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Researchers: Supporting your Research

Information resources for your subject

LibGuides are resources put together by the Library’s Information Specialists, tailored towards each subject area.  Each LibGuide contains information on:

  • Finding books from a reference and using the Library SmartSearch
  • Databases relevant to the discipline
  • Links to a number of external online resources
  • Information about specialist Library resources

Our LibGuides also contain information that is useful for researchers, particularly keeping up to date with a subject and networking with the research community.

Library Services for Researchers

Your Information Specialist has expertise in a number of areas which can support your research activities.  These include:

  • Literature Searching
  • Reference Management software

They can also provide support in the following areas, or you can browse information available online via the links:

Accessing journal articles not available via our subscriptions

Open Access LogoMany journal articles are now freely available online as they have been published "open access" in addition to their publication in a subscription journal.

Use the following search tools to find open access journal articles:

SCONUL LogoAston University is a member of the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme, which allows full-time postgraduate / postgraduate research students, academic staff, and part-time, distance learner or placement students to visit most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland and use or borrow books.

Aston University full-time undergraduate students are not eligible for SCONUL Access membership, but may be able to use other libraries on a reference only basis under the SCONUL Vacation Access scheme.

If you are a final year undergraduate, postgraduate, researcher or member of staff and you require material not held in the Library for your research or dissertation, you can order this on Inter Library Loan.