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The term time Library Research Cafe sessions have ended for the summer and will resume in Term 1 2024/25.  However, lots of friendly support and guidance is available throughout the summer to help you with your library research.


Library Research Drop-ins


You can come along to a Library Research drop in session run by your liaison librarians.  Sessions take place at various locations on campus. At these sessions you can get guidance on all aspects of your library research including:

  • making the most of the vast array of the library's information resources and academic databases
  • using key databases for your research area
  • finding high quality information to support your research, essays, and projects
  • referencing guidance

These are informal sessions.  There is no set content or agenda, just come along with your questions and queries and chat them through with your librarians. 


1:1 Appointments with your Academic Liaison Librarian


You can  book a 1:1 appointment with your Liaison Librarian to discuss any aspect of your library research. Your librarian can:

  • support you in developing your online search strategies

  • help you to identofy and use relevant research databases and other information sources

  • provide guidance on evaluating and referencing research materials.

  • and lots more….


If you are not sure who the librarian is for your subject, use the drop down menu on the Academic Liaison Librarians guide.  Choose your subject, and you will see details for your librarian, useful guides for your subject and appointment booking and contact options.





New Resource


PIO is a web-based archive of searchable Parliamentary and Official documents. Includes Civil Service yearbook.


The University has recently subscribed to the Public Information Online (PIO) online service from Dandy Booksellers Ltd offering a wide range of official documents going back, in many cases, more than a century.


About Public Information Online (PIO)

This web based archive supports research across publications from the Westminster Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly, Welsh Parliament (Senedd), Scottish Government and also key Non-Parliamentary material. It is ideal for researching current and archive. governmental documents on various topics. 

Full details of coverage are available on the PIO website.

To learn more about what to expect from PIO, take a look at this short introductory video or take a look through this product showcase article by Donna Ravenhill of Dandy Booksellers, which gives a a great overview of the content, together with some illustrative search examples.  


Civil Service Yearbook


The current version of the Civil Service Yearbook is available to search or browse via Public Information Online.



You can search for archive versions using the Advanced search screen, as illustrated below.


User support

Online help is available via the PIO help pages

If you need further support to make use of this resource for your study or research, please get in touch with your Liaison Librarian. 



You can also send feedback on this resource to your Liaison Librarian.  We’d be interested to hear how it has aided your study / research.


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