Are you working on your dissertation or Honours’ Project?

The Library has lots of useful resources that can help you with your dissertation or Honours’ Project.

Planning your search strategy

We have a range of books that can help you get started with your literature review and with your dissertation or project more generally (for example here, here and here).  Additionally our online training package SMILE has lots of tips that will improve the quality of your research.

Searching for information

If you’re not sure where to begin looking for information Discover, our library search engine, is a great tool for testing your search keywords and getting a general picture of what’s available on your topic. We’ve created some helpful videos that will get you started with Discover.

Going deeper, your subject guide will help you locate key sources of information for your subject, including databases for finding journal articles as well as useful websites and guidance on finding and using images and statistics. If you need information about companies or particular countries we have guides for those too.

Managing your references

We have guidance on the different forms of referencing used across the University. If you’re not sure which system you should be using, check your module handbook or speak with your supervisor. We also support RefWorks, an online reference management tool that allows you to export references directly from Discover and most of our databases, helping you to keep track of your references and to create a correctly formatted bibliography.


…and perhaps most importantly, you can talk to your Academic Librarian. Your Librarian can help you to create an effective search, to identify appropriate search tools, to assess and evaluate your search results and to manage your references. Librarians are available Monday to Friday, 11am – 3pm at drop-in sessions for quick questions or by appointment for more in depth enquiries.

Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students

open textbook illustrationAre you a lecturer or other member of staff in your institution who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a two hour workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive a £150 voucher for completing a review.

Did You Know…

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success. (We know from further research that having to work during term-time also can hinder student progress).
  • The National Union of Students estimates that the average student can spend over £1000 on textbooks and supplies, and research from the US shows similar amounts in 2015–16.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
  • 88% of students claimed to have skipped purchasing a textbook because of the cost and 9% claimed to have changed courses (UK research).

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide teaching staff with content that can be customised for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many instructors in North America, and these books are licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

What You Can Do

Attend the Open Textbook Workshop — a two-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other staff considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a £150 voucher for completion of your open textbook review.

What: Open Textbook Network Workshop
Where: W606
When: 10-12noon on Monday 4 December 2017
Who: The workshop will be led by Bea De-Los-Arcos, advocate of open education and partner on the UK Open Textbook Project (

Take 5 minutes to register for the workshop on Monday 4 December 2017 at 10-12noon by emailing Marion Kelt ( Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability.

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Marion Kelt ( or Sheila MacNeill ( at GCU, or Bea De-Los-Arcos ( who will run the session. You can also visit the project website at or visit the Open Textbook Network who are partners on this initiative. This work is sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation.

Free open access publishing for GCU authors in over 2000 journals

Through the library’s subscription with the publisher Springer, GCU authors can benefit from the Springer Compact open access agreement. This allows staff and research students at GCU to publish articles open access in over 2000 journals, at no cost.

GCU authors can gain from publishing open access in a number of ways. These include increased visibility of your research worldwide, compliance with funder and REF open access policies, and enhanced impact and public engagement of your work.

The list of eligible journal titles can be found here. Once an article is accepted for publication in a journal from this list, the publisher will contact the corresponding author to confirm the institutional affiliation.

The Springer Compact agreement is available to staff until December 2018.

For further information please contact:

Resolved: Technical issue [MyiLibrary]

***This issue is now resolved***

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing intermittent access issues with ebooks hosted on the MyiLibrary platform.

The publisher is aware of the issue and is working to resolve matters as quickly as possible.

You can still access MyiLibrary books via the Database A-Z link here.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.