Information for researchers

Research (Covid-19 latest information from the University Library): The University of Sheffield has instructed staff and students to work from home where possible due to Coronavirus (Covid-19), in response we are making as many services available online as possible. Below is a summary of the services available at the moment:

Return to campus planning update

Since the closure of our physical library sites in March, the University’s digital library has been open as usual.  As we continue to further develop our digital offer, we also understand that the Library’s physical resources and spaces are important to you.

We are now able to update you on planning for a return to campus.  Please note the safety of staff and library users is a top priority.


Publishing and Open Access

Research outputs can continue to be deposited in White Rose Research Online via MyPublications. UKRI or COAF funded researchers may be able to apply for funding to make publications open access. Sheffield researchers can also benefit from agreements with some publishers which offer free or reduced open access publishing. Our team is available to answer questions via

Research Data Management

Researchers can continue to deposit their data into ORDA and instructions on doing this can be found on our website. Our team is available to answer questions via We can also review your data management plans in DMPonline.

Accessing our collections

Discover what is available in the University Library’s digital content by searching StarPlus, our discovery tool.
Find out how to get the most out of StarPlus by watching this screencast.

Copyright and Research

We have guidance available on using third party materials, author rights and other aspects of copyright relating to research. Contact the University’s copyright and licensing team at if you need further advice.

Support and Training

We are in the process of making more training available online and our teams are available to answer specific enquiries:

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

Open research training

Contact Research Services, DDP and open access workshops…