The University Library offers a wide range of high quality resources and services designed to support researchers throughout the whole research lifecycle.
We support researchers and higher degree by research (HDR) students at all stages of the research process, from advice on literature searching and sourcing of hard-to-find materials, to strategies for effectively managing research data. Our liaison librarians have extensive experience working with researchers to streamline the research process and grow their research profiles.
Get acquainted with the range of services and resources designed to help you with your research by talking with your liaison librarian.
Each subject area has dedicated liaison librarians who can help you save time and introduce you to the range of resources and services available for your area of research.
Liaison librarians can:
- Assist with literature searching, including the identification of suitable search tools and the development of effective search strategies.
- Show you how to find usable datasets by identifying relevant datasets or data repositories or introduce you to the wealth of primary source material available via Rare Books & Special Collections and University Archives and Recordkeeping.
- Help you explore the options for managing your research data and publishing, including open access.
- Introduce you to the range of tools available for increasing, and monitoring, your research profile and impact.
Researchers enjoy generous borrowing time periods and access to the library's requesting system (whereby we deliver books and other items in the library's collections to the library location of your choice - or you can have a scanned copy emailed to you). Learn more about borrowing & requesting.
The interlibrary loan service is available to source books, articles and other materials not available in the library. It is (usually) free, and the turnaround times are quick. You can also recommend the library purchase the key books required for your research.
The library has a range of different collections designed to support research (and teaching), while the carefully curated subject guides provide a handy pathway into relevant resources and literature. Depending on your field of research you may also like to talk with Rare Books & Special Collections or University Archives and Recordkeeping to discover the wealth of primary source and other materials held in their collections.
Managing your information
Research data management can be complex, and getting it right can save you loads of time and effort as well as ensure that you are meeting University, legal and funding body requirements.
Keep track of everything you read with EndNote. EndNote is the University's preferred reference management software and lets you easily store and manage your bibliographic references. Most importantly, EndNote integrates with Word and other programs to let you insert citations and generate bibliographies in the referencing style of your choice.
Good research data management will keep your data safe, ensure verification of research outcomes, support future research and ensure that you comply with both University and funding body requirements.
- View the research data management guide.
Go direct to:
- Create a data management plan.
- Download the data management template (Word).
- Organising and storing your data
Your liaison librarian can step you through the creation of a data management plan, as well as provide advice on organising and storing your data.
Publishing and sharing
Publishing your work in the right journals and sharing your research outputs can increase the impact of your work.
Increase the likelihood of your research making an impact, and of being cited, by publishing your work strategically.
- View the guide on Where to Publish for practical tips and considerations for when you are choosing where to publish
As a researcher you will be both a user and creator of copyright material, so it is important to know how you can use material and what your rights are. Visit the copyright website.
Open Access allows anyone around the world to freely read your research outputs without restrictions. Discover how you can make your research available on Open Access through the University’s institutional repository, Adelaide Research & Scholarship.
For more information on copyright and open access contact the Coordinator, Copyright and Open Access.
Consolidate and grow your profile
There are several key steps to growing your profile as a researcher, and your liaison librarian can help you every step of the way.
Get all of your work attributed to you by signing up for ORCiD, a permanent (and unique) identification number that you can use when publishing, on research grant applications and in numerous other places. ORCiD is recommended by the University and the sign up process takes less than 5 minutes. If you already have an ORCiD, make sure that it is linked to your University ID.
Aurora lets you keep track of all of your publications and other research outputs in one place. It is integrated with the University's Researcher Profiles, and lets you add in additional information about your qualifications and research-related activities. You can also use Aurora to export publication lists for grant applications, calculate your h-index and lots more.
Your liaison librarian can provide advice and assistance with using Aurora effectively.
Once you've claimed all of your publications and set up all of your information, login and fine tune your public University of Adelaide profile in Researcher Profiles