Information for Staff and Researchers
The Library is committed to supporting staff and researchers. Please see below for details of the support we offer, or contact us on library for further details.
Each School has an Academic Librarian and a team of Subject Librarians who can support you with your teaching and research, including training for students, reading lists, and in-depth subject enquiries. Subject-specific library guides are also available to help you find specialist resources in your research area.
Inductions and information skills
We offer a wide range of information skills training for taught students, from basic induction to advanced information searching. We are happy to come into your classes for short "refresher" sessions with your students, or to arrange longer, timetabled sessions where appropriate.
In addition to the support from Subject Librarians, our Academic Librarian (Research Support), Alison McNab, can help with topics including open access, research data management, citations and bibliometrics, and training for PhD students. Please email library to contact any of the librarians.
The Library offers training for staff through the Staff Development Unit on using Endnote, open access, citations and bibliometrics, and an introduction to research data management.
For PhD students we run a programme of sessions called the Informed Researcher which is managed by the Graduate School. This covers topics including literature searching, Endnote, open access, using social media, and referencing. You can view and book onto these courses via SkillsForge.
Please also see our advice on improving your research impact and citation rate.
Open access publishing means publishing in a way that makes information freely available to the end user in an online form, normally with fewer licence and copyright restrictions than in some traditional forms of publishing.
The University of Huddersfield Open Access Policy is that authors of peer reviewed articles and conference papers should send their final author manuscript to the Repository within 3 months of it being accepted for publication. The Repository team will check for compliance with embargo periods and what version each journal allows. This policy comes into effect for articles published after 1st May 2015 and ensures we are compliant with the rules for the next REF. HEFCE have announced that articles that don't meet these criteria will be given a zero score in the next REF.
Articles and conference papers that are published as a result of RCUK funding (eg, EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC etc) should be published as gold open access, and any funding will come from a central fund managed by CLS. Contact openaccess for more information on the process and the licence conditions you need to assign during the publication process.
There may be occasions when papers would either benefit from gold open access, or are being published in gold open access journals that charge a fee. If these do not arise out of RCUK funding then Schools will decide whether to fund this. Each case will be judged against agreed criteria and with a named contact in the School who will make the decision. The actual payment will be managed by CLS to ensure we can take advantage of some large discount schemes on article processing charges.
Other types of output, e.g. books, are not required to be open access although if this is possible then we may be able to claim additional credit in the environment sections of the next REF.
Can't find it?
If you need something (e.g. a book or journal article) that you can't find in Summon or the library's databases, we can usually find a copy for you from another library. This is called Inter-Library Loans, please see this webpage for further information and to make a request.
MyReading is the University of Huddersfield's bespoke reading list management system. To find out more about MyReading and get started, see our training materials on the iPark.
For information on why/how you should be using MyReading plus tips on how you can make your reading lists more appealing to students, consult our MyReading leaflet (pdf).
Library Resource Suggestions
The library welcomes recommendations of new resources to publish, and will consider these with reference to our collection development policy. You can read this policy on our Library Policies and Standards page. If you would like to suggest a book for purchase please fill in the Suggest a book form.
If you would like to suggest a database or journal please download and fill in the resources request form, and return it to us at library.
The University of Huddersfield Press
The University of Huddersfield Press is a successful publisher of books and journals, the full range of which can be seen at the Press website. If you are looking for an outlet to publish your research, the Press welcomes ideas for new books and journals. Please contact them for more information.
The University Archives Service at Heritage Quay provides students, staff and researchers with access to archives across themes including Art and Design, Education, Music, Nursing, Politics, Sport and Theatre.
The archives catalogue can be searched online and Archivists are available to talk about using the collections in research and methods of discovering archives. The team can be contacted on archives.
Research Data Management
A sub-group of the University Research council manages the policies and processes needed to support Research Data Management at the University.
See the Research Data Management Policy for more information.