Christmas Vacation and January Examination Period 

Cardiff University library books will not be due for return or be recalled between Saturday 14 December and Monday 6 January.  

Books can be requested throughout the vacation and examination period. Check your University email for recall notices and be prepared to return any recalled items by their due date. If you’re away from Cardiff, post items back to us to avoid fines.  

Gwyliau’r Nadolig a’r Cyfnod Arholiadau Ionawr 

Ni fydd yn rhaid dychwelyd llyfrau llyfrgell Prifysgol Caerdydd rhwng dydd Sadwrn 14 Rhagfyr a dydd Llun 6 Ionawr.   

Mae’n bosibl gosod ceisiadau ar lyfrau trwy gydol y gwyliau a’r cyfnod arholiadau. Cadwch olwg ar eich e-bost y Brifysgol ar gyfer hysbysiadau adalw a bod yn barod i ddychwelyd unrhyw eitemau adalw gan eu dyddiad. Os ydych i ffwrdd o Gaerdydd gallwch eu postio yn ôl atom er mwyn osgoi dirwyon.  

Sage Research Methods Database

Sage research methods database has resources to support all stages of the research process; from writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing the best research methods, analysing data, to writing up your results and thinking about publication.

Has a range of books available digitally you may already be familiar with the little blue book which looks at qualitative methods and little green book which looks at quantitative methods without being overwhelming.

You can read the chapters of a book offline by download them and they won’t delete from your profile automatically. Browse subjects and broad searching, as well as searching the transcripts. You can export references

Create a profile to be able to save and share content or create clips of videos to share.

A project planner is available for you to use a model to completing a research project with tips and further information for carrying out elements of your research project from details on how to write an abstract and writing academically to conducting specific types of research. Downloadable chapters for you to read are available within this section plus checklists for you to track your activity.

Open Access Training Session aimed at new and existing staff and students thinking of publishing.

This is a one hour session which will introduce you to the main details you need to know about OA publishing, including complaince with funder and REF policies and University financial support available plus more.

What: Open Access training
Where: Cochrane Building room 0.17
When: Tuesday 15 October 9am-10am.

All research staff, PGR students and ULS staff welcome. Find details on the intranet Events page. Staff booking via Core, student booking via email to

Access to NVIVO

The way you can download NVIVO has changed. The software is no longer charged for at the library. Instead you can follow the below instructions to install it.

  • You can download the application from QSR’s website:
  • During installation, you will be asked to input a product key – this can be found in the application’s support page on the Cardiff Intranet: (the terms of use can also be found on this page)
  • NVivo is available for Windows and MAC, although the MAC version of the software offers fewer features compared to the Windows version. The product key is the same for both versions
  • The software’s product key will expire annually, so will need to be updated each year. Users who activate the software using a product key associated with Cardiff University’s software license will receive the updated product key via email whenever the old key expires
  • There is no longer a charge associated with this software

We are unable to provide NVivo to non-Cardiff University students or members of staff – this means that NHS staff are ineligible for access to the software under our site licence.

Invitation for academic staff to learn about SAGE research support materials

This introductory session to the SAGE research database will give you a thorough and interactive introduction to SAGE Research Methods, a database containing thousands of resources, dedicated to research methods across a range of subject areas. The session will cover content and tools you can use in order to improve the research skills and capacity, and build confidence and experience in using the database for future study and research projects. SAGE Research Methods can be your guide in overcoming common research challenges – whether you want to conduct more effective literature reviews, construct a manageable research question, learn how to prepare data ready for analysis, disseminate your research more widely, or understand challenging research methods terminology. The final interactive activity involves designing a reading list for an information skills workshop, lecture, or a current assignment or project you are working on. The reading list can then be used outside of the session to compliment what you are working on at the moment. Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions, so that by the end of the session, everyone will be ready to start exploring the platform independently and confidently. This session would be perfect for faculty members who are teaching Research Methods courses, supervising researchers, or even those conducting their own research projects!

When: 23rd October 2019 13:30 – 15:30

Where: Science Library, IT training room 2

How: Book your place  here 

Welcome New Students

Welcome to Cardiff! We look forward to seeing you in the library. You’ll receive some library welcome & training sessions where we’ll introduce you to some of the amazing resources that Cardiff University has access to enabling you to get the best information for your study.

The Health Library building is open 24/7 just ensure you are carrying your student card with you to gain access into the building.

You have a secure personal credit account on the campus network to pay for your printing and photocopying. You can add credit to this account using a debit or credit card payment via a secure website or if you wish to pay cash Pay Stations are also available throughout the University to top up.

myPrint is a web based service available on and off campus- so you can actually send documents to print from home and collect them on campus.

myPrint is accessed through the following website

To read more on how to login to your account and top up with cash check out our guide here:-

We’ll be posting here news and information about resources and sessions to help you- add your email to receive notifications of when we post.

Looking for help for on statistical analysis and packages?

The library has a range of books to help you (on LibrarySearch just do a search for statistics or the package you want to use) but if you want some personal support you can go to the data clinics which run throughout the year.

Data Clinics are held on Tuesdays from 3pm in Henry Wellcome Building at UHW and Fridays 10am-1pm E1.22 Martin Evans Building in Biosciences – these clinics are held weekly and are aimed primarily at students.

To find out more email 

Welcome back returning students!

Welcome back- we hope you had a refreshing break and are ready to dive back into your studies and Cardiff life.

Are you feeling like a bit of a reorganisation for your fresh start? We have some apps we wanted to remind you about we think it would be helpful for you to have ready to use when you need them.

You’ll notice that reading list items are now provided from a link in Learning Central. This should make locating books and journal articles super quick and easy for you. Remember if an item is out on loan- place a request. You can export the reading list from Leganto into EndNote or other citation managers – just use the export button in the usual way.

BNF APP– Available from your app store. Simply register to be able to download. Information & links available here:

BMJ Best practice Add the app to your mobile device for convenience and additional features. To download the app you first need to create an account on the BMJ Best Practice website. You will need to use this login to download the app.

BMJ Best Practice is a point of care tool which aims to assist health professionals in making decisions about treatment and diagnosis. It uses an evidence based, patient focused approach. BMJ Best Practice links out to PubMed records so you can access the full text where Cardiff University has access and information about drugs and dosages are linked via the BNF.

You may need to reactivate your access to Uptodate. In-application and email messaging will inform you of the need to verify affiliation with Cardiff University. You can complete verification by logging on to UpToDate once every 90 days with your Cardiff University username via^u&srcsys=EZPX339439

Information about installing the UpToDate app can be found here

We’ll keep you posted here of any new resources, updates to services and staff. Have a productive year! 😉