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Discovering Research: Discovering research

Discovering Research

Search tools

Search tools

  • 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 indexing books, journal articles and other material in a range of different subject areas.
  • A-Z databases: An A-Z list of all of our databases
  • E-publication finder 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
  • Lean 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

Find all search tools in our Resources Hub

Open Access Research

  • Research gate and academia.eduResearchers may share versions of their published research where copyright permits using research networking services
  • DORA: The university's repository provides access to research published by DMU researchers
  • Open Access search engines: A collection of search tools providing access to published literature that is not behind a paywall, including Google Scholar
  • Open Access Plugins: Browser extensions that automatically check for free copies of articles you've found online, including Google Scholar button and Unpaywall. Install from the Chrome Web store and the Add-ons for Firefox page.


  • DORA: Repository of Theses written by DMU students Search for Theses written by DMU students by using the library catalogue or DORA
  • EThOSProvided by the British Library, download Theses written by PhD students at UK universities.  Register with the site for free access
  • Dart Europe for downloaded theses from European Universities

Finding research data

See the Finding and using data page for information on data repositories and search tools.

Finding material outside of DMU

Keeping up to date

  • Search alerts: Keep up to date with the latest articles related to your search question. Most databases allow you to set up search alerts. See our subject guides or A-Z databases page for relevant databases in your subject area.
  • International Conference Alerts: One of several alerting services for upcoming academic conferences
  • Social media: Researchers may communicate their research via social media prior to publishing. This makes engagement with social media a very useful way of keeping up to date with the latest research and following key scholars.

Search skills

FAQs for literature searching

Literature searching for systematic reviews

  • Citation searching is another way of exploring the literature, allowing you to search forwards in time, i.e. who has that paper cited. Most databases include citation information, but the major citation database is Scopus
  • Evaluate the research that you find using our critical thinking toolkit