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Open Research Prize

In support of The University of Sheffield’s new Open Research Statement, the University Library is running an Open Research Prize to promote good open research practices.
The prize will reward and recognise those researchers who practice research in whatever way is appropriate in their disciplinary field. This prize will be open to all research students and staff at the university and those in research-related roles. The prize will be judged by a panel chaired by Professor Sue Hartley, Vice President for Research. A first prize of £500 will be awarded as well as runner up prizes of £200. Prize winners will also be asked to contribute a short case study for the University’s Open Research webpages and to speak about their work at a future Open Research Conversation event.

For more information, click here.

Mediated Literature Searches - trial service

The Library is offering to conduct mediated literature searches or scoping searches on behalf of academic staff. A Librarian will meet with you to discuss your research and develop your search strategy. They will conduct your search across multiple academic databases and share the results with you in the format of your choice.

Feedback on the service from academics (Faculty of Social Sciences)

"It has been a tremendous addition, saving me a lot of time and energy comprehensively searching various databases I was not aware of.
In addition to providing a timely and thorough search, staff expertise has been developed through working with skilled librarians."

Please complete the request form to get started.

Please note that this service is only available to academic members of staff.

Learn more about the Library's support for literature searching here.


Publishing and Open Access

Publishing and open access

REF open access policy, funder requirements, gold & green open access…


Managing data and information

Research data management

Managing research data, university and funder policies…


Research students

Student Researcher

Copyright for eTheses, thesis embargoes, Doctoral Development Programme (DDP)…


Citation impact

Tracking citations and online mentions

Using bibliometrics and altmetrics to gauge how much attention research outputs have received...


Discovering information

Discovering research

Search for eTheses, requesting material from other libraries, information skills…


Help and support

Training and support

Contact us to find out about our training…