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Researchers: PhD Researchers

Introduction to Library & Learning Services Support for PhD Researchers

Online Academic skills support

We offer 1:1 tutorials, drop-ins and workshops online to support the following skills:

  • Writing, reading and effective studying (CLaSS team)
  • Maths, numeracy, SPSS and statistics (Maths Learning Centre)
  • Literature searching, identifying resources and referencing (Librarians)
  • MS Office365, Learning Technologies and Assistive Technology (Digital Partners)

Online resources

This research student page includes a range of online resources that may be helpful to PhD researchers

Writing Group

The Writing Group for Research Students is an informal group that meets online on a monthly basis to discuss topics related to writing at doctoral level. Whether you've only just started your research or are in the writing up stages, all research students are welcome.

Meetings are normally held on Thursdays, 10am-12noon (UK time). Each session starts with a short workshop (1hr) followed by an hour of peer-to-peer writing feedback

More information

Writing Circle

The Writing Circle is an informal writing session for PhD researchers and staff, providing an opportunity to share tips and
techniques with other writers and supporting you in meeting your writing goals. 

The group meets fortnightly on Wednesdays 2pm-5pm (UK time)

More information

Researcher Development Training

Library and Learning Services deliver a number of workshops as part of the Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme.

  • See the separate tabs for our workshops.
  • Sign up via the Research Student Community in Blackboard

Literature searching and referencing

  • Literature searching
  • Managing your references with RefWorks
  • Literature Searching for Systematic Reviews
  • Introduction to Research Data Management


Maths and Statistics

  • Introduction to statistics
  • Introduction to SPSS plus descriptive statistics using SPSS
  • How to carry out inferential analysis using SPSS


Creative approaches to your research

  • Doctoral Research with Lego Serious Play
  • Visualising your Research with Infographics
  • Structured mindmapping with reframing

Copyright and research

  • Copyright and your thesis

Finding material

  • Library Search: Find all material held within the DMU libraries (print and online). Full-text links are provided to our subscribed content and locations for print material.
  • Subject guides: Find relevant databases and specialist resources in a range of different subject areas.
  • A-Z databases: An A-Z list of all of our databases
  • E-resources portal: Check to see if we subscribe to a specific online journal or online book
  • Browzine: Virtually browse specific issues of a section of our subscribed journals
  • Browser extensions: Library Access is a browser extension that enables instant off-campus access to DMU subscribed e-resources whenever you need them

Use your single-sign on account to access all electronic resources

Archives & Special Collections

DMU has its own Archives and Special Collections housed within the Kimberlin Library (Lower Ground Floor).

See this guide for using archives within your research.



Postgraduate study room

A dedicated postgraduate room is available on the Lower Ground floor of the kimberlin Library, offering a quiet study space. Use your university student card to get access.

Referencing and RefWorks

Support is available for a range of different referencing styles from our online referencing guide

RefWorks is a reference management software package that allows you to store references and create a bibliography or reference list in your document. See the RefWorks online guide for more information. An online course is available, and workshops delivered via our Open Programm and via the Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme.

Research Data Management

Research data management (or RDM) is a term that describes the organization, storage, preservation, and sharing of data collected and used in a research project. It involves the everyday management of research data during the lifetime of a research project. It also involves decisions about how data will be preserved and shared after the project is completed (for example, depositing the data in a repository for long-term archiving and access). See our RDM guide for more information

PhD students can use DMU Figshare. This is a cloud-based data repository that supports multiple file formats.