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Research Bites 2022: Welcome

Welcome to Research Bites 2022

Research Bites are short, informal seminars on topics relevant to researchers at all levels and may be of particular interest to research starters and early career researchers. Delivered by Library Services, the aim is to deliver useful information, start discussions and answer questions for the benefit of anyone conducting research at Aston University. Whether you want a quick refresher on a single topic or a comprehensive update of your information and research skills, you will find something for you.

The sessions were delivered in March and April 2022 in collaboration with the Graduate School and  recordings can be accessed below. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback; email

Keeping up to date with the literature

Have the latest research come to you! In this session we will look at alerting services available through different databases and how to set them up so you will always be up to date. 

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Finding research-level literature

This session will provide an overview on how to find research level literature in both Scopus and Web of Science and explore the surrounding citation network using their unique features.  

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Systematic literature reviews

Learn the best way to approach a systematic literature review! In this session we will cover the key early stages of the process: how to get started, defining the all-important scope and then beginning the systematic literature search. 

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Business intelligence and grey literature

An overview of the key business intelligence research databases at Aston University, including industry sector reports, country profiles and company analysis. 

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De-mystifying the REF: a basic overview

April 2022: The main way that the REF affects most researchers is through its open access (OA) policy, which requires that most research outputs are made freely available within a set timeframe in order to be REF-eligible.  This session will focus on the basics of the current structure and the REF OA policy, which remains in effect until the new policy is announced. 

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