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Resources for researchers

Students studying rare books in SCOLAR (Special Collections and Archives)

Finding and using information

Electronic and Subject Resources at Cardiff - eJournals, databases and other resources.

Journal Impact Factors - These are available for the Sciences and Social Sciences and can be found using the Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports.

LibrarySearch - Explore our printed and electronic collections.  For help with searching see Finding books and journals

Finding Theses - Use these resources to track down theses of interest from UK, European and international institutions. Some theses are freely available online while others are available in print.  

We also offer a range of special initiatives to support your research. These could include setting up research profiles on databases, the circulation of contents pages or news bulletins. Please ask your Subject Librarian for details.

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Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The details of the new system for assessing the quality of research in the future are now close to being finalised. INSRV is helping the University prepare for the REF by providing software support and helping with the data gathering process.

In a change from the last RAE, citation data from Scopus will be included for information for the following panels:

1. Clinical Medicine
2. Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care
3. Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
4. Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
5. Biological Sciences
7. Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
8. Chemistry
9. Physics
11. Computer Science and Informatics (data from Google Scholar) 

A snapshot of citation data will be taken after the deadline for submissions. Contextual data will also be provided to panels to help to interpret the citation counts, although further details have not yet been published by HEFCE.

Kate Bradbury runs a training session, "Citations Count!" on citations and related data which is in the University's Staff Development Programme. If you are interested in similar training for your school, please contact Kate.

Your Subject Librarian can help you with finding the information you need for your outputs and your impact case studies

ORCA - Online Research@Cardiff - will be used as the main repository for collecting the University's research outputs. It is easy to add your publication details to ORCA using the Manage My Publications tool. Log into the Portal and click on the Research tab to use Manage My Publications.

To stay up to date with HEFCE's proposals and to see various reports that they have commissioned to inform their decisions you can look at HEFCE's own Research Excellence Framework pages. For updates and discussion about HEFCE's proposals, you can search in Research Fortnight and the Times Higher Education Supplement.

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Targeted resources for NHS users

If you are employed by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board you will be able to access electronic resources at HOWIS (Health of Wales Information Service).

Select NHS Wales e-library for health for access to databases and e-journals.  These are available with an Athens username and password. By clicking on Athens, you can self-register, or please ask at any Cardiff University library issue desk about registration. NHS users will also be able to access statistical and careers information, as well as other resources.

Some NHS researchers will also have contractual links with Cardiff University, in which case it may be possible for them to use the Cardiff University computing network. Please ask at any library issue/enquiry desk about this.

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Store, retrieve and manage your references using this bibliographic software package. Please see Information Services' EndNote web pages for more information.

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ORCA Institutional Repository

ORCA - Online Research@Cardiff is a digital repository of research publications from Cardiff University. It has been developed to host work by Cardiff University researchers that has already been, or will be, published elsewhere. The full text of publications is made freely available where possible.  

Note that the UK-wide evidence-based consensus is that self-archiving in institutional open access repositories is associated with both a larger number of citations and earlier citations for the items deposited.

It is easy to add your publication details to ORCA using the Manage My Publications tool. Log into the Portal and click on the Research tab to use Manage My Publications.

Please see our further information for advice on the processes involved in adding your research thesis to ORCA

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Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR)

SCOLAR aims to support the research and teaching programmes of Cardiff University, via specialist information services, digitised resources, historical library collections, unique archives, and related facilities.

Collections, housed in the lower ground floor of the Arts and Social Studies library, include:

  • Archives / Manuscripts, 500,000 items
  • Pre-1899 volumes, 100,000
  • Other special book collections, 100,000
  • E-books, 200,000 titles
  • Microfilm titles, 100,000
  • Prints / Illustrations, 1,000,000 items
  • Maps, 10,000 items

Cardiff University libraries have particular strengths in various historical research collections; these include Welsh and Celtic studies, European Music, History of Medicine, Classics, UN and EU collections, Trade Union/Socialist/Political sources, Newspapers, Restoration Drama, Private Press literature, Early Modern British history and Journalism collections.