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Library Service

Welcome to our new research students

Getting started

The University has three library services and each has its own website:

You can get a quick overview of all the services we offer from our Introduction to Library Services.

Use our website to access our databases, eJournals and eBooks, and to find details of our printed collection. Library Search is a great place to start, because it allows you to search across our printed collection and a broad selection of our online databases. We recommend you search specific databases individually when you need to find more targeted content relevant to your particular subject.

Use our click and collect service if you would like to borrow a print item from our collection. If we don't hold an item you need online or in print, we can try to get it for you from another library via our interlibrary loan service.

We can support you in every stage of the research lifecycle, from providing the resources and training you need, to helping you manage your data, getting published, and increasing the visibility of your research. Find out more by going to your library website > “Help and support” > and then browse our areas on research support, Open Access and research data management.

Meet your Information Specialist

Please come along to our training sessions so that we can introduce you to our services and the resources you can access. You can find us in the DRCD programme, where you will meet your Information Specialist who can help you with any in-depth searching or referencing questions you might have. We also provide monthly research support webinars, and a range of online courses in RDM, study skills and setting up an ORCID.

We also recommend that you request a personalised induction session with your Information Specialist. At this session, we can find out more about your specific research needs, show you the most appropriate resources to use and explain more about how we can help you with publishing your research, research data management and skills training.

If you are a student in SATM or SWEE, we recommend that you complete our Discovering Quality Information eLearning before you come to the training session of the same name. It won't take long but it will teach you about the different types of information you will need to use for your studies at Cranfield, and when they are useful.

Get in touch!

We are available online every weekday from 9am-5pm to help you when you need us. If we can’t answer your questions quickly by telephone or email, then we will arrange a time to video call you.

Please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.

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