Tools for Researchers

The library supports Derby staff and students to conduct their research through our resources and support services. 

Training and advice is available on a range of topics, from planning and carrying out an effective literature search and managing references, to disseminating your research and understanding its citation and social impact.

Open Access

Open Access is the process of making scholarly literature available online free of costs and other barriers. Read our Open Access webpages to find out more about the movement and its benefits.

Support for Researchers

For guidance on managing your references, finding and using E-theses and specialist research material, accessing other libraries, making your research Open Access and maximising your research impact, consult the Support for Researchers Guide. For guidance on the publication process, please see our Getting Published Guide. The Support for Researchers and Getting Published guides provides you with a good overview, and you can get more help from your Academic Librarian


The University of Derby Online Research Archive (UDORA) is the institutional repository of research outputs conducted by staff and postgraduate research theses that have been awarded by the University. UDORA holds over 5,000 research outputs that are free to read and download. To register with UDORA and for help, contact our Repository and Open Access Librarian, Holly Limbert.


As research becomes more openly available online, it becomes more difficult to record, find and demonstrate the impact of your research activity. ORCiD (Open Research Contributor ID) helps researchers to distinguish their research outputs from others of the same name. The significance of ORCiD is growing in today's research environment, and it is a key tool for researchers at Derby. Find out more...

Research Charter

This Research Support Charter outlines the library provision, services and resources to complement and support the University's Research Strategy, and to ensure that they are appropriate and sustainable.