Research demands skills in searching, evaluating and analysing an increasing range of sources, and often discipline specific training and awareness. At Aberystwyth information skills are supported by subject specialist librarians and research support in Information Services in a range of ways, including specialist clinics bookable online.

The Research at Aberystwyth and The Centre for the Development of Staff and Academic Practice (CDSAP) also support researchers with the latter providing an annual programme of continuing professional development sessions, events and workshops, as well as delivering a number of accredited and non-accredited programmes of study.

Vitae have created a number of downloadable pamphlets for researcher development including The Informed Researcher


Research Data Management

University staff can access the University’s guidance on the Research Councils’ expectations and requirements for research data management in the Research Support Toolkit

Helpful tools to assist in research data management can also be found at:

Research Data Analysis

For quantitative data analysis most departments have their own favoured statistical packages. A general statistical programme particicularly used in the Social Sciences is SPSS.

For a full list of available software please see software available from IS



magnifying glassWeb Searching

Advice and guidance on using search engines and meta-search engines to maximum effect


For more information please contact your subject librarian


graphCitation Analysis and Altmetrics

Introduction to bibliometrics, altmetrics and web resources on analysis and rankings