% are considered Open Access.

Provides access to millions of research papers and articles.

The Directory of Open Access Journals provides access to around 9000 Open Access journals.

Keele Research Repository
Search for Open Access research papers deposited by Keele academics and researchers.
Want to view the latest usage statistics for the repository or track your own paper to see how many times it has been accessed? Log-in to IRUS-UK and select Article Reports 4 from the Statistics Report menu.  You can choose a date range, enter a journal title and choose a repository to view the articles and usage.  Then click on the Total link to sort the results by most used first.

Browse a list of global institutional repositories or search for content from those repositories.

Provides references to European research reports, conference papers and other "grey literature" and ways in which to access the material. Some full-text availability.

Research Funding Councils

Research Funding Councils

If you're looking for funding for a project or are interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest research projects within your discipline then take a look at the Research Councils listed here.

Arts & Humanities Research Council
AHRC offers postgraduate and research funding opportunities which include opportunities in knowledge exchange and partnerships, and international research.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public.

Economic & Social Research Council
The UK's leading research funding and training agency addressing economic and social concerns. Aims to provide high quality research on issues of importance to business, the public sector and government.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
EPSRC funds research and postgraduate training in engineering and the physical sciences at universities and other organisations throughout the UK.

Medical Research Council
The Medical Research Council is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. 

Modern Humanities Research Association
MHRA is an international organisation and registered charity which promotes and supports research in the field of Modern Humanities by providing a number of funding opportunities.

Natural Environment Research Council
NERC is the UK's main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences.

Research Councils UK
RCUK invests £3 billion in research each year and is the strategic partnership of the seven research councils in the UK. 

Science & Technology Facilities Council
STFC is a UK government body that carries out civil research in science and engineering, and funds UK research in areas including particle physics, nuclear physics, space science and astronomy.

Wellcome Trust
Wellcome Trust supports research in biomedical science and the medical humanities, with the aim of improving human and animal health, offering a wide variety of funding schemes, including Investigator Awards, fellowships and Strategic Awards, and also support to several major initiatives.



To search for theses held in the Library, use Library Search to do a standard keyword search and then filter the resource type to include 'Dissertations'. The following resources may also be of use:

The British Library ETHOS project provides electronic access to over 400,000 research theses from many UK universities.

Keele Research Repository
A digital archive of research and enterprise output produced by Keele University staff.

NDLTD – Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
Details of theses and dissertations from universities in the United States and worldwide.

An index of doctoral dissertations in progress around the world.

Alerting Services

Alerting Services and RSS Feeds

With thousands of journals available electronically, searching them all for information takes time, but you can use the services here to send information from journals you're interested in straight to your in-box. Set search queries and these services will notify you of any new articles that are published and some will let you request the table of contents from the issues you're interested in and send you the new content. If the Library has a subscription for the journal, you'll also be able to access the full text content. All of these services are free to register with.

You can set up alerts and RSS feeds once you've registered for a free personal account through EBSCO. You can save search queries and set alerts to send you any new articles added to the database that match your search.

Google Scholar
Create an e-mail alert for a search query and link Google Scholar to Keele's Library collections and you'll be able to view the full text of articles if we already subscribe to them. 

Search for journals using keywords, develop and save search queries or search by titles to see the table of contents and abstracts of articles from your chosen journal. Clicking on a title will link you to the article where full text can be accessed if the Library subscribes to that journal. Or you can browse journals alphabetically by subject and by publisher. Set up alerts to receive the contents of issues as they are published.

Register for a free My Research account and you can set up alerts and RSS feeds from your queries.

Search for journals or conference proceedings using keywords, search queries or title searches and set up alerts based on those searches. Or link into the RSS Feeds for specific journals.

Using Social Media for Research

Social Media and Networking

Get your research noticed by registering with a professional social media network that has a global reach and strong reputation.
Expand your professional network by sharing your research in a global market and monitor how often your papers are viewed and cited. Or access research papers that others have shared and connect with like-minded individuals. Registration is free.

A more science based research network where you can share your papers with the over 11 million members already registered, it's a great way to expand and develop your research and you can monitor how often your papers are viewed and cited, as well as accessing other research. Registration is free.

Using Other Libraries

Using Other Libraries

The Library at Keele has a vast amount of information available in print and electronically, but it doesn't have everything and sometimes you'll need to look elsewhere to find the information you're looking for. These resources contain links to other library catalogues and services that universities provide to researchers.

The British Library
With a copy of every single publication produced in the UK and Ireland, if you can't find something in the Library at Keele then you should be able to find it from The British Library.
If you want to request a book or a journal article (for a fee) please see the information here.

Searches around 90 library catalogues from universities, specialist libraries and national library catalogues in the UK and Ireland. You can do a general keyword search and results will show which library holds items that match the search.

SCONUL Access Scheme
Over 170 university libraries in the UK are registered under the SCONUL Access scheme, which allows registered researchers access to those university libraries for reference purposes and some limited borrowing (dependent on the library). Registration to the scheme is free.

Tools for Researchers

Tools for Researchers

The resources here provide access to reference management software, web tools for researchers, ways to measure the impact of journals, and tools to help you when self-archiving your research.

Connected Researchers
Provides links to tools and websites that will help researchers search for information, connect with others, and tools to help you in the office or lab. Also contains a blog highlighting the latest services available.

If you're looking for ways to correctly reference a book or journal article you've used in your research then Crossref allows you to search for that record and, with its citation option, you can get a reference in Harvard, APA, Chicago or MLA to name just a few of the main referencing styles.

When doing a research project, it is essential to find ways to manage your references. Refworks allows you to export reference data from the databases and subscriptions that the Library provides access to, so all your references can be kept together in the one place.
If you need help using Refworks, take a look at the guides and video tutorials here.

This site allows you to check the impact factor of journals in your discipline and ranks those journals by the average number of citations as well as providing 'H' index numbers. You can also search by journal title and view statistics and graphs measuring the impact over a period of time.
Journal Citation Reports is another site that uses different ranking measures.

Before publishing your research, check what the journal's rules are regarding copyright and depositing to an Open Access repository.
rchiveit is another site that allows you to search by journal title to see their policies and clearly presents information about which version of your paper you can deposit.