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EGIS (Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society): PhD students

Researcher Development (Research Futures)

Literature Searching, Citing & Referencing and Reference Management are three key areas of getting started with your research.  As part of Research Futures programme for Heriot-Watt researchers, we deliver a set of online training on:

  • Literature Searching (Domain A)
  • Citing and Referencing (Domain C)

This Literature Searching course aims to ensure that you know:

  • What is a literature review
  • What does a literature review/PhD look like
  • Which resources you have access to use and which should use
  • Where to start? Literature finding: when you know what you are looking for
  • Next step? Literature searching: effective searches and advanced search features
  • Found something good?  Using what you know to find other useful articles
  • Keeping up-to-date with alerts (search, citation and table of contents)
  • Managing your references
  • Accessing the full-text
  • Accessing other libraries
  • Further help and contact details

Feedback on these courses is always positive. For further details of all their other courses, see:


Skills Development

You can also look at the Literature Searching and Citing and Referencing sections in this guide:

For help with Reference Management Software, see:

For further information on classes, books, guides and other free training and information to help you develop your information, study, research and IT skills, see:

Nature Masterclasses

Finding Theses

You should check past theses:

  • It will give you an idea of what a finished PhD looks like
  • A similar topic might give you a good reference list to look at
  • To make sure nobody else has already completed a PhD on exactly your topic


Learning and Teaching Academy

EGIS Academic Librarian (Edinburgh Campus and Distance Learners)

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Sarah Kelly
Schedule An Appointment
If you wish to discuss: finding information, literature/systematic searching, citing and referencing, EndNote, or any other Library resource/service, please 'Email Me' or 'Schedule an Appointment' using the buttons above.

I am based at the Edinburgh Campus.
You can choose an 'In Person (Edinburgh Campus Library)' or an 'Online (Teams)' appointment.

If you can't find a suitable appointment time, please email me.

Publishing, impact, research data management

We also provide training, specialist services and resources to support postgraduate researchers and research staff throughout your careers, helping you to find and manage information and to disseminate and publish research findings.

For support with :

  • copyright
  • open access publishing
  • publication and impact
  • PURE
  • research data management
  • ROS

Please see:

Resources and requesting new resources

Free software, accessing specialist software off-campus, usernames/passwords and WiFi