Support for researchers

Are you a research student or a member of staff engaged in research? Do you want to know how to keep up to date in your area or need help searching a database? If so, Learning Services can help.
We offer both small group workshops and individual sessions at times to suit you. We also offer training in RefWorks, a bibliographic management tool, throughout the year. For further details of the range of support available see:


Andrew Fleming

Academic Liaison Manager – Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Did you know…about the essential tools and good practice guidelines for computer users?

Whether you are developing teaching and learning content or professional documentation for your department or service, there is good practice guidance and software available which all users may add to their resource toolkit.

Inspiration® mind-mapping software creates visual representations of plans / ideas or concepts in the form of a diagram or mind map. Inspiration can transform your visual map into a linear format at the touch of a button to suit all preferred learning styles. You can create your own map or use one of the many templates on offer.

Inspiration is an excellent tool for any form of planning such as modules, presentations, lectures or seminars. Inspiration is used for scoping research activities and analysing key findings from both quantitative and qualitative data. The colour-coding, visual and diagrammatical aspects are helpful in linking key themes and formulating research analysis.

TextHelp Read and Write® allows you to access text in an auditory format and text is read aloud directly from your PC. TextHelp can assist when reading assignments for marking, proofreading and highlighting errors within written work. TextHelp highlights the text when reading and identifies grammatical, spelling and homophone errors with its advanced functions and has an in-built dictionary where definitions are read aloud.

Inspiration® and TextHelp® incorporate their own training videos and mini training guides are available from the Learning Services Wiki via Locate a User Guide and Using ICT.

To access Inspiration or TextHelp on the network: select Start →Network Programs → Accessibility → Inspiration or TextHelp.

Good Practice

Accessibility Essentials Series by JISC Techdis. This series provides guidance on creating accessible documents using a range of everyday applications that we access on the Edge Hill University network, such as Word, PowerPoint or via PDF files. JISC Techdis guidelines are available via the Staff Development wiki.

Guide to Accessible Documents for the VLE . This guide is available from the Learning Services wiki via Locate a User Guide and Using ICT.

For further advice or guidance please contact Julie Keen extension 4372 or via email to

RefWorks workshops for postgraduate students

RefWorks is an online reference management tool, designed to help gather, manage, store and share bibliographic information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

These one hour, hands on, workshops will enable you to organise your references, export references into RefWorks from online resources and generate citations and bibliographies as you write.

Thurs 25 November 4pm
Tue 18 January 2011 4pm
Mon 21 February 2011 2pm
Tue 15 March 2011 10am

Book your place online at:

For further information email

Research support from Learning Services

Are you a research student or an academic member of staff engaged in research? Learning Services can help you to identify relevant resources and develop your research skills. The research support team of Yvonne Smith, Craig Collinson and Elaine Czotter provide 1-2-1 and group sessions in areas such as bibliographic management, academic writing, information resources and IT skills. Get in touch with Yvonne for more infomation.

New Electronic Resources

Learning Services have taken out subscriptions to two new electronic databases:

  • Business Source Premier is a full-text database containing over 2,000 management journals
  • Academic Search Premier is also a full-text database and contains over 2,000 journals across a large number of subject areas

Both databases can be accessed via the library catalogue