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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.

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 REF 2014 results were revealed in December 2014 and Cardiff University was ranked in 5th place based on the quality of our research with 87% of our research assessed as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). More information about the REF 2014 results is available on our REF web pages.

INSRV assisted the University in preparing for REF 2014 by providing software support and helping with the data gathering process. Kate Bradbury also ran a number of "Citations Count!" training sessions on citations and related data to assist colleagues whose Unit of Assessment used bibliometric data as part of their assessment criteria. If you are interested in similar training for your school, please contact Kate.

ORCA - Online Research@Cardiff was used as the main repository for collecting the University's research outputs for REF 2014. Researchers at Cardiff can continue to add their research outputs to ORCA and this can be done quickly and easily using the Manage My Publications tool.

For future REF exercises HEFCE has mandated that all submitted journal articles and conference papers accepted for publication 1 April 2016 onwards should be published on an Open Access basis. The full policy can be viewed on HEFCE's website. Where a higher education institution (HEI) can demonstrate that it has taken steps towards enabling Open Access for outputs outside the scope of this definition, credit will be given in the research environment component of the next REF. Therefore, Cardiff University strongly encourages authors to comply as soon as possible. More information and assistance with Open Access publishing is available from the Open Access at Cardiff web pages.

HEFCE is also currently carrying out a review into the role of metrics in research assessment and will be considering how well metrics can be used across different academic disciplines to assess the excellence of research undertaken in the higher education sector. The outcome of this review could influence future REFs. More information about the review, including responses to HEFCE’s call for evidence, is available on HEFCE's website.

To stay up to date with discussion about HEFCE's proposals, you can also search in Research Professional 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 Rosemary Soper, Cardiff and Vale UHB Librarian (Tel: 029 2071 5497). 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 Rosemary Soper, Cardiff and Vale UHB Librarian (Tel: 029 2071 5497) about this.

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Store, retrieve and manage your references using this bibliographic software package. Please see our 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. 

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.