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Sociology: Research Support

Guide to library resources for Sociology

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 Eren Bilgen.  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

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

RefWorks

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.

Research Facilities in the Main Library

Research Facilities

As of September 2016 Library Services at the  University of  Birmingham are located in the new Main Library, Barnes Medical Library, Barber Fine Art Library, Orchard Learning Resource Centre and Shakespeare Institute Library.  The Cadbury Research Library in the Muirhead Tower houses our special collections.

Tony Skyrme Suite

Exclusively for the use of research students, this space is located on the first floor of the main Library and overlooks University Square. It consists of two rooms with a range of seating types, and is accessible by swipe card access.

Research Reserve

Our heritage research collections are held in the Research Reserve. Items can be requested via FindIt@Bham, using the online form. Items are fetched at frequent intervals during the day. Certain items, due to fragility or rarity, and Microforms, can only be consulted in the Allport Room study space in the Research Reserve.

SCONUL access

As a researcher you can join the majority of UK Higher Education libraries through this reciprocal scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other participating libraries. More at SCONUL.

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