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American and Canadian Studies: Research Support

Subject support from Library Serrvices for staff and students in American and Canadian Studies

Research Resources

For information about key research resources in your subject area, literature searching, and keeping up-to-date (including alerts), explore "Specialist Subject Resources" and "Literature Searching" using the tabs and drop down menus above.

Research Skills Advisors

One-to-one and group sessions are available from Research Skills Advisors, delivered in appointment rooms. Please contact the Research Skills Team to book.

Raising Your Research Profile

Your Postgraduate Research Development Officer

Based in Library Services, your Postgraduate Development Officer is Georgina Hardy.  Her role is to support Postgraduate Research Students in their development in a wide range of skills and knowledge areas.  Find out more:

University Graduate School

The University Graduate School can offer Postgraduate Research Students a range of support.

Referencing Software

Referencing software can help you store and organise your references as well as embed them in your assignment, dissertation, thesis or paper, in a style of your choice. Currently, the University supports two referencing software packages: Endnote and RefWorks.


Endnote is recommended for anyone who is doing detailed research, e.g. PhD students, researchers and lecturers.


RefWorks is a web-based package and is available free of charge to all members of the University. This package is intended for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, as it is not as comprehensive as Endnote.

Other Software

For subjects which rely heavily on mathematical formula and equations, LaTeX may be an appropriate choice for producing your documents. BibTeX, often used with LaTeX, can be used for producing  reference lists or bibliographies. Although these resources are not supported by Library Services, there are some good user guides available.

Digital Skills Technology Team






We design and deliver a wide range of courses and technology training solutions to meet the developmental needs of students, teaching, research and admin staff.

We specialise in software such as:

  • Databases
  • Spreadsheets
  • Presentations
  • Digital Images
  • Project Management
  • Word Processing
  • Statistics

To see our programme of training courses, book specialist one-to-one support or take advantage of our online provision, visit our website