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Research Publishing

A guide for Staffordshire University Researchers

Postgraduate Student Information

About Walk In Access

Walk in access services often provides alumni visiting the library at their former university with an IT account, access to a limited number of University Library e-resources, where the license permits. 


SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme.

Document Delivery Service

This service is for requesting books, journal articles, reports and conference proceedings that Staffordshire University Libraries do not hold in stock.

Please note that this service is for Staffordshire University staff and students only.

The university libraries use the British Library Document Supply Service (BLDSS)

The charge for Staffordshire University staff and students will be £5 per item.    

To begin with, you will need to register with BLDSS, creating a personal account and also to make an association with Staffordshire University. 

You will be able to select and order books for home delivery or request documents for delivery direct to your desktop.

Follow the step by step instructions in our guide on how to use the BLDSS On Demand service available below 

If you wish to order a Thesis – please visit the British Library EThOS web site   to search for titles or subjects. This is a self-service provision and payment may be required independently.

Note: EThOS is currently unavailable due to the security incident at the British Library.  We have created some guidance on alternatives ways to access doctoral theses while access to to EThOS is disrupted.


PHD Students Document Delivery Fund

This year we have allocated a small amount of money for PHD students to get a free document delivery request for articles that are not in the library for their research. You will need to complete a business case form, which is available below. Allocation is on a first come first served basis. 

For further information please contact: 



The Academic Skills Team based in the Library can provide lots of support for your research studies.  These pages will help you  make the most of the resources we provide to support researchers and point you in the direction of useful tools and and relevant web sites.

Use the tabs at the top of this page to discover more about the help we can give. We can help you

  • Find the right resources
  • Select journals to read or approach for publication
  • Keep up to date in your subject
  • Manage your references efficiently
  • Handle your data securely
  • Use word processing packages in the most expert manner to save yourself time

RefZone will help you with all your referencing needs throughout your studies at Staffordshire University. This provides access to the Cite Them Right Online  resource which will provide you with all the information you need to know to understand what referencing is, how to reference and examples from a selection of referencing styles used at the University.


You might also find it useful to use RefWorks which provides you with your own personal reference management database. You can use RefWorks to record and store references that you have used to support your assignments and create a bibliography online in the University approved styles.


Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Once you have logged in with your university ID, please also register for an individual account, as this gives you access to more personalised features including permissions to save and download searches.